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pero restaurant and lounge

$$ - $$$
West End
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812 Bloor St West, Toronto, Ontario m6g 1l9, Canada (Bloor and Chritie)
+1 416-915-7225
17:00 - 00:00
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

Will be back soon to enjoy again. We love experiencing "owner operated" establishments, everything is always better. We have visited before and due to how we were treated by the ownership we made sure to visit again with more friends. Keep it up folks, love what you are offering.

Thank kingmair
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

Love the African beer as well! Food was awrsome! Platters and thr veg rolls were great and so was the service. Loved that it was veg friendly too.

Thank Samson M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

In terms of food I love exotic experiences. Pero's restaurant is one of my best culinary experiences in the last few years! We were invited to the restaurant by my Eritrean friend and it was an excellent choice. I enjoined tasting the original injera and all the exotic dishes made of split peas. The coffee drinking experience is one of... More 

Thank les_marq
Arkport, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

I was looking for something different so I thought since the previous reviews were excellent, I'd try it. Well.............The décor was nice. The servers and cook were very nice. They seemed very anxious to please which was nice but the food was just mediocre. Not bad. Not great. Portion size was just so so. Tons of Ethiopian bread made from... More 

Thank 52607Smiling
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016 via mobile

Hi Mr. Pero, You actually nailed it with your restaurant. Your charm made it a special evening for us. The Okra was fantastic and the wine, an African one absolutely wonderful. We discussed your menu and I would love to come back and eat all the changes you are about to make in the menu. Highly recommended!

1 Thank Elena L
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016 via mobile

Great friendly service. Very interesting favors. Tried the combo platter just to get my bearings and was not disappointed. Worth a try.

Thank Laura1041
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2016 via mobile

Clean restaurant, attentive service & tasty food. The vegetarian platter & beef tibs were excellent. I'm normally not a huge fan of lamb, however the cha-cha was wonderfully seasoned. My habesha relatives said the kitfo tasted like home & got a second order to go. Can't wait to come back!

Thank JasonFL72
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2016

I always associate Ethiopia and Eritrea with hunger, but Addis Abba is actually quite a sophisticated city. The owner of this restaurant is a transplant from Addis Abba and brings a lot of atmosphere into the restaurant decorations and the menu. It takes a little explanation, but the staff are extremely helpful and the food experience was definitely worthwhile. If... More 

Thank Paul B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2016

If you are looking for a neat, unforgettable birthday celebration, this is the place! I took my young adult daughter to this restaurant to celebrate her birthday. The owner and waitress of this restaurant are very friendly, and helpful for recommending the dishes. My favorite dish is the dinner platter. We also had coffee ceremony. The highlight is after dinner,... More 

Thank LoveNY2014
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2016

Made reservation for a Saturday night. No waiting at the door line-up. Could have been our timing as it did get very busy. Immediately seated in our seats once we arrived. Soon after, waitress waves the traditional, smoking Ethiopian coffee beans over our table. Wonderful! Our anticipation grows. Comfortably dimly lit. Playful addition were the roaring fires on several tv... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 11 - USD 23
Ethiopian, African, Vegetarian Friendly
Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
17:00 - 00:00
17:00 - 00:00
17:00 - 00:00
17:00 - 00:00
17:00 - 00:00
17:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 812 Bloor St West, Toronto, Ontario m6g 1l9, Canada
    (Bloor and Chritie)
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Toronto>  > West End
  • Neighbourhood: West End
  • Phone Number: +1 416-915-7225
Pero Restaurant is as rich and diverse as Eastern African culture. The spectrum Pero Restaurant cuisine can be said to lie between two dietary extremes: vegetarianism and carnivorism. The essence of good Eastern African cooking revolves around the appropriate use of aromatic spices. The skill lies in subtle blending of a variety of spices to enhance, rather than overwhelm the basic flavour of a particular dish. Pero food relies on the spices in which it is cooked, just as Japanese Sushi relies on the freshness of the meat, and Chinese food relies on the various sauces to impart the right flavour and taste. It is interesting to see an Eastern African chef at work with a palette of spices, gratuitously sprinkling these powders in exact pinches into the dish in front of him. It is these complexities of regional food in Eastern Africa that make it such a fascinating experience.

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