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Karelia Kitchen

$$ - $$$
West End
Scandinavian, European, Danish
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1194 Bloor St W, Toronto, Ontario M6H 1N2, Canada
+1 647-748-1194
Sun 11:00 - 16:00
Tue - Thu 11:30 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 22:00
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Toronto, Canada
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32 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

I don't remember what made me try Karelia for the first time but it's in my neighbourhood and I walked by many times before I finally went in. It's now my go-to place for brunch in my hood. If I've got visitors I want to impress, we're definitely going to Karelia. The food is fresh and delicious and a welcome... More 

Thank Rob G
Toronto, Canada
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42 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

I purchased a GROUPON after reading extensive reviews about this establishment. We were not disappointed. The service was attentive. All The cakes were scrumptious. The French Press coffee was great as was the pot of tea. The place was exceptionally clean. I will definitely recommend this to anyone who values afternoon tea and treats between 3 pm and 5 pm.

Thank mrscolnik
Ajax, Canada
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114 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

My friend and I LOVE Afternoon Tea, so when I noticed that there was a Groupon for Afternoon Tea at Karelia Kitchen, I jumped on it. I purchased two Groupons for Afternoon Tea and was there in the summer with one friend and recently with another friend and her daughter. Karelia Kitchen is a small Scandinavian restaurant/cafe and not the... More 

Thank Ouida S
Toronto, Canada
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26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

Something different in our wonderful, multicultural Toronto. The food is fresh and excellent. It's a wonderful place for lunch, bright and cheerful. The staff are helpful, attentive, helpful but not overbearing. A pleasant afternoon surprise and open for a late lunch.

Thank Marveloustoronto
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15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016 via mobile

It a wonderful place to go for brunch. ..lunch or dinner...and a very close to Dufferin subway station. It's casual in the day and at night the table cloths and candles come out making it a cozy environment. The staff and owners are lovely! The food is very fresh with quality ingredients. .. They even smoke their own fish which... More 

Thank TorontoTraveller101
Toronto, Canada
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72 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

Had lunch here with a friend. Relatively small place so I would recommend reserving ahead of your visit. Nice Scandinavian open face sandwiches. I had a selection of salads. Tasty and fresh. This area of Toronto (I think it's called Bloorcourt) is developing quickly, quite a few interesting places nearby (Mercer Union Gallery and more)

Thank denmarlef
Greater Adelaide, Australia
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66 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

We had another delicious lunch at Karelia. The food is fresh and very good in a relaxed and friendly environment. The staff is helpful and efficient. It's a great local place. We wish it were closer to our neighbourhood but we find it worth the trek. Give it a try as it's right near the Dufferin subway station. The open... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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50 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2016

We went as a group of friends. The place was not busy when we got there and we ordered drinks and our food right away. Everyone loved the food. I had the hamburger which was sooooo tasty! My friends enjoyed the asparagus salad. They had great baked goods as well. Unfortunately, the service was not great. Some of us received... More 

Thank Dd2029
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3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2016 via mobile

After visiting Sweden last year we were excited to find this place. We had 2 different asparagus appetizers, pumpkin dumplings, smoked salmon, potato pancakes, and duck pate. All were simple, fresh and delicious. They have a take away counter so we bought some smoked foods to bring home. Great restaurant and looking forward to going back.

Thank Linda E
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217 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2016

I was here for coffee and desserts with a groupon deal. The cakes and cookies were a feast for the eyes, and the tummy. I had the cheesecake with pistachio crust, and saffron cake (also with pistachios). Could have had a bunch of cookies or the meringue torte, or a chocolate cake, or.... - it was difficult to decide. Unfortunately... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Scandinavian, European, Danish
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Open Hours
11:00 - 16:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1194 Bloor St W, Toronto, Ontario M6H 1N2, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Toronto>  > West End
  • Neighbourhood: West End
  • Phone Number: +1 647-748-1194

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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