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Real Jerk

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East End
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842 Gerrard St E, Toronto, Ontario M4M 1H1, Canada
+1 416-463-6055
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Today
15:00 - 22:00
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Hours:
Sun 15:00 - 22:00
Mon - Wed 11:30 - 23:00
Thu 11:30 - 02:00
Fri 11:30 - 01:00
Sat 13:00 - 01:00
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Toronto, Canada
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Probably the best oxtail I've ever had and always consistent! For a fun night out go on Thursdays - they have karaoke. It is quite the scene.

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Thank tootsie21
Toronto
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954 reviews
643 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 387 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

On a cold and snowy day this was the perfect place to grab lunch. I could swear we were down in the Caribbean somewhere :) Love the music and the vibe, and the food was amazing. The jerk wings were perfectly cooked, and the coleslaw was a nice, cool side dish to calm the jerk spices. My husband loved his... More 

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Thank MaraFromToronto
Toronto, Canada
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181 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

By far the best jerk food experience in Toronto. Try the Jerk chicken o course, and they do great take-out too

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Thank guru4travel
Oakville, Canada
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

Rated Not impressed. I was craving jerk wings and these guys aren't even close. You get a tastier product at wing machine. However the service was good and the rum menu is an interesting twist. I will not return. Unless of course i got overwhelming evidence of their jerk improving.

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Thank pktsarnas
Cambridge, Canada
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33 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

I took my boyfriend here as a surprise as we are always looking for great Jamaican food. The food was good and the prices were very reasonable. The service, once we were seated, was great. Our server was very good and shared the story of the day Rihanna and Drake came to film their video. Pretty cool experience to be... More 

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Thank Suz V
Toronto, Canada
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122 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

Went to this restaurant and I'm still up in the air with my opinion. I'm not too fond of this new location. The parking was limited and the location seemed out of place. The decor was similar to their old location and the size is almost the same. The food was just "ok" not any better than any other Jamaican... More 

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Thank smcreates
Toronto,Ontario
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81 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

This restaurant has been a mainstay and a popular West Indian Restaurant for 30+ years here in Toronto. After they were told they had to pack up and move from their long time location at Queen & Broadview, many residents of Toronto were upset thinking that was the end of an era. But they found a better location at Gerrard... More 

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Thank Vegas2007
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016 via mobile

Great food and AMAZING piña coladas! Service was so so the first time and terrible the second time. The curry goat had good flavor but so many bones not really worth it. The jerk chicken was delicious as was the curry chicken. The shrimp rundown was so good definitely recommend it!

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Thank Jayce D
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

My girlfriend wanted to eat some good Caribbean food and we ended up in this restaurant, the jerk chicken is simply amazing! Worth it!

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Thank Diego G
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4 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

The food was sooo much better than I expected. Great flavour, moist and best of all, delicious. Great atmosphere. Service was a little slow and they had no more patties. But overall great experience

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Caribbean, Jamaican
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Television
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
15:00 - 22:00
Monday
11:30 - 23:00
Tuesday
11:30 - 23:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 23:00
Thursday
11:30 - 02:00
Friday
11:30 - 01:00
Saturday
13:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 842 Gerrard St E, Toronto, Ontario M4M 1H1, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Toronto>  > East End
  • Neighbourhood: East End
  • Phone Number: +1 416-463-6055
Description
We have moved to a new location at Gerrard and Carlaw. The Real Jerk is a cultural icon that burst on to the Toronto food scene in 1984. Most new customers are awestruck by the decor which is inspired by beach restaurants in Jamaica, Trinidad, or Cuba.The restaurant had been at its previous location for 24 years and featured a dramatic facade that drew you in and got you hooked on the signature Jerk dishes. As they say at the Real Jerk "we don't just sell food, we celebrate Caribbean culture". Ed and Lilly Pottinger brought their uniquely Caribbean cuisine and widely popular decor to Queen Street East. It has been a mainstay ever since.If your having a special occasion or simply need wholesome comfort food on a cold winter day, the Real Jerk is the place to be. This 80 seat restaurant is also available for theme parties, movie shoots, and catering special events. Simply call to make a reservation.Come and experience what tens of thousands of Torontonians and tourists have already enjoyed over the years.Everything will be irie....

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Staying in East End

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East End
The East End is an eclectic amalgamation of areas that team up to make this district one of the most multi-faceted and alluring. Home to Toronto's LGBT community hub, Gay Village is alive and pumping day or night with friendly bars, nightclubs, and cafes – its thumb is on the pulse of excitement. For a more relaxed day, the East End has the largest collection of restored Victorian homes, and its stately streets, tree-lined and bursting at the seams with affluence, often sport farmers markets and street artists, epitomized by the effusive St. Lawrence Market. One of the most gorgeous of Toronto's neighborhoods, it also straddles Lake Ontario in an area called The Beach, where you'll find folks cycling and strolling along the sandy shorelines, getting some sun or enjoying shopping, dining, and pub options. For some fabulous food, the vivacious personalities running the restaurants in the East End's Greektown is only equaled by the fun and authenticity of the street stalls and restaurants at its expansive Indian Bazaar. 'Something for everyone' has never been so accurate.
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