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The Senator Restaurant

$$ - $$$American, ,
249 Victoria St, Toronto, Ontario M5B 1T8, Canada
+1 416-364-7517
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  • Excellent50%
  • Very good37%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (40 reviews)
“pancakes” (52 reviews)
“meatloaf” (21 reviews)
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American, Diner, Canadian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
249 Victoria St, Toronto, Ontario M5B 1T8, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Finally a Senator you can love! The Senate Restaurant is a gem hidden amongst the cookie-cutter big-box restaurants near Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto. Although decked-out as an old, traditional diner, this resto is totally upscale and modern, right down to the varied menu, craft beer,...More

Thank Tinygoat
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Historic breakfast place in the Dundas and Yonge area. Since 1949. Classic mom & pop feel. Family friendly, helpful staff, local clientele. The place prides itself on locally sourced supplies of food. I wanted a small breakfast "off the menu order", just eggs and toast,...More

Thank Brian B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We just stumbled upon this place, and it looked cool, so we decided to check it out. We were blown away! The service was spectacular, the food was delicious, and they had free liquorice on the way out! We couldn't ask for anything more!

Thank Sean S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was our second visit to the Senator Restaurant having been there a year ago. Everything was still top notch from the ambience of the Restaurant to the staff and most importantly the amazing food. I had the Eggs Benedict while my wife had the...More

Thank MKosche
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It’s definitely a cut above say Frans but the prices are insane. 18 bucks before tax for the Senator breakfast? Food is good but not THAT good. Also, I noticed it’s been mentioned here a couple times too but we also had crappy service. Food...More

Thank Bamelin
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This restaurant has a neat history and location. Unfortunately, that's where the buck stops. I live close by and wanted to try it out, but was wholly disappointed by the service and food. For a $18 sandwich, you expect a little bit of magic--we got...More

Thank jws198463636
Reviewed 9 February 2018

Eat with style at an affordable price here at The senator restaurant. Savor to their gigantic size sandwiches, appetizing omelette, intricate selection of breakfast all the comfortable price. They serve breakfast and coffee as well. The design of the restaurant is one of the most...More

Thank John W
Reviewed 3 February 2018

I used to be a regular diner at the Senator. I stopped going as often because it was getting expensive for easy to make brunch food. I went in January and was shocked by the HUGE price increase for the same food. A bowl of...More

1  Thank summer771
Reviewed 26 January 2018

Kitschy cute old world interior, centrally located, great food and great service. We had the Huevos Rancheros, Senator Omelette and Potato Lakes - so GOOD!! Really, you need to treat yourself to a great breakfast/brunch place!

2  Thank Vol D
Reviewed 16 January 2018

We like our diners for breakfast in PA, so we were really happy to find this place - we went twice in our 3 day stay. Everything we had was delicious - the salmon platter, the Senator breakfast, the spinach egg bowl, and the pancakes....More

1  Thank Jennifer B
At the heart of Toronto, Downtown is the destination
for cheap eats and fast fashion. Cut through by hip
and trendy Yonge Street, the vibe here is young, with
a strong student influence from the Ryerson University
Campus. As a result, the Downtown area is always in
flux: undergoing the construction of new facilities,
with fresh retail spaces and pop-up cafes. Home to
Toronto's largest indoor shopping mall, a number of
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3 April 2017|
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Response from Steve B | Reviewed this property |
I don't think they take reservations ... it's busy but we were able to get a table right away...
Jane F
6 October 2016|
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Response from Markmmmmm | Reviewed this property |
Did. Or notice any stairs and on ground floor- narrow isles with booths so worth checking direct
9 February 2016|
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Response from HappyEarthWalker | Reviewed this property |
Weekday (7:30-11:30) breakfast, Weekend (8:00 a.m.) brunch/all day breakfast There is no mention now of an early bird special. They do have a Senator Breakfast (weekdays $9.95 Cn weekends $10.95 Cn) See website for menu... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 10 - USD 20
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Private Dining, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
8:00 am - 2:30 pm
7:30 am - 2:30 pm
7:30 am - 9:00 pm
7:30 am - 9:00 pm
7:30 am - 9:00 pm
7:30 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 2:30 pm
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 249 Victoria St, Toronto, Ontario M5B 1T8, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Toronto>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 416-364-7517
The Senator is Toronto's oldest restaurant, dating back to the 19th century when it was just a house at 249 Victoria Street. Since then, the Senator has put its heart and soul into making the freshest, highest-quality food for generations of good-food lovers.
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