Amal Restaurant

4.5
158 reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Lebanese
Welcome to Amal, where the Lebanese spirit of joie de vivre comes to life. It’s a voyage through time and place that embraces the pursuit of pleasure. Amal aims to feed and provoke your soul, but above all, nourish it with hope. Amal is a story. Amal is a home.

One may come as a guest, but one always leaves as family.

A note to all guests. During this time, our restaurant follows all safety guidelines set out by the Ministry of Health, to ensure the safety of our guests. As a result, all groups will have a seating time limit of two hours for their experience. As of Saturday October 10th, we are only offering patio seating in compliance with provincial health and safety guidelines (subject to weather conditions). We thank all guests for their cooperation during these challenging times.

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Special menus

  • Pop Up Dinner at Cabana Waterfront Patio

    Nov 25, 2020 only
    Experience the Amal Pop Up restaurant inside The Marquee at Cabana Waterfront Patio (11 Polson St). $75 prix fixe menu including Amal's most popular food items! (price does not include tax or gratuity). A credit card number is required to secure this reservation. Kindly note: no-shows and cancellations with less than 24 hours notice will be subject to a charge of $50.00 per table. By making this reservation, you agree to the following terms.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 158 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.4
service
4.7
ambience
4.1
value
Noise · Moderate
87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amal was absolutely amazing! Even with the outdoor seating due to covid. The food was truly AMAZING! I would highly recommend the tartare, the hummus, the lamb and the beef skewers 😍 hopefully when this is all done I can go back and have indoor dinning! I highly recommend and the staff was extremely friendly and personable

JB
JacinthaB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful experience! I recently held a small birthday Dinner at Amal and I feel compelled to leave a rave review. First of all, the outdoor patio is GORGEOUS (talk about ambiance!) and so so warm.

Our server, Ali, was amazing! He was super friendly and attentive. His immense knowledge of the food and drink menus made ordering very easy for first time diners like ourselves.

Amal offers Family-Style dining so a couple of appetizers along with a Kebab Platter was more than enough for 4 people. The food came out promptly and was incredibly delicious.

P.S. Do yourself a favour and make sure to order the Garlic Labneh dip as an app. I’m still dreaming about those hand-made pitas

OT
OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had Dana and Joshua they were both amazing service was on point! Beautiful ambiance love the food!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our server, Dana, was outstanding!!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server should teach lectures on customer service. The food was second only to my Teta (grandma in Arabic).

Wish Ford wasn’t trying to shut everything except mcodalds and Timmys down highly recommended!!

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Hems
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant, exceptional wings! Great shawarma

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vipivorr
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service and ambience, love the relaxed environment

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
31 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing! I will be eating here regularly. The outdoor dining area is so chic and warm. It’s very organized, clean. The food is fresh and the vibe is sexy.

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vipanastasiiam
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2020
Overall2food5service1ambience4

The dinner was ruined by the comment of our waiter Ali about wasting the restaurants time. Even after clarifying that phase meaning didn’t have any willingness to eat and enjoy the food.

LA
vipLauraA
Toronto
16 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

We were looking forward to giving Amal a try - a relatively new addition to our hood that had been written up in this month's Toronto Life. There seemed to be a lag time when we were first seated to move us to a better table in spite of having more than one empty table available. Finally when we were moved, we had to ask for service - again, not as prompt as we would have liked. I asked for lemon for my sparkling water which was served at room temperature (and with no ice) and there was no lemon! (My partner's glass of Chardonnay was also not served chilled.) Also, my partner's shrimp were overcooked, tough and not served hot. In spite of being labeled an "entrée", there were no sides included and no indication by the waitress or on the menu that sides were extra (the shrimp was $26 so would it hurt the bottom line to have added a scoop of rice to it?). My tagine fish burger was delicious, I must say and the lentil soup was hot and very good. All in all though, not an auspicious beginning. I also noticed one woman in the washroom who wasn't wearing a mask so they need to be more mindful about precautionary measures during COVID.

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Anon
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for brunch, great food and amazing service

J
Jobel
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2020
Overall4food5service1ambience5

The only one thing missing in my dine in experience was the lack of service the was given to us.

My server last night was in a bit of a rush when it comes to me and my friends for ordering food , we are well aware that we only have to 2 hours
When I tried to call her attention two times when I was ready to order my food
She didn’t acknowledge it and talk to other guests besides us.

Then she didn’t even us how we are all doing .

Also at the end of the night . A different server was sent to us to pay our bills.

And got charge $2 for a tap water

JB
JayBee
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 6 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The hummus and Baba Ghanoush keep me coming back again and again. Also, the great service!

JB
JayBee
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amal is making an heroic effort to stay in business outdoors in the era of the totalitarian Fascist- Communist Doug Ford - Justin Trudeau lockdown. They continue to provide excellent service and great food! I look forward to dining indoors there whenever this is once again permitted!

EL
vipELMA
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing overall experience with delicious Lebanese food!! Beautiful restaurant and great service with friendly staff.

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Grace
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Despite the fact that it was a very windy and cold evening, we were comfortable and felt safe on the heated patio. A very pleasant evening out.

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vipChoosiefoodie
Toronto
39 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Amal....just as the name evokes a sophisticated and gorgeous experience from the outside (decor, vibe, crowd), as it is on the inside (food, service, attitude). Not a surprise from one of the city's best restauranteurs and purveyors of experiences....This one was a favourite as are both Byblos locations, for it's Middleterranean cuisine and flare, which included outstanding service by Nadal.....super attentive and appropriately friendly like a brother, Nadal added as much to the experience as the great set up outdoors (Civid-times), and the food. The replacement Prosecco which was presented as a more expensive alternative, had its price adjusted once this MiddleEastern raised an eyebrow, with grace and fun bickering. The puffed up naan was a beautiful and tasty presentation of the staple, accompanied by it's less special flat package variety...which was the only thing I'd do without...I'll be back. And Nadal better still be there!

LS
LorraineS
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Given the circumstances of having to eat outside, everything was handled very very well.
I’ll definitely be back!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All the staff was great and went above and beyond to ensure that my boyfriends birthday was better than he could imagine. 5 stars for the food and the date cake!

JS
vipJeanS
Toronto
16 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We were very comfortable being seated on the patio. It wasn’t chilly, the spacing between tables was very safe. The service was impeccable, the food was good but must of all the ambiance is my favourite.

LK
vipLaniK
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great brunch! Pancakes are delicious!

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Fp06
Toronto
16 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Not what I expected for a supposedly “fine-dining” place. Special treatment given to select people. Food was good though (Yorkville prices).

OT
OpenTable Diner
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

*Based on patio experience* I felt the wait staff was overwhelmed with the amount of people so your waitress was a bit short with us. The food was decent but I think being inside the restaurant and the beautiful interior would’ve made up for the overpriced average food. Wait for Toronto to open up again to experience this restaurant!

CC
vipCharlotteC
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amal was incredible! Delicious food and beautiful ambience. Our server Dana was lovely and made our experience wonderful, highly recommend! Get the date cake!

RC
vipRC27
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great ambience. The patio was warm and cozy. The sections were divided in a manner that every table had its privacy. Food was good. Seating was comfortable. Perfect for a date night.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was perfect and made our day

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very enjoyable!

MF
MsFifi
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience3

This restaurant is an oasis during these times. The staff are friendly and efficient and the food is great. The only thing is the heaters will have to get fired up for both lunch and dinner now!

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lovegoodfood
Toronto
15 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We were on the patio in a rainy day, but were happy to be well protected by awnings and roof. I would like to go back some day (when Covid 19 is gone) when we can enjoy the beautiful dining room.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

It was a pretty set up. Unfortunately it was extremely cold and we were seated on the edge and there are no heaters there, the wind was right against us as well. We were freezing the whole time which made the experience unpleasant. The food was very well plated but extremely bland. The price doesn’t match the food nor experience. Also do not come at brunch if you are vegetarian and want more than an appetizer, we waited for the “dinner menu” at 3:15 because of this. Overall experience 4/10 neither of us would return

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Montreal
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Second time at Amal since recent opening. First time was delicious - I had the shakshouka that tasted amazing and was excited to go back. Second time (2 weeks later) ordered the same brunch, the shakshouka and had all my 3 eggs overcooked and not melting at all. Same for my brother... kindly asked for another one and this time the eggs where just not cooked enough.. it was like a soup in the plate and looked like someone had spit... also we had to asked many times to pita bread and they were bringing just for 1 personne whereas we were 3... very disappointing will not go back. Too bad it is inconsistent and so early

R
Robinson
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I would not recommend this place to my friends and family. The food was boring. The staff has a big head on their shoulder but nothing to show for it so embarrassing.

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Kelly
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the service was excellent 👍

TK
vipTanKay
Toronto
18 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Atmosphere was good, drinks were exceptional, loved the appetizers and small plates but the entrees were extremely basic and over priced. Was great to visit once but would eat there again because of the lack of value for what was served.

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Cynthia
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

everything about this restaurant was amazing! would definitely revisit and recommend to everyone I know :)

R
Rashfa
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Food was okay, didn't blow my mind. But a great ambience

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Beautiful space, customer service left a lot more to be desired for such a tasteful place!

LC
vipLianeC
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an absolutely amazing experience. The ambience, food and service was excellent. We definitely plan on returning very soon.

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Kathleen
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful decor and excellent service, I had the soup and it was excellent. This restaurant is not inexpensive but the patio is gorgeous and you feel like you've been treated well. I would recommend!

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Wheathead
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our experience ,from arrival to departure!
We did not experience all of the dishes as we were pleasantly surprised by the size of sharing dishes .
Our server was amazing paid just enough attention.
We will definitely go back to enjoy other dishes .

FAQs

Amal Restaurant offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (416) 551-9929.

Amal Restaurant is rated 4.5 stars by 158 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.