Amal Restaurant

4.8
181 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.

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
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 181 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.9
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4.9
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4.5
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100% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SaadA
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Patio and food were great!

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MahgolS
Toronto
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was such an amazing experience. The quality and taste of the food was outstanding however, aside from quality of the food, the friendliness and customer service was exceptional. We will definitely come back :)

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and staff

OT
OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best place ever in Toronto 💓

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was amazing, food fantastic - staff are wonderful. Thanks Amanda! :)

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ShivaF
Toronto
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! Highly recommend.

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carolinel
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best service I’ve ever received.

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Nela
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lebanese food is delicious and Amal does make justice to it.

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Jackobe1
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. Service very good. Great atmosphere. A little surprised when the charges a fee for tap water. A little bit of a turn off. Thanks.

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Redan
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amal is wonderful not only because of the beautiful space it is housed in but because of its consistency in service and quality of food. Everyone here is always kind and welcoming, the food is always delicious, and the drinks are always good. Special thank you to Amanda, Paola, and Ali - the dream team :)

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Francis
Toronto
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great vibes and decorations. Food was okay. Friendly people

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been looking forward to going to this restaurant the whole pandemic. It blew my expectations out of the water. First of all… it is BEAUTIFUL.. I wanted to mostly go just to see what it looked like and it’s prettier than the photos ! Second of all.. the food is amazing. The fattoush salad was the best I’ve ever had. Same with their red pepper dip (muhammara dip), was absolutely delicious! The rest of our meal was so tasty too.. I already can’t wait to go back! This restaurant has made it to my top 3 Yorkville spots. Mmmm!

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, excellent food, service, and ambiance. We have lived in Toronto for 3 years and my husband said this was in his top five meals he has ever had in this city. Everything was delicious, plates came out appropriately spaced apart. Our server and the manager (Amanda I think) checked in on us often. The staff even gave honest recommendations on dishes. The outdoor seating was romantic and had a great vibe for groups as well.

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Pdub
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amal never disappoints! Food is incredible, cocktails delicious and refreshing , and the service impeccable! Alway a great night out to host friends!

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vipLocalFoodie
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Amazing! Great service and beautiful ambience!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Looking to

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TylerS
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on 1 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience although it was very cold outside and felt bad for our server in a skirt.

HJ
vipHJ1234
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Excellent patio set-up and ambiance, and fantastic service despite the short timeframe to set up once restrictions opened up. The pistachio kebab was the highlight for sure, well cooked and incredibly flavourful. The other items were not great, flavourful enough but not what I would expect from a fine dining establishment and not up to par with real Lebanese food. Cod was dry, not fresh (definitely from frozen) and a bit overcooked, and did not vibe with the sauce and other items on the plate. The service was really excellent though, as were the cocktails. Overall it feels like the quality of the food and flavours needs some serious improvement (outside of the kebabs/fresh grilled items) but the rest of the experience was great.

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MaydaA
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved it! Had a great time. Food was really delicious, ambiance was just right and the service was great. Very accommodating since we arrived late to our reservation. They still let us in and allowed us to get a cake since we were celebrating our friends engagement. Would definitely come again. P.S ask for Ali (server/waiter) he is the best!

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, Ambiance, and Service phenomenal. Highly recommended
Thank you to Charlie for the great service

OT
OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious!! The service was fast, I really enjoyed it.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on 26 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and ambience. The heated patio is great and works well for windy evenings too.
I was happy that they had various vegetarian options. The cocktails were nice too.

MT
MichelleT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. Service was very good. Server was attentive but not overbearing.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2020
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

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Jacintha
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2020
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

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our server, Dana, was outstanding!!!

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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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
33 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.

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LauraA
Toronto
17 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

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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!

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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!

FAQs

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

Amal Restaurant is rated 4.8 stars by 181 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.