Senator Restaurant

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CAN$30 and under
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American

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At the Senator, we prepare and serve fresh, high-quality honest-to-goodness food to lovers of good food. We offer traditional breakfast and lunch as well as upscale contemporary dinners with a selection of fine wines and traditional cocktails in both our main floor restaurant and upstairs in the Top of the Senator. Reservations for dinner are recommended.
What 77 People Are Saying
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4.6
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4.1
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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M
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was very good It’s a must if you’re going to the theatre the staff is very friendly and I definitely recommend the chicken pot pie best I’ve ever had 😀

KS
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Out with friend

JP
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. it was the first time we have eaten on the second level, and found it to be absolutely charming. A great venue to host smaller private gatherings.

LD
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We loved the quaint atmosphere, the attentive service and the salmon catch of the day!

ML
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food and service were excellent. Good vibe and very convenient for dinner prior to the theatre.

JL
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

THE RACK OF LAMB WAS VERY TASTY, THE CHICKEN POT PIE AND SHORT RIBS WERE O.K. THE DESERTS WERE DELICIOUS.

MS
Miami
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

We have been there twice before. The first time was good. Food was delicious. We brought friends the next time and things were alright. This time it was freezing in the restaurant . The dressing on the Caesar salad wasn’t good. Different then before. I had salmon which I’ve had twice before. The fish was fine but certainly the wrong sauce on it. The potatoes were burnt and the snow peas were awful . Stringy, that you could not swallow them. My husbands pasta was just alright, but certainly lots of shrimp.
We expected the meal to be on a par as previous visits.

LM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was brilliant! Thanks to Andrew for the great recommendations and awesome attention.

TC
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The Senator has always been a special place in ambience and value but the true measure of any restaurant is how you are treated.

And in this case there was a problem with my reservation and as usual on a Friday night, The Seantor was at capacity with a pre show crowd. It wuld have been very easy for them to say that with apologies , there was nothimng they could do for me.

But Shelly, the manager went out of his way to accommodate me, to make sure there was no disappintment for me and my guest that night. That's what you remember, that extra effort. That's what builds customer loyalty.

Thanks Shelly.

A
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is such a good restaurant. No pretenses, feel comfortable, food is good and service attentive and cheerful. The noise level is pretty high, but given the structure of the place, that is inescapable. Portions are not big---but so good one is tempted to double the order. Accommodating special requests is done with grace and a smile.
Recommending a friend comes with the thought that this great little restaurant will become even busier and reservations will be needed weeks in advance! lol

B
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food and the staff wonderful very caring and attentive especially catered to theatre crowd

R
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's my 30th year dining at The Senator. Hopefully that says it all.

k
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we are from burlington.. and each time we are at the theatre across the street, senator is our "go to".. thanks for being there.. staff are great.. and so is food.. and service.. 'til later.. karen.

OT
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable room with good ambiance. Food was very tasty, and service was excellent

MP
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

EXPECT GRDAT FOOD, BUT NO MORE SHEPPARD'S PIE. DON'T TRY TO HOLD A CONVRSTION THAT MUST BE PRODUCTIVE OR SHARED...DO A LOT OF HAND WAVING OR TEXTING...NOISE LEVEL IS VERY HIGH...NO DAMPENING ACCOUSTICS THERE!

g
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Our burgers were overdone especially the one ordered medium rare.

The onion soup was expensive and disappointing.

We had not been back for several years but the meal was disappointing

HL
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Pre theatre dinner. Across the street from the Mervish theatre.

S
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Tight seating and a bit loud. Pricy for the quality, but tasty. The jalapeño corn bread amuse bouche was a nice touch. Frites were excellent. Service outstanding.

JW
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always a wonderful meal. Liver and onions is a favourite for me as no one else in the family likes it but at the Senator it is cooked to perfection and a super treat for me! Lots of veggies that are also cooked properly!! Servers are always so amicable and make you feel so valued. Reservations are a must due to the popularity of this place!!

OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our Caesar salad was the best we’ve ever had! We loved being upstairs!

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful, friendly staff— food is delicious

c
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, our experience at the Senator Restaurant was relaxing and an excellent experience. Hence, we continue to return because of the friendly staff, great service and tasty food.

JM
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Reliable, friendly, great atmosphere, always a treat . Great menu options, no bad choices.

J
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always friendly and professional. GREAT food. Would recommend it anytime to everyone

s
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Shelly and the waitress were OUTSTANDING! When we come down again we would prefer not to be right by the kitchen doors.

HF
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed an excellent bottle of Australian red wine with our meal. The food was enjoyable, loved the roasted potatoes, however I received the tail part of the salmon which was a bit over done. Loved our waitress and the excellent personalized service. Will be back soon....

F
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The Senator provides good food with very pleasant and attentive service. It is loud and busy but that just enhances the atmosphere. It is a fun place-not somewhere you'd go for a romantic dinner!

DJ
Toronto
28 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was good but not spectacular and for the type of restaurant that it is - Retro Diner - it is far too over-priced. For a beet salad, short ribs with mashed potatoes and undercooked vegetables, and a 5oz glass of wine, the bill including tax and 15% tip, came to $72 - for one person. That’s a lot for this type of food and restaurant.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed the visit to the Senator,it was a very good experience and we will definitely return

TO
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great restaurant with old time vibe. Great food, nothing fancy but well done. An old Toronto throwback with tight booth seating. A good place to go before the show.

E
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always reliable‼️ Like the new selections. Always fun & I love the ambience.

OO
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Very tight seating. Ordered pasta which came out watery and very soft. The portion came out as a side order and was extremely small especially for $18. Rest of food was just OK. Only bright spot was our server who was vey apologetic.

OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Found the menu much more restrictive and higher priced. Service was poor even after the waiter was told we had tickets he was very slow with dessert & coffee.

K
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Cool retro decor and relaxed atmosphere. Would rate it higher but $30 for the pasta “special” was too much, given portion size and 4 shrimp.

BP
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for dinner and a show. Both were fabulous and a great value for the money. Intimate space, great talent with Alex Pangman, and very good food.

KB
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Restaurant needs a renovation. It looks prey old, tired and dingy. Burger was good, not anything out of the ordinary. Cesar salad was sad... lettuce was fresh but the dressing was dolloped on the top. Service and staff was the only positive experience. Definitely off my return list.

RT
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

We like the retro decor, but it’s a bit dull and sad. Needs some livening up. Maybe a fresher wall colour would help. (I am a designer, so attuned to this!)
Also, the banquettes are too upright- not very comfy. Sad colour too.
Service was excellent.
Food was serviceable, good but not inspired.
Steak, and liver, were fine, if not divine.
Veggies were too garlicky.
Not sure we will rush back... needs some new energy.

MB
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great meal and wonderful service.. looking forward to experiencing their upstairs experience

m
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Dining before theatre

HG
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

My friend and I are Mirvish Subscribers and enjoy dining at the Senator before each show regardless of show location (happy to take the night air and get a bit of exercise before sitting for a couple of hours!)
Great food, great value, very friendly personal service.
We look forward to our evenings of dinner & theater.
See you in October!
Holly Galloro
Teresa Moriarty

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