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The Friendly Society, Elora, ON

The Friendly Society

4.8
4.8
948 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
Canadian
The Friendly Society is Elora's best-loved neighborhood restaurant. The decor is romantic yet rustic, the vibe is hip and comfortable, and the atmosphere is always welcoming. It is located on the river, steps from the Elora Mill, with a licensed patio and live music in the summer.

Chef Marc Gebran offers classic elevated comfort food with a focus on local and seasonal ingredients. Our well-stocked bar offers a wide range of beers, a lovingly-curated wine list, and a full cocktail menu.

Highlights include Sunday brunch, summer cocktails on the patio, a romantic date night, and dinner with friends.

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2 people

21:00


Booked 15 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    CAN$30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Canadian, French / Canadian, French
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu 11:30–22:00 Fri, Sat 11:30–23:00 Sun 10:00–19:00
  • Phone number
    (226) 384-8452
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive Chef
    Marc Gebran
  • Area
    Guelph
  • Parking Details
    Street parking is available.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Experiences

  • Join Us for a Culinary Adventure Around the Globe!

    CA$45.00 per person

    21 Jan - 3 Mar 2024
    Join us for our Culinary dinner series on Sunday from 4 - 7pm where we will be featuring a $90 prix fixe menu for two*, highlighting the rich and diverse cuisines of various cultures. Full menus can be found on our Instagram page! Jan 28: Korean Feb 4: Italian Feb 18: Japanese Feb 25: Lebanese Mar 3: Chinese Call us at 226.384.8452 to reserve or book online. We can't wait to welcome you for these unique dining experiences! *valid for dine-in only, plus taxes and gratuities.
    Join Us for a Culinary Adventure Around the Globe! photo

What 948 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Southern Ontario

    Canadian

948 Reviews
  1. NancyL

    Toronto

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely amazing brunch tapas style !! A great place to celebrate. Staff work together to make the experience top notch

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this restaurant!! The food is so good. The menu changes and keeps me coming back. Nice presentation. We enjoyed the tapas brunch. Excellent quality. I highly recommend.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great quaint atmosphere. The food was great, four people in our party, we all had something different and everyone was pleased with their choice. The dessert was large enough to share.

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  4. Angie

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing amazing service! We came during eloralicious preset menu for $55 and it was a good deal. The coconut shrimp was great!

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  5. Local

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect little meet up place for friends or a date night out! Service is always fantastic and the meal is delicious! They always go the extra mile for us!

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    There was some confusion with my booking, but the restaurant was able to rectify it and we had a great time. The food is delicious and we left insanely full. Would return any time!

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  7. TracyT

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 25 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful anniversary dinner. Rowan was a fantastic sever. He was attentive, he made great suggestions and was able to answer all the questions we had. Highly recommend eating here. We will be back!

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  8. CalebS

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great time celebrating our recent engagement, they also let our photographer take some photos of us inside to end off a full night of engagement photos.

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  9. Jessica

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 22 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    A very funky and fun space. Small but well decorated. The staff was obviously very small as we waited a long time between orders but food was prompt. Flavors weren't exactly what I was expecting given the description and my bf was disappointed with the amount of tuna in his tuna bowl. Maybe a bit pricey for the portion but overall a good meal

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  10. CateT

    Montreal

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 22 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another great meal with excellent service. Always a good choice for dinner.

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  11. AaronS

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Consistently good food, consistently good service, lovely cocktails. Can't go wrong if you pick Friendly

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  12. SueL

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great selection of drinks & food! Very fresh and large portions. The lunch atmosphere is very calming and sunny! The service at the Friendly is always amazing…

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  13. LoriP

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was great first time there and will most definitely come again

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  14. EileenF

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I meet up with friends on a regular basis here. Great food, excellent service!

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  15. MarkV

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 20 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Stayed at the Elora Mill but did not want that fancy/posh of a place for dinner. This is a gem only a very short walk from the Mill.! Highly recommend!
    The Friendly SocietyResponded 2 days ago
    Thanks Mark! Happy you enjoyed your visit!

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Awesome service, great food and exceptional cocktails!

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  17. BarryD

    Gloucestershire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Friendly by name and friendly by nature. Good food, great view and engaging staff.

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  18. ConstellationNAmes

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The brunch is good food and fast service. Would definitely recommend.
    The Friendly SocietyResponded on 20 February 2024
    We are so glad you enjoyed our brunch! Thanks for visiting.

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  19. Scott

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Flavourful food and very friendly, helpful and prompt service.
    The Friendly SocietyResponded on 20 February 2024
    Thanks, Scott! We are glad you enjoyed.

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  20. QuietObserver

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was good, ambience and decor is very nice however the tables are small and somewhat crowded, portions are very small for what you pay and the vinaigrette dressing was extremely acidic. Ordered a 5 ounce glass got a 2 ounce and charged for a 5 ounce. We were somewhat disappointed with the experience.

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  21. DebbieF

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband and I often go to The Friendly Society for date night. I consider this restaurant to be one of our favorites. Service and the food is always fantastic. I highly recommend.
    The Friendly SocietyResponded on 20 February 2024
    Thanks, Debbie! We are so happy to be one of your favourites. Cheers!

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  22. JuliaH

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great restaurant and great food. We will go back for sure.

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  23. ShannonF

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Valentine's meal (perch) was excellent and my wife really enjoyed the gluten free chicken. Our server was awesome and the Polaroid pic at the end of the meal was a cute idea. I will be recommending the Friendly Society to all my friends.
    The Friendly SocietyResponded on 20 February 2024
    That is so wonderful, Shannon! We are happy you enjoyed Valentine's with us.

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  24. GARYV

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Choice on menue very good food great and servicevrrygood would go there again
    The Friendly SocietyResponded on 20 February 2024
    Thanks, Gary! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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  25. KikiG

    Exclusive

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 13 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Quiche of the day was very good, but maybe a little salty. The Parmesan truffle fries were delicious as always. Service was very good and the food came out in a timely fashion.
    The Friendly SocietyResponded on 20 February 2024
    Thanks for visiting us, Kiki! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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  26. PH1961

    Toronto

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 12 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our server Grace was indeed friendly as well as efficient and professional. Great job. The spicy roasted Brussels sprouts appetizer was amazing. The Cabernet Sauvignon house wine was a decent one, better than average. I enjoyed the tenderloin steak with asparagus tips and mashed potatoes, but wasn't crazy about the sauce, hence not a perfect score. Will be back!
    The Friendly SocietyResponded on 20 February 2024
    Thanks for visiting us, we are happy you enjoyed the experience!

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  27. GerriD

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a wonderful hidden gem in downtown Elora! The food was absolutely fantastic! And the service was great! Highly suggest the Sunday brunch
    The Friendly SocietyResponded on 20 February 2024
    Thanks for visiting us, Gerri! We are so happy you enjoyed everything.

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  28. LaurenM

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    3rd time coming back! We absolutely love it. The staff is great too. Told our friends about it, and will for sure return!

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  29. AngelaW

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this place, especially the Sunday Brunch. It is appropriately named FRIENDLY Society. Everyone is always smiling and positive. They are most accommodating to requests and changes of plans. The service, atmosphere and food are awesome. Sunday Brunch tapas is a unique and fun experience, not to be missed. But book well in advance - the secret is getting out!

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  30. PetraL

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice place. Good service. Grace was great. Nice atmosphere. Good food. Decent selection.

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  31. maerom

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was my first time here and loved the experience so much! Amazing service, food, ambiance, decor - loved it all!

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  32. BrianB

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 6 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very enjoyable..wonderful staff..fun evening. Worth the drive.
    The Friendly SocietyResponded on 7 February 2024
    We are so glad you had a nice evening with us, Brian! Looking forward to seeing you soon.

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  33. SusanW

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 6 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I have found that The Friendly Society rates high in all categories, compared to most restaurants these days. My friends and family members all enjoy this restaurants food, service and ambiance.
    The Friendly SocietyResponded on 7 February 2024
    Thanks for the great review, Susan! We are so glad you enjoyed your experience with us. Cheers!

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  34. Amie

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 6 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our favorite local place to go, amazing food, great ambience and decor, cozy yet lively 😊
    The Friendly SocietyResponded on 20 February 2024
    Thank you, Amie! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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  35. NancyL

    Toronto

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 4 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We participated in the Italian themed night. Great food, plenty for the dinner for two. Service was awesome as usual . Loved the theme dinners !
    The Friendly SocietyResponded on 7 February 2024
    Hi Nancy, Thank you so much for your review! We are happy you enjoyed the Italian night and the service! Stephen and Rowan are a dynamic duo and I'll be sure to pass along your compliments. Cheers!

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  36. NadineH

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 4 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Once again we enjoyed their fixed price theme night menu, which was Italian. The food was very tasty and plentiful, we are not “big” eaters, but we had enough leftovers for a meal for one for another evening. We followed up with a delicious dessert, enjoyed their red house wine, and finished with a latte. Rowan was our server and definitely didn’t disappoint, he was friendly, nothing was too much trouble, and he made suggestions at every turn on how to make our experience even more enjoyable! Thanks for a fantastic evening, we will definitely return again!
    The Friendly SocietyResponded on 7 February 2024
    Thanks for another great review, Nadine! We are so happy you came back for the Italian evening and that you had a great experience with Rowan. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

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  37. Nick

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 4 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great spot, great staff, entire table got cold food twice, they pulled the drinks from the bill and were apologetic - it was a hiccup in the kitchen - I wouldnt hesitate to go back - I would have given 5 stars if it wasnt for the cold food
    The Friendly SocietyResponded on 20 February 2024
    Hi Nick, My apologies for the delay, the gift certificate has just been sent. Thanks again for your understanding. Best, Jessie

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  38. Lori

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of our favourite places to visit and eat. Love the vibe. Food is fantastic. Everyone is so friendly.
    The Friendly SocietyResponded on 7 February 2024
    Thanks for the great review, Lori! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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  39. Jimmy

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 4 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love everything about this brunch. It gets better every time!
    The Friendly SocietyResponded on 7 February 2024
    Thanks for the five stars, Jimmy! We are happy you enjoyed brunch with us. Cheers!

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  40. VictoriaB

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Unfortunately we had to wait longer than anticipated for our reservation to be available as it was double booked. In the end, our family had a lovely time there. The service was great. Thank you for taking time to recognize us. We appreciated it.
    The Friendly SocietyResponded on 7 February 2024
    Thanks for the review, Victoria. I am glad you enjoyed your time with us. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available

FAQs

The Friendly Society offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (226) 384-8452.

The Friendly Society is rated 4.8 stars by 948 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

21:00


Booked 15 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for The Friendly Society

8 Mill Street West, Elora, ON N0B 1S0

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Area
    Guelph
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu 11:30–22:00 Fri, Sat 11:30–23:00 Sun 10:00–19:00
  • Price
    CAN$30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Canadian, French / Canadian, French
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Street parking is available.
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Marc Gebran
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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