The Local Cafe and Restaurant

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  • Local Ingredients
  • Casual
  • Brunch
The Local Cafe and Restaurant was created to offer experiential learning opportunities for our students. The Local is located on Centennial College, Progress Campus.
At the Local, the hospitality, culinary and baking students learn in the restaurant as part of their embedded courses as well as their field placement's under the direction of our Faculty, and Chef and Restaurant Technicians.

Our menus are inspired by the international flavour profiles that represent the incredibly rich diversity of those who call Scarborough home. While sourcing locally available ingredients from the bounty of this Province, we have designed an interactive dining experience for our guests, featuring a seasonally inspired market style lunch, internationally inspired dinner menus with nightly features and a weekend brunch.

Join us in the restaurant or visit the cafe for coffee, baked goods or takeaway meals. Our students look forward to welcoming you!

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1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Centennial alumnus heartily recommending this hidden gem, particularly the lunch buffet which sources local ingredients with the seasons and follows Centennial's Global Citizenship and Equity initiative!

k
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

steak for brunch was kinda cold & the cups had reissued on it but overall nice experience good price for the variety

EP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Food is fresh and tasty, it's good that it's possible to taste different dishes in small amounts.
The environment is little bit chaotic because of many students around. Sometimes the music is too loud for dining or is it for students room listen to???

WS
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great lunch buffet and service, excellent food, great price!

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, buffet style and delicious food

P
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

I do not recall you have soup. You may add this on your buffet menu go along with your homemade bread and butter.
Overall, food is good and fresh. only roast pork is a bit overcooked, hard to cut and chew.
To the staff who serve us and who work in the kitchen, good job, good attitude!

WS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great local sourced food. Great hospitality. Love it.

T
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

Firstly, the food, choices, tastes are outstanding - as always!!!!
I am a little hesitant in bringing this to your attention but I know you will take it with a grain of salt.
I brought a friend who had never been to the restaurant - we sat at a booth close to the window.
We may have been mistaken but we thought we saw one of the student chefs checking the meat with
his finger.
When lunch was nearly done there was a student chef outside - he was not cooking but he had on the
cooking clothes and he was touching his nose and face.
I know he was not touching food but it is a negative perception seen by guests.
I brought a friend who had never been before and she is the one who brought it to my attention.

Sorry, three more points.
1. George Brown College has their students wear starched white shirts and black pants - very professional looking. Maybe you might consider all students wearing the same type of black pants and black shoes?
2. There are always many students around the front desk, bar area. It just looks as if they are milling about with nothing to do. Just a little noticeable.
3. I know it may not be possible to do anything about it but the restaurant is noisy. Being over 50 years old our hearing is not as good and we have difficulty hearing each other speak. Would it be possible to lower the music? As well is there anyway you could find out where the quietest location is?
I have tried the far corner and the booths but I am not sure which is the quietest.
Overall, I cannot tell you how wonderful the food choices, flavour, service is - absolutely outstanding - I come for lunch at least once a month and usually more frequently.
Everyone that I bring are also impressed.
Keep up the great work!

Sorry - one more point - my daughter is Vegan and I was just wondering if there could be more vegan choices. I have not brought her yet but would like to do so soon. (She is not in the city now)

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My family and I enjoyed the food and environment. I will go back again. Staffs are very friendly.

AC
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Not many students show smile when serving the customers.

S
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The food was terrible. Pasta was too salty , Salmon was too smelly ( no spice or salt) Server did not clean my dishes. Terrible experience so far. There wasn’t lot of food option. Never going back there.

BB
1 review
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food for great value. Very comfortable setting.

v
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another outstanding meal at the Local.We will visit again for the weekend brunch

d
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We have a great time trying out a couple of "Tapas Style" dishes. Shrimp Skewers was surprisingly tasty. Miso Marinated Cod has the Asian infusion, visually appealing and tastes great. The beef striploin was tender, confit fingerling potato was a good match, however, the tomatillo sauce is a bit of mismatch. The Romesco sauce Pork Ribs is a fun dish, a play on Doritos flavour, well done!

Whipped chocolate pot de creme maybe is a bit heavy/sweet for most people. It would be nice if there is something to go with, like a small slice of sponge cake. But on the other hand, it's so smooth and I do enjoy it. The chocolate cappuccino sorbet is interesting, first, you taste the chocolate and have the coffee aftertaste.

Passionfruit Mojito is very refreshing, especially for a hot summer day.

F
Toronto
25 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was amazing. Miso cod, grilled asparagus, home-baked bread were our favourites but all the dishes were excellent. The staff are training to serve the hospitality industry so they appreciate feedback - we had nothing but positive things to say about the service and quality of food preparation.

P
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, great service, very good value. Tables are a bit cramped and there were little flies on the wall. Will definitely go back.

PS
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Too noisy and students not assigned to anyone take. All over the place

CG
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We were very pleased that Marianna looked after us. Will not hesitate to recommend friends to the Cafe Restaurant.

Thank you.

v
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an awesome experience. The cleanliness of the environment together with the ambiance was amazing. The food and service were outstanding.We enjoyed each and every item, WE are considering returning for supper.
In addition we visited the eight floor and we were blow away. WE never knew this facility existed. A Scarborough Gem.

Regards ,
Vicky

d
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on 20 May 2019
Overall 1food service 1ambience

The restaurant is closed today but there are no indication at all. Called ahead, voice mail said to check website. Website didn't mention any closure. Followed the link on website and successfully made reservation on Opentable.

Making all the way to the restaurant only to find out the building was locked and the restaurant was closed.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Love the food selection this time - was great with seafood additions!

YE
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

we just loved the new summer tapas menu, and ordered 3 per person!
So good; small portions, great value, great taste!!!
Our server Gunika was very good, kind and nice.
Really great dinner; thank you : 0

A
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food at a very reasonable price. It is a learning environment for students, so very happy to support the Local.

f
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

buffet lunch not much choices, the servers not experienced, Michael, the in charge is wonderful. Overall pretty satisfy, if there are more choices of food, it will be much much better.

G
1 review
Dined on 30 April 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Have visited The Local couple of times, Nice place, good service, but being part of a culinary school I’d expect food to be better prepared than it is, ingredients they use are fine BTW, they just need to taste and sample the food as they cook it to season it and cook it for longer time or les time they normally do if needed. All in all it is a good value.

R
New Orleans
15 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great brunch. Bold coffee.Fun atmosphere. Lots of helpful staff, a little doe-eyed at times. You can tell it's a learning environment but I feel that is all part of the experience. The food quality and price point is outstandng

SK
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good place for dining and parking facility is availabe and close by. Good value for lunch and brunch.

YE
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The Boston Bibb salad was amazing with blueberries and pickled beets, the mussels were also very good, so was the burger.
The shoe-string fries were brown and burned. Consider switching to big chunky fries, which would be easier to make without burning, and contain less oil. The local sodas and drinks were outstanding.
Service was also very good, friendly and attentive.

MM
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I enjoyed the variety of choices in the lunch buffet. The server was extra helpful and very accommodating when my colleague who is a vegan requested to have her veggies be served without butter. That was very much appreciated! Love how my cappuccino was served - nice presentation and very pleasing to the eyes! I'd go back again soon for sure.

T
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Local restaurant offers great service and value for the weekend buffet!

SF
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A hidden gem in our neighbourhood. The servers, chefs, etc. are all students at Centennial College, but are all learning various aspects of the hospitality industry and are very interesting to talk to. Service was quite attentive, but some allowances must be made for the fact they everyone is "learning" on the job and speed of service may not quite match high class eateries. There were four of us dining together, and we had a thoroughly enjoyable evening.

LP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Wonderful food, lots of variety and great value! Will be back many times more

A
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food experience for a quick bite or a full meal. Ingredients are always fresh and cooked to perfection.

VV
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very helpful staff, good food and clean restaurant

T
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 1

Hello
The food was excellent. I am a flexitarian and prefer more vegetables.
There were so many choices and varied ones as well.
The salmon was so moist and delicious - I confess I had 2 pieces.
The quinoa was very flavourful.
The choice of having an omelette was a nice touch - my colleague had it and really enjoyed it.
The student wait staff were personable but not intrusive.
They were quick to refill water glasses and ask if we would like refills of coffee and tea.
Dessert - good choices - always lovely to have fresh fruit.
I had the apple pie and it was delicous.
My only complaint is the music and the noise due to the type of floor.
I have a little loss of hearing and with the loudness of the music and the type of floor and walls I always have difficulty hearing what my fellow dinner guests are saying.
I wonder if you could lower the music level just a little?
Overall the food in my estimation is better than before with great variety.
The food/service everything seems to be better every time I come.
Keep up the wonderful standards.
Donna Farrow

YE
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The new spring menu is spectacular!!! We loved the mussels, halibut, soup and salads.
The only comment I would have to improve would be about French fries with paired mussels; this deep fried Canadian farm staple does NOT match the delicate taste of mussels. I suggest changing it to salad, quinoa, rice, or anything else. My request to serve it with a salad was granted; thank you : )

OT
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service. A real gem.

YE
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Amazing food; fresh local ingredients; steak was wonderfully medium as requested, beet salad was amazing... I would prefer the fires to be more chunky, not shoe-strings, as they soak too much oil and get overdone easily. Service very friendly.

D
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was great, tasty, and fresh. The service was enthusiastic (they are students, and tried hard) everyone was friendly. We were not rushed. Highly recommended!

c
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very good food will come back again with friends. Love it.

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