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Rectory Cafe

$$ - $$$
Downtown West
Cafe, Canadian
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102 Lakeshore Ave | Ward's Island, Toronto, Ontario M5J 1X9, Canada
+1 416-203-2152
11:00 - 17:00
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Wed - Sun 11:00 - 17:00
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Turin, Italy
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice location, rude service from the waitress, average food and high prices … not recommended I'm afraid.

Thank Jim832
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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147 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While strolling around the island stumbled on this nice little cafe. Great little garden patio which was great to enjoy the sun, have a drink and a bite to eat. Ended up spending a few hours here which was very relaxing.

Thank tree1990
Toronto, Canada
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29 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I love this setting!!! Grab your bike, tour around the island then come here for a meal! Good service and great food and what a lovely setting!! Truly enjoyable

Thank BarnieGal
Singapore, Singapore
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123 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

A great spot to get away fr9m the hustle and bustle! A perfect fit for the Island. Good food in a very civilized atmosphere makes for a feeling of utmost respectability. I love grabbing a bite after a good walk around the island. Go early to get a table or reserve one.

Thank yagicorp
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53 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

This restaurant is on a Island before take your place check the schedule ferry to go to Toronto. Health food. Good Price. The wifi is included [ask for the password] but sometimes does' n work properly

Thank Alessio M
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12 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

Taking the ferry across to the Island doesn't take long and if you like walking, then this is the place to be. No cars allowed and you can hire bikes to travel about. And after taking in the sites and views from the Island, you need to make a stop at the Rectory cafe. It must be a great place... More 

Thank E S
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145 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

We visited this establishment on a quiet day and found it a pleasant retreat. I suspect that it can get very busy. We started on the beers and found a good choice at $4.50 a half. but I found myself repeating my mantra that the beers in Canada are served far too cold. It was not a slight chill but... More 

Thank DevonFoxtrotone
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

I had lunch - soup, sandwiches, coffee, at this nice restaurant in a beautiful location on Toronto Island. It was busy, being a beautiful day and the only place open in late October. The food was nice, and we had planned to stay for dessert but the service from one woman in particular was nothing short of rude. She was... More 

Thank LouSydney
Wiltshire, United Kingdom
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201 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

Tea, cakes and ambience were great and well needed after a long walk. The queue was fine as they took names on arrival and gave an estimate. But once in, there was a huge wait for orders and then service with just two waiters managing the whole garden. Having said this, the cakes were delicious and we would certainly go... More 

Thank BJDLondon
Toronto, Canada
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Took some friends here for lunch mid-September. We lucked out on a glorious day and each of us enjoyed our very delicious and healthy meals waterside. The patio is charming and well-shaded. We had excellent and attentive service so it couldn't have been a more delightful experience. There are opportunities to explore Ward's Island or walk over to Centre Island.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$50
Cafe, Canadian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Romantic, Groups, View, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 - 17:00
11:00 - 17:00
11:00 - 17:00
11:00 - 17:00
11:00 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 102 Lakeshore Ave | Ward's Island, Toronto, Ontario M5J 1X9, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Toronto>  > Downtown West
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown West
  • Phone Number: +1 416-203-2152

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