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The Playpen Restaurant - CLOSED

842 Gerrard St E, Toronto, Ontario M4M 1Y7, Canada
+1 647-857-8880
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  • Excellent40%
  • Very good54%
  • Average0%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible6%
17 Oct 2013
30 Jul 2013
“Austere surroundings with wonderful food”
Restaurant Hours Closed
Italian, Asian
$$ - $$$
842 Gerrard St E, Toronto, Ontario M4M 1Y7, Canada
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Reviewed October 17, 2013 via mobile

This resto now closed:( The "Real Jerk" Jamaican restaurant that was on Queen st East is relocating to this spot. Looks like they will be open for business in November.

1  Thank Sean F
Reviewed July 30, 2013

Not only is the cooking outstanding but the noise level is so low you can enjoy a conversation while eating. Wine list is small but well chosen at reasonable prices.For chockaholics threir flouless chocolate cake is nirvana

Thank schuftel
Reviewed July 23, 2013

Gerrard and Carlaw, in a dingy strip mall, made me look in the windows first to see i had come to the right place. Inside, eclectic!! 80's, 90's, + nicely done i enjoyed the lounge and dining tables mixed. Good welcome and attentive servers. Summerlicious...More

1  Thank mismanagement
Reviewed July 15, 2013

You might be a little wary as you step into what looks like a fifties bar in a strip mall at a very unpromising corner of downtown Toronto, but press on for a fine meal. The interior is almost fifties, the water glasses genuinely so,...More

1  Thank Frances B
Reviewed June 28, 2013

Seafood Hot Pot, Flat Iron Steak, Osso Bucco, Steak Tartar was all delicious. The service was excellent and price was very good. If you want really good food for your $$$$ go there for dinner.

Thank Kat C
Reviewed May 2, 2013

Playpens exterior belies what you'll find inside...very tasty food and attentive, and sometimes exuberant, staff! I had the Albacore Tuna and it was cooked perfectly. And our friends said they also enjoyed the Prix Fixe option when they were previously at Playpen. Playpen, I'd say,...More

Thank impytraveller
Reviewed March 16, 2013

First the service: first rate. I will quote KWH70's review over there on the right: "Service is also great. Polite, friendly (but not too chummy), knowledgeable staff all around." Exactly. Thank you, Jackson. On the food front, life was up and down. We had a...More

Thank Barry B
Reviewed February 27, 2013

This is our go-to spot for great food, beverages and service. All are consistently outstanding and the lounge is a fun place to dine with friends, family or a larger group. Laura, the owner is gracious, welcoming and accomodating. The servers and bartenders are professional,...More

Thank JulieinToronto2013
Reviewed January 30, 2013

Another Johnny K and Laura P venture where people go to try and be cool and they suck people in to paying too much for too little. The food is mediocre at best and definitely not worth the price. The staff are poorly trained, if...More

Thank Stevieray99
Reviewed December 8, 2012

For those who know east-end Toronto haunts, The Playpen comes to you from the same owner/chef combo as Tomi-Kro and Lolita's Lust (among others). For those not in the know, this is shorthand for exceptional quality food and interesting ambiance. So The Playpen? Same great...More

Thank KWH70
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Restaurant Details

Average prices
US$31 - US$50
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Open Hours
5:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
5:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
5:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
5:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.
5:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 842 Gerrard St E, Toronto, Ontario M4M 1Y7, Canada
  • Public Transportation: College streetcar (east west) and Pape #72 bus going north/south adjacent to the restaurant.
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Toronto>  > East End
  • Neighbourhood: East End
  • Phone Number: +1 647-857-8880
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