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Free Times Cafe

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320 College St, Toronto, Ontario M5T 1S3, Canada
+1 416-967-1078
10:00 - 02:00
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Toronto, Canada
1 review
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Booked for family event buffet.The owner kept on changing her mind about what she needed from me and said she was just catering and not to bother her. Long story short, she started screaming at me and became hysterical so I walked away. When I said I wanted to coordinate the buffet so that people could take breaks to eat... More 

Thank relevant2
Toronto, Canada
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116 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

This venue has its regulars... It's especially fun if you like all you can eat buffets... and don't care about calories. Live entertainment is an added draw for some. However, if you are not in the room were the music is playing you won't hear it.

Thank savvysolo
Toronto, Canada
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640 reviews
340 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2017 via mobile

Free Times is a reasonable lunch place just south of Kensington Market. They offer options such as salads, a brisket sandwich, fish n chips, sandwiches, wraps, etc. I had a California wrap that was a special for the day. It featured spinach, avocado, chicken, and tomato. It came with fries for $12.95. The wrap was good, yet a bit heavy... More 

Thank mbc421
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

Surprised that we really enjoyed our visit Place is early ugly, very tight quarters but the Sunday "Jewish" brunch was quite good. Lots of food, all you can eat, good variety but certainly not what you might call "fine dining" The Sunday we went featured a Yiddish singer performing old time Yiddish songs. She was terrific and her Moscow trained... More 

Thank Lloyd W
Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

I visit Free Times fairly regularly for lunch because it's close to work. The food is consistently good although sometimes it falls a little flat. I would really prefer to give it 3.5 stars. I usually get the falafels and sweet potato fries, but they often have good specials and the all day breakfast is pretty good (latkes and coffee... More 

Thank slj1111
Toronto, Canada
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42 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

I have become a regular at the Free Times Cafe, particularly on the 60's revival sing-a-long night. The intererior is like being transported back in time to an era of peace and tranquility. The food is tasty and plentiful. The owner Judy is sweet and attentive. I have also come for the Sunday Brunch and Klezmer music which is fun.

Thank mrscolnik
Saint James, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

This is small restaurant. We were there for their "Bella did you eat" brunch The owner first gave us the history of the name and the place. The brunch had a great many selections, such as blintzes, lox and bagels, lox and eggs, plain eggs, gefilte fish, herrings, a wide variety of salads, and let's not forget the desserts. The... More 

Thank Gale141
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016 via mobile

We had brunch here today based on reviews on this site, and I am glad we did. We went for the "all you can eat" traditional Jewish brunch, which was very varied and abundant. For just under $CA 22 per person, we had several servings of potato latkes, hummus, scrambled eggs, etc....washed down with several cups of coffee and tea... More 

Thank khadijaassoudi
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016

I had latkes, blintzes and a small salad. All was very good and reasonably priced. Parking was easy to find nearby.

Thank Thoughtfultraveller1
London, England
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

We only came for drinks but the welcome was very warm (and the beer was great) food we saw going out looked good and the prices are really cheap, with lots of tax-in deals on drinks. Would love this as our neighbourhood bar but, sadly, we live 3500 miles away

Thank LouisfromLondon

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, Canadian, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
10:00 - 01:00
10:00 - 02:00
10:00 - 02:00
10:00 - 02:00
10:00 - 02:00
10:00 - 02:00
10:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 320 College St, Toronto, Ontario M5T 1S3, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Toronto>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 416-967-1078

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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At the heart of Toronto, Downtown is the destination for cheap eats and fast fashion. Cut through by hip and trendy Yonge Street, the vibe here is young, with a strong student influence from the Ryerson University Campus. As a result, the Downtown area is always in flux: undergoing the construction of new facilities, with fresh retail spaces and pop-up cafes. Home to Toronto's largest indoor shopping mall, a number of vintage cinemas, and a healthy nightlife centered on the area's Distillery District bar and clubs near the East End, it's both an easygoing daytime spot and a popular party place after sunset. It also features some of Toronto's best outdoor landmarks, including Yonge-Dundas Square and the Nathan Phillips Square: perfect for a concert, a skate, or a relaxing sit-down.
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