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The Local Gest

#166 of 7,075 Restaurants in Toronto}
$$ - $$$, , International
424 Parliament St, Toronto, Ontario M5A 3A2, Canada
+1 416-961-9425
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  • Excellent75%
  • Very good22%
  • Average1%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
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Bar, Canadian, International, Pub, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
424 Parliament St, Toronto, Ontario M5A 3A2, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We found this place by accident and enjoyed a light lunch on the patio. The service was excellent, the food also. My friend had the Cubano Sandwich and declared it delicious. I was eating light so enjoyed a very good house salad along with a...More

1  Thank hcc1105
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We met some long lost friends here and a had great meal. I'd recommend the steak or the tacos. Both were yummy!

Thank Benjamin B
Reviewed 1 July 2017

We were staying in the area and dropped into this restaurant because it was close by and the menu looked appealing. We both had the Fahitas which were tasty, generous portions and good value. The staff were all friendly and efficient too. Would recommend

Thank Dot H
Reviewed 22 April 2017

My friend and I were nearby and wanted to have something to eat. As we walked by, we stopped to check out the place unsure of the menu. We both were very surprised at the variety on the menu. My friend opted for the Fish...More

Thank CyberKat_CB
Reviewed 27 March 2017 via mobile

Lovely tavern with exceptional staff and food. Enjoyed their special of mashed parsnips and mushroom pot pie that was FABULOUS. Please be sure to include this restaurant on your visit.

Thank j0emagic
Reviewed 22 November 2016

It was our third visit for our large group ( french choir) and we go back every year because we love the food, the staff and the atmosphere. We always end up singing randomly 3-4 songs during our meal and we feel that it is...More

Thank Alain Beaudoin L
Reviewed 14 November 2016

The psychotherapy institute I'm studying at part time just moved across the road, so I tried this place out. I've been there 3 times in Oct / Nov and it has been consistently good in all arenas. Service: friendly, helpful (I'm on crutches just now...More

Thank Louise W
Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

We've been here at least a dozen times since moving in and will keep coming back. The food is amazing and reasonably priced with good portions. I haven't had anything on the menu I haven't liked yet and they've got a great rotating beer selection....More

Thank Mark W
Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

We were looking at our TA app looking for a good place for lunch when a nice gentleman asked if we needed help. He suggested The Local Gest. Outstanding atmosphere and very quick friendly service. My wife ordered the soup and salad and got a...More

Thank ClintTraveler
Reviewed 11 October 2016

A friend and I went to Local Gest for a quick Dinner before a concert at the Phenoix. The food was creative and super delicious but what really stands out is the impeccable service. With a busy patio our server took the time to chat...More

Thank Sarah F
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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$8 - US$20
Bar, Canadian, International, Pub, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:30 - 01:00
11:30 - 01:00
11:30 - 01:00
11:30 - 01:00
11:30 - 01:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 424 Parliament St, Toronto, Ontario M5A 3A2, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Toronto>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 416-961-9425
  • E-mail
The Local Gest brings Farm to Table eating to the heart of Cabbagetown, on Parliament. Enjoy fresh local produce - growing vegetables and herbs at a plot on Fresh City Farms, using mostly certified organic seeds, is just one of the ways that real food arrives on your plate. Choose from an array of classic dishes for lunch and dinner - burger, po' boy, steak frites, fajitas and schnitzel, to name just a few. And weekend brunch offers both egg and savory options. Nightly entertainment includes Trivia Night on Wednesday, live music on Thursdays, and Sunday Jazz.
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