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Symposium Cafe Restaurant & Lounge

#4,422 of 7,077 Restaurants in Toronto}
$$ - $$$, International,
5221 Yonge St, Toronto, Ontario M2N 5P8, Canada
+1 647-350-5221
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  • Excellent18%
  • Very good35%
  • Average29%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible10%
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Bar, International, Canadian, Cafe
$$ - $$$
5221 Yonge St, Toronto, Ontario M2N 5P8, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were here as a group for breakfast. The service was slow and inattentive. The food was mundane. Not awful, but poor enough that we have never returned.

Thank miraclecruise
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

After waiting an hour for brunch, the salad I ordered was returned twice and eggs once due to incompetency of the kitchen staff and the waiter. Never came around for coffee and water refills. One friend asked for butter and the waiter's excuse (at the...More

Thank Farinaz M
Reviewed 19 June 2017

I have been to this restaurant a few times. This would have been a 1 star rated review had it been on any other day. I decided go here for Father's Day with my family - disaster!! I made a reservation. The table was not...More

1  Thank Trudy M
Reviewed 28 May 2017

All around good choice for a restaurant. It has its unique choices in a Mediterranean ambiance. Pros: -breakfast, lunch, dinner choices keep you coming back. -Staff is excellent and attentive. -Prices make some meals a good value. - You can usually get a table quickly....More

Thank Dan T
Reviewed 22 May 2017

We went there with a bunch of friends Friday ,afternoon we ordered but after that we wait so long to bring us our dinner . However one of orders was wrong the food was acceptable.I didnt like its steak. Again we ordered dessert wait for...More

Thank Babak S
Reviewed 11 May 2017 via mobile

Great food, fresh and big portions, great bar, TV screens, and friendly location. James, our server, was friendly, cool and engaging. We celebrated a friend's birthday party here - he got the proverbial cake and song... This place is nice...Check the pictures.

1  Thank michaelq347
Reviewed 18 March 2017

Friendly greeting at door. My friend had not yet arrived. Seated to wait. Staff and waiter friendly and accommodating. Enjoyed Teriyaki Spiced Salmon, veggies (better quality) and potato. It was St. Patrick's Day and waiter wore a green sequined tie. Enjoyed the pre-theatre time spent...More

Thank Marilyn H
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

Service very friendly, food great and tasty, ... love Symposium ! I will be going back to eat here & other locations for sure!

1  Thank shissa
Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

I haven't came here for a very long time; since I moved away. I'm not very sure if the owner here has changed (or the chef). But the overall quality has went down a lot. Food 2 stars: I can do better at home. I...More

1  Thank Helen L
Reviewed 30 January 2017 via mobile

I was pleasantly surprised at this nice restaurant, it was quiet, had an extensive menu and the lunch special, while it wasn't huge, it was quite good along with a fresh salad. Service was friendly, attentive and helpful after the kitchen delivered the wrong type...More

Thank avcapobi
North York
North York is one of Toronto's most culturally diverse
neighborhoods. Home to a number of cultural events
throughout the year that celebrate the city's varied
ethnic communities, it's always worthwhile to see
what's going on in the area. Its cross-section of
inhabitants include students and long-time residents,
giving North York an eclectic feeling of being both
local and international. Extremely family-friendly,
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$6 - US$20
Bar, International, Canadian, Cafe
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Drinks, After-hours, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Wine and Beer
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:00 - 00:00
08:00 - 00:00
08:00 - 00:00
08:00 - 00:00
08:00 - 00:00
08:00 - 01:00
08:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5221 Yonge St, Toronto, Ontario M2N 5P8, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Toronto>  > North York
  • Neighbourhood: North York
  • Phone Number: +1 647-350-5221
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Symposium North York is a unique and welcomed dining alternative situated along a vibrant and developing stretch of Yonge Steet, north of Sheppard. Located at 5221 Yonge Street, Symposium North York is a short walk from both the North York Civic Centre and the Ford Centre for the Performing Arts, and offers the diverse neighbourhood a variety of dining options. Whether it's a bountiful breakfast with our famous Eggs Benedict, a quick bite with the family before lessons at Douglas Snow Aquatic Centre, a working business lunch with lighter fare, or a full course "Date Night" dinner, Symposium North York provides menu choices for all your tastes and all mealtimes. For you Late Nite diners, we offer meal options until close, along with, of course, our signature European Coffees and Desserts, for that special end to your night at the theatre. The elegant, yet casual, decor is the perfect backdrop for business functions, family celebrations, intimate dinners, or even formal cocktail parties. While our Early Bird Specials offer guests excellent value every day of the week. With seating for 95 indoors and an extra 40 seats on the beautiful outdoor patio, Symposium North York specializes in large group seatings and can accommodate last minute functions. When the weather is less than co-operative, enjoy the extra comfort of our outdoor heaters along our wrap-around patio.
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