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By The Way

#1,222 of 7,023 Restaurants in Toronto
$$ - $$$, Cafe, Mediterranean
400 Bloor St W, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1X5, Canada
+1 416-967-4295
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  • Excellent18%
  • Very good47%
  • Average21%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (14 reviews)
“lentil soup” (3 reviews)
“eggs benedict” (4 reviews)
Open Now
9:00 AM - 9:30 PMAll hours
Canadian, Cafe, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
400 Bloor St W, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1X5, Canada
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1 - 10 of 78 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very nice restaurant. Food was fabulous. Our Falafel balls were tasty. Had fresh chicken special cooked in cream sauce, done to perfection! My French Martini was exceptional. Our desserts, apple tart and chocolate cake was very good. Our server was very friendly and efficient. We...More

Thank LamAng2
Reviewed 7 December 2017

This is my "go to" place whenever I come down to Tafelmusik or Bloor Street Hot Docs Theatre. Food is always great and service is attentive and friendly. Kufta is one of my favourites but soups and apps are also fabulous. Great ambiance and reasonable...More

Thank andross2
Reviewed 18 October 2017

By The Way Cafe food is mediocre and over-priced. The patio is lovely, the staff are nice, but the items offered for the price is unreasonable. There is nothing special about their food, nor are the flavours that amazing. I hate to be harsh, but...More

Thank Rebecca L
Reviewed 14 September 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed a spontaneous patio meal, splitting the vegetarian special of the day. Nice server, no delay, and satisfying. On one side, we could have gone to Aroma. Always a line and same price point, but self-serve. On the other side, we could have gone...More

1  Thank savvysolo
Reviewed 4 September 2017 via mobile

Brie a la shum served as a heated dip with apples and pita. Lentil soup ok but could have more oomph. Fig salad had nice combo of ingredients but could have more of each. Bf really liked the fish special done as a lightly breaded...More

1  Thank Kulbi
Reviewed 22 August 2017 via mobile

The BTW patio is a nice place to enjoy a drink or two. We had a late night snack here and it hit the spot!

Thank Ryan B
Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

Omelettes here are always superb as is the French toast for breakfast, but at supper I found the tuna Nicoise average. The fish was not the best. A little dry as were the chicken kebabs. The lamb was sinewy. The Baba Ghanouj was tasty as...More

1  Thank Dorten
Reviewed 14 June 2017

Centrally located in the heart of the Annex, a short walk from the Spadina subway, BTW is a lovely sit down Mediterranean resto. Great location for getting together with friends, where good conversation does not require shouting. It has a brief, to the point menu,...More

1  Thank cubandido
Reviewed 20 May 2017

I've been here numerous times with friends and finally decided to submit a review! I was here recently with a good friend and had a pleasant experience. We decided to sit on the patio because it was such a beautiful day! The space to sit...More

1  Thank Ana P
Reviewed 30 April 2017

Went to this cafe before we attended a documentary at the Bloor Cinema. Two of the four of us ordered the BTW Signature salad for $12. The name of this salad would indicate it should be fantastic and the waitress said it was good. The...More

1  Thank Elisa L
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$12 - US$24
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
9:00 AM - 9:30 PM
9:00 AM - 9:30 PM
9:00 AM - 9:30 PM
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 400 Bloor St W, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1X5, Canada
    (Brunswick & Bloor)
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Toronto>  > Midtown
  • Neighbourhood: Midtown
  • Phone Number: +1 416-967-4295
  • E-mail
By The Way is a much-loved neighbourhood favourite that offers contemporary Mediterranean fare with Latin flare in the heart of the Annex. A reliable, tasty standby for generous, nourishing eats, BTW has all the meal bases covered, from breakfast to late-night fill-up. Omelettes, pasta dishes and eggs benny get lots of mention, as does the fine selection of Middle Eastern choices. The restaurant enjoys a particular reputation for its healthy focus. There's also a solid selection of vegetarian dishes. A surprisingly extensive wine list includes both house and vintage options. The space is bright and cheerful. The big corner patio fills up in the summertime.
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