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#1,286 of 5,513 Restaurants in Toronto


US$12 - US$29
Canadian, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Old Toronto
1.0 km from Royal Ontario Museum
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Reviewed September 30, 2020

I live in the area and have been coming to By The Way for a couple years. Recently I visited to have lunch and read my book quietly in a peaceful environment on a rainy day. I was the sole patron, and no other customers...were present inside. After a couple hours, not long after paying my bill, and still drinking the coffee I had paid for, the very rude waiter informed me that I would have to leave because "this isn't a library". This is the first time I have been kicked out of an empty restaurant for reading a book. When I told the waiter as much, his response was "this isn't Starbucks".More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed February 15, 2020 via mobile

It is a pleasant spot looking out onto Bloor Street. A very thick curtain hangs in the doorway to help block blasts of cold air as patrons enter. The menu offers a variety of items with a Mediterranean influence. Serving portions are good. I enjoyed...the beet walnut salad with chicken. It is a very popular place and reservations would be recommended. Service was cheerful but she was also very busy. It’s nice when they top up your water but this didn’t happen. We were also left sitting with our dirty dishes for sometime. Two of us couldn’t finish our meals so perhaps she thought we were still trying... I would go again. The food is good and the place has a”vibe”.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed December 14, 2019 via mobile

Dumbfounded! A Very Rude manager Don kicked us out!! We just wanted coffees/teas for a 20minute stay with my wife a daughter as we were waiting on a rainy cold day. Half the restaurant was empty at 2:30, outside of the lunch/dinner rush. Still can’t...believe it! Said they don’t do just coffees as we were staring at their Mazzer grinder and espresso machine. If I could rate 0 I would. Too many great places to eat in Toronto to ever step inside such an unwelcoming atmosphere again.More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed November 18, 2019

There's just something different about this place that I really wanted to come back here again and was not disappointed. It's hard to find good restaurants that serve breakfast. This is it!!!!

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed October 24, 2019

Ate under the awning. Nicely prepared breakfast serviced by lovely attentive staff. Popular for breakfast and brunch.

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed May 19, 2019

Generally Meditrranian type food with quick service. The staff was freindly and efficient. The food was tasty, fresh.and reasonably priced.

Date of visit: May 2019
Reviewed April 30, 2019

It does dot the i's and cross the "t's" I had the 2 eggs, pea meal bacon and potato's. All good. More of roasted potatoes not fried with great flavor. The service is good too. Like I said it covers all the bases of food,...service etc.More

Date of visit: April 2019
Reviewed March 4, 2019 via mobile

We came across BTW by accident, we were headed to another restaurant and noticed this quaint little restaurant on the way, as soon as we entered Jason welcomed us in and let us choose our preferred table. The food was excellent, I had the Duck...Confit on the first night and my husband the Hake, we loved the food and service so much that we returned there again the next night and the night after. I had the Flat Iron Steak the second night and then again the third because it was so good, cooked as I like it best. I asked for a medium-rare and medium rare was what I got. The appetisers are very good too, sort of a middle eastern style. The chef is excellent and a lovely person! A must visit!!More

Date of visit: March 2019
Reviewed February 12, 2019

This restaurant has changed hands over the years - or at least its menu has. They now offer Mediterranean/Middle Eastern food, which we generally enjoy. There was nothing wrong with the food but it was rather bland and unexciting. We chose this restaurant because it...is close to the Bloor Cinema but next time we'll go elsewhere.More

Date of visit: January 2019
Reviewed February 7, 2019 via mobile

We reserved for lunch and the place was packed. Very crowded in fact with little room between tables. Other guests had to move their table so we could get to ours. Service was not overly in your face but did ensure our orders got to...us in a timely way. I was a bit concerned with the tables being so close that we would overhear each other’s conversation, but there was a din of noise that took care of that. Our immediate neighbours seem to be having parallel play on their phones so maybe they could hear us. Artsy kind of decor. I enjoyed the Mediterranean chicken on a pita with a lightly dressed spinach salad. So much luscious sauce dripping from the pita, it was delicious. The veggie burger was also enjoyed with crispy fries. I would go again and like to try other dishes. If you choose to try this spot expect to be close to others enjoying good food.More

Date of visit: February 2019
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By The Way is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 3.5
  • Service: 3.5
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 4