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By The Way

#1,166 of 7,275 Restaurants in Toronto
$$ - $$$, Cafe, Mediterranean
400 Bloor St W, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1X5, Canada
+1 416-967-4295
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  • Excellent18%
  • Very good48%
  • Average20%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible4%
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“brunch” (14 reviews)
“falafel balls” (2 reviews)
“lentil soup” (3 reviews)
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Canadian, Cafe, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
400 Bloor St W, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1X5, Canada
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

If you want a meal where the ingredients are pretty good and it is not too bland or saucy this will do. Don't expect to be blown away. The Hake was fine. Salads fresh. Dependable. But you won't be surprised and you can cook better...More

Thank Dorten
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

All four of us had Middle Eastern dishes -- falafel balls and fig salad in my case -- and all four of us enjoyed them. The service was good, the prices were reasonable. There is lots of competition for one's dinner dollar along this stretch...More

Thank operalover939
Reviewed July 26, 2018

First time here and having lunch with an old university friend. Mediterranean and Middle Eastern + basic Canadian dishes for breakfast, etc. Food was good and portions large. My friend enjoyed her Eggs Florentine, me a Western Omelette. Plenty of potatoes. Staff were friendly and...More

Thank Rallybob
Reviewed July 22, 2018 via mobile

Visited this lovely cafe on a hot evening. Nice outdoor seating and delicious food. Will definitely return.

Thank Dianevalerie13
Reviewed June 22, 2018

I had the Jerusalem Eggs. Given that two eggs and a bagel isn't much for a breakfast in Canada, i expected a substantial amount of salad, but all i got were maybe ten cubic centimeters of salad (tomatos, cucumbers, onions), five cubic centimeters of feta,...More

Thank Ingo S
Reviewed February 25, 2018 via mobile

Cozy place for Brunch with great service and tasty food. Fun to people watch those on Bloor street, lots of little dogs going by. Nice variety.

Thank floodnik
Reviewed January 7, 2018

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 December 7, 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 October 18, 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 September 14, 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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$12 - US$24
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
9:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
9:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
9:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
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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