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The Badali Bar and Cucina

156 Front St W, Toronto, Ontario M5J 2L6, Canada
+1 416-977-3064
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good31%
  • Average15%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible3%
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“pasta” (116 reviews)
“arancini” (11 reviews)
“tiramisu” (20 reviews)
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CUISINES
Italian, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
DETAILS
156 Front St W, Toronto, Ontario M5J 2L6, Canada
Neighbourhood: Downtown West
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We were there with a big group and 80% of the food was disappointing. Service wasn't much better. A couple of us had upset stomachs through the night.

Thank EandAgotoitaly
Reviewed 5 days ago

For decades, this Ristorante has stood on the corner unit of basically, the "pregame home of Toronto". If you're going to a show, or catching a game at the ACC, or the Skydome (Rogers Centre), and need dinner downtown - or just crave 'real Italian'...More

1  Thank CiPhEr505
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The ambiance, decor and comfort is perfect. Whats even better is the osso bucco and polenta. Just wow! The best I ever had. My friends and I ordered the tiramisu for dessert and it was awesome. Our server Chris was great. Great wine, great food...More

Thank Richard L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This restaurant was next door to our hotel so it was convenient. We were looking to share plates. Not many of the appetizers were convenient to share. We had the fried calamari which was ok. For the bruschetta, you could pick to toppings. We chose...More

Thank Caroline T
Reviewed 1 week ago

A large group of us enjoyed a meal at this restaurant. The service was very good and the food was delicious. Lots of classic Italian food on the menu as well as some specialty dishes

Thank al416902
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had such a wonderful experience at Badali's! Yaseen was one of the best servers we've had in years, and the food was awesome. My new husband had the burger and he still talks about it. I had the bruschetta and it was so fresh....More

Thank MegPies
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had a business dinner and I was impressed by the service. Despite we were a large group of more than 25 people the service was fast. Great choices of foods from Italian to American food. The charcuterie plate was good but was not enough for...More

Thank eccfitness
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Old world atmosphere. Excellent seafood and Italian dishes. Good service and friendly atmoshphere. Good wine choices.

Thank Linda1L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a large group for dinner and found the food wonderful and good value. Nice wine selection appropriate to the menu. AND the staff were great! Really friendly, helpful and helped make our party feeling thrive.

Thank Dave S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Such a great place. Wonderful atmosphere, excellent food and a great wine list. Perfect for ANY occasion.

1  Thank bestagents
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Downtown West
Downtown West is home to Toronto's gorgeous Inner
Harbor, and is a must-visit for lovers of art and the
outdoors. The area's rich cultural heritage is
celebrated by a number of monuments and museums,
giving the neighborhood a mature feel. As a premier
destination for modern art, people here stroll through
the cool contemporary pieces at the Power Plant, enjoy
the outdoor installations along Queen's Quay and Canoe
...More
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Ronrich_10
I'd like very much to have dinner at The Badali Bar, but know front street is very busy. Is there any nearby parking at less than a king's ransom?
4 August 2016|
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Response from Wube G | Property representative |
I suggest using one of the many Green P municipal parking lots in the area. There is also a parking blog on the Badali website that is useful for both directions and parking in the vicinity.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$11 - US$26
Meals
Drinks, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Wine and Beer
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Bar Scene, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 - 21:00
Monday
11:30 - 21:30
Tuesday
11:30 - 21:30
Wednesday
11:30 - 21:30
Thursday
11:30 - 22:00
Friday
11:30 - 23:00
Saturday
12:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 156 Front St W, Toronto, Ontario M5J 2L6, Canada (Formerly Joe Badali's Ristorante Italiano & Bar)
    (University)
  • Public Transportation: We"re located "kitty corner" to Toronto's Union Station on the north west corner of University and Front Street We are very close to both Union and St Andrews subway stations.
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Toronto>  > Downtown West
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown West
  • Phone Number: +1 416-977-3064
Description
The Badali Bar and Cucina brings the taste of Italy to the heart of Toronto's Entertainment District. We invite you to join us for fine Italian fare, sustainable seafood, in house made desserts and true Italian hospitality. Whether you join us for a hand crafted cocktail and a sample of our cicchetti menu at our 40 foot bar or for a sit down meal in our piazza grande with colleagues, friends or family, we will welcome you with open arms into our home. Situated just steps from the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, some outstanding downtown hotels and local sports arenas, we strive to exceed your every expectation form your first minute with us to your last. Located in a heritage building we would love nothing more than to host you in the splendour of our surroundings and show off our good fortune. From the exposed brick walls, original hardwood floors and 16' ceilings, to our outstanding wine list, craft beer selection, and hand stretched pizzas, there is much to enjoy in our home. Come spend some time with us in our family owned and operated restaurant and see for yourself the difference a little love can make.