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El Fogon

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543 St Clair Ave W, Toronto, Ontario M6C 1A3, Canada
+1 416-850-8041
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12:00 - 22:00
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Wed - Sun 12:00 - 22:00
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2 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016

I am peruvian and know my food very well. I did not know this place and a canadian friend ask me to take him and try peruvian food.El Fogon look to ma a second rated restaurant. We ordered Yucca frita and calamar frito as appetizer, 8 bucks each. We got a small plate with 6 small pieces. Then ceviche. It... More 

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Thank Jack B
Santiago, Chile
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016 via mobile

I've worked for years in Peru and it is rightly known for some of the most amazing food on the planet. Knowing that we are a long way from Peru, I wasn't expecting a five star experience, but El Fogon is only about two stars. I give it three for the very good version of the classic Peruvian cocktail, the... More 

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Thank avcapobi
Toronto
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2016

I took a friend there to try out some Peruvian food. I ordered some cerviches and a plate of seafood while my friend ordered a steak. The cerviches was excellent and came in a good portion with some fried calamaris on top. The liquid looks milky but there's definitely lime juice in it. The seafood plate was wonderful because the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2016

It was a very good restaurant with nice accommodating staff. The food was nice. It was our first time to try their cuisine and we are impressed.

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Thank Elvira V
Toronto, Canada
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21 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2016

This spring we went to Peru and Ecuador and when we came back, we wanted more Peruvian food and so we went to El Fogon. We had excellent Peruvian Chicken Soup - a miracle cure if you are recovering from a travelling incident or just want a delicious and nutritious soup. We also had crispy chicken - a breaded piece... More 

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Thank GregWB1955
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016

I travel a lot for business and go to multiple restaurants around North America. This is by far THE WORST service I have EVER received at a restaurant in my life. And all my friends who were with me would agree! I usually only review good stuff, but this service was so bad I just HAD to put it out... More 

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Thank Mariella I
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 March 2016

We went on a Saturday evening. We entered, were not greeted....waited a few minutes before someone actually noticed we arrived. Once we sat down and ordered (after 10 minutes of sitting), we waited ONE FULL HOUR for an avocado salad!!! Are you kidding me? On top of the salad was an EMPTY shrimp tail "for decoration" YUCK. Seemed the cook... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2016 via mobile

Restaruant environment is good. Food was not very flavorful. Service was ok, although food came out very slow. Maybe it's their off day.....

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1 Thank JJ L
Toronto, Canada
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2016 via mobile

I went with a fairly large group and the meal I ordered wasn't at all as described. None of the ingredients described came to my plate. And the meal I did receive wasnt seasoned at all. Plus, we had told the waiter ahead of time we wanted separate bills. When he came at the end with one bill and we... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2016

Yuck! That's how I want to start. Here we were looking for some well cooked fish, and I ha heard Peruvian preparation of fish is amazing with an interesting blend of spices. Boy did this restaurant disappoint. While the ambiance and service was good, the food was just plain terrible. I don't know if I got them on the wrong... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Peruvian, Latin, South American, Spanish
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
12:00 - 22:00
Thursday
12:00 - 22:00
Friday
12:00 - 22:00
Saturday
12:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 543 St Clair Ave W, Toronto, Ontario M6C 1A3, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Toronto>  > West End
  • Neighbourhood: West End
  • Phone Number: +1 416-850-8041
Description
No steps to enter restaurant or to washrooms.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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