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El Fogon

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West End
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543 St Clair Ave W, Toronto, Ontario M6C 1A3, Canada
+1 416-850-8041
Wed - Sun 12:00 - 22:00
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Port Dover, Canada
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359 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 181 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was in the neighborhood and decided to try Peruvian food. I have no idea what the cuisine is or what the specialties are, but I have always been adventurous when it comes to food. Anyway, I ordered arroz con mariscos. The arroz which went with the seafood was yummy! Spicy sauce was served on the side and that went... More 

Thank KathleenR_28
Toronto, Canada
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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

I am not Peruvian, so I cannot speak to the authenticity of the food, but it was really very good. The service was attentive and prompt. There was enough on the menu to satisfy the vegetarian and fish eaters in our group. The carnivores were all very happy with the very tasty, and well portioned grilled meats and stews. I... More 

Thank stephen H
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4 reviews
3 restaurant 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 

Thank Jack B
Santiago, Chile
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103 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
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 

Thank avcapobi
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163 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
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 

Thank cristoph2010
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4 reviews
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.

Thank Elvira V
Toronto, Canada
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31 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
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 

Thank GregWB1955
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127 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
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 

Thank Mariella I
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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54 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
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 

1 Thank JoannaFaj
Toronto, Canada
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41 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
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.....

1 Thank JJ L

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Peruvian, Latin, South American
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
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Open Hours
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
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
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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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