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Insomnia Restaurant and Lounge

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#111 of 1,430 Canadian in Toronto
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PRICE RANGE
US$4 - US$17
CUISINES
American, Bar, Canadian, International
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Daily temperature and symptom checks for staff
  • Socially distanced dining tables
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
Updated 20-07-06 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 20-07-06 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

They charged me a $100 using my credit card details from the reservation even though we showed up on time. No one validated our arrival; the food took forever to arrive, and it was too salty and tasted like raw garlic.

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed July 27, 2022 via mobile

Fabulous brunch in a very funky decor. Fresh & tasty food and drinks. Friendly and efficient staff. Wide range of patrons.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed April 2, 2022 via mobile

This is my favourite spot to go for brunch. They have the best eggs Benedict. I highly recommend the Memphis and substitute for the manami patti. So delicious. Also the legendary sauce and home fries pair so well!

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed March 13, 2022 via mobile

The food here is fantastic !!! Can’t never go wrong with the heuvos rancheros + French toast. Let’s talk about the service, ask for Scott (thank me later) he was so kind, attentive enough to treat you like a guest in his home but gave...you enough space to make you feel like you’re at home. Loved him !!! Everyone from hosts upon arrival to staff dropping food off at the table, really gracious and helpful. I continue to come back to this restaurant as a first choice for brunch as often as I can because of the well rounded, exceptional service and wonderful experience. ❤️More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed November 5, 2021 via mobile

Our server was Sophia, she was friendly and attentive. The food was sooooo good! Highly recommend the tofu rancheros, the citrus spiked French toast, and the chicken and waffles. Yum!

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed September 26, 2021 via mobile

Just in town for the night, we managed to snag a rare table as a walk-in. Very cool vibe and great ambience, helpful service (who took account of food allergies) and delicious burgers and yam fries (especially BBQ pulled pork). Only downside is that the...on-tap beer selection is underwhelming (but the cocktail list looked great if that's your vibe).More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed September 8, 2020

First visit inside restaurant after 5 + months of COVID-19 restrictions. Social protocols fully observed: distancing, masks, disposable menus, etc. Nicely diversified menu; excellent cheese omelette and sides; great coffee; fast efficient service. A pleasure to return to this fine restaurant for brunch.

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed February 17, 2020

I will start off by saying that this restaurant may be great for people without allergies, but I got incredibly sick from my brunch experience this weekend. I have a black pepper allergy, which I will admit is a difficult one, but after consulting with...my server (who was very kind, but didn’t seem able to drill home the message to the kitchen) I picked a safe benedict with hollandaise on the side. The first plate came out and the potatoes were clearly covered in black pepper. I returned it and received a “fresh” plate. It looked safe and at this point I was starving so I dug in. I felt something in my throat immediately but thought they couldn’t have done it again so I ate a bit more at which point I discovered there was added pepper on parts of the eggs and salmon. I mean, there is no way to think this wasn’t partly intentional as it was clearly added on top and not baked into or mixed in a sauce. I immediately took antihistamines but was starting to have symptoms of a milder allergic reaction already (difficulty swallowing, shortness of breath, itchy mouth/throat). The manager came over and apologized and gave me a gift card for another visit- WTF?!? All I could do was smile and leave instead of raging at how dangerous this could have been. I spent the next hour in a pharmacy taking additional meds and becoming more sick. Before ordering I made it clear I had an allergy and would only pick items I was assured could be pepper free, and yet this occurred. This is certainly not up to toronto standards and the kitchen clearly doesn’t care about allergies so diners beware.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 11, 2020

I visited this place for a Sunday Brunch. The place has a dim lit kind of ambience and that very well goes with the name. We had to wait for around 15 mins to get a seat. The staff was super friendly but the service...was a bit slow which can be attributed to the huge crowd they were serving. Now, coming to the food, we tried their PBB &J Buckwheat Short Stack (A complete vegan and gluten free dish). It was served with peanut butter sauce, strawberry coulis and maple syrup. The breads were quite fluffy and went very well with the different sauces and syrups. We also tried their Oven Baked Pancakes. It was something new for me. The pancakes were baked and the fillings were inside it. I opted for chocolate and banana flavor and it tasted really good. Their in-house fries were not like regular fries. They used a different sauce and it was savory, a little spicy and really good. Overall, a good place for a brunch.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed January 25, 2020 via mobile

Very good coffee and breakfast with many more options for breakfast .Potatoes were yummyand eggs to perfection in a timely manner

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed December 7, 2019

This looked like a rare spot to get warm and get some work done on a cold Saturday afternoon. All the coffee shops were heaving. and the drip coffee here is actually Nice ambience and warm lighting. I was served by Coral and Chiniqua who...were super attentive and accommodating. I ordered the cheese & onion soup which hit the spot, esp. with the side of fresh made hot sauces. My only critique would be that the full menu is not served all day, but they ticked all the other boxes so it's a minor point. I would redommend this to all.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed November 5, 2019 via mobile

A family get together for weekend breakfast. Maybe the best breakfast ever... . All of the meals were well presented and prepared. Taste outstanding with service to match. Only challenge was parking but not unusual for Toronto. I had the mexican breakfast, again the best...I have had (and is one I try wherever I go). Thanks..More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed November 3, 2019

First visit to this iconic community restaurant in the Bloor-Bathurst area. Diverse and very creative menu with excellent range of imaginative choices; very good food; large portions; superb coffee; fast, friendly service. Pricey, but worth it. Will return. Construction on Bloor Street outside the restaurant...impedes motor traffic and parking; subway and streetcar a good alternative.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed October 23, 2019

My companion and I were searching for a place to have dinner a little after 10 pm. Insomnia delivered! The service was great, the beer was excellent. The late night menu is more than I would have expected and major kudos to them for labeling...dishes as vegan, gluten free, etc. I had the steak sandwich and my gluten-sensitive companion had the fish taco. We were both really happy with our food. She was especially happy that they had clearly labeled gluten free choices and she liked the ambiance too. I'd give the place six stars if I could.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed October 16, 2019

We ate at Insomnia on Sunday and had a great meal. My wife who has Celiac was treated great. They have a dedicated gluten free fryer. Also they have corn tortillas for their tacos. Great selection of cocktails that kept us well hydrated. I will...be going back next time i'm in the area.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Yes, Insomnia Restaurant and Lounge offers takeaway services.

Yes, Insomnia Restaurant and Lounge is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

Insomnia Restaurant and Lounge is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4