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Senator Restaurant

#21 of 6,752 Restaurants in Toronto
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Diner, Canadian, Gluten Free Options
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249 Victoria St, Toronto, Ontario M5B 1T8, Canada
+1 416-364-7517
07:30 - 21:00
Closed now
All hours
Mon 07:30 - 14:30
Tue - Fri 07:30 - 21:00
Sat - Sun 08:00 - 14:30
Sat 16:30 - 21:00
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Sault Ste. Marie, Canada
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58 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The coffee is so delicious and the pancakes were the best! We were so happy that we came to this historic landmark in Toronto for breakfast!

1 Thank Melpc12
Riverside, Illinois
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77 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It was busy downstairs so we opted to sit upstairs, which is just as cute! We were starving, so I got the Monte Cristo and we split the Crepes. The crepes were delicious! However, if I were to go again I would not get the Monte Cristo again, it was quite dry and could use some more flavor.

Thank Meghan O
Jülich, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
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33 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

On a early sunday morning, I was on the lookout for a good breakfast. The place is quite popular amongst locals- especially starts getting packed early on weekends. I managed to find a comfortable bar chair and experienced a very hearty breakfast with generous pouring of freshly brewed coffee. The food is very appetizing and prepared from scratch and definitely... More 

Thank Sabyadg
Ottawa, Canada
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102 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I love a good breakfast, and Senator didn't disappoint. Friends and I went on a Sunday morning. The restaurant was packed and there was about a 10 minute wait, but the hostess was attentive and kept checking in with us as we waited. The breakfast itself was top notch and fresh, and our young Scottish waiter was personable and professional.... More 

1 Thank CaptCanuck
Ottawa, Canada
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26 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I found this restaurant a couple of doors down from City TV at Dundas Square. Immediately loved it! It is Toronto's first restaurant and a patron told me he very often sees famous people sitting at the back. Ground level is classic diner (very attractive) and the upper level is bistro style. Everything looked amazingly good - egg-type choices -... More 

1 Thank Pat H
Madison, Ohio
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47 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Small. Crowded. Busy. Fast. Good spot to have breakfast. Food was good and hot and the restaurant was very clean. Wait staff is very nice and friendly. The coffee is delicious!!

Thank Sherry H
Kilkenny, Ireland
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had breakfast here one morning on our trip to the city. We were there early so didn't have to wait for a table. Nice decor and good atmosphere. Service good and the staff were friendly. Food came to the table quick for most of us. However, food was not all served together as one of us had to wait a... More 

Thank Ashua_92
Newmarket, Canada
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32 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had passed the restaurant during the day and thought it might be a good choice for dinner. The decor is right out of the 1940s and the restaurant has been in the same family's ownership since then. The staff were pleasant and willing to engage with the customers. The chicken pot pie was excellent, full of white meat and... More 

Thank Kevin S
Miami, FL
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71 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Stopped in to the Senator last night, without realizing the history and the fact that this is the oldest restaurant in Toronto. As others have said this is a 50s-style diner - it has a great ambience, and is really a cool place to eat. Staff is great and had a good time chatting with them. They recommended the burger... More 

1 Thank Tony053
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74 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

We went for breakfast here on the back of all the positive TA reviews! I had the ham, scrambled egg with maple beans and toast which to be honest was just OK! Nothing spectacular about it! The wife ordered the homemade pancaked with maple syrup and compote which again were just average. She certainly had better in the city! Service... More 

Thank Sue T

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$20
American, Diner, Canadian, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
Local cuisine, Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:00 - 14:30
07:30 - 14:30
07:30 - 21:00
07:30 - 21:00
07:30 - 21:00
07:30 - 21:00
08:00 - 14:30
16:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 249 Victoria St, Toronto, Ontario M5B 1T8, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Toronto>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 416-364-7517
The Senator is Toronto's oldest restaurant, dating back to the 19th century when it was just a house at 249 Victoria Street. Since then, the Senator has put its heart and soul into making the freshest, highest-quality food for generations of good-food lovers.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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