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Only Cafe

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216 Hunter St W, Peterborough, Ontario K9H 2L2, Canada
+1 705-743-7591
09:00 - 02:00
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Peterborough, Canada
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77 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 January 2017 via mobile

It's been a while since my last visit. As much as I have loved being a patron over the last 27 years or so, The Only is a very unpredictable place. It all depends on who is working that day...and more importantly who is cooking. Sometimes the staff is warm and friendly, other times they are cold and abrupt. Great... More 

Thank johnpublican
Toronto, Canada
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 January 2017

We stopped in one sunny afternoon in October, and grabbed a seat on the patio. The place has a great selection of craft beers and ciders, and many sandwiches to choose from. I can't remember exactly which sandwiches we ordered, but we both really enjoyed them and our drinks.

Thank AXAllen
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208 reviews
159 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 210 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

Okay so you think that this place is not very nice! You are wrong! Very clean and what a great Sunday morning breakfast spot. This is our second visit and it was great both times. I wasn't going to write about the only because I didn't want to give up my seat on a Sunday, however they deserve this review.... More 

Thank atti2ud
Peterborough, Canada
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

We actually frequent The Only regularly as we live in Peterborough. It has a great selection of beers, friendly staff and regular entertainment. We are most often there to watch a local improv troupe called the Citiots. The third Friday is every month has the Citiots on stage at the Gordon Best Theatre upstairs. Monthly laugh therapy at it's best!... More 

Thank CDRoss
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32 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 September 2016

Very unique place in town and in the area; nice spot by the river and very good selection of beers in bottle; great price and atmosphere. Cheers!

Thank WeAreAnimals
Peterborough, Canada
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71 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2016

Well, it's quite something, the Only. Oldsters and youngish-stere, hipsters and professionals, straight and gay and everything else, a safe and festive place, no pretension (all those theatre people, and no pretension: nice trick!)... the bartenders used to be snooty but have been really friendly for quite a while now... great assortment of beer, nice sandwiches, great deck... fantastic tunes.... More 

Thank Recovering_Hungarian
Peterborough, Canada
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 January 2016

The Only is a downtown Peterborough staple. Great beer selection (though their draft beer is pricey), and good menu. The food is delicious, though it can take a while (45-60 minutes..) to arrive. It depends on how busy they are, but also depends on who is working. There are some great staff, there are some mediocre staff. They seem to... More 

Thank DiooneW
Hastings, Canada
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98 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 October 2015

A very funky ambiance and easy going customer service. The food has always been fresh, original and the dishes are hearty servings. It is a cash only establishment but don't let that deter you from attending. One of my favourite places.

Thank David D
Whitby, Canada
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 October 2015

The serving staff at The Only is absolutely horrible. Condescending, arrogant and rude. I get the feeling some of the people that work there are upset they might have squandered their potential in life and are now angry and frustrated with the university student patrons that have a bright future.

3 Thank JoeKarma
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139 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 September 2015

I have been eatin meals here since 1998. I love the World's Best Sandwich oozing with melted Gouda cheese, mushed avocado, onion, tomato and green pepper. I also love the fresh turkey and delicious dressing on the Ginger Mick salad. I have never been able to get past these two mouth-watering treats on their menu! Soooo good!

Thank Kate K

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 5 - US$ 10
Bar, Cafe, Canadian, American
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol
Open Hours
09:00 - 00:00
09:00 - 02:00
09:00 - 02:00
09:00 - 02:00
09:00 - 02:00
09:00 - 02:00
09:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 216 Hunter St W, Peterborough, Ontario K9H 2L2, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Peterborough
  • Phone Number: +1 705-743-7591

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?