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Rectory Cafe

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102 Lakeshore Ave | Ward's Island, Toronto, Ontario M5J 1X9, Canada
+1 416-203-2152
Wed - Sun 11:00 - 17:00
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124 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went there on 3rd of May . It looked as almost everything was closed in Toronto island even though it was a sunny day , we accidentally came across this place , we were delighted that it was opened . The soup was great , the rest of family ordered different food and everybody happy with it , the... More 

Thank mahayassaie
London, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Best place to stop off for lunch and a pint on Toronto Islands. And the desserts are fantastic. We ate inside, but the patio/outside area looked great if it was a little warmer.

Thank RossFarquhar
Tegucigalpa, Honduras
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640 reviews
212 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 278 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017

On my first visit to the Island, I was walking along the trees, lake front and boardwalks when I discovered this place. It seemed really inviting. It was a nice sunny and warm day, so a beer was calling me. I sat down in the shade in the outside garden area, ordered a cold one and just relaxed for a... More 

Toronto, Canada
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017 via mobile

A very nice place to stop and rest after walking the island. Great choice for vegetarians and those wanting gluten or dairy free. Nicely priced too. A little close for seating as not much space between tables. All in all a nice place to eat.

Thank Dawn F
Ottawa, Canada
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19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017 via mobile

Such a great restaurant, any season with a great shaded patio looking out on to Lake Ontario for summer days and evenings, to a cozy bistro for the chiller days. My friend and I have been enjoying many visits to The Rectory for the pass 15 years. Very personable servers , always a different selection of meals on the menu,... More 

Thank Angie F
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

We visited this place on a lovely winters day, the unassuming building houses a relaxed and accommodating cafe with friendly staff and a varied and surprisingly refreshing menu (especially the vegetarian choices). We can highly recommend the breakfast sandwich and the tofu hash. The cakes available are equally as easy to recommend. The service was very friendly and speedy. The... More 

Thank Chris S
New Haven, Connecticut
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13 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 February 2017

Stopped into the Rectory Cafe for a quick cup of hot tea on a cold winter day. From the second I walked in the woman behind the counter(I assume the owner) was rude, cold, and generally unwelcoming. If this hadn't been the only place open on the island during the winter I would have left and gone somewhere else.

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Turin, Italy
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 January 2017

Nice location, rude service from the waitress, average food and high prices … not recommended I'm afraid.

Thank Jim832
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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152 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2017

While strolling around the island stumbled on this nice little cafe. Great little garden patio which was great to enjoy the sun, have a drink and a bite to eat. Ended up spending a few hours here which was very relaxing.

Thank tree1990
Toronto, Canada
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40 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

I love this setting!!! Grab your bike, tour around the island then come here for a meal! Good service and great food and what a lovely setting!! Truly enjoyable

Thank BarnieGal

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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Average prices
US$ 10 - US$ 50
Cafe, Canadian, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, View, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 - 17:00
11:00 - 17:00
11:00 - 17:00
11:00 - 17:00
11:00 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 102 Lakeshore Ave | Ward's Island, Toronto, Ontario M5J 1X9, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Toronto>  > Downtown West
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown West
  • Phone Number: +1 416-203-2152

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

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Downtown West
Downtown West is home to Toronto's gorgeous Inner Harbor, and is a must-visit for lovers of art and the outdoors. The area's rich cultural heritage is celebrated by a number of monuments and museums, giving the neighborhood a mature feel. As a premier destination for modern art, people here stroll through the cool contemporary pieces at the Power Plant, enjoy the outdoor installations along Queen's Quay and Canoe Landing, and picnic among the zany designs of the Toronto Music Garden. The waterfront itself is often suffused with bikers and joggers, and the harbor is always packed with classic ships with masts raised. The vintage boats and ferries to the Toronto Islands make for a charming contrast against Downtown West's backdrop of skyscrapers, condos, and food trucks serving up hot, fresh fare to locals on the go. The area has a peaceful energy, and is popular with tourists and Torontonians alike.
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