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Cardinal Rule

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5 Roncesvalles Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
+1 647-352-0202
10:00 - 00:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun 10:00 - 22:00
Tue - Thu 11:00 - 23:00
Fri 11:00 - 00:00
Sat 10:00 - 00:00
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Burlington, Canada
Level Contributor
30 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I had Sunday brunch at Cardinal Rule with some friends and it was fantastic. We all ordered the French toast. I had the bacon, cheese stuffed French toast with apple and cinnamon topping and it was delicious! The portion sizes were good, the coffee and service was good. The restaurant is small, there may be a wait but it is... More 

Thank 17kelly37
Toronto, Canada
Level Contributor
23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

Cardinal Rule is a lovely neighbourhood restaurant that has many veg and vegan options. The restaurant is cozy with booths or tables to suit all kinds of group sizes. The staff are great and very attentive to dietary needs and concerns. I had a difficult time deciding between the vegan mac and cheese and the veggie burger...but as I felt... More 

Thank Hayley M
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39 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

popped in for a quick bite. everything made to order. friendly owner and staff. liked the variety of foods offered.

Thank jacque j
Ottawa, Canada
Level Contributor
5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016 via mobile

If there is a Gluten Free dinner in Heaven, I SO hope it's Cardinal Rule. This place was amazing! The service was super friendly and efficient, and the food was... Well... Heavenly! We were so excited to see all the GF symbols scattered throughout the menu! I had the waffles which came with a peanut butter and jelly topping (Yum!),... More 

Thank partnermec
Level Contributor
54 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016

Not posh, not fancy but great diner food. Plenty of choice for us vegetarians. Easy to get to with transit and in a busy commercial area. Plenty of shops. Waitress was so friendly and gave great recommendations. Colour coded for easy picking (veggie,vegan or gluten free) . Loved all the food but especially the mango cold rolls. Yummy. Super place... More 

Thank Hellcats
Level Contributor
24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016

This place is very small. I would be surprised if it can seat more than 30 people. It's very much a pub atmosphere. The night we were there they were running a game, and nearly the whole place was participating. The food is good, but greasy. The staff is great - very friendly and helpful. They had to move a... More 

Thank jiifigment
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43 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2016

We enjoyed an excellent brunch at this place. Loved the service and the humour. The food and the ambiance were just right.

Thank kallimgmt
Windsor, Canada
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75 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2016

Open for lunch and dinner this restaurant closes at 11 pm. Very interesting menu, try the Chipotle pulled pork. Has a trivia and other fun nights to enjoy after a nice dinner.

Thank Sandy B
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35 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2016

Cardinal Rule is a cute little diner-style restaurant. Atmosphere inside was cozy, but quite dark. Difficult to read the menus, even for the younger family members. We were seated towards the back of the restaurant where there was a smelly stench coming from the bathrooms. Not 'bathroom' smells, but 'old building pipes' and musty wall smells. Service was amazing. The... More 

Thank Michelle M
Toronto, Canada
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28 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2016

This is the first place we visited after moving from soporific Corktown to peppy Parkdale. Tucked discreetly out of sight from passersby the atmosphere is private, cozy and dark. A great feeling for a brief retreat from the outdoor bustle. Service was very friendly and based on that alone, we'd return. The food, while being good and sufficiently varied, could... More 

Thank Oliver M

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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
Canadian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
Good for
Open Hours
10:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5 Roncesvalles Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Toronto>  > West End
  • Neighbourhood: West End
  • Phone Number: +1 647-352-0202

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Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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West End
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