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The Senator Restaurant

₹₹ - ₹₹₹American, ,
249 Victoria St, Toronto, Ontario M5B 1T8, Canada
+1 416-364-7517
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  • Excellent50%
  • Very good37%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (38 reviews)
“pancakes” (50 reviews)
“meatloaf” (21 reviews)
Open Now
7:30 AM - 9:00 PMAll hours
American, Diner, Canadian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
₹₹ - ₹₹₹
249 Victoria St, Toronto, Ontario M5B 1T8, Canada
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We like our diners for breakfast in PA, so we were really happy to find this place - we went twice in our 3 day stay. Everything we had was delicious - the salmon platter, the Senator breakfast, the spinach egg bowl, and the pancakes....More

Thank Jennifer B
Reviewed 5 days ago

For a breakfast/brunch I expect a great cup of coffee if you are charging a premium price. The coffee was just mediocre. (Also, the food was just plain..... nothing special). Too expensive for what you got!

Thank BadTransat
Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and had breakfast at The Senator during a recent trip. It was good but it was not worth the wait. When we finally got our seat we were greeted by an obviously disgruntled waiter who seemed to be having a falling out with...More

Thank Grantman66
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Insane 5$ price jump on majority of dishes. Kills it for me. Also food isn’t better. They give you more beans now Was phenomenal before this jump in price

Thank Brandon K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Two burgers with cheese , three coffees for sixty bucks, with tip seventy. Staff was cold and mechanical. Still really like it, food is good but meet portion was small. We also felt rushed by the staff.

Thank tac1977
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Been going here for breakfast for the last few years, great food, service and up till now it was worth what you pay, well not anymore! Attended the Senator this new year (2018) and was very impressed with their new menu, it was clean, well...More

2  Thank C R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We really enjoyed our breakfast at The Senator. It is quaint and has a homely diner feel, but definitely more comfy-upscale. With fast friendly service, we were delighted with our experience. If we lived nearby, we could easily be regulars here. (For those with a...More

Thank ElleTraveler21
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

One of my “must stops” in Toronto, a town with a great many excellent restaurants to frequent. My last visit, a first for some time, proved once again this establishment has a reputation it deserves. I had forgotten how good all the food is here....More

Thank Chip-the-tourist
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a small diner with excellent food and generous servings. Great p,ace to get something to eat before going to the Mirvish Theatre

Thank jasonhenryl
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Me and my husband went to Senator for breakfast. I had hot oatmeal and my husband had classic breakfast. We were happy with the taste of the food. Therefore, I can recommend this place.

Thank Meral D
At the heart of Toronto, Downtown is the destination
for cheap eats and fast fashion. Cut through by hip
and trendy Yonge Street, the vibe here is young, with
a strong student influence from the Ryerson University
Campus. As a result, the Downtown area is always in
flux: undergoing the construction of new facilities,
with fresh retail spaces and pop-up cafes. Home to
Toronto's largest indoor shopping mall, a number of
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3 April 2017|
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Response from Steve B | Reviewed this property |
I don't think they take reservations ... it's busy but we were able to get a table right away...
Jane F
5 October 2016|
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Response from Markmmmmm | Reviewed this property |
Did. Or notice any stairs and on ground floor- narrow isles with booths so worth checking direct
8 February 2016|
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Response from HappyEarthWalker | Reviewed this property |
Weekday (7:30-11:30) breakfast, Weekend (8:00 a.m.) brunch/all day breakfast There is no mention now of an early bird special. They do have a Senator Breakfast (weekdays $9.95 Cn weekends $10.95 Cn) See website for menu... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 10 - US$ 20
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Private Dining, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 2:30 PM
7:30 AM - 2:30 PM
7:30 AM - 9:00 PM
7:30 AM - 9:00 PM
7:30 AM - 9:00 PM
7:30 AM - 9:00 PM
8:00 AM - 2:30 PM
4:30 PM - 9:00 PM
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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