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By the Way Cafe

In the heart of Toronto's Annex, By the Way Café is a popular bistro among local denizens and out-of-towners. Since the 70's By the Way has grown with Canada's most cosmopolitan city and has become a local landmark.

Under the stewardship of Amir Benedikt, By The Way offers a relaxed fine dining experience of unprecedented quality and unassuming prices. So focused on surprising it's clientele, By The Way changes it's exquisite dinner specials… daily! Examples of such fare are a Tamarind-marinated roast half chicken served with buttered asparagus or chicken breast with Mexican "Molé". Vegetarians can enjoy a hand made Phylo Strudel layered with spinach, tofu and sweet potato or our great vegetarian lasagna. From the fixed menu, enjoy our brie à la shum (garlic) or spicy calamari to begin and follow up with middle eastern seasoned lamb chops served with grilled vegetables and aromatic rice.
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33 Current Reviews
Summary of Diner Ratings & Reviews
Overall 
3.8 / 5
(Very Good) 3.8 / 5
(33 Reviews)
Open Ratings Snapshot
Rating Breakdown 33 reviews
5 stars
(3)
4 stars
(22)
3 stars
(7)
2 stars
(1)
1 star
(0)
Food 
3.8 / 5
(Very Good) 3.8 / 5
Service 
4.1 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.1 / 5
Ambiance 
3.7 / 5
(Very Good) 3.7 / 5
Noise Level
1.8 / 3
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
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Diners classify this restaurant as:
  • neighborhood gem(26)
  • great for lunch(8)
  • great for outdoor dining(8)
  • fit for foodies(6)
  • great for brunch(5)
  • good for groups(1)
By the Way Cafe Reviews List
Review 1 for By the Way Cafe
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Dined on 06/02/2016
 2005
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Review 2 for By the Way Cafe
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

A good option

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
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Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"Although not a "destination" restaurant, this is quite a viable option for eating in this neighborhood, perhaps before a flick at the Hot Docs or a show at the Randolph Theatre, as we did. The restaurant is comfortable and we had a good meal."
Dined on 05/02/2016
 2008
Special Features: neighborhood gem
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Review 3 for By the Way Cafe
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 20/01/2016
 2008
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Review 4 for By the Way Cafe
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 30/12/2015
 2015
Dined on 30/12/2015
 2015
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 30/12/2015
 2015
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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Review 5 for By the Way Cafe
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

a wonderful relaxed spot to spend time

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"wonderful area of town great people watching while relaxing in restaurant enjoying good food , down to earth prices, friendly service"
Dined on 08/12/2015
 2014
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for outdoor dining
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Review 6 for By the Way Cafe
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Dined on 04/12/2015
 2010
Special Features: neighborhood gem
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Review 7 for By the Way Cafe
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Dined on 06/11/2015
 2010
Special Features: neighborhood gem
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Review 8 for By the Way Cafe
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

big portions -- very good food

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
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"Enjoyed a pre-theatre dinner mid-week. Big portions for everything we ordered. Soups were yummy, as was shared appetizer of brie with apples & pita bread. Burgers available in bun or wrap -- good size & lots of toppings available."
Dined on 28/10/2015
 2009
Special Features: neighborhood gem, fit for foodies
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Review 9 for By the Way Cafe
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 17/10/2015
 2012
Dined on 17/10/2015
 2012
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 17/10/2015
 2012
Special Features: neighborhood gem
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Review 10 for By the Way Cafe
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5

Food 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
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"I wouldn't go there again. I had the worst kebob. It tasted like nothing. I had no idea what it was."
Dined on 25/09/2015
 2012
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Review 11 for By the Way Cafe
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 18/09/2015
 2013
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies
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Review 12 for By the Way Cafe
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 16/09/2015
 2009
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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Review 13 for By the Way Cafe
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

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Dined on 10/09/2015
 2010
Dined on 10/09/2015
 2010
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 10/09/2015
 2010
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Review 14 for By the Way Cafe
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

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Dined on 29/08/2015
 2010
Dined on 29/08/2015
 2010
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 29/08/2015
 2010
Special Features: neighborhood gem, late-night find
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Review 15 for By the Way Cafe
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 28/08/2015
 2008
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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Review 16 for By the Way Cafe
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 29/07/2015
 2007
Dined on 29/07/2015
 2007
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 29/07/2015
 2007
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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Review 17 for By the Way Cafe
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

enjoyable meal.

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"nice to sit outside. accomodate special dietary restrictions."
Dined on 18/07/2015
 2014
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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Review 18 for By the Way Cafe
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Fun time

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"I had a great time at By the Way on a sunny Monday afternoon. Place was not busy for dinner and the food was very tasty. Would definitely recommend."
Dined on 06/07/2015
 2015
Special Features: great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
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Review 19 for By the Way Cafe
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 11/06/2015
 2012
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for brunch, fit for foodies
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Review 20 for By the Way Cafe
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 29/05/2015
 2009
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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Review 21 for By the Way Cafe
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 12/05/2015
 2015
Dined on 12/05/2015
 2015
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 12/05/2015
 2015
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for outdoor dining
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Review 22 for By the Way Cafe
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Nice vibe and good food before or after show

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Convenient location for Tranzac Club or Bloor Hot Docs. Very good middle eastern food, very friendly patrons, nice wines by the glass and excellent service. Will definitely go back whenever I'm in the area for a show."
Dined on 13/05/2015
 2014
Special Features: neighborhood gem
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Review 23 for By the Way Cafe
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 06/05/2015
 2009
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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Review 24 for By the Way Cafe
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 27/04/2015
 2010
Special Features: neighborhood gem
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Review 25 for By the Way Cafe
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Great for vegetarians & alternative foodd needs

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Yummy food and a cozy atmosphere. Quick srevice pre show. Consistent food over many years, I would recommend it without reservation, no pun intended.It is very hard to get a restaurant where you can safely it out if you have any food issues, and this is one. Even my husband liked the food, in fact love the food, and he is a real traditional eater."
Dined on 07/02/2015
 2015
Special Features: neighborhood gem
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Ratings-Only Reviews for By the Way Cafe
Based on the average of (8) ratings-only reviews
Overall 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
8 out of 8 recommend this product
Food 
3.9 / 5
(Very Good) 3.9 / 5
Service 
4.1 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.1 / 5
Ambiance 
4.1 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.1 / 5
Noise Level
2.4 / 3
Energetic