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Rectory Cafe

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Downtown West
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102 Lakeshore Ave | Ward's Island, Toronto, Ontario M5J 1X9, Canada
+1 416-203-2152
11:00 - 17:00
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Wed - Sun 11:00 - 17:00
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Tegucigalpa, Honduras
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624 reviews
206 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 275 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 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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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 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 28 February 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 7 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 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 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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36 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 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
Singapore, Singapore
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166 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 November 2016

A great spot to get away fr9m the hustle and bustle! A perfect fit for the Island. Good food in a very civilized atmosphere makes for a feeling of utmost respectability. I love grabbing a bite after a good walk around the island. Go early to get a table or reserve one.

Thank yagicorp
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54 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

This restaurant is on a Island before take your place check the schedule ferry to go to Toronto. Health food. Good Price. The wifi is included [ask for the password] but sometimes does' n work properly

Thank Alessio M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, View, 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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