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The Badali Bar and Cucina

#48 of 6,752 Restaurants in Toronto
Certificate of Excellence
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Neighbourhood:
Downtown West
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156 Front St W, Toronto, Ontario M5J 2L6, Canada (Formerly Joe Badali's Ristorante Italiano & Bar) (University)
+1 416-977-3064
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Today
11:30 - 22:00
Closed now
All hours
Hours:
Sun 12:00 - 21:00
Mon - Wed 11:30 - 21:30
Thu 11:30 - 22:00
Fri 11:30 - 23:00
Sat 12:00 - 23:00
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Quebec, Canada
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We had a pretty good experience with our server Kolos! The best in the place! Good italian food with affordable addition! Michel et Lise

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Thank Philibert1959
Carrying Place, Canada
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205 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Waiting for a friend I walked on Front Street to look for a lunch place. I walked into the Badali and was instantly surprised. I love the atmosphere and ambient. The Lady who greeted me was very friendly and professional. I set next to the bar and Gillian, the waitress, approached me. She was very positive and engaging, but not... More 

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Thank Christian J
Bowmanville, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Well, I don't usually write restaurant reviews, but this time, I feel inclined to do so due to my recent dining experience at Badali. Firstly, the food was just tasty and excellent and the service fantastic, with very attentive, friendly server staff. Great vibe overall too, which adds to the experience. But what really stood out, was when I had... More 

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Thank skad2015
Toronto, Canada
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194 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Friend and I went for lunch last week. Haven't been there in some time. Service was nice, prompt and friendly. Menu as good; wide range of dishes. Kitchen was fast. Food came promptly. I had a very good pasta dish and my friend had a meat dish. We were both pleased. Ambiance is good, too.

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Thank BartMBart
Hollywood, Florida
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is great. The food was delicious but best of all is the service. If you get a chance to have Medhat as your waiter than you will have an even better experience, he was very attentive and entertaining. The food was great but Medhat made the experience unforgettable .

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Thank espotillo
Pickering, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Restaurant is very busy. Lots of people bustling around you and loud. Food was excellent from appetizers to desert. But best was the service. From being seated, appetizers, dinner and finally desert was quick and with a smile. Great experience!

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Thank kanizeeb
Toronto, Canada
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161 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I rated them four on the service, the food is a three and a half to be honest. Fantastic service, very large establishment that's been here for at least 20 yrs. Food is good, fresh, tasty ingredients, semi typical Italian fare and reasonable prices. They are doing some creative things I have to say. Try the "Q" sparkling water with... More 

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Tonawanda, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lovely food and outstanding service in a charming space. The chef came to our table to thank us after we raved about our meals to the server. You'll definitely want to try this place if you love Italian food.

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Thank Roberta D
Toronto
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16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It has been a few years since we dined at Joe Badalis prior to attending a nearby event. We informed our great server,Medhat that we had to be out of the restaurant by a certain time and he was most accommodating in ensuring our request was fulfilled. The food was what we expected to find at Badalis but as the... More 

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Wichita, Kansas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fantastic meal in this downtown Italian restaurant! We had just time enough for dinner, we were seated quickly in comfortable chairs. The bread and virgin oil with vinegar kept our hunger down as we waited for our meal. The portions were generous with the pasta done very well. The favorite part of my evening was choosing the bottle of Italian... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$11 - US$26
Cuisine
Italian, Bar, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Drinks, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Wine and Beer
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Bar Scene, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 - 21:00
Monday
11:30 - 21:30
Tuesday
11:30 - 21:30
Wednesday
11:30 - 21:30
Thursday
11:30 - 22:00
Friday
11:30 - 23:00
Saturday
12:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 156 Front St W, Toronto, Ontario M5J 2L6, Canada (Formerly Joe Badali's Ristorante Italiano & Bar)
    (University)
  • Public Transportation: We"re located "kitty corner" to Toronto's Union Station on the north west corner of University and Front Street We are very close to both Union and St Andrews subway stations.
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Toronto>  > Downtown West
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown West
  • Phone Number: +1 416-977-3064
Description
The Badali Bar and Cucina brings the taste of Italy to the heart of Toronto's Entertainment District. We invite you to join us for fine Italian fare, sustainable seafood, in house made desserts and true Italian hospitality. Whether you join us for a hand crafted cocktail and a sample of our cicchetti menu at our 40 foot bar or for a sit down meal in our piazza grande with colleagues, friends or family, we will welcome you with open arms into our home. Situated just steps from the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, some outstanding downtown hotels and local sports arenas, we strive to exceed your every expectation form your first minute with us to your last. Located in a heritage building we would love nothing more than to host you in the splendour of our surroundings and show off our good fortune. From the exposed brick walls, original hardwood floors and 16' ceilings, to our outstanding wine list, craft beer selection, and hand stretched pizzas, there is much to enjoy in our home. Come spend some time with us in our family owned and operated restaurant and see for yourself the difference a little love can make.

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