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Real Jerk

€€ - €€€Caribbean, Jamaican
842 Gerrard St E, Toronto, Ontario M4M 1Y7, Canada
+1 416-463-6055
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  • Excellent27%
  • Very good42%
  • Average18%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible6%
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Caribbean, Jamaican
€€ - €€€
842 Gerrard St E, Toronto, Ontario M4M 1Y7, Canada
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Diners appeared to be enjoying food that looked and smelled good, but I came for the karaoke. You can't ask for a better audience --cheers even before you start, go wild if they like your song. DJ's, wait staff, audience all very welcoming and friendly,...More

Thank singinhurricanej
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was a huge fan of the Real Jerk when they 1st opened in Toronto over 20 years ago. The food was outstanding and the price was unreal for what they served. I went on a date recently and my date happened to choose this...More

Thank apastor77
Reviewed 21 March 2018 via mobile

Visiting Toronto, this restaurant was recommended by a local. Bustling and busy there was a great atmosphere, and the food was very tasty food. Not a huge selection for vegetarians but the meats and shrimp were apparently delicious.

Thank Treasurebox81
Reviewed 26 February 2018 via mobile

Been there and done dat.....the food is okay.. no pigeon peas n' rice the chicken was tasty .. but had way better jamacian food @ nawlin's ...(like the best ever) and this wasn't it... The coleslaw needed a lil' mo' sauce and the ribs were...More

Thank Redbullx2
Reviewed 7 February 2018

The jerk chicken dinner ($14.00 for 1/4 lb) was above average. Tasty jerk seasoning on the chicken. Rice & peas was satisfying. Coleslaw was average. The jerk pork side ($9.50 for 1/2 lb) was a huge disappointment. Although the seasoning was good, the pork was...More

Thank nickopernicus
Reviewed 22 January 2018 via mobile

Great atmosphere and good food. Very flavourful. Very nice to eat from plates and metal cutlery instead of the normal styrofoam containers and plaetic forks as there are few and far between West Indian eat-in restaurants.

Thank Maurmoe
Reviewed 13 December 2017 via mobile

Best place for real BBQ jerk chicken wings, tender, cooked to perfection and full of flavour. They have great selection of drinks and jerk foods. Main dishes need more love. Chosen 2 dishes one with rib & jerk chicken and other with goat curry &...More

Thank M G
Reviewed 27 November 2017

I used to go to the old location at Queen and Broadview for years. After they closed in 2013 I moved to Halifax. I swore if they ever opened again I would have to go back. Thankfully that day came. Showed up early for lunch...More

Thank wayne c
Reviewed 15 November 2017 via mobile

Worst customer service ever! Girls at the front never take orders properly. Your chicken is dry! Jerk chicken fried chicken...doesn’t matter, it’s dry! Waitresses are full of attitude. Oxtail is hit or miss...inconsistent portions. I have yet to go into this store and they make...More

Thank Cherish K
Reviewed 30 October 2017 via mobile

Compared to some other places in Toronto...The Real Jerk has hospitality on point. The food is delicious! The dumplings with oxtail gravy was a fave and the oxtail dinner is fantastic! It's all good here! Everything!

Thank dimoo
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
15:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 01:00
13:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 842 Gerrard St E, Toronto, Ontario M4M 1Y7, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Toronto>  > East End
  • Neighbourhood: East End
  • Phone Number: +1 416-463-6055
We have moved to a new location at Gerrard and Carlaw. The Real Jerk is a cultural icon that burst on to the Toronto food scene in 1984. Most new customers are awestruck by the decor which is inspired by beach restaurants in Jamaica, Trinidad, or Cuba.The restaurant had been at its previous location for 24 years and featured a dramatic facade that drew you in and got you hooked on the signature Jerk dishes. As they say at the Real Jerk "we don't just sell food, we celebrate Caribbean culture". Ed and Lilly Pottinger brought their uniquely Caribbean cuisine and widely popular decor to Queen Street East. It has been a mainstay ever since.If your having a special occasion or simply need wholesome comfort food on a cold winter day, the Real Jerk is the place to be. This 80 seat restaurant is also available for theme parties, movie shoots, and catering special events. Simply call to make a reservation.Come and experience what tens of thousands of Torontonians and tourists have already enjoyed over the years.Everything will be irie....
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