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Real Jerk

) #1,040 of 7,022 Restaurants in Toronto €€ - €€€ Caribbean, Jamaican
842 Gerrard St E, Toronto, Ontario M4M 1H1, Canada
+1 416-463-6055
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  • Excellent29%
  • Very good42%
  • Average16%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible5%
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Caribbean, Jamaican
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842 Gerrard St E, Toronto, Ontario M4M 1H1, Canada
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Reviewed 6 days ago

The food is awesome and a tourist attraction for those who are Drake and Rihanna fans. This restaurant is where they taped Rihanna's Work video. Aside from that, this authentic Jamaican restaurant is a must visit. They have quite a selection of food items to...More

Thank sweetbabiet
Reviewed 18 June 2017

Food is always good and atmosphere is great. Prices are also very reasonable. Not the best west indian food you can get but one of the better restaurants for it. Nice decor/vibe

Thank MapleLeafers
Reviewed 18 June 2017

Good but not exceptional. The service was slow, we felt it was the restaurant strategy to make us order more drinks, cocktails. And music was so loud that it was hard to avoid your neighbour's splits in your plate when talking.

Thank Anita M
Reviewed 13 May 2017 via mobile

When we arrived we were told of a 15 min wait- we sat at the bar for awhile and had the dumplings and gravy which was excellent. Then we were asked to move over by the staff to make room for a larger party. Didn't...More

Thank Melissa G
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

The food and service here is excellent, you feel welcomed as soon as you walk in. They have a very extensive rum menu and give great suggestion if you are a lover of rum. Prices are great, don't forget to have rum cake for dessert....More

Thank Shan C
Reviewed 11 April 2017

It's not the best Jamaican I have ever had, that honour would go to Scotchies in Jamaica BUT it's pretty decent. The patties are flakey and delicious, and the jerk chicken dinner with plantain is really tasty.

Thank Fernando7676
Reviewed 1 April 2017

The Jerk chicken was tasteless...no jerk flavor whatsoever. The cod fritters were amazing as was the rum punch. Great service but come on, how does the jerk chicken not even taste like jerk.

Thank RadNar
Reviewed 25 March 2017 via mobile

I love this spot and the food they serve. Music is too loud for me so I often get take out. Jerk chicken is famous but I like the roti.

Thank Christina_Moorshead
Reviewed 19 March 2017

We live near this great place, and it is really good on so many levels, but you need to be prepared for a really relaxed pace here :) The atmosphere is great, with reggae music and Jamaican colours everywhere. The cocktail list is HUGE and...More

Thank MaraFromToronto
Reviewed 18 March 2017

I keep returning for the ambiance and food that never disappoints. Portions are quite large, just enough spicing and good value for $$.

Thank yyzcanadagal
East End
The East End is an eclectic amalgamation of areas that
team up to make this district one of the most
multi-faceted and alluring. Home to Toronto's LGBT
community hub, Gay Village is alive and pumping day or
night with friendly bars, nightclubs, and cafes – its
thumb is on the pulse of excitement. For a more
relaxed day, the East End has the largest collection
of restored Victorian homes, and its stately streets,
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, 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 1H1, 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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