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Senator Restaurant

) #22 of 7,022 Restaurants in Toronto €€ - €€€ American, ,
249 Victoria St, Toronto, Ontario M5B 1T8, Canada
+1 416-364-7517
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  • Excellent51%
  • Very good37%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (37 reviews)
“baked beans” (21 reviews)
“challah toast” (17 reviews)
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American, Diner, Canadian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
249 Victoria St, Toronto, Ontario M5B 1T8, Canada
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Like water from the tap or Friday after Thursday, everyone just expects a breakfast to be OK. However, breakfast at the Senator is beyond OK... it's oh my GAWD wonderful. We were a group of five and everyone ordered something different, but everyone was more...More

Thank Gray_S
Reviewed 3 days ago

Great location and interior. Very diner like in everything but the price. Expensive. Food was tasty and service was good too. Highly recommended.

Thank Whatatraveller
Reviewed 4 days ago

Tasty food and pleasant wait staff complete the historic diner experience. Choose a booth or sit at the counter to enjoy this Toronto institution. Very reasonably priced for good food. The Senator Restaurant will be on my list for my next Toronto visit.

Thank 460debrag
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Great breakfast menu with some out-of-ordinary choices. Superb service and great ambiance. Decent prices for downtown.

Thank Mo649
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Ate here 3 mornings had 3 times had gluten free French toast it was that good. Breakfasts were amazing proper diner style and being able to cater for myself who has coeliac disease without making me ill was amazing showing a really good understanding of...More

Thank needaholiday2016
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went here for breakfast/lunch. We all had something off the brekky menu. Did not see where you could eat upstairs. The little booth we had was fun. Service was very personable, but I found to be quite slow. Yes, it was busy in there -...More

Thank sunnydazesunnydaze
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went with all the family and nobody was disappointed. Great, authentic vibe, great food and good value. Don't miss out.

Thank daniel f
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Love the history of this restaurant. I hope it stays as part of Toronto for a long time. After reading the reviews of the food maybe my expectations were too high. Our breakfast was lukewarm at best. Everything, beans, eggs, potatoes, toast. I was so...More

Thank Travelkittycat
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Place looks great, food was delicious, but zero energy and no booze upstair (what's brunch without booze?)More

1  Thank Dreamentertainment
Senrest, Owner at Senator Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Good Morning Dreamentertainment; We don't normally respond to social media reviews but in your case and for the sake of our clientele, Trip Advisor readers and accuracy will make this exception. Appreciate that you took the time to comment and that you loved the ambience...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you enjoy breakfast, the Senator is the place to go. It's classic diner style decor, very friendly service, and delicious American breakfast food make this Toronto restaurant my top downtown pick. Because I arrived at 10:30 on a Thursday morning, I was seated quickly...More

Thank 23Feb45
At the heart of Toronto, Downtown is the destination
for cheap eats and fast fashion. Cut through by hip
and trendy Yonge Street, the vibe here is young, with
a strong student influence from the Ryerson University
Campus. As a result, the Downtown area is always in
flux: undergoing the construction of new facilities,
with fresh retail spaces and pop-up cafes. Home to
Toronto's largest indoor shopping mall, a number of
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2 April 2017|
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Response from Steve B | Reviewed this property |
I don't think they take reservations ... it's busy but we were able to get a table right away...
Jane F
5 October 2016|
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Response from Markmmmmm | Reviewed this property |
Did. Or notice any stairs and on ground floor- narrow isles with booths so worth checking direct
8 February 2016|
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Response from HappyEarthWalker | Reviewed this property |
Weekday (7:30-11:30) breakfast, Weekend (8:00 a.m.) brunch/all day breakfast There is no mention now of an early bird special. They do have a Senator Breakfast (weekdays $9.95 Cn weekends $10.95 Cn) See website for menu... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$20
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Open Hours
08:00 - 14:30
07:30 - 14:30
07:30 - 21:00
07:30 - 21:00
07:30 - 21:00
07:30 - 21:00
08:00 - 14:30
16:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 249 Victoria St, Toronto, Ontario M5B 1T8, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Toronto>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 416-364-7517
The Senator is Toronto's oldest restaurant, dating back to the 19th century when it was just a house at 249 Victoria Street. Since then, the Senator has put its heart and soul into making the freshest, highest-quality food for generations of good-food lovers.
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