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The old Chinatown building where Peoples Eatery is located blends right into the local surroundings, but the energy coming out of the restaurant is distinctly new and exciting. The brainchild of the team behind 416 Snack Bar, Peoples Eatery is inspired by the street where it resides – Spadina Avenue.

“I like to say that it’s a restaurant dedicated or themed around the street,” says co-owner Adrian Ravinsky. “At 416 the menu is meant to be largely representative of the diversity of Toronto. Peoples is meant to be represent Toronto too, but with a bit of a focus on the past and present-day culture of Spadina Avenue.”

Adrian and his team are interested in preserving the history of the neighbourhood – they even kept the name of the former restaurant when they took over – but their main goal is to build on that history to make something new. “I really did want to be an architect and the main reason for that was to build the city,” says Adrian, a former student of architecture at the University of Toronto. “So our main concern, really, when it comes to building restaurants is that they are going to benefit a section of the city and build community around them.”

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March 18, 2017

Delicious food, great atmosphere, great service. Couldn't ask for more.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

March 14, 2017

We ordered a bunch of stuff to try from all the categories, it was soooo good! We liked everything we ate! The service was top notch, our server was a ninja with re filling our water, etc! Thanks again for a perfect night!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 12, 2017

Love your place Never fails.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 10, 2017

Great vibe !

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 6, 2017

Amazing food, great atmosphere and on the point song choices. great way to celebrate a birthday!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

March 6, 2017

The best!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 1, 2017

As usual, everything was amazing.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 20, 2017

Absolutely wonderful night out at People's. The service was wonderful and the servers were very knowledgeable about the whole menu and gave wonderful recommendations. The food was a dream! Altogether such a lovely night!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 12, 2017

Thanks so much for a fun night! The food and cocktails were incredible and the staff were so friendly and helpful

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 10, 2017

We booked dinner for 8 of us for a friend's birthday. From the moment we arrived until we paid, our experience was exceptional! Friendly, knowledgable service, delicious food (with a kitchen that accommodated both a vegetarian and a vegan well from a meat-heavy menu). Dani was a great server and the entire team helped make the night perfect. Will definitely be back :)

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 7, 2017

I always have a great time here - amazing service, terrific drinks and the food, oh the food.... Highly recommended!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 16, 2017

The atmosphere here is great for small groups and perfect for sharing and trying a mix of different foods. Service was excellent. The staff are attenive without being disruptive. Good selection of cocktails as well.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 15, 2017

Wonderful and attentive service, perfect venue with two floors for private function. Thank you Peoples Eatery team, Les

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 10, 2017

The food and service were amazing! The only drawback is the cost, kinda expensive, but worth a visit.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 9, 2017

Food came out a bit slow but that was expected of a tasting menu. Food was delicious!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

January 9, 2017

The service was spectacular, the food was amazing and the bartender made us the most outstanding cocktails! This experience could not have been better!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 9, 2017

Outstanding service (friendly, helpful, creative, prompt). And very good food. Plan to return soon!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

December 31, 2016

Food was terrific. And our waiter, Sebastian, was awesome. A great evening at People's Eatery!!!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 24, 2016

I had heard People's Eatery was good- we didn't realize how good. Completely surpassed our expectations, overall fantastic experience.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 24, 2016

We had the most AMAZING dinner at People's Eatery! The service was outstanding and the food was out of this world! I am definitely recommending this spot to everyone!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 20, 2016

Didn't like the table seated at. It was in a busy and drafty section. I was bumped twice by passing servers. I was given a long story about a table - which sat free - was needed and wasn't available. And in fact, it wasn't needed. Ugh!

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 2/5

December 14, 2016

Peoples Eatery is a great spot for elevated snacks and thoughtfully chosen wines in a fun atmosphere. Feels very Torontonian.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 5, 2016

The best! ❤️

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 1, 2016

The food was delicious, the atmosphere was lovely and the server was great. I would definitely recommend and go back.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 30, 2016

The staff that work here are always wonderful and accommodating. I always love going there either by myself or with friends. I never leave dissatisfied!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 28, 2016

Really really fun! We asked our server to pick the dishes and pair with wine. He nailed it! Thanks for a fun night. xx

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 26, 2016

excellent as always. Love it there every time!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 14, 2016

Food was so delicious. The private room was very beautiful... nice candlelight and ambience. We also enjoyed the music. Most delicious liver... duck was also phenominal. People's also went the extra mile and brought out a special birthday dessert for our father. All in all an excellent experience.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 13, 2016

Atmosphere is perfect for a romantic evening, the minimal seating allows for a quieter, spacious feeling. Mind you the services is slow and our food was just thrown in front with a mile a minute explanation of what it was. Otherwise we are looking to try it again, outside of a Saturday evening.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 3/5

October 28, 2016

Great food and excellent service. We were in a separate room for 5 people but it's far too small. It would be a really nice room for two.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

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