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2199 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6S 1N2
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Rates:

  • $11 to $25,
The Kennedy Public House shares a philosophy of dining as a shared experience through which intimacy develops, memories exist and relationships thrive. As such, we have a commitment and dedication to extraordinary hospitality and culinary excellence. We offer a unique portfolio of chef-driven cuisine centered on classic comfort foods and creative delicious beverages held to a higher standard with only quality ingredients, careful preparation and artful presentation. Our aim is to provide a comfortable, courteous and memorable dining experience for our community. more...

Opening Hours

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday

Restaurant type

  • Bar,

Cuisine type

  • Brunch,

Dishes

  • Brunch,
  • Dinner,
  • Drinks,

Features

  • Extensive wine list,
  • Restaurant with party services,
  • Restaurant with live entertainment,

Atmosphere

  • Trendy,
  • Casual,

Products and Services

  • Big screen tv,
  • Satellite tv,
  • Live music,
  • Open late hour,

Meet the owner

When Huffington Post Canada and BlogTO both tabbed The Kennedy Public House as one of Toronto's top new restaurants, owner Mike Derbyshire was delighted — but not surprised.

"This place has always been about the food," Mike says. Indeed, the Kennedy's weekend brunch and daily lunch and dinner menus are light years ahead of typical pub grub. There's baked brie to start (with salsa verde, arugula, roasted garlic and pickled onion), and a masala-spiced lamb shank with sweet potato spätzle, peas, spinach and tomato relish for the main. For dessert? How about a slice of locally baked, chocolate-drizzled pecan pie, made fresh today?

Mike describes the fare as "classic comfort food," but even the more conventional dishes come with a twist. Take the "Hotmess Poutine." There are French fries, chicken gravy and Quebec cheese curds, of course, but then green onions, spiced ground pork, chicken crackling and horseradish are thrown in. The "Chopped Romaine" salad, meanwhile, is ostensibly a Caesar, but one that incorporates palm hearts, fried artichokes, asiago and parmesan cheese, fried capers and crisp prosciutto.

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March 25, 2017

We will never return. The kitchen was down b/c of a small fire. Took forever to order and longer than forever to get them and even than one was wrong. Ordered salsa /chips to hold us over while we had drinks & waited for word from the kitchen that it was open again. Chips served in a bowl with small dish of salsa - had to ask for more. Finally ordered pizza b/c the kitchen was non-functional but pizzas available. Terrible excuse for a pizza but more than that -$136 for an awful evening. Didn't complain as not wanting to make our guest uncomfortable. No attempts by management to 'make it right'. Last two occasions - food overpriced and marginal at best. This helped make our decision to never return to this perfect location resto that only offers that - nothing else.

Ambiance: 1/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 1/5

March 17, 2017

I love meeting friends and family at The Kennedy Public House for great food, drinks and entertainment. Service is friendly and attentive and I can satisfy my cravings for delicious wings, burgers, salad, pizza or pasta.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 13, 2017

We enjoyed this transit spot, but the food was just "meh" not bad, but not great. My sunny side up eggs were cooked through, they brought new ones, but they could not fix the dry potatoes and beans in the scramble. Also had the crazy Canuck which was pretty good, but nothing to write home about. Also had the French toast fingers, which were not fingers and again dry, even the syrup and berry compote couldn't make the crust on bread taste good.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 4/5

March 11, 2017

Requested a quiet table and that was provided. Service was awesome. Our waitress was great, sweet and very helpful. Food was great. Served hot. Is a great restaurant and would come back again. Thank you.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 5, 2017

The Kennedy handled a crowd of 26 exceptionally well. The chef offered his condolences, as the dinner was after a family member's funeral, and asked if we were happy with the food he prepared. Other staff members also offered their condolences. Everyone was impressed - the staff did a very good job. Thank you

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 28, 2017

They were out of a lot of things on the menu.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 4/5

February 21, 2017

Terrible service. Waited 10 minutes to even be greeted. Waitress was not apologetic. Waited another hour for our food. Food was super overcooked. We will not be going back. This is the 3rd and last time we had terrible service and experience.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 1/5

February 12, 2017

Great vibe. Server was polite, funny and food service was quick. Would definitely go back!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 5, 2017

good beer selection.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 3/5

February 6, 2017

My server was great ..... but she was in the weeds . There were two servers for the whole restaurant- on a Saturday brunch ; it seems illogical since I called ahead to book the reservation for 10 and it's one of maybe 3 places to brunch in bloor west . It took an hour for our food to come out and 30 mins for a peice of cake to come out ( celebrating a birthday ) when I went to the bartender who was not doing much she was incredibly rude and claimed she was the manager . If she was the manager , I would be pretty disappointed that they would treat a customer like that .

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 1/5

February 5, 2017

Excellent service! Great atmosphere! Friendly staff. Had my baby shower there and everybody had a good time. My friends liked the beer menu too.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

January 31, 2017

We've been about four times now and have yet to be disappointed.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

January 30, 2017

Over half of the brunch menu items were unavailable and we were not informed of this at the start of service. The food we finally ordered did taste good but overall a poor experience and we will not return.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 3/5

January 30, 2017

We came for my daughter's birthday lunch and was appalled that you ran out of burgers at 12pm on a sunday? Also ran out of cookies for the kids menu? Terrible. We won't be coming back anytime soon and it's a shame because we live in the neighborhood. The brunch menu was nothing spectacular and over priced.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 2/5

January 28, 2017

Great service , great food and great atmosphere

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 20, 2017

I hope the owners read this. You have become complacent. When you opened you were different. The food quality was good, never in doubt. The clientele was local and high quality. Today's experience was sad for us. My wife and 2 young kids (<10) have been going there since you opened. We welcomed your difference on the neighbourhood scene. You have always provided good value with kids meals which we really appreciate. Great way to get them used to restaurants. We usually eat there once a week. Today you had no kid's chicken fingers or mac and cheese. I recall a few years ago when your pizza oven was out of commission for weeks. Now the kids are more flexible. They had grilled cheese and an adult fish and chips. The latter was really poor. I've had the fish and chips several times and it has been good - light and pleasant, not overly fried. Tonight it tasted as though it had been REFRIED. For me not so bad, but killer bad for the kids. They are usually the ones pulling us to go there. After tonight, not so much. I complained when I got the bill. I couldn't read it because the printer is faulty - I could not read the itemized print out. I also complained that dinner was really not great overall. I was referred to Nathan. Seems like a nice enough guy. When I suggested he comp the meal he said he would comp the kids meals and drinks (2 beer and a negroni). Really? That's the best you can do? After 6+ years of loyal weekly spend, that's what we got. Good luck. Good bye.

Ambiance: 2/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 3/5

January 5, 2017

Get back sweet potatoes and mints

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

January 1, 2017

The breakfast skillet is TINY, especially for the price. The pakoras are generously sized but should come with chutney or something as they are dry on their own. The tables at the back are all in rough shape, uneven and need the supports reinforced. Despite there being only 3 other tables when we were there, the food took a really long time.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 3/5

December 30, 2016

The noise volume did get to a screaming level but once the table left, it ended up a fabulous night! thank you.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 29, 2016

Mac n cheese was super. The grilled veg on a bun was really disappointing (cold) and the bun was soft inside but like rock on the outside. So actually painful and impossible to bite into. Chardonnay helped. Our waitress was really helpful

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 5/5

December 20, 2016

Love it! Would recommend for yummy food and a great atmosphere.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 11, 2016

Had a great time last night for our christmas celebration. Thank you for accommodating us. The food and service was great. I forgot our waitress' name, but she was prompt, friendly and professional. Thank you again!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 12, 2016

We were a large group with 19 people, so it is understandable the service was a little slow. the only suggestion I would have is to dedicate more than one server to such a large group to ensure everyone has drinks etc. Overall a very good night, loved the food.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 3/5

December 11, 2016

Burger was overcooked and bun not very fresh.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 5/5

November 30, 2016

Great food! I just wish you didn't take off huevos rancheros off your brunch menu :(

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 20, 2016

Great experience with friends for a birthday dinner. We had a reservation for 12 originally but then grew to 15 as the night went on. The server had no problem adjusting to accommodate more people at the table.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 30, 2016

The food was terrible and the service wasn't great. I ordered the breakfast torte and the potatoes weren't cooked. It took forever to get our food and no one came over to ask if we needed anything or were happy with our meals. I usually don't mind when places are busy but my food was terrible. We'll never go back.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 2/5

October 27, 2016

The service was excellent, the food was great (esp the nachos) and the seating was perfect for watching the ball game

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

October 21, 2016

Burger was really nice. They serve on a great sesame seed bun and the meat is tasty. I think I could only fault them for running out of Guinness! I'd go back again.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 8, 2016

Nice location. Patio looked great but rain forced everyone inside. Menu is small and was made a little worse when one of the items was not available at our 6 p.m. time slot. However the food was very good! I would come back to this spot again!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

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