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424 Parliament St, Toronto, ON M5A 3A2
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open now 11:30 am - 1:00 am

Methods of Payment:

  • American Express
  • Interac
  • Mastercard
  • Visa

Rates:

  • 10$ To 20$,
  • $11 To $25,
The Local Gest brings Farm to Table eating to the heart of Cabbagetown, on Parliament. Enjoy fresh local produce - growing vegetables and herbs at a plot on Fresh City Farms, using mostly certified organic seeds, is just one of the ways that real food arrives on your plate. Choose from an array of classic dishes for lunch and dinner - burger, po' boy, steak frites, fajitas and schnitzel, to name just a few. And weekend brunch offers both egg and savory options. Nightly entertainment includes Trivia Night on Wednesday, live music on Thursdays, and Sunday Jazz. more...

Opening Hours

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday

Restaurant type

  • Lounge,

Cuisine type

  • International,
  • American Cuisine,

Dishes

  • Sandwiches,
  • Burgers,
  • Brunch,
  • Hamburger,

Features

  • ATM,
  • WiFi,
  • Patio,
  • Restaurant With Wifi Internet,

Atmosphere

  • Casual,

Products and Services

  • Full Dinner Menu,
  • Comfortable Booth,
  • Event,

Languages Spoken

  • English,

Getting There

  • Cabbagetown,

Meet the owner

The Local Gest’s four owners (Gary, Eric, Sean and Tiffany, or GEST) aren’t your typical Toronto restaurateurs. The four locavore business partners own an acre of land in Sutton, Ontario, where they grow vegetables for their Cabbagetown restaurant.

Established in 2013 in the former Ben Wicks space on Parliament Street, The Local Gest takes pride in supporting homegrown craft breweries and Ontario farmers — it’s all “local, local, local,” says owner Tiffany Smith.

The chef, Javier, says this farm-to-table approach is his dream. “This is what I love,” he says. “As a chef, to be able to grow your own food, cook it and present it on the table…I love converting food into smiles.”

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May 13, 2017

very friendly and casual BUT MOST OF ALL - THE BEST FOOD IN TORONTO!!!! FARM TO TABLE FRESH AND TOTALLY DELICIOUS!!! HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS PLACE TO ALL !!! GO THERE - DON'T MISS IT...

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 27, 2017

Good food and service. Also enjoyed the entertainment that was provided.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

March 6, 2017

Food and service are awesome here. I always look at the online menu before we go but the specials are so spectacular that I never get what I planned on. We all got the specials last night and they were fantastic. Absolutely my new fave local joint.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 26, 2017

Didnt catch the names of the serving team on Saturday - was attentive without being imposing! Excellent service!!! Food was good also. Had f&c and my friend had chicken schnitzel

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

February 6, 2017

Eclectic, yet excellent menu, service and atmosphere superb!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 30, 2017

We had a great time at the Local Gest. The food was fresh and delicious, and the service was excellent. We will definitely visit again next time we're in Toronto.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 21, 2016

If the food hadn't taken almost an hour to get to the table I would have given service 5 stars. I would not consider coming again if I had any time restraints otherwise a great family lunch ...

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 3/5

December 17, 2016

Feels like home, including the food.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 17, 2016

We had a nice meal and a great experience. Our first time, but we'll be back.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 12, 2016

Excellent food and service! I had the beef fajita with corn tortillas, and it was delicious! The service is fast and friendly. I would definitely recommend.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 6, 2016

I hosted my birthday dinner here and we had a great time! Cozy little restaurant, great food, reasonable price point and a really unique dessert! Service was a little slow towards the end but overall was a great time. Would definitely recommend.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

October 11, 2016

Cozy restaurant. Sat at a larger table that had bench seats and huge cushions! Service and food were amazing! Even the chef came around to ask whether or not the food was to our liking. Our server (who was possibly the owner) was friendly and attentitive. Great hidden gem in the city!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 4, 2016

Fabulous food and the service was exceptional, complete with humor. Will definitely be back next time I am in Toronto.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

September 19, 2016

First time visitors. Very nice local place, the kind toubwish was in your neighbourhood. It was a little noisey but that was due to the end of the local softball league playoffs. The food was very good and plentiful. Service was excellent.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

September 16, 2016

Wonderful waitress, meals were very tasty. We had a fun night.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

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