Hemingway's Restaurant


Restaurant type

  • Bar,
  • Pub,

Cuisine type

  • Canadian Cuisine,
  • Brunch,


  • Brunch,
  • Lunch,
  • Dinner,


  • Restaurant With Bar,


  • Casual,

Products and Services

  • Patio,
  • Events,
  • Live Music,
  • WiFi,

Languages Spoken

  • English,
142 Cumberland St, Toronto, ON M5R 1A8
Useful Information

Opening Hours *Holiday hours

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  • $11 To $25,

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Meet the owner

In 1980, when New Zealander Martin McSkimming opened Hemingway’s, Yorkville’s transformation from bohemian cultural hub and hippie centre to glamorous, upmarket neighbourhood had begun. Today, this Cumberland Street bar and restaurant is one of Yorkville’s premier meeting places. And Martin, a former chartered accountant, has outlasted many in one of Toronto’s most competitive neighbourhoods.

Martin remembers a time when people doubted he could last six months in the business. “But I know money,” he adds with a smile. “It was really tough for the first fifteen years. There was a lot of hard work. But in 2015 we celebrate our 35th anniversary.” Martin is now the sole owner of Hemingway’s and the land on which it was built.

Hemingway’s started with only one floor and one patio. It now has three bars, a dining room, a busy kitchen, approximately 80 staff in summer, 24 beers on tap, and four tremendous patios misted in summer and heated in winter. Hemingway’s is open every day of the year from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. The kitchen produces great food, including traditional favourites, salads, pastas and some New Zealand-inspired dishes. The restaurant’s Kiwi lamb burger, lamb chops and curried lamb are made from lamb sourced from Martin’s homeland. The Boston clam chowder has been on the menu from day one. A snack menu is also available from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Martin attributes his business’s fine reputation to good value for money, a friendly and welcoming atmosphere, quality products, and valued and carefully selected staff. One of his employees, Alenka, who has been at Hemingway’s since 2002, describes the staff as “like a big family” and Martin agrees. “We all work together here. Look around and you can see.” The sous chef at Hemingway’s in 1980 is the head chef in 2014. Martin loves his staff.

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This is a really neat Aussie/Kiwi themed place I was introduced to on new years eve and it turned out to be great! The food was excellent quality for a pub and well prepared, as well as reasonably priced. Definitely a good spot to spend the evening with good friends.

Atmosphere: 4/5
Food: 4/5
Service: 4/5
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Hemingway’s in Yorkville is well known for its rooftop patio and daily drink deals. The patio, which seats 190 people, is covered and heated, so it’s open all-year round! While it’s located in Toronto’s chicest neighbourhood, Hemingway’s has some great deals on craft drinks that will have you coming back for more!

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The one that started it all. Hemingway’s is home to one of the first all-seasons patios in Toronto. Located in the heart of Yorkville, Hemingway’s is an iconic pub that has one of the most lively patio scenes in Toronto. The patio is always packed, and is a nice break from the more formal restaurants located in the neighbourhood. Partially covered, the patio is fully licensed, which is good news considering it has 24 beers on tap.

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The kiwis at Yorkville’s beloved watering hole really know how to celebrate the holidays. With turkey dinners, seasonal drink specials, and a love for groups of happy people, the folks at Hemingway’s will put you in the mood to celebrate the fraternity of all men and women. If you’re not a regular already, you will be before the season is over. Shopping bonus: since the two-storey storey spot is in the thick of Yorkville’s many stellar boutiques, it’s an ideal resting spot for your bag-laden hands.

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