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Restaurant type

  • Coffee Shop,

Cuisine type

  • Tex-Mex,
  • American Cuisine,

Dishes

  • Burgers,
  • Hamburger,
  • Vegetarian Cuisine,

Features

  • Restaurant With Terrace,
  • Tasting Menu,

Atmosphere

  • Intimate,

Products and Services

  • Take-out,
  • Brunch,
  • Dinner,

Languages Spoken

  • English,
Location
586A College St, Toronto, ON M6G 1B3
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Rates:

  • $11 To $25 ($$),
  • $11 To $25,

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Ratings & Reviews - Utopia Cafe Grill

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MARYMARY12
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Great Food, Great Service

Had a fabulous Chicken Goat Cheese Burito - best I've ever had. Friend had a Grilled Tuna Salad, also excellent. Service was cheerful and quick even though restaurant was full. Would definitely recommend.

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 5/5
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Restaurantica12
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These negative reviews are understandable, but unfair

I go to Utopia all the time and I always hear the same complaints about it: slow service, small mistakes, long wait. I'm not saying it's not true, but really, take a look at the restaurant. The kitchen is completely visible and it's TINY. Add that to a wait staff that's trying to navigate a restaurant and patio that's always packed and you might end up waiting a little. Also, the food is very inexpensive. For under ten dollars you can get a pretty big meal that's dependably tasty with a lot of veggie options. For that kind of value, I'm more than happy to take the good with the bad.

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Restaurantica12
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Very bad service

The waitress did not listen to any of our special requests and I got huge onions in my burritto when I asked for no onions. My friend got her order wrong too. The waitress acted like she really did not care and blamed it on the kitchen. It was not even that busy when we were there, there were only 2 other tables. It took a really long time for the food to arrive.

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Restaurantica12
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good food, badly mixed drinks, fair prices, BAD service

We went in on a busy Sat night and it took a while to get a table but that's to be expected on a busy night. The wait staff seemed cool, all of course for our waitress who couldn't be bother to help us. While we waited for our table at the bar all we could hear come out of her was how tired she was, how she didn't want to be there, and then we watched her try to nap with her head on the bar as there was a line-up that went out the door. The food was good, the app we got (can't remember the name but had chickpeas and pomegranate in it) was unbelievably good. The drinks weren't fix right, the first round came and it was straight booze in the glasses, no mix at all, someone wasn't paying attention.... Entrees were good, the sauces they make there are great and once we finally ordered the food came in good time. I would consider going back, but if I saw the waitress we had that night was working, I'd turn around and leave.

Atmosphere: 4/5
Food: 4/5
Service: 2/5
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Restaurantica12
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food was a bit slow. veggie nachos awesome, the...

food was a bit slow. veggie nachos awesome, the rest was o.k. the bread the chicken sandwich was on was waaaay too thick and i ended up picking the chicken out because otherwise the only taste was bread! it seems like they changed ownership which is weird cuz they haven't but when there's a vibe like that, it's not good.

Atmosphere: 4/5
Food: 4/5
Service: 4/5
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Restaurantica12
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The food is generally pretty good (amazing fries...

The food is generally pretty good (amazing fries) and the atmosphere is the right degree of casual. However, the last 2 times I've been, the service has been ridiculously slow - to the point of it taking at least an hour before getting our food, and watching all the people around us get served and leave. We have had to get up and ask for refills on coffee and water, and had to go up to the counter to pay. They weren't unfriendly, per se, but service that slow, 2 times in a row is not just bad luck.

Atmosphere: 3/5
Food: 4/5
Service: 2/5
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Restaurantica12
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I went to Utopia after hearing all the raves...

I went to Utopia after hearing all the raves reviews and figuring it would be perfect for both my non-vegetarian boyfriend and myself. We sat in the back - converted porch area, and my meal was ruined when I saw a cockroach/giant beetle crawl along the wall. Also, I ordered the veggie souvlaki, and maybe its my fault for not looking for closely at the description on the menu, but what kind of souvlaki is smothered in BBQ sauce? The only good thing about utopia was the poutine with veggie gravy.

Atmosphere: 2/5
Food: 2/5
Service: 4/5
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Restaurantica12
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Just an amazing, casual little restaurant with a...

Just an amazing, casual little restaurant with a great atmosphere and friendly servers on College. Small little patio in the back and worth the wait if there's a line-up. The menu is huge and delicious and has a wide variety of options, with creative dishes unique to the restaurant. Everything from their signature burritos (lamb, soy, steak, chicken) to huge sandwiches with a great selection of sides and fantastic burgers with really creative toppings. Tastes from around the world- mexican, asian-inspired, meditteranean choices - just fantastic! But not an overwhelming menu - they really keep to what they're good at and it's simple and delicious. Really great prices for such large portions. Much more than a regular pub or cafe and a great place for meeting friends after work. And they really cater to vegetarians - any meat dishes can be subsituted for their excellent soy and veggie products. Definitley a great find in the city. Their servers were so friendly.

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 5/5
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Restaurantica12
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Love Utopia, usually eat here once every couple...

Love Utopia, usually eat here once every couple weeks, take out is great too. I have tried almost everything on the menu and never been disappointed. The service is always good to. The place can be a bit hectic (not too big and ALWAYS busy), but that is part of the charm.

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 5/5
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