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2409 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4P 2E7
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  • Cash
  • Diners Club

Rates:

  • $11 To $25,
  • $26 To $60,
  • > $60,
Hip catz roll through this alley. Most appropriately named, music lovers and food enthusiasts have made this a popular dining and party destination. A menu with Mediterranean flair features dishes such as steak cooked to perfection and gourmet seafood, and a fun martini line up bears names like "Orgasmic Catz," combining raspberry vodka, Cointreau, Champagne, lime and cranberry. For an authentic "supper club" experience, watch as the venue fills up with folks out to bust a few moves, every Thursday through Saturday night. After dinner, a live band and DJ let lose an infectious set of funk, soul, R&B and reggae. Salsa Mondays offer free lessons, and on Bachata Tuesdays offers free lessons. Blues fans, Wednesdays are for you. In true Alleycatz style, every Wednesday there is blues open mic hosted by Mark Stafford, starting at 7:00pm. Warm and convivial in red oak and exposed brick, Alleycatz Restaurant Lounge attracts regulars from all over the GTA.Corporate & Private Functions with more...

Opening Hours

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Restaurant type

  • Fine Dining,
  • Lounge,

Cuisine type

  • Italian,
  • Contemporary / Eclectic,

Features

  • Restaurant With Live Entertainment,
  • Online Menu,

Atmosphere

  • Casual,
  • Upscale,

Languages Spoken

  • English,

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  • Atmosphere: 2.5/5
  • Food: 2.5/5
  • Service: 2.1/5
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gurpreetkayr636220801936316000
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Bad service and gratuity is already added to the bill.

I just went here today and probably won't be coming back anytime soon. We went for the winterlicious menu and the eggplant was great however the portion size was ridiculously small for the price we paid. The service was silly. I didn't see anyone come around like what is the gratuity for? Honestly not worth it guys. There are so many other restaurants on he winterlicious list and over the years I've been too many but have yet to be charged gratuity in my bill with only 4 people there? Ridiculous

Atmosphere: 1/5
Food: 2/5
Service: 1/5
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Restaurantica12
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Go for the Entertainment...

I would definitely go back for the live entertainment. Lady Kane is awesome! First off, the place is so dark I had trouble seeing what I was eating!! I went during Summerlicious and laughed at the portions. The chicken was good but the "served with sweet potato mash and veggies"....not even a tablespoon of either!!! The Ravioli option is 4 flat raviolis...that's it. My app of shrimp was 5 regular size shrimp. And the dessert was a small piece of tiramisu. Apparently they dont do separate bills and you HAVE to either pay all in cash or all on a credit card, Considering we had around 15 people, this was a nightmare! Especially when we needed to use the flashlight on a cell phone to read it properly. Not to mention that the automatic tip was on our bill which meant that apparently the server didn't have to do much. I got water when I arrived and had to finally flag her down after I had finished eating to get any more. I did notice the other end had refills all the time....of the ALCOHOLIC drinks. The bus boy that cleaned our table did more and was more helpful. To sum it up food tasted good but the portion size was laughable at the cost of $25. I really hope their normal menu is better. If you go, go for a fun night out...AFTER eating ;)

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Jbervoe
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Good music...that's it.

Recently a group if friends and I had dinner at Ally Catz. The r eservation number was recorded wrong, so we had to squeeze additional people at the table; there were 5 or so errors made on our order; service wasn't fantastic; bread came after our entree; for quality, food was over priced. Great live music though.

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Restaurantica12
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Horrible Service

I've been to many restaurants before with less than fantastic service, but this place was bad that I signed up with this page and any page I could write a review on. The service was disappointing and the food was inedible. Our "server" started the night by providing us with dirty water glasses and seemed put out of her way when I asked her to replace it with a clean one and then rudely slammed the clean glass down when she returned. The risotto, which was ordered by a number of people in the party, was overcooked and when we told the server she simply said "that's risotto". One guest in the party almost broke his tooth on an olive pit that was in his pasta. We eventually spoke with the manager, who was also very rude. Considering our party size and the fact my friend was celebrating her birthday you would think he may want to offer us something for the lack of service and disgusting food. Needless to say that if the gratuity was not included in the bill she would not have received a single penny. There are many other jazz clubs in the city worth visiting and I would definitely steer clear of this place!!!

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Jerowe R
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Positive experience

Great atmosphere, food was decent. Lounge area and live music!

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Restaurantica12
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This place is awesome! I go there almost every...

This place is awesome! I go there almost every weekend because the music is so amazing. They alway's have a great band that play' s to the crowd. It definetly gets packed so if you don't like crowded places don't go there. The staff at the door are real nice. If they see you enough and your nice to them they'll even let you bypass line AND cover. How cool is that!?! The owner goes out of his way to make sure your having a good time and talks to as many people as he can. The chef really works hard to make sure your meal is perfect and everytime I've been there it has been. The steak's are to die for and just melt like butter in your mouth. The bartenders are really out of this world! They are professionals who know how to give great service. I don't know how they do it but even if it's really busy they still get to you in reasonable time. The bar is alway's fun to hang out at and 2 of the bartenders really know how to put on a show. They do "flair" bartending and throw bottles. It's really cool! All in all I recomend it to anyone who want`s to avoid the attitude downtown. I honestly don`t know what these other people are talking about. The place is alway`s packed so they must be doing something right.

Atmosphere: 4/5
Food: 4/5
Service: 4/5
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Restaurantica12
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Never again.

Food was over-priced and the portions were small. We came here for a pre-wedding celebration and we were placed in a cold, dark corner of the restaurant (these are the seats that they had reserved for us) next to a window with batteries, dirt and other debris on the ledge. The bride-to-be ordered steak with a side of mashed potatoes and a plate of fries. Her handful of defrosted fries ended up costing 5$, and her "mashed potatoes" were actually potato wedges. Her steak was half fat...so really, her meal was potatos and fat with a side of steak. Through out the night all sorts of complications came up: - they wouldn't do separate billing - the waitress spilled a drink in my hair (we still had to pay full price for all food and drinks, no attempt was made to rectify the situation) - they would not do separate billing - they would not refill our water - they would not give us a jug of water for us to refill ourselves (only after asking numerous times did the waitress grudgingly give us a jug of water) - they did not have fresh fruits - they would not turn down the air conditioning although it was absolutely frigid - they would not give us more pita chips for our dip (the spinach dip appetizer which costed over $8 had no more than 10 pita chips on the plate). When we asked for more chips, they told us that they would charge us extra for them. - when we asked to have our food wrapped up, the waitress told us that they did not have boxes. "We can put it in tin foil for you if you want...." On top of all of that, they put a $21 gratuity on our bill, which was absolutely ridiculous, considering the fact that we were only 5 people, and one of us had only eaten an appetizer and then left. We went to the bar to ask them to take the $21 off the bill. The bar tender tried to convince us that this was their poilcy. Luckily, we had done our research and there was no such policy in place posted anywhere in the restaurant or on their website. The waitress came to join our little conversation and then she yelled this classic line: "WHAT? Am i supposed to fill it up every time your glasses are empty?" (Well, you're the waitress. Why don't you figure it out?) We left without paying the tip, but if I had my way, we would have left without paying for any of it. I would like to point out that through out the entire night, we were extremely polite and tolerant. We did not make a big fuss about ANY of the complications that came up but their rude wait-staff and imposed "gratuity" was too much. It was such an apalling experience, and we ended up going somewhere else to make up for the rest of the evening. At least they had some kind of service and they would give you your food in proper containers!

Atmosphere: 1/5
Food: 1/5
Service: 1/5
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Restaurantica12
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Service was horrible. Never been treated so rude...

Service was horrible. Never been treated so rude at the door of an establishment. Later was told the person at the door was the owner! He definitely has no respect for his patrons and has no understanding of "customer service." If it wasn''t because we were there to celebrate our friends'' marriage I would have walked out. Food was average; overpriced for the quality. Owner and hostess were rude, unwelcoming and pretentious. When we complained about being forced to pay $10 cover at 8:30pm (WTF?), even when we were going to order food for dinner [tables around us were only just placing their food orders] the owner didn''t even have the decency to come speak to us...such a coward! However, the live band was awesome...but kind of wished someone would''ve called the fire marshall because the place was super-packed...

Atmosphere: 2/5
Food: 3/5
Service: 1/5
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Restaurantica12
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We had high hopes for this lovely little place...

We had high hopes for this lovely little place, great atmosphere... THAT'S ABOUT IT. Terrible service... Terrible (not rude) but just terrible service for a slow weeknight!!! Too bad.

Atmosphere: 2/5
Food: 1/5
Service: 1/5
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Restaurantica12
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Food was great. Service was great. Wonderful...

Food was great. Service was great. Wonderful atmosphere that was relaxing and at the same time casual and fun. The live band played R&B, funk, some jazz and they were amazing. A really fun time!

Atmosphere: 4/5
Food: 4/5
Service: 4/5
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Restaurantica12
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Alley catz is fantastic and I'm now a regular...

Alley catz is fantastic and I'm now a regular. Its not your typical bar/restaurant. On Monday nights, its Salsa, Tuesday is swing dancing - the lindy hop- and so on. Every time I've been, they have a live band, and only charge cover on the weekends. For you smokers-- best smoking room in the city. It spans the whole length of the restaurant, with large windows that open up into the "alley". This place is always a lot of fun but it is somewhat expensive. Martinis are 10.50, and cover on weekends or special events can be 10-20 $. But do try it out, i think it's well worth it.

Atmosphere: 4/5
Food: 4/5
Service: 4/5
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Restaurantica12
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Service is the worst I ever received. Waiter made...

Service is the worst I ever received. Waiter made a mistake but would not admit or correct it and started swearing, owner got involved and supported the waitor (would not believe that waitor made a mistake), food was not too bad but kitchen looks very filthy, so after I saw it (you can peek there on your way to washroom)I would not eat there ever again.

Atmosphere: 2/5
Food: 1/5
Service: 1/5
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August 18, 2017

Great singers to add a flavor to the delicious dinner :)

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 1, 2017

The food was mostly good and our server did their best to bring the food out in time... but we had a few mix ups and we didn't get the brochettas. also with such a large group (we ended up being 12) it would have been wise to separate the appetizers into 2 groups into two ends of the tables. The DJ was amazing! however the band was actually not up to Alleycatz's standard - I have been to Alleycatz many times (one of my favorites in the city!) and this was not even near what usually i experienced the other times... and the band is why I come...

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 4/5

July 30, 2017

first time here, went during summerlicious.. the food took some time to get here was going to reflect it in the tip but the tip was already calculated which I thought wasn't great. came here to see a live jazz band with the boyfriend, but as soon as we were done and went out from our area the whole place turned in to a club and that was such a shock. completely ruined our night.. if I knew that's how the place is that the jazz band plays on and off depending on if there's a party and people want to dance I would've never gone here. overall a fail.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 3/5

July 31, 2017

It wasn't a good first impression because we were jammed in a corner with the whole rest of the room being a private party which was EXTREMELY noisy and rude. We saw there was another, much quieter room where we could have been seated.

Ambiance: 1/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

July 29, 2017

Fantastic time, amazing food!!!! You have to try this place!!!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 23, 2017

First time there and definitely won't be the last. The DJ and band were awesome and the mature crowd made for a fun evening.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

July 24, 2017

Our waiter was really nice. The middle aged blonde lady wearing the hat (owner or hostess Im not too sure) was horrible. She was rude and put a damper on the atmosphere. They tried to bring us dinner twice and the table next to us got dessert before their entree. The food tasted good but the portions were tiny (I could have eaten the second meal!) Live music was great, but the hostess lady made me feel so uncomfortable that I didnt stay to listen anyways. I wouldnt go back.

Ambiance: 2/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 3/5

July 24, 2017

Very disappointed

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 1/5

July 24, 2017

Food was good band came on 9:30 played very danceable music.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

July 21, 2017

food is good but not authentic...

Ambiance: 2/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 2/5

July 19, 2017

I enjoyed the meal although I had to ditch one of the accompaniments because it wasn't what was advertised, which was the basis for making the reservation. My major problem with this restaurant is the slightly shady atmosphere and subpar service - clearly the waiter (there was just one dude) is untrained and would do well with some lessons on tact.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 2/5

July 19, 2017

A nice atmosphere....great food..really enjoyed the ravioli...and great martini

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

July 17, 2017

Food was mediocre. Service Poor.

Ambiance: 1/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 1/5

July 17, 2017

Everything was good Music was to laud for dinner

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

July 16, 2017

I never went they said it was booked

Ambiance: 1/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 1/5

July 14, 2017

The musicians were good but much too loud. We asked out waiter to request that they lower the volume, but they ignored our request.

Ambiance: 2/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 4/5

July 15, 2017

I wish the music was a little softer/lower. We had to yell at each during the meal trying to have a conversation. Music too loud but a nice little place. The outside of the restaurant is a little off putting so was skeptical to enter. But overall it's a nice place.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

July 11, 2017

Unable to dine since the kitchen was not open for the day on July 10th. Apparently no communication between the restaurant and the booking website as to whether they accept the reservation. I suggest calling the restaurant itself to see if their kitchen is open to summerlicious that day.

Ambiance: 1/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 1/5

July 10, 2017

Our first time here, but certainly not the last! Superb food - absolutely delicious. Excellent service, attentive, friendly, but not overbearing - perfect. Only thing we suggest is getting a better singer to entertain and start the entertainment a bit earlier, as it was after 10 pm when they finally started. Think website mentioned 9 or 9:30 for entertainment. The female singer was dreadful. Everything else was FABULOUS!!! Well done - complements to the chef and serving staff. Bravo!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 10, 2017

the restaurant is freezing cold, that's why i gave 3 stars,, I get to there at 7:00pm there is not too much people but the waitress is pretty slow and let us wait for a about 15 min, and the waiting time between two course is longer than average, Also because of the summerlouis, the menu is changed, not as good as i thought. To be honest the chicken is really good, way above my expectation, but the rib is so so, and the deserts is so so. The WORST part is I was charged 18% tip directly on my bill, and compare to the poor service i got, that make me feels like I was robbed .

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 1/5

July 10, 2017

Meal was ok. Found a piece of glass in my salad which was not ok

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 3/5

July 8, 2017

a bit noisy

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 3/5

July 4, 2017

Greeter took us to our table. The restaurant was virtually empty, but we were shoe horned into one section - 10 tables ( Groupon Holders I assumed. ). There was so little room between tables it was ridiculous. We had a salad ( Spinach leaves, onions and beets. The dressing was so tart that we could not finish it ). I had the fish plate - It was just ok, my friend had the ravioli - Looked like it was out of a tin and microwaved. ( She didn't like it ). The waiter(s) were just ok. Felt like we were an inconvenience. Paid an additional $20 ( tax and tip- which was included ). Total $70.00 for the meal, that was just so so. Right from the beginning, it felt like we were not %100 welcome, because we were using Groupon. We won't be going back.

Ambiance: 2/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 2/5

July 3, 2017

Ambiance was good. Music was good. Food tasted horrible. I asked why the food was so bad and was told the usual chef wasn't at work that night. Crazy.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 3/5

July 1, 2017

Food and atmosphere are always good. The band was good but I found I couldn't make out the words of the singers. It more sounded like they were "mumbling in song". The DJ on this night was also not good, just kept jumping from song to song without any regard for genres. Still had a good time and will go back.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 25, 2017

John called a few hours before to say he needed my credit card to secure my reservation. He said it was their policy but no mention was made when I reserved earlier in the week. He said that for each person that didn't show, I would be charged $20. When he phoned to tell me this, I was in the middle of an important meeting and gave him card info but afterwards regretted it and wished I had cancelled. Due to the time and possibly not being able to inform the other 9 people in the party, I took my chances and we went for dinner as planned. His attitude was impatient and brash and we were simply just $$ signs to him. Enjoyed the night but won't make reservations to go there again.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 3/5

June 25, 2017

We were sat in the back section with a view of a brick wall that had a huge tobacco spit stain running down the side wall. Food was cold upon arrival and not very tasty.

Ambiance: 1/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 2/5

June 18, 2017

I had Sexy Spaghettini or I think it was called. It was very good - right down to my taste buds. We didn't stay for the late night Jazz, but I am pretty sure it was great. But even without, the restaurant was great.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

June 18, 2017

The building itself is a bit tiny, and a little older however, the exceptional service and food overrode all that. I had a very low key bachelorette party for my friend but our waiter was so helpful from.the moment we walked in. They didn't even know we were celebrating but still offered great service. Would highly recommend it for any occasion. They had lady Kane band playing and that just added the icing to the cake. Band was great and DJ was as well. The only reason I did 4 stars was because the place could use a little face lift.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 12, 2017

My sirloin steak was cooked to perfection (a little chewy at times though). Everything else was excellent. Good value. Noisy. Hard to talk even before the band started. Large groups were celebrating so understandable.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

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Winterlicious 2017: $28 dinners

Winterlicious 2017: $28 dinners

The appropriately named Alleycatz gives music lovers and foodies plenty to cheer about: a menu with Mediterranean flair, a varied martini line-up and after-dinner entertainment in the form of salsa, karaoke and live bands playing ’40s dance music. On the Winterlicious menu: eggplant cannelloni with roasted spinach, ricotta and parmesan; giant wild mushroom ravioli; and dessert options like tuxedo truffle mousse cake and classic chocolate ice brownie.

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