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400 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 1X5
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By The Way is a much-loved neighbourhood favourite that offers contemporary Mediterranean fare with Latin flare in the heart of the Annex. A reliable, tasty standby for generous, nourishing eats, BTW has all the meal bases covered, from breakfast to late-night fill-up. Omelettes, pasta dishes and eggs benny get lots of mention, as does the fine selection of Middle Eastern choices. The restaurant enjoys a particular reputation for its healthy focus. There's also a solid selection of vegetarian dishes. A surprisingly extensive wine list includes both house and vintage options. The space is bright and cheerful. The big corner patio fills up in the summertime. more...

Opening Hours

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Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday

Restaurant type

  • Coffee Shop,

Cuisine type

  • Mediterranean,
  • Latin American,
  • Fusion,
  • Brunch,
  • Middle-eastern,

Dishes

  • Vegetarian Cuisine,

Features

  • Breakfast,
  • Extensive Wine List,
  • Restaurant With Terrace,
  • Restaurant With Catering Services,

Atmosphere

  • Casual,
  • Family,
  • Intimate,

Products and Services

  • Open Sunday,
  • Comfortable Booth,

Languages Spoken

  • English,

Ratings & Reviews - By The Way

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  • Atmosphere: 4/5
  • Food: 4/5
  • Service: 5/5
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this was the tastiest and best value meal we had...

this was the tastiest and best value meal we had during our week in Ontario. Style is med/middle east/morocco. Delicious.

Atmosphere: 4/5
Food: 4/5
Service: 5/5
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February 18, 2018

I always thought this was a cafe of sorts, but I was pleasantly surprised at the wonderful little restaurant. Their portions are good and maybe it could be a great place to have a good conversation (it could have been a slow night). All in all, I will come again.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

February 10, 2018

A bit harried because of the weather. And soup was. bland. But waitress is fantasti.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 3/5

February 4, 2018

Excellent place to eat.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 3, 2018

Our seating request was honoured, and we had a pleasant meal as usual.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 19, 2018

As always, friendly and attentive service, great food

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

January 12, 2018

Food, as always, was very good - lots of flavour and someone in the kitchen has a terrific hand with the seasonings. Was particularly impressed that, due to transit issues, we were about 10 minutes late, but they still got us served and out the door in lots of time for our engagement, without making us feel rushed.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

January 12, 2018

Delicious and creative food. Charming decor.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 7, 2018

Had a great chicken dinner with cream sauce. Delicious desserts.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 28, 2017

They handled our large group very well.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 23, 2017

It is always nice to go there. Service is excellent and the food is as well.!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 20, 2017

Having made a reservation I didn't expect to get dumped into the worst table in the house, the one at the back by the hall to the kitchen and washrooms. Fortunately a better table came available so we took that. Otherwise we would not have stayed.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

December 5, 2017

All was well - but the restaurant is noisy - making it difficult to talk with those not right next to you - we were a group of eight.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 1, 2017

Perfect for an early dinner before Tafelmusik concert. Service is fast and friendly and food very good.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

November 22, 2017

Wonderful meal!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 12, 2017

I'm a regular. By the Way Café provides consistently, reliably excellent food, ambience and service.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 13, 2017

Deafening noise, tables so close (3"?)that when the person on my right turned to take a picture of their table, he knocked into my arm and wine glass. Very busy night, which greatly affected service. Food well-prepared.

Ambiance: 2/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 2/5

November 11, 2017

I actually like the atmostphere of the restaurant, but with so many tables so close together, it can be very noisy and very difficult to get in or out from a table, for servers as well as customers. Othewise, I like visiting By the Way a lot. Very pleasant, comfortable, despite the close quarters.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 4, 2017

Very nice food and service.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 22, 2017

We'll go again for sure!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

September 27, 2017

Another wonderful meal at By the Way. The Meze Platter was wonderful as always and the choice of of main was as hard as always....but you can never go wrong with the chicken kebabs! We had identified that we needed to be out in a specific time for an event and the staff made sure that we got out in lots of time without making us feel rushed. Looking forward to returning soon.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

August 12, 2017

Good vegan burger Pita bread so so - could have been warm Lamb kebabs good but accompanying rice and salad could have beeen better. Sparse Octopus in Octopus salad

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 5/5

July 25, 2017

Great evening!!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

June 3, 2017

The food arrived lukewarm. Pretty disappointing. Chicken was dry. Ordered chicken skewers for our small child and didn't realize they would be served on massive metal skewers... would have been nice of them to take the meat off; they knew it was the child they were serving. Overall the ambiance and our server were great. The food was disappointing, but location location?

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 3/5

May 31, 2017

Menu is not extensive but very well thought out and a provides a variety of interesting options. All our choices (calamari, lentil soup, beef kabobs and duck confit) were very well prepared and presented. Service was a bit underwhelming. While the restaurant was not full, and our server was obviously working very hard, he was covering tables both inside and outside and it was obvious he was stretched too thin ( as were all the servers). I would strongly recommend the restaurant consider a more effective way to assign sections to servers and/or bring in additional serving staff.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 3/5

May 11, 2017

Great place and great service. Nice atmosphere. Patio looks inviting

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 30, 2017

Two of us ordered the BTW Signature salad for $12.00. With a name like that you would think that it would be spectacular. It was to come with Quinoa, chick peas, arugula and cheese. There was a few specs of quinoa and a few chick peas. We complained and the waitress brought us some quinoa. Besides that the salad was extremely small for $12.00. No a meal at all!

Ambiance: 2/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 2/5

March 25, 2017

Love this restaurant!! The service and food is always amazing!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 17, 2017

Due to extenuating circumstances my companion and I were unavoidably delayed and were 30 minutes late for our reservation. We were delighted to find that the team at By the Way had been able to hold our table and made us feel welcome. This was our first visit to By the Way and we were extremely happy with both the food and the service. Service was friendly and efficient and the food was wonderful. We had the Meza Plate and then tried the Fish of the Day and the Kufta Kebobs and all of it was very flavourful and perfectly cooked. The menu has great variety on it and making a single choice was difficult. The restaurant is small but very comfortable and the noise level is delightfully low. It was a wonderful change to be able to carry on a conversation without having to yell at my companion. We will definitely be back to By the Way soon..

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 5, 2017

Everything, as usual, was lovely. I really enjoyed my fresh-tasting sea bass with lemony tahini sauce.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 3, 2017

Really enjoyed this dining experience!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

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