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400 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 1X5
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Open now 9:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • $26 To $60,
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... See more text

Opening Hours

Monday
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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April 9, 2018

Atmosphere in this restauraunt is usually 4 or 5 stars. On most evenings we would stay for coffee and dessert but we left early as the atmosphere was ruined by a loud mouthed woman two tables over. Turns out she either owns or manages the place. People in the service industry should know enough to use an "in-door voice" in table conversation . SAD

Ambiance: 1/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 5/5

April 7, 2018

When it's busy, the resto can be a little uncomfortably packed. But the overall experiences is always great.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 6, 2018

Our server went out of her way to answer all questions and provide efficient service. We enjoyed our time there. We are Tafelmusik subscribers and appreciate the support from the cafe. David

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 30, 2018

Fantastic and caring service, great food and value. Love this place.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 18, 2018

Great place. We eat there often.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 18, 2018

Dinner was excellent, and I appreciated the additional of service provided by the waiters, who kept my prescription sunglasses for me when I accidentally left them on the table. I came back to collect them in the intermission of the concert I attended up the street.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 16, 2018

Kind of mousy but everything was so good I'll overlook it. Will be back for sure. The Branzini was terrific.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 12, 2018

Food and service was totally worth the value. Our waiter was delightful and came to check on me ahead of my friend arriving. Recommend the calamari and mezes plate with roasted veggies added. Delicious. Such a great night out. Though the rose and glass of malbec may have played a small part! Would also recommend the Ravenswood.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 10, 2018

Excellent as always!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 10, 2018

Excellent, as always.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 25, 2018

Average quality food, well presented.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 4/5

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 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 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 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

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