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538 Church St, Toronto, ON M4Y 2E1
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  • $11 To $25,
Conveniently located in the heart of the Church and Wellesley Village in Downtown Toronto, Cafe California has been a fixture of the community for over twenty years. The eclectic Mediterranean decor, cozy solarium, beautiful seasonal patio and martini bar has made this spot the place to see and be seen. Always ahead of new trends but maintaining their Mediterranean influence, their diverse menu, excellent value daily specials and their courteous and friendly service keeps customers coming back time and time again.Reservations by phone are recommended. Underground parking is located below restaurant. more...

Opening Hours

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Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday

Restaurant type

  • Coffee Shop,

Cuisine type

  • Mediterranean,
  • Californian,
  • Brunch,
  • American Cuisine,

Dishes

  • Seafood,
  • Grill,
  • Vegetarian,
  • Hamburger,
  • Steak,

Features

  • Restaurant With Party Services,
  • Restaurant With Private Rooms,
  • Prix Fixe Menu,
  • Restaurant With Bar,

Atmosphere

  • Casual,
  • Intimate,

Products and Services

  • Event,
  • Daily Special,

Languages Spoken

  • English,

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  • Atmosphere: 4.1/5
  • Food: 4.3/5
  • Service: 4.5/5
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Stephanie P
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Such a wonderful experience for my husband and I. Staff was very accommodating with last minute reservations as well as making space for our rather bulky stroller. Atmosphere is warm, welcoming and pleasant. Food was SUPERB (had the butter chicken) and the staff was personable, attentive and kind. Can't wait to go back!

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Restaurantica12
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Good food, but you pay for it

All courses of the meal were flavorful, well prepared and nicely presented. Portions were more than adequate. Server was a bit haughty and over the top, but he got the food to our table in a timely manner. If you have any kind of appetizer and/or dessert and alcohol, be prepared for a pretty high end tab at the end.

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Restaurantica12
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Me and my girlfriend keep coming back to Cafe California for Mussels and Paella. Those mussels with creme fraiche and fennel are to die for! Paella is also great. The service is quick and pleasurable. Although it does seem on the pricey side for what it is as mentioned previously, perhaps it is worth it since we will coming back for more for sure.

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 5/5
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Restaurantica12
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Nice patio on Church and Wellesley, excellent...

Nice patio on Church and Wellesley, excellent service, but a little pricy for what it is. Creative, modern cuisine with spanish influences; good but small portions and rather bland. Would go back for drinks and apetizers. 75$ for 2 entrees and 2 drinks (martini and caesar)

Atmosphere: 3/5
Food: 3/5
Service: 5/5
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Restaurantica12
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My boyfriend and I are regulars here. We come...

My boyfriend and I are regulars here. We come for brunch frequently as well. The food is always excellant and very "clean" tasting. Staff is always great and accomadating!

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 5/5
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Restaurantica12
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This was a great experince! We stopped by for...

This was a great experince! We stopped by for dinner on PRIDE Saturday! This is a day when you would expect cold/so so food, but not at CC! Everything was excellent! Food, Service and the atmosphere was well...PRIDE!

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 5/5
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Restaurantica12
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We tried this place again since it seems popular...

We tried this place again since it seems popular, after a dissapointing dinner (food was bland) we tried breakfast. The food was cold and after I order the egss to be served hard, they were runny and cold. when I asked the server politely if we could get them cooked more, he acted rude and even huffed at us. This was an older, balding gentleman who rushed us through our orders, ignored our requests for more coffee and was the rudist server I have ever had.

Atmosphere: 1/5
Food: 2/5
Service: 1/5
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Restaurantica12
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Best atmosphere, very friendly and happy servers...

Best atmosphere, very friendly and happy servers, excellent food quality, fair prices and the patrons of course are wonderful. You can't go wrong at this place.

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 5/5
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Restaurantica12
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The place is elegant, the food tremendous and the...

The place is elegant, the food tremendous and the service superior - always enjoyable. Prices are good too!

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 5/5
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June 19, 2017

The restaurant was a bit dated and not as clean as I would like. The table had grease remnants on it from the previous guests. The drinks were not very good. The four of us ordered 4 mixed drinks. Very artificial and not much liquor. Food was good. Just an ok experience. Probably would not rush back.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 5/5

May 21, 2017

If th food was plated on hot plates, the meal would be more enjoyable. Not sure if you are able to have a plate warmer.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

May 11, 2017

Great spot! Would definitely go again. Great service, fast food preparation, and most importantly the food quality was amazing! Oh yah, the pricing is very reasonable for what you receive, which is just a bonus.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 26, 2017

I took a friend here for a birthday lunch. Lovely atmosphere, good food and good service.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 17, 2017

Best Benedict I've ever had.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

April 17, 2017

Affordable filet mignon and lobster tail dinner with veggies. Worth the money but don't expect huge value beyond the price. Restaurant was very quiet as it was an early holiday dinner. Service was friendly and efficient.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

February 9, 2017

I booked a table for dinner online on February 7 but the nice gentlemen at the restaurant (who also turned out to be our server) couldn't find my reservation.. so maybe check your online reservation app or service in case you get over-booked & don't even know. Anyway, the ambience was great and our Winterlicious meal was delicious. Also got to meet the owner of the restaurant who came out briefly to make sure that his patrons were pleased with their meals. Overall, a restaurant I would come back again to and even recommend to friends.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 9, 2017

We did have to wait to be seated. The restaurant was busy for winterlicious.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 6, 2017

Delicious soup, loved the desserts!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 6, 2017

Great place

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 7, 2017

Things were generally 'okay' here. The food wasn't as good as I expected for a Winterlicious pick. The staff was very kind and friendly.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 4/5

February 5, 2017

My pasta was bland, they put sauce on the bottom then plain white over cooked capalini on the top. My app was a bruschetta that said it's on focaccia bread but we got Texas toast. My family also had asked for medium rare steak and got well done. The whole restaurant was smokey.

Ambiance: 1/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 3/5

February 5, 2017

Went for winterlicious. Bob our waiter was very friendly. We had reservations for 6:30 but had to wait about 20 minutes for a table. Nowhere to wait without blocking staff. Food was good, would go back.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

February 5, 2017

Delicious food and great service. It was busy for a Friday night. Recommend reservations. Our server was fantastic. Very helpful.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 3, 2017

Excellent Winterlicious dinner! I had filet mignon that was cooked to perfection with a delicious crab cake starter. My partner had kale salad and the salmon, both of which she enjoyed. The service was friendly and attentive. It was nice of the manager to check on us. We'll definitely be back.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 2, 2017

We really enjoyed lunch here- the food, the service, the atmosphere were tops. I'll be back for the butter chicken.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 1, 2017

Delicious food! Great atmosphere! John was an excellent, friendly, cheeky server! Highly recommend

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 30, 2017

Great place excellent food and portions for Winterlicious, and friendly service. Will come again for sure :)

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 31, 2017

Food was delicious and service was good, just disappointed that we made reservations but still had to wait nearly 30 minutes for a table.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

January 30, 2017

I was unable to make it because my guest was ill. But my rating is based on my other visit.

Ambiance: 1/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 1/5

January 31, 2017

The place was full when we arrived and the online reservations was considered invalid even with a confirmation number. So we had to wait for about 15 minutes aside from the longer than usual table service

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 3/5

January 30, 2017

The restaurant was very busy but we were accommodated very quickly. The food and service were excellent. We had a very positive experience.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 31, 2017

We had a great time at Cafe California. Good food, great service, and we ended talking to people around who seemed to enjoy too. Cocktails are nice and colourful. We had good wine advice. I took the crab cake, the vegetarian pasta and the cheesecake. All 3 were good. I highly recommend.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 30, 2017

Food wasn't as tasty as I expected. Service was fairly decent. Atmosphere was pretty good since it was a Sunday. No plans to go back anytime soon.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 2/5

January 29, 2017

The steak had lots of gristle and the potatoes didn't taste right. However my daughter enjoyed the butter chicken and I my chocolate mousse cake.Also the crème brulé was akin to scramble eggs and burnt caramelized topping. I would recommend a menu change on the items that don't go over well as another person that I talked with had the same experience.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 4/5

January 29, 2017

We love it. First tome there. Great food, great service but allow a leisurely evening out. Definitely going back.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 29, 2017

steak was not good

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 4/5

January 29, 2017

Great little restaurant, fun atmosphere, the only thing I didn't like was that the waiter took my dessert away before I finished it... but the food was absolutely delicious. I would definitely go back.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 2/5

January 29, 2017

Booked a reservation here for winterlicious... came from out of town and we were about 10 minutes late for our reservation due to snow... the server got the manager because there was no table left open for us, the manager walked up and said "nope youre too late"... he claimed my reservation was for 6pm, not 6:30 and even asked ME if I had made a mistake.. I showed him my confirmation and he said "well i could put two chairs up at the bar for you then" (which is not set up for that at all!). A bad winterlicious experience... pick somewhere else!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 1/5

December 27, 2016

Made a dinner reservation for 26 December. Received an email just before asking me to confirm the reservation. Arrived slightly early, and the restaurant was closed up tight. NICE!

Ambiance: 1/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 1/5

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