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538 Church St, Toronto, ON M4Y 2E1
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Open now 11:30 am - 10:30 pm

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Rates:

  • $11 To $25,

Opening Hours

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday

Restaurant type

  • Coffee Shop,

Cuisine type

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

Dishes

  • Seafood,
  • Grill,
  • Vegetarian Cuisine,
  • 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,

Meet the owner

Located conveniently in the heart of Toronto's Village neighbourhood at Church and Wellesley, Cafe California Restaurant is a beloved institution nearly three decades old. General manager Bob Parsons says Cafe California Restaurant is proud to dish out its Mediterranean-inspired cuisine not only to new clientele but also to old ones, familiar and friendly faces who’ve been popping in almost daily since the restaurant opened in 1989. “It’s like Cheers,” says Bob, comparing Cafe California Restaurant to the popular 1980s TV show about a cozy neighbourhood bar full of whacky characters. “It’s always a fun atmosphere.”

Bob came on the scene in November 2016, five years after brothers Jey and Subi Kunasingam bought the restaurant from its original owner, a flamboyant, generous and quick-witted woman Bob describes as Blanche Devereaux from the Golden Girls, another popular 1980s TV show. “She gave me my first break, actually, in Toronto,” says Bob. “This was the first restaurant I got my product into. It’s a full circle for me.” Before Cafe California Restaurant, Bob was a sales rep for Iceberg Vodka. Now he makes it his full-time job to get the restaurant back to its former vibrant glory.

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Ratings & Reviews - Cafe California Restaurant

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  • Atmosphere: 4.3/5
  • Food: 4.5/5
  • Service: 4.5/5
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ibl09645
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The Best! Went there with family and friends!

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 5/5
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Malika N
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Never thought I'd experience racism at pride. But the bouncer/server at Cafe California Restaurant definitely didn't let me and a friend into a bar because we were "too drunk" we didn't drink at all but we were "too drunk". He didn't even let us speak when we were trying to explain that we weren't drunk and we driving home but he "trusted his judgement" and said we were too intoxicated. When I asked for the manager or owner he said he was both and wouldn't let me talk to anyone (he was super not

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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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