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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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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

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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  • Atmosphere: 4.1/5
  • Food: 4.3/5
  • Service: 4.5/5
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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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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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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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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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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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November 7, 2017

Apps and main course was very good, cheese cake was dry with a rubbery cranberry glaze.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 2/5

October 30, 2017

Pleasant atmosphere, attentive service and great food.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

October 2, 2017

Slow service, some of the food was average and not great atmosphere

Ambiance: 2/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 2/5

September 12, 2017

Great value and friendly

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

July 24, 2017

Delicious, no rush, my group was catered to well. Hit restaurant!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 24, 2017

Not designed for families. It is more like a pub. Their services were nice and foods were delicious in particular, the Pork chop one (it is tender and juicy) Overall, I can recommend this one to Young couples or those who want to enjoy having dinner with some wine or liquor. Satisfied customer :)

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 2/5

July 23, 2017

Thank you for delicious meals and good services :):)

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

July 23, 2017

Nice lunch but ambiancebis poor and location k

Ambiance: 2/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 22, 2017

Summerlicious usually means obnoxious groups of cheapo diners, and our Summerlicious evening at Cafe California was all of that - but you have no control over that! The food was OKAY, the services was OKAY. The restaurant is well laid-out and very clean.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 3/5

July 21, 2017

Service was slow & food was mediocre. Our portions were remarkably smaller in comparison to what other patrons received as well... Needless to say, we left hungry :(

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 3/5

July 21, 2017

Arrived at 8:00, by 8:25 only my partner had received a drink, we didn't even have water. Decided to cancel order and pay up for the one beer. Was charged for a wine and had to explain to my own server that he had not served the wine I ordered. I don't think I've ever left a restaurant before and cancelled my order. Very disappointed. Walked over to the keg and had a lovely late night meal instead where drinks and food were delicious and served with attention.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 1/5

July 20, 2017

We loved this restaurant! We like to try new places during Summerlicious, and this is one we would definitely go back to! The service was excellent, as was the food. Beautifully decorated, really pleasant, comfortable atmosphere. We're looking forward to going back to check out the regular menu!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 18, 2017

I sat at the outdoor patio. The salad, specially the dressing, was lovely. I would have preferred the dark sauce on the side than all over the pork chop. Thank you

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

July 17, 2017

Service was excellent.Food came out too slow, taste not too good.My steak was dry and overcook, covered with thick sauce.Salad was too wet.Portions were too small.Experience was disappointing.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 5/5

July 17, 2017

Flavours a little disappointing and bland.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 5/5

July 16, 2017

Went for Summerlicious and everything my friend and I ordered were delicious! I would come back. The patio was great.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

July 16, 2017

Server seemed unsure of the summerlicious menu, which was odd since it had been out for at least a week by the time I went. I ordered the striploin, he failed to ask me how I would like it cooked, so before he left I asked if it could be medium. He brought the incorrect order (the pork instead of the striploin). Considering it was the summerlicious menu, it was decent value for the 3-course menu.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 2/5

July 15, 2017

Great service from Robert. Food and drinks yummy.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

July 14, 2017

Food was too salty.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 5/5

July 14, 2017

Food was very good, presentation, taste and portion. Ambience is good. Overall good experience. But the service was very slow. So if you are in a rush or lunch break, make it known to the staff.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 3/5

July 13, 2017

My second visit during Summerlicious. Chose different starter and main - both excellent.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 9, 2017

Thx to Cole he does a great job😇

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

July 10, 2017

Great food good price

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

July 9, 2017

We tried this place because of summerlicious. It's in our neighbourhood and I would absolutely go back. The survive was good, the food was delicious and the chocolate cake was to die for. Over I had a really good meal here and would recommend this place to friends and family.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

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

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