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Restaurant type

  • Bistro,
  • Coffee Shop,

Cuisine type

  • French,
  • Italian,

Dishes

  • Pizza,
  • Pasta,

Features

  • Extensive Wine List,
  • Restaurant With Delivery Services,
  • Restaurant With Bar,

Atmosphere

  • Casual,
  • Intimate,

Products and Services

  • Daily Special,

Languages Spoken

  • English,
Location
24 Baldwin St, Toronto, ON M5T 1L2
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  • $11 To $25,

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Meet the owner

One sign of a good restaurant is the quality of its staff. If they’ve been there a while, you know you’re entering an establishment that’s trusted and focused on delivering a great experience. And if you find a spot where a staff member thought so highly of it he wanted to buy it, like Nathan Arulappu did at Café la Gaffe, then even better.

Nathan started working at the restaurant and immediately fell in love with its ambiance, food selection, location and team atmosphere. So when the opportunity came up in 2004 to take a more active role in the business, he leapt at it.

“When I went to university, I worked here,” says Nathan. While most of us leave our university jobs behind when we graduate, Nathan was drawn so strongly to Café la Gaffe, it felt like home. His connection to his team is strengthened by the fact that he has maintained his original position in the kitchen, remaining hands-on preparing the food, instead of hiding away in the back.

His employees appreciate seeing him working alongside them, and they can see how invested he is in the restaurant. “We work together as a team,” says Nathan of the staff and owners at Café la Gaffe.

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Restaurantica12
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Everytime I think of this place I salivate

Great food! The Lamb Shank, the Chicken and pasta, the Risotto..ALL AMAZING! A must visit. I work close to this restaurant and my co-workers grab lunch from here once in awhile and each time I have been impressed. The fact that we go for lunch..indicates the fast service. The extension of the restaurant is..well imaginative.

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Best of Baldwin

I've been to Cafe la Gaffe several times, for both lunch and dinner, and I've never been disappointed. The food is delicious. I'm a vegetarian and have tried a few of their pizzas as well as their mushroom risotto, and all have been great. I've never had problems with the service (except for one silly incident where the waitress kept forgetting to bring me a tea bag for my tea). Overall, I find the place cozy and pleasant. The only issue is that their portions are huge and I always end up so full!

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If I'm on Baldwin, I'm probably at Cafe le Gaffe...

If I'm on Baldwin, I'm probably at Cafe le Gaffe. End of story. It is a cozy little French restaurant that I fell in love with many years ago. Although I find the accompanying salad over-dressed, they're pizzas are great. Well layered with toppings, I've never had a bad experience.

Atmosphere: 3/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 3/5
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Based on the lack of reviews you would think this...

Based on the lack of reviews you would think this place is a hidden gem. Fresh ingredients, interesting combinations, and an affordable wine list - what more could you ask for? The goat cheese pizza with madras curry spices sounds odd, but it's a wonderful combination.

Atmosphere: 3/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 4/5
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February 27, 2020

A great quaint spot for a nice lunch. Food and service were both lovely

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 24, 2020

Charming, friendly, delicious!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 16, 2020

I have been there twice and have not been disappointed. Great food highly recommended.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 15, 2020

Food was amazing. Nice place to eat, definitely recommend.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

February 13, 2020

We have been here a few times before and the food was good but recently the food has changed. We went for Winterliouse and for $33 for a 3 course dinner it was good.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 5/5

February 11, 2020

I would recommend the place to friends:) thanks for the great food and service!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 11, 2020

My friend and I went here for Winterlicious. Amazing food and dessert. Mussels were fantastic, the lamb shank was incredible, as was the seafood risotto. Had chocolate lava cake for dessert which was delicious. Didn’t love the smoked salmon (could have used more salmon) and the space is small so a bit cramped but the service was great and we had a wonderful time.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 10, 2020

Great meal in a great location.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 9, 2020

Excellent attentive service. Food was fresh, tasted great, and was attractively presented. If I’m in the area, will definitely come back.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 9, 2020

Great time. Delicious food!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 9, 2020

Food was great. Would go again.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 9, 2020

Had an amazing lunch here for Winterlicious! Firstly, I must say that the staff and service is outstanding. I had made a reservation online but for some reason, they couldn't find it in their system. Despite the place being completely packed, they accommodated me at a nice table near the sun on a cold winter day. I was truly grateful for this as there were multiple parties after me who got turned away. The food was also excellent, with a very extensive selection for various tastes. Thank you and will keep coming back.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 8, 2020

Great decor and service. Wonderful food and a very enjoyable experience, will definitely be back.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 8, 2020

The food was very simple and not very special! The service was great though. The washroom was out of soap and paper towel. All the desert selections were very tasteless. What drew me to this restaurant was the variety of food in winterlicious menu, and the affordable dinner pricing. However one bottle of wine( shared with 5 people) and a cocktail and a winterlicious dinner later, I felt like I paid too much for the whole meal.

Ambiance: 2/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 3/5

February 6, 2020

Loved the Winterlicious menu; everything was so good. Wonderful service. Lots of tables packed into a very small space & they were full to capacity so must be doing something right.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 3, 2020

We actually felt extremely rushed. We had a late reservation due to an event we attended first. We did arrived 15 minutes earlier than our reservation and were seated promptly. The server wanted to take our drink order with our food order so we had to decide pretty quickly. From the time we sat down until the time we finished our three course meal, was just under an hour. My niece is a slow eater and was only half done her salad when it was taken away. The rest of us had our plates cleared earlier and I think she felt a little pressure to be finished. I'm not sure she was even asked if she was done. I appreciate prompt service, however, this was a little too fast to be enjoyable. The mains were only lukewam and didn't seem to be freshly prepared. We were never asked if we wanted coffee or tea with our dessert, there was no time as the dessert came as soon as the last fork went down and the dish was cleared. A little disappointing for a night out with family.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 1/5

February 2, 2020

First impressions, it was cozy and the walls and decorations were vibrant. It was a small restaurant and I can overlook how close our table was to our neighbours. We were still able to converse and move our arms around freely. The staff was very nice during my experience. Our food came quick and hot. The quality of food was great as well. If there was any issues I had, it would be the fact that the lava cake didn't ooze with chocolate "lava" as I expected but it still tasted amazing. I would recommend this place to my friends and family in hopes they will enjoy their experience as much as I did.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 2, 2020

The tables were a little small/cramped for me, but the food was outstanding and our waiter was super-attentive--very kind and prompt. It's a fantastic place to visit!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 1, 2020

Tried Winterlicious menu with my friends. The duck leg was really good. And with Winterlicious, the price to quality was excellent. Although we had to wait a little even though we had reservation because they were sooooo full, the overall experience was really good!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 26, 2020

Love coming here and am never disappointed. Great food and service!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 18, 2019

This restaurant is so busy; always slammed at lunchtime (and then clears out at 1:30pm) - my only issue was that I ordered the steak and avocado salad, and realized, as I started to eat, that they had forgotten the avocado. I flagged down the waitress and she was quick to get the avocado for me, saying immediately "oh they sometimes forget that." Not the end of the world, but a little silly.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 4/5

December 16, 2019

This restaurant is pretty consistently good

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 16, 2019

Always wonderful to eat at Cafe LA Gaffe.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 11, 2019

Loved it

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 30, 2019

This place is always just the perfect spot for a nice lunch or dinner. Cozy and good food.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 28, 2019

Perfect place to sit and talk over lunch! Not too loud, fast pleasant service, good food and no hustling you out the door, as you finish the meal, make this a favorite place for lunch with friends.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

November 26, 2019

Great food, wonderful atmosphere!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 17, 2019

Fantastic service !!! Food was reasonably good !!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

October 31, 2019

Was there with a friend I don’t have lunch with very often and we talked for hours. They were very accommodating and let us visit. Service was perfect. We really appreciate there fair food and laid-back hospitality.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

October 10, 2019

The service was great but the chicken sandwich was the worst I've had at Café La Gaffe since I first started going there more than a decade ago.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 4/5

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