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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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Ratings & Reviews - Cafe La Gaffe

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  • Atmosphere: 3/5
  • Food: 5/5
  • Service: 3.5/5
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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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July 14, 2018

Great little place.. Food was excellent.. However furniture could use some updating especially chairs.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

July 13, 2018

It was very pleasant to sit outside in the shade of a large tree. The food was very good. I had the soup. It was delicious but more appropriate of a cold winter day. The risotto was also delicious , the presentation a bit blah. My husband had the caprese salad and the duck. Both were very good. The crème brûlée was nice and creamy with a beautiful crust. A bit more vanilla would make it even better. I did not enjoy the unorthodox Sangria ( fake cherry flavoured drink, reminds me of cough syrup ) it was however replaced with my choice of beer, no problem. I appreciated that. The service is most efficient, a little smile here and there would have been welcome. The draft beers were unfortunately not available, neither was the IPA one.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

July 13, 2018

Lovely place with great service and food. People who treat Summerlicious customers as 'real' customers are excellent.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 11, 2018

Services was very good but everything else was subpar.

Ambiance: 2/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 4/5

July 11, 2018

When we arrived at Café la gaffe, we were surprised to find that there was no air conditioning. This is surprising since it was hot and stuffy inside the restaurant and everyone was sweating. We asked to be seated on the patio. The first thing we noticed was how old and damaged the chairs were. The waiter was nice but there was nothing special about service- just normal. At the end of our meal, we saw a rat outside on the patio and decided to leave. What I ordered and what I thought: Salad: There were lots of withered leaves in the salad. Unfortunately, there were hardly (four tiny knobs) any goats cheese. I did not enjoy the salad at all. Entré: I ordered the Bouillabaisse and it was NOT good. Very fishy taste from the first bits. The mussels were the only saving grace as the rest of the seafood was not fresh. This was very hard to eat. Dessert: The cheesecake was not bad. It was a normal piece of cheesecake- nothing special. I also had the opportunity of trying the creme brûlée- it was one of the worst ones I’ve tasted. If this is French cuisine at Café la gaffe then no thank you. I will not be returning to this place for their regular menu. Thank goodness we tried it during Summerlicious.

Ambiance: 2/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 3/5

July 10, 2018

The food is really good, but my girlfriend seems overly picky. Excellent service, great food (for me), will come again with a different girlfriend so it's all good.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

July 10, 2018

Amazing!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 8, 2018

Delicious food and terrific value. Attended for Summerlicious with a group of 7 and we took awhile to order as friends gradually arrived and we were not rushed, service was professional and kind. Atmosphere was casual, the back patio was a great place to hang out on a Saturday afternoon.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 7, 2018

Good effort on your part to produce a good summerlicious menu. Food was nice enough, escargots were almost too salty to eat. We are fairly regulars there, and go for lunches. Good luck! Hi

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 4/5

July 2, 2018

We made a reservation, for Sunday. When we got there they where closed. We drove in from Mississauga, only to find they decided to close and take the day off. The very leased they could have called us and told us they were going to take the day off. Bunch of clowns.

Ambiance: 1/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 1/5

June 26, 2018

Excellent = as always!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

June 21, 2018

Wonderful as always!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 16, 2018

Thank you! Food was delicious.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 10, 2018

Simply fabulous as usual!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 4, 2018

Not a fan. Bouillabaisse had no flavour.

Ambiance: 2/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 2/5

June 3, 2018

All was excellent !!!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 27, 2018

Staff was polite and hospitable but short staffed for a Sat night. Food seemed pricey In comparison with other fine dining restaurants for a casual ambience at Cafe ke Gaffe. Seating was too tight and got too loud and there was no music.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 4/5

May 13, 2018

We went using a Travelzoo coupon. It was our first time at Cafe la Gaffe. Food and atmosphere were amazing. Nice quaint neighbourhood restaurant.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 12, 2018

The service was terrific - friendly, professional and attentive. Best pizza we've had in ages, very creative and different. We enjoyed both soups on offer as well. We'll definitely return here when next at the AGO.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 8, 2018

Excellent food, good service and value.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

May 6, 2018

Very tasty food and friendly service. We always come back !!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 6, 2018

Great value for our meal delicious meal. Good portion sizes. Cozy environment.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

May 6, 2018

The salad greens were quite disappointing - not fresh and a quite uninteresting selection.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 4/5

May 4, 2018

We had a very nice dinner- Thanks

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

May 2, 2018

Excellent food, good service, a bit crammed, good value

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 1, 2018

Cozy restaurant and the food was good.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

April 30, 2018

Not enough staff. People on the floor are so busy. Still very nice and polite. The food is mediocre. The facilities are warned out. Though, loved the decor.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 4/5

April 28, 2018

Good food for the price. I had the pasta special, and while it was a bit oily, still tasty. Atmosphere was ok, but my seat was wet presumably from water dripping from the tarp on the patio area. It wasn't wet enough to notice when sitting down, but my butt was definitely wet upon leaving. Pretty bad service. Not a particularly friendly server. But more importantly, it took quite a while to be addressed after sitting down - maybe 10-15 minutes - and then it took over AN HOUR to get our food. The server did not once come by to check on us, acknowledge the wait, or apologize in any way. Based on that, I would not go back and will not recommended.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 1/5

April 26, 2018

Good as always. Quick and unobtrusive service, good food, fair prices, no raucous music interfering with conversation. Perhaps a few more additions to the wine list?

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

April 22, 2018

Great atmosphere. We had the four course special. The food was piping hot and excellent!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

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