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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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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 1, 2018

Cozy restaurant and the food was good.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

May 2, 2018

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

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

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

April 23, 2018

Felt welcomed as soon as we entered the restaurant--thought the staff were engaged in other asks, they took a moment to make eye contact and smiled. That simple acknowledgement was for us the beginning of a lovely evening. Thank you---will definitely be back.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 16, 2018

The food was exceptional good. The server was friendly and knew when to approach our table. We'll go back again.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 16, 2018

All was very, very good !!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 16, 2018

Great restaurant! Cozy and warm atmosphere. Definitely get a reservation for weekend evenings.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

April 12, 2018

Always delicious!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 11, 2018

The food was very good. Best that my girlfriend and I have had in a while. Specifically the steak!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 8, 2018

My husband and I like coming here to sit on their terrace on summer evenings. I brought my daughter and her friend on a wintry April day- they are 20 somethings and cool, I'm not. They LOVED it. Big portions, healthy choices, big tastes. They will definitely return. I wasn't so keen to sit in the back room but, again, the young women thought it was great. It's true we had lots of room and it was quieter than up front. They loved the tree growing up through the roof. I was all about the food - the scrambled egg open face that included smoked salmon - it was The Best brunch dish I've ever eaten in a restaurant, hands down.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 8, 2018

There was a woman behind the bar, not doing anything. There was a waiter running around trying to serve 8 tables. The waiter ignored us for 25 minutes. The woman eventually took our drink orders. Then ignored by the waiter again for 15 mins, until the woman came and took our meal orders. Why wasn't she covering the tables? She was lovely, friendly, efficient, and standing behind the bar doing nothing a lot of the time. And then there was the food. To be honest, mostly it was pretty good. But.... Chef - that wasn't bouillabaisse. No. It. Wasn't. It was HORRIBLE! Please, get a better recipe.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 1/5

April 8, 2018

Very accommodating and friendly staff, everyone enjoyed he food and it was all piping hot. Nice menu and cozy atmosphere.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

April 6, 2018

Excellent dining experience, as usual. The creme brule was not as good as usual :-).

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

April 6, 2018

Customer appreciation menu was excellent value for money and we were not rushed through the courses at all.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

April 6, 2018

Cafe la Gaffe is cozy and artsy in appearance. The food is incredibly delicious and the portions are generous. The service is efficient and excellent and the everything is decently priced. Will definitely go back.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 25, 2018

It was a beautiful meal and we will definitely be coming back.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 21, 2018

Great place for lunch on trendy Baldwin. The lentil, spinach, coconut soup was fabulous. La Gaffe never disappoints.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 15, 2018

First visit and loved ambience. Fixed price menu was terrific. Good selection and well priced.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 15, 2018

Very nice

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

February 9, 2018

Our first visit. Will come back.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

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