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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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Opening Hours *Holiday hours

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Rates:

  • $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.

Read the story of Café La Gaffe

Ratings & Reviews - Café La Gaffe

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vide9459
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This is very VERY good cafe/restaurant. Very cozy and simple French style atmosphere. Food is EXCELLENT !!! Place to meet friend and enjoy a goooooood meal or have a casual drink with few snacks. Very recommended.

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 4/5
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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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Restaurantica12
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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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Restaurantica12
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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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Restaurantica12
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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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September 28, 2020

An excellent dinner and a good price.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 26, 2020

We had an very nice luncheon. Food was Delish and service was relaxed and not anxious. Thank you for your service.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 24, 2020

the curry escargot appetizer was amazing...i'll be back in particular to have them again really missed this place....so glad i came

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 21, 2020

Excellent service and yummy food

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 2, 2020

Everything was excellent! Best risotto ever! The owner was friendly and attentive.Should have a nice music to create a more charming atmosphere. But regardless, very nice choices on the menu and the price is fair for the quality received,

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 24, 2020

Great service and delicious food.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 23, 2020

Service was very slow, waited such a long time in between course meals. Food quality was lower than expected.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 1/5

August 23, 2020

We have visited your restaurant Several times and have never been disappointed. Food was excellent and the ambience was very pleasant. Ralph and Linda

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

August 21, 2020

Delicious food and wonderful service and generous serving sizes!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 20, 2020

A fabulous meal at great value. This is a lovely spot and we received great service and were very well taken care of. Highly recommend.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 20, 2020

We have loved this spot for years. Service and atmosphere always top notch!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

August 16, 2020

Great dinner and evening.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

August 15, 2020

A good meal on the back patio

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

August 14, 2020

Lovely and peaceful atmosphere with good service

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 14, 2020

A great evening out! Food, atmosphere and service all top-drawer

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 12, 2020

Excellent as always. Let’s not forget this absolute gem on Baldwin St in Toronto. Please go out and support your local businesses and restaurants. Seafood was fresh and delicious and the chocolate lava cake was out of this world!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 1, 2020

Wonderful food and very friendly host!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 1, 2020

Enjoyed my meal and the Patio. Thank you very much ! Would recommend

Ambiance: 2/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 3/5

August 1, 2020

Very attentive waitress. Food was exceptional and we felt welcomed. Very much enjoyed the comfort of the patio. Each table had its own hand sanitizer bottle.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 27, 2020

Very friendly service. Food is very good with bigger than expected portion!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

July 15, 2020

Restaurant was closed. I understand that COVID is the reason why the restaurant was closed; however, when making the reservation, I thought that the patio would be open. I also got a confirmation for my reservation. I was looking forward to enjoying a lovely lunch outdoors. I’m very upset that I drove all the way to Cafe La Gaffe only to find that everything was shut down. Perhaps the website should have said that EVERYTHING is closed until further notice. Why did I even get a confirmation for my reset????!?!? I very much want to support local businesses during these times. I also perfectly understand that perhaps it’s not economically possible for all restaurants to remain open eventhough they have patio space; however, why accept reservations when the establishment is totally closed down. NOT IMPRESSED with ‘Bookenda’. Unfortunately I have also had to rate the restaurant even though I did not get to be there .... hence 1 star in each category (not really fair).

Ambiance: 1/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 1/5

July 14, 2020

Restaurant was closed. Never heard back after calling twice

Ambiance: 1/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 1/5

February 29, 2020

We got served rotten avocado, brown lettuce and waitress didn’t seem to care when we pointed it out. Will not return.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 2/5

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

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