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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
Useful Information

Opening Hours *Holiday hours

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday

Rates:

  • $11 To $25,

Methods of Payment:

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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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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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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August 20, 2019

My wife and I had our first date at Café'la Gaffe 22 years ago. We decided to go back and celebrate our 19th wedding anniversary last evening and it was terrific. Maria, our server, was wonderful and attentive. Though we chose a smorgasbord of appetizers versus entrees because everything sounded so delicious, the food was excellent and we were more than satisfied and full! Thanks for making our 19th a special and memorable evening for us. Greg

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 8, 2019

always a treat at la gaffe. wonderful food and great service

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 31, 2019

excellent place and staff and food in general.except the French onion soup that I ordered was very salty.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 5/5

July 30, 2019

My 'go to' favourite restaurant.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 27, 2019

Small, quaint restaurant. It was a really hot day, the AC didn't seem to be working and the fans were not doing much if this bothers you. The food was really good though. The lamb shank fell off the bone, was very moist and flavorful.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

July 24, 2019

A lovely spot for a nice summer lunch.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 23, 2019

The restaurant is not air conditioned so during a heat wave, it's more than just the food that's hot. However, every dish we ordered was delicious and the portions generous. the service is prompt and the servers are attentive without being intrusive. Will definitely go back!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 22, 2019

The food, location and service was great. I'm so glad I chose this to be one of my summerlicious stops!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 22, 2019

Loved the service - exceptional - server outlined menu and explained omissions (due to popularity) Preserntation was lovely. Best creme brûlée that I have ever had! We dined on the back patio which was quiet and serine. We will come back to this little gem.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 22, 2019

The only flaw was that it was so hot. I believe only the ceiling fan was on but on a scorcher of a day, I almost fainted after having the soup. On the flip side, the soup was delicious. No complaints about the service or the food.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

July 22, 2019

Really disappointed on food. Did not feel fresh and wasn’t the best food. Too many flies in the restaurant.

Ambiance: 2/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 4/5

July 21, 2019

It was a really hot day, I wish the ac was on.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 22, 2019

We were surprised that the restaurant was not air-conditioned. It was extremely hot and muggy. It was bad for the patrons but worst for the staff.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

July 20, 2019

Enjoyed our visit.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

July 19, 2019

Waited awhile to get served. Almost got up to leave. Once we were served the food was quick.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 3/5

July 18, 2019

Waitress was lovely, trying to deal with a bad situation of overbooking because of rain and patio unusable. Staff tried to turn us away at the door saying they had to cancel our reservation which was booked a month in advance ...we refused to leave and sat down at an empty table. Owner did not support or advise the staff at all on how to deal with this situation. Shameful. Many others were turned away and left. One table remained empty during our entire meal. Nobody called us ahead to let us know our reservation would be cancelled. Will not return to this restaurant!

Ambiance: 2/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 4/5

July 18, 2019

It was really bad because the server cancelled our reservation!

Ambiance: 1/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 1/5

July 17, 2019

I think the atmosphere would be a bit higher, however, the AC wasn't working so it was really hot. And I also found a bit loud. Excellent choices for summerlicious menu.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

July 17, 2019

Food not an impressive as it should have been.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 4/5

July 17, 2019

Service was super friendly and just the right amount of attention. App and main were ok but the dessert was amazing

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 5/5

July 15, 2019

This is a great little spot. It was moderately busy with only one server, but service was on point and always with a smile. Food was superb and will definitely come by again!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 14, 2019

Really excellent. The food was amazing. The service was also top notch. Love the back patio. I really miss the cool vibe of the front bar.... I was sad to see it gone. Boo hoo.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 14, 2019

The dessert was the best part: crème brûlée! The duck was rather dry though and the mashed potatoes tasteless. My husband enjoyed his steak. The atmosphere of the restaurant was great until a random person came in and was stopping at every single table begging them for money. The restaurant staff either didn’t notice him or just chose to ignore him and did absolutely nothing despite the fact that he was making customers uncomfortable. Other than that incident, our waiter was very attentive to our needs and constantly re-filled our water classes which was very nice and appreciated.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 5/5

July 13, 2019

Menu has a good variety. But none was good so maybe have less and concentrate on quality. Service was not great as they were short staffed? They did try. Awful coffee it fun deserts.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 2/5

July 14, 2019

loved the food

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 13, 2019

Restaurant did not have reservation but accommodated us anyway when I showed them the reservation on my phone. Service was quite poor. All of our group’s order came out and two orders were incorrect. The two vegetarians did not get their correct order. Their ordered meal did not come out until most of the table was done eating their meal. Food was poor. The seafood dishes all had 1-2 pieces of shrimp and was filled with pasta or risotto only. Dessert quality was also poor. The creme brûlée was not settled and the cheesecake looked like a sliver of a slice, not an entire slice as shown on some photos online. The worst part was the service at the end when the server, I believe her name was Maria, insisted that she could not separate our bill and that we had to pay with one transaction. She proceeded to tell us that this is normal at restaurants for a part of our size. We all beg to differ. We eat out as a group every Friday at establishments near here and this has never been an issue. And from our experience, whenever this is the case at a restaurant, it is told to us when we were seated. Not only did she not tell us, she proceeded to tell us it was simply not possible and we needed to decide who would pay the bill. And by not possible, she said she did not have time and left. Some members of our group paid in cash and left. The remainder of us stayed and paid by machine. We told her we were ready and she came with the machine. We told her we were paying separately and she simply punched in the amount each individual owed. She only did this for one member of our group. The rest of our group was able to use the machine ourselves and pay the bill without support from her. We paid 18% gratuity and it left a very sour taste in our mouths. It was a horrible experience and as a group who works nearby and eats out every single Friday of the year, this was very disappointing. I hope Maria learns better customer service. We all get frustrated and overwhelmed from time to time, but taking it out on your clients is never appropriate.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 1/5

July 12, 2019

The desert was served incomplete. Very disappointed.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 2/5

July 11, 2019

We were expecting too much. Old fashion is ok to us, but dirty. Took a bit long to be seated and forgot to provide the cutlery to us, with “sorry” being said to us, we are unhappy but just ok with it. Food wise, just so so. Dessert is a bit better than so so.

Ambiance: 1/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 3/5

July 11, 2019

I was very frustrated with my recent visit. It's Summerlicious, and that is the only menu available, which really should be indicated on the website. For people who are having a business lunch, they don't always have time for 3 courses. On that note, the restaurant was highly under staffed given it was Summerlicious. Our poor waitress was managing the entire patio, resulting in very slow service. Our working lunch took almost two ours; food came out slowly, we had to ask for the bill twice, and get our desert to go that --how rushed we were. If you are there for a leisurely lunch, no problem, but many patrons are there on their lunch break, and that needs to be factored into the service. As for the food, appetizer and entree were good, however the deserts was absolutely minuscule: my cheesecake was about 1/4 the size of a normal slice, and contained only half the bottom crust. Not sure what happened there. Anyway, I really want to like your restaurant, however this experience was really disappointing.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 1/5

July 10, 2019

My family and I, a group of 8, went for Summerlicious. The food was tasty and abundant. Everyone enjoyed their meals. We had the lamb shank, duck breast, seafood pasta and seafood risotto for our mains, and the gateaux Creole and creme brulee for dinner.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

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