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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

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday

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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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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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 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 14, 2019

loved the food

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

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

July 9, 2019

Excellent everything. I order the duck on the lunch Summerlicious menu for the main course. I thought the duck leg was a bit small but not inadequate so I didn't eve bring it up. However the waitress came and brought me another leg and said that the chef thought the leg I got was too small. Really appreciated that, AND it was delicious.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 8, 2019

A wonderful Summerlicious meal with oodles of choices. Very nice presentation and the food was excellent.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 7, 2019

Very nice restaurant with a lot of offerings for summerlicious. Very attentive servers and the food was delicious. Will definitely visit again.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 7, 2019

Too busy and server/host seemed overwhelmed. Sat us outside but was raining. Almost didn't get a seat inside. Tripped on their mats. NO A/C! Very stuffy. Tried to give us our appetizers twice. Won't go again.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 3/5

July 6, 2019

The waitresses could have been a little more pleasan6 in their services provided. Understood it was a very hot day..no air conditioning..

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 3/5

June 28, 2019

Love the pace and the general feeling of being welcome. We sat for hours after lunch. Very delightful. Thank you. Cynthia Karlton

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 28, 2019

Lovely outdoor patio.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

June 24, 2019

Sooooo Good!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 19, 2019

Very nice place - great atmosphere - beautiful early summer day - awesome food!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 7, 2019

One of our favorite restaurants to have lunch with work colleagues. The food is excellent!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

June 5, 2019

Nice meal, service was good. No complaints.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

June 6, 2019

A nice place for a good meal. Happened to be very noisy, some of the other diners were having way too much fun....

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

June 4, 2019

There were a couple of hiccups because they were changing their menu and our orders got a little mixed up, BUT they did absolutely EVERYTHING they could to make up for anything that wasn't perfect. The food was amazing I was very impressed with their customer service. I would return in a heartbeat.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 25, 2019

Great lunch spot!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 15, 2019

Reservations are definitely recommended. We made reservations and our table was ready for us. The service was a bit slow since there was only 1 person waiting and serving tables. The food was good but was under seasoned, normally it's spot on perfect. The risotto was a bit undercooked. I would still go back, it's one of my favorite places to go on Baldwin.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

April 13, 2019

My friends and I had a lovely lunch at Café la Gaffe, after a visit to the nearby AGO. I had made a reservation and a lovely table was ready for us, even though we arrived earlier than expected. The room was warm and inviting. Service was friendly and efficient. My meal was delicious (Sea Scallop Risotto) and my friends enjoyed their meals, as well. The price was reasonable and everyone was pleased with the experience, from start to finish. I had been there before, so I was more than happy to recommend it to my friends. We will all definitely return!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

March 15, 2019

I was a little concerned when I noticed the menu had changed and two of my favourites were gone. However i had the chicken sandwich with brie and avocado, and now i have a new favourite. i will still miss the chicken salad with maple and walnut dressings and the Azorean Chourico risotto. :(

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 10, 2019

Love the funky queen west vibe mixed with a French flare. Food is always excellent and the service is great. Good food interesting part of town.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 25, 2019

Good

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 13, 2019

Everything was wonderful. We lucked out as it was still Winterlicious so we ordered from that menu. The garlic/mushroom soup was amazing! Also, the steamed veggies were done perfect, with crunch left! I liked the atmosphere. Just small but quaint. Much nicer than large venues (Personal preference) Will definately visit again.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 8, 2019

A fabulous meal and a very reasonable price! Highly recommend and will be back soon.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

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