Ratings & Reviews - Patois

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  • Atmosphere: 4.7/5
  • Food: 5/5
  • Service: 5/5
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nathalieconnolly158922
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We tried this spot for our Anniversary. We were lucky and ended up getting a spot st the bar without reservations. We had booked at another restaurant but due to the power outage they were closed. Anyways, happy mistake finding Patois. The food was AMAZING and the service and cocktails were pretty fantastic too!!! We ordered a lot of food, I just wanted to try it all. My fav was the crispy pork belly, jerk chicken, and dirty rice. I can’t wait come back again to try more off the menu.

Atmosphere: 4/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 5/5
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kati6318
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10/10 - everything. Was. Amazing. Loved the servers, the food was unique and incredible- everything was bettter than the next.

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 5/5
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dab333
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Worst experience ...

Worst experience I have ever had at a restaurant!!! The Owner and Manager were rude to the 26 guests of our party. They didn't bring us all of the items from their prix fixe menu. They brought one appetizer cut in half for the 11 guests at my table! I understand the concept of "tapas style" dining but a beef patty sandwich cut in half is not sufficient for 11 people at a table. We asked for more and then found out that in addition to the $39.99 we were already paying, we were charged for every plate we asked for. Crazy because it was food that we should've received in the first place. Management did not want to take accountability for their staff mistakes and said maybe it went to another table. Management was angry because we were late and had to "turn away guests" and was adamant on getting their compensation one way or another. Overall the food was "okay" and the customer service was horrible. If you have a large party I WOULD NOT recommend this restaurant. Absolutely terrible experience, they didn't even apologize for their behavior.

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December 12, 2018

Never disappointed. Everything is amazing. I think the oxtail should be a permanent menu item.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 9, 2018

All of our servers were so much fun. Great environment, amazing bar staff and food was top notch. Staff were helpful and knowledgeable on all menu items.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 10, 2018

Had the whole shebang.. thoroughly enjoyed everything we ate/drank. Amy and the front of house team were attentive to all our needs. Looking forward to coming back in the near future.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 6, 2018

Service was amazing !!!! And food :)

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 3, 2018

Amazing! 🙌🏽 great food..people an music!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 2, 2018

Its very good,will visit again

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 2, 2018

This was my 2nd time there and it was amazing...the staff was amazing and the food was awesome.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 2, 2018

such a great experience! Food was beautiful, service was lovely! Our server was great craic, lovely girl, made us feel so comfortable. Can’t believe I’ve never been here before!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 29, 2018

Amazing meal! Only downside was it took a bit too long to come out but it was well worth the wait :)

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

November 29, 2018

It was my first time at Patois. I was so pleased, I have made another reservation to take other friends there

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 26, 2018

We enjoyed our evening. The food was amazing!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 25, 2018

Amazing server named Spencer! He was very knowledgable about the menu and very friendly. Recommended us the best on the menu and we were fully satisfied.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 25, 2018

Food and service were absolutely amazing. Without us waving them down, They even recognized a small glitch where we didn’t receive one of our dishes for a long time. And without asking made up for it. It’s clear the service team there all communicate with each other very well about each table. All the dishes were amazing. 2 were spicier than we expected, but delicious. The graciously brought my daughters a large piece of fried chicken since they were having difficulty with the spice of our dishes. Personally, I would order everything again and get something different for the kids. The French toast dessert was insane. There were fights over last bite. The atmosphere is loud and dark. Not a bad thing for that neighbourhood as long as you aren’t planning on any intimate dinner. And it was fully disclosed on yelp that it’s not great for kids, so can’t really complain too much about that. We are already planning a return visit with some friends so we can order the whole shebang!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 24, 2018

Absolutely amazing time and great food...Spencer, our server, made the experience that much more enjoyable.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 24, 2018

So good. Eclectic mix, Jamaican driven. Definitely a repeat

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 22, 2018

Loved our service, music and the brussel sprouts. Went for my husbands birthday as first timers to Patois and it didn’t disappoint. We will be back!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 19, 2018

The food was amazing! Service was outstanding. I will definitely be back.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 20, 2018

Absolutely excellent. The service was awesome and the food was exceptional. We will definitely be back.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 18, 2018

Soooo good...the Pork Belly & Lobster...

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 17, 2018

The food was so delicious and the servers were helpful and so friendly!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 15, 2018

Really enjoyed our time at Patois! Atmosphere and staff are great. Server was very helpful with restrictive diet for my partners sister. Food was delicious A heater at front tables would help...very cold there - we were originally sat at front of restaurant but had to move as it was way too cold to sit there.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

November 12, 2018

By 6 pm on a Saturday night, this place is already in full swing. It is loud and dark. I don't know if millennials prolific eating of avocados allows them to see in the dark to read the menus, but for the first time in my life I had to surrender to old and use my phone for light to read. As I contemplated my mortality, I was delighted by the menu which is a great foray into Caribbean comfort food. The rum punch tasted just like inadvertently getting bombed in the jerk chicken line on a beach in Jamaica. For starters we had the doubles and the festivals and what a way to start. The flavours are bold, just the way I like them. The soft shell crab roti is life changing as is the french toast. We also had the fried chicken and dirty rice, which are dishes I make myself, and I usually would steer away from anything I do at home, but both were solid offerings. The service was friendly and attentive and the food was hands down the most bombastic trip in flavour I've experienced in some time. Definitely not a meal I will forget.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

November 12, 2018

Great food - Amazing fried chicken! Great cocktails. Fun and friendly servers. I recommend this place!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

November 13, 2018

I'd found Patois through a Bon Appetit article about food in Toronto and was eager to try it. I had a great experience. Food was great, music was perfectly curated and service was even better! Everything moved very quickly and smoothly, I have no complaints. I live in Philadelphia and wish I could easily up and go back! I hope to return very soon! They made my birthday special!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 11, 2018

Very loud

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 12, 2018

Leanna was a great server and very welcoming! Food was delicious and we finished it all off with the cookie butter french toast, which we devoured!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 29, 2018

The place is a bit dark and loud, but a friendly environment. Servers were great and enthusiastic. A couple dishes were absolutely delicious (brussel sprouts, crab roti) and the rest were good. The non-standardized dish sizes get a bit confusing as to how much food to order, but the servers help you navigate that. I'd be happy to explore the menu for more stand out dishes in the future.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

October 28, 2018

Great vibe. They really utilize that space efficiently for a small place. Always awesome service and yummy food. It's all about the whole shebang!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 28, 2018

The food was unreal, served was super knowledgable and fun, the place has a fun energy about it with great music choices, will definitely come back!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 29, 2018

Everything was top notch! Looking forward to another visit there.... the burger on the pineapple bun was my favourite and we ordered everything on the menu! Rebecca was amazing as well.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

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