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The old Chinatown building where Peoples Eatery is located blends right into the local surroundings, but the energy coming out of the restaurant is distinctly new and exciting. The brainchild of the team behind 416 Snack Bar, Peoples Eatery is inspired by the street where it resides – Spadina Avenue.

“I like to say that it’s a restaurant dedicated or themed around the street,” says co-owner Adrian Ravinsky. “At 416 the menu is meant to be largely representative of the diversity of Toronto. Peoples is meant to be represent Toronto too, but with a bit of a focus on the past and present-day culture of Spadina Avenue.”

Adrian and his team are interested in preserving the history of the neighbourhood – they even kept the name of the former restaurant when they took over – but their main goal is to build on that history to make something new. “I really did want to be an architect and the main reason for that was to build the city,” says Adrian, a former student of architecture at the University of Toronto. “So our main concern, really, when it comes to building restaurants is that they are going to benefit a section of the city and build community around them.”

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May 28, 2017

Fabulous food and service for 18 in the upstairs dining room for a birthday celebration. Couldn't have been better!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 30, 2017

We really enjoyed our dinner at People's Eater. Our choices were butter lamb croquettes (very tasty, loved the curry flavours); Moroccan eggplant (delicious mixtures of flavours); black bean sea bass (nicely done, portion a little small); and Peking duck (lovely). Very nice friendly service.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 1, 2017

We had a great time with friends. Food was great and our server was very good a recommending dishes.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 1, 2017

People's Eatery doesn't make a big presence from the street view on Bathurst but it is a great surprise when you enter and are greeted by friendly people. The server was courteous and kind. His knowledge was helpful in guiding us to the best wine pairings with our main courses. The flavour of the food was delicious! It was so good that I am still having cravings for more days later!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 30, 2017

we held an after party for a film screening. fun atmosphere, best cocktails in town, and the apps were next-level delicious!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 25, 2017

First time and was very impressed. Will definetly return.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 23, 2017

superb - food was amazing and service was exceptional - servers were very knowledgeable and made great recommendations we will definitely return and will recommend to others!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 24, 2017

Had an amazing night at People's - we'll be back!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 22, 2017

Fantastic variety of dishes inspired by the cultures found here in TO. Explosions of flavours, but all delicately balanced. Rich and savoury, but never heavy. Standouts are the lamb croquettes, roasted eggplant, ricotta gnudi, and honey glazed quail. Can't wait to return and try the other dishes.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 17, 2017

Delicious food and attentive service.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

April 16, 2017

Loved it! Service and food were excellent. Thank you!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 15, 2017

Excellent. Thanks so much. Great cocktails.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 15, 2017

Food and service were both great! Cannot wait to come back to try the rest of the menu!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 11, 2017

I eat out all the time and for me the food at People's Eatery stands out as amongst the best. Every dish was unique to anything I've ever tried before and tasted amazing. You can tell a lot of work and thought has gone into the menu. The service was also outstanding -- in line with what you expect from a more expensive restaurant. It is the first time I've ever felt motivated to provide a review because I was that impressed.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 10, 2017

Great new find for us. Good advice for our first visit. We will be back!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

March 27, 2017

Pure VIP service! Sat at the garde mange bar, got to watch artistry in motion and enjoyed tasty drinks, delicious meals and friendly, attentive service. Thank you!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 26, 2017

We've eaten here a couple of times, for lunch and dinner. The atmosphere is relaxed, with a funky and artful interior design and decor. Downstairs is noisier and more lively than upstairs, where it's better to sit if you want to converse. The service was terrific, attentive and knowledge wait staff, and perfect pacing of our food courses. The food is all over the map, literally, with wide ranging global influences on the various small plates we shared. Each plate was a delicious sample, with inventive combinations of textures and flavours in each dish. For the most part we wanted more of what we just shared. Our favourites were the lamb croquettes, Moroccan eggplant and smoked trout latkes....and the individual chocolate hazelnut 3-layer birthday cakes. What a fun and delicious idea!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 18, 2017

Delicious food, great atmosphere, great service. Couldn't ask for more.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

March 14, 2017

We ordered a bunch of stuff to try from all the categories, it was soooo good! We liked everything we ate! The service was top notch, our server was a ninja with re filling our water, etc! Thanks again for a perfect night!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 12, 2017

Love your place Never fails.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 10, 2017

Great vibe !

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 6, 2017

Amazing food, great atmosphere and on the point song choices. great way to celebrate a birthday!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

March 6, 2017

The best!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 1, 2017

As usual, everything was amazing.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 20, 2017

Absolutely wonderful night out at People's. The service was wonderful and the servers were very knowledgeable about the whole menu and gave wonderful recommendations. The food was a dream! Altogether such a lovely night!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 12, 2017

Thanks so much for a fun night! The food and cocktails were incredible and the staff were so friendly and helpful

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 10, 2017

We booked dinner for 8 of us for a friend's birthday. From the moment we arrived until we paid, our experience was exceptional! Friendly, knowledgable service, delicious food (with a kitchen that accommodated both a vegetarian and a vegan well from a meat-heavy menu). Dani was a great server and the entire team helped make the night perfect. Will definitely be back :)

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 7, 2017

I always have a great time here - amazing service, terrific drinks and the food, oh the food.... Highly recommended!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 16, 2017

The atmosphere here is great for small groups and perfect for sharing and trying a mix of different foods. Service was excellent. The staff are attenive without being disruptive. Good selection of cocktails as well.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 15, 2017

Wonderful and attentive service, perfect venue with two floors for private function. Thank you Peoples Eatery team, Les

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

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