Meet the owner

Rita Khlafon and her husband, chef Yan Khlafon, spent years travelling around Eastern Europe. When they finally settled in Toronto, Rita, who is originally from the Ukraine, and Yan, who hails from Russia, noticed the lack of Eastern European restaurants throughout the city.

In 2012, they opened the first Schnitzel Hub at Yonge and Steeles in Toronto, which was meant to be a grab-and-go takeout place serving homemade schnitzels with a few creative twists. “Our customers kept telling us that the food was amazing and that they wanted to enjoy it with a beer or wine,” recalls Rita, who immediately applied for a liquor license to meet the needs of their customers. Schnitzel Hub at Yonge and Steeles — originally a fast-food schnitzel eatery — was then renovated into a cozy sit-down

Enter the Schnitzel Hub on Yonge and St. Clair, Rita and Yan’s midtown offshoot, catering to everyone in the area from families and the corporate crowd to those who simply want to enjoy the refreshing new flavours of Eastern Europe.

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    February 16, 2018

    Overall good experience. Will probably return, although I expected better value. It was a bit pricey for the food that was provided....as compared to other similar restaurants (with comparable menu selection) in GTA.

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 3/5

    Service: 5/5

    February 15, 2018

    We went for the valentine "deal", which turned out to be a very pricey average quality meal. For $84 we were given ONE salad to share (ridiculous), two entrees (overly greasy schnitzel and overly dry veal). One desert plate to share. And, to top it all, the "special" deal drinks were a $10 extra. A complete rip-off ! Maybe, we would have had a different experience if we ordered something else., but oh well.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 2/5

    Service: 4/5

    February 5, 2018

    We enjoyed a very nice lunch and spent time after chatting, it was nice not to be rushed out and able to enjoy time with family and friends. The food exceeded my expectations.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 4/5

    February 4, 2018

    We always enjoy dinner at the Schnitzel Hub. The food, ambieance and service are first rate. This has become one of our favourite restaurants!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    January 29, 2018

    Winterlious menu. Everything was very good, except the cherry perogies desert, the dough was rubbery. There was a large noisy crowd, we were lucky we sat away from them.

    Ambiance: 3/5

    Cuisine: 4/5

    Service: 4/5

    January 19, 2018

    Most enjoyable, great meal.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    December 26, 2017

    They didn't have our reservation made online but were accommodating. Schnitzel too thick and too breaded based on my experience in Vienna. Two salad dressings, oil and creamy. Excellent coleslaw. Very good cheesecake.

    Ambiance: 3/5

    Cuisine: 3/5

    Service: 4/5

    December 2, 2017

    One of my very favourite restaurants for luncheon. The staff are very pleasant and the cuisine delicious. Be careful, though, at dinner -- the schnitzel is plate-sized!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    November 26, 2017

    It was an excellent dinner. Food and drinks superb. Service very friendly and efficient. Very happy with this resto and will come back for sure

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    November 1, 2017

    Alex provided excellent service, very attentive and kind. Food was delicious; vegetables a bit too cool but all else was perfect. thanks for a nice evening.

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 4/5

    Service: 5/5

    October 9, 2017

    Awesome place for an amazing meal. Perogies, schnitzel and spaetzle are the best. Service can be a little slow but well worth the wait!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 4/5

    October 1, 2017

    We both agreed that this restaurant is a "hidden gem".

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    September 17, 2017

    Very good especially Apple Strudel

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 4/5

    Service: 4/5

    September 16, 2017

    Schnitzel hub is the greatest and the service was exceptional. We will definitely be back!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    September 6, 2017

    Server was attentive, cordial and got everyone's order correct. Food is very good for this type of food. Not a fancy 5 star type food place but excellent for a hardy schnitzel place. Spatzel were excellent. Will return.

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    August 28, 2017

    our first time was great. Will come again.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    July 19, 2017

    Restarant was not crowded but the service was slow. Long wait between courses. I wasn't bothered but if you were on your lunch hour or in a hurry it wouldnt work. The food was good, prtions wete big and it was hot! Worth waiting for.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 4/5

    Service: 3/5

    July 18, 2017

    Very fast and friendly service. The food is very filling.

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 4/5

    Service: 5/5

    July 15, 2017

    Best Summerlicious Ever

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    July 12, 2017

    Great place all Around! Highly recommend!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    July 9, 2017

    The decor and setting exceeded our expectations. The food was excellent and the portions very generous. As great as the schnitzel was, it was the handmade perogies that were the star of the show. Service was great. Our waitress was actually from the Ukraine and it felt like we were visiting Kiev. If you enjoy Ukrainian food this restaurant is a must visit!

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    June 20, 2017

    too pricey for schnitzel

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 4/5

    Service: 5/5

    June 5, 2017

    Ate here for the first time recently. We were a party of 4. We shared perogies to start and they were very tasty. The only complaint is that they give minimal sour cream to go with. It's so minimal I thought they must surely have made a mistake. You can order extra sour cream for $.75 - which I will do next time - probably order 2 or 3 extra sour creams to make sure there is enough. We all had schnitzel as our main. All agreed the schnitzel was good however, a bit bland. We salted and peppered to our individual liking and then it was great. A bit more cranberry sauce on the side would have been good. The spaezle were very good and tasty. Desserts were wonderful. They are baked in-house and we shared the strudel and the molten lava cake. Sauces on the side for each of these dishes were ample in quantity. We all agreed we would go back and try something other than the schnitzel next time just to try other things on the menu.

    Ambiance: 3/5

    Cuisine: 4/5

    Service: 4/5

    May 28, 2017

    Will come back many more times!!!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    April 28, 2017

    Reliable as always.

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 4/5

    Service: 4/5

    April 21, 2017

    I'm new to German cuisine, but the German half of the family loved it (especially the 4 and 11 year old). Food took a little long to arrive, but we didn't mind as we were out for the evening. Clean environment, generous portions, smiling and friendly service, fresh pilsner on tap... We all would go back. The beet salad is delicious and fresh, schnitzel are huge, and rabbit is boneless. For this alone... worth the money paid.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 4/5

    April 2, 2017

    Awesome!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    April 1, 2017

    awesome!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    April 2, 2017

    5 stars across the board! Service is friendly and efficient, food is delicious with good portions, and atmosphere is cozy but modern. Great for a smart casual meal for two but also good for a group of 8! If you enjoy mixed drinks, try the apricot whiskey sour! YUM! If only mixed drinks were available for take out....Loving this restaurant! We'll be back again soon!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    March 22, 2017

    Everything was excellent. We will definitely be back.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

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