Tabülè Middle Eastern Cuisine

3.8/5
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Cuisine type

  • Middle-eastern,
  • Lebanese,
  • Mediterranean,

Dishes

  • Taboule,
  • Vegetarian Cuisine,
  • Vegan,
  • Breakfast,

Features

  • Restaurant With Terrace,
  • Bring Your Own Wine,

Atmosphere

  • Casual,

Products and Services

  • Delivery,

Languages Spoken

  • English,
Location
2009 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4S 1Z8
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Opening Hours *Holiday hours

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
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Rates:

  • $11 To $25,

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Meet the owner

Tabülè’s executive chef Rony Goraiche didn’t exactly begin his career in the kitchen. Instead, he found himself working nine to five in an office after studying actuarial science in university. But even then, there were clues that cooking was in Rony’s cards. While studying, he took on part-time work at a restaurant. There, he met his wife Diana Sideris. Also a student at the time, she was working front of house, while Rony prepared meals in the kitchen, an arrangement that would serve them well years later when they took the leap to open Tabülè.

“I realized when we got married that he was more excited about all the kitchen gifts,” Diana laughs. Rony went on to take courses in culinary arts at George Brown College. “But it comes from his roots,” she says. “A lot of the recipes are traditional - from his mom, from his dad, from his grandparents - and then he adds his own twist to it.”

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leeg9840
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Always good. Always friendly

Atmosphere: 4/5
Food: 4/5
Service: 4/5
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Restaurantica12
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Pleasantly Surprised

Really enjoyed Tabule--I'm surprised by all the negative reviews here. The kefta was as well-spiced and delicious as any I've had--and I love a Mediterranean restaurant. The Lebanese-style rice was good. My husband really enjoyed his chicken, and our friend her shrimp. The vegetables were well grilled so as not to be soft and soggy. The falafel was not the most flavorful I've had but add some hummus and tahini and who notices anyway? Plus they fit us in on a Saturday night, the staff was attentive, the food came out pretty quickly for how full the place was... Overall, quite pleased with the experience. Are you over-paying when they charge $15 for chicken, rice and veg? Sure. But it's not in a cheap area, for one. Try to find equivocal prices outside fast food around there. For two, you're paying for the nice atmosphere, the good service, the fact you're getting a meal prepped for you. Overall, quite pleased with this experience.

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Restaurantica12
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Fantastic with a side of belly dancing

My friends and I have been to Tabule on several occasions and have always enjoyed the food. It is our go to special occasion spot.

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Terrible. The only people who would rate this...

Terrible. The only people who would rate this restaurant highly are those who have no appreciation for Middle Eastern foods and have never tried it before. Only Middle Eastern food virgins would like this place. Included in this group is the owner and staff of this restaurant. They were clearly not from the Middle East. Nice marketing ploy though: charging fine dining prices for bland soggy oily Falafel and chicken kabab which was like any chicken breast anywhere in Toronto. NOT AUTHENTIC OR DELICIOUS

Atmosphere: 2/5
Food: 1/5
Service: 1/5
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Restaurantica12
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Appetizers of Falafels and Roasted eggplant were...

Appetizers of Falafels and Roasted eggplant were very good. Mains, kabobs of Ontario lamb and beef were somewhat overdone and uninteresting. The service was friendly but somewhat slow and needed a reminder of forgotten item, Altogether a rather average and uninspired dining experience.

Atmosphere: 3/5
Food: 3/5
Service: 3/5
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Restaurantica12
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I had patronized this establishment a few times...

I had patronized this establishment a few times previously for lunch, and had enjoyed attentive and warm service and reasonable portions and prices. On this visit, I was disappointed with the value of the dinner menu as well as the conduct of the waiting staff. Post-renovation, the atmosphere retains its original charm, but our server for the evening seemed a bit aggressive in prodding us to order additional items. She forgot about one of our drink orders, and our water glasses remained unreplenished for the last hour or so of our stay. Whilst Tabule offers a nice business lunch menu, its dinner selection is somewhat slim, comprised mostly of appetizers, and is inflated in price. Our entree plates were rice-heavy and light-handed on the kebab and grilled vegetable portions. Food-wise, the rice was well seasoned, the meat tender, but the vegetables a touch over-charred for my liking. Though I would consider returning, it would not likely be for dinner. There is better value to be found at other Middle Eastern restaurants in the city.

Atmosphere: 3/5
Food: 3/5
Service: 2/5
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Restaurantica12
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Middle Eastern Food for Non-Middle Easterners...

... or for those who do not know any better. I decided to celebrate the first day of Ramadan by visiting this place and had made a reservation a day earlier for 8pm. We arrived on time and waited 20 minutes to be seated in the midst of unending chaos. It took forever for the waiter to come and take our orders. He was completely unaware that it was Ramadan. No one at this establishment seemed to care; none of them appeared Middle-Eastern. The menu lacked variety and was so uninspired where main courses were concerned, the selection wouldn't have been different at any grill. The appetizers were a bit better although the kibbe was cased in what seemed more like falafel mix than cracked wheat. Vegetarians had only one main dish they could have (a vegetarian skewer, not very Middle Eastern). The food was bland and did not remind me of the Middle-East at all. It was also terribly over-priced. No self-respecting Syrian would eat at this restaurant.

Atmosphere: 2/5
Food: 3/5
Service: 1/5
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this is my favourite restaurant, the food is...

this is my favourite restaurant, the food is delicious, the atmosphere is great as well as the service, great experience,

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 5/5
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Wonderful, reasonably priced food, serviced by...

Wonderful, reasonably priced food, serviced by friendly, attentive and professional staff. It is great place!

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 5/5
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What a fun evening that was. We found out about...

What a fun evening that was. We found out about this restaurant from Joanne Kates' review in the Globe and Mail. The food was great the service was awsome. We ate everything on the menu. Their appetizers are extensive and delicious. Bring fried with you so that you can try several dishes!!! Try their rosewater martini!!

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 5/5
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Great food, great decor, WONDERFUL staff! A...

Great food, great decor, WONDERFUL staff! A must-dine establishment in Toronto!

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 5/5
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March 15, 2020

Great food. We took the set menu, it is great but it is a lot so don’t eat too much before ;-)

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 24, 2020

Servers couldn't be friendlier! Delicious, flavourful food.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 20, 2020

Nice restaurant, great food!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 20, 2020

Always a great experience. Two of my family have celiac. They always take good care of them with precautions on gluten. Food is delicious. Tabule is one of our favourite places !

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 17, 2020

Amazing service as usual.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 12, 2020

Rather noisy, but the service and food were excellent. I had my usual - eggplant on a pita - and halumi salad and enjoyed both a lot. The mint limeade was delicious - like virgin mojito, but a little less sweet.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 11, 2020

Fast and friendly service, delicious food. Everything was great!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 8, 2020

The service was friendly and attentive. Just what I expect at a restaurant. The food was delicious and appropriately portioned. Just what I anticipated. The atmosphere was comfortable and the sound buzzy but not loud, making it great for conversations. The prices are reasonable. The decor is quirky. I love this restaurant! I will come back again for lunch and dinner.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 9, 2020

Really enjoyed dining here. Food was incredible and the service was top notch. Will definitely be back. Thanks for a great night out!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 9, 2020

Amazing food, impeccable service, this place never disappoints!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 8, 2020

Love love love the food at Tabule and so appreciate the gluten free menu items such as the flatbread, the falafel and the tabule salad. The restaurant itself is due for a refresh, lighting is quite dark, the walls are dark especially in the back area near the bar. The other locations offer much nicer ambiance.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

February 3, 2020

Lovely evening. Will go back.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

February 1, 2020

Amazing food. Amazing service. There were three of us all three meals were superb as always. Portions are large. Service is friendly and efficient. If you have any allergies or special requests make them known. My only warning is that the rice that accompanies most meals he's also made with a small amount of thin wheat noodles. If you are gluten free or gluten intolerant, ask to substitute the rice and lentils for their usual rice. All the servers know to do this but you do have to ask.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 17, 2020

Forever and always my favourite place up eat!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 18, 2020

We had an incredible experience. Great service, amazing atmosphere and delicious food. Would highly recommend.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 13, 2020

We were at Queen Street Tabule before and really loved the food there. This time we picked the Yonge store to try out and was surprised they were not busy at all on a Sunday. Food was still the focus of us and they did not disappoint us. Love the Cauliflower and Hullum cheese salad appetizers. For main dish we have the chicken with rice and veal with rice and the meats were both really flavorful and tender. But we have ordered 2 prix fix dinner sets and were obviously too much for us. We ended up packing half of our main dishes so we can still have room to try the desserts. It was a great decision as the Baklava with ice cream was the highlight of the night. The bite-sized baklava was yummy and we really love its pistachio paste filled in between the layers of flaky pastry. Not overly sweet but still satisfied our sweet tooth. Both burned honey and Vanilla ice cream matched perfectly with the Barlava. The pleasant lady who served our table was also the key factor making this a memorable experience. She was very helpful while we were choosing dishes, and also friendly to chat with. Overall an enjoyable dinner for us and we will definitely come back soon.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 13, 2020

my fav restuarant - every location is great

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 7, 2020

This was a great meal. Food and staff are great. Worth a visit!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 6, 2020

Wonderful service. Wonderful food. Good prices. Average ambience

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 6, 2020

We've come back many times, and this time it was for a birthday. Tabulé is always a welcoming place, and the food is invariably terrific. Generous portions - many of us ended up taking some of our dinners home - and the prices are good, too. Can recommend this spot highly enough. And I'm not a vegetarian!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 5, 2020

You have not disappointed me nor my guests so far since you've opened. Always great food, always great service, always a great a experience. I'll be back.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 4, 2020

We live Tabule! Excellent and authentic Lebanese food. My husband is Lebanese and we travel to Lebanon annually and this restaurant is the real deal. Be sure to ask for the garlic sauce to accompany your entree!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 31, 2019

Service was great. We always love the food at Tabule! One of our faves.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 25, 2019

Great food and service as usual

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

December 20, 2019

The food is absolutely authentic (I lived in the middle east for a number of years). So fresh, and seasoned with all the best flavours. The baba is the best in the city, IMHO. I usually go for the skewers of grilled meat but this time I had the halloum salad with arugula, a pomegranate dressing (wow), with an added chicken breast. Great choices for our vegetarian friends too, and the water pouring is always fun!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 11, 2019

Everything we ate was delicious!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 10, 2019

Excellent as always - great food, amazing prices and lovely staff.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 4, 2019

The food is consistently delicious and our server was excellent and handled our large party wonderfully.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 1, 2019

Amazing food, wonderful service, great prices and a great night!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 29, 2019

The service was outstanding as we were a family with three demanding kids! The food was terrific, particularly the lentil soup, the chicken kebab, the beef and lamb kefta, and the watermelon lemonade.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

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