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saritag15175985
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Food was delicious! Service not the greatest... the environment was great! So much to see and so much going on! Loved it and I would return as a treat for the whole family and kept everyone entertained!

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sedatsagnak
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General quality of food is amazing, Very Italian pasta with real Italian cooking way. Servers are pretty kind.

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Gillian
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Delicious place. Great for families!

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Restaurantica12
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Stay away! Take your stomachs and wallets somewhere where they give a damn ...

I don't write a review unless I'm blown away by a restaurant experience and I'm sorry to say that I am writing this review because I was blown away by how absolutely terrible our experience was last nite. First, our reservation was moved "because we haven't finished setting up" (we booked our dinner party a week in advance and called ahead 2 hours before our reservation) So, 20 odd people sat waiting in the bar with no offer of a complementary refreshment for the delay (we were all on time) We had specifically requested we all sit together as this was a birthday diner, that didn't happen "because we didn't arrange the big table ahead of time" (again, we called ahead…twice) Service was terrible with one over-worked server assigned to both our tables with no additional help Food was mediocre at best... - Clam chowder appetizer was lukewarm - Fettuccine Alfredo served lukewarm, bland sauce and the pasta was tough and tasteless and the portion was very small - Spumoni ice cream dessert was served melted and we had to wait for spoons while the ice cream dripped onto the tablecloth Long waits between courses, multiple errors on the drink orders and 20 minutes to get the checks To add insult to injury, restaurant was uncomfortably hot... I was given to understand that OSF was a Toronto landmark restaurant... It certainly was, it was a new benchmark in how far a restaurant will trade on it's marketing and once you’re seated, apparently show complete and utter disdain for any repeat business. I hope that his rather long review will save you the trouble of learning my lesson…

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Restaurantica12
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Great Restaurant For Family Groupings

This was my wife and my return back after 25+ years, with my 2 brothers who were punks then and now they come with their wives and punk kids. It was a nostalgic return. We expected the food and service to be so-so, but were pleasantly surprised at the high quality of service and food taste/temperature and portion sizes. I was surprised that our waiter took all of our orders without writing anything down; yet it all arrived as expected...100% correct ! We decided that we will return as a group again, and way!!! sooner than later.

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Restaurantica12
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very good food. food prepared in professional way, staff were very professional. we need to promote more professional restaurants, please help stop the spread of american fast food restaurants from eating up our city

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good food, great service, amazing value

I'm not sure what everyone who has written these reviews is talking about in terms of their horrible experiances. I went here on a saturday night and I was very impressed. I had called ahead to put my name on the wait list about half an hour in advance, and when I arrived, my table was ready. The atmosphere was so fun, and we were seated in an adorable little elevator shaft in middle of the restaurant. The service was absolutely amazing. We had let our waiter know that we were tight for time as we were going to see a show, and we had our drinks 3 minutes after ordering, and were finished our meals in 1 hour. In terms of the food, I personally thought it was good, however if you are expecting gourmet italian food, then you're at the wrong place. The pasta sauce was great, the bread was fresh and warm, and the salad was good as well. Overall, I had a great experiance here. For the value, you cannot do better, as everything from salad, to coffee and dessert is included in the price. The service was amazing and the atmosphere was so fun. Can't wait to return!

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Restaurantica12
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Tasty Food and Great Value !!!

Very tasty food, generous portions and good value. Meatballs are large and delicious! Most menu items come complete with bread, salad and desert. Service is friendly and prompt. Can't be beat !!

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Restaurantica12
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Heard of OSF many times over the years but what a...

Heard of OSF many times over the years but what a let down when we recently had a chance to go. Wow, was the place dingy, dark and old! And the tomato based sauces were so oily and bland. Ragu in a jar tastes better! Match that up with the accompanying useless iceberg lettuce salad and it was a major disappointment. BTW, I used to live in another city where it is almost impossible to get into a OSF on a Friday or Saturday nite ... or so they say. We moved to Toronto and called up to try to make a reservation and they said it was difficult but will squeeze my party in. During our whole time there on Sat night, it was only 1/3 full so don't believe the hype.

Atmosphere: 1/5
Food: 1/5
Service: 2/5
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Restaurantica12
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After a couple of disappointing visits, I thought...

After a couple of disappointing visits, I thought I would give The Old Spaghetti Factory another try. Had the Chicken Parmassian. Disappointing. The food was not hot and seemed bland, like something you would be served in a hospital. The glass of red wine I ordered never appeared.....The hot bread was good though. The service was okay, but there was a long wait for the sodas and salads after our orders were placed. Maybe 15 minutes. I feel the dinning experience there is more about the colourful decor, and not so much about eating tasty food. I also suspect that place gets a lot one time visits from tourists, and not so many repeat visits from locals (unless they really don't know bland food when they taste it). We will not be going back.

Atmosphere: 3/5
Food: 2/5
Service: 2/5
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Restaurantica12
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Had dinner here with my family before we went to...

Had dinner here with my family before we went to see a show. I was expecting a lot worse based on the reviews but I had an overall pleasant experience. I went with the $19.99 deal and chose a spinach salad, Southern Chicken, and Wild Raspberry Cheesecake. The salad wasn't anything special, but I loved the Southern Chicken pasta and of course the cheesecake as well. My brother ordered the chicken dippers but was disappointed when he got a huge plate of fries and only 3 pieces of chicken. But, in his words, "What they lack in quantity, they make up in quality." He didn't have anything nice to say about the fries though. Our server, David, was great and was very attentive. Our table was located in a high traffic area, so if you want some privacy, opt for a booth or a corner table.

Atmosphere: 3/5
Food: 3/5
Service: 4/5
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Restaurantica12
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service was AWFUL!!!! we went at 330 pm on a...

service was AWFUL!!!! we went at 330 pm on a Friday....service urgggh..... SLOW... three different servers....The food was excellent..best lasagna I have had in a long time....GET NEW SERVERS!!!!! need friendlier and faster service that sfor sure:(

Atmosphere: 3/5
Food: 4/5
Service: 1/5
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Restaurantica12
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Bad service, bad ambience, bad food

To start off the bad experience, we were reprimanded by our server who scolded us after we asked for more bread, saying we "shouldn't fill up on bread because our dinners are coming still". Then came the food, which was bland, incredibly generic, overpriced, and soaked with store-bought Ragu. If the overly exuberant decor won't scare you off, the bad food and service certainly will.

Atmosphere: 1/5
Food: 1/5
Service: 1/5
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Restaurantica12
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Nice ambiance, food and service disappointing

This restaurant is very nicely decorated and the ambiance is great. Unfortunately that is about the only good thing to say! The menu is very boring, mostly pasta in its most basic forms. The tomato based sauce that came with ours was weirdly spicy, kids were unable to eat their spaghetti and meatballs. One of the dishes was burned at the bottom. Server asked if we had tickets somewhere, presumably for speedy service, but we waited for our six simple spaghetti dishes for 45minutes, getting the bill and out of there was painfully slow. Their bread was warm and delicious, best part of the meal.

Atmosphere: 3/5
Food: 2/5
Service: 2/5
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Greatest Resturant By far!

This was a great resturant. We went to it before a show and it was almost better

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 4/5
Service: 4/5
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The waiter was wonderful and offered us a free...

The waiter was wonderful and offered us a free plate of garlic bread. (Tip: Learn the waiters name and say it three times or more during ordering time, my party always gets free appitizers when we do this.) It is a family restaurant, reasonable price, don't expect fine dining and you won't be dissappointed. Clam Chowder was very good( made from scratch), the highlight of my dinner. Very unique interior designing. The music was a bit loud and if you don't like children don't go to this restaurant or private request a booth. Entrees and dessert where all you can eat (quality).

Atmosphere: 4/5
Food: 3/5
Service: 3/5
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Restaurantica12
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not great. obviously had been really busy before...

not great. obviously had been really busy before we got there (8PM) but restaurant was empty and most of the tables hadn't been cleared. food was average - no more than that. portions were huge - but what's the point of that if food is so so? server was pleasant. Think this is really a kid's place (and we heard happy birthday sung three times in the 90 minutes we were there!). Bit disappointing really!

Atmosphere: 3/5
Food: 2/5
Service: 3/5
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The waiter could have been a little more...

The waiter could have been a little more accommodating but other than that, the food was great and the service was fast.

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 4/5
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I found glass shards in my minestrone soup. The...

I found glass shards in my minestrone soup. The manager was notified and a complimentary meal was given. Service was really slow for an empty restaurant. Finding glass in your food is unacceptable and i will not be returning to this restaurant.

Atmosphere: 1/5
Food: 2/5
Service: 2/5
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Had a great experience. Our food was hot, fast...

Had a great experience. Our food was hot, fast and delicious. A very busy restaurant, which generally speaks for itself. Considering some of the alternatives I have visited this one bundles the old charm of the antiques, great food and at a price that was very impressive. Will definitely be going back!

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 5/5
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March 21, 2019

Wonderful experience! Will definitely be back!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 20, 2019

Food was very good. Some thought portions were a bit small though.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

March 18, 2019

First time visit or us, it was fantastic! We come from Barrie, it was well worth the travel. We'll be back🙂🖐

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 18, 2019

My wife's order was prepared wrong so I had too wait to eat I wasn't going to eat in front of her , but they removed charge for pops , which was nice .

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 1/5

March 18, 2019

Great as always we love coming here for dinner parking sucks though

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 19, 2019

Bland but given the market, bland is likely going to please the majority of people. Lasagna was like cardboard. Meat ball apps were very good.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 4/5

March 17, 2019

We were sat in the carousel as requested which was appreciated! The night out was for a very soecial celebration and although 3 guests were quite delayed due to unforeseen highway closure, we were not rushed once all guests arrived! Our waiter was fantastic!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 17, 2019

Service was great. Fast and efficient. Food was good (not homemade cuisine but good for the amount you must put out). Would come back for sure.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 5/5

March 18, 2019

Our service was extremely friendly and fast. Enjoyed the experience and will definitely be back

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

March 16, 2019

They rushed us way too much the bill was down before we were there for more then 40 min

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 3/5

March 15, 2019

Charged an extra $1.99 to substitute rosee from marinara sauce, that's just stingy.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 15, 2019

Great family meal...

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

March 14, 2019

We had a wonderful time. The waitress and the bartender agreed nicely to take our group pictures and the service was great, as was the food. Our sister is in from Chicago with her friend and we live in Orangeville so it was a treat for all of us. Will come again hopefully.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 14, 2019

Excellent food, great waiter and interesting decor. We will definitely come back.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 14, 2019

Food was good although we received the entree before the salad. Service was terrible. Server took 2/3 drink orders, a different server brought entrees. Neither server checked us. The original server came to the table only after we were done and piled plates. We wanted more bread, refills and dessert but our server was quick to bring the bill. Lots of different restaurants to choose from in the same area and I suggest going elsewhere.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 1/5

March 15, 2019

It’s always a favourite for spring break! Full meals at a reasonable price for good food. The decor is always entertaining and a great conversation starter with the kids. Now with the online reservations you can even minimize the waiting time to be seated. A family favourite!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

March 15, 2019

Went during March break for dinner before a concert and in spite of the chaos, our server Dag took good care of us.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

March 13, 2019

I can't say enough good things. Our pasta was cooked to perfection. Our server was absolutely fantastic. The atmosphere was engaging for my 2 and 4 year old. We will be back.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 13, 2019

Daphne was fantastic. Provided exceptional customer service to our family visiting for the first time. Food was pretty good, and a very good value.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

March 12, 2019

Extra big thank you for accommodating us earlier than our reservations! Loved the atmosphere!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 11, 2019

The restaurant was very busy , the food was hot and the service was excellent

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 12, 2019

Portion of the spaghetti much smaller then expected. Was expecting more of a thicker sauce - kind of watery

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 4/5

March 10, 2019

Spectacular food and service. Definitely will be back.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 10, 2019

Wicked!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 9, 2019

Rebecca (our server) was very courteous and attentive!)

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 9, 2019

Our server Caroline was absolutely amazing!! She was very attentive to our children, who thought she was “sooo funny”! Absolutely great experience to start our concert evening off right!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 9, 2019

A great meall!! And delicious desserts!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 6, 2019

We love the place this was our first time and definitely not our last. The food was amazing, the service very entertaining and the ambiance was perfect (music not too loud, the light not too bright and we had a lot of fun).

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 5, 2019

Fast service, excellent food and a waiter that made it all fun

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 4, 2019

everything was great!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

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The Old Spaghetti Factory
54 The Esplanade, Toronto, ON M5E 1A6
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