The Old Spaghetti Factory

3.3/5
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Cuisine type

  • Italian,

Dishes

  • Spaghetti,
  • Pizza,
  • Pasta,

Features

  • Restaurant With Wifi Internet,
  • Wheelchair-accessible Restaurant,
  • Restaurant With Terrace,
  • Restaurant With Bar,

Atmosphere

  • Casual,
  • Family,

Languages Spoken

  • English,
Location
54 The Esplanade, Toronto, ON M5E 1A6
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  • $11 To $25,

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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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Restaurantica12
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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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Restaurantica12
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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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Restaurantica12
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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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Restaurantica12
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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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Restaurantica12
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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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Restaurantica12
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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 17, 2020

Liana was amazing!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 15, 2020

Great place to celebrate your birthday

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 14, 2020

Great server

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

March 14, 2020

Took some friends for dinner before going to the For King and Country concert at Meridian Hall. They thoroughly enjoyed it and talked about bringing their family (4 kids) some day. (But it’s almost a 2 hr journey). One of them had been previously... about 40 years ago and the other had never been before. This was only my wife & I’s third time and we really enjoyed our experience as well.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 10, 2020

My daughter’s favourite place for special dinners

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 10, 2020

Blake had mistaken me for a woman, and being a bearded man it was probably the nicest thing I will hear all year lol. He was an amazing waiter, was quick with our drinks and made sure to swing by every 15 minutes or so (ideal in my opinion) and the crazy part? he laughed at my jokes and NO ONE gets paid enough for that. The food was amazing and all of the staff was very polite and it made a great start to our evening, thank you for all you do!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 9, 2020

Our Server Blake was attentive, humourous, and charming. We felt very well taken care of. Food was just as I remember The place looked great The other staff working around us (other tables) seemed to be in a good mood, and doing their jobs well

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 9, 2020

I hosted a wish reveal for a make a wish child with his family and friends. There were 22 guests and the staff was amazing. From accommodating multiple bills, screaming kids, multiple orders they were on point. The food was delicious and even the beyond the meatballs were so good. Great fun atmosphere, very family friendly, and great selection. Highly recommend this place honestly people of all ages will love this place. Big thank you to the staff for helping us with our special reveal!!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 8, 2020

Great ambiance, service and food!!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 8, 2020

We had a fabulous birthday celebration introducing our teens to historical old spaghetti factory

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

March 4, 2020

Had a great time with my friends there. The food was alright, nothing to write home about, but the drinks were cheap and great value. Our server Blake was super friendly all night while not being intrusive, was a great evening

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

March 2, 2020

Great family restaurant. My 10 year old son loves coming here ever since we introduced him to it at his 5th year birthday. The hospitality and food are great. Highly recommend it for kids and adults alike.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 1, 2020

Favourite restaurant nothing bad too say

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 29, 2020

Another great meal at one of our favourite places - never disappoints.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 27, 2020

Great lunch with some girl friends!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 24, 2020

I haven't been to OSF in years and years. It was a joy to take my kids for their first time and see the wonder on their faces as they experienced the same dramatic awe I used to. Oh yes...the food was great too!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 3/5

February 18, 2020

Food and service was excellent. It’s been an annual tradition since the first Family Day in 2008 that my family has been having lunch at the OSP. We love it and plan on continuing every Family Day!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 18, 2020

Disappointed. This restaurant used to be a fun place to dine. Quality of food changed. My parents took me here back when it first opened and I've been taking my kids here for past several years but things have suddenly changed.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 2/5

February 17, 2020

Everything about the place was excellent .

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 18, 2020

Cesar salad was very spicy. Not a fan of the spaghetti and mushrooms but the other meal, goat cheese pasta, was so delicious. Our server was fantastic and fixed the salad issue. Definitely would try it again.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 5/5

February 16, 2020

Absolutely perfect place to come for any occasion. I was on here on a romantic Valentine's dinner and had an excellent experience. I've also come with family and friends and the food, service, and atmosphere have always been exceptional!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 15, 2020

Everything was perfect! Everybody enjoyed their meals

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 15, 2020

This is one of my absolutely favorite restaurants, I come with my friends and family for Valentine's. Makes me so happy every year!!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 15, 2020

Chris was great! :)

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 13, 2020

Thank you very much for a wonderful experience! Our family get-together was terrific as the service and food were super.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 12, 2020

Hadn't been to the Factory in years. It has only gotten better!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 11, 2020

Came into the city to go to a Raptors game. It is a treat to visit and eat at The Old Spaghetti Factory. As usual, excellent atmosphere, excellent service, and excellent food. Great value for the price. Highly recommend.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 12, 2020

Marty was our server and was excellent and attentive. Food was as usual very tasty. Love the feel of this place.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 10, 2020

Our server was very attentive and engaging. She added to our overall experience.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 9, 2020

Excellent experience...we made a reservation ahead of time & requested to sit in the train. We were running a little late as we travelled by Go Train & they were still able to accommodate our wishes...thanks for contributing to our perfect night!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

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