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By The Way

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400 Bloor St W, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1X5, Canada (Brunswick & Bloor)
+1 416-967-4295
09:00 - 21:30
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Sun - Tue 09:00 - 21:30
Wed - Thu 09:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 09:00 - 23:00
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159 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We've been living in the area for over 30 years, and we used to come to By the Way quite often years ago but we stopped coming, and I don't even know why. Maybe because we had kids - the place is small and not very conducive to bringing young children; maybe it's cold in the winter. Anyway, my husband... More 

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Amir B, Owner at By The Way, responded to this review

Hi there, I'm happy to hear you had a good time and I welcome you back! Really appreciate your review! Thanks so much Amir More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

Good service and reasonably priced food. By the Way Cafe is a great spot for weekend brunch and their breakfast brew coffee makes the morning easier to get through.

Thank Gian M
Kitchener, Canada
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45 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

We stayed close by, so this restaurant was in walking distance and the fresh air only enhanced our appetite. Cozy restaurant with less than 10 tables. Service was friendly and informative and fast. Food came fresh and just the right temperature, of course, it was delicious. Would return to this restaurant!

Thank ServeSuccess
Rochester, New York
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5 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

We were looking for a good neighborhood-type place for breakfast and were pleased to find By The Way. It was a warm October day so we were seated in the tented patio space - very pleasant atmosphere. Menu had a good selection of breakfast items, and featured several variations on eggs benedict. Service was a bit slow but fortunately we... More 

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208 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

Before our TIFF movie, we had brunch at By the Way Cafe. It was quite busy, and we had to wait briefly for a table; people come and go fairly regularly, so the wait wasn't long. This was breakfast/brunch, so the coffee was offered and served very quickly - great! I had the Heuvos Divorciadoes, and my dining partner had... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

We went for a brunch with friends. Dishes were good. Good quality. However the staff is not very nice, unpatient and not very friendly. Still a bit expensive for students.

Thank Pauline C
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016 via mobile

Needed to sit down in a cool area and this looked inviting. Busy /lively cafe with a covered open air patio. Good atmosphere. Staff worked hard. Beer was very nice with a few choices. Food was very good, Mediterranean style. Not worth a trip out of centre but if you are in the area it's well worth a visit.

Thank shaun m
Los Angeles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016

We'll go a long way for a single great dish, and here we had two. The whole baby smoked eggplant in a cream sauce with fried chickpeas and walnuts will keep me up nights thinking about the great flavor and texture. The chicken livers in a tomato sauce were perfectly cooked, creamy and delicious. The patio was very nice. Our... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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276 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016

I have been to this place several times over the years. Brunch is really good on weekends, they make great huevos rancheros. It has a nice patio for the summer, although a bit cramped in some tables. We went for dinner on a Saturday night and it was not busy. The food quality is good, but the portions are a... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2016 via mobile

It was a amazing surprise. The ambient is very good, there are a inside and outside tables. The staff is absolutely very friendly and helpful. Kids friendly 🙏 The food was great!!!

Thank Daniel G

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$12 - US$24
Canadian, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Open Hours
09:00 - 21:30
09:00 - 21:30
09:00 - 21:30
09:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 400 Bloor St W, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1X5, Canada
    (Brunswick & Bloor)
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Toronto>  > Midtown
  • Neighbourhood: Midtown
  • Phone Number: +1 416-967-4295
By The Way is a much-loved neighbourhood favourite that offers contemporary Mediterranean fare with Latin flare in the heart of the Annex. A reliable, tasty standby for generous, nourishing eats, BTW has all the meal bases covered, from breakfast to late-night fill-up. Omelettes, pasta dishes and eggs benny get lots of mention, as does the fine selection of Middle Eastern choices. The restaurant enjoys a particular reputation for its healthy focus. There's also a solid selection of vegetarian dishes. A surprisingly extensive wine list includes both house and vintage options. The space is bright and cheerful. The big corner patio fills up in the summertime.

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Midtown

Neighbourhood Profile
Midtown is a dynamic part of Toronto with some of its most stylish high-rise residences and heritage buildings. The area sees busy shoppers with bag-laden arms balancing lattes in paper cups as they travel from one luxury brand to the next, taking advantage of the proximity of high-end shops. The reflecting pools, jogging trails, and nature treks of the Rosehill Revision are always a hub of outdoor activity, and after a workout from either running or splurging, many take advantage of the spas and massage parlors Midtown has to offer. Away from the bakeries, boutiques, and glamorous old theaters of the district's center, locals use the weekend to embrace the more suburban feel of Midtown's parks, tennis courts, outdoor markets, and the manicured grounds of Casa Loma, while families indulge the area's state-of-the-art playground and learning facilities. Of course, no high-brow district is complete without a healthy counter-culture: Midtown boasts some of the wildest street art and full-wall graffiti of any neighborhood in Toronto.
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