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Universal Grill

££ - £££
West End
Canadian, International, Fusion
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1071 Shaw St, Toronto, Ontario M6G 3N4, Canada
+1 416-588-5928
17:00 - 22:00
10:30 - 14:30
Closed now
All hours
Tue - Sun 17:00 - 22:00
Sat - Sun 10:30 - 14:30
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

Have you been here several times with my boyfriend and his parents love restaurant however I find it to be very bland-normative / very mediocre. Considering it is so mediocre the locations isn't wonderful and the booths are always cramp it is surprising to find the prices to be inflated like 30% higher than the restaurants in the area. Thankfully... More 

Thank Rachel W
Toronto, Canada
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016

I went with two friends to this neighbourhood diner. I checked the menu online and it looked appetizing. I booked a table for three, arrived on time at 7:45 pm. I was surprised that the place looked so empty on a Saturday night, with half a dozen tables filled with customers. I was greeted by a friendly woman. I told... More 

1 Thank Shirley Z
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2016 via mobile

Often a bit of a wait but the best brunch in town!!! Amazing food great variety on menu something for everyone. Cute little diner.

Thank outboundToronto
Toronto, Canada
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57 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2016

If you are looking for comfort food in a nice casual environment, this is your place.The old stand byes of Liver or Ribs with sweet potato fries are always great. And the daily specials are worth a look.

Thank c4pl
Toronto, Canada
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72 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2016

Good place for a good, well cooked nice dinner with no pretentious airs, nice options and nice staff. We have been a couple of times and never a disappointment. I had the mussels and a special salad. Ribs, pork and risotto had by others, all were pleased. Portions nice and not too loud so can converse. Staff helpful and attentive.... More 

Thank shadowlove
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63 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2016 via mobile

Funky place longtime diner. Food is fabulous at brunch they have something for everyone. Omelettes, egg meat combos, my personal favourite Huevos Rancheros, great pancakes and more! It does not take reservations so be prepared to wait unless you are there before opening time. But the wait is worth it for sure. Service is a bit off but does not... More 

Thank outboundToronto
Toronto, Canada
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72 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2015

I have been coming to Universal Grill for 15 years. Not super regularly but frequently enough for it to be a comfortable relaxed event. The food is a very high quality without being 'precious'. They have a Crispy Polenta starter that is probably my favourite dish but I've had a number of regular menu items and specials over the years... More 

Thank AJM155019
Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2015

Its not just about the food. The service, the location and the timing are about as spot-on as you could ask for in a local joint. This place has been around for years and with good cause. The food is great from the top to the bottom of the menu. The staff are good folks. The chef has been there... More 

Thank gmdunlop
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2015 via mobile

The universal grill is what I consider the ideal restaurant . It is cozy, close to a neighbourhood,and offers what you are looking for (or a spin on an old standard ) for a very reasonable price We were there for brunch and a had a varied sampling. The food was served promptly with a smile and presentation was excellent.... More 

Thank Al K
Toronto, Canada
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2015 via mobile

My husband and I went for brunch at 1:30pm on Sat Oct 23. We have been going to the Universal Grill for 10 years since moving to the neighbourhood. Picture a restaurant half empty with all bar seats and 3 booths empty. When we asked to be seated at a booth we were told that they were reserved for parties... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Canadian, International, Fusion
Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
10:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
10:30 - 14:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1071 Shaw St, Toronto, Ontario M6G 3N4, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Toronto>  > West End
  • Neighbourhood: West End
  • Phone Number: +1 416-588-5928

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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