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Fran's Restaurant & Bar

#90 of 6,754 Restaurants in Toronto
Certificate of Excellence
American, International, Canadian, Diner
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20 College Street, Toronto, Ontario M5G 1K2, Canada
+1 416-923-9867
00:00 - 23:59
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Sun - Sat 00:00 - 23:59
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Toronto, Canada
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63 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We always eat at Fran's when we are down town this time we were down town over night and had breakfast there before leaving to go home. it was busy but the wait wasnt long to get a table, our server was very friendly. it didnt take us long at all to get our order of Pancakes with berries and... More 

Thank trcy8116
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16 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Loved their all day breakfast. Busy place. Excellent service, great food. Good place to experience a bit of local culture in the downtown area.

Thank PrairieLily2
Sault Ste. Marie, Canada
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58 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We chose to eat here because it was closest to our hotel and we were super hungry. We couldn't finish our meals. The portions were generous and the food delicious! Happy we tried it out!

Thank Melpc12
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58 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited here over a 7 day period for breakfast and dinner twice as we loved it so much! Great selection of food which is all freshly cooked. Highly recommend the meatloaf followed by pecan pie! Can't wait to come back again.....

Thank World_Traveller82
Ottawa, Canada
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26 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I came across this restaurant (across the street from Massey Hall) and as it advertised being around since 1940 I couldn't resist dining there. It is right downtown and is open 24 hours. Lots of choices, including classic burgers, fries and milkshakes. I had the daily special for dinner, sirloin steak with fries. Steak was rare, just as I requested... More 

Thank Pat H
Brampton, Canada
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26 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A laid back old fashion type of restaurant. Loud, incredible food. Inexpensive. All sorts of choices. Love the atmosphere

Thank lj4l
Mississauga, Canada
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32 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had a nice lunch/brunch at Fran's on the weekend with my daughter. Had egg's bennie with Portobello mushrooms instead of the bread. Was delish! Coffee was good and service was polite. Had to wait quite a while but food came out hot and ready to eat. Breakfast fries were great. Priced a little bit cheaper than Cora's down the street.

Thank corina b
Nova Scotia, Canada
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Let's be honest, this place isn't going to serve you a breakfast that will blow your mind, but Fran's has been a staple for me for two very good reasons. 1) Super late hours = Solid go-to for 3am drunken pancakes. 2) The wide open roof top patio on the second floor. I came here a few times this past... More 

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73 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016 via mobile

I always like to eat at Fran's since they have a variety of great food. Never disappointed. It's not a fancy place but rather a place where you can eat and relax or have a quick bite.

Thank Happy1232013
newmarket, ontario
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22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

We always eat at Fran's after a visit to the theatre. It's a busy place but the service is usually very good, and the food it great!

Thank KATT_10

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$8 - US$19
American, International, Canadian, Diner
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Cheap Eats, Groups, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 20 College Street, Toronto, Ontario M5G 1K2, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Toronto>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 416-923-9867
Fran's is a family-owned and operated Toronto institution known for its home-style cooking and warm, welcoming atmosphere. Operating since 1940, Fran's is famous for several comfort dishes, most notably the Banquet Burger, which original founder Fran Deck created. Other diner classics that remain a tradition include Fran's famous chili, award-winning rice pudding and homemade apple pie. Fran's serves a wide selection, including generous all-day breakfasts, housemade burgers and steaks - and don't forget to ask us about our vegetarian options. Welcome home to Fran's!

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At the heart of Toronto, Downtown is the destination for cheap eats and fast fashion. Cut through by hip and trendy Yonge Street, the vibe here is young, with a strong student influence from the Ryerson University Campus. As a result, the Downtown area is always in flux: undergoing the construction of new facilities, with fresh retail spaces and pop-up cafes. Home to Toronto's largest indoor shopping mall, a number of vintage cinemas, and a healthy nightlife centered on the area's Distillery District bar and clubs near the East End, it's both an easygoing daytime spot and a popular party place after sunset. It also features some of Toronto's best outdoor landmarks, including Yonge-Dundas Square and the Nathan Phillips Square: perfect for a concert, a skate, or a relaxing sit-down.
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