The Ballroom Cafe at the Gladstone

Price guide: Mid-range

1214 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario, M6J 1J6

Price guide: Mid-range

Breakfast at the Gladstone

By Aefa Mulholland, your Toronto expert

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#10 of 30
expert-rated restaurants in Toronto
Expert overall rating:4.5 out of 5
Food and drink:
4
4.0
Ambience:
4.4
4.4
Service:
4.2
4.2
Location:
4.3
4.3
Value for money:
4
4.0
Recommended for:
Backpackers / Students, Couples, Culture vultures, First-time travellers, Singles, Art, Design and architecture, People watching, Trendiness

Expert review of The Ballroom Cafe at the Gladstone

Cafe of character in century-old hotel.

Hearty breakfasts, organic and local lunches and dinners, coffees and pastries are served with a smile in the bright, airy Ballroom Café.

Food and drink: 

It's a great spot for breakfast and lunch - laid back, friendly, unhurried. I usually sidle in for a leisurely working lunch of late weekene brunch. It's a good option for brunching or lunching solo or with a couple of friends. It's one of the better options for vegetarian and vegan meals — and my top choice for gluten-free breakfast or lunch in the city. They almost always have gluten-free bread for sandwiches.

Recommended dishes: 

For lunch or dinner, I vote for the piri piri chicken — it's a vast portion. For breakfast it has to be the tasty scramble.

Ambience: 

Lofty, airy, cool. Hip staff and an interesting clientele.

Service: 

The hip staff are friendly and down to earth.

Location: 

A tad out of the way if you're staying downtown. Perfect if you're planning on an afternoon of West Queen West gallery hopping, are staying at the Gladstone or the adjacent Drake or are planning a night out on the Ossington strip.

Price advice: 

Breakfast and lunch are a great deal - budget prices, big portions. Dinner pushes prices up a bit.

More information on The Ballroom Cafe at the Gladstone:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Bar, Café, Restaurant
Food:
American, Asian, Burgers, Fusion, Vegetarian
Address:
1214 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario, M6J 1J6
Telephone:
+1 416 531 4635 ext 7130
Website:
http://www.gladstonehotel.com/hotel
Serves:
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Fri 7am-10:45am (breakfast), 11am-4pm (lunch), 5pm-10pm (dinner). Sat-Sun 8am-4pm (brunch), 5pm-10pm (dinner). Open daily in between meals for coffee and pastries.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Suggested

Have you been to The Ballroom Cafe at the Gladstone? Would you recommended it?