Food and drink
Modern takes on comfort-food mains sit alongside ambitious salads, sandwiches, and an impressive drink list and vast selection of beers and ciders on tap.
Vegetarian friendly mouthwatering Roasted Vegetable Chipotle Chili served with homemade cornbread never fails to disappoint, and I make a pilgrimage at least once a month for the unique Bean and Beet Burger and the Black Bean & Sweet Potato Burrito. Meat eaters rejoice at the Antipasto plate and homemade sausage options, while anyone with a hankering for rib sticking comfort food will delight at this take on an old favourite–Baked Mac & Cheese, featuring three seasonal cheeses.
Low volume, casual dinner vibe can quickly turn boisterous once the crowds start packing the place for its popular late night music and bar culture, so plan to make an evening out of it or come eary if you're looking for a quiet dinner or starting point to explore other options on the happening Queen West strip.
Service ranges from effusive to aloof, but food is always served fast and fresh and exceptions and substitutions are graciously accommodated. It's not uncommon to spot a minor Toronto celebrity or two doing undercover double duty as either server or bar staff, so keep your eyes peeled.
A the epicentre of all things Queen West cool, the Beaver is ideally situated between major artsy nightlife hotspots like The Drake Hotel and the Gladstone. It also makes an ideal spot to brunch before heading further west to explore the quirky shops and denizens of Parkdale or north to Dundas to take in the colourful sights, sounds and tastes of Little Portugal.
Moderately priced with generous portions that more often than not provide ample leftovers.
- Backpackers / Students
- Culture vultures
- First-time travellers
- Celebrity spotting
- People watching
- No fuss