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Only Cafe

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Cafe, Canadian, American, Bar
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216 Hunter St W, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
+1 705-743-7591
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09:00 - 02:00
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Hours:
Sun 09:00 - 00:00
Mon - Sat 09:00 - 02:00
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peterborough
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203 reviews
155 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 202 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

Okay so you think that this place is not very nice! You are wrong! Very clean and what a great Sunday morning breakfast spot. This is our second visit and it was great both times. I wasn't going to write about the only because I didn't want to give up my seat on a Sunday, however they deserve this review.... More 

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Thank atti2ud
Peterborough, Canada
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

We actually frequent The Only regularly as we live in Peterborough. It has a great selection of beers, friendly staff and regular entertainment. We are most often there to watch a local improv troupe called the Citiots. The third Friday is every month has the Citiots on stage at the Gordon Best Theatre upstairs. Monthly laugh therapy at it's best!... More 

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Thank CDRoss
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32 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Very unique place in town and in the area; nice spot by the river and very good selection of beers in bottle; great price and atmosphere. Cheers!

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Thank WeAreAnimals
Peterborough, Canada
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67 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2016

Well, it's quite something, the Only. Oldsters and youngish-stere, hipsters and professionals, straight and gay and everything else, a safe and festive place, no pretension (all those theatre people, and no pretension: nice trick!)... the bartenders used to be snooty but have been really friendly for quite a while now... great assortment of beer, nice sandwiches, great deck... fantastic tunes.... More 

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Thank Recovering_Hungarian
Peterborough, Canada
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2016

The Only is a downtown Peterborough staple. Great beer selection (though their draft beer is pricey), and good menu. The food is delicious, though it can take a while (45-60 minutes..) to arrive. It depends on how busy they are, but also depends on who is working. There are some great staff, there are some mediocre staff. They seem to... More 

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Thank DiooneW
Peterborough, Canada
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93 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2015

A very funky ambiance and easy going customer service. The food has always been fresh, original and the dishes are hearty servings. It is a cash only establishment but don't let that deter you from attending. One of my favourite places.

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Thank David D
Whitby, Canada
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2015

The serving staff at The Only is absolutely horrible. Condescending, arrogant and rude. I get the feeling some of the people that work there are upset they might have squandered their potential in life and are now angry and frustrated with the university student patrons that have a bright future.

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139 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2015

I have been eatin meals here since 1998. I love the World's Best Sandwich oozing with melted Gouda cheese, mushed avocado, onion, tomato and green pepper. I also love the fresh turkey and delicious dressing on the Ginger Mick salad. I have never been able to get past these two mouth-watering treats on their menu! Soooo good!

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Thank Kate K
Ajax, Canada
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2015

This was my first visit to The Only Cafe in Peterborough, and I'll be sure to return! The place is full of character, with planked floors and an old bar that runs the length of the shop, the kitchen area is tucked in behind the bar so you can see the cook in action! The staff is friendly and eager... More 

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Thank Joanne M
Peterborough, Canada
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32 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2015

The only is a min stay of mine while in the Peterborough area. It's evlectic decor matches the range of clientele the only attracts. It isn't only about the ambience though. The Only features a delicious array of sandwiches and micro brewed beers on tap as well as the standard fare if that's what you desire. The outdoor patio is... More 

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Thank Cheryl M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$10
Cuisine
Cafe, Canadian, American, Bar
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol
Open Hours
Sunday
09:00 - 00:00
Monday
09:00 - 02:00
Tuesday
09:00 - 02:00
Wednesday
09:00 - 02:00
Thursday
09:00 - 02:00
Friday
09:00 - 02:00
Saturday
09:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 216 Hunter St W, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Peterborough
  • Phone Number: +1 705-743-7591

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?