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Sambucas On Church

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489 Church St, Toronto, Ontario M4Y 2C6, Canada
+1 416-966-3241
11:00 - 23:00
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Mon - Fri 11:00 - 23:00
Sat - Sun 11:00 - 00:00
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Toronto, Canada
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31 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I've been going here for years and I can honestly say I've never had a bad meal! I've been there in small and large groups and it's never been an issue. They have very competent staff who provide service for lunch hours. Take out is also pretty quick! Their steak wrap is probably my favorite thing on the menu! The... More 

Thank Deeviess
Winnipeg, Canada
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great ambience, super wait staff. Right on Church Street. Try their prix fixe dinner menu - great value.

Thank Robbytwo
North Bay
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62 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 April 2017 via mobile

I never give 5 stars to a restaurant but this has become one of my favorite spots to dine in Toronto and I always pay a visit when in town and am never disappointed. The pizzas are creative and delicious with very fresh toppings, but the crust could be slightly crisper if I'm being picky. My friend who doesn't like... More 

Thank davidevanjones
Toronto, Canada
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668 reviews
216 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 187 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2017

A really nice little restaurant in the Village. It is not much to look at from the outside, but it is pretty big inside. Service is really good with a good selection of wines, and the mostly Italian inspired dishes are impressive. It doesn't get much notice in Toronto's crowded food scene, but it is as good of an Italian... More 

Thank FirstCircle
London, Canada
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22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017

I have wanted to visit this restaurant for months since I moved to the area. I was not disappointed. I only write reviews of places that impress my by exceeding my expectations. Sambucas doesn't look like anything special from the street, but it is special in every way once you experience the food and service inside. We were greated by... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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220 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2017

We dropped in for lunch at the end of the Winterlicious period. We were early and the place was empty when we got there but by the time we were finished it had filled up. It's a popular place, with good reason. There were several selections available for the Winterlicious menu and both of us were more than pleased with... More 

Thank Craig C
Toronto, Canada
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 December 2016

Lovely dining experience, great service and the food was reasonable and oh sooo good. The portions were solid and a large size, be prepared to go when you are hungry because you will be fed well. I highly recommend and will be going back again and again!

Thank topazcam
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16 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2016

After my hair stylist made this surprising recommendation, I keep going back and keep enjoying the experience! I had never heard of Sambucas despite often being in the area for business. Every dish my guest and I have had have been outstanding. Special note of the calamari and the various risottos. The fixed price 3-course menu is outstanding value. Service... More 

Thank J R
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88 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 December 2016

I've been going to this establishment for years and have not once been disappointed by the food that is served at extremely reasonable prices, including a great weekend brunch menu. Friends who live in the area but had never been, assuming it was an exclusively gay venue, as it's located in the heart of the village, were delighted to experience... More 

Thank Perry S
Toronto, Canada
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 16 December 2016

Definitely the consistently best restaurant in the Village. Other restaurants seem to have as many off days as they have good days. The service at Sambucas is always fast, efficient and friendly. There is an extensive menu with daily specials and fix prix menu. I have always enjoyed my choice. Try the chicken supreme. Reasonable prices.

Thank Bob H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Italian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 489 Church St, Toronto, Ontario M4Y 2C6, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Toronto>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 416-966-3241

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

Staying in Downtown

Neighbourhood Profile
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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