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Shawarma Empire

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1823 Lawrence Ave., Toronto, Ontario, Canada
+1 416-285-1337
11:00 - 21:00
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Sun 12:00 - 19:00
Tue - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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Toronto, Canada
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62 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2017 via mobile

Outstanding. This is the kind of hidden gem that you might typically drive by a thousand times and never go in. Don't be discouraged by the strip mall appearance or potentially busy tight parking lot. The food quality and quantity absolutely justify the effort. Order "off menu" and ask for the mix plate which gets you a little of everything.... More 

Thank A P
Bracebridge, Canada
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10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017 via mobile

Recommended by family. Ordered both chicken and beef shawarma. Just excellent! Would go back. Not a place to sit and eat. Good for takeout. Good prices and better if ordered in pairs.

Thank shenais
Toronto, Canada
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99 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

I've eaten Shawarma everywhere and this is the best I've found. You know you've reached a real Shawarma place when they have newspapers in Arabic, and no dairy products for sale. The Shawarma sandwiches at Shawarma Empire are out of this world good. I always ask for the home made spicy sauce on the side - it's warm and is... More 

Thank Kevin M
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016

The best shawarma you can try in Toronto. The only problem is that almost half the sandwich is empty although the price is not very cheap. However, the quality is amazing. Also, the place needs some touches and updates.

Thank Sam D
Richmond Hill, Canada
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28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2016

Heard from a colleague that this place serves the best shawarma East of Istanbul.... he was not joking! Food: The chicken shawarma & falafel sandwich are delicious. It's not the 'wrap' type, it's a pita pocket that filled with tasty chicken/beef or falafel (your choice), salad & sauces, simple and tasty. It's good value for your hard earned money. Service:... More 

Thank znzIslandgal
Toronto, Canada
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168 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2016

Family run, mother and her 3 sons (?). Expect a line up at lunch time. 2 shawarma for 8 bucks, beef or chicken, spicy or non. Shawarma plate with rice and salad for the same price. Fast and furious, and incredibly fresh and delicious. None of the other shawarma places in the area can compete. Limited seating, eat and run.... More 

Thank lannykay
Maui, Hawaii
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2016 via mobile

Great chicken shawarma...... Enjoyed it. Good value but there is a lineup. ,.......... It really fills you up.

Thank Ragwin
Toronto, Canada
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145 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2016 via mobile

The empire knows how to make a shawarma - crispy and packed with flavour. The meat is marinated in a home made sauce that is to die for. 2 shawarma for $9 makes for one of the best deals in Toronto. Worth making the trip to Scarborough for this one. A hidden gem.

Thank Eurotrip2015
Ajax, Canada
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143 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2016

I tried this place for the first time and I will be going back. Great beef shawarma and nicely spiced. Prices are very good and their selection of desserts are pretty good as well.

1 Thank novak500
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75 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2015

Time to time we visit this location, and it is always busy with line ups. Very tasted and well priced (2 for 1). Usually I try one beef and one chicken, especially spicy sauce is very good. I do recommend.

Thank TY_Toronto

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$10
Fast food, Middle Eastern, Lebanese, Halal
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
12:00 - 19:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1823 Lawrence Ave., Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Toronto>  > York-Crosstown
  • Neighbourhood: York-Crosstown
  • Phone Number: +1 416-285-1337

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

Staying in York-Crosstown

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York-Crosstown is a sleepy area of Toronto dotted gorgeously with hills and farmland, stately homes and parks. An affluent district in parts, the stately houses at Baby Point along Jane Street are especially breathtaking, and make for a lovely wander on a clear day. Parks are bountiful in York-Crosstown, which makes it a vibrant area for outdoor play and sports, providing a break from the hustle of Toronto's busy, jam-packed city center. For a little spice after a walk in the park, the Little Jamaica area of York sports cheap, authentic food from the Caribbean. This area is restful and more orientated towards outdoor activity and the exploration of nature.
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