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Alleycatz

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2409 Yonge St
Toronto, ON  M4P 2E7

(416) 481-6865

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January 13, 2014

We are one of the best night spots in the area! We feature a variety of high quality Mediterranean and Italian dishes, nightly live music, and an overall exciting dining experience. Join us today

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September 27, 2012

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September 24, 2012

A menu with Mediterranean flair features dishes such as steak cooked to perfection and gourmet risottos, and a fun martini line up bears names like "Orgasmic Catz," combining raspberry vodka, Cointreau, Champagne, lime and cranberry.

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September 07, 2012

Hip catz roll through this alley. Most appropriately named, music lovers and food enthusiasts have made this a popular dining and party destination.

A menu with Mediterranean flair features dishes such as Blackened Sea Bass and gourmet risottos, and a fun martini line up bears names like "Orgasmic Catz," combining raspberry vodka, Cointreau, Champagne, lime and cranberry. For an authentic... more

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May 20, 2012

From OpenTable:

Hip catz roll through this alley. Most appropriately named, music lovers and food enthusiasts have made this a popular dining and party destination.
A menu with Mediterranean flair features dishes such as Blackened Sea Bass and gourmet risottos, and a fun martini line up bears names like "Orgasmic Catz," combining raspberry vodka, Cointreau, Champagne, lime and cranberry. For... more

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May 08, 2010

Elegant, airy and beautiful.

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February 04, 2010

See our calendar of live music events, and our dinner menu.

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English
2.5 star rating
Martini Toronto August 25, 2010
Fun

Good food, reasonable prices and great entertainment (I think the band's name was Soular)

Editorial Reviews from the web
English
November 12, 2013

This "cosy" Midtown "gem" is a "cool" destination "to watch jazz" with its "comfortable" exposed-brick quarters, "kinda small" (but "always busy") dance floor and live combos that "get the place rocking"; solid bartenders serve up midpriced drinks aplenty, especially on weekends when it's "packed late."

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2.5 star rating
June 10, 2016

I went here with friends to celebrate my birthday. The food is absolutely horrible, but we didn't come here for the food--it was all about the music. And the music was fantastic. There was a live band...not sure of the name, and a great DeeJay. They played all old school music (70s, 80s, 90s) and we couldn't help but get up and dance. We pretty much danced all night, until the DeeJay started... more

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2.5 star rating
April 08, 2016

We celebrated a birthday there. We had made reservations, so got a great booth (spacious, unlike some of the other tables).
We were not rushed at all, our service was prompt and attentive. Our appetizers and meals were very good. (Mussels, spinach dip, stuffed chicken and giant ravioli).
Our only complaint was that wine list was not up to date, but we were offered a comparable wine to our... more

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2.5 star rating
March 11, 2016

Terrible service, 3 course meal took about hour in between courses.
And that's why I guess they bring you your bill with tip included. Never will spend my money here again.

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2.5 star rating
February 08, 2016

I was there recently with a group of 5 for Winterlicious. We were passed a few times by other staff before anyone acknowledged us. Service was extremely slow despite the fact that the restaurant was relatively busy. Our server would serve food to half our table before moving onto another table.

We were prepared to tip according to the service we received, but unbeknownst to us, an automatic... more

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2.5 star rating
February 03, 2016

Came for Winterlicious everything was good not exceptional but we were happy enough until the tacky 20% mandatory gratuity charge with the bill-there were two of us! We usually tip well but it was such a turn off to have it forced on us that we will not be going back here. Such a shame you are probably losing potential repeat customers over this even though that's what Winterlicious is... more

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2.5 star rating
January 30, 2016

My friend had her birthday dinner here on Friday - located on Yonge/Eglinton area. It also coincided with Winterlicious. We were a large group - maybe 10 or so. They told my friend that after she confirmed reservations that any no shows would incur a $25 charge for her.

I haven't been here for 10 or so years...I was actually surprised it was still here....and when I walked in, it hadn't... more

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2.5 star rating
December 12, 2015

I went here last night for a friend's birthday and the food was just okay, the wait staff were fine but the people who managed the place were incredibly rude. I understand that some of our party didn't show up and they were concerned about selling the empty seats but don't interrupt and ruin our meal by rudely and blatantly scolding at us about it. If you wanted to voice your concern, you... more

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2.5 star rating
September 20, 2015

I've been here a few times during the past year and every time I had fun! It's a great restaurant and in the evenings there's great entertainment. I particularly enjoyed TAXI. I hosted a birthday party here in January and everyone had a great time. Everyone dances after 11, and the ambiance is always a blast!!

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2.5 star rating
August 18, 2015

Cool atmosphere but terrible service. There was maybe 3 tables that were occupied in the whole place, not busy at all but still took 10 mins for the waiter to come to us. We told him we just wanted drinks. We drank our first beer and he just didn't come back. We waited over half an hour after finishing our beers to get more before we went to the bar and paid the bill and left. Terrible terrible... more

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2.5 star rating
May 06, 2015

I wish I could give this place no stars.
A group of us went to Alleycatz for my sister's bachelorette on the recommendation of a local business owner.
Even making the reservations before I should have known what we were getting into. The manager John was rude on the phone telling me that if we didn't have as many people as we made a reservation for, we would be charged for leaving empty seats,... more

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2.5 star rating
February 19, 2015

Went in to see a live performance... Ambience was dark and a good place for a date... Crowd is mature... Ordered a pasta... Kinda steep pricing... Portion was moderate... Taste was whatever... I think this place has guaranteed business so they don't put the most effort. Didn't hate it but nothing I am drooling over. Their sexy spaghetti was just OK looking if u ask me.

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2.5 star rating
February 10, 2015

Gut-wrenchingly bad service. I mean, she was nice and everything, and she seemed cool, but holy hell... HO-LEE HELL. I honestly can't remember a time I got even close to service that bad ever before. And I'm including from disgruntled employees in 2-star Cuban resorts who don't speak English. It was honestly so bad it was good though, like, it's a real lasting memory... I feel like I was on one... more

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2.5 star rating
February 06, 2015

It's a busy time during Winterlicious! My friend had her birthday dinner here and we had a big group. The restaurant was packed because there was live music band later in the evening. We fit like 20+ people at the back wall tables, there was a little gap between another group of tables with waiter/waitress walking back and forth with food. I was so scared that they were going to drop the plates... more

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2.5 star rating
January 20, 2015

Rating is 2.5 stars
We came for our 16th wedding anniversary. I can't rate the food since the food was from SPACCO as we unknowingly went on a night that their kitchen was closed. Food was good but not happy they they charged an automatic 20% tip. Service was friendly but very very slow considering there were only 2 tables occupied. Seemed very expensive even with a 56% off coupon... We only... more

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2.5 star rating
January 20, 2015

I've been here about 3-4 times, once was during winterlicious, the food was really good, the service was really good the drink menu was not that great
The other times we've went at night, live music, lots of dancing, very fun
Salsa/merengue/bachata lovers this is a good place to go when you are in the area of maybe after a date night after the movies to spice things up and mover el cuerpo ayyyy

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2.5 star rating
December 28, 2014

I my friend made reservations for this place for a saturday night. Owner (man) she spoke to on the phone was extremely rude. She mentioned that she may have a few extra people and he said they would have to stand and anyone who doesnt show up he will charge $80 per person. After this kind of treatment we started looking at other places to go to and when we called to cancel the owner laughed and... more

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2.5 star rating
Trendy and casual upscale and jazz
August 18, 2014

I had a chance to perform at this casual bistro and was glad I did. The room is nicely decorated, the menu light and tasty and the service friendly and attentive. This restaurant features live jazz and R&B most nights and has a solid local following which I took advantage of. Polite and appreciative clientele. The entrance is tucked in... more

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2.5 star rating
Good experience but some left hungry
July 31, 2014

It was a nice place and the atmosphere was fairly decent. The good was really good but the portions for the price did not suit alot of my guests. I took about 10 people there for a casual dinner and gathering and four stated that they had to get food after we left, because they did not feel full.
It... more

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2.5 star rating
July 22, 2014

I think one star is the lowest I could go but if I could, I would give it half a star. My friends came from Calgary and love jazz so we had gone to Rex's on Queen street during their visit the month before. My expectation for Alleycatz was pretty low but I was still disappointed. When we first got there, they told us to take a seat anywhere. There was a 30 minute wait until the server came to... more

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2.5 star rating
July 15, 2014

3.5 stars. It's hard to rate this place and I'll tell you why. First impression is a nice quiet and cute atmosphere. We got the summerlicious menu. Both apps were "okay" but nothing special. The entrees were actually quite good. The desserts were "meh". But for $25 each I would say it was worth it. The only issue I had with this, was that they included tip onto your bill automatically even... more

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2.5 star rating
June 16, 2014

What a fun spot!

Hosted a bachelorette here last night and it was a great time. The food was elegantly presented and tasted wonderful, our large party of 17 was served quickly and together with no mistakes. The atmosphere was pleasant during dinner and lively afterwards, making for a fun night.

The staff was fantastic, with polite and efficient service. Gary, our server/restaurant manager,... more

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2.5 star rating
needs a major reno
April 25, 2014

The pictures are deceiving - it's old and dated, the bathrooms were gross - after being there for
only 10 minutes, we decided to leave and go to the great Italian restaurant a few doors down. We would not eat the food for fear of getting sick. All of the restaurants in the area were busy and there was hardly... more

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2.5 star rating
Our anniversary visit
April 18, 2014

The music was great. A great DJ and a live band - their break time was too long and they were late to start by 45 mins! The food portion got a lot smaller! The dessert was so tiny! The cheesecake was too thin to stand right up! The tip was already included in your bill, which was quite high... more

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2.5 star rating
Terrible service
April 11, 2014

Worst service I have ever experienced, will not be eating here ever again.

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2.5 star rating
April 06, 2014

I don't give one-star ratings often, but FOOD POISONING will aid in achieving that!

Seriously, the fiancee and I were feeling pretty good tummy-wise before and we mostly ate simple home-cooked food before the dinner here. And AS SOON as we got up from the table post-meal, we agreed that we were feeling a little uncomfortable. We initially chalked it up just a heavy case of itis - we had just... more

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2.5 star rating
March 16, 2014

Came with ultra-low expectations due the location, but even those expectations were dashed. In the heart of the dining wasteland of Toronto, where everyone has lots of money but not a lot of taste.

Was not expecting a hipster bar, but was hoping that at least service would be able redeem mediocre food. That did not happen.

I had the steak salad, the server took the trouble to ask me how I... more

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2.5 star rating
March 16, 2014

Good food and amazing entertainment. It's great for date night or a night out with good friends.

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2.5 star rating
Went here for a friend's engagement celebration
March 07, 2014

Went to this place for a friend's engagement party. Everyone was told they had to order off the dinner menu (at $25 fixed price) or they would have to pay 10 dollars. Manager was rude and threatening to my friends who were there to celebrate their engagement after they told him that they were not told these things beforehand. He... more

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2.5 star rating
They tried to kill me with Salmonella
March 02, 2014

I'm beyond p@!%!d off about my March 1, 2014 experience at Alleycatz (my first time there too). Long story short, they served me RAW CHICKEN and between the waitress and owner, John, no one wanted to take responsibility for the screw up. Everyone was trying to point the finger at someone else, and the waitress had the nerve to insinuate... more

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2.5 star rating
Extremely rude manager
February 22, 2014

Went here with a group of friends and was forced to order off a $25 price fixed menu. The manager was extremely rude to my friends celebrating their engagement. Will never return. Food was prepared from a frozen stock and simply reheated.

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2.5 star rating
Terrible-stay away
February 22, 2014

My fiance and I booked a table for 20 people to celebrate our engagement with some of our closest friends. We were told that we had to reserve our table by credit card but that it would not be charged and that it was just kept on file for a reservation. We were also told that for groups over a... more

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2.5 star rating
They even ruin the best of celebrations
February 22, 2014

If I could put NO STARS I would. WORST Experience of my life. They ruined my friend's engagement party. They lie, steal your money, hold your credit card hostage.
The manager is rude and yelled at the host (my friend) in front of everyone. The host had to request the manager take them aside, so they weren't publicly humiliated. They... more

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2.5 star rating
Terrible service....would not go there again
February 22, 2014

The bar needs to be more transparent about their pricing. I had a reservation for about 20 ppl and they mentioned that there was a specific menu used for large parties which is fine but that is all I was informed of. What I learned upon arrival is that every one had to buy something off of this menu or... more

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2.5 star rating
February 16, 2014

What a bust, they don't even play jazz at all. Somehow their waitress thought we where wistling at them and they started to throw everything at our table without any real reason to do it. We even asked for a match box and they threw it to our table from three meters away, won't ever go to this place again. I talked to the manager and he tried to put the waitresses bad service on us, it was the... more

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2.5 star rating
Disappointed
February 15, 2014

First time at alleycatz and I have to say I was disappointed. The ambiance was nice for valentines day. The menu was fixed so everyone had the mains as their choice. I started with a soup which was fantastic. Then came the mushroom ravioli in rose sauce. That was good. Needed more salt. Then came the worst part of the... more

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2.5 star rating
Worst experience thanks to waiter/manager Gary
January 31, 2014

I will never go to this place again. This was the worst experience I ever had in my life, Waiter, named Gary, was serving our table. He was rude and unprofessional.
My friend bought coupon 20 for 45$ and invited me to this place for a dinner. Gary was not happy to see our coupon. After long discussion with the... more

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2.5 star rating
Their food could be good if it can arrive hot
September 15, 2013

Alleycatz has been an uptown locale known for its live music – a variety of jazz, R&B & funk and top 40 in between sets. Having visited twice, both times I can’t help joining everyone on the dance floor after a bottle of wine. The crowd is always an eclectic mix, but everyone seems be there for a good time... more

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2.5 star rating
August 13, 2013

Amazing! Lovely ambience and the food was awesome. Had the salmon and the wife had salad which was one of the best we have had!

Def come back again to sample the other dishes on the menu

Kudos to the chef

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2.5 star rating
August 13, 2013

The best thing about this place was the live band. Don't go to alleycatz for the food. I made the mistake of ordering the lobster ravioli, not only did it taste store bought but I spent $20 on four pieces; no salad, no bread sticks, just four pieces of mediocre ravioli. The service wasn't that great either, deciding to go for the regular menu instead of the summerlicious menu, our server... more

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2.5 star rating
great food, great entertainment
July 14, 2013

Food was great, staff very friendly and attentive....The Jazz band, excellent! will definitely go back again.

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2.5 star rating
May 13, 2013

We love Alleycatz!!

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2.5 star rating
Live Music
May 11, 2013

We went to alleycatz for my birthday. Food is good (no raves), Music is loud as in disco... the "Soular" group was playing ok... (No Diana Ross there) ... all in all it is an inexpensive night out that needs good friends to make it a fun evening.

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2.5 star rating
Fun, friendly and really good eats
May 06, 2013

I recently organized 75 co-workers and friends for an evening out to dine and dance at Alleycatz. Our server, Nicole, was outstanding and handled the crowd with ease. Food arrived to the right diners in a timely manner and it was delicious and hot. I had called John, the owner/manager beforehand to warn him that there would be a few... more

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2.5 star rating
April 13, 2013

All I did was order fries and my girlfriend had a salad. The fries were okay, a bit small, but still alright.

The thing that really bothered me was the kitchen. I caught a glimpse of it on the way to the bathroom. Oh, the bathroom by the way, exudes a distinct odor that can be smelled ALL THE WAY by the kitchen! It was really nasty. It was so unclean.

The kitchen itself was very dirty... more

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2.5 star rating
fun in the past...terrible now
March 17, 2013

previously a great place to have a good night and listen to some great live music. bar is expensive but the music compensates...unless you drink like a fish. wanted to re-live the good times recently and try their food as well. made a reservation for 2. walked into the restaurant at 8pm, lots of big groups, cool vibe but our... more

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2.5 star rating
Don't think I'd go back
January 29, 2013

We went for the Winterlicious menu (2013) so perhaps things are different at other times. Food was 5/10. I had bass with a mango chutney and rice. my husband had the beef shank. No flavour really. Tiny portions... We were still hungry. So we ordered a spinach & artichoke dip. Not great either. For $10 they brought out a tiny... more

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2.5 star rating
Wow
January 26, 2013

We had a wonderful evening. great food, great service and awesome band. Lady K was just great and made us dance all night. Would go back anytime I'm in Toronto.

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2.5 star rating
Worst Surprise Birthday/Engagement Party Venue
January 22, 2013

My best friend held a surprise party for me for my birthday and my fiance for our engagement. She was made to pay a fee to reserve the table for the whole night; having paid the fee and confirming the amount of guests ahead of time, the restaurant still was unable to provide us with a large enough table. Once... more

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2.5 star rating
Not hungry, like to waste your money this is the place for you
October 25, 2012

This is one of those places where you spend quite a bit to leave hungry. The surf and turf special was a tiny piece of "steak" and two small and ordinary shrimp. Soggy veggies and literally three slices of potato made up the rest of the meal. The feature soup french onion had 5 bits of cheese - sunk on... more

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2.5 star rating
Good food packed bar
October 21, 2012

I have been to Alleycatz a handful of times over the last couple of years - great central location for subway and taxi's. Food is good, portions aren't very large but tasty.
The bar gets totally packed quickly so go a little early to get a good spot also Saturday nights they have a live band that plays current music... more

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2.5 star rating
Flavourless disappointment
July 16, 2012

Calamari was dry and not seasoned at all even with loads of the mayo it was served with, lemon and salt and pepper it was barely even worth a dollar. Risotto was okay, Buger was $17 but wasn't worth half that- underseasoned yet again. If one serves burgers one should also have all condiments on hand...the waitress informed us that... more

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2.5 star rating
Great atmosphere, great music, great food
July 15, 2012

I have been to Alleycatz twice. On both occasions for a Birthday dinner. The last I went was especially amazing. The foods was great - Summerlicious menu - the rib steak was great, the chocolate brownie/ice cream dessert was great. The salad was a bit too vinegary, but I find that happens at a lot of restaurants. I also had... more

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2.5 star rating
Awesome Summerlicious menu
July 07, 2012

We went on the first Summerlicious day to taste their menu. Overall the atmosphere was awesome, they do have excellent live music and their food was exceptional. It was a great value for money, 25$ for a 3 course dinner each. The best item on the menu was a Braised short ribs prepared excellently, very tender, great flavor. We also... more

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2.5 star rating
January 13, 2012

My girlfriend and a few other people I know got drugged at this bar. I was not impressed.

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2.5 star rating
Loved the environment
January 12, 2012

Great venue for the entire family :) Live band and friendly staff with good food.

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2.5 star rating
Surprisingly good pizza
January 11, 2012

and sandwiches and reasonably priced. Nice service too...great in the summertime too. Lots of choices on tap. Good buy/choice.

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2.5 star rating
Good music and good food
August 17, 2011

We went here on a Wednesday night and loved it. The band 'Grayceful Daddies' was excellent. It's very romantic to have dinner while listening to some good old jazz covers. I highly recommend the butternut squash gnocchi and my husband loved the champini burger. Our waiter was funny and very cheerful which added to the night. The place is great... more

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2.5 star rating
Fun and hip for dinner and dancing
December 23, 2007

A few weeks ago I went to Alleycatz at Yonge and Eglinton for a friends birthday. Alleycatz is a restaurant/lounge in the heart of the Yonge/Eglinton district serving a moderate selection of food for dinner in the evening, then opened up to a more club like environment at night with a live band. FOOD: Great! The menu, while not overly large, does have something to offer most people, even those... more

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2.5 star rating
December 31, 2006

I went to AlleyCatz to celebrate my upcoming nuptials with a few friends and I was far beyond disappointed. Where do I begin? Maybe I’ll start with the atrocious service. Whenever we asked our ‘gracious’ waitress for assistance she responded with, “we don’t do that”. She was rude and seemingly annoyed with our presence and she even spilled a portion of my martini in my friend’s hair. ... more

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Business Description from the Web
English
August 08, 2014

Exposed brick and dark wood lends to the upscale ambience of this Yonge & Eg hangout. Nightly shows in a variety of genres including jazz, funk, soul, R&B, reggae, disco and Top 40. Extensive martini menu with fun names such as the Crazy Catz and the Wild Catz, as well as beer, champagne, red and white wines by the bottle and glass. Mediterranean-fusion menu of pasta, risotto and salmon. Smart... more

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July 19, 2014

Known for live jazz, this club also hosts blues & salsa nights, with an eclectic menu & martinis.

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November 04, 2013

Alleycatz Live Jazz Bar at Yonge and Eglinton is a Toronto swing destination, as well as a blues, R&B, funk and soul venue. On Monday night it hosts free salsa lessons. The restaurant also serves up eclectic Mediterranean-inspired menus, and participates in Summerlicious.

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August 20, 2013

Alleycatz offers these services: restaurant.

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February 27, 2013

Best known by locals for its hip allure and trendy atmosphere, Alleycatz Restaurant & Lounge is a cozy and relaxing environment that draws in all the coolest guys and dolls in town. Though swinging, this cat is neither uptight nor pretentious. The mixed crowd of late-20's to mid-30's hipsters are there to savor the large selection of Mediterranean-inspired dishes, impressive wine list and a... more

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September 06, 2011

Hip catz roll through this alley. Most appropriately named, music lovers and food enthusiasts have made this a popular dining and party destination. A menu with Mediterranean flair features dishes such as Blackened Sea Bass and gourmet risottos, and a fun martini line up bears names like "Orgasmic Catz," combining raspberry vodka, Cointreau, Champagne, lime and cranberry. For an authentic... more

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February 04, 2010

With live music every night, you can have a martini at the bar, or a dinner of Mediterranean-fusion cuisine during performances of smooth jazz.Check out our Live Music Chart for weekly events at Alleycatz Live Jazz Bar.

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January 15, 2010

A fun jazz bar with different theme nights – including swing, salsa and smooth jazz. A great place to spend an evening with friends, enjoy a nice meal and good music. The menu runs from bruschetta, tempura shrimp and carpaccio to grilled alligator, linguine with sausage and peppers and steak frites.

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