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Stout Irish

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221 Carlton Street
Toronto, ON  M5A 2L2

(647) 344-7676

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June 15, 2019

Located in the heart of Cabbagetown, Stout Irish Pub awaits the palates of beer connoisseur alike.

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March 29, 2014

Specialties

Craft Beer is our specialty! Voted Toronto's Top 20 Beer Bars in Now Magazine, we have a passion for supporting locally produced and independent brewers. We even carry brews you won't find anywhere else in Ontario!

Voted Best Bar and Pub on Dine.to and listed numerous times in Toronto Life and The Globe and Mail as a choice food destination. Our menu also caters to Gluten-free,... more

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4 star rating
August 02, 2019

Honestly one of the best and intimate pubs in the city. Great drink choices from some of Toronto's local brewers, food is fantastic and the service is great. The added board games makes me happy this place is so close to home. Great spot for a date too.

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4 star rating
July 08, 2019

Great bartender on Tuesday July 9, made it a great second experience. The GLB beer was great. Tried my second donair, popular for some and well made.

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4 star rating
July 01, 2019

Good local pub... I've been a number of times and the food is consistent and reliable. They have a good selection of craft beers and ciders. Love the games you can bring to your table for a little more fun. Last, back patio is super cute and away from the noise of Carlton.

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4 star rating
June 19, 2019

I came for a beer, stayed for two more.

They have a nice selection of crafts and world famous brews. The staff were great and good banter.

I would like to come again to try the food.

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4 star rating
May 17, 2019

First time in town and this happened to my first stop. Had a great meal and real friendly and prompt service. Definitely reccommend

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4 star rating
April 18, 2019

Even though I live on Church and Dundas not in Cabbagetown...I have to say my girlfriend and I consider the Stout as our neighborhood pub. An elevated pub fare food with a genuine smile. I had to write a review due to SG's review of The Stout and why these diners glee in trying to hurt a business. A tough business with high cost and low financial returns. Alot of these savy entrepreneurs do... more

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4 star rating
March 30, 2019

In all my years of living in Canada i have never been kicked out of a restaurant. I have been to the stout on so many occasions, all of my black friends refuse to go there because of racial profiling and discrimination claims. Until it finally happened to me!! On my way to the stout irish pub yesterday on Carlton street, i stopped closed to the entrance of the pub to wait on a friend, when i... more

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4 star rating
January 15, 2019

Nice place. But subpar food. (Somehow, they managed to screw up a cheeseburger. On several occasions.) Mediocre beer selection. In a city packed with terrific pubs, there is no reason to spend time/money here.

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4 star rating
December 30, 2018

Fun event nights such as trivia nights brings in a good crowd. Good food, great service. Always a fun time! Nice addition that they have a bunch of board games at the front for use by their customers. Love that!

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4 star rating
December 28, 2018

Outstanding service! Great bartender. Fish and chips: GROSS. It looks like lies. Deceiving as it's not crispy but doughy and mush. Beer? Meh. Ok the fries are decent but not delicious. I flat out told the bartender "it was just not good". I ate two bites and couldn't even. Ehh. Poor fish never got to live up to their goals. My fish died for no reason, not delicious and trash.

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4 star rating
October 04, 2018

Favourite spot in Cabbagetown. Their lunch specials are arguably the best in the city.

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4 star rating
September 27, 2018

First time here. Cozy place to grab a pint and a bite to eat. Lamb sliders and the shepard's pie were to die for. Staff is charmingly friendly, highly recommend.

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4 star rating
September 26, 2018

I'm from Ireland and I love this place. Feels like a real Irish pub. The food is really great, service is awesome and it is officially our new local.

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4 star rating
August 02, 2018

Popped in to meet up with an old friend. I enjoyed my visit. I liked my food but I can't remember everything. The 4 rating is s bit stale but I trust my judgement for when I started it. I will definitely go back if I am looking for a place in the neighborhood but I guess I wouldn't drive across the city. I do recall they had an incredibly inviting interior. I think if I was in the neighborhood... more

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4 star rating
July 13, 2018

Been here many times. It's a great neighbourhood spot, excellent beer list, friendly staff. Definitely a nice vibe. I had one visit that was less than stellar and the effort management went to in order to ensure I was satisfied was really noteworthy and appreciated. As for the food, the nachos are amazing (they put refried beans along the bottom and some kind of delicious tex mex flavouring).... more

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4 star rating
June 07, 2018

Great customer service. The fish and chips were divine with a side of gravy. I was in Heaven!

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4 star rating
June 07, 2018

They had an amazing cherry Pommies. I had it with the cherry cheesecake. Yummy! My husband had a flight of Amsterdam, Collective Arts, and 2 Shackland Mezza beers. We have walked by hundreds of times and today we went in. I'm glad we have. Everyone is very friendly!

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4 star rating
January 13, 2018

Really enjoyed my dinner at the Stout Irish Pub. Staff were friendly and attentive, atmosphere was comfortable. I had the Mac and Cheese, and it was great - the side salad was very good too. Allan had salmon, and said it was good too. We also had Apply Strawberry pie for dessert and it was warm and great. And reasonably priced too.

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4 star rating
September 30, 2017

Had the Smokey Stout Burger. Absolutely delicious. Meat was great quality. Only disappointment - being charged a dollar when I asked for mustard. Am I being nickled and dimed? Or punished for liking a little mustard on my burger?

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4 star rating
September 28, 2017

Was at Stout the other night, and it was as good as always. We had a new server, very friendly and helpful.
I must admit, I love this place.
An ever changing beer menu, and good staples while still doing interesting and always tasty specials.

Always a mixed crowding Wednesday we were in between the supper crowd and groups coming in from their evening leagues of whatever.

Staff was hoping but... more

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4 star rating
April 01, 2017

Yeah, this place is a real Irish pub because they do have a massive beer selection, with so many varieties to numerous to even try to name. And it's not as if it's a dozen different types of lagers and pilsners either. They have a genuine variety of all types, including stouts of course and many adventurous offerings.

They ensure to have pub favourites on their menu, and even the shepherd's... more

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4 star rating
December 04, 2016

The food is horrible I won't recomand ordering any food at this establishment. Drinks are over priced for the location. Complete total disappointment.

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4 star rating
July 05, 2016

My colleagues and I had went for a celebratory dinner at Zakkushi; it was still early so we decided to look around for a place to enjoy a pint. We decided on Stout Irish Pub. From the exterior, this place looks like an average Irish pub. I wasn't expecting much; however, as we walked in and went to the patio ... wow! It was so cute and cozy; the astro-turf was a good touch. I love the ambiance... more

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4 star rating
March 14, 2016

I've walked by here many times and recently read they had great shepherd's pie so we decided to try it out. It was an OK experience - nothing overly exceptional to write about.

The atmosphere is nice - very cozy with a fireplace and some comfortable chairs. When we walked in, I thought I would love the place.

We sat down and I quickly realized this visit was probably going to be mediocre.... more

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4 star rating
February 12, 2016

3.5 STARS

Looking for a place to chill after dinner at Kanpai a group of friends and I decided to cross the street and check this place out. It was busy on a Saturday night - no surprise there, but we managed to get a table.

The ground floor has a fireplace and a few tables. The second floor is tables all crammed in to the point of it becomes kinda uncomfortable if you have to get up and try... more

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4 star rating
February 05, 2016

The 5-star rating for this visit is driven primarily by atmosphere and service.

We happened to be downtown, early on a Saturday evening. Not super hungry but looking for a good place to have a drink and chat. We'd both been to Stout in the past, but it's been a while. Remembering their great selection of beers, and hoping we wouldn't be waiting in a line to get in, we popped over. Such a good... more

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4 star rating
January 31, 2016

This place is cozy and comfortable. Gets a little noisy when it's busy, but not a big deal. There's a variety of seating on 2 levels. There are TVs, if you're looking for sports, if not, there's BOARD GAMES! Every board game you can think of, even Cards Against Humanity.

The beer selection is fantastic. It's hard to pick. The beer menu is almost as large as the food menu. Nachos and perogies... more

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4 star rating
January 31, 2016

After having dinner at Kanpai just down the street we were looking for a place to have a few beers and Stout was the place. This is one of the few places where the beer menu looks like a food menu and vice versa. The food menu is a smaller black covered thin pamphlet compared to the beer menu which is a full blown, full sized, categorized, organized and graphically engineered piece of art.

OK... more

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4 star rating
November 13, 2015

Worst food on the face of the planet.  I thought I would order the one thing off the menu that couldn't possibly go wrong, and sure enough, it did.  Staff are too busy to take an order from you even though the place is empty, owner walks around with a sour puss look on her face.  Prices are ridiculous all things considered.  Don't even waste your time with this dump.  Complete waste of money... more

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4 star rating
November 08, 2015

Came here on Friday after a meal at Kingyo. Nice little Irish spot in Cabbagetown. I had a Call if Cluthulu Stout that was delicious! Nice hints of fruit to cut the stoutness of the beer. The server was nice enough to give me both a sample of that and the red ale that I was debating between. Great little touch to help me make the right choice. I'd love to go back.

Recommended.

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4 star rating
August 22, 2015

The biggest selection of cider I have ever seen at a pub. I don't drink beer ( if you do the selection is huge as well) so having more than one kind of cider available is a real treat! Only one is on tap but it's a good local one... Thornbury... Delicious. But if you are sick of that there are a whole bunch of other options in cans and bottles.

The food is fine. It seems they have changed the... more

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4 star rating
June 12, 2015

The Stout gets points for not being a chain like all the other fake Irish/English pubs dotting Toronto. It used to be a favorite haunt of mine eating there at least monthly, unfortunately the quality has noticeably slipped over the last year.

The FOOD: They previously had an awesome burger. They were one of the very few establishments in Toronto that would cook a burger to order.... more

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4 star rating
June 11, 2015

If you want some comfort food and enjoy some friendly trivia competition, you have to visit Stout. The food is made for sharing, so order some dishes and share with your friends!

FOOD
Mad Mac $13 (Recommended) - Cheesy goodness on a plate and house-made ketchup? You can't go wrong with this comfort food dish. They prepare this dish with 3 different types of cheeses (Asiago, cheddar, smoked... more

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4 star rating
May 31, 2015

Stout is a solid choice for good pub food!
Cozy atmosphere in the winter and a cute patio in the summer, service is good!
I was disappointed in the brunch I had there recently but I've always enjoyed the dinner options.

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4 star rating
There's still places that allow smoking?!?!? That's crazy and illegal
August 12, 2014

My friends and I went to celebrate a birthday and wanted to sit on the patio. No one greeted us at the door, I have a walker and they have stairs that lead up to another level then down stairs again to get out to the patio and not one staff member offered to help carry it up or down... more

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4 star rating
Great selection of ($$$) beer, and good ($$$) food
August 04, 2014

I went for a friend's bday here as he likes his beer. They have a large selection of beer which is great for beer drinkers. The prices are a bit on the higher end, and they don't really offer as many pub deals as other local pubs in the area... so you really do want to come here if you... more

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4 star rating
Uncooked pot pie/Rude staff
August 04, 2014

My husband and I were in here a while back and were disappointed. We ended up going back again, thinking maybe it was a one off and given that we live in the area. Always nice to have options.
Well experience the 2nd time was worse than the first. Rude staff and service. Food was dreadfully awful. Uncooked chicken pot... more

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4 star rating
Cozy neighbourhood pub
July 10, 2014

I happened into Stout Irish Pub just as happy hour was starting. I was warmly greeted and welcomed. Both the regular menu and the beer menu have so many options including happy hour specials, it's hard to choose.
I settled upon a pint of Murphy's Irish Stout, often hard to find, and a grilled veggie sandwich. I was very satisfied... more

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4 star rating
Even with only one server, AWESOME
June 18, 2014

I ventured into this pub on a beautiful afternoon in Toronto. They have a fun outdoor seating area in back, board games for you and your friends to enjoy, and a great atmosphere. I ordered the $20 burger deal - burger and pint which was excellent. I had never tried poutine before, so I added that to my order. WOW!!!... more

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4 star rating
Great place to have a beer
May 31, 2014

We really enjoyed our visit to Stout. The two female bartenders were so welcoming. They even recognized us when we returned for a second visit! I loved the beer selection and so enjoyed kicking back and relaxing in a friendly pub. It was just what we were looking for after the stodgy bars in the downtown Toronto area. Prices were... more

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4 star rating
service was meh... prices average.. try somewhere else
April 28, 2014

over prices and we felt snubbed ... dont know if it was bc there was 12 of us.. or maybe staff was just not caring...dunno... more

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4 star rating
Fun and friendly night of trivia
April 22, 2014

After many weeks on the road backpacking and such our pub trivia withdrawals were at an all time high. In order to quench this burning thirst for trivial we googled and sought out the Stout Irish Pub. We were greeted as though we were regulars and quickly settled into a well organised and overall fun night of trivia. The food... more

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4 star rating
Great place for food and drinks
April 20, 2014

Had an excellent time here. The food was delicious and the drinks were great. My boyfriend especially liked the selection of beers on tap. The Stout burger was fantasic. The atmosphere is relaxed and they have boardgames :) Definitely recommend it!

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4 star rating
A great favourite
January 31, 2014

Stout is my local favourite pub - thankfully I live down the street so I can enjoy it on a weekly basis. The staff are extremely friendly, remember the locals, and are always quick to serve. The food is great and the beer selection is even better! If you want the best deal, be sure to arrive between 4-7pm EVERYDAY... more

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4 star rating
Popular pub
January 23, 2014

Stout was 2 doors away from the b n b i stayed at so it was more than convenient. Large selection of specialty beers, and the menu had beefy large portion sizes :)

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4 star rating
My Local
January 21, 2014

Great pub, great atmosphere, great staff. Very local, charming with a real pub feeling. Not one of those fake money makers chain type of pub.
I go there on a weekly base for the atmosphere, I live right by; going there feels like an extension of my flat. I bring my grade 1 kids from time to time and we... more

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4 star rating
Incredible beer selection and cozy seating options
December 09, 2013

4-7 happy hour ($5 select appies and beer) plus a lovely fireplace, lots of cozy seating options and the most massive beer selection I have seen outside of Europe.
Service was prompt and friendly, the food was good - huge portions but lacking in a little flavour. There are also loads of games and magazine offered so you can stay... more

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4 star rating
November 06, 2013

If you want a Pub with the focus on "beverages" Stout is the pub for you, they have an incredibly deep drink menu. Their food was above par also, until lately. If food alone is your focus, then Stout may disappoint.

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4 star rating
Excellent discovery - best beer selection in T.O
September 26, 2013

Had a business meeting in the area, saw the amazing beer list and dropped in for a late lunch. Shared the Irish Nachos which were superb but really blown away by the service and knowledgeable staff. That really made this a place I want to come back to.

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4 star rating
September 06, 2013

My friends and I came to Toronto for vacation and this bar made our weekend! Great atmosphere, cool games, great service and DELICIOUS BEER.

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4 star rating
August 06, 2013

A little expensive, but it's a really cool pub. They have a really good selection of beers and board games. You have to give up your ID to get Cards Against Humanity, I guess too many people were taking it home.

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4 star rating
August 06, 2013

Have dined here several times and enjoyed it each time save for the last. They took the turkey burger off the menu, the fish and chip serving was half the size of previous visits and the request for crispy fries fell on deaf ears. We all have bad days I guess.

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4 star rating
August 06, 2013

Went here twice as it's right in the heart of my neighbourhood. Food was decent and the beer selection was fantastic. Had some local gems.

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4 star rating
Great place to chill or have a meal
July 30, 2013

I dropped by here one night after out dancing (square dancing not that exciting) ... had a few brews and some "boston chowder." Now I've been to boston many times and this was nothing like their chowder, very watery and tomato-e. The funny thing though is it was AMAZING. I kind of wish I had come back for a more... more

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4 star rating
Home sweet home
June 07, 2013

Toronto has so many pubs, bars and restaurants. This one is one of my favorite pubs. It is the only one that I've been that make me feel at home. The staff is great, so friendly and provide great service. They are always smiling and they know how to make you feel welcome. This place has a heart and the... more

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4 star rating
Warm and welcoming
May 27, 2013

Excellent beers and quality pub food; the Irish nachos are very good, the sweet potato fries are perfect and the deep fried sour pickles are to die for. The staff are friendly and very efficient. A great place to meet and have a drink with friends.

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4 star rating
Stout staff some of the very best in Canada
April 24, 2013

I travel all over this great nation for work. I live in the west (Yukon, Alberta, BC) and I don't know Toronto all that well. I had a week's stay in Toronto in Cabbagetown and checked out this "local pub". The staff and friendly and personable, I ask them about transit, sights, restaurants and they take the time to answer... more

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4 star rating
Great Presentation but Wow Factor ended there
April 07, 2013

I walk by this Pub often but never try, until now. Great location on Carlton St. on the edge of Cabbagetown with a cozy living room feel with the fireplace and windows that look onto the street, an upper area in the back around the bar area. Dinner was quiet, with only 3 or so other tables but we were... more

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4 star rating
Great selection of Europe beers
April 07, 2013

I like that there was ample choice of brews and beers. A cosy spot with a nice fireplace as you walk in. They also have lots of games you can play. Atmosphere was very friendly. Would go back again.

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4 star rating
March 06, 2013

Great food, not overly salted with lots of made on premises choices including cheesecake. Very good selection of beers and other. Just what an Irish pub should be.

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4 star rating
Highly recommend
January 12, 2013

Excellent pub staff exceptionally friendly and welcoming a stark contrast from the likes of an sibin pub or mcgugans. Food is great and amazing choice of beers to decide from. Enjoy going back each time always a good night.

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4 star rating
Home away from Home
December 23, 2012

Unfortunately, we found "Stout" on our last night! While we were having our first beer, we commented that it felt like having a beer in front of our own fireplace at home!! The beer selection is amazing and our waiter was amazingly helpful in suggesting a beer for our our tastes! We will definitely go back when we're in Toronto... more

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4 star rating
Great beer. Great Food
August 14, 2012

Around 21 draft taps to choose from. Lots of bottles from craft breweries. An incredibly knowledgable staff. they are all beer experts, and can guide you to a perfect choice. You won't find the major Canadian breweries here, just craft brews and imports. The menu from the kitchen is creative, inspiring and delicious. Hells Chicken Sandwich is mouth watering. Many... more

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4 star rating
All in all, a fun, fine experience
July 07, 2012

Stout specializes in local craft brews, but their taps, bottles and cans flow with favourites from around the world.
Somebody in the kitchen has a creative imagination. How else could you explain bacon-wrapped dates stuffed with curried peanut butter?
The house divides into three sections, each lively but with slightly varying ambiance. Grab one of the board games if you're... more

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4 star rating
Great place to eat
May 27, 2012

Excellent service--friendly and very professional, good food and a great atmosphere! Outdoor patio design does not match the great atmosphere of the indoor setting but that is a minor factor in an otherwise outstanding restaurant.

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4 star rating
Great local beer selection - try the 4, 5 oz samplers for under 8 dollars
May 09, 2012

Great menu with great options for vegetarians which is rare for a pub. I love that they have board games and cards to play. The tables at the front of the restaurant are next to big windows that fully open up to the road. I would totally recommend this restaurant.

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4 star rating
A great stop
April 07, 2012

This place was next to my b&b. The menu was great, fresh and modern with a pub backbone. I stopped in for a light lunch and had a really delicious well-conceived salad with roasted beets, along with a local rosé and some soft rolls. The place had a nice feel and I loved my lunch.

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4 star rating
Now a regular
March 13, 2012

Great atmosphere, great food, and a selection of beer (some of which can only be found at stout and very small batches).
The new owners have outdone themselves in creating a true pub atmosphere without needing to add gastro the front.

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4 star rating
Great beer selection, big plates
February 19, 2012

You will definitely be full. Very fun atmosphere, very UK. They have quizzes and board games. Award winning fish and chips (I've had better) but they were not a let down, just not as amazing as I anticipated! The decor is beautiful. Friendly staff too! And amazing beer selection. Local local local.

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4 star rating
Prices Steep, Food so-so
December 16, 2011

My friend recommended Stout because of the Cabbagetown location and beer menu. We went one Friday a week before Christmas 2011. At 5:00pm the room was full of workers having what I assume was after work libations.
You enter to a small main floor with a fireplace, piano and several tables as well as some comfy couches. There is a... more

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4 star rating
Upscale Irish Pub with Down to Earth Charm
November 09, 2011

This is a terrific place. On the surface, it's a typical Irish Pub on the outskirts of Toronto's Cabbagetown neighbourhood - and from the outside it looks no different than any other. But the resemblance ends as soon as you pass through the door. The lower level is a serene, comfortable living room with a fireplace and soft seating. Walk... more

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