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Rustic Cosmo Cafe

Posted by Megan / Posted on June 8, 2007

20070524_rusticcosmocafe.jpgRustic Cosmos Cafe, at 1278 Queen St W, is the kind of place you really want to like. It has warm welcoming decor, friendly staff, and bustles with cheerful patrons.


Unfortunately, after my visit the overwhelming feeling was actually one of 'just average'. There was nothing wrong with the food, it wasn't bad, it just wasn't great either. The brunch entree prices ranged from $7 - $10, which isn't particularly expensive, but also isn't cheap.

20070605_cosmos2.jpgAs for the service, admittedly I was there with a fairly large group of people and the server was friendly, but nonetheless, the service was inattentive at best. It was a series of little things, like not being updated on the status of our food (which took about an hour to arrive), or the fact that we were told we could have separate bills, then were presented with a bill that not only had everyone on a single bill, but was not itemized, making it difficult to figure out how much each person owed.

20070605_cosmos3.jpgAs for the food: The pancakes thick and fluffy, the eggs benny nice and runny (although, a bit light on the hollandaise for my tastes), the omelettes thick and full of chunky vegetables, the cowboy plate plentiful. But nothing stood out, it was all average.

20070605_cosmos4.jpgThe bottom line is, if I lived nearby it might be neat to be a regular because the staff really are a nice friendly bunch. But, since I don't live particularly nearby, I can't see myself going back.



steve / June 9, 2007 at 10:38 pm
ease up fella, average food sits well with anyone - especially breakfast
/ July 9, 2007 at 06:14 pm
Rustic Cosmo Cafe has been one of my fave's for years.It is one of Parkdale's staples and serves up some of the best food in the city, their eggs benny is to die for. Where else can you can you mix and match six different kinds?? Service is more than friendly and with such a large table you are lucky to have gotten a seat, there is usually a line up so getting your food in an hour is pretty good considering i have seen people wait that long for a table.
GO RUSTIC COSMO!!!! Megan doesn't know what she is talking about.
/ July 9, 2007 at 07:39 pm
It's amazing that you seem to have nothing better to do with your time than put down food that you can't even cook.
The cafe is comfy, the place has one chef, what are you expecting Spago's? The restaurant is packed most times, and I usually feel sorry for the chef who has 40 different meals going at the same time. So chill out, be nice. This blog seems personal rather than really trying to critique for change.
Patrick / July 9, 2007 at 07:49 pm
It's amazing that you seem to have nothing better to do with your time than put down food that you can't even cook.
The cafe is comfy, the place has one chef, what are you expecting Spago's? The restaurant is packed most times, and I usually feel sorry for the chef who has 40 different meals going at the same time. So chill out, be nice. This blog seems personal rather than really trying to critique for change. I would rather eat Rustics Breakfast than the stuff I make anyhoo, and I'm not a bad cook at all.
Brooke / December 29, 2007 at 05:32 am
very beautiful and very friendly people. The food is great and they make a mean espresso!Definitely a place i would visit again!

anonymous / August 1, 2008 at 05:00 pm
I'd have to agree with the blogger here. I work just around the corner and recently found this place. Apart from their one great soup - I think it's a tomatoe and asparagus, along with a specific panini - which has pesto, garlic, basil, tomatoe, and cheese - everything else is so so. The soup and paninia are AMAZING, and I had it 4 days in a row once even - but then when I tried to go for something else, it lacked the somethin somethin that makes you wanna go back. I really don't know what it is. maybe a different salad dressing, and more goodies int he salad, or less salt on the chicken that's in the sandwhich - but it really is a shame, because I wholeheartedly would go here every day.

great latte tho!
/ August 30, 2008 at 01:31 pm
I got a sticker to eat on my tomato in their "Cowgirl". I didn't complain then, and I'm not really complaining now. Average is a compliment. And the server did seem like a bit of a space cadet.
A Waiter / October 3, 2008 at 08:29 pm
Just looking at the photo I can see that the omelet you had was of the lazy, hammered, burned/well-done/over-cooked variety.

However something is to be said about bad customers too.

Restaurant reviews are everywhere and anyone thinks they can review a meal. The truth is though that if you haven't worked at a resto you have no idea what you're talking about.

Where are the customer reviews?

You say you came with a large group? How large? Strike one.

Split bills, trying to itemize and make sure everyone doesn't overpay? Strike two and three. People who need to itemize every little thing are often the people who tip poorly.

Food: Average. Customer: Poor.
Shanelle / May 14, 2009 at 02:00 pm
Wow, I love their food! My faves are the breakfast burrito and the curried mango sandwich, ABOVE average!

I love this place and can't believe this crap rating.
michael / June 12, 2009 at 04:18 pm
i LOVE the rustic cosmo!

the food makes you feel all warm inside and the folks who work there are friendly, attitude-free and care about our neighbourhood.

my faves: the portabello/asiago/roasted red pepper sandwich & making my own kind of grilled cheese
Marie / August 5, 2009 at 05:18 pm
I went to the rustic cosmo for the first time this weekend and was BLOWN away by the brunch! Eggs cooked perfectly the holandaise is actually made by hand!!!! Amazing as for service has anyone ever served in a breakfast joint? Refil after refil for every table white or brown? Sunny side up over easy over med over hard poached or scrambled? Bacon ham sausage? Not to mention getting Sat an overly NEEDY table fuck that shit rustic. Cosmo rocks woooooooooooooooo
TDowns / January 16, 2010 at 02:45 pm

While I usually frequent the Cosmic Cafe for a caffeinated beverage this morningI made the HUGE MISTAKE of staying for breakfast. It is simply outrageous to charge extra for raw yellow onion, and mushroom on a grill cheese which looked like it barely reached room temperature. I really don't care how relaxed the environment is in a restaurant is if the food is sub par and over priced I will feel jaded about the experience and reconsider returning or even speaking well of the establishment. I think the owners or management at the Cosmic Cafe should seriously look into revamping their menu, its the one thing holding this cozy restaurant back from being great.

walked out / January 21, 2010 at 09:47 pm
went there for brunch (or more correctly, tried to). sat at the counter and waited and waited and waited. after 15 min of waiting, without a server bringing me a menu or acknowledging my presence, i walked out.

the placed wasn't busy either.

smiley / November 28, 2010 at 12:31 am
I was there for a weekend brunch (just walked by, didn't know this place before). Didn't expect much but the cowboy something was satisfying. It may not have been a gourmet brunch, but it certainly hit the spot. If I were in the neighbourhood again I would certainly go back.
Ilikefood / December 22, 2010 at 04:10 pm
Went for lunch at Rustic Cosmo Cafe today. There were, 2 tables with about 3 people at the Cafe. The server was friendly and helpful. The food came quickly and both my date and I agreed we would go back. I had the chicken, avacado, brie sandwich and my date had a kick-ass omlette. Also, they make thier own jams. The jam was strawberry/banana, and it was tasty! Talked to the lady chef after the meal, very pleasent, nice demeanor. We had a few laughs. Great expereience, would go back again. Cheers
Paula / April 4, 2011 at 01:02 pm
WOW! I've never seen so many angry people. I was just told about this place and now after reading the great and worst reviews I'm dying to go! lolol...I especially love the comment ....."It's amazing that you seem to have nothing better to do with your time than put down food that you can't even cook" I guess you know the critic enough that she doesn't cook....? Classic!
lisa ross / June 3, 2012 at 09:03 pm
Rip Off.
This is what is reminded of with their "pay an extra dollar for jam".;feature=related

Next there will be an added charge on the ketchup packets, then an extra dollar for using the washroom. word.
vanessa / October 26, 2012 at 02:29 pm
Rustic is the best. I used to work half a block away and started going for the Rustic bagel sandwich. they now have the best club sandy in parkdale, and make a mean cheap caeser. i have been going there for 2 years now and i cant stop wont stop!
Gina / November 19, 2012 at 10:47 am
I must say this is one of the best places we have ate. The breakfast was great it tasted so fresh. We came here an hour away as our daughter recommended it. We need more places like this. Will be back.
Cactus / February 2, 2013 at 10:37 am
My girlfriend and I absolutely love this place. We've been going there regularly for a year and a half. We both have a few favorite dishes. I'm totally Hooked on their Monte Cristo sandwich. Highly recommend. Also amazing coffee.
Angelina / February 3, 2013 at 09:15 am
awful customer service rude and obnoxious! have been a regular over a year and can't take it based on principal!
James / April 8, 2013 at 02:13 pm
I have been going here for years. I am very suspicious of many of things written here.

I eat their bagel sandwiches regularly, and the staff is always friendly.

Places have off days, so do customers. This is a decent place to eat. It's that simple.
Sam / November 11, 2013 at 10:04 am
I love love love this restaurant. I've been going for years and is a staple in Parkdale.
Victoria S / June 7, 2014 at 06:06 pm
I say time for a new review! This place is the bomb and is insanely delicious. Go back - i dare you! it's so awesome!!!!!! you'll never find a better breakfast bagel!
Coureurdesbois / January 29, 2015 at 06:13 am
This review does not reflect the Cosmo at all. The staff are some of the friendliest people I have ever met. So warm and welcoming and always helpful. The food is well priced and delicious. I would recommend this place any day. Even took my patents here!! Love you always Rustic Cosmo. The BEC is so good!!

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