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Allen's

Posted by Staff / Listed on January 25, 2008 / review policy

Allen's
Allen's restaurant and pub on the Danforth has won over fans for years for it's juicy burgers. But the menu goes beyond the traditional pub fare and features options like crab cakes, capon wings and corn-meal crusted pizza.

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47 Comments

Maria / April 12, 2008 at 03:56 pm
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OMG, the chicken wings are amazing. I did a review a while ago: http://www.nakedknitgirl.ca/?p=1898
Harry / October 12, 2008 at 11:50 pm
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Absolutely the best hamburger I've ever had. I ordered rare with blue cheese, spare the lettuce and tomato. The beef was excellent (organic) from one of their local Ontario farmers who supply them. I've never had any like it before.
Anthony / November 1, 2008 at 05:38 pm
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I am fortunate to live near Allen's, but I am always on search for the best burger in Toronto. Riverdale has some competition: Dangerous Dan's, Burger Shoppe, and no doubt other establishments who from time to time put out a very good hamburger. Allen's hamburger is advertised according to an unsourced quotation that it is "reputed" to be one of Toronto's finest hamburgers, and it is technically "off-menu", since it is only referred to on the menue as available. Indeed it is one of the best burgers I have eaten. I will continue to expand my horizons in search of better, but it is always good to know that right around the corner is as damn near perfection as I may ever find.
chris / January 1, 2009 at 07:31 pm
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I went to Allens last week after seeing it on here so my son and I went down to try the cheese burger out and when I seen the bill over $10 for 1 burger is NUTS and it didnt even come with fries WTF the burger was ok but not for $10 this place is a RIPOFF and I will NEVER BE BACK (the price for the burger is not on the menu)you should really take this place off the list
katherine / January 9, 2009 at 04:42 pm
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chris, youre a huge idiot.

this isnt mcdonalds. all good burgers come with a price. Allens has the best burger ive ever had and is always cooked exactly how you ask for it. everything is always fresh and if you do want fries they also have amazing yukon gold chunky fries. allens does not deserve to be taken off the list what so ever, i think it deserves to be higher up.
Glog / January 12, 2009 at 05:47 pm
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Clearly Chris is an idiot..."when I seen the bill" ... lol, wtf man, are you some kind of country bumpkin? I can only think of 3 burgers less than $10 in this city that are worth eating and they sure as bleep aren't at places with a scotch list or menu of the caliber of Allen's.

On the plus side, he won't be back so we won't have to read anymore of his foolhardy claptrap.
william / January 22, 2009 at 05:32 pm
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Nobody has ever tried turtle jacks? they are located in Mississauga, Brampton and Woodbridge. They have many flavours and many other ways to cook your wings, baked fried, etc... Beats St. luis hands down. I take the drive to eat those wings... best in GTA
paul / February 20, 2009 at 03:12 pm
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William, do you work for turtle jack's? There is one near my parent's place in mississauga... awful service, bad food, bland strip-mall location, the list goes on. Nobody should go.
apetimberlake / April 13, 2009 at 06:22 pm
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LOL @William re. TurtleJacks.
Terrible.

I really want to try this place though!
jeff replying to a comment from Maria / June 9, 2009 at 03:55 pm
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The so-called best burger in Toronto was a huge letdown.
1. If you are going to ask customers how they want their burger cooked, you better cook it right. Mine was not even close.
2. Dijon mustard on a hamburger? Offensive.
3. Tomatoes with a nasty green core in the middle are not good.
4. The onion that came with my burger was just a regular yellow onion and it was easily an inch thick. Gross.
5. A wilted piece of romaine lettuce with a huge spine is not what anyone wants on their burger. Not even a rabbit.
6. I ordered cheddar, they did not tell me it was white.
This place is typical of Canadian restaurants who claim to have a good burger, they just try too hard to be fancy and end up with a pile of puke.
barb replying to a comment from chris / June 18, 2009 at 04:13 am
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the guy who complained about the $10 organic cheeseburger at allens is an ass... you really should take your kid to b.k....we don't want you at allen's anyway...
IL / June 22, 2009 at 05:01 pm
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I used to be a fan of Allens, however after the treatment I received this weekend, they will no long have my business, nor 30 of my friends, whom all frequent there often. Basically, We show up shortly after 8pm for dinner for a friends birthday with our 6 week old. We were promptly asked to leave upon arrival because the "owner doesn't allow kids after 8". I can understand a bar not allowing childen in after a certain hour, if its a bar. Allen's tries to pride its self on its food, and to reject us due to our 6 week old, is completely ludicrous. If it wants to be a gastro-pub, be prepred for parents with new borns who are in thier last vestiges of a social life to freqent it. Or give up trying to be a bar and restraunt. Good by Allens, you will not see me there again.
snook / August 8, 2009 at 12:04 pm
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IL: This rule is perfectly reasonable. A 6 week old has no business being in a restaurant like Allen's after 8pm. Hire a baby sitter and leave your infant at home. Other patrons would prefer to not have their dinner interrupted by the sound of your bawling baby.
sfb / August 13, 2009 at 12:11 pm
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Went there last night...patio is great and the food fantastic!
Yeah, a wee bit pricey for pub menu, but when you see/taste the food you'll have no complaints. My only gripe was the service...slow, less than friendly - she must have been having a bad day.
Bri / September 16, 2009 at 10:53 am
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Allens has truly a terrific burger, if you like it done to order. The fries are the best I've had in Toronto...but keep in mind my wife disagrees, as she prefers a "shoestring-type" fry to a chunky one. Allens is VERY busy most nights, and weekends (especially in winter) it's tough to find a seat. And prices ARE high for a pub...but the food is a cut above most pubs. The fish & chips are wonderful too.
Drew replying to a comment from jeff / September 30, 2009 at 05:11 pm
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Jeff - Send it back if you don't like it - don't complain about an experience if you had the opportunity to change it
Marko / October 3, 2009 at 09:00 pm
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I went to Allen's about a year ago. I ordered a burger with blue cheese on it and - if I recall properly - mushrooms. It was a very good burger. I will say that the blue cheese was over powering and I was unable to taste much else.

It depends on what your criteria is in choosing a burger. I like a flavorful patty that is, above all, juicy. Also, the bread to meat ratio has to be right.

I have had Lick's and found them to be a little too dry. Nothing that special. This evening I had Craft Burger and found it to be nothing that special either.

At this point, I like Apache the best. I find it to be flavorful and very juicy. I don't care if the patty is frozen because the final product is good.

I'm looking forward to trying Johnny Burger because I have read it to be the best on several web sites. We'll see.

I think the "best burger" is something we can only determine for ourselves by our own standards.

ryanna replying to a comment from chris / December 21, 2009 at 07:05 pm
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next time check out the price first!
is that 10.00 before tax or after.
I sell bacon burgers that include fries and
a drink for 9.50 + tx. and i get some complaints
guess it depends on how popular your establishment is
and who your guests are.
Andrew replying to a comment from IL / January 12, 2010 at 10:24 pm
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Why are you bringing you 6 month old to a bar at 8PM. Get a babysitter to take care of the kid. People don't want a 6 month old around at a bar. You decided to have kids so stay home and take care of them.
martin / February 14, 2010 at 05:52 pm
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best burger HANDS DOWN WINNER !! if you haven't tryed it yet. RUN ! don't walk. everyone that I've brought there so far agrees. ENJOY !
martin / February 14, 2010 at 05:53 pm
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HA ! HA ! I forgot to mention the name of the place. Funny! It's called CRAFT BURGER
L Fuentes / March 13, 2010 at 06:31 pm
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I always have a nice time out at Allens. The food is good and I love their extensive beer list. The chicken wings are unassuming but delicious.
Thomas M / May 7, 2010 at 12:14 am
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I went to Allen's a month ago and the service was horrible. It took so long for my burger to arrive and the waiters are a bunch of assholes and racist because I guess I was the minority there. Also that the place wasn't even full!! Seriously, try some other place instead because the service was terrible and the burger wasn't that special.
Jim Kelly / June 16, 2010 at 12:20 pm
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I used to enjoy the food at Allen's, but in the past year or so it seems like the quality has gone downhill. The beer-battered fish & chips I had last time was hard and overdone, and my friend didn't enjoy her meal either. Another visit proved disappointing as well. Too bad. Good bar, though.
KB / June 16, 2010 at 12:52 pm
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I agree with some other comments on here about the poor service at Allens. My friend and I went there on a weeknight around 8pm for a few drinks and even after making suere with the wait staff they were ok with us not eating they were very rude.

The worst part is that both my friend and I wrote the owner/manager of the restaurant (e-mail on their website) and never heard back.

That experience has put me off going back to try the food which I have heard is very good.
kyle woodley / September 17, 2010 at 05:30 pm
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Great burger but everything else about this place is kind of lacking. Good enough for a "What A Treat" rating on my burger blog. http://wheresthebeefto.blogspot.com/search/label/Allen%27s
val / April 11, 2011 at 03:07 am
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I personally had a great experience there. It was a busy Friday evening and despite being probably the youngest couple there, we still received good service. The burger and wings are highly recommended and they have a nice selection of draft beers. The only thing I didn't like was that my "side caesar salad" showed up as the dinner sized price on my bill. Oh well, here's my review http://burger-mouth.blogspot.com/2011/04/allens.html
Marti Maher replying to a comment from Anthony / June 1, 2011 at 03:09 pm
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Try the Green Dragon on Kingston Road just east of Balsam.

They have a fabulous 12 oz. burger.

(or divided into sliders 3 x 4 oz.)
Dave / December 28, 2011 at 10:57 am
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Allens has one hell of a burger. Fresh ground beef, perfect bun, has that real home burger feel. 110% recommend.
Jen / March 10, 2012 at 09:09 pm
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It's great that the place has a good burger, but that's hardly the main criterion for an Irish pub, IMO. Most of what I've had there was either bland or over-salted, and the management treats the staff horribly. It's too bad, because the back patio is gorgeous, but I refuse to eat here anymore.
Rebecca / April 30, 2012 at 03:16 pm
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I went to Allen's for their wings. When I got there I expected a huge wing selection with different sauces. Instead I found one wing option on the menu which put me off.

Once the wings arrived and I took my first bite I realized why there isn't such a big variety. What the give you is perfection and there is no need to change a thing. I have been to many wing places and this is definitely a spot I will return to when I have a craving!
karin / May 6, 2012 at 06:36 pm
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Attended Burns night for 5 years and service/food was excellent. Moved to the area 3 years ago. Went 4 times and the service was rude and uninformed, when they were available. Fish and chips: uncooked batter next to fish and outside was burned and hard; the oil had been too hot. After 20 min. found a staff member who finally got the hostess who, after an arrogant and condescending/overbearing statement about there being nothing wrong finally refunded the two fish orders which we had cut but not eaten. We left. Went back with 3 others from work and had burgers. They were red in the middle; we had all ordered well-done. Wilted lettuce, grainy tomato and dirty condiments. After 45 minutes the burger returned with the same buns/toppings but they were cooked well-done. Third time: I went by myself for black bean soup; it was cold (not warm; cold). Again, no wait staff in sight to rectify things. I paid at the bar and left. Went one more time with a date who insisted he like the place: I had a ceasar salad and it came with a nice core on the plate. I don't mind the prices if quality is there. I don't mind that at times staff is busy, but rude as well... I'll never return
oryben / May 21, 2012 at 04:04 pm
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I went for lunch and sat on the patio. I had a very good experience (even with a bird shitting on me)

The burger is very good... But my experience was enhanced by the patio setting. Perfect place for a brunch/lunch date on a hot summer weekend...

Its pricey and service is a bit slow... but the world isnt perfect. Patients is a virtue.
mick / August 23, 2012 at 04:40 pm
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Cook your own Blue Cheese infused with garlic and onion and fresh ground black pepper beef, when it is cooked, sesamme buns,fresh tomatoes (which are in season right now, a little dijon mustard and fresh lettuce, YUMMO oh ya, Worstershire sauce and dry mistard in the hambuger mixture
El Tiburón replying to a comment from Harry / November 3, 2012 at 02:24 pm
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Amen, Harry.
ADam / November 21, 2012 at 10:22 am
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Try the Boar Chop with currant reduction, im still buzzing over that!!
Kyle replying to a comment from katherine / December 11, 2012 at 06:59 pm
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In Toronto they do. Still amazes me how people from here accept everything that Toronto throws at them like it's a fact of life. No, in most cities (even the good ones) are not $10. They just aren't.
Ali bomatar replying to a comment from IL / December 29, 2012 at 04:42 pm
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I'm actually GLAD that there are no kids after 8 pm.
It's a pub... P U B.... You just hear it... get a babysitter.
I don't want to have my evening ruin because a crying kid.
Some McDonalds have playgrounds so you can take your kid after 8 pm.
Cheers!
Ali
Jay / February 2, 2013 at 04:03 am
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Seriously cannot consider themselves a wing place. Do not go here strictly for the wings. There is one wing sauce and it's decent at best. The blue cheese dip sauce served with with the wings was nasty. Small tables, small glasses drinks were served in, charged for re fills on everything.
Daniel / March 7, 2013 at 12:36 pm
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I am not an owner, i am in highschool and i am researching a restaurant that fits my name. I cant believe ther is one in Toronto and i live in Barrie!!!

Gavin replying to a comment from Daniel / March 7, 2013 at 12:38 pm
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That's really fortunate for you kid! Now go away...
Heather / May 17, 2013 at 01:50 pm
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Great food, great service. I noticed that there was a comment about how it is not a traditional Irish pub and I just wanted to make something clear. If you read the bio of the owner, John Maxwell, you will notice that he is New York Irish. Allen's is designed to be a New York style bar and the pub next door, Dora Keoghs, is a traditional Irish pub. Allen's does serve Irish style food, such as the lamb shank served with a side of champ (mashed potatoes with cut up green onions), but of you are looking for a nice traditional Irish Pub I would recommend Dora Keoghs (which was rated one of the top 10 Irish pubs in the world).
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Fiona / January 12, 2014 at 05:41 pm
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I came here the other night with my family. We ordered: Ceasear Salad, Fish n Chips, the Wild Boar, Wild Salmon, Pizza and a Burger.
All of the dinners were great, except for the Pizza, it was not their strong suit. I loved the service, the atmosphere, and the food!
I will be taking my partner there shortly because I am so excited to try something new and have them try it as well!
Awesome job, Allen's :)
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jameson / July 29, 2014 at 01:06 pm
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This place is a complete tourist trap

Sure does look great on the patio. But seriously, there's no value for the food here.

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