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The Lakeview

Posted by Tim / Reviewed on December 15, 2008 / review policy

The Lakeview Restaurant Dundas West TorontoWhen the iconic Lakeview Lunch closed earlier this year, I wasn't the only one who was disappointed. Sure, the service was lousy and the food was worse but there was still something sad about a 1930's era diner shutting down just as Dundas West was showing new signs of life.

Then the National Post reported in September that the three guys who own the Chelsea Room had taken it over, planned to restore it and turn it into a 24 hour diner. It took months of work and no doubt the removal of unsightly grease from long-ignored places but finally the Lakeview Lunch has re-opened except this time under a new name - The Lakeview.

Meeting some friends at The Lakeview a few nights ago the first thing I notice is that my beloved neon sign is no longer out front. I asked Fadi Hakim, one of The Lakeview's new owners, why they decided to change it and he told me it wasn't a decision made lightly.

When they took over the restaurant they found a bunch of boxes that unearthed some of the site's history. The restaurant was actually founded in 1932 and called the Lakeview Restaurant. The name was changed in 1947 at which time the sign was also erected christening it the Lakeview Lunch. Unfortunately, sixty plus years of Toronto winters had not been kind to the sign. The paint was peeling, the neon was broken and they were advised by an insurance inspector that it was a safety hazard due to its weight.

So, they took it down and replaced it with a sign about the same size but white, light and modern. Inside The Lakeview, they've also made some much-needed changes. The whole space has been restored and updated and has more charm than it ever did. There is soft light throughout, a red glow from the front window, comfy diner booths, and found objects from the basement (like the thermometer and exit signs) have been scattered throughout.

But how's the food?

The good news is that The Lakeview has a new menu. Actually, it's a temporary late night menu as they plan to unveil an updated version - including a brunch menu - in mid January. A copy is embedded below.

It took us all a while to read the whole thing. There are hamburgers, sandwiches, apps like poutine and Nachos Tom Cruise, hot plates like streak frites and meatloaf and a number of 24 hour breakfast options. There are also plenty of drinks including a number of beers on tap, fortified coffee, dessert wine, smoothies and milkshakes.

Starting with drinks most of us grabbed a pint ($5.65) but two of my friends decided to try their milkshakes. At $4.75 they were a bit on the small side but both reported back that they tasted pretty good.

The menu is also not without its sense of humour. Hand Shakes are offered free-of-charge as is Toronto Tap Water, billed by The Lakeview as the best no-calorie drink in the world.

Unlike the Lakeview Lunch of the past, service was friendly and generally efficient. All our meals arrived at the same time and except for a missing order of onion rings they were all correct.

The Lakeview Burger

Two at our table ordered the burgers with onion rings (or at least once the service snafu was sorted out). A clear winner, the onion rings were big and crispy with that nice golden hue that makes everyone else at the table regret not ordering the same thing. The standard burger ($8) came topped with lettuce, tomato and red onions and was well cooked and filling. The Majestic ($10.50) also hit the spot with its strips of bacon, sharp cheddar and mozzarella.

Lakeview Soup

Our vegetarian friend opted for the soup of the day ($4.50) - a nicely balanced butternut squash - and small salad ($5.25). The latter came dressed with grilled vegetables on top of organic greens mixed with toasted sesame seeds and a honey balsamic vinaigrette. She gave them the thumbs up and devoured them both.

Lakeview Wings

Elsewhere there were the bourbon honey chipotle chicken wings ($8 for a pound) served with standard blue cheese dip, celery and baby carrots. It was noted that they were tasty enough but wouldn't make the list of the best chicken wings in the city.

Lakeview Sandwich

A better choice might have been the mushroom sandwich ($8.75). Wedged between pieces of multigrain triangle masking for focaccia, the mushrooms were nicely sauteed in garlic and paired with melted gruyere and ancho chili garlic mayo.

Lakeview Fish and Chips

I indulged in the traditional ale battered fish and chips ($14), but perhaps indulge isn't the appropriate verb for the occasion. While the fish was ok, I found the batter less the exciting - a bit too thick and boring - and the fries not much better than the ones I once panned at The Cadillac. Ketchup helped and was used liberally.

So, overall, the food was a bit hit and miss but I'd go back. There's no doubt that the new The Lakeview is a big improvement over its predecessor and with 24 hour service now available it's likely to become the go to spot after any late night carousing on Ossington. But beyond the 3am eats I definitely plan to return in the new year to see what's in store for brunch.

The owner also told me they plan to build a 30 seat patio in the Spring.

The current late-night menu:



Michelle / December 15, 2008 at 03:22 pm
Can't wait to try the new menu.
However, what's with EVERY restaurant calling Fries "Frites" now?
Michael / December 15, 2008 at 03:26 pm
I posted this in an old review of the Lakeview, but it references the restaurant since it has re-opened.

"Just came home from 'trying' to have brunch at the new Lakeview. Renovations look nice, but overall the experience was a nightmare. Waited forever for a server to take our order; when our breakfasts finally arrived neither were right so we sent them back. The same breakfasts reemerged five minutes later corrections (sort of) made, but with everything shuffled so we wouldn't notice it was the same food, just cold now. We sent the cold food back paid for our coffee and left.

Mistakes will be made, but they should corrected properly. Shuffling the food is the worst offense; they knew it wasn't right, and tried to hide it.

For a restaurant I previously thought had nowhere to go but up, The New Lakeview has found a new low."
Matt / December 15, 2008 at 05:16 pm
I had dinner at The Lakeview on Friday, and can tell you that the wings I had were definitely contenders for Best Wings. They were HUGE! The sauce was subtle and lovely. My fiancee had the Butternut Squash Lasagna, she loved it as well. Very reasonable pricing, and the service was great. We will be back. Tonight maybe! Did I mention the wings were HUGE!!!
Russ / December 15, 2008 at 05:22 pm
Checked out the Lakeview for dinner Thursday night and found it amazing. I had the chili, and when it came I thought it wasn't a very big proportion due to the oversized bowl it came in. But by the time I had finished it I realized I couldn't have eaten another bite if I tried. It was great!

I really like what they did with the place. They seem to have completely re-touched all of the original mahogany, replaced the ties (painstakingly, check the details when you're in there), and everything just seems so much cleaner and better. The staff was great, friendly, I actually can't think of a single complaint. No wait, the washroom is a bit tight. But what are you gonna do?

Definitely a new favourite spot in Toronto, and I love that I can end up there after a heavy night of drinking. Nice to have the old (new and better) place back!
Ronald / December 16, 2008 at 12:00 pm
I was just at McDonalds thier fries are still called fries. If you need them to be called fries then giv'er
Lila Robinson / December 17, 2008 at 06:42 pm
Was at the Lakeview last night with my husband and we had a lovely time. Food was great, atmosphere was cozy and intimate, service was on spot ... no complaints at all! Some growing pains should be expected with a new place, especially one trying to do 24 hours without shovling you the grease from the night before. I have no doubt whatever kinks other people might experience will all be resolved soon enough. Loved it - so glad to have a "no regrets" eatery in the neighbourhood
Michelle / December 20, 2008 at 08:23 pm
We went for dinner and it was great. I had the mushroom sandwich pictured above and it was delicious. The onion rings are a fantastic treat. My husband had the fish 'n chips and was quite happy with it. The booths have been recovered and wood may have been refinished, it looks really nice. They just need to put some things up on the walls and it will be a lovely space.
Phil / December 20, 2008 at 09:11 pm
We went for dinner and it was a bad experience. The place was half empty and it took over half an hour for us to get our food. My wife had the worst milkshake ever, it was basically just milk. I had ordered the meatloaf. It comes in the shape of a muffin. I cut it in half and it was still pink, raw and cold in the middle. I informed the server and asked for it to be re-heated. 10 minutes later I got my dish back. The plate was hot but the meatloaf was still pink, raw and cold in the middle. At that point, I just gave up and the dish was taken off the bill.

The pathetic thing was that the owners of the restaurant were basically sitting at the next table and and were completely oblivious to the very serious problems in their kitchen.

I was a fan of the old Lakeview until the food and the service made it intolerable and I had really high hopes for this new incarnation but it seems like the some of the same problems persist. At least the service is much improved and the restaurant restoration looks great.
distra / December 21, 2008 at 04:51 pm
I was there last night and was also not impressed. It took the waitress forever to notice we were there (actually, she didn't notice - my friend had to walk over to her and ask her to take our orders). I had the butternut squash lasagna and found it to be utterly bland and mushy - not unlike baby food. The side salad had no dressing and there was none on the side. As for the "well-done" burger my friend ordered, it arrived "medium-rare" instead and had to be sent back.

Won't be going back.
Nigel / December 24, 2008 at 11:05 am
Delicious and atmospheric; made a post-bar stop with a few friends and all agreed it was the perfect end to a late-night out. Majestic burger and onion rings a particular treat. Small kinks in the food and service are sure to be ironed-out in the coming weeks. The new owners have done a great job restoring an iconic Toronto joint. Would definitely recommend.
AJ Abercrombie / December 27, 2008 at 07:01 pm
I just had one of the best Poutine I ever had in Toronto. As a former Montrealer, I found their Poutine Lakeview extremely delicious and linguistacally correct. They truly serve a poutine that is a real definition of the word poutine. Never have I ever had such a tasty mash-up.

Both spud and sweet potato fries carry the heart of this dish, which was completely new for me. Generous toppings of peameal bacon, sauteed mushrooms, feta and this nice oniony crispy bits were able to cover every bite.

The cheese curds did lack some squeek though, so they may be considered fresh by Toronto's standards, we former quebecers consider cheese curds fresh only to the point of requiring refridgeration (first 24hrs), which usually no one has choice because it has to be trucked here from eastern Ontario.
Draven / December 29, 2008 at 05:32 pm
I really wanted to like the place, but really the only thing that it has going for it, is the charm of the diner. We waited 40 minutes for someone to at least ask us if we wanted to order. And then another 40 minutes for a burger and fish/chips ($32, no alcohol). The food was mediocre and the service was pathetic. It was busy, and I am understanding when it comes to stuff like that, but not an apology, smile or anything. It was a very disappointing lunch. I hope they get their act together, it is a neat joint with some history, and it would be nice to see it survive.
LR / January 1, 2009 at 08:17 pm
I had a good experience at the Lakeview. We went for dinner. I had the Royale Burger (cheddar and mozzarella) with sweet potato fries. Service was fast and friendly. I will be back, perhaps for brunch next time.
Jay / January 10, 2009 at 06:19 pm
On my first visit to the new Lakeview Lunch I thought I'd run the poutine test past them - could this place serve up a decent poutine?

The $9 Lakeview Poutine (should) comes with sweet potato fries, regular fries, gravy, CHEESE CURDS (VERY important), mushrooms and strips of pealmeal bacon, or something.

So when this huge basket finally arrived, to my dismay it was COVERED in a thick, slightly solid looking gravy with nary a cheese curd or cheese-like substance on it. In it? Nope, digging around only turned up the mushrooms and bacon as promised.

So I sent it back and asked for the cheese curds to be added. It came back with maybe 5 or 6 mini curds! Actually they weren't even large enough to be considered curds. Anyhow.


BUT - good prices on decent bottles of wine. That's a good thing.
Terry / January 26, 2009 at 08:09 pm
The place is a lot cleaner, the service a lot better and the decor much improved (that mural with the lime green bathing suits just made one wonder "why?"). But frankly, I was disappointed. Gone are the wonderful choices in omelettes and burgers. There are times when an Albuquerque is called for but now there's no place to find one :-(
P.S. Serving sizes are smaller too but maybe that's OK ...
Nick / February 21, 2009 at 11:26 am
All has been great since the new ownership, but it's getting pretty busy there, and I can see things starting to slip already. We had one of those waitresses that was just clueless - as in asking her what the specials were, her disappearing for 5 minutes, and coming back with Steamwhistle pilsner being $4 a pint. It was 11am. She then took our order, only to inform my girlfriend that "oops - I'm so sorry, we're out of that". Frustrating. When she finally came back, she took our order again, and as we were sitting by the bar, she turned right around and had a 10 minute conversation with some guys sitting at the bar before she even rang in our order. Food took forever to get to us - I wonder why.
The Lakeview is too new and geographically surrounded by alternatives to treat it's patrons like that. Please get on the ball - there is such potential here.
mr / April 3, 2009 at 02:19 pm
disappointed in the burger and the gravy.

When it comes to gravy it is so simple to make a delicious gravy out of homemade stock. Why are they using powder gravy pouches to make it? Come on guys.

As for the burger, it was over cooked and almost tasted like old meat.

mr replying to a comment from Jay / April 3, 2009 at 02:21 pm
I had to ask for more curds on mine too.
Sedat / April 28, 2009 at 11:05 pm
I have a sneaking suspicion the positive comments were written by the owners and their friends! I went there for dinner two nights ago and everything was AWFUL, from service to food. It looks great when you order it off the menu but what arrives is a disgrace, cold and poorly put together.

Don't waste your time or your money at this poorly managed joke with surly staff.
Sandra / April 30, 2009 at 07:46 pm
worse food i've had in toronto, pretentious menu descriptions and ridiculous prices for awful meals.

just read about their conditional pass due to a significant problem with pest control.

will never be eating there again. avoid at all costs.
miss the old lakeview very much.
Jack / June 19, 2009 at 04:24 pm
I will agree "The Lakeview" has it's low points and the service can be awful but the food is delicious. My opinion about the wait staff is that 70%(that I've been served by) have been obnoxious and apathetic. On a quiet night they can be found by the group, standing near the coffee machine gossiping about whatever it is hipsters talk about. On such a night I watched as one of the kitchen staff was already taking the garbage out when one of the four lazy servers asked the young man to "lock" the patio and clean some bucket they keep under the bar. The poor kid just fake smiled and went at it. The group continued to babble on and stand around(And I wanted a refill on my Steam Whistle). What's worse is when the kid left to do the job, they all started talking badly about him and how awful his job was. I asked for my bill and left.

Hard to consider returning.
sarah / June 26, 2009 at 03:40 am
i was so hungry one night, saw the sign that said always open! walked in with a few friends and i swear now im there once a week. cornflake chicken is the best thing u ever try. the prices are right, and the people are awsome.
Mark / November 4, 2009 at 10:32 am
Despite the mixed reviews, I gave it a chance the other day.

Service was slow and the food was AWFUL.

Avoid if you can. There are better establishments in that neighbourhood.

Vanessa / November 26, 2009 at 11:36 pm
I just got back from late night eats and had a great grilled cheese and fries. i thought the fries were pretty great, though could have been a bit crispier. the grilled cheese was ace thou, 3 kinds of cheese, really nice sharp flavor, and perfectly toasty bread.
SD / January 4, 2010 at 12:07 pm
Went for New Year's day brunch and it was great. Mimosas at $3 were a steal, and they didn't skimp on the booze in those things either. The standard breakfast comes with homefries AND salad, both of which were delightful. All four of us were very satisfied with our food, and we declared it to be the best brunch we've had in Toronto yet. The food took a little long coming, but considering it was New Year's day and the place was crazy, it was reasonable.
Case / January 23, 2010 at 03:55 am
service is a bit slow at times, but the lakeview poutine was really good the times i've had it. plus, can you beat 4$ rotating pint specials, daily? slam back a few mill st. organics for 4 bucks and we'll see how you feel.
Local / March 16, 2010 at 04:59 pm
I avoid the Lakeview like the plague. I live in the 'hood and could really use a good old school diner but having been there 3 times over the course of the past 6 months I just gave up. Incompetent staff and horrible food. Everyone I've talked to had the same experience. Epic Fail.
Melissa / April 28, 2010 at 01:26 am
I don't know where all these bad reviews are coming from.

The Lakeview Diner is one of my favourite places in Toronto. Everything I've had is absolutely delicious and I've been there multiple times. The sweet potatoe fries are a must, the burgers are amazing (I can only attest to the veggie burger), grilled cheese is delicious, and the milkshakes and desserts are great too.

Where else can you go for great food, 24 hours a day? The staff is friendly, I've never had a bad experience. Sure if they're busy the server may be occasionally a little slow, but what do you expect? In general, I've received food quickly, gotten refills on drinks, and thought each staff member had a pleasant demeanor. I know I would never be able to be that jovial while serving customers in the middle of the night.
domanic / June 1, 2010 at 05:46 pm
Pretty good food but the food probably not clean or cooks ignore cleanliness. 5 of us dined in last week, 4 of us got sick for days. The one didn't got sick because she found some cloth fibers in her salad and stop eating it. Health Department should give them a surprise visit during mid-operation hours.
west side dweller / July 19, 2010 at 09:59 am
The only thing worse than the food is the service. It isn't hard to serve a table of three in a half empty restaurant (I have been to other restaurants that seem to do this well) but the Lakeview just can't seem to get its act together. With so many other great options in the area I can't fathom why anybody would go here. Others have said it before me: AWFUL!! Epic fail!! Terrible!! There aren't enough words/phrases for a place like this.
the truth / December 8, 2010 at 03:06 am
DISGUSTING . OVERPRICED . ASSHOLES . dont let them get away with it . this place needs to move to the suburbs
Arby / December 22, 2010 at 05:31 pm
Can't say I want to eat ANYWHERE where they serve wings. Glam it up all you want. They're gross. And part of the reason they're gross is because industrial chicken is already gross. No, I have no problem with cheap. That's why I'm reading these reviews of TO's best 24hr restos. What a depressing read. Usually reviews pull their punches. These ones are like warning signs telling us "Don't eat here!" I guess these restos are so bad that that isn't possible to ignore the negatives and pointing them out can't get the reviewers in any trouble. :-(
Caroline / May 21, 2011 at 11:03 pm
I've been there several times and loved it. The staff were friendly and attentive and the food was pretty good. I didn't notice any cleansliness issues. They must be working to improve it since I can't find any fault so far.
FB / February 8, 2012 at 06:27 pm
It's too bad the food is so bad.
I just moved to the area and wanted to like this place...
Sarah / March 20, 2012 at 11:02 am
I have never finished a meal there without stopping mid way to say "this isn't even worth eating". Their service isn't bad..but a few things sister got a cup of coffee with a smear of peanut butter on the inside of the cup (I don't even want to know how it got there), their burgers are small and burnt, And their pancakes are gross. Ok every item except the fries are gross. But their drinks are decent if they can keep their cups clean. I'm sure this is why only drunk people keep coming back, it's no good being sober there. Lol
zippy / March 23, 2012 at 12:09 pm
For diner type food, I find its not that bad at all. I don't go often, but I've never had bad service. All the service staff are normally really friendly, although sometimes its slow if you go at peak hours late at night. They've been good about fixing orders if something gets screwed up and such. The poutine is pretty good, and cheap pints. Suits a younger crowd not looking for anything fancy. I think its perfectly fine for an inexpensive and easy going meal.
mark / April 25, 2012 at 12:30 am
From all the reviews it seems that this place is bad yet why is it still in business? Someone is still going there it seems. For all those bashing this place there's got to be an equal amount of people that are still going there and paying top dollar..hahaha
Strelle / May 6, 2012 at 03:33 am
Despite past generally positive encounters at The Lakeview, most recently the Lakeview has acquired front doormen hired for the purpose of determining which potential patrons are too drunk to consume a meal. Granted my group can appreciate that seemingly intoxicated customers should be refused further alcohol orders, we were outright refused entry at Lakeview this evening because my friend was not permitted entry, despite a complete lack of belligerence, hilariously in contrast to the requisite fact that 98% of customers are quite literarlly black out drunk, and subsequently seeking food. Not only were we not allowed into the Lakeview, but the front doormen selected some choice swear words to use with another of my friends when questioned as to the general protocol of allowing "drunk" customers to enter the restaurant.

Last I checked, this was a place that thrived for the simple fact that it was centred amongst numerous drinking establishments rendering their patrons hungry, to avoid nausea, further embarrassment and belligerence by getting some food in their bellies.

I am sympathetic to the serving industry for the offensive and unacceptable actions of a drunk group, but I think it is unreasonable to treat potential customers with such condescension and arbitrary decision making. News flash---she's drunk and maybe wants to sober up. I sure hope you don't turn away the random guy who fully intends to get behind the wheel after drinking and just really wanted to put something in his stomach before heading out to be a dangerous douche bag driving drunk.
c / May 20, 2012 at 11:14 am
Drinks are cheap. Food is OK at best. Service is hit or miss.
RP / July 21, 2012 at 02:25 pm
Wow, what is up with all the negative feedback? Honestly, I suspect competitors. I've never had a bad meal there - and 75% of the time, it was excellent. I do find it a bit pricey, but I only notice this because I end up there so frequently.
Marshall / September 5, 2012 at 05:52 am
After wanting to try this place for so long, I finally did.. Unfortunately I was way too hungover and the disco breakfast poutine I order was far too heavy for me to consume. No fault of the restaurant as I returned later that week and enjoyed every mouthful of cheesy, gravy, baconie goodness.

The only fault I found with this place was that they had no pulled pork at 6 pm on a weekday, but the amazing chicken sandwich I had instead more than made up for it. And hey, there's nothing wrong with $4 caesars!
R / September 8, 2012 at 03:22 am
So I come to this says it's open all the time. Brutal wait! If you say you're open all the time get some more staff. Makes sense doesn't it? I'll never be back here... Unless my Poutine blows my mind!
Bill / January 12, 2013 at 12:17 pm
We went there for Christmas dinner, arriving shortly after 5 p.m.. After a short wait we were given a table and ordered drinks and the turkey dinner specials. Well, the dinners consisted of vegetables, stuffing, and only 2 rather pathetic wings each. I managed to eat a tiny bit of my wings while my wife didn't eat any of them. We decided to complain and the waitress implied that we would not have to pay for our meal and drinks and so my wife ordered another glass of wine. Finally the manager showed up, apologised, and explained that the place had an unexpectedly large number of patrons that evening and we would have to wait about 45 minutes to receive a regular turkey dinner each. We decided to leave and while we did not have to pay for the food, we had to pay for the drinks except for the glass of wine that my wife had ordered after complaining to the waitress.
So we had a very poor experience at The Lakeview. Unfortunately the kitchen was badly run that evening. The waitress, while pleasant, was obviously inexperienced as she should have rejected the meals provided by the kitchen. Having worked in a very professional establishment I am familiar with the way things should be done.
blikkadoodle / January 28, 2013 at 09:02 am
Very interesting, "RP", that you only notice how overpriced this place is because you "end up there so frequently." It's interesting because I noticed the issue with their prices as soon as I looked at their hipster menu.

I fully believe all of the negative reviews. The positive reviews all look like well written reviews by the owners, friends, and retarded alcoholics (who state they are alcoholics before going on about how great it is). A friend suggested we go here for breakfast, so I searched for some reviews; thankfully, this page will save me a large amount of money.

She's a giant hipster too, so I can't really tell if she just has no taste, or if she's fucking with me. After working at a diner that actually served top notch food at reasonable prices, I can't stand shitty places like this that serve $4 meals for a $15 price tag.
Jim / February 14, 2013 at 12:20 pm
Probably the worst food in the city. Bad service. Bad attitude. I will never eat there again.
Jason / February 14, 2013 at 05:47 pm
I love this place. Good food, good service. Live in the neighbourhood and don't go often enough.

Fam went there last weekend and had two substantial brekkies, two caesars, an oj, side of sausage and got out for about $30 tax + generous tip.
Eva / February 18, 2013 at 12:22 pm
I 100% agree with Jim. I had to wait for over 10min just for a coffee, and an idditional 35min for my meal. Service was unfriendly. The food was warm at best. I will not even begin to decribe the stench and uncleanliness of the washroom. Both my husband and myself will never return to Lakeview.
N.T / February 19, 2013 at 02:18 pm
Literarly one of the worst restaurants in Toronto. Why do I say this, Because at least once a year I’m like “let me give it one more try, to be fair” and every single time the food has been the worst.. Like really, how can you screw up breakfast……How many times can you give one restaurant a “second chance” before you never go there again…?
Don / February 22, 2013 at 01:58 pm
Went in yesterday, hadn't been there I 50 years, had a sad sorry, the barkeeper listened while I had my coffee, time to pay, she said its on the house. Very nice people, the coffee was good
Anna / February 25, 2013 at 08:18 pm
Lakeview is always there for you when you need it. It's always good, the service is always friendly and efficient (unless you get the 2 seater booths by the bar...the bartender usually handles those tables, while doing service bar and serving people actually sitting at the bar. Only one experience having slow service there and now I know not to sit there!)
The disco breakfast is the bomb and has always helped with serious hangovers. Me and my boyfriend go whenever we wake up past the deadline for other brunch spots (3ish). The hostess deserves a lot of credit for handling the crowds and making sure everyone is happy while waiting, she busts serious ass.
George / March 6, 2013 at 10:55 am
In the 60,s the fries and grave and rice pudding were to die for let,s go back there
Lisa / March 24, 2013 at 08:02 am
I seen the Lakeview on the show: Diner's, Drive In's & Dive's. Putting it on my list of place's to eat when I visit Toronto in June.
Lisa / March 24, 2013 at 08:10 am
And hoping that the negative reviews are false. Or was Guy paid a lump sum of $$$ to write good things ?
asas / April 5, 2013 at 01:11 pm
was here last Sunday, 4$ pints great food. Ive walked by this place for years without going ;ive been missing out
marty / April 6, 2013 at 09:40 am
after taxes, you're lookin' at "fi-dollar" shakes. Vincent Vega would be astounded.
Get with the program. / April 6, 2013 at 10:27 pm
This article needs to be updated, badly. Those photos from 2008 frankly look terrible.
Sekt Kalorien / September 21, 2013 at 02:31 am
Sie werden jedoch nicht bestreiten, dass jeder angesichts der zahlreich aufgetretenen Grippefälle
in Deutschland welche Sch - Hugo Sekt grippe nicht sehr auf welche „leichte Schulter" nehmen soll die jedoch nicht sehr alles lediglich Panikmache ist. Jenseits jenen integrierten Hugo Sekt Bildeditor können Diese selbst ganz einfach jene Nachbearbeitung jener eigenen Bilder vornehmen auch die so optimal an das Etikett anpassen. Dezember 2010 - Die Mitgliedstaaten der Europäischen Union hatten für sich auch in Brüssel auf ganz neue Kennzeichnungsvorschriften fuer Hugo Sekt geeinigt.
Alexander McKinlay / October 13, 2013 at 11:02 pm
Used to be great. Now it's overpriced yuppie chow (can you still use the word Yuppie?). Went for the breakfast with friends a while ago and everything came to the table COLD. I don't know about you but I positively detest cold fried eggs. Wish I could just turn the clock back about 40 or 30 years.
Jason / October 20, 2013 at 08:48 am
If this place is too expensive for you, stick to McDonald's and quit pretending to be a foodie.
elissa / January 2, 2014 at 09:42 pm
Gross food, wasn't even busy and had my deep fried pickles come out cold and soggy.
Lisa replying to a comment from Lisa / July 20, 2014 at 07:34 am
As I have also seen The Lakeview on DD&D's. One get's kind of skeptical after reading mixed reviews though.
Trevor replying to a comment from Bill / January 24, 2015 at 12:20 pm
Some of the comments here just make me shake my head.

I lived in the neighborhood for about 7 years and have been to the Lakeview many times, both on my own, with my wife and with the whole fam damily. Sometimes I've thought the food could be better, sometimes I've thought it was quite good for a diner (remember people, this is a diner). The staff has always been friendly and accommodating. I've never had to wait too long for a table, even when the place is to the gills. Overall, I'd give it a 7 in the diner category, 8 if you include the decor, which is awesome.

Aside from that, I'd like to relate a story. My 3 yr old son and I were out tobogganing last winter in Trinity Bellwoods. It was a particularly cold Sunday and we stopped off at the Lakeview for a hot chocolate to warm up. We ended up ordering some food and ate it. We were about to leave when my son started throwing up all over everything. I do not believe it had anything to do with the Lakeview. He had been sick for a few days with the flu and I thought he was on the mend, but I guess I miscalculated. Nobody wants to clean up other people's puke, not even the parents of those other people. :-) But our waitress, the staff and other customers nearby (thankfully not many) were really sweet. It seems like a small thing, but I'll never forget that and I'll never complain if my eggs "a little cold" or I had to wait "ten minutes for my coffee" or my "Christmas dinner [at the diner] wasn't like mom used to make", as some of you wankers have done. Grow up. Idiots.
derek / April 22, 2015 at 12:50 pm
I went there yesterday and they have instituted a new "charge for everything" mandate.
My friend had a veggie burger and asked for pickle, mustard and mayo and was charged an extra 50 cents for EACH of those to put on his dry burger (from frozen). Pathetic. With coffee, his burger was $24.50!!
A steak would have been cheaper!
big "d" / September 7, 2015 at 09:52 am
In a nutshell,AWFUL Food, the Aunt Jemima pancakes at home far outtrump the ones I had yesterday and service left much to be desired.Nothing like what the place (and food) was like years ago.My bill was $13.70

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