The Kennedy Public House
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Details & Description

Restaurant type

  • Bar,

Cuisine type

  • Brunch,


  • Brunch,
  • Dinner,
  • Drinks,


  • Extensive Wine List,
  • Restaurant With Party Services,
  • Restaurant With Live Entertainment,


  • Trendy,
  • Casual,

Products and Services

  • Big Screen Tv,
  • Satellite Tv,
  • Live Music,
  • Open Late Hour,

Languages Spoken

  • English,
2199 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6S 1N2
Useful Information

Opening Hours *Holiday hours

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  • $11 To $25,

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Meet the owner

When Huffington Post Canada and BlogTO both tabbed The Kennedy Public House as one of Toronto's top new restaurants, owner Mike Derbyshire was delighted — but not surprised.

"This place has always been about the food," Mike says. Indeed, the Kennedy's weekend brunch and daily lunch and dinner menus are light years ahead of typical pub grub. There's baked brie to start (with salsa verde, arugula, roasted garlic and pickled onion), and a masala-spiced lamb shank with sweet potato spätzle, peas, spinach and tomato relish for the main. For dessert? How about a slice of locally baked, chocolate-drizzled pecan pie, made fresh today?

Mike describes the fare as "classic comfort food," but even the more conventional dishes come with a twist. Take the "Hotmess Poutine." There are French fries, chicken gravy and Quebec cheese curds, of course, but then green onions, spiced ground pork, chicken crackling and horseradish are thrown in. The "Chopped Romaine" salad, meanwhile, is ostensibly a Caesar, but one that incorporates palm hearts, fried artichokes, asiago and parmesan cheese, fried capers and crisp prosciutto.

Ratings & Reviews - The Kennedy Public House

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    Literally the worst service ive ever experienced. Have come here for years with my family and there has been a transition in staff, now while i come on date night with my wife we watch the staff drink booze rather than serve tables. Avoid this place, its not what it used to be.

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    Had an excellent ...

    Had an excellent time tonight at the Kennedy Public House. From the attentive hostess, to our excellent server Andrew, I'm very delighted with our choice to eat here tonight. The food was delicious, our server Andrew was extremely attentive to our table, and the atmosphere is great. A small detail, but the chef's choice to add lime to the coleslaw accompanying my Kennedy burger was incredible - just enough bitter to counter the often rich taste that creamy coleslaws usually have.

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    October 30, 2017

    It took over 1.5 hours to get our dinner. There were fruit flies swarming our table all night. The waiter did not split the bill correctly. Therefore, I won’t be returning in the near future.

    Ambiance: 3/5

    Cuisine: 3/5

    Service: 2/5

    October 28, 2017

    We just had drinks. Great time, great server

    Ambiance: 3/5

    Cuisine: 1/5

    Service: 5/5

    October 14, 2017

    Server forgot my drink. She seemed disorganized. Didn't know how to take orders properly. She took drink orders for memory and forgot my drink. Brought the drinks out finally. Then when we went to make food orders, she had to go to the back to get a pad and paper. Just lost overall.

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 4/5

    Service: 2/5

    October 3, 2017

    We have always loved the Kennedy for Brunch. However this last visit, it's clear things have changed. Food quality was not at all what it use to be, Paper thin waffles? Burnt at that and had to be sent back. Service was Ok, our server when asked if food was suppose to look the way it did simply said "I don't know, I'll ask the kitchen". Another thing missing, the live jazz on weekends. Granted my husband and I have not been to the Kennedy in a year due to moving out of the city... what happened to the live jazz? Instead it was country music playing on the sound system. Anyway I'm sad to say we will not be back again. If prefer to remember the Kennedy as it was back when it was good.

    Ambiance: 3/5

    Cuisine: 2/5

    Service: 3/5

    August 28, 2017

    We have been to the Kennedy MANY, MANY times and after our last visit, we are not sure that we will ever go back. Many menu items were not available, the food was mediocre at best (burgers should be easy and are usually goo) and the evening was topped off with our take away pizza being boxed in a box from a wonderful pizza place across the street. As it turns out, the Kennedy was out of boxes - as they were with half the food for the menu - and was borrowing from neighbours. We were embarrassed as we had recommended it to meet family there. Never again! The only positive was our very lovely waitress. She did her best in what appeared to be a desperate situation

    Ambiance: 2/5

    Cuisine: 1/5

    Service: 4/5

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