Cafe California Review


538 Church Street

(416) 960-6161

Cuisine: American

Type: Restaurant

Price: Average – Moderately Pricey


Atmosphere: 8/10

Service: 9/10

Food: 7/10

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When Summerlicious/Winterlicious rolls around, everyone living in or around Toronto gets excited and opts to eat out rather than in. You’ll also notice a lot of friends who reunite after a long absence. That’s exactly what me and my dear friend Dawn did.

Cafe California was warm and inviting; they also had a menu that was very appealing to us.  Our server was very polite and on top of things; except for when he forgot to refill out water “jug”.

We started off with Complimentary Bread and while it was mostly soft, it was cold.

My Seafood Salad was amazing and I love how it was an oxymoron; it was light because it was a salad with a light vinagrette but the seafood made it high in cholesterol. It came with assorted seafood (like calarmari and crab meat) marinated in olive oil with lemon and fresh herbs.

Dawn had the Deep Fried Ravioli that was panko crusted and stuffed with havarti and jalapeno. The ginger tomato dip was tangy while the ravioli was crispy and cheesy.

We both had the Pepper Steak and while Dawn’s was fine, I must’ve gotten a bad cut. Mine was very hard to chew and there was a strip of fat and tendon waiting for me. I enjoyed the fries though.

Dessert is always the best part. If I’m not satisfied with the main course, having a great dessert will cushion the blow a little. I’m not a fan of banana-flavoured anything but this Chocolate Banana Mousse Cake is to die for. The mousse melts in your mouth and the cake is actually banana bread!

This is a restaurant that you can easily miss because it blends in so well with its surroundings but as long as you avoid their steak, you’ll have a pleasant meal.