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Barrier Free Dining

Googs Jul 16, 2006 02:40 PM

I'm trying to locate wheelchair accessible restaurants downtown. Anywhere from Bloor to Queens Quay, Yonge to Parliament. Many places say they are, but when you get there the washrooms are on another floor or there's a small step into the place. I'd like to take my friend out without her needing to worry about her dignity. We're open to any type of food, breakfast, brunch, dinner places whatever as long as the place is clean & nice. Can you guys help?

  1. Googs Nov 12, 2006 07:38 PM

    The NOW Magazine advanced search will help you get started. It really worked for me. If you see places there that interest your group everyone here's happy to advise you on them. Really.

    The City of Toronto has a list, but it's based on places participating in the program so it's limited.

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    1. re: Googs
      Hondapendragon Nov 18, 2006 03:32 PM

      Thanks for the info!
      We've narrowed it down to beerbistro or mildred pierce. I think we're leaning towards beerbistro.

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      miranda Nov 11, 2006 07:44 PM

      Giovanna's on College at Grace...is all on one floor... great Italian food...Brick Pizza Oven...and Washroom at the back...Miranda

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        Hondapendragon Nov 11, 2006 05:38 PM

        I am re-posting this topic in the hopes that someone may have some more suggestions for barrier-free dining besides those already mentioned above.

        I am organizing a holiday get-together and I need some help from you guys.

        The requirements:
        1) wheel-chair accessible and barrier-free
        2) regular-height or low tables
        3) excellent food
        4) entrees about $20 - 25
        5) downtown Toronto location (financial district/entertainment district/King West area)

        Thanks in advance!

        1. Googs Jul 26, 2006 06:21 PM

          I did mention Daio, but I guess I should add that the food's pretty good as is the service. Nice, intimate tables. Very suprising for a near Yonge St sushi joint. More surprising to have a 'no compromise' accessible place. If you know of more like it please add on. I'll do the same.

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            123456 Jul 26, 2006 05:05 AM

            Daio Japanese is very accessible. [ 45 carlton st ]
            one floor restaurant, bathrooms are just at the back.

            theres more than enough room.


            1. Googs Jul 17, 2006 06:57 PM

              Thanks for your suggestions. I should mention Daio Japanese on Carlton and Peartree on Parliament are accessible.

              I think it's unfortunate that they charge $5 to get information that should be free & considered a basic human right. I'll check the NOW listings before I spring for it.

              Quality isn't the entire issue, just a way to go out and have fun without a cloud of worry. Thanks again for your help. TorontoLife should get their act together and provide accurate info for free.

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                Henrywatertail Jul 17, 2006 06:39 PM

                There is an Accessible Dining Guide for Toronto produced by the Centre for Independent Living in Toronto available for $5. It compiles information gathered by consumers - but I can't guarantee the restaurants chosen are quality!
                The web address is http://www.cilt.ca/publications.aspx

                1. xtal Jul 17, 2006 02:44 PM

                  Ginger at Church & Wellesley has decent food, a good atmosphere, and is barrier-free. I double-checked this on the NOW website, as their restaurant reviews specificy accessibility to the restaurant and its washrooms.


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