Need Wheelchair Accessible Restaurants
I have a friend who is in a wheelchair. When we make plans to meet for dinner, we are always on the lookout for fully accessible establishments. While many places are easy enough to roll into, most places that say they are accessible have washrooms in the basement. It can really compromise an evening if one can't use the toilet.
Most expensive restaurants are fully accessible, but it's not always possible to shell out big bucks for a meal.
Any suggestions for reasonably priced restaurants with washrooms on the same floor?
Based on my recollection of places I've been to the in the last few weeks, Niagara Street Cafe, Wish, and Bar Mercurio all have ground floor washrooms. All three are reasonably priced (with Bar Mercurio likely being the most pricey of the three) and all three have been discussed frequently on this board so there should be plenty of information on these places for you to peruse. Personally, I'd pick Niagara Street Cafe over the other two.
Are you looking for restaurants within a certain area? I can think of a couple of the top of my head - Blowfish has washrooms on the main floor. They are unusual washrooms, mind you, but I think they are wheelchair accessible. It's a chain, but Moxie's at Yonge and Sheppard's washrooms are ground floor. Le Cafe Vert's on Queen East. Sweet Basil in Richmond Hill too. Centre Street Deli in Thornhill also. If I think of others, I'll add them.
Cafe Vert is not wheelchair accessable according to the Now ("two steps at door, small washroom on main floor") and Blowfish definitely has three or four steps at the door.
If you search the Now's restaurant guide, they have a barrier-free category. However, they say that washrooms, although on the same floor, may not be handicap -equipped.
Go to the drop-down menu under Accessability and hit Barrier-free.
I often don't agree with their reviews, but its the only site I've found that tells you what exactly to expect in terms of access.
Hi... I'm a wheelchair user and avid restaurant goer.
The suggestion about calling restaurants is a fair one. However, most restaurant staff are pretty clueless as to what constitutes barrier-free. Can't tell you the times I've been to a restaurant that claims access only to find a step up or more...
One of the nicest restaurants with a fantastic gender-neutral washroom is Izakaya on Front Street. It's not authentic Japanese, but the food is good and well-priced.
I'm also a big fan of Mill Street Brewery. There's lots of space for access. Servers are friendly and not weird about the whole disability thing. The Distillery restaurants in general are accessible, but the food is expensive. It's a hard balance between finding good food and access.
If you and your friend can travel, most places in Markham, a.k.a. New Chinatown are accessible, as are their washrooms.
Admittedly, I don't go into the washrooms of most of the places I've eaten for the very reasons you've cited.
It's amazing just how inaccessible the restaurant industry still is. This isn't the case in most U.S. cities where access is a legal requirement.
re: Lotus Seedling
There's a place on the Danforth called Mocha Mocha that is wheel chair accessible. No steps and washrooms are on first floor and of good size. Although I would say it is more of a lunch spot than dinner. They have amazing quesadilla's, great salads and sandwiches, omelets, and a few specials each day. The food is as fresh as can be!!! Definitely worth a visit for lunch.