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Rebel House vs. Monk's Table?

jerriblank Jan 2, 2010 04:47 PM

Taking my dad out to dinner in celebration of his birthday. We've eaten at (and enjoyed) the Rebel House before, but I've heard that the Monk's Table offers superior food. Thoughts?
Can reservations be made at either?

Help most appreciated.

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  1. gregclow RE: jerriblank Jan 3, 2010 03:44 AM

    I've had good meals at both places, but I'd give The Monk's Table a slight edge.

    I'm pretty sure Monk's takes reservations - not sure about Rebel House.

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      thegump RE: gregclow Jan 4, 2010 02:10 PM

      Rebel House doesn't take reservations.

      We love the Rebel House - unpretentious, solid, good value food with seasoned servers and homey feel/decor. Perfect for taking guests who 'hate' Toronto. Usually busy at supper hour but you can cool your heels at the smallish bar. Dare to have the grilled cheese!

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        callitasicit RE: thegump Jan 4, 2010 06:46 PM

        Love Rebel House's wings and spicy spinach and cheese pennies, hate the service!

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          juno RE: callitasicit Jan 5, 2010 02:28 PM

          Though I'm not a Rebel House regular - no more than four or five times a year - I've never had any problems with the service over the years. Servers may occasionally be a tad inexperienced, but mainly they all try to please. The aforementioned grilled cheese is solid, though I'm more partial to the club sandwich, in my view one of the best in the city, as well as the soups and house salad. The simpler dishes are the best. With drinks, either a Canadian microbrewery pint or a glass of wine, two can easily escape for less than $50, all in. If The Monk's Table can beat that, I'll give it a try next time I'm around Summerhill and Yonge St.

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      MeMeMe RE: jerriblank Jan 6, 2010 09:30 AM

      Monk's Table has a more varied food and beverage menu. Everything I've eaten at both restaurants has been generally excellent.

      Monk's Table has a few dishes that are standouts (Buffalo Shrimp for example), however, I cannot say enough about the Rebel House's meatloaf.

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        1sweetpea RE: MeMeMe Jan 6, 2010 09:38 AM

        I reserved a table for five upstairs so that my group could watch a hockey game at the Monk's Table. They were very accommodating. There is a nice beer list and the food was mostly pretty good. One person ordered a hamburger and mentioned that it was cooked to hockey puck consistency, which was unfortunate, but he didn't specify how he wanted it done, so I can't say if there was a less cooked option available. Everyone else seemed pretty happy with their choices.

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        Arcadiaseeker RE: jerriblank Jan 6, 2010 11:06 AM

        Definitely the Monk's Table -- I really like Rebel House but the food is better at the Monk's Table and I much prefer the beer and wine list there. I think it's better for a birthday dinner for sure.

        1. Food Tourist RE: jerriblank Apr 16, 2010 08:25 PM

          Any opinions on the weekend brunch at Monk's?

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            Food Tourist RE: Food Tourist May 31, 2010 05:25 PM

            Brunch was okay. I wasn't crazy about the "rarebit". It was basically the same as eggs benedict but with grainy mustard sauce instead of hollandaise.

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              Food Tourist RE: Food Tourist Jul 4, 2010 02:25 PM

              And neither one was served on an english muffin, but more of a crostini type baguette slice.

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            Nutella_gal RE: jerriblank May 31, 2010 05:35 PM

            Monk's Table has more comfortable seating & while low-key, the food is much better than Rebel House.

            Their Cobb Salad, burger, veal are all excellent!

            Drinks could be cheaper tho for a 'pub'.

            Service is fast - sometimes too push.

            Place has a good vibe.

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