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An Early Island Dinner 'n Tea - Rectory Cafe on Ward's Island

 

 

Anywhere that is considered to be

"The Best Lakeside Patio" (NOW Magazine)

and

who has on its menu ( http://therectorycafe.com/2012-menu/menu.html )

a "Fantastic Tea List"

is a place we must visit.

 

Plus, FEEF and KIRAN get REALLY EXCITED about the mere mention of this restaurant, so we have to go.

 

Where is this piece of paradise?

The Rectory Café

which is "located on WARD'S ISLAND of the Toronto Islands,

a pleasant five minute walk west from the Ward's Island Ferry Terminal,

overlooking Lake Ontario."

(http://therectorycafe.com/)

 

In order to get to the restaurant on Ward's Island,

in time for our 4:30 pm reservation,

you will need to get a 2:45 pm or 3:45 pm ferry

from the Toronto Ferry Docks,

which is located at the foot of Bay Street at Queen's Quay,

just west of the Westin Harbour Castle hotel.

See http://www.toronto.ca/parks/island/ferry-schedule.htm , for

*Directions to the Ward's Island Ferry Dock from the Toronto Ferry Docks,

*The SPRING/FALL ferry schedule

*Associated ferry fare(s)

 

Come on out for a sweet evening at this Toronto Island treat.

 

 

Please note: Our Meetup's Late Cancellation/No Show Policy applies to this event (see our Message Board for details).  Also come prepared to pay your own bill, including a reasonable tip for the restaurant's service.

 

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  • Lisa

    Thank-you to all of the awesome members who came out today. Your presence made the day even more beautiful. Stay tuned for pics of our happy faces, eating yummy food and drinking delicious tea and beverages. To The Rectory Cafe staff--Wow! What an impressive team you are! Professional, level-headed and serving some of the tastiest food in the Toronto area. I would say that the service needs to be more prompt but you are feeding hungry, eager crowds as fast as you can. Such is life. Plus, you made this busy woman slow down and smell the roses. Thank-you for this beautiful day. :)

    1 · September 8, 2013

    • Susan

      Wonderful event - great to see new and familiar faces . I love the island and can't wait to go back next year. Thanks for organizing Lisa :)

      October 8, 2013

    • Lisa

      You're welcome, Susan. We will be back when the weather warms up again. :)

      October 9, 2013

  • Maria

    Great fun! Nice to meet (and re-meet) you all. I think Angini needs to get her Trini GPS act together and we could go to an open mic event at Second City or Yuk Yuks!!

    1 · September 8, 2013

  • Leslie

    Great location.

    1 · September 8, 2013

  • Amy

    The food was delicious! Strangely, it felt as if we had an outing far away from Toronto.

    3 · September 8, 2013

  • Kiran

    Fabulous weather + great tea group = perfect tea outing!

    1 · September 8, 2013

  • Feef

    I am so sorry to cancel last minute as I was really looking forward to going to ward island. How you guys have a wonderful time.

    September 8, 2013

  • Angini

    If you walk down from union station it's a lot faster than the 509 and its only one stop south of union. I know this because I've spent the summer going down to the lake and using the 509. Save yourself further TTC hassle and its about a 5 minute walk

    September 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sniffles

    September 7, 2013

  • anne

    sigh...i can't make it tomorrow :(
    I was really looking forward to getting out to the island and sitting on the patio at the Rectory. Have a great time and hope to meet you all soon for a cup of tea!

    September 7, 2013

  • Susan

    I haven't been down there for awhile. Do I catch the LRT streetcar at Union to go to Queens Quay ? Ferry is at the foot of Bay .....if memory serves me . Thanks

    September 7, 2013

    • Amy

      Can't take the LRT from Union. LRT replaced by buses right now. The 509 Harbourfront bus can be found 1) near Union Station: customers must board buses at the temporary stop located mid-block on Bay St, north of Front St West or 2) at King Station: customers may board buses on the west side of Yonge St, just north of King St. In both cases, remember to grab a paper transfer from where you started (that is if you're not on a Metropass). See http://ttc.ca/Service...­ for more info.

      September 7, 2013

    • Susan

      Thanks Amy, I just called and they didn't give me those details . They just said grab number 6 or 509 bus at Union. Thanks for extra details - appreciate it :)

      September 7, 2013

  • Nicky

    If I'm on the wait list, do I get an email letting me know if I get a spot? How does it work? Xxxx

    September 7, 2013

  • Susan

    Lisa, they will move us inside if we have a reservation and it rains. Is this event rain or shine ?

    September 3, 2013

    • Lisa

      Np, Josie -- Join us next time. Btw--I confirmed that the restaurant will make space for us inside if it rains on Sunday.

      September 4, 2013

    • Josie

      thanks for understanding. I really did want to go. I live all the way out in Oshawa so it's quite a hoof to get down there. am already down there during the week frequently. do you ever do any weekday events?

      September 5, 2013

  • Wendy

    Sorry, cannot make it anymore.

    September 2, 2013

    • Lisa

      Maybe next time, Wendy. :)

      September 4, 2013

  • Helene W

    Hi! Was really looking forwards to this event, but have another commitment that I can't change on Sept 8. Sorry to miss it!

    August 28, 2013

    • Lisa

      Don't worry, Helene, there will be more events on the horizon.

      August 28, 2013

  • Gladys

    I was looking forward to this event but I will not be able to make it after all. So sorry to miss it. Enjoy tea and dinner on Ward's Island!

    August 28, 2013

    • Lisa

      Sorry you can not make it. Maybe next time. :)

      August 28, 2013

  • Lisa

    As per my last email, I tried to change our reservation time to 3:30 pm for next Sunday. However, the restaurant can not accommodate reservations between 1:30 pm and 4:30 pm. As a result, I had to change the date for the event from Sunday, Aug. 18th to Sunday, Sept. 8th at 4:30 pm. Sorry for any inconvenience.

    August 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I won't be able to make it now

    August 6, 2013

  • Bernadette S.

    Can't make it

    July 22, 2013

  • Susan

    My friends and I went to Rectory cafe on Saturday - lovely waiter and the owner Ken came out to speak with us - very friendly.
    The food was fantastic. I had the gazpacho soup and calamari - the best calamari I've ever had. My friends had sandwiches and loved them . One of them had the brownie dessert - one regular and one blondie . Large portion. Great selection of teas . The new chef is fantastic :) Can't wait to go back

    July 22, 2013

    • Susan

      All the entrees arriving at tables around us looked amazing as well

      July 22, 2013

    • Lisa

      Hence, this is why we're going. Thanks, Susan, for reinforcing the positive feedback I have heard and experienced so far about this restaurant.

      July 22, 2013

  • Bernadette S.

    Are we having dinner there? I only ask because in the past late in the day they run out of some things. Perhaps it has changed and they are running a regular full menu.

    July 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi..Can you put me on the wait list. Love Toronto Island and know this place.

    July 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Susan, I am very interested to cycle there. I did it for the first time last week. It was super. I am not sure there will be bike rentals left so I have to check if I can haul my folding bike out there on the subway. Can I get back to you on it next week after I find the bag for the bike?

    July 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Susan, Yes, I would like to cycle there but am not sure about getting my own bike there and wonder if the rental will still
    have one. I was there last week for the first time and got a bike but later on there was a lineup. I have a folding bike with a bag but I have to check if I can lift it so will get back to you if I may? Just loved cycling there!

    July 7, 2013

  • Lisa

    Awesome idea, Susan! If anyone wants to take a mini bike trek with Susan prior to dinner/tea, email Susan by noon on Aug. 18th to let her know and so that you can arrange a time and meeting place.

    1 · July 7, 2013

  • Bernadette S.

    Love that place.

    July 5, 2013

  • Angini

    Maybe I'll sail over from Marina Quay West!

    1 · July 5, 2013

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