The Monk’s Table

The Monk’s Table (website, Twitter)
1276 Yonge Street, Toronto ON M4T 1W5 (on the west side of Yonge Street, between Woodlawn Avenue and Walker Avenue, the nearest major intersection is Yonge Street and St. Clair Street) 416-920-9074
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After an exhausting day of antique shopping, the Monk’s Table offers respite for the weary shopper. 

We decided to go the Monk’s Table as it often shows up in the best of the best pubs lists for Toronto. The Monk’s Table (formerly known as the Abbot on the Hill) is a small pub serving the oh-so-fashionable stretch of Yonge between Summerhill and St. Clair. The clientele reflected its surroundings with yuppies galore and a lot of older patrons. The pub is very, very dark, which I hope isn’t its way of hiding something, and looked old with its devotion to wood, gothic arched windows with stained glass, and a dark red tin ceiling downstairs.

I would not recommend the Monk’s Table for groups, as groups larger than three had to go upstairs as the small high top tables downstairs aren’t designed for groups. I agree that the Monk’s Table is a good pub, but the servers seemed a little uninterested in us and the booze selection, although impressive, was not the best. After our meal, my better half and I stumbled to the nearby booze mecca that is the Summerhill LCBO. Sigh.

(In case you are wondering, the Monk’s Hearth, sister pub to this one, is now closed.)

Number of visits by yours truly: my first, but not my last, in mid-November 2012
TTC information: a three-minute walk north of Summerhill station
Booze selection: more than 20 beers, with lots of European beers on offer, lots of Scotches, two ciders — Somersby and Sir Perry (I asked if they had Pimm’s and I got the usual blank stare, which is fine, but then the man sitting next to me, leaned over after the server left and said, “We have to teach these young ones about Pimm’s!” I smiled politely, but the man was older than my father (70) and the server was perhaps 15 years younger than me.)
Food selection: fancy end of pub grub, the Monk’s Table labels itself as a gourmand pub. Note, the prices are out of date on their website’s menu
Service staff: not the most attentive, my glass was empty for quite a while
Prices: not cheap
Toilets: upstairs, downstairs (and in my lady’s chamber), not bad, but the toilet downstairs is better
Patio: nope
Wheelchair accessible: no
Televisions: one over the bar downstairs and one upstairs
Live music: nope
Piped-in music: Céline Dion and Muse

Rating: four and a half pints (out of five)

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