Secret Spots: Rectory Cafe, Ward’s Island

Rectory Cafe, Ward's Island
Rectory Cafe, Centre Island
Rectory Cafe, Ward's Island
Rectory Cafe, Centre Island

Tucked among the trees on the far eastern side of the Toronto Islands at Ward’s Island is the serene and civilized Rectory Cafe. After a day of cycling, walking or boating on Centre Island, there isn’t a better way to top off the day than with a soul-replenishing respite at the Rectory Cafe. While relaxing in the peaceful patio garden of the Rectory Cafe enjoying your leisurely lunch or drinks, you’ll witness a spectacular view of Lake Ontario.

New chef Richard Chambers has introduced a sophisticated menu with plenty of options for vegetarians. Appetizers such as fennel salad with red onion, mandarins and almonds, tomato hummus with Kalamata olives and char-grilled calamari with 15-spice rub run from $7-$12. Main entrees cost from $16-$32 and include Moroccan chickpeas with baby spinach and red onion, paninis (grilled chicken, pulled pork, tofu Tikha, three cheese and Canadian back bacon), grilled striploin and a miso salmon with a refreshing mango lime beurre noisette and melon, cucumber, onions and chevre. A children’s menu is available upon request. If you’re just stopping by to cool off with a summer cocktail, why not try their Toronto Islands Ice Tea or the Sunset, made with pomegranate liqueur, vodka, cranberry juice and lime.

Once you’ve discovered this Toronto Island hide-out, you’ll mark it as a favourite; the Rectory Cafe’s magnetic charm lies in its seclusion.

The Rectory Cafe, 102 Lakeshore Avenue, Ward’s Island, 416-203-2152

Rectory Cafe, Toronto Islands
Rectory Cafe, Ward’s Island


    • Hi Mary,
      According to their website, they are open every day. You may want to double check with the restaurant at 416-203-2152. Cheers, Lori

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