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Kennedy Public House offers fine dining with a casual vibe

The Kennedy Public House

2199 Bloor St. W. (near Runnymede)


Rating: 5/5

  • Client negotiations: Yes
  • Lunch with co-workers: Yes
  • Social lunch: Yes
  • Reservations: Yes
  • Licensed: Yes

Want somewhere new, comfortable and affordable to go without having to sacrifice sleek decor or memorable food?

Kennedy Public House has it all, including a light-filled, roomy dining room and bar.

Walls showcasing vintage black and white photos of the area are a playful backdrop to slim tables and adjacent steel chairs that are modern but not pretentious. Neither is the menu.

Though it could be. After all, the Chopped Caesar ($10) is executed so beautifully - fine threads of asiago, fried capers and artichoke, sliced palm hearts, paper-thin, crisp pancetta, parmesan tuille and a rich, yet not cloying, dressing.

This is fine dining in a casual atmosphere.

Pizzas ($11-$15) boast a chewy crust and beguiling toppings such as pulled pork, smoked meat and pear.

There are nine to choose from, and on Mondays they are two-for-one.

All of this, with the bonus of our attentive Jimmy Fallon-esque server, made for a perfect meal.