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Introducing: Williams Landing, a new Liberty Village spot with a prime patio

The patio bar at Williams Landing (Image: Gizelle Lau)

Although it’s only been open for two weeks, Williams Landing Bar, Grill and Hub has quickly become one of Liberty Village’s busiest spots, thanks in large part to its prime second-floor patio overlooking East Liberty Street and the Brazen Head across the road. Behind the restaurant and bar are the owners of the Financial District’s South of Temperance and Leslieville’s Joy Bistro.

With 16 beers on tap, 11 by the bottle and a dozen wines by the glass, Williams Landing is targeted squarely at the local condo residents and office workers seeking drinks. Along with the classics, they also offer 12 signature cocktails like the Pink Tarantula ($11, tequila with pink grapefruit juice, agave nectar, lime and pink peppercorns) and the Carnival Punch ($9, spiced rum with spiced chai, lime juice, agave nectar and a sugar cane stalk).

In the kitchen, chef Marco D’Angelo (previously of E11even) and sous chef Beman Chan are all about “FLOSS”—fresh, local, organic, sustainable and seasonal—with suppliers like Beretta Organic Farms and Willowgrove Farm. On the menu, you’ll find appetizers like beef sliders ($11), Mongolian pork tacos ($12) or a house-cured charcuterie plate ($22). Mains include the Bliss BBQ Burger, a fresh-ground beef burger topped with house-smoked pulled pork ($17); pizzas like the Charcuterie Pizza, with prosciutto, bacon, salami and balsamic onions ($15); pastas like the Fettucine Forestière, with house-smoked chicken, mushrooms, sundried tomatoes and parmesan ($17); and entrees like a pork loin chop ($24) and steak frites ($22). (The menu also features something we haven’t seen before: a small “T” beside certain items, denoting dishes where tofu can be substituted for the main protein.)

Brunch is served on weekends from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and includes healthy options for Liberty Village gym nuts like protein shakes ($6) or granola ($6). There are also gluten-free buckwheat pancakes ($11), brioche French toast ($10) and an “eggs willie”: poached eggs with house-smoked pulled pork, hollandaise and greens ($10).

The large space was designed by McMillan Design, whose restaurant work includes similar large bar–lounge–restaurants like Far Niente, Canyon Creek, Jack Astor’s, Alice Fazooli’s and East Side Mario’s. Inside, wavy wood panels slope along the ceiling and down the wall, warming up the otherwise standard trendy space that’s equally suited to those hoping to be seen as they grab some drinks after work and those sitting back to watch the game.

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Williams Landing, 120 Lynn Williams St., 647-340-8008,

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  • parkdaleeater

    it will do well initially due to the fact the brazen head across is so terribly bad

  • rob

    The Crust on that pizza looks to round and perfect to be fresh. is it delissio?

  • Embarrassed Torontontian

    Agree parkdaleeater. Brazenhead’s brunch is particularly bad. Had it once, and will never go back. Not sure how you can screw up an omelette, but they found a way to make it super greasy and disgusting. If we weren’t so hungry after waiting 45 minutes (for an omelette!), we would have sent them back.

    Down the street, School’s brunch is ridiculously overpriced.

    Will try this place and hope for something better….

  • parkdaleeater

    i like both liberty belle bistro and liberty street cafe…i will never again walk through the doors of the brazen head or any mill street beer group restaurant

  • Culinerd

    Was going to check it out, The day I went was Grand opening and well facebook ppl got in first till 9pm. Which at 830 i think it was okay to let non-face groupers in.

    So on that note and notes taken from here I guess i will go for a drink(s).

  • stella

    Another meat based eatery what about something for the vegetarians and vegans in Liberty? I like the idea of the pancakes but I don’t think I can stomach the smell of cooked meat for that.

  • parkdaleeater

    we went yesterday and it was good.

    2 of us, pre-storm, pre-toronto fc. lots of pretty staff in tight, short, black clothes….all very nice to look at…but guess what-they were very nice, on the ball, got the orders correct and it was all delivered in good time.

    calamari, korean short ribs, both good. seafood pizza-great flavours-not crazy about the crust and a very good cuban sandwich.

    water poured without asking, 3 rounds of beer…with tax and $20 tip at $140

    we will be back

  • Culinerd

    Vegatarians need to eat too.

    Funny tho you say the smell of meat, isn’t there a Piggie Slaughter house just up the street?