558 Yonge Street, Toronto ON, M4Y 1Z1
Call for reservations: (647) 350-7446
Eating at Signs Restaurant isn’t just a quality accessible dining experience, it also provides patrons with the unique opportunity to learn some sign language with their meal. Signs is staffed largely by deaf servers and encourages customers to order from their eclectic menu of Canadian and International fare using ASL with the assistance of a handy “cheat sheet.”
Signs main entrance can be accessed using a ramp built by the StopGap Foundation. The ramp that features “braillings” (braille written on railings) has one landing that extends to the sidewalk below. It’s gradient was slightly steeper than typical and Chris noted that in the snow or the rain the surface may become slick. The main double doors measure 35” each for a total clearance of 70” if necessary. There are no automatic features however the friendly staff at the hostess stand opened the door for us when we arrived.
Signs offers a large space with smooth hardwood and wide routes throughout. We visited during the day and the space was bright and well lit, however, dinner diners may find it a bit darker in the evenings. The front dining room near the bar features a number of standard height tables with removable seating and will likely be the best option for individuals using wheelchairs. The back dining room has banquets and booth seating. Chris was curious about accommodations for individuals with specific dietary needs, such as having food pureed. In holding with their service-oriented values, the manager maintained that they are happy to accommodate for diet wherever possible.
Just past the front dining room and bar area you will find the accessible washrooms. The door to both the men’s and women’s washrooms swing open into a large and open space. There is one accessible stall in each restroom that features a 33” door and two grab bars. Chris commented that the stall door was a bit tight but that he was able to manage once inside. The sink measures 35” high and provides room for a wheelchair to pull in. The toilet, sink and paper towel dispenser are manual.
For those taking transit the nearest accessible subway station is Bloor-Yonge (Wellesley unfortunately is not accessible). There is a Green P parking lot just around the corner at 15 Wellesley Street East if driving. Street parking is also available within the area with theexception of during rush hours
Our overall impression? Signs offers a unique, educational and accessible dining experience in the heart of downtown Toronto. If you’re feeling particularly festive this time of year stop by their Ugly Christmas Sweater Party on December 5th for contests, prizes and more!