1606 Queen St E, Toronto, ON, M4L 1G2
The Tulip is a family-friendly, neighbourhood favourite restaurant located on Queen Street East close to Coxwell. The menu is varied with all the food being made from scratch! While they can’t guarantee gluten-free, they can accommodate most other food sensitivities and vegetarian options are also offered. Service animals are welcome.
The front entrance has a level threshold with a 31”wide outer door and 29” inner door separated by a small vestibule. There are no automatic door openers in this restaurant. The flooring is ceramic tile throughout except for the carpeting in the entryway during the winter. Once inside, there are a good number of seating options, from booths, to standard height tables (28” clearance underneath), to bar seating. There is adequate turning and passing space around most of the booths and tables.
The washrooms are in the basement, however there is a private accessible washroom on the main floor at the back of the restaurant. There is a 35” door and the room measures 64”x112” which allows for adequate turning radius for a wheelchair. There are two grab bars beside and behind the toilet, a lever door handle, a sink with open space in front and below, and manual soap and paper towel dispensers nearby. There is not a change table in this washroom. In the winter, the room is a little chilly due to being located beside the building’s back door, and the toilet is low.
The best way to get to the Tulip by transit is to take the #22 Coxwell South bus out of the accessible Coxwell subway station. The #501 Queen streetcar is not yet accessible. Parking is limited – Queen Street has metered on-street parking, with parking available directly in front of the restaurant in the ‘no parking’ zone for those who have an accessible parking permit. Nearby parking lots are located within Woodbine Park (a block south on Coxwell between Eastern and Lakeshore) and at McDonalds (about 3 blocks west on Queen).
This restaurant is very popular with regulars and the staff are friendly, quick and efficient. Reservations are mandatory for groups of 7 or more and recommended at busy times such as weekend mornings to avoid the lineups. Overall a good find.