La Societe

4.3
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2076 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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French
Experience our passion for French cuisine with Executive Chef Brent Maxwell's newly reimagined menu. Indulge in a fresher, lighter approach to classic dishes while enjoying an inspired and dynamic French bistro in the heart of Toronto’s Yorkville neighbourhood.
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4.2
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4.3
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4.4
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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Was great but they rushed us out for the next reso when there were many tables around us available which I thought was a bit odd.

OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great service. Excellent food.

SD
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent French onion soup. Mussels were undercooked but they redid them to rectify the problem. Good service. Very good wine list. One of the few places in toronto where you can get a hamburger that’s cooked to order (like medium) rather than well done.

b
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always have enjoyed this restaurant over the past nine years.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Terrible service resulted in us leaving before even ordering. Bartender ignored us, gave our seat away, served others that arrived long after us. Completely ridiculous. One less option for fine dining in Toronto

NS
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So sad its closing. The Brunch was a favorite!!

OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Food was served cold. Requested no salt, came with salt

AA
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience5

Noise level was TERRIBLE otherwise food and service good.

SK
Toronto
14 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Maybe the best French restaurant we've been to in Toronto! Great food and ambiance, very good service. We just discovered it and heard it is closing - that would be a terrible shame! Wish there was a way to keep it open!

C
Adelaide
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Sorry to hear it is closing.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I would recommend La Societe but the first time I went was considerably better than my most recent visit. I ordered the beef bourginion on both occasions. The first time was incredibly delicious. The second time around, not so much. The portions size was very different from the first visit. The first time was an ample serving of beef, however the second time was only one small piece of beef and all mashed potatoes. Due to the small portion of beef the flavour was less than gratifying tasting more like mashed potatoes.

MT
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

What a wonderful place for an easy lunch. The food is delicious yet be mindful you're eating in a swanky part of Toronto so my salad with chicken was $30. Well worth the price when you're looking for a lovely place to connect with a few of your favourite friends. I would go back!

TS
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Always reliable.

G
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you're looking for a cozy place to eat amazing French food, look no further. Service was great also. Definitely recommend it.

JL
Montreal
5 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was a bit uneven. Some things great and some mediocre but with prices that high everything should be perfect.

R
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a little pressed for time, but the servers were incredibly accommodating. They kept an eye on the clock, were right on hand to expedite our orders, and kept things running smoothly. The food was wonderful, the ambiance elegant and beautiful, and the already top-notch service was exemplary. Well done and thank you!

SH
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience4

As the only Vegan in a party of three this place was a mistake. I can normally work my way round a menu to find something that can sustain me but it was impossible here. I do not expect a wide choice but when all I am left with is a citrus salad and a side of fries,with all the animal protein removed, and some tofu (which the Chef happened to have left over from an event the night before) it means I left hungry and dissatisfied.

Surely, with 10% of the Canadian population identifying as Vegan/Vegetarian, even a French restaurant could have one or two options that could be readily converted to a vegan option if not a rotating vegan option.

As a vegan, the most common question I get asked is "where do you get your protein?" Well not at La Societe, that's for sure.

I have scored the service as very good only because our server was very pleasant, did his best and at least managed to get Tofu.

AL
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on 26 November 2019
Overall1food2service2ambience2

Started off terribly and did not improve! Hostess with HUGE attitude asked aggressively “can i help you” without a welcome or offering to take coats. Showed us to a table designed for party of 8 and then not happy to move us to a table suitable for our party of 4. One of our guests who arrived later experienced the exact same snarky greeting! I complained to her associate who told me the hostess felt badly; but a real apology would have gone a long way!! This was followed up with sweet and attentive service from a brand new waitress who was hopelessly undertrained and hadn’t got a clue about the menu. Crappy experience was reinforced by the kitchen with truly mediocre food and lousy plating, servers shoving down dishes on the table without asking who they were for. Overall lousy experience, poor value and B team service

OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food especially Foie Gras. Service and ambience is wonderful. Great value for the price.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Hostess didn’t pay attention to our reservation requirement (made over a week prior reservation), and when we asked about it she refused to accommodate our needs. We expressed the situation to the waiter and he promptly accommodated us. Food is always delicious at La Society tho!

FC
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great for Sunday brunch. Nice ambiance to the restaurant and very good service.

NJ
Toronto
24 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went with 8 people for my friends baby shower and had a great experience. Loved the phone, such a beautiful restaurant and great food

BA
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here for my birthday dinner.. and I wasn't disappointed at all. Delicious dinner was had by all by whole family. My 20 year old said it was his second best dinner ever! Delicious and unique cocktails and excellent service. Will be back!

J
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was great, oysters where the best, foie gras and boudin was the best. The wine requested from wine list was a 2010 burgandy, brought in 2015 and told us will leave it as a favor at same price !!!!!!!!!

S
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely setting, excellent food and attentive service. One of my favourites in Toronto with a decidedly French tilt.

J
Toronto
19 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We were warmly welcomed and seated. Our server was pleasant and knowledgeable. We were told that we would receive bread, which only arrived after I reminded the server. He blamed a colleague for non delivery, vs apologizing.

He was more of an “order taker” vs an “order maker.” As an example, we each ordered a glass of wine and a main course. There was absolutely no effort to entice us to order an appetizer or offer a 2nd glass of wine. I asked for a 2nd glass of wine. We were not offered tea or coffee to accompany our dessert, yet offered an alcoholic beverage following dessert, which we declined.

Once the cheque was presented, we waited for close to 10 minutes to pay and only once I caught the attention of the greeter/manager.

I have dined at La Societe on many occasions and while the quality of the meal was extremely tasty and fresh, the service was a disappointment.

HG
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Hostess was extremely rude and told us we had to leave the table asap

AE
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience3

The food needs a lot of attention. Our table received a steak that was very fatty as well as cold mashed potatoes. A side order of mushrooms was undercooked. The truffle burrata was not soft inside and the truffle flavour was weak.

OT
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and great, attentive service.

JB
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

I really like this restaurant overall, and have dined here before. Unfortunately, both of our mains were slow to arrive and luke-warm at best (but tasty otherwise.) One was pasta and one was the daily special, so really no excuse. That being said, we told our server and we were comped two desserts (which we had not planned on ordering.)

Excellent wine list, attentive service. Our pâté appetizer was excellent! Despite this blip, we will return. Music a tad loud for our tastes but perhaps we are just old 😂

f
Toronto
14 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Love the French bistro ambiance. Dishes are typical of that type of restaurant with the quality of the food excellent.

Service was great as well. We told our server we had to be finished by a certain time as we were going to a show nearby and he was very attentive to getting us out on schedule, even though the place was quite busy.

Excellent wine list, if not hugely extensive.

Prices are quite reasonable.

C
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

As always good food at good value - will be back
Great for work dinners or couples

SB
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Would give them another shot. The duck confit, and shortrib were not executed at a high level .

DT
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

I've been to La Societe several times for dinner. This was the first time I've come for brunch. I love the decor. The place buzzes with energy and the service is excellent. The restaurant was my choice for a small group. The food I've enjoyed at dinners was very good. Brunch was less impressive. It wasn't bad. Just okay. I expected better.

H
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Beautiful restaurant but Brunch is very busy. Think it's difficult for them to manage big groups. Food is tasty but long waits for drinks and service and food a little cold.

M
Toronto
38 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great front house staff that makes up for shortcomings from the kitchen. But nevertheless an enjoyable experience.

A
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience3

The meal was cold! The beef bourgeon was beef sous vide and everything was not cohesive...and no apologies and no remedies. We will never be back!

CC
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This is the second time in two weeks. First visit was on a Friday, last visit a Saturday. It was pretty full and busy. Despite this, the staff made us feel relaxed and welcome. Also, having only 1.5 hours, because of a concert, we still did not feel rushed or uncomfortable. The food is French done really well. The staff knew the dishes in detail. Excellent in every way.

ML
Toronto
33 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and delicious food😍🥰😍

AO
9 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Went very late - 1045 and kitchen closes at 11. Kind enough to wait. Service was great. Nice ambiance - on the quiet side. Great food. A bit pricey. Would go back.