Canis Restaurant

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Canada's 100 Best Restaurants 2018 #15
En Route Magazine 2017 Canada's Best New Restaurants #2
Toronto Life Magazine 2017 Best New Restaurants #5
What 377 People Are Saying
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L
Montreal
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very unusual expérience with plenty of flavors! Loved it!

CH
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Overall very good experience. The ingredients tasted fresh and were cooked just right. In some dishes, the seasoning is a little bit overwhelming, e.g. too salty. But overall Canis provides a great dining experience with great value.

KF
Toronto
55 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazingly creative food!

SK
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal. The food was fabulous. Would recommend the restaurant to everyone

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

deserves 1 michelin star

OT
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Fantastic restaurant. I look forward to see dine there again.

LV
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

the food was really delicious, the accompanying wines were excellent but compared to the food the wines were a bit expensive.

the furniture is basic compared to the quality of the food.

i would go back zny time for the food

P
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic overall! They accommodated my expectant wife, and even did something special for her birthday. The only MINOR inconvenience was an infrequent and feint unpleasant smell coming from a particular near the stairway to the bathroom. ... Would still highly recommend as a splurge dinner.

WS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great team of chefs. Wine list focuses on sustainable, biodynamic wines.

BB
Toronto
24 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I went in with pretty high expectations given the reviews I read but I must say, I was relatively disappointed. Food wasn't bad but there also wasn't any big surprise either. Staff were friendly but not very attentive. We had to pour our own wine the whole night. I also felt rushed as the next dish came as soon as the last one was taken away. So overall experience was ok but I'm not dying to go back anytime soon.

DR
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The food was awesome tasting but with a final bill over $300 for 2 people it is not a place I would rush back to. Not great value! The size of the food portions were too small. We were both still hungry at the end of the main courses. Serving us 3 deserts filled us up - with sugar!! I would have liked more of the amazing duck instead of the 3 or 4 tiny slices served. They can do better!

MR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Fabulous Experience. Ambience could be a bit better nevertheless the service, food quality and attentiveness if staff is remarkable.

ET
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A delicious tasting menu with very nice pairings. Our fours are other people's fives I know but that is because some restaurants have set the bar so high. The value is amazing though which really balances out the equation. Definitely recommend this place.

KV
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

As visitors to many tasting menus throughout Toronto we were excited to try Canis and were not disappointed. Their food is complex and layered yet simple.
Techniques used like fementation complimented each dish. Favourite dishes for the night would be the lobster corn soup (chickpea broth with smoky hickory flavouring), melt in your mouth short ribs, duck croquettes, liver pate fruit tart and popcorn ice cream. Presentation was simple yet inviting. Must try their rhubarb soda. Staff was knowledgeable and friendly. Thank you for helping us celebrate our special night.

S
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Thank you, for such an amazing night! We were both industry people and really appreciated everything top to bottom. It was a special night and it was executed so well!

OT
Western NC
16 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely an exquisite experience. The dishes started strong and just kept getting better.

L
San Diego
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Canis to celebrate a birthday, we absolutely enjoy everything about that night! We had the tasting menu with 8 courses with the wine pairing. All dishes were absolutely incredible with original tastes and ingredients.
Wine selection was also perfect, with lots of natural/organic wines.
We particularly enjoyed that every cooker came to our table and present the dish they cooked and the description of all wines that were served (6 glasses).

DT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

One of the best culinary experiences I’ve had in Toronto! This place is all about the food

AL
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Walking upon the restaurant, it certainly does not look like much on the outside. The second story looks like it's falling apart and the interior is very basic with minimal decoration. I also could not help but notice a smell of something like dry cat food which I believe I saw someone else mention in another review on this site. Luckily I stopped noticing after a little bit. Other than that, we had a wonderful time. The servers were all attentive and explained the dishes well. They did not appear annoyed if I ever asked them to repeat themselves. The dishes were very nicely plated and we really enjoyed the food! Sometimes with tasting menus, one walks away still hungry but we were very full and happy at the end. The wine pairings were also lovely, save for one of them which to me tasted like the liquid version of oregano. I would certainly say to give this spot a try.

NL
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Exceptional food with exquisite wine pairing. Blown away by the quality and attention to deal. My new favourite restaurant in Toronto!

J
London
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic place with young guns dishing up great food in a very thoughtful way. Just go there and join the ride!!

KC
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top food in the city.

MD
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Amazing food. The attention to detail and flavours are incredible. The restaurant needs a bit of work inside as it’s a bit run down and smells musty.

BM
New England
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was the absolute star of the experience at canis. Thoughtful and inspired dishes with fresh ingredients, great preparation, and fresh presentation. Everything on the menu was good, but the duck liver pate tart was especially stunning, as were the tender melting steak, smoky lobster, and succulent duck. Service was unobtrusive and friendly. Definitely a great place to visit for a special experience.

KB
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the moment my wife and I entered till the end it was a remarkable experience. The 8 course meal was truly original and delicious. It was too bad that the place was not that busy. Would highly recommend if you are looking for a unique tasting menu.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a tremendous meal at Canis - service was understated but excellent, food was consistently flavorful and creative. I almost never write reviews but feel Canis deserves the good press!

CM
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Remarkable! Pace was a bit fast on a quiet night, but only minor quibble

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the top 5 meals we’ve experienced!

p
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

it's a splurge but the level of service and quality of the meal make it worthwhile. Some genuine talent in that kitchen - highly recommended!

MJ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my second dinner at Canis and the food, as well as the service, remain top notch. The kitchen does a fabulous job of extracting the pure essence of the ingredients which results in beautiful flavours coming through each dish. The service is friendly and attentive and the interior is comfortable, yet modern/sohpisticated. The tasting menu is a good value as it would cost much more for a comparable meal in NY, London or Tokyo. Having dined at some of the best restaruants in the world, I highly recommend Canis to foodies looking for a delectable dining experience.

OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was fantastic and the wine pairing was great!

p
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We very much enjoyed our experience at Canis . The tasting menu was inventive and held some wonderful plates - the halibut and shiitake, pork, tuna with dill, and duck breast were clear highlights. The wine pairing was very fairly priced.

The knowledge of the servers and kitchen staff was also impressive. They clearly were very comfortable with the menu and shared accurate and even fun descriptions of the wine and food. One small observation is that the service felt a tad impersonal. The service was excellent - just felt a tad more business and transactional.

On a whole we really enjoyed our time at Canis and would return.

l
Toronto
71 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food and service was excellent. For each course a server described the contents of the dish. What would have been helpful is if one menu is left on the table for the duration of the meal in order to allow the diner to refer back to what the server indicated was in the dish. An appreciated gesture was allowing a taste of each of the wines we were considering before ordering a bottle. Overall a lovely restaurant and a great tasting menu.

JP
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent combination of outstanding service and food. All of our various dietary needs were reviewed and incorporated seamlessly. Highly recommended

S
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was delicious and different. Loved the different textures and flavors. Service was great.
Only suggestion would be to expand the cocktail menu or allow guests to order off menu standard cocktails like a martini

The noise was a little loud. Loved the background playlist but it was drowned out by an obnoxious inebriated guest two tables down screaming thru every conversation.

JW
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal I had on this trip. Amazing flavours, beautiful plating, friendly staff, and perfect attention to detail.

JB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

It is definitely a restaurant everyone should try.

We had very high expectations due to all the accolades and high rankings this restaurant has received.

The food is truly incredible. The atmosphere is great.

My only 'less-than-perfect' comments were:

1. Price - It is not an inexpensive meal. Dinner for two you can expect to be paying at minimum $300. And that is why you are able to get reservations fairly easily at a top 30 restaurant in all of Canada.

2. Service - Incredibly professional, efficient and attentive. To the point where it felt a little impersonal and transactional.

All in all its a very good dining experience that everyone should at least try once.

AV
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My boyfriend and I sat at the chef’s bar, and it was by far the best seat in the house. The food was phenomenal and the chef’s were so welcoming to all of our questions. We will definitely be back.

LM
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our second time visiting the this restaurant! The food is exceptional it plays with all your senses. The creativity with the food and execution is all on point! The staff are all very nice and attentive - We will return

D
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Try getting seats in the counter. The seats unfortunately are not the comfiest but it was interesting seeing them plate and prepare the dishes. They chefs were very accommodating with any questions.

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