Sidecar
Sidecar

Sidecar

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.sidecarrestaurant.ca/
  • Phone: (416) 536-7000
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Bathurst St.
  • Parking: No
A word from Sidecar
Sidecar Bar and Grill emphasizes simple preparation with fresh ingredients and uncomplicated presentations. A small menu helps to ensure freshness and expedite service, elevating the overall dining experience while maintaining a focus on value. Sidecar succeeds in combining a high level of food and service.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Sidecar reviews from OpenTable diners
88 reviews since July 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (52)romantic (42)fit for foodies (38)special occasion (36)great for outdoor dining (35)good for groups (28)hot spot (13)notable wine list (13)late-night find (9)great for lunch (4)kid-friendly (4)vibrant bar scene (4)great for brunch (2)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Food Good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    Quality food and very tastey. I had the salmon. We did the prix fixe. The waitress was nice. I would reccommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Heavenly hand crafted cocktails!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    My first dining experience at Sidecar was absolutely lovely. The vegetarian rigatoni was very tasty, and the jalapeño soup was smooth & generously cheesy. I ordered the Sidecar cocktail, which was delicious, and so was their Harvey Wallbanger (stole a sip from my dining mate!). Absolutely LOVE the quiet, mature atmosphere of the space. Will definitely visit again- I'm made it my mission to taste each of their lovely cocktails.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • was not impressed with food or service. Both bad!!
    Adge
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    Appetizers took over an hour to come to our table, food also took a very long time. We ordered the pre-fix menu. Cesar salad had a vinegrette anchovie dressing, the entree (steak) was very cold, and I had requested medium and received an almost rare piece of meat. The dessert was terribly dry we sent them all back. The only thing we enjoyed was the wine. Our service costed well over $220.00 and we left hungry, disppointed and after more the two hours in this place- late for our other events planned that evening. My guests were so unsatisfied, I paid for dinner and apologized for everything. We joked we were going to go to McDonalds after considering we spent so much money on such a terrible experience. Will never go back, not even for a glass of triple-the-price wine.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Reasonable prices and dinner portions were a good size.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great service!
    Babs
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Had a wonderful dining experience! Great choices, deep menu, fantastic service. All and all a fabulous place for dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DPEFoodie
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    The food was very good..great selection of appitizers and main courses. Prices for food and wine very reasoable.The seared blue fin tuna appitizer was to die for
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great pre-orbit room dinner!
    Rapman58VIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    If you are going to show at orbit room for say 10 o'çlock and you don't feel like having Italian at say bar italia, café dipomatico, etc. Sidecar is an amazing restaurant with top notch food at reasonable prices (mains generally in the low to mid 20$) - and not Italian! Everyone at our table had something different (pork chop, steak, duck and scallops) and everyone was happy, also very well presented and served. The sidecar salad is also a must. Only complaint - wine list is a little pricey - eg lowest price pinot noir was 56$, though there are some choices in the $40's but very limited. Cheers,
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome find
    Melanie
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    The restaurant offers a prix-fixe menu from Sunday to Wednesday, which gives you an amazing dinner for the price offered. The steak frites and the chicken are especially good. Also the flourless chocolate cake is not to miss. I love going here and it's my favorite place to recommend to friends and family!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently Great
    Brandon
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    I have been dining at Sidecar for years. This last experience was great as usual. The space is nice, the servers are knowledgable and most importantly the food was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent, as always!
    TheBestorNeverAgain
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    As always, the dinner and the service were excellent. I look forward to many more dinners there.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love the steak and frites
    Roxter
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Sidecar is one of my favourite places on College. The service is consistently good, nice ambience and the steak and frites are to die for!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Great place, not a large number of menu items so you know each one will be good. We each had the Salmon and it was great. Cooked perfectly with an amazing honey glaze. Service was on point as well. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner at Sidecar
    AMO1962
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I went to Sidecar with my friend. It was really nice to not have to look at a tv! The staff was wonderful. I have a garlic allergy and the server made sure that my meal was garlic free. The food was wonderful I would certainly recommend this restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Lil Romance
    1stClassFood
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    The food was amazing! Very unique, in comparison to other places I've been. I like when a restaurant puts their mark on their food. So when I want some hummus with dill bread,or a beautiful creme brule, sidecar will always come to mind. The soft jazz music they play with the dim lighting was perfect for the occasion. It was my birthday, one I'll always remember!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
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    123456
    Dined on 10/4/2014
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    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brian
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    I have been to Sidecar before but never booked through open table. The service for this visit was spectacular. Probably one of the best experiences I've hard in Toronto; the waiter was friendly, attentive and helpful. There was such attention to detail including giving us an amuse bouche and a special dessert presentation since we were celebrating an anniversary. The food was excellent. We both had the crab cakes, soup of the day, salmon with ratatouille and tiramisu. Every item was excellent in presentation, quality and flavour. The restaurant is also intimately decorated (both the dining room and bar area) and is very clean. I will continue to be a patron of Sidecar and would suggest for you to try it too!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Attention to Detail
    OutofTowners
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    This is our go-to restaurant for any number of reasons, all of them based on the staff's attention to the myriad of details that make for a special dining experience. These include drinks given the attention they deserve, fresh (and I mean really fresh) breads, an always interesting amuse bouche, and main courses that consistently amaze.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely evening out
    foodieinthegenesVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Five friends out to celebrate a 50th birthday, post jewelry workshop. We all had a delicious meal - all salads were delicious, steak frites on prix-fixe was great value. Duck confit on bed of lentils, pork chop, tuna...all divine. Service personable, warm and helpful. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • price fixed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    the fixed price menu was really good - we both thoroughly loved our meals, salad was fresh and tasty, steak blue as I asked and well seasoned + salmon cooked exactly the way we asked for it and seasoning sauce was also brought on the side because we asked for lemon AND we were asked if we'd like to share a glass of wine when we said we didn't want another full one each at the end of the meal - sharing one was the perfect amount
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Normnick
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    If you have a prix fix how can a waitress mess up a bill?
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • A good visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We found Sidecar to be a great experience. If we HAD to critique something it would be they could've added another server to speed things up a bit. Having said that our waiter was awesome ! They didn't have the Tiramisou (spelling?) but allowed us to substitute (even though we ordered from the fixed price menu. The Steak Frites were really good as was the chicken. I'm a big guy, and would've liked to have both, but my fiancee is tiny, so I ended up eating half of her meal as well.... The Chocolate Torte was delicious !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent experience
    Foodiefan
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Went to sidecar for the first time and was beyond surprised. The atmosphere on the 2nd level was great and a consistent , friendly service to match. I was also impressed with the selection of whiskey and cocktails. The food was exceptional and is very reasonable for the experience we had. I will be certain to visit again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    A quaint location for an upper scale meal which did not cost a fortune. It is rare to see a striploin steak for less than $28.00 in a decent restaurant. Wine list was extensive including a moderately priced Amarone. Staff was pleasant and extremely helpful. Timing for each course was perfect - we were never rushed or waiting for the next stage of our meal.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • AESLSK
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Every year, for years, a friend and I each invites the other for a birthday dinner, usually to a restaurant we have not visited before. Sidecar was this year's choice -- and we were delighted. Fresh food -- from local farms -- made in house, served with grace and humour, in a stylishly charming bistro that is priced perfectly ($25 prix fix should you choose). From the bread basket and wine, to the steak frites and pan roasted chicken, to the flourless chocolate torte and a velvety creme brule, Sidecar has set a very high bar for our future birthday dinners. In fact, we'll probably stop searching -- and just make this the place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best in the city
    Biggs
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    After my second visit to Sidecar I am hoping to make a third one soon. The food is excellent and the service is very friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delightful
    ottawafoodie
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I enjoyed my experience at Sidecar. I ordered their evening's special, which was fish. It was prepared very well and I enjoyed it immensely. I also ordered a cocktail called El Presidenté, which was stronger than anticipated but again it was well prepared. One of the members of the party received a complimentary dessert as it was her birthday, an added nice touch. The one criticism I would have is that the service was a bit slow considering the number of other diners.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • worth the side trip
    Brad
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    very good restaurant, small but varied menu, great specials. Attentive service, very good food. Would definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pleasant Dinner
    mudraxe
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I chose Sidecar for my birthday dinner. The service was quick in terms of appetizers, however the main course took 40 minutes. Although we were warned, I was not impressed with the wait. The food was amazing; I recommend the scallops! My main disappointment was the failure to complete my special request to do something special for the birthday girl. Overall, a pleasant experience. If you go in the summer, make use of the patio - stunning décor and cozy atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great people, great value
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    This is a welcoming and well-run spot any time, but especially good value early in the week when their $25 prix fixe is offered.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • applefaceVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    My first time here. The amuse bouche was a very nice touch - the fig/onion compote on taro chip was a burst of flavour. We definitely enjoyed our Horse(s) with No Name and El Presidente! We were told the incorrect soup de jour and had to change our orders. The caesar salad with the crispy pancetta was a highlight! My steak was perfectly done, but too heavily salted; my frites were suboptimal - got the bottom of the basket as most were too crispy or burnt, and not a piece of fries was longer than an inch. Patrions at table adjacent to us had fries all about 2.5 inches long - dishes not consistent! Dessert was supposed to be upside down pineapple cake, but was not available and substituted. Nice atmosphere; would give Sidecar another try!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Little Oasis
    Gerry
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Went to Sidecar not expecting much for a Monday night dinner with my wife and a friend. Instead we ended up having a wonderful and completely satisfying dinning experience. The backyard patio was quaint, quiet, and lovely. The service by the entire staff was exceptional...especially from our server Aiden. Best of all the food was outstanding. We shall return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fourth Visit.
    Cherry
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I love this restaurant. I always bring a new a friend. The service is always wonderful, the food is always perfectly cooked and delicious. I will always come back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always terrific
    warrenVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    This is one of my favorite "go to "restaurants in Toronto as well as my neighborhood. Food and service is consistently excellent. And their prix fix menu is attractive and very reasonably priced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Adequate
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Sidecar is adequate -- it's fine, it's pleasant, the food is reasonably well-prepared and plainly presented, there are no surprises. But the food needs something -- it was just alright, but that's all. The dessert -- pineapple upside down cake, was very disappointing -- one little piece of pineapple and a tiny drizzle of caramel sauce on a tasteless sponge cake. Steak frites were fine, but just that -- they were fine. Service was pleasant but slow. So the evening was alright, but not memorable, and I would probably suggest somewhere else next time.
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  • Excellent as always
    TheBestorNeverAgain
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Prix fixe was very, very good. Although desert was excellent, I would like a choice or two.
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    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • It was all good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    What a pleasant surprise. This restaurant is obviously not hot (at least not on a Tuesday night), but everything was close to perfect. The steak was a little underdone and a bit chewy, but very tasty. And the prix fixe menu is a great deal. You could do much worse for twice the price. Also, the service was impeccable...which may also be due to the Tuesday factor. Nevertheless, I'd come back again and go through the rest of the menu, although I might just stay with the steak frites on account of the frites.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 52 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 28, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 653 reviews are from the Sidecar reviews archive.
  • new chef, new menu
    MUSHYSPAPPYVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Especially enjoyed the rack of lamb, new to the menu.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    LiveFreeOrDineHard
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Went to Sidecar for a special event and it was great. I had the steak and it was cooked perfect medium-rare, my girlfriend had the chicken and loved her meal as well. When it came time to desert it did take a little longer to arrive compared to the rest of the meal which was fast. Even then it didn't feel long and compared to other restaurants I'm sure it wasn't but the host brought us complimentary drinks which was very nice. The waiters were wonderful and I would recommend to anyone looking for a nice quiet place with good food.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    Clark007
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Second time to Sidecar and this time for son's Birthday treat. We had a wonderful evening on the patio at the back of resturant. It was such a Lovely experience. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Hadn't been for about 18 months and decided to give it a try. Food was tasty, though I did leave still hungry. Portions (especially crab cakes) were quite small, however I was particularly hungry so on other nights may not have been an issue. You cant beat the price - terrific value for a restaurant of this caliber.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate