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Sidecar Details

  • 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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Diner Reviews
  • "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!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Prix fixe was very, very good. Although desert was excellent, I would like a choice or two."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "Especially enjoyed the rack of lamb, new to the menu."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We really enjoyed our dinner and Sidecar. It was our first visit, but it had been highly recommended by family. We will definitely come back."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We celebrated a double birthday at Sidecar. The food was wonderfully prepared, very tasty and seasoned just right. Everyone enjoyed their dinner but personally, I loved the rack of lamb. YUM! The service was outstanding - personable, attentive and professional. The weather totally cooperated that night and we enjoyed dinner on the spacious patio. We'll be back soon."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "your food is great. the ambiance is good....your kitchen seems disorganized when busy. last two times we experienced extended wait for our food. first time we were compensated with no charge. (waited over an hour after salads) last time similiar time wait. had to ask server three times for bread......got very frustrating...said it was because of power outage which is reasonable...but this is second time it happened, so not sure what to think. will give it a third (and last try) if there is an extended wait for main."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "A very nice meal once again and had a friendly, attentive waiter. Would recommend to others."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Went with a small group of friends for a Birthday dinner, got a poorly located table in the back where it was hot and busy with the pickup window, but they quickly accommodated our request to be moved to the beautiful patio in the back without any fuss. Everyone's dish was excellent (Steak Frites X3, Shrimp Risotto, Duck Confit Gnocchi), appetizers and soup just as good. (The seared Ahi tuna was a little salty, but still much to my liking). Overall service was very good as well, professional and friendly. Two areas for improvement, (but still good): Pouring the wine & forgot the bread after asking us if we wanted some. As a nice subtle accent for the birthday they added a small candle to the dessert dish which was a perfect touch."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "I must say the patio at the back is pretty nice. Food is not bad either."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "they have a very committed owner who ensures that consistent service and food are delivered every time great place to visit"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "The patio at Sidecar is lovely - serene and comfortable. Service is very friendly and knowledgeable. The food was great. Excellent steak frites and lamb shank on the menu. Nice selection on the wine list."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "This restaurant has outlasted a lot of its neighbours in the Little Italy strip of College Street, in large part because of its low key approach to simple, delicious food, understated ambience, very affordable pricing, and excellent table service. It remains one of my favourite local destinations, in particular for entertaining out-of-towners, due to the consistency of all these factors. It doesn't alienate less adventurous palettes, nor does it disappoint. The creative cocktail list doesn't hurt either."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "As usual, the food at Sidecar was excellent. Notable this time was the duck gnocci. What made the meal outstanding was the service. We ate outside on a rainy day and the server physically moved our table to avoid any chance of us getting sprinkled with water. She described the entrée choices eloquently, and as it turned out, correctly. For example the gnocci was described as "pillows of flavour". Her timing as to when and when not to visit our table was professional. For both the food and the service, my partner declared Sidecar to be her new favourite restaurant!"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Great service and ambiance. The patio in the back is really lovely. Been a few times and the food is consistently good (not outstanding) and not overly expensive."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We loved our dinner. The servers were attentive but not intrusive and everyone made us feel very welcome, comfortable and well informed about the menu. The food was great; delicious, fresh, and thoughtfully composed. We especially liked the duck confit gnocchi with fresh peas and we really enjoyed sharing a cheese plate for dessert. The cocktails were superlative. I highly recommend this place."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "My husband and I were visiting from out of town and stumbled on this gem. It was 9:30 sun night so was quiet inside, a few people outside. We sat in the lovely back yard garden, where we got to enjoy a delicious appetizer salad (creamy oregano dressing yum). My husband had the steak.. Loved the garlic aioli, and I had the pumpkin risotto -- also fabulous. Even the coconut cake (included with the prix fixe) was great. And to top it all off, the service was divine! You won't regret eating here"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "We had an 8:00pm Saturday reservation and were fortunate to be seated on the outdoor patio. It was a lovely evening and the patio was full as were many tables indoors. The food was excellent as usual at Sidecar and the serving staff attentive and friendly. The problem was the wait time for each of the food courses. We finished our drinks and waited and waited for our appetizers and then waited even longer for our main courses. Our server apologized for the delays but it took much of the pleasure from the evening. We have been to Sidecar several times but have decided in the future we'll go early and on weekdays."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Delicious food! One of the best salads I have ever had, introduced me to Jicama. So delicious although the serving size is way too small."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Sadly, our meal was horrible from start to finish. I've always enjoyed this restaurant in the past. Hopefully a "one off". "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Sidecar is one of my favorite restaurants for dinner with my special friends. The servers are attentive, friendly, polite, sophisticated - its obvious that they love their work. I usually order my favorite, steak frites and its perfect every time. Plus I love their cocktails. Definitely will come back again and again."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Coming from the restaurant industry I find myself constantly finding myself thinking...we would be having more fun if I hosted dinner... Or... What is this servers problem, I don't care if they're having a bad day... But I found myself in the moment, enjoying every inure of my conversation with my friend but also my server. Shout out to her! Beautiful girl with that being said with the proper definition of the word. The food was fantastic. The pesto on the buffalo mozzarella app was incredible! I have since told many people since being there and that was two days ago. Great job team!"
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "The steak was cooked to perfection, though a touch salty. Our server was very attentive and friendly. Great neighbourhood spot for dinner or drinks. Excellent for client entertainment if you need a place you can still have a conversation that isn't drowned out by loud music or a chattery crowd. "
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "I always enjoy dining at Sidecar. Food, drink and service is fantastic - I always enjoy nights out here! Thanks for a great meal."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Outstanding service, excellent food and wonderful atmosphere!"
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "I guess that Sidecar has been around for quite a time, but not actually living in T.O., I'm not on top of the whole restaurant scene. But for us, this first occasion at Sidecar was a delight in every sense. The food, across all courses, was great, subtly creative and very much more accessibly priced than most spots that we have been to recently. The service was simply perfect - cordial, attentive, unobtrusive and insightful. Our group of four were unanimous in our appreciation and enjoyment. We will certainly be back."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "We were 4 on a Sunday having dinner at Sidecar. We really enjoyed it and the service was impeccable. There was a mix up with the bottle of wine and they did not make a fuss and settle the problem right away. That is what I would call an intelligent and customer service oriented. For sure, we will go back there. Personnaly, it was my 4th time and it was the same very good experience every time. That is rare in Toronto."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "I found the door greeter officious and humourless. They took our coats and my earring flung out of me ear. He did not even make a gesture to help me find it. Everything else was great, that guy total downer."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "My dad and I went to Sidecar just to have a nice dinner and catch up, and it was perfect. The food, service, and ambiance was all excellent. My dad wears hearing aids so sometimes very noisy places are uncomfortable for him, but the noise level was great. The place was almost full (which is impressive for a Tuesday night in Toronto), but we didn't have to raise our voices to talk. My pops has experienced his fair share of great restaurants and also loved Sidecar."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "We have enjoyed dining here on several occasions. The prix fixe menu and wine are very good value."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Love this place. Food is amazingly fresh and so tasty. Service is pleasant not over bearing or pretencious. Ordered Shrimp tempura Papardalle Gnocci Really enjoyed it..Will return."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Among all the Italian restaurants on College, Sidecar stands out with great food, great service, and some amazing cocktails!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "It was our 3rd visit in two years and every time we are impressed by the service and enjoy the food."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Great food. Olives. A beet salad, butternut squash risotto. All really yummy. Great service. Great wine list. Had a delicious mojito to boot. Highly recommend Sidecar."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Good, attentive service. No complaints........the Montreal bread is amazing!"
    Dined on 2/25/2014