The Saint
The Saint

The Saint

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thesainttavern.com/
  • Phone: 6473502100x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday - Thursday 4:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
    Friday - Saturday 4:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m.


    Brunch

    Saturday & Sunday: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, American, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Jesse Vallins
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Dundas St W
  • Public Transit: The TTC stops at the corner of Ossington Ave, and Dundas St W. a two minute walk north of The Saint Tavern. You can take either the Dundas W streetcar or the Ossington Bus.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Ample on street parking as well as a public pay parking lot at the rear of our building.
A word from The Saint
A modern take on a classic American tavern, The Saint is a friendly neighbourhood spot located on the very popular Ossington strip in Toronto. Our menu derives from ethically sourced ingredients, meticulously executed to best showcase the familiar flavours of North American cuisine.
With hospitality that provide all the comforts of home, our contemporary space evokes a nostalgic bistro-style feel. We offer booth seating for intimate evenings, a 20 seat zinc bar for those for those looking to sample a signature cocktail, one of our many featured beers or a casual dinner in a vibrant atmosphere while watching the game.
Paying homage to the Wesley United Church, the original Saint on Ossington and a pillar of the community built in 1875 on the corner of Ossington and Dundas, we value family and camaraderie. We honour that church, the neighbourhood and the community with a guild antique mirror that hangs behind the bar.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
The Saint reviews from OpenTable diners
60 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (41)neighborhood gem (36)vibrant bar scene (20)hot spot (18)good for groups (16)great for brunch (15)special occasion (14)late-night find (13)romantic (9)great for lunch (4)notable wine list (4)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Great tastes for food and drinks
    EatDrinkEnjoy
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    My first visit and they were on their on their game. Tried the spicy cocktail (with cucumber) and the Bon Scott, the bread board (honey garlic !!), grilled bacon starter and the very delicious burger (have it medium rare cuz it's all made in house so don't worry). The fried chicken looked great. I'll go back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretty good
    Lenny
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Interesting good menu but small wine list. The cheese plate was awesome but the rest was just ok. Very loud, not great for intimate dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too $$
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Food was really good but I was a bit shocked when the bill came. Too expensive for the kind of resto it is.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good, nice decor
    princesstrudy
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    nice place, good lines in terms of decor and such. not terribly loud - felt like a French bistro, actually. Foodwise, the pierogies are to die for! and the griddled tomatoes - seriously delicious. However, I wouldn't order the steak tartare again - it looked more like a hamburger patty in shape and colour. All in all, we'd go back for sure - and try some different stuff. But pierogies are a must.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A wonderful gem in the City
    Foodlover
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Our first visit there to celebrate my partner's birthday. Enjoyed the heavenly oysters pre-dinner. Our server was very friendly, knowledgeable and provided excellent service. Interesting design of the very long bar. Dinner was great- entrees are great for sharing between two and we really enjoyed the perogies, smoked duck nuggets, burger and fried chicken. Will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • welcome surprise
    burgernribs
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    the saint is a surprise hit, wonderful pockets of locale in Toronto, Ossington is defn a place to go, street parking is difficult to find hit the green P. Duck Nuggets home made mustard, excellent little treats from the pews, welcome and accomidating staff, menu is not what you would expect and something of a treat from the old staple chains.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing Food
    pocs1415VIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    The food was what you would expect from the Jacob's team! The service was great, friendly and quick.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Birthday Brunch
    kylafilmgirl
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Came here specifically to try the French Toast, was not disappointed. Loved the Nutella mousse, though would have preferred slightly less of the fruit compote, but that's just personal preference. Nice, quick service in a great atmopshere.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Menu changed for summer
    Loveweirdfood
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    We went knowing what we wanted, and when we got there, not only were they sold out of buck-a-shuck, but they had pulled some items off their menu. I pouted to the waitress and mentioned that the website wasn't updated, so she talked to the manager, and he decided to give us a great deal! I hope they bring back their pâté though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great service
    TODinerVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Returning to The Saint for another dinner was wonderful. The chicken and rib entrees for two were delicious. The service was attentive, knowledgeable And the server polite and attractive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for sharing
    HEATHERVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    A small efficient menu means everything coming out of the kitchen is well executed & delicious. My husband ordered the burger & it was one of the best he's had... They grind their own mix with brisket. I shared starters of beef tartare (well seasoned, balanced) , beet salad (delicious bursts of tangy & sweet with creamy & crunchy) and mains of fish (not over cooked, lovely light batter) & fried chicken (juicy, crispy) with a side of roasted cauliflower (addictive) . The most memorable dishes were definitely the sides for the fried chicken - excellent mac & cheese & a coleslaw my mom loved because it was more savoury then sweet & sour.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Special Treat
    EurasianSensation
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Great food, great service. The fries and marrow mayo were delicious, and the beet salad was excellent. My friends had the cheeseburger and the fried chicken - both looked scrumptious. The cocktails were great - not too sweet. The service was pretty good. The low-point was the pecan pie. The crust had been overcooked, but I liked that it wasn't too sweet!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Its All About the Donuts
    MB1977VIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I had heard fabulous things about this place for some time, and when I went I was NOT disappointed. We went for brunch w/ a friend visiting from NYC ... and all of us fell in love with the Donuts. To the point we over indulged and had it at the beginning & the end of our brunch ... the Duck Eggs Beni were made to perfection ... they surpassed my every expectation... I would go back in a heartbeat!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Disappointed with the food. Roast beef so tough it could not be chewed and fried chicken overcooked and dry. Beet salad delicious.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Relaxed vibe and shareable plates
    vonnegutsandglory
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    The menu at the Saint is great. They do brunch, which I hear is phenomenal. We came on a Friday night for a birthday dinner. We shared warm olives and a cheese plate, that were the stars of the night. Both delicious and generous in portions. Next I had a potato crusted trout, which sounded much better than it was and my boyfriend had the ribeye steak, which came with a melted herbed butter. It was perfectly cooked with a great crust, the flavors were fabulous. We ordered cocktails, which are extensive, unique and delicious. Our first cocktails took over 20 minutes to come so they were on the house, which was a nice apology. All in all, good vibe and great music. No patio and really cold but food was good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Big Fan!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Rob Gentile and team can really do no wrong. Casual dining atmosphere, delicious food, great drinks and friendly service. PS. they have $4 mimosas and caesars for brunch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Roast Chicken
    Bobblehead
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    My wife and I shared the delicious whole roast chicken, and there was enough to take some home. I would also recommend the Malbec. Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays feature $1 oysters. The service was excellent. Will return again and again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 43 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 158 reviews are from the The Saint reviews archive.
  • fun place and really good food
    ASRQVIP
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    don't miss the perogies! and the sides are delicious
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice, local place
    LACanuck
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    Went to The Saint on a Monday. Busy enough, but not overwhelming with people. Booths are large and the atmosphere is urban chic. One of the benefits of Mondays is that the oysters are a 'buck a shuck'. And they don't skimp. The oysters were huge. Tasty with a number of interesting sauces to make it different. The rest of the menu is short but the food is quite good. Had the potato-breaded cod, which was nicely presented. And the perogies and pork belly was worth it. All in all, this is a nice local place. It's a bit out of my way at Ossington and Dundas, but if in the area, it's absolutely worth a visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tasty!
    James
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    As always, The Saint doesn't disappoint. Tasty food, good drinks selection and generally a great time.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Friendly, delish dining @ The Saint
    vickiz
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    Colleagues and I have met up at The Saint a couple of times in the past year for dinner before attending events in the neighbourhood. The beer selection is great, the food is delicious, with some surprise ingredients added to comfort fare, the setting is comfy and relaxing (love the semi-circular booths), and wait persons are pleasant, helpful and knowledgeable. I need to get back to this place more often and need to introduce friends to it.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • brunchtime's many hits / few misses
    GutReaction
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Enjoyed a great meal with my family last Sunday. Have go-to's in the Saint's bar and dinner menus, but found new favorites to start the day too. Scones were fresh from the oven and disappeared as quickly as they arrived. Loved the grown-up version of the breakfast sandwich - great sausage topped w a perfectly cooked duck egg. The berry pancakes also deserve special mention as much for the quality of the fruit as for their perfect weight and texture. Service was v. friendly and our waitress was helpful & knowledgeable about the menu, but service was a bit unfocused, forgetting 2x when table made requests; would be better if wait staff didn't all loiter at the bar, comparing notes about their Sat. night exploits...
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • So delicious. So full.
    tronix
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Loved the ambience, food, and service here. Really quick on the food, and wow was it ever filling. The duck egg benedict (or whatever it's actually named) is very tasty and hits the spot perfectly for a nice stroll around the neighbourhood after. Trust me, you'll be good 'til dinner. Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Keeps us coming back.
    JDrph
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    Whether it's the buck a shuck, the fried chicken or brunch the food is always great! The bar is a great place to catch a game or catch up with friends or family in one of the booths
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not great service for brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    I was told that the brunch was fantastic, so I made reservations for a friend and I to have brunch last Saturday @ 10:30am. The food was good, definitely. The service was bad. The waitress spilt the coffee all over the table and had to replace the unused napkins. Then we moved to the bar because there was more room, and the service was next to nothing. Took a while for coffee and a menu at the bar. 3 guys behind the bar and we didn't get any attention. Don't think I would recommend it, although the food was good. Exactly why I would go back, but don't want that experience again. I like to give second chances. I just wasn't impressed.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic food!
    Darseneau
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    Went to the Saint on a Sunday for a few dozen buck-a-shuck oysters and a bunch of snacks/apps. We had the grilled salami, duck nuggets, steak tartare and the ruben sausage. The restaurant was pretty busy cnsidering it was Sunday and the food was on point as usual! The oysters came out quickly and service at the bar was very attentive. Thanks for a great night!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lots of food, good fun
    justatethere
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    We went on a Saturday night. Good points - hearty, interesting, well-prepared food. Very easy to order too much. Good value for money. Enthusiastic servers. Original cocktail offerings and the bartender even whipped up something interesting and non-alcoholic for a teenager. Downsides - gets very loud. And places that charge for bread are a pet peeve. Will probably go back just to try some more of the menu items.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Kevin
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Had the steak and it was awesome. Great food and presentation. A little pricey, but it was worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friday night disappointment
    DapirVIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Had brunch a few weeks back - really good! Returned for diner on a Friday night - really busy , waited for table 15 mins , server was good ,salad was smallest in Toronto , ordered 25oz ribeye steak to share came out cold , everything was cold . Dropped the ball on this one , probably won't be back .
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great food, great service!
    lexto
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Pricy but worth it, will definitely go back! The food was incredible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    Great restaurant to have brunch with friends. Although difficult to hear at times due to music and perhaps the poor acoustics. I was very pleased with the quality of the food and attentiveness of the staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best meal ever!
    Merk
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Amazing! Without a doubt the more enjoyable and palatable meal in my life. So much, that midway through the meal I called and insisged my brother, who lived close by, come and join us as well. Wonderful service, knowledgeable staff, great wine and wonderful food. Worth every dollar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good food, good service
    Wayne
    Dined on 2/24/2014
    ...shame about the Dark and Stormy! Enjoyed a great meal here - buck-a-shuck oysters were great, as was the beef salami. Mains (steak and daily sausage, respectively) were delicious, especially the light touch of the 'tater tots' with the steak. Only downside was the after-dinner cocktail (dark and stormy) we decided to have, which tasted nothing like a Dark and Stormy that either of us had ever had. To be fair, the waitress noticed our displeasure and offered to change the drinks, but being polite Canadians, we both declined (much to our regret). Even so, meal was very good and service was, as well...
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  • All around solid
    jpdiner
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    Having been there once before and loved it, I brought a friend from out of town to enjoy The Saint. We tried almost all of the small plates, the burger and the sausage of the day which were all amazing, as well as some cocktails and beers. Everything was excellent, including the service, the only thing that we could say negatively was that the blueberry pie wasn't stellar, but still good, and not what their known for. Would definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyed everything
    JennVIP
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    Food was great, drinks were very good as well. The service was nice and so was the ambiance. Nothing to complain about!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Will go back
    jcr111
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    I had brunch at The Saint and was very happy with the experience .... sunny spot at the front, great service and yummy food! I went back for dinner ... nice booth, great service and good food. My friends had enjoyable meals (burger, fried chicken). I ordered the skirt steak and although the flavours were delicious, the meat was very chewy. The waiter did describe the meal for me but I tried it anyway. A different cut of beef would have made my meal perfect. Dessert is delicious but large - good for sharing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Sunday dinner
    JackieVIP
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    Great venue for a good Sunday dinner, especially the Yorkshire Pudding
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh ingredients, but slow service
    Mignon
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    Went for brunch last Sunday for the first time as the menu was different and interesting featuring a lot of duck which I love. We had reservations at 11am and our server took our drink and food order about 15 minutes after we were seated. However, it took about 30 minutes before our food order arrived which is really slow considering I had ordered a salad and my husband the eggs benedict. Granted the ingredients were very fresh and the food was tasty, but nothing that extraordinary to warrant the long wait. On a side note, if you're going to give it a try, the thick cut bacon is very tasty!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Buck-a-shuck oysters?!? Where
    Adrienne
    Dined on 2/3/2014
    Buck-a-shuck oysters?!? Where else in Toronto can you find such a great deal?
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Usual good food,unusual bad service
    TODinerVIP
    Dined on 1/28/2014
    Another trip to the Saint for "Buck a Shuck" on a Tuesday evening. Food was great as usual. Those pirogies are to die for. The only glitch was the service. It took a long long time between appetizers and the main course and on top of it all, the server totally forgot to bring out the soup ordered by one of the diners. This is inexcusable and hopefully is just a blip on the Saint's otherwise great record.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.