URSA
URSA

URSA

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://ursarestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 4165368963x
  • Hours of Operation:
    MONDAY.....10pm - late COCKTAILS & DJ
    . .TUESDAY - THURSDAY.......6pm - 10pm
    . .FRIDAY................6pm - late COCKTAILS & DJ
    . .SATURDAY...........6pm - late COCKTAILS & DJ
    . .SUNDAY..............6pm - 10pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Canadian
  • Executive Chef: Jacob Sharkey Pearce
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Shaw St
  • Public Transit: Take the Queen Streetcar to the Shaw stop, or Bus 63 Southbound from Ossington Station.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from URSA
Our Patio is now open! Book your table online by making a request in the notes.


URSA is a contemporary Canadian restaurant focusing on hand preparations of seasonal ingredients. Each dish is prepared and designed for optimized health and nutrition..

A green rooftop, urban bee keeping, 5 acre organic farm, hand sourced wild foraged foods and a chef run slaughtering initiative. Ursa takes every step of the process with great care and consideration.



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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerCanadian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
URSA reviews from OpenTable diners
54 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
82% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (43)special occasion (24)neighborhood gem (19)romantic (18)great for outdoor dining (12)hot spot (7)notable wine list (6)good for groups (2)late-night find (2)vibrant bar scene (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Vegetables Galore
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I was visiting Toronto on vacation and did quite a bit of research into the restaurant scene, and Ursa did not disappoint. The chef does some very creative things with vegetables, and he appears to experimenting with foams, fermented teas, dehydration and rehydration of various items, and the presentation is terrific. My only qualm are the meats. I am not a big fan of sausages and boudain, for example. If I were to come back, I would ask for a vegetarian menu, because that appears to be their strength.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • outdoor dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    very pleasant...not inexpensive...knowledgeable wait staff
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Blown away
    michaelpelzfoxVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Got that feeling when you find a gem. Happens maybe 1 in 50 new restaurants. 1. Creative cooking, 2. Thoughtful (i.e. local, grown/source own), 3. Great service, 4. Good surroundings with comfortable chairs (very rare, thank you!)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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  • Very pricey for ok food
    Foodie27VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We went to Ursa this weekend for my husband's birthday. I was excited. Everything was just okay. Service was good but casual, menu is limited. We decided to try the 5 course menu for $75! In the past chef menus, they offer food not on the menu that really wows you. Not here. We got smaller portions of menu items and I would give the food a B+, not the A or A+ I was expecting for the price. Also, I had included my husband's birthday in my reservation notes, which were confirmed when the restaurant called to confirm the reservation, but...nothing! A small gesture to indicate they remembered would have been nice. Overall, go if you want to try healthy and interesting dishes but be prepared to shell out a lot of money for average tasting food.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So delicious... Even for the vegan
    CJLogan
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    My wife & I ate at this restaurant, I'm a vegan, she's a pescatarian and the food was the most interesting and phenomenal menu I've tried in some time. We got tasting menus - I ordered a vegan and we both ended up with one as they didn't have any fresh fish in house that night (which was a-ok as she eats veg most of the time). The faux walnut foie gras with roasted beets was by far one of the richest and most delectable dinner items I've ever had. The cocktails were wonderful and the service was very pleasant. I'd go back in a heartbeat, and will make it a destination for future special occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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  • Creative menu + great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Outstanding menu with creative flavours. Great service and a nice outdoor patio at the back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • delighted
    CultureVulture
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    one of a kind restaurant, beautiful complexity to the food, great vibe, can't afford it every day, worth it when I can.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • suburbanfoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Overall, cool atmosphere.. decent food. Their cocktail list is worth taking a second look at.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's all about the food
    foodiefromCuse
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Great attention to details, lots of interesting flavors. My favorite of the five "top 10" restaurants we sampled over an extended weekend of eating. Favorite items on the menu: raw bread (not raw dough), tamago with the cured egg, quail was yummy, and the "textures of chocolate and caramel" was divine!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had the tasting menu
    TTRKVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    And while every thing was good, there were a few courses that I would have been happy not too have had. I think if I go back I would stick with ordering my own dishes. The lamb was amazing as always.
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  • Like none other
    chriskk
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    The food was consistently amazing from the appetizer through dinner (too full for dessert!). The waiter was informed, attentive, and warm. Love him. The ambiance was interesting, funky and comfortable. All around A++
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent all-round
    PixiePalmetto
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    There are so many restaurants in Toronto trying hard to be cool, and serving average or completely forgettable food. Ursa rises above the rest with truly exceptional food and great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special
    Dannyboy
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Eat around the weld and this is a keeper! Wonderfully inventive preparations, beautifully presented and fresh tastes with a delightfully balanced palate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, but over-priced.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Delicious and inventive food. Portion sizes were very small and the food is over prices. I gave this restaurant a good review because the food was different than anything I've had anywhere else in the city, but the price and portion sizes may not be completely worth it.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow!
    yummyville
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Finally! A resto that gets it! Great, knowledgeable service combined with top notch, fresh, flavourful and creative fare. Best l've had of maybe 50 restos l've tried since l moved downtown a year ago! Thank you for restoring my faith in finding a great spot to dine in Toronto :))
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Iceland visit
    NYETAL
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    All four of us really enjoyed our dinning experience. The food and service were excellent. We were joined by two friends form Iceland who were pleasantly surprised with the menu choices. This restaurant was recommended to us by a friend of our daughter, thank you Don.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expensive and for a Fair food
    Mark
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    I tried so many time to get a table at URSA. Non of my friends went there but I've been told the food was good there. We tried the 3 course menu. There are no many option on the Menu, the plates are small. This is a place for tasting only. I've been in so many places around the world. Honestly for the price we pay there the food and ambiance should be much, much better.
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  • This place was terrible
    HowardLPVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Ursa should never have a tasting menu. You end up waiting about half an hour between 'courses', each of which turned out to be nothing satisfying. The service staff was fine, but the food and timing were absolutely abysmal. I wouldn't recommend this place to anyone. I don't understand how it has ended up on the list of best Toronto restaurants. Try again.
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  • Different and edgy!
    mertz
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Food was fantastic...some things on the menu I wouldn't have thought have but the chef had creative ways of bringing it all together. It was an outstanding meal! Would recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best in the city
    ImpressedwithgoodfoodVIP
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    I continue to be impressed by the food and service at this restaurant (my third visit over the past year). This is the place for fresh (and unusual) ingredients prepared in intriguing ways. I enjoy steak and grilled fish at times but this is not the place for that. Here I am reminded of Atelier Crenn in San Francisco or what I imagine Nomo to be. The only thing disappointing is the website and the reviews from diners who hated the place - not sure what they were expecting. I will be back
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    fit for foodies
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  • Food was not very tasty
    Marc
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    My wife and I went with another couple on Saturday night after reading Joanne Kates' review. While the presentation was impressive, the flavours were not. It seems the chefs are too focused on making the food "interesting" (i.e., deconstructed salsa verde and spiced insects) rather than tasty. We will not be returning.
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  • Healthy Meets Haute Cuisine
    angela
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    The dishes here are all really interesting. Healthy items such as a raw bread, packed with flax and other goodies, are pared with a cultured peanut butter; an uni-tofu that had the sweetness of the sea urchin and the texture of silken tofu melts in the mouth. This place is worth the visit, if just because it's possibly the only place where health foods are escalated to fine dining with a Japanese slant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 32 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 5, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 32 reviews are from the URSA reviews archive.
  • Capstone of an Anniversary Trip
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    In Toronto for an anniversary we wanted to end our trip with a fancy romantic dinner. While I am quite comfortable with avant garde foodstuffs, my lady was near the edge of her comfort zone. This proved to not be a problem at all. The food was in many respects a learning experience, but never strayed from being a delight to eat, which I sometimes find haute cuisine loses track of. The house cocktails were excellent in concept, and well executed. We never felt neglected by the service staff, while also never being intruded on. In a masterstroke of service excellence, the open kitchen had finalized our entrees (I noticed) when my lady got up to use the washroom. Not only did they hold the food, they pitched it and started fresh!!!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A memorable dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    We booked Ursa for our anniversary dinner and thoroughly enjoyed our evening and our meal. As other diners have said, the portions are small but the flavours are HUGE and it was really great to be able to enjoy all the courses and not feel "stuffed" - I could still enjoy dessert when it came, and possibly the best cup of coffee I have ever had. So if you want a pile of food falling off the edges of your plate, don't go. But if you want to enjoy and appreciate fresh, quality food and flavours and the trouble and time taken to prepare it, I highly recommend Ursa.
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    Fit For Foodies
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  • Great service! Great bar!
    arosemp
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Great service! Great bar! I would come back for cocktails for sure. Even thought the food was delicious and incredibly well plattered, we did not find the flavors unforgettable. The main dishes were outstanding (lamb and chicken). However, the appetizers and desserts were not extraordinary
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  • We came at Christmas and Ursa
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    We came at Christmas and Ursa wowed my foodie brother visiting from New York. We have brought friends to share in our delight. The menu is so creative. Each bite is a new taste. The staff are excellant and helpful. Highly recommend Ursa
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • URSA is great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    Ursa never fails to deliver a unique and great meal. Really one of the best places in Toronto for sure.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious, responsible cuisine
    xmtler
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Using a rooftop garden and novel techniques creates interesting dishes, delicious flavours, and a charming dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not enough food, expensive dishes
    Thomasgiuse
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    The food experience was great, unique and refined flavors. Prizes were overly high compare to the size of the dishes. House made bread, 4 pieces, which looks like a cracker was 6$... The lamb dish was tiny, like a slider... 2 bites and 34$. Service and ambiance were good, but not worth the 300$ dinner between the 2 of us. After dessert I was still hungry. Good experience but I wouldn't go back.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was innovative, but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    The food was innovative, but tended to demonstrate more of science than art behind cooking...
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love URSA
    TTRKVIP
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    It is everything I love about restaurants - great food prepared in a way I would never be able to do at home - Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointment
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    The Cornish Hen was quite good, though the portions were incredibly small (even for this genre of restaurant), and the prices are high. The Mackerel was inedible. And the bread, for $6, was four crisps with a little butter--not really the reason I wouldn't come here again, but an unnecessary irritation. Really disappointing.
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  • Exceeded expectations
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    My wife and I love new food experiences. We are not meat and potatoe types. Ursa is a really compelling culinary experience. The staff is terrific, friendly and attentive. The bartender is a great mixologist and can recommend good wines. The wine list is a little bit thin. The music is hopping. The food is the centrepiece of the Ursa experience. It is healthy, unique and comes in small portions. Each dish should be carefully savoured in order to get the most out of the experience. Try all the sauces and little additions. They all contribute to a congruent taste experience unlike others. I had the vegetable taco, the tofu and the cheese plate (which was really an apple plate). All were superb. Bravo
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food was delicious and the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    food was delicious and the overall evening was enjoyable, but the timing between dishes was extreme. we waited 40min at one point.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    foodie
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    I booked a table at Ursa after locating an article in the NYTimes from 7/2012. I was looking for a special place to celebrate my husband's birthday. The experience was disappointing; the food was not bad, but although the dishes we ordered had an interesting sounding combination of ingredients, they were not that flavorful. More disappointing was the serving size. In addition, we didn't notice that the glasses of wine were priced for 3- and 5-oz. servings; nor did our server ask our preference. So, we paid $13 each for two glasses of wine. The total bill for two, before tip, was $107 - just two entrees, a serving of "bread" and the two glasses of wine. We left hungry.
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  • complex and healthy
    happyeater
    Dined on 2/6/2014
    Food: was very good. complex, interesting and flavourful Service: waiter was very knowledgeable and clearly loves what he does. Ambience: Good but could have been chic'er to pair with the sophistication of the food. Desserts were particularly unique and tasty!!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not so hip
    Restaurantlvr
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    First time at Ursa. Service was slow, shush appetizer on he menu was sold out. We did not get the bread we ordered. Food was ok. Like the idea of open kitchen. Not likely to come back.
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  • Really Good Food - Interesting Bar
    FreqDiner
    Dined on 1/21/2014
    Our little group has dined at many of the nicer restaurants in Toronto, and this is on the list of most interesting places to eat. The food presentation was fantastic and the choices was very interesting. The foodies will love it for both eh types and range of foods as well as the FANTASTIC presentation. The Bar is definitely something to experience. Although we had several "adult" beverages, the most interesting drink turned out to be the "Daily Shrub", which is a drinking vinegar infused with fruit. I know, it sounds funny, but you have to try it. An experience to be had.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food but small portions
    Nic2092
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    The food was good and thoughtfully plated. The service was excellent. The portions were very small especially considering the price.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dee licious, all around.
    Desmelis
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    Looking for creative, high quality cocktails and food that looks too pretty to eat? Here's the place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.