La Societe

4.3
1718 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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French
Experience our passion for French cuisine with Executive Chef Ben Heaton's newly reimagined menu. Indulge in a fresher, lighter approach to classic dishes while enjoying an inspired and dynamic French bistro in the heart of Toronto’s Yorkville neighbourhood.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:30am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - late
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Phone number
(416) 551-9929
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Benjamin Heaton
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
East of Avenue & University
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Special events & promotions
Join us Thursdays for $1 oysters and 1/2 price champagne from 4pm
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1718 People Are Saying
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4.2
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4.3
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4.4
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3.9
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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IK
Toronto
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

had the omelette. loved it, perfect size with a great salad. great service too.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was a 10/10. Will definitely return again!

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EH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great french food with a true Parisian feel.
Service was terrific and quick without being intrusive.
Beautiful ceiling and bar.

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g
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

the food for lunch and dinner is always excellent. The service also is exceptional.

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AH
Toronto
39 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Local restaurant that attracts many visitors as well

Warm comfortable surroundings - great menu / polite knowledgeable servers and good wine selection - a winning combination !

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y
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

The food was good. The service was terrible. Our appetizers came out quickly. After they cleared the table it took close to an hour for the rest of our meal which consisted of 2 shrimp cocktails and 2 tuna tartare. Note no real cooking. We told them we were going to a play and we didn't have time for coffee. So disappointed. Won't return

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m
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant service, and they went out of their way to make my wife and I feel special on our wedding anniversary. The server was a total pro, and the steak frites is among the best in the city. Fantastic dessert.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

We waited pretty long for our food even after tables where getting served that had seated after us. Food was a bit cold, and the waiter told us not to get bread with our meal that it would be too much food, however that bread would have been great while we were waiting 45 minutes for eggs benny.

That being said I would go back because I did enjoy the taste and my time spent

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CL
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

We love this restaurant
The decor is beautiful the food is delicious but on this occasion Was served cold
We had sea brass it was luke warm with too much fruit cold
On it on not pan seared enough
The steaks and french fries were cold
As well as the chicken there should be a faster turn around
From kitchen to table and the plates were cold
The desserts were cold the tarte tatin chewy
The creme blue ok
The profiteroles ok and the chocolate lava unfortunatly cold ...
We hope that this will be improved soon as we want to come back to our favourite restaurant

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NI
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Dinner was served so fast my wife and i hardly had time to converse. From when we arrived to finishing dinner (after ordering a bottle of wine then appetizers and then the main) took only 45 minutes. Some people may think this is good service. We do not.

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MM
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

1970's classic, great and quality ecerything! Service eas outstanding and food, wont be dissapointed as I eat at many restaurants. Looking forward to the next meal or killer drinks

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JV
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 5

It took more than an hour for our food to be served considering not that busy on that hour.
I would understand the expensiveness of the food, but not non-alcoholic drinks. For two mojitos i paid $28 alone.

There are other good restaurants out there with better quality of food and the price is right!

We dine out every week and yet this French restaurant didn’t meet my expectation.

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JE
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 2ambience 5

Love this restaurant. But on this particular occasion, the food and service did not meet my expectations for the prices they charge.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Absolutely horrible experience. Horrible service. Messed up orders. Just absolutely terrible.

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C
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

The staff were not friendly...especially the greeter at the door. The room was full and had a nice buzz but I was disappointed in the food and the restaurant looks a bit shabby during the day. Needs a clean up both the surroundings and the staff. Very noisy too.

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M
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I ordered the nicoise salad and found it really small for the price. Just 3 pieces of tuna, no anchovies, 3 pieces of cherry tomatoes and little lettuce.

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e
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Food left a lot to be desired. Server was very good

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J
Raleigh
36 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We were visiting Toronto and wanted some French bistro food. The restaurant is very pretty and a classic French-style bistro that could have been in Paris by its interior appearance. We sat in the bar area and it was quiet and private. Our server was very nice and helpful. We had cocktails from their special house cocktail menu and they were delicious. I had a drink made with burbon and bitters -- kind of like a sweeter Old Fashioned-- it was the best part of the meal. My wife has a prosecco drink with mint and gin-- very nice. They were only doing weekend brunch and we were disappointed to not be able to order off the main menu. I had a lobster BLT which was $30CD and was really low on the amount of lobster- this was overpriced. We also had a ham cheese grilled sandwich- $17 CD which was fine. The Pom Frites were somewhat soggy and uninspired.

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NB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good wine selection. Oysters in the lounge were great.

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Naples
16 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Love the atmosphere! Sadly, prices are going up and portions are going down :-((

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SL
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

- Maître d flippant, insensitive to requests and unaccommodating
- fries cold with both meals
- dessert pastry soft ...we actually had a couple of bites and left
- extremely disappointing

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G
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

It seemed they didn’t have a record of my Open Table booking which wasn’t so great - not sure if that was an error on the restaurant’s end or on Open Table’s end...servers seemed inexperienced and not very charismatic. The sommelier was the best thing about the evening. Engaging and friendly. At one point we had to get his attention just to order. Restaurant wasn’t busy but wait staff seemed unaware..Food was average. Good steaks but chacceurtie appetizerboard was disappointing. I might go here again for a work/business meal or if I needed something super central.

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AK
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Unfortunately, the quality of food has gone down by a lot. It used to be my favorite restaurant for ambience, fish and service. However, the so called Grilled Sea Bream was served just barely seared, not grilled and with cold potato chips. This is not the quality of grilled fish dish I expect from a fine dining restaurant. The fruits topping on the fish barely went with it. It was like eating a fruit salad and fish after, mismatch. The fish at least should absorb a part of the topping. But this chef clearly was in a rush to go home. Not to mention the fois gras appetizer was tasteless and barely cooked/warm. The “lava cake chocolate” was not warm either. Come’on if you have such a pretty location why not spend on proper grill, chef or electricity?! Very disappointed :( This is my birthday month and I was looking forward to go to La Societe but not anymore :(((

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Acoustics are hard - it was very very loud even though not super full but great food and solid service.

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D
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Friendly staff

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AS
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are long-time fans of LS. Last night’s meal was wonderful and the service outstanding. This is a local gem and great for locals and tourists. The raw bar is wonderful and all the dishes are great. They also have a terrific wine list.

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ND
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is upstairs on street front. Very poorly marked, no signs. Aside from that, the outside dining are is pretty and the inside is very nice. Roomy and airy. The wine list doesn’t have lots of choices but range from reasonable to very expensive. The menu has plenty of choices, ranging from steak to rabbit or duck.
The foie gras was delicious but very small portion. I had the beef bourguignon, which was amazing. My wife had the lamb saddle, lamb sausage and loin. It was also delicious.
We were too full for desert, but the desert menu looked scrumptious

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RO
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 5

Beef bourginon was absolutely tasteless. Fatty chewy piece of beef. Lamb was overseasoned

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WD
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice
Good food
Good drink
Excellent staff

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VS
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have always enjoyed our experience here! And will continue to come back!

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Had a casual dinner with family,
some items on the menu that we ordered felt old, for example French onion soup, had a feeling of it being definitely not fresh, the restaurant took it off our bill, staff is ok..again, felt that some dishes were pre made and possibly been in the fridge. Overall, posh neighbourhood, nice location but wouldn’t come back, for the same money would go to cafe Bouloud with fresh food for sure or ‘the chase’ better value for the same or less money.

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PP
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I love this restaurant and have dinner there a few times a month. Beautiful decor, great personal and very good food.

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AR
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing! Food was perfect, wait time was acceptable, our server was very pleasant. The only bad thing was that the AC was not working and it was quite hot in the restaurant.

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SM
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch was very good ... My sister ordered the lobster eggs Benedict and thought it was amazing! I had the croque Madame and was very happy with my choice.

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J
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Unfriendly host at entry but lovely server at the table. Cocktails and wine selection overpriced in relation to quality but food very good at normal prices.

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TL
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server was so sweet and patient, he was an asset to an already favourite restaurant!

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Naples
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great waiter loved the service

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F
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Nice setting and authentic feeling. Intriguing menu. Completely understaffed! Food was ridiculously slow even for a leisurely brunch and it arrived barely warm. The servers were trying to keep up but there must have been some serious understaffing in the kitchen... and the managers were not doing much more than talking to the hostess. Never once did they come by and apologize for the delay or offer anything to compensate. The food was well seasoned and flavorful but the timing was just poor.

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C
London
9 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our waiter was really attentive and helped us with our menu choices.

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SP
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Our server was lovely and service ok but food was v expensive and not great.. disappointing as previously it had been good.
Ice cream melted and bitty but they not change us for that

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