Café Cancan

4.5
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383 Reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Bistro
Chef Victor Barry is cooking up a high-energy French Bistro with a little bit of tittle-tattle and a whole lot of scandal.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Bistro, French
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:30 pm
Lunch
Tue–Fri 12:00 pm–3:00 pm
Dinner
Tue–Fri 6:00 pm–10:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(647) 341-3100
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Victor Barry
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Hardbord & Spadina
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STREET PARKING & UNDERGROUND PARKING LOTGRADUATE HOUSE GARAGE @ 15 GLEN MORRIS ST.
Additional
Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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4.5based on all time ratings
4.5
food
4.3
service
4.6
ambience
4.1
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JC
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was good. Super cute restaurant

j
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 4

While the food is great, the service was absolutely awful and completely ruined our dining experience.

OT
Montreal
1 review
Reviewed on July 7, 2019
Overall 1food service ambience

Terrible service. I waited 15 min for a drink order to be taken, and another 15 for the drink to come. At one point I ordered 2 at a time so I wasn't sucking on ice. The food looked pretty good-I ordered the burger. It comes with two cheese options on the menu and the server failed to present these options to me. She went with the "default" option gruyere which I do not like. Our server then failed to provide me with a solution, or offer me something else. So after a $200 lunch bill-I left Cafe Cancan starving, and went to Flock(another restaurant)next door.

This experience was very upsetting, as I've always wanted to try Cafe Cancan and it is walking distance from my house.

OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our go-to special occasion restaurant. Food is amazing and staff is top notch.

VP
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

After making a reservation for my birthday we were seated at the pass through between the front and back. I asked if they could accommodate my dietary restrictions by making avocado toast and the server gave me a hard time. Hostess was very condescending. Beautiful venue but the staff need an attitude check.

L
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Rude staff, mediocre food, pricy. I had higher expectations.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Nice food but service want my fave ! Expensive but the food was nice

IB
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pretty space. Great servers. Really good food. Four of us had the family style dinner. I would heartily recommend that. Lots of little plates. Was concerned there would be too much food but it was close to perfect portion wise.

PC
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

All I could say excellent foods & good service. Will go again.

OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely spot with delicious food! We loved the patio too!

OT
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing menu with wide variety of flavors!

A
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an amazing dining experience at Cafe Cancan, our server Jae was great and also noted our food restriction. Looking forward to coming again. Thank you.

ML
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Really didn’t like this experience. Only thing good about this place was the mastery of cooking eggs. Thing is we didn’t want brunch and walked in expecting a lunch. That day the menu had changed and no one had bothered letting us know in advance despite us making a reservation in advance. Something they could have at least inform anyone who had made reservations. Salad was wilted, no truffle in truffles eggs. Mug had previous client’s lip marks and music too loud. Waitress lovely and excellent but this was not the place we had signed up for and felt it was all way too expensive given there were just a few too many disappointments. Sorry. Also found the interiors a bit tacky.

J
Miami
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the tasting menu and it was superb! The food was great the service attentive and personal and they went out of their way to make it a special evening. We were really impressed.

MW
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Booked 2, 2 person reservations cause it wouldn’t allow us to book 4. Was given great accommodation for a 4 person table when we got there. Service was a little slow to get our meal, but food was good. The place is so cute and beautifully decorated. Would recommend.

VD
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Wow I have never seen so many grumpy waitresses. Not one you’re welcome or smile and to any of the other tables I saw as well. It really left a bad taste in my mouth. For 30 bucks and the food you get it isn’t worth it at all. Basically go there, get your Instagram photo and get out. I enjoyed the duck meat and the birthday eclair. The croissant and omelette are very meh and you can definitely find better elsewhere for less and better service.

SG
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yes! Loved the cute atmosphere and the pink door!!

M
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Lovely place for lunch. The food was very good, and our cocktails were excellent. My only quibble is that the waitress was not especially friendly, although efficient, and the music was a bit too loud.

L
Toronto
15 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant looks so pretty! Service was friendly and attentive and the food was exceptional!

CC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First of all, the fries are amazing!!!! Service was fantastic and our server was extremely knowledgable, recommending drinks and food as well as accommodating someone who has life threatening allergies.

PP
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

From the very beginning, we were treated to some disappointing service. I had made a reservation for 3:30pm on OpenTable. Our server greeted us with the statement “the kitchen is closing quickly so you need to order right away”. This came to shock to us as it’s not like we were a walk in. I had made reservations two weeks prior. Also, this isn’t really the best greeting to a table upon introduction. But nonetheless, we continued to browse the menu.

I’m not sure how the brunch price fixed menu works here at Cafe Cancan as it was my first time, but we were given our coffee with croissants and eclair first. I found this odd as usually pastries are saved for afterwards, no? All of our coffees were lukewarm to add.

I should add that when we arrived, we saw a cute table by the window and asked if we could sit there. We were told by the hostess that it was reserved by another guest. However, since 3:30pm is their last seating before the dinner service at 5pm, they could have accommodated us. We didn’t make a fuss, but during our time that table remained empty and wondered why we weren’t allowed to sit there.

Our server barely made any small talk with us, or made us or our moms feel special. Instead, she made us feel like we were disrupting her day. When she informed us that a fresh hot pot of coffee was ready, she took only two mugs out of the four directly off their saucers and went to the back. We felt as this was quite odd as how would she know which mug was which? Why didn’t she just come with fresh cups of coffee in fresh mugs? Or even bring over the pot directly to our table? It was a little strange. I realize this is a small thing, but it was impactful considering our already negative experience.

As mentioned, this was a mother’s day celebration. So perhaps that’s why I’m looking at this through a discerning lens. I have been to different Toronto establishments with my mom during mother’s day, and the service was always so exceptional and memorable.

FR
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was overpriced . Ordered the smoked trout which had only fish and sauce. Restaurant had a word stench that day. Washroom area smelled really bad. So service was mediocre and menu selection was nothing special. One positive thing is pretty in pictures.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing meal at Cafe Cancan! The food was incredible and the staff was wonderful! 10/10 would recommend!

BL
Toronto
29 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

It was alright. The apple tart for two was undercooked and disappointing. Service was very basic, we had ask for everything from drink menus to second drinks to the bill. Nothing was anticipated. I'd recommend saving your money for a different restaurant.

N
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great and came out quick, service was awesome, server was attentive. Great atmosphere!

OT
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had friends in from Ottawa!!!!

BS
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! We did the bistro favourites menu which was basically a chefs tasting menu, and everything was insanely good!!!

N
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food, service, people were great but our table was at the back close to stairs leading washroom and we were having smell of washroom during the dinner

ML
New England
12 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Perfect place for Easter brunch. Amazing ambiance, great service and overall good meal! The brunch deal is a steal, I will be back!

IH
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Great place for a quick lunch with your girlfriends, but expect to be seated very close to other patrons around you, as this is a very small cafe!

B
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful...cannot wait to return on my next visit to Toronto.
BRAVO CAFE CANCAN!!!!!

OT
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

The restaurant is really tiny. You have to sit beside the person your eating with at some tables and it’s really crammed. The food is meh.. I had eggs Benedict, will their version.. the meat was really fatty and gross.. the bread was soggy, but the eggs were cooked properly and the croissant wasn’t bad.

k
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

I was so disappointed with Cafe CanCan. When I walked in I immediately loved the space. It is beautifully decorated and cosy and the cocktails were fun and delicious. However, from there the evening went downhill. The music was so loud we could not talk. The foie gras appetizer was good except for the plain slightly burnt white bread. The mains were overpriced and didn't come with vegetables. I ordered the duck, which was not cooked enough and I could not eat it. The server only came by at the end of our mean and I told her I couldn't eat it. She apologized and offered to bring me something else but everyone had finished dinner. There was no discount offered or a complimentary cocktail to make up for the fact I had nothing to eat for dinner. It was my friend's birthday and they did bring out a fun sparkler with dessert. Overall the food was mediocre, expensive, and the restaurant was too loud.

EC
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place! Service is quick and so polite but the best thing about cafe cancan is the atmosphere, the decor is stunning and so unique (very Instagramable)

G
Toronto
14 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

Cute and classic French bistro but food was mediocre and service slow. Atmosphere is very quaint.

CK
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Unfortunately I was really disappointed. The marketing on this place was fabulous which is why I really wanted to try it (Ex. the pictures of the place, the 'french' food, etc). The place is quite small and not as impressive. I was hoping it would make up with the food but that was the worst part. The brunch selection is about 6-7 items. That's just not enough. Got the beef cheek on the toast with some salad - the toast was completely burnt. Not acceptable. Also tried the burger and that was over salted. We got the brunch 'package' which gives you some drink and 'birthday eclair'.... just completely disappointing. The eclaire was not fresh as was the croissant. The waitress was lovely especially since we were late and accommodated us but I was just very saddened by the whole experience as we looked forward to it and unfortunately it was below sub-par (especially since we came from Etobicoke). Would not return here again.

K
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

The food was just ok but very overpriced. Truffle omelette way too salty. Pancakes were super dense but undercooked inside (delicious syrup though). The ratatouille came with eggplant, not noted on the menu, and the person in our party who ordered it was allergic. On the positive, the eclairs are delicious, coffee was good, and decor was fun. We won’t be going back but I’m glad we finally tried it.

SM
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Attentive but unobtrusive service. Excellent food.

Will definitely recommend it.

FB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My server and the staff in general were excellent. I had the best Bruch I've had in a very long time. Really enjoyed the experience!

OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an amazing meal here. Will definitely be back!

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