About Café Cancan

Chef Victor Barry is cooking up a high-energy French Bistro with a little bit of tittle-tattle and a whole lot of scandal.

89 Harbord St
Toronto, ON M5S 1G4
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Bistro, French

Hours of Operation:
MONDAY - FRIDAY
CAFÉ & LUNCH 11:00AM - 3:00PM
DINNER 5:00PM - 11:00PM
COCKTAILS 11:00PM - LATE

SATURDAY - SUNDAY
CAFÉ & BRUNCH 10:00AM - 3:00PM
DINNER 5:00PM - 11:00PM
COCKTAILS 11:00PM - LATE

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
CAN$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(647) 341-3100

Website:
http://www.cafecancan.com/

Executive Chef:
Victor Barry

Additional:
Beer, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Café Cancan Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.2

ambience

4.5

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (39)
Special Occasion (27)
Cozy (26)
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Neighborhood Gem (24)
Romantic (24)
Great for Brunch (23)
Fit for Foodies (22)
Sunday Lunch (22)
Good for Birthdays (21)
Good for Anniversaries (19)
Great for Outdoor Dining (17)
Great for Lunch (16)
Fun (15)
Creative Cuisine (15)
Afternoon Coffee (14)
Bar Seating (13)
Authentic (12)
Casual (12)
Comfort Food (11)
Hot Spot (11)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Afternoon Tea (8)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Happy Hour (5)
People Watching (5)
Scenic View (4)
Seasonal (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Late-night Find (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Business Meals (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Great Beer (1)
Healthy (1)
Organic (1)
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 (Toronto)·Dined 2 days ago

Dinner was first rate. Oysters super fresh and subtle in flavour. Steak cooked perfectly with nice crunch and with a sauce that was saltier than I would make but excellent nonetheless. Frites remarkably good; crisp hot, salty perfection. Partner's gnocchi tender with fine mushroom sauce. Eclair for dessert as good as the rest. Nothing wrong with this dinner at all, lots right, and good value also. We were very impressed.

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 (Toronto)·Dined 6 days ago

Absolutely fantastic experience, once again. One of our favourite restaurants in the city!

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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Came here for brunch on a Sunday. Its a small place, so reservations are recommended, but it's quite cute. Not too loud and they played a great selection of music. Friendly staff, fast and tasty food. Highly recommend.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Their brunch is great. Our waitress (Natalie I believe is her name) was really helpful and friendly. I had the duck eggs and my wife had the veggie breakfast sandwich. Both were outstanding. Good-sized portions, too. We will definitely go back soon.

Tags: Hot Spot, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Delicious & damn expensive! Ambiance is to die for. Totally worth the splurge as good & cocktails were excellent.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Great for Lunch, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 1, 2017

One of my favourite places in the city! It's such a great place to go. They have wonderful service and the most yummy food. Definitely check it out!

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Amazing atmosphere and great staff. We were celebrating my mums birthday and they brought over sparkling wine right when we sat down - lovely surprise. Great food.

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Superb!!! Everything we ordered was delicious, including the cocktails. Recommendations: steak tartare, seared foie gras, beef bourguignon, and the best of the night, the steak au poivre. Already planning on coming back.

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·Dined on November 24, 2017

Very friendly and hospitable. I felt like I was in someone's living room. Service was excellent and well paced.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 24, 2017

A wonderful experience from start to finish! Delicious food. We'll definitely be back!

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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 18, 2017

We booked Café Cancan for brunch over the weekend. It was our first time there.

One of the reason for booking was for the unique decor of the place. Why eat out at a place that just looks like home? The restaurant had bold magenta walls, blue bench, funky floor, mechanical fan. Very cool.

For food, we both ordered the croque madame and tea. The croque madame came as sandwich only without any side. It was filling, but we wish the food was more balanced with something lighter. Maybe 1/2 size with a light salad and some fruits? The tea was Pluck brand and was very good.

Overall, it was fun and hope the menu could change a bit.

Tags: Fun
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Very nice ambience, food and service. A very lovely place to go with a friend, date or for business.

Tags: Seasonal, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 14, 2017

First time back since menu update. Beef cheek bourguignon incredibly tender and flavorful . Thank you for another great evening.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Hot Spot
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Excellent, friendly staff. Beautiful interior, very welcoming and just a great vibe! A nice evening out!

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·Dined on November 9, 2017

The food was amazing and the service was excellent.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Wonderful meal, wonderful atmosphere, wonderful service, wonderful everything!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 3, 2017

This was our third time here and it was a fantastic experience - service was impeccable and we left VERY full!

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·Dined on October 28, 2017

I took a friend to Cafe Cancan for her 30th birthday. We got there early but it turned out our table was already available and we were able to sit right away. The service throughout the night was on point - they started us off with complimentary glasses of champagne and also brought out a delicious surprise dessert at the end. Our waitress, Monica, was a total sweetheart. We ordered the oysters and fois to start and both were delicious. My friend had the duck confit and I had the beef bourguignon for our mains. The beef was really standout and I would definitely recommend it to anyone. Oh, and try their take on a pina colada!

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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Great food and service. The escargots were excellent, wine prices were reasonable and both beef menu items were solid.

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·Dined on October 23, 2017

My partner and I discovered this place while wanting to go back to the Harbourd House where we had one of our first dates. We met the owner out front who explained the transition form this restaurant to Café Can Can. We liked him and the vibe and thought we would try it. It was exceptional, so much so that when my partners 50th birthday came along he chose this as the place he wanted to celebrate. The food, wine, service were again exceptional. The place is warm friendly and not at all pretentious. The inside and patio are both lovely. We will be back!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Special Occasion
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 21, 2017

The service at this restaurant was fantastic!! Notably better than most in the city. A few of us went for brunch and were thoroughly impressed, from the host to our waiter - all friendly, genuine and accommodating.

The food was good but not life changing, standard city brunch fair.

Ambience is quaint, we sat on the back patio for one of the last passable fall days for outdoor dining, it was lively.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Heater under the table in the front window was blasting uncontrollably. Very hot and uncomfortable for two of us seated on the bench. Staff were aware and unable to shut it off. No other tables available . They must have been aware of the problem before, as we were not the first guests using that table. No compensation offered whatsoever. Little concern for our comfort.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Last Wednesday my friends and I experienced a masterclass in what venerable restauranteur, Danny Myer, refers to as enlightened hospitality. Our hosts/french-food-spirit-guides (server/bartender feels inadequate, such was the warmth and care afforded to our party) Jay and Justin would have made Mr. Myer proud. Myer's dictum states that a guest should be made to feel as though things in the restaurant are happening for them and not to them. Forget that, on Wednesday night J & J were locked into Myers 2.0 - not only did they treat us like everything was for us, but they were making things happen that we didn’t even know we wanted!

Let it be noted, that I came to this restaurant in a very skeptical state..maybe it’s my naturally curmudgeon French genes, but judging by their Instagram page I thought “oh, here we go again...another pastelized, wankfest of a bistro created as a portal through which Torontonians may bolster their fragile sense of esteem by pretending to be classy Parisians for a couple of hours” (Colette, I see you!)...Thankfully my preconceived ideas were waaaay of the mark. Beyond the next-level service, the food was spectacular; escargots, foie gras, camembert gnocchi, beef cheek with that INSANE sherry sauce, oh, and maybe the best creme brulee I’ve ever had, all washed down with some incredible cocktails, wine and topped off with some absinthe. I assure the other cynics out there that I did not detect any wankery. Phew.

If the message isn’t already clear then let me spell it out for you - EAT HERE! But, for the love of God, after you take a couple snaps of your food with your $3K camera, please, put your camera and/or phone away, take a deep breath, raise a glass of whatever you’re drinking with one hand and take your other hand and use that to give your server a high five all the while giving thanks to the fact that we are so insanely fortunate to enjoy such amazing food and warm, familial hospitality. Merci bien J & J and the kitchen team!

Tags: Hot Spot, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Fun, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Amazing food, great service, beautiful ambiance. Perfect night!!

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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Cancan has become my new go-to spot when ever I am in the city. The decor and atmosphere is kitschy and fabulous.

Food even more fabulous. Chef Adam killed it with the beef cheek bourgie. And the fries - heaven!! Did not even need to drown it in ketchup.

Service was super helpful and friendly. Cannot wait for my next visit.

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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Amazing food in an even more amazing serring and ambiance. Exceptional service and impeccable execution. One of the best restaurants in the city.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Fabulous!
Great food to match the atmosphere!

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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 28, 2017

I wish I had returned the "petit dejeuner" to the kitchen. The eggs were not cooked, the sausage was indeed dead, I'm not sure what the other piece of meat was supposed to be but it was tough and almost inedible, the bread was probably very nice in a sandwich, but not suitable for toast and the entire plate was floating in a sea of grease/oil.
The coffee was good and the lemon curd éclair was very nice.
My companions burger looked good.

I would think twice about returning or recommending.

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·Dined on September 26, 2017

Excellent experience. Beautifully decorated and service was excellent.

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·Dined on September 26, 2017

Beautiful design, lovely decoration, cozy, the cutest patio, friendly staff, tasty food. Great for friends get together/special occasions

Tags: Great for Brunch, Happy Hour, Afternoon Coffee, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Afternoon Tea, Healthy
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·Dined on September 25, 2017

Such an incredible little gem. The cocktails were amazing and the food was beyond delicious. Compliments to both the chef and mixologist. Service was a bit slow though. Had to wave the server over to order a few extras and get out bill. Other than that, the service was super friendly and knowledgeable. Great location, will definitely return!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Every detail about this restaurant is very cute! It's a very girly little place that makes you want to take pictures of every corner =) great for a girls date. The food is wonderful as well!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

So much fun! Will go again!

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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Loved it! ..decor, ambiance , background music, service delightful and not invasive, steak frites delicious and meet tender, wine good and hope to return soon and enjoy patio out back. Two minor changes, when trying to book I had difficulty getting a 7:30pm booking ...Open Table would only give me 8pm. I did however; call and email request and received a friendly call accommodating 7:30pm. The last minor issue-my guest had to sit on a chair by the hall to the back patio. ...a bit awkward. My bench however was very comfy. Looking forward to again soon and often.
Thank you.
Kathleen H.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Fun, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, People Watching, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals
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·Dined on September 22, 2017

Lovely ambiance with great details. Delicious food.
Very accommodating chefs to special dietary requests.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 19, 2017

I needed something special as my best friends and long time roommates finally got to meet my new fiance. Cafe Cancan delivered!
It is a BEAUTIFUL restaurant and the patio is bright, but also romantic. We arrived on time for our reservations, and then had cocktails at the bar while they prepared our table.
The bartender (a gentleman with a beard) made great drinks and was super friendly/chatted with us while we waited.
From their menus to the table settings, the decor was carefully curated - we ALL wanted the cutlery for our own homes.
We had french onion soup, escargots and oysters to start.
For entrees we had the steak from the Foie Gras menu, the steak frites and the burger. The steak was cooked really well, the burger was moist and incredible!
Our server lacked knowledge of the menu, but she was friendly and all the food was piping hot and arrived quickly.
They have a collection of french pastries with unique twists on the dessert menu. I had the peanut butter and chocolate eclair - it was an indulgent as it sounds.
10/10 would recommend.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Fun
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

Beautiful decor, delicious food and great ambiance!

Tags: Authentic, Hot Spot, Afternoon Coffee, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Cozy, Afternoon Tea, Great for Brunch
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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Backyard patio was a pleasant respite from a noisy city, the service was professional, and the food was outstanding, except for the bland and uninspired desserts. Cocktails were a standout. Will go again and avoid dessert.

Tags: Casual, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy
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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Cozy spot with a back yard patio that takes you on a mini vacation. Rustic and simple setting sets the quite mood that you wish for. Service is courteous, but slow... We came for a simple lunch, ordered couple of glasses of wine, which took about 15 min to be served and our 2 dishes took over 25 min. The restaurant was not busy when we were seated, so it's unfortunate that our experience was dragging with the lack of attention to detail - in other words as guests we needed to ask for everything as suppose to be served. Lastly our beef tartare was little bit oxidized and it was a touch too warm, as it sat on the kitchen pass a bit too long. I simply prefer raw food being cold and not room temperature.
In result after hearing mixed reviews we gave it a shot and we do not regret it, but it didn't meet our expectations.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 13, 2017

We loved everything about Cafe Cancan! Service was beyond amazing, one of the owners came over and chatted with us a bit and offered us a special drink with the apple tart (drooling just thinking about it)! Can't wait til our next time dining here again =)

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Cozy
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