Canis Restaurant

4.7
327 reviews
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Canada's 100 Best Restaurants 2018 #15
En Route Magazine 2017 Canada's Best New Restaurants #2
Toronto Life Magazine 2017 Best New Restaurants #5
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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 17 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing dinner and atmosphere. Fantastic service.

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KK
Toronto
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Disappointing and overrated. We were very excited to try Canis, especially with it making the Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants list, but in our experience it is not worth the hype.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was great. The service started out a bit rocky. After we gave the server our wine to chill we weren’t visited again for 15-20 minutes. We were waiting for a guest to join us but would have been nice to have been asked if we wanted anything as we were waiting. Once the meal actually started the service was really good so that made up for it. Would definitely recommend.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The duck and short ribs were amazing - Balanced, Perfectly cooked and executed. All dishes complements each other well down to the desserts

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CH
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

great experience at the kitchen table seeing chefs preparing every dish; excellent presentation, Asian fusion with intriguing twists

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C
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

The food was stellar. We live a few blocks away and finally was able to come. Service and presentation, very good. Delicious food you will not leave hungry. The liver pate tart was amazing, and black ink squid pasta, excellent. Only two things to comment on 1) The music volume. When I have to lean in just to speak or hear the person across from me, that's an issue. There was no relaxing, sitting back to enjoy. In addition, pop-rap with lots of words just doesn't go well with the kind of fine dining that Canis is. We thought it an odd thing. I did ask the waitress about 10 mins in, if was possible to turn it down a notch. I think she did, but it was still a hearing/speaking challenge. 2) Dessert is the last thing you eat. The 3 amazing ones served could have all be half the size, or just serve two. Wonderful detail, very sweet. The sorbet one should have been last. All delicious for sure, but 3 seemed excessive in our opine.

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C
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was amazing, mentioned this to the chefs and staff that it was better than Alo!

It took a bit of time to get our bill as the staff had their back turned for a while and not facing the dining room, we were the last table that night.

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CB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a great experience. Staff members were so amazing and accommodating. I would definitely recommend it to all my friends and family.

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MF
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Amazing menu, so creative and colorful. That was a really good moment for the birthday of my boyfriend! Just a comment, there are a lot of tart/pie (beef tarte + duck pate + coffee). Maybe it would be nice to have less and find a new way to present that appetizer..

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TH
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Memorable dishes, good collection of wine and great portions for a tasting menu!

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OT
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time visiting - and it was even better than I remembered it. All of the courses were extremely well thought out, presented and cooked perfectly. A good amount of food to leave you pleasantly full. The service was fantastic- and the restaurant runs with amazing precision with courses arriving quickly. Wine pairings were fantastic complement to each course and enjoyed all 6 wines. Sommelier was extremely knowledgeable and has chosen wines that are unusual.

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WT
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great value tasting menu with lots of unexpected flavours. Managed to make a reservation on the same day we dined there. The counter seats are awesome and give a great view of the action in the kitchen. Their water is also really good.

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GH
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was absolutely delicious and everything we expected after all that we had read about the restaurant. Everything was beautifully arranged and clearly each dish was designed with thought and care as the flavours came together so delicately and deliciously. However, for this price point we found the service a little too avant-garde for us. With three other couples arriving for the 8:30pm spot, the staff welcoming us appeared a little caught off guard. As we all tried to fit into the restaurant to keep the winter breeze out, we were each given the opportunity to pick our own table while also trying to avoid bumping into guests who were seated at the tables closest to the door. In addition, though the staff were generally lovely, and the restaurant wasn't too loud, it was extremely difficult catching everything the wait staff was introducing.
Therefore, though the food alone is definitely worth returning for, at this price point, there may be alternatives that may provide a better overall experience.

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JB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The menu was fantastic. Showcasing North American ingredients in an honest and creative way. Utilizing different fermentation techniques elevated each dish and created a unique dining experience.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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W
New York Area
67 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a spectacular meal with lovely service and ambience. The restaurant is serene in decor and the staff are super knowledgeable and charming. There is a tasting menu which changes. They accommodated one in our party who does not eat seafood, bringing her a different but equally well thought out option when we had seafood courses. The brown butter dessert was the best (they served three!) and the tuna and duck middle courses were spectacular too - frankly each dish was wonderful. This is an incredible restaurant with gifted people in the kitchen.

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VP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We’ve been to canis a number of times now. Jeff and the team never fail to impress! What a gem of a restaurant.

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k
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food excellent tasting menu!

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OT
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very great attention to detail. Much better than the pretentious French restaurant down the street (you know which one)! The chicken liver, although I’m not typically a fan, stood out. It had a very potent and distinct flavour complimented by the crusty tart it was presented on. 10/10 in my books and I’m a picky eater...

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LM
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Every dish was very exceptional! Perfect tasting menu

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M
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was outstanding- perfect portion sizes, visually appealing as well as fresh, delicious flavor combinations. The service was wonderful, warm and professional. The atmosphere was a little too flat or minimalist. Atmosphere is important but definitely the least important relative to food and service.

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J
Toronto
47 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Had a fantastic meal at the Chef's counter. Loved the wine pairing too. Absolutely fantastic value.

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MM
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We found the quality and creativity of the dishes served up at Canis to be outstanding! Would definitely recommend to anyone looking for an interesting meal!

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p
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fantastic spot with great food and service! Did the wine pairing with the tasting menu and was not disappointed. Every course and wine was explained. A great night indeed!

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A
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Very delicious, amazingly presented food. Just a bit cold (but it was 30 below outside) especially when doors opened as people came in. Otherwise a great, perfectly timed, perfectly executed dinner!

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Everything was amazing! Food was spectacular and service! I loved the presentation of each dish and it’s descriptions. We opted for the wine pairing as well and it was perfect! I would def go back.

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K
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Restaurant music was so loud it was difficult to maintain a conversation from across the table. Food was good but heavy on the meats and lacked vegetables. Great service

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DV
London
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best restaurant in the city. What a gem. I’m always surprised that I can get a reservation, the wait list should be months!!!!

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MZ
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was good, well plated and thought out though one item was too salty but we were offered a replacement dish so it evens out. Could easily see paying 50% more for this meal and being ok with it.

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OT
Detroit
8 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful food and presentation in a casual and cool space. Great value.

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JN
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highly recommended! Food was creative, beautiful and delicious. Service was elegant and unobtrusive. Room was quiet for conversation - no loud music. The evening was perfect!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pretty good 👍 when the service know that we don't like one dish, they changed it. Really nice service.

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TK
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent tasting menu covering a variety dishes and styles. The pacing of the experience/evening was perfect as was the level of overall service. Relative to other similar experiences/restaurants in Toronto Canis offers exceptional value. Great drink menu if you are into that.

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BF
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants the city has ever seen.

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KT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Overall we had a thoroughly enjoyable evening, chatting with the chef de cuisine and sous chef. Personal fav was the chicken liver parfait and buttermilk, grape and white chocolate dessert and hubbie's the duck! Sitting at the counter though we found the seats very uncomfortable after 30 minutes - perhaps a foot rest on the counter would help relieve the pressure points.

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TF
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We had wanted to go for awhile and when we arrived it seemed more casual than we were expecting. The servers and staff were pleasant but distant and not especially friendly. The food was incredible and the presentation was creative and well worth the 88$ for 7 courses! We will definitely be back when we have the chance.

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MS
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Course after course, the dishes were a knock-out. Harmonious, elegant flavours beautifully presented.

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e
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I celebrated our second year wedding anniversary here. The food and service far exceeded our expectations, and the atmosphere was very energetic and lively which we loved! We thoroughly enjoyed everything especially the chicken liver parfait. We would definately recommend this to foodies and anyone who loves creative cuisine.

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TK
Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Very much enjoyed The creativeness and outstanding quality of the food. The chef was not put off by my dietary restrictions. We had a wonderful dinner!

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F
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are celebrating anniversary on a quiet Tuesday evening. Everything is perfect for two of us. Got a table near the window and enjoyed every dish presented. Tried their orange wine and it’s just right. Perfect! Thanks Adam!

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