Canis Restaurant

4.6
345 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
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was fantastic and the wine pairing was great!

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p
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We very much enjoyed our experience at Canis . The tasting menu was inventive and held some wonderful plates - the halibut and shiitake, pork, tuna with dill, and duck breast were clear highlights. The wine pairing was very fairly priced.

The knowledge of the servers and kitchen staff was also impressive. They clearly were very comfortable with the menu and shared accurate and even fun descriptions of the wine and food. One small observation is that the service felt a tad impersonal. The service was excellent - just felt a tad more business and transactional.

On a whole we really enjoyed our time at Canis and would return.

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l
Toronto
69 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food and service was excellent. For each course a server described the contents of the dish. What would have been helpful is if one menu is left on the table for the duration of the meal in order to allow the diner to refer back to what the server indicated was in the dish. An appreciated gesture was allowing a taste of each of the wines we were considering before ordering a bottle. Overall a lovely restaurant and a great tasting menu.

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JP
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent combination of outstanding service and food. All of our various dietary needs were reviewed and incorporated seamlessly. Highly recommended

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S
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was delicious and different. Loved the different textures and flavors. Service was great.
Only suggestion would be to expand the cocktail menu or allow guests to order off menu standard cocktails like a martini

The noise was a little loud. Loved the background playlist but it was drowned out by an obnoxious inebriated guest two tables down screaming thru every conversation.

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JW
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal I had on this trip. Amazing flavours, beautiful plating, friendly staff, and perfect attention to detail.

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JB
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

It is definitely a restaurant everyone should try.

We had very high expectations due to all the accolades and high rankings this restaurant has received.

The food is truly incredible. The atmosphere is great.

My only 'less-than-perfect' comments were:

1. Price - It is not an inexpensive meal. Dinner for two you can expect to be paying at minimum $300. And that is why you are able to get reservations fairly easily at a top 30 restaurant in all of Canada.

2. Service - Incredibly professional, efficient and attentive. To the point where it felt a little impersonal and transactional.

All in all its a very good dining experience that everyone should at least try once.

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AV
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My boyfriend and I sat at the chef’s bar, and it was by far the best seat in the house. The food was phenomenal and the chef’s were so welcoming to all of our questions. We will definitely be back.

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LM
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our second time visiting the this restaurant! The food is exceptional it plays with all your senses. The creativity with the food and execution is all on point! The staff are all very nice and attentive - We will return

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D
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Try getting seats in the counter. The seats unfortunately are not the comfiest but it was interesting seeing them plate and prepare the dishes. They chefs were very accommodating with any questions.

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DG
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service. Excellent adaptation of the menu to deal with food sensitivities. Highly recommended

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MG
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

On the basis of the food that we were served, I would recommend Canis to a friend. If one is looking for a high touch service with and end to end experience that feels like fine dining, I would choose another restaurant.

Upon arrival, we were shown to our table but were not greeted by our waitress. She didn’t not provide any overview of the restaurant or the tasting menu and merely placed a menu in front of each person. They also did not have a coat check so we had to hang our coats on the back of our chairs. I also noticed that the tables were a little rocky.

Our initial server was very passive and was not engaging. This impacted our experience. Later in the meal, we had a fabulous waitress from Prince Edward Island. If it were not for our interactions with her, we would have rated the service lower.

The food itself was very tasty. Not overly imaginative, but nice use of Canadian ingredients. Beautifully presented and flavourful.

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SP
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Had an amazing time at Canis :) everything was so good !

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

The food was very good and really enjoyed the tasting menu aspect of the experience. Would highly recommend Canis to anyone who enjoys tasting menus.

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s
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Fast service which is always nice.

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FD
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

My husband enjoyed the food. I was not a fan. I would have liked some choice in the courses. I agree with another reviewer who observed there were too many courses in tart shells. The shells were dry and crunchy. Not very tasty. Overall I was disappointed especially given the price. The service was excellent and the restaurant wasn’t too loud which I appreciated as some places make conversation difficult due to noise. D

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing dinner and atmosphere. Fantastic service.

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MC
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. We will go back to try another tasting menu.

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KK
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
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
2 reviews
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
Vancouver
2 reviews
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
3 reviews
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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OT
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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DY
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
8 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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