CRU - Toronto

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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Contemporary Canadian
CRU Restaurant and Bar is our take on modern hospitality in the financial core - combining art, food and wine to create exceptional experiences for our guests.

CRU's menu ranges from classics such as the 8oz Angus Striploin or Aged Duck Breast to new, more creative dish like the Vegan Rillettes or Tuna Tartare combined with XO Sauce. Our large selection of Steaks and fish options make CRU the perfect dinner location for hosting your clients, for a celebratory lunch/dinner or meeting.

For Lunch CRU offer's a wide range of dishes, select our 2 course $30 pre-fix menu and choose from our classic burger or herb crusted branzino as your main course.

Centrally located in Toronto’s Financial District, CRU is the perfect business lunch restaurant to host your clients and team.

Created by CRU.
@crutoronto

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Join CRU for a special set menu. Chef Salt's 6 course set menu is built for couples to celebrate this special day. We look forward to spoiling you. $79per guest.

Friday, February 14, 2020

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Sun 7:45PM - 11:00PM
Mon - Wed 5:00PM - 6:00PM 7:45PM - 11:00PM
Thu - Sat 7:45PM - 11:00PM

What 92 People Are Saying
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NM
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent service.
There was a gentlemen who helped us with our coats and servers were very attentive.
Not too noisy, great for business lunch.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice fine dining place. I requested to put a birthday card there for my friends birthday. They made a really lovely one. All their servers are super nice and friendly. Love the ambience there, and of course the food. Tasting menu is totally worth to try! LOVE IT!

ML
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Appetizers were tasty and a good size for sharing. The tuna was quite yummy. Tempura shrimp with Kimchi dip perfectly cooked.
Mains were well presented and tasty. Staff were friendly and the service was attentive without being intrusive.

R
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Way too expensive for what you get, super small portions.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

I would appreciate more unique treatment due to our special occasion

U
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Waiter:
very professional
Friendly
Know how to communicate with deaf people
Drink never empty. They always fill it. you dont need to ask for refill.

Beautiful restaurant.

The meal i choose from cru was new year eve menu. Only i dont love their beef. The food is pretty expensive . The taste is not wow. Its okay. The rest beside beef is good.

Will go there again.

AD
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

The table we were given was unfortunately very poorly lit. It was the only such table in the place. We asked to be reseated, but all tables were deemed reserved - even though some were still empty when we left.
Starters nice.
Pasta Main dish very boring and unpleasant - violent green from excess spinach
Desserts good

So-called chef's menu wasn't really special - you would just pick items from regular menu which wasn't extensive or exciting enough.

PW
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Yes, good food, convenient location and always able to get a table.

EG
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service was helpful and friendly. There are vegetarian options available. Decor is modern and spacious but the booth seat lacked support. Food was good. Not at all busy for a Saturday night.

X
Toronto
34 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

A good business spot, but bar seating is often the only available space; the staff were generally attentive; and provided good recommendations based on superb knowledge.

JL
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite lunch spot in the city!

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Found the noise level difficult to have a conversation without talking. Bey loudly.

MC
Manitoba
3 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Beautiful venue with good food, but the noise level for a business lunch, was a bit much.

S
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant to be when you're looking for fancy and not a lot of noise. Staff was wonderful, food was just right.

OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was lovely, the food delicious and well priced. We truly enjoyed our evening. Thank you

s
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent attentive service. Food is fresh and flavourful.

RM
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Staff was very pleasant and knowledgable.
Crusted Bransino was superb..
2 course Prix Fixe for lunch is a nice option, well done!

MG
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had the 2 courses special and portion was just right. Food very tasty and price reasonable.

A
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

very small quantities of moderately high-priced food. Ordered scallops - got 3 pieces...

JL
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal Branzino!

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J
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food2service5ambience5

Desserts were excellent! Great lunch spot for business meals.

P
London
7 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

This is my first time back since the refurbishment and I really enjoyed myself. The food was excellent and the atmosphere perfect for catching up with an old friend.

CC
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, overall. The food was outstanding, esp the pear tarte tatin. My date was blown away!

LP
Toronto
44 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Atmosphere is beautiful, was very slow on a weekend, but we were there early before a Leafs game...service excellent. The food was a little hit and miss...Tuna with XO appetizer was outstanding, Black Cod also very good, sides interesting and good. Very disappointed in the quality and taste of the Ribeye - was cooked medium yet it was somehow dry? Not sure what was up with that steak. I'd stick to Seafood here

OT
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiter suggested we opted for the 5 course chefs menu - it did not disappoint! Fantastic food and great meal in very nice settings.

J
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a fantastic experience. Service was great, servers were informed and helped make the dining experience pleasant. Highly suggest the Bartender's choice for a drink, they make some fun off-the-menu cocktails. The branzino is out of this world.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

The food was a tad disappointing. THE GOOD: The Brussels sprouts were amazing, as was the whipped brown butter for the sourdough bread and the crispy potato. THE DISAPPOINTING: The rabbit risotto special was lacking in flavour and had barely any meat but a lot of fat. The cauliflower cheese also lacked flavour.

P
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

CRU environment was very fresh and Clean friendly service, Great food. We will definitely go back

LR
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

While the atmosphere and service were excellent, the food was not up to expectations for a restaurant of this nature.

OT
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic! Service was great also. Restaurant is beautiful, great menu.

SP
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Menu could use some diversity but if you like steak it's nice

BT
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The food was good, but it was relatively pricey so par for the course, and not particularly spectacular. The cavatelli (the pasta) was oddly dense and hard to chew but the sauce was good. The shrimp tempura was also good.

OT
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service!

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience1

We were told to leave the table for next reservation in 2 hours. We wish this requirement was informed before we dine in or at least remind the customer when they make the reservation. The gentleman original words -“We need the table at 7:15pm. I think two hour is enough”. We wish he could at least show a little bit genuine customer service instead of patronizing us. Totally ruin the dining mood. But the servers were friendly and food was nice.

ML
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited from NYC and the Tuna Tartare was awesome as was the Steak and their Fish Dish. If I am in Toronto again, I will be back.

R
Memphis
43 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

We had high hopes for dinner at CRU and were sorely disappointed. It started with the cocktails. They took forever to get to us (there didn't seem to be the bartender) and the pours were minute. My husband and I drink vodka on the rocks and the vodka was brought to me in a separate rocks glass and the ice was in a second rocks glass. The vodka was maybe one finger high. It was pitiful.
The first courses were very good--shrimp tempura, and three Caesar salads. We ordered our entrees and my husband ordered the waygu beef at $30. per ounce. He ordered three ounces. When it came, it looked ridiculous on a little appetizer plate and when he tasted it (we know it should be fatty for flavor) it was pure fat. I tasted it and knew there was no way I would eat that. He sent it back. I ordered the duck. It tasted ok--very plain, but the accompanying black rice was so overly sweet I couldn't eat it.

All this and I haven't even started on the service. The hostess was lovely and sat us at a great table right away. There were only three other tables occupied. The first person who came to the table was very friendly, filled our water glasses and left. Then our waiter came by, told us specials and asked about drinks. He never smiled and throughout the entire evening acted as if we were ruining his night. Later during the meal my friend asked what glass of wine he thought would go with her entree and ran away from the table so fast I couldn't ask him what wine he would suggest to pair with the duck. He was awful . I would suggest that CRU management take a good look at its operation and decide if it wants to be in the restaurant business.

c
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall4food2service4ambience3

Chicken sandwich was a fatty flavourless mess

TY
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for lunch if you want private and peaceful business lunch.
Fantastic food and service

OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience3

Too loud and not good food

OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service definitely want to go back