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Red Canoe Bistro

4.0
4
123 Reviews
CAN$51 and over
Fusion / Eclectic

"MODERN CANADIAN CUISINE" Red Canoe Bistro is serving fresh, flavourful, exciting and innovative Modern Canadian Cuisine. Our focus is on regional Canadian ingredients that combine classical techniques with current concepts. Our fantastic seasonally influenced menus will highlight Canada's farmers, fishers and producers while supporting Canada's cultural mosaic and its rich ethnic cuisines. As nightly specials we will also feature multiple course tasting menus exploring ingredients like the fruits of Niagara, wild edibles or local game meats. We have two warm and inviting licensed dining rooms with space for private parties, events and meetings of over 70 guests. We also bring over 25 years of collective experience to off-site event catering.

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4.0
4.0 based on all time ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.0Service
  • 3.5Ambience

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82% of people would recommend it to a friend

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  1. J

    Jill

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I have never had a bad experience here. We love starting with the shared app for two, which is the chefs choice of 5 small apps. They are always unique dishes with loads of flavour.

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 16, 2014

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    After viewing their menu online, which certainly looked intriguing, and noting the Wine Spectator awards, I thought we would give Red Canoe a try. The food was good, but not particularly memorable, which I was kind of expecting given the prices. The food presentation was certainly gourmet. If only the flavours were as interesting.

  3. CG

    ChocolateGirl

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2014

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    We had a great time and plan to return. Each course was excellent, and our waiter had an amazing knowledge of wine.

  4. S

    Siggi905

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This place is amazing I've been there twice and so have my parents we both enjoyed the food the ambience and the service very much. Amen the bartender is also great and Tobias is a genius in the kitchen, all raw and locally sourced food. Great spot.

  5. s

    stalli0n

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Enjoyed a wonderful lunch at Red Canoe Bistro. We both tried the 'taste of Burlington' featured menu, and our meals were incredible. I would highly recommend this place.

  6. NF

    NotaFoodiebut

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The meal was excellent. The wine was very good. There were four of us and we all thoroughly enjoyed our evening (which is no simple task).

  7. F

    Furby

    Toronto

    106 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    106 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2014

    overall3food5service2ambience3

    Food was good with Salazpacho a creative combination of Gazpacho and a stuffed tomato, beef short rib you could cut with a spoon and nice trout filet, although it did have a very smokey taste which I'm not sure was meant to be. Server was attentive and knowledgeable but unfortunately our experience was ruined by the extreme slowness of the kitchen. It should not take 1/2 hour to get soup when you are the first two diners in the restaurant for day to order or 1 hour for entrees. Based on previous review the speed of service or lack thereof is not a new phenomenon. Ambience is primarily tables all lined up in a row which, if the restaurant was full, could make for a very uncomfortable dining experience.

  8. P

    Peller

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2014

    overall1food1service3ambience3

    Having been to the Red Canoe a number of times, I have always been pleased. My recent lunch was totally unacceptable. We waited more than 30 minutes for our first course. The duck in the main course was so over cooked it was inedible. The 'chilled' dessert was was warm. We spoke to the chef/owner who admitted the duck was over cooked. No apology was given, just excuses. I insisted we be given a discounted price. After some time, he agreed to a modest reduction, stating that we were already getting it for half price. I don't plan on attending this restaurant again. In fact. I cancelled a reservation for 4 I had for the next week.

  9. L

    Langrish

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2014

    overall4food4service3ambience3

    The appetizers were delicious and a feast for the senses. We rated them five stars in taste and presentation. We therefore felt certain dinner would be magnificent but it was rather disappointing. We had the beef. The ambience is simple with chairs and bench seating. Extra cushions are provided for low back support on the bench. The service, while warm and attentive, was unusually slow in terms of food preparation. We waited well over half an hour for our appetizers and at least another 40 + minutes after that before dinner arrived. There were a total of 12 patrons in the restaurant and one server. The service issue was clearly in the kitchen as our waitress was attentive as she could be. We would return for the appetizers!

  10. L

    Lakeshorelovers2014

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 5, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious food, offer "Canadian" local fare, (we had starter salads & trout, then mains smoked salmon. Attentive service. This place is about the food, large varied wine list, Eamon the wine steward was especially friendly, knowledgeable, shared some interesting wine tips about Niagara and other wine regions. Eamon offered, with advance notice, to arrange to prepare a special meal if we wanted to bring along our niece's champagne. The only place I would unreservedly recommend to friends or family for a restaurant treat. Bill for 2 with a bottle of wine, starters, mains & a desert was less than $200. WORTH IT.

  11. m

    mcmug

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2014

    overall3food4service2ambience2

    Had lunch there during a weekday for party of two. there was only one other table (2) at the restaurant during the whole time we were there...yet it took over 35mins for our food to arrive. food was pretty good overall - comfort food with a bit of flare. you can tell most of the items were made from scratch. With the price point they are at, we expect better service and slightly better ambiance.

  12. F

    Foodie5

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This place seems to have it all, great food, attentive staff and a great atmosphere. It's also too not loud or dark. We enjoyed the shared starter display with scallops, trout and also enjoyed the escargot.

  13. JV

    JayVee

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2014

    overall5food4service4ambience3

    Tasting menu was great. Each item come out as a surprise. The wine pairings were perfect.

  14. J

    Jill

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This is a great spot to let the enjoy all the creative creations by the chef. I always try new things cooked with local food and fall in love. Staff is also great!

  15. B

    Belluz

    Toronto

    29 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2014

    overall4food5service5ambience3

    The food is consistently very good and made to order for brunch. We have been here for dinner before, this was the first time for lunch/brunch and we all were impressed. There were vegan /vegetarian choices.

  16. J

    Jane

    Montreal

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2014

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    We tried out this restaurant based on the description on the website and were even more pleased when we arrived. The atmosphere was great, the food delicious and the wine that was recommended did not disappoint. We will definitely be going back.

  17. l

    luvgoodfood

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2014

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    the food was excellent. The service was fantastic but it was a little cramped not much room to even move your chair back. We had a group of women beside us and because I am a woman I can say they were too loud!! Aside from that I would definately recommend this restaurant

  18. F

    Foodologist

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 15, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was a phenomenal experience. The best part is they change their menu every week depending on what ingredients are in season. Which takes "farm-to-table" to a new level. Fresh food, romantic atmosphere and excellent service. Many different wines to choose from and THEY HAVE A CHOCOLATE MENU! Be prepared for a three digit bill- with that being said, its worth it! Cant wait to go back!

  19. o

    osfan

    Toronto

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    By far the best meal I've had at Red Canoe, both in terms of quality of food and attentiveness and service of the staff. It's been over a year between visits, it'll MUCH less till the next one.

  20. F

    February

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2014

    overall4food5service2ambience5

    This is the second visit and unfortunately, as much as we loved the homemade, right from scratch dishes, the service was too slow. We were the only ones in the restaurant, even the 2nd time around, right at 11:30 am (reservations were made through this site but they weren't even aware of them, and in the comments I informed them we'd be in a bit of a rush), and the waitress kept returning to our table excusing the chef as he was the only one in the kitchen, etc.

  21. B

    Belluz

    Toronto

    29 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2014

    overall4food5service5ambience3

    Food was extremely good, not rushed through dinner which made the meal even more enjoyable. Staff knowledgeable regarding wine selections. Wine list a little daunting a large selection of mainly Canadian wines. My preference is a wine list by $ amount theirs is by type, with such a large list we found ourselves flipping back and forth between pages. Would good back and recommend.

  22. DJ

    DundasJen

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I took my friend from Oakville during Taste of Burlington who had not been to Red Canoe before and we enjoyed a delicious lunch! Tobias creates unique combinations of tasty, healthy foods. They have a great selection of local craft beer and wines as well. Make sure you don't miss the opportunity to try their Taste of Burlington menu....and then return for many more delicious meals!

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2014

    overall4food5service3ambience3

    Not cheap but very good food. We have been told the menu changes frequently which is terrific.

  24. M

    Mericol

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2014

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    We went to this lovely little bistro and enjoyed their Valentine's tasting menu. The food was fresh and prepared with a master's touch. The portions were just right and by the end of the night we could not have eaten another bite. Well worth the price.

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2014

    overall3food4service4ambience4

    In few words, definitely above average in all aspects but not an exceptional experience that worth paying 250 + tips (dinner for 2, 7 services with pairing local ok wines).

  26. BF

    BigFoodie

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2014

    overall4food5service3ambience4

    I have been to Red Canoe twice in as many months. The food, craft cocktails and wine list are consistently good. The ambiance is low key, but warm. My big complaint is that both times the pace of the service was very slow. I was out for a nice meal and not expecting to be in and out in 40 minutes, but the meal did seem to drag. I will go back, but I would be more likely to go on a weekend rather than a weeknight when I am more in the mood for a 2.5 hour meal.

  27. f

    foodie

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2013

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our evening was fantastic. The food was spectacular. The chef did a wonderful job with the price fixe menu. The wine pairing was perfect. We couldn't have had a better evening.

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2013

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    The venison was wonderful. The staff were attentive and friendly.

  29. FH

    FoodHead

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2013

    overall3food5service3ambience1

    This was our first time at Red Canoe. We tried the Tasting Menu which was innovative, and each course was amazing. The wine pairings were also excellent. The oysters to start we're fresh and perfectly seasoned. Other courses included a beef course; it was very tasty as was the rest of the meal. The wait staff were friendly...perhaps overly chatty. The restaurant was very chilly - I wore my scarf the whole night, but the real missing ingredient was ambience. For the price, I expect great food AND wonderful atmosphere. RedCanoe delivers on the first, but gets a failing grade on the second. I would only recommend this spot to someone who cares only about food and not the whole experience.

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2013

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Excellent food, large variety with some very unique choices, beautifully arranged on the plates. Very leisurely pace by the knowledgeable server; who ably described all food ingredients and wine pairings.

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2013

    overall3food4service4ambience1

    The food at the RC was very good as was the service. I'm afraid the ambience left us wanting, as it is very plain and highly lit. The music played at the bar was a little loud for conversation.

  32. D

    Dineout

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2013

    overall3food5service3ambience3

    We went with high expectations, but there were disappointments. We had 1-3/4 hours for dinner as we had a show to go to, and we told our server our time limitation. It took 1/2 an hour before cocktail orders were taken, and another 15 minutes before our dinner orders were taken, and there was only a total of 7 patrons in the restaurant. While our server was friendly and explained the menu in great detail; it took equally as long at the other table, leaving large amounts of time where there was no attention. We ended up rushing through dinner with no time left for coffee, or desert. The menu is exciting and the food was food delicious - that exceeded our expectations, however, the service & atmosphere are mediocre given the prices.

  33. D

    Ddebruin

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 11, 2013

    overall4food5service4ambience3

    Love this place. Food is always amazing. Incredible wines. It's a little gem of a restaurant.

  34. r

    raddoc

    Toronto

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2013

    overall4food5service4ambience3

    Superb fresh innovative food. Good and knowledgeable wait staff. On 2 visits here we waited too long for food-once for reservation mix-up and once for large party upstairs. These problems were explained to us but they could have been more forthcoming wrt a complimentary glass of wine or dessert.

  35. H

    Haze

    Toronto

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2013

    overall4food3service2ambience3

    I've always had high praise for this establishment but this time not so much. Slow service was the main culprit, but the menu & food weren't as stellar as in the past. It took ages to see any food. We should have been told that Poutine takes time when ordering. We also had a long wait for dessert which I found odd since the restaurant had emptied. As we finished our desserts they turned the lights up as if to say that they wanted to close. To me that was just rude. Although they say they are happy to accommodate special food needs not much was offered to accommodate my gluten free request. Swordfish was my only choice. In the future I'll phone ahead to ask what's on the menu as the choices weren't to our liking. I'd say more if I could.

  36. p

    pitap

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2013

    overall3food4service2ambience2

    Good, but lacks polish. Seared Scallops were delicious bites with a spicy punch. Lobster Avocado Forme was really just a bland guacamole. Bison entrée was excellent, potato/cauliflower Dauphinois crisp and creamy. The rib eye was delicious, but a bit chewy (the cut and not the cooking). However, the "crispy" homemade onion rings were soggy due to steak on top. Dessert was lovely, berry sabayon. Unfortunately, the yappy server dropped a glass AND a pop can of didn't even apologize when it sprayed all over us! Overall ambience is ok, but there's too much plywood and no personality. Where's the red canoe? Would go back as the Chef is putting forth a good effort, but prices should be lower per plate and service improved.

  37. BB

    BobbyBrickhouse

    Toronto

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 16, 2013

    overall2food4service2ambience2

    Although the food was great, overall the experience was only ok. AC was way too cold, music was very loud & not suitable for the environment, hard to hear our conversations. Servers were not very attentive & the main course took over an hour to arrive & some meals were not very warm. For the prices I would expect better.

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2013

    overall3food4service3ambience1

    The food was really good. We all had the trout and it was wonderful as were the appetizers and deserts. The restaurant on the other hand was not special and a bit tired from the entrance through to the seating area. There was also a lot of cooking smoke in the air that was not being vented. Too bad since the food was very good.

  39. G

    Goodfun

    Toronto

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2013

    overall2food4service1ambience2

    Food was very good staff seemed overwhelmed as it was busy took a very long time to get served Place looked a little jaded could do with a good clean

  40. FA

    FAMished

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 19, 2013

    overall3food4service4ambience1

    Made reservations online through Open Table but the restaurant had no record of it despite me receiving a reminder notice by e-mail!

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Red Canoe Bistro is rated 4 stars by 123 OpenTable diners

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