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Founder Restaurant & Cocktail Bar, Toronto, ON

Founder Restaurant & Cocktail Bar

4.3
4.3
113 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Global, International
Founder is a contemporary bistro serving globally-inspired dishes and award-winning cocktails.

We opened Founder in June 2018 and quickly became known for our expertly crafted cocktails (voted Best Cocktail Bar by NOW Toronto) and globally-inspired dishes. Today, with an expanded food program and the same award-winning cocktails, we’re proud to serve our community in the heart of Toronto’s Little Portugal.

Owner and Head Chef Kendall Collingridge is one of Toronto’s under-celebrated culinary experts, having spent over a decade planting his roots all across Toronto’s rich food scene (Hooked, Spirithouse, Buca, Crush Wine Bar). Famous for his Green Curry Fried Chicken, Chef Kendall brings into every dish an eclectic mix of flavours that crosses borders and cultures. There’s a reason we say it’s the most Toronto menu you’ll ever taste.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 9 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Global, International, Tapas / Small Plates, Cocktail Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–12:00 am Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–2:00 am

  • Phone number

    (647) 348-1282

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Kendall Collingridge

  • Private party facilities

    In the spirit of bringing people together, we'd be honoured to host your next gathering at Founder. We support full and partial private bookings to accommodate the needs of your event and specially curated menus to suit the tastes of your guests. Email us at events@foundertoronto.com to get started.

  • Neighborhood

    Ossington

  • Cross street

    Dundas and Dovercourt

  • Parking details

    Green P 5 minute walk away on Dovercourt, first street north of Dundas.

  • Public transit

    Dundas and Dovercourt (NE/SW sides)

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine

Experiences

  • Sunday Prix Fixe

    Multiple dates available
    Join Founder Sunday evenings for a special Five-Course Prix Fixe menu* - featuring house favourite dishes and rotating specials! Served family style | $48 per person. We're also pleased to offer a $10 classic cocktails all evening, including: Old Fashioneds, Negronis, Rye Manhattans, Margaritas, Daiquiris, & Espresso Martinis. *Menu selection posted weekly on Wednesday afternoon.
  • Half-Priced Wine Wednesdays

    Multiple dates available
    Join Founder Wednesday evenings for half-priced bottles, all evening long! Includes the entire list of rotating house labels, alongside our famous international bistro menu and craft cocktails.

What 113 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Toronto / Ontario

    Handcrafted Cocktails

  • Toronto / Ontario

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Toronto

    Handcrafted Cocktails

  • Toronto

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. N

    Natasha

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service as always. You can tell how passionate the bartenders and chefs are with the quality of work they put out.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Absolutely fantastic service. Interesting (and tasty) food, well prepared and beautifully presented.
  3. K

    Kangp

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great cocktails + staff. One of the best martinis + old fashioneds in the city.
  4. CS

    CSreview

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience4
    This food was out of this world. Very creative, well crafted with interesting flavours and execution was top notch. Ambience and decor was warm and cozy. The real miss was service. Let me first say that the staff was nice and welcoming but the actual service, I would call it spastic at best. Overall cadence of someone coming to our table was just strange and all over the place. We were right beside the service area but the staff just wasn’t in tune with where we were at which was weird being so visible from their home base. I’m giving a not recommend only because dining is an entire experience and even though the food was wonderful I just can’t get past the service. It just didn’t make it fully enjoyable.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    This was the most awful experience We had. They are the biggest scammer I have ever seen. They have charged my bill double and also added 20% gratuity for 2 person. They were argumental and disrespectful. I have asked them to give me the bill after Disposing the first one and they gave me a different bill with different numbers. They scammed us by giving us the wrong info and amount and they Didn’t even apologize. They said we did put 2 portion of food in 1 plate which was lie.
  6. KC

    KelseyC

    Toronto

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    They were severely understaffed. Well, there were a lot of servers but few bartenders so it felt that way. The manager got behind the bar at one point just to help them catch up. My server punched in my drink wrong, once it arrived 20 minutes late, she then forgot what my replacement was ... then it took 20 more minutes to come again. We waited WAY too long for 3 cocktails. The manager felt bad and compt'd our first round (she was lovely and seemed to be the only one checking in on the tables), then our server asked if she could make us "simpler" drinks for the next round, which also took more than 20 minutes to arrive. The server only apologized for the delay once it came time to pay, and watched us do the tip. The bar itself is beautiful and the DJ was great, but the service needs some serious work.
  7. IV

    IndigoV

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    The table was super narrow, please indicate on the menu that the vegetarian dishes (eggplants and wedge salad for example) come with bacon on top. We didn't know and my mom ended up not being able to eat much because she's a vegetarian.
  8. PM

    PaulM

    Toronto

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, service and people!! A++
  9. AA

    AndresA

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was excellent, went to celebrate an anniversary and we were both very impressed with the cocktails and the wines. The curry fried chicken was fantastic.
  10. MA

    MortezaA

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    friendly, nice and well decorated spaces, healthy materials and food , very well presented, totally different from other restaurants and new style. Tonally we are happy to have dinner there and strongly recommend to try this restaurants with your guests.
  11. JN

    JuliaN

    Toronto

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    The food was so salty. I can not taste anything besides salted. Also the menu has only couple dish. We don’t have a lot of choice. It’s too pricey for the food. It’s not worth at all. The total bill is $200 for a really dry chicken fried, cauliflower, beef and drink. I’m willing to pay $400 at the real fine dining as Akira Back or Chotto Matte but not this one. The lady who served us was kinda not friendly. She kept coming and ask if we still working on my birthday cake :) which made me so uncomfortable. It’s my birthday and I feel like she just wants us out the restaurant asap. When i ask for the bill she immediately took my cake that i i’m finishing up. It’s so rude. So annoyed when someone keeps asking while we having dinner and chatting with friends. I’m not recommended this restaurant for my friend. This is the worst fine dining restaurant I have ever had.
  12. P

    Paul

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Food was okie. Some better than others. Order was messed up but we were offered a wrong dish for free. Also drink order for me was taken twice and forgotten about for a while. Weird.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect date day
  14. C

    Carrot

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    Would have preferred a quieter patio than being out next to the street. The server was very friendly and polite. The cod dish was excellent, as was the tapioca dessert. Very original. Wine offering was limited. Overall a good experience.
  15. DD

    DragonDiva

    Toronto

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    The menu is small but the food is very delicious. The place is cozy with nice decor. The service was great. Half price wine on Wednesdays!
  16. YT

    YamT

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Best oysters and beef tartare I’ve ever had! Service was slow and lack lustre but the food was amazing.
  17. LH

    LeeH

    Toronto

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing restaurant. Loved everything about it. The service, food and ambience was all excellent!
  18. G

    Glutenfreefoodie

    Salt Lake City

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was great for a birthday celebration. Beautiful space and great staff! Would certainly come back.
  19. AK

    AKfoodie

    Toronto

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Came here with 2 other girlfriends for cocktails after dinner one day but ended up ordering their Beef Tartare and Corn Ribs! The Beef Tartare was wowwwww amazing and a generous portion! Their cocktails were really good too and the server was knowledgeable about all the drinks on the menu and gave great recommendations 👍 Can't wait to come back for a dinner one day!
  20. PD

    PatriceD

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amzing cocktails. The 6th fingered man was amazing and so was the one my girlfriend took but I can't recall the name. The food was also excellent, worth every dollar. And we got served by the amazing Ash who was funny, quick and gave us great great recommendations.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Excellent evening and amazing food. Enjoyed the small plate experience and many interesting options to choose from. Restaurant looked amazing inside - but ac was set too cold. We opted to dine outside and the patio was not as aesthetically pleasing.
  22. M

    Michelle

    London

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The food was mind-blowing and the service was excellent. The music was a bit loud so had to speak loud to have a conversation but I will come back to eat that green curry fried chicken ANY DAY!
  23. SC

    SCting

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Fabulous Cocktail with strong base. Variety of choices.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great location, bartender was great! Even made a couple of his own experimental drinks. Would definitely come back
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Service and ambience is nice, but I would definitely go here to enjoy the drinks over the shareables.
  26. B

    Beninho

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was incredible. Great ambience. All round great experience.
  27. M

    Mayyyy

    Toronto

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was so damn good omg, cannot recommend enough. Truly beautiful ambience, vibes and loved this so much
  28. IF

    ItayF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very interesting dishes- every single dish was amazing
  29. N

    Nikki

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food, amazing cocktails in a beautiful space.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience2
    Tapas style resto. Patatas bravas, fried chicken and Cornish hen good to order. Lamb ribs stay away, the sauce/seasoning on it is way too much that it's inedible. For 28$ 4 tiny pieces of ribs is definitely not worth it
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Service was ok. Food was decent. It was quite loud.
  32. GE

    GabyE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was absolute amazing: the service, the food, the drinks.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience5
    Everything was fantastic apart from the long wait times for food to arrive. Would be great to get all dishes at once, however they came out one by one with 20 minute gaps. The service was great. We were taken care of by Nik who was a sweetie. Very apologetic for the long wait times of food. Was super knowledgeable of the menu and helped make recommendations. Cool little spot for date night if your not hungry.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was great! Didn’t catch his name but was very sweet and personable! Definitely will be back ❤️
  35. P

    Puneet

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lamb ribs and green curry chicken were really good. Drinks were fine.
  36. B

    Bobbyd

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food, great service will definitely be back and recommend to others.
  37. AM

    AlexandreM

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fusion food was delicious. The service was excellent! Definitely will come again
  38. PS

    PatriciaS

    Toronto

    21 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Food and service were excellent!
  39. LG

    LobsterGeoff

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic meal, great service. Very chill room. Can't wait to be back!
  40. C

    Ckayyy

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    Felt like they were rushing us out - reminded of us about the 2 hr seating limit multiple times and also sat us in a corner by the kitchen when I requested a booth

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Founder Restaurant & Cocktail Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (647) 348-1282.

Founder Restaurant & Cocktail Bar is rated 4.3 stars by 113 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 9 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Founder Restaurant & Cocktail Bar

1282 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1X7

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Dundas and Dovercourt

  • Neighborhood

    Ossington

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–12:00 am Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–2:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Global, International, Tapas / Small Plates, Cocktail Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Green P 5 minute walk away on Dovercourt, first street north of Dundas.

  • Public transit

    Dundas and Dovercourt (NE/SW sides)

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Kendall Collingridge

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine

  • Phone number

    (647) 348-1282

  • Private party facilities

    In the spirit of bringing people together, we'd be honoured to host your next gathering at Founder. We support full and partial private bookings to accommodate the needs of your event and specially curated menus to suit the tastes of your guests. Email us at events@foundertoronto.com to get started.

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