Roux

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CAN$30 and under
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Creole / Cajun / Southern
Offering up an atmosphere that’s both fun and relaxing, this cozy neighborhood spot is the perfect place for any occasion. The chic and stylish décor is only outdone by a menu that has something for everyone. With food that is rooted in contemporary American technique, Roux offers classic dishes with Chef Derrick Markland’s own twists. Comfort foods like hushpuppies and gumbo are complemented by more adventurous favorites like catfish and jambalaya, with daily specials that are sure to please. Though the open kitchen is the focal point with its up-close dining experience and custom industrial barstools, the bar is not to be ignored. With its large oyster bed and selection of bourbons, it’s a great spot for a night cap. During the summer there’s nothing better than having a pint from one of Toronto"s local breweries and people watching on the patio. With its location in the steadily growing Junction neighborhood, Roux is a place for everyone to feel at home.
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LB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my fourth visit to Roux and as with every visit it was wonderful. Bar and wait staff are great food is amazing. Cant wait for visit #5

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EO
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Food is always great but the main issue was how long it took to get the food, and one of the dishes we ordered wasn’t made so we had to wait even longer.

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DA
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Opentable has asked for a “Roux”view of our time at this restaurant. So, here it goes.

As this was our third visit, my wife and I had previously come for a dinner and a brunch, this time we invited a friend to join us.

First, the restaurant is great for a relaxed, New Orleans inspired, laidback meal with friends. So, we came again for brunch.

To keep with the Louisiana vibe, I ordered the chicken and waffles, my wife had the brisket hash and our friend chose the salmon popover. For me, the chicken was a-maz-ing! I mean, seriously great. Unfortunately, the waffles were a bit dry and crumbly. My wife felt her meal was not what she hoped. She found the brisket to be less than generous and apparently it lacked a starch. She had to order toast. She also found the pastry basket had items that weren’t fully thawed, never mind freshly baked. Our friend, on the other hand, really enjoyed her meal.

Having said all that, we’d go back. We loved our server, she was hilarious and attentive. The atmosphere is comfy and friendly and for the most part the food was good. And in our two previous visits we enjoyed ourselves immensely.

Our hope is that this was just a blip.

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PK
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We bailed, the place was a dump! After our nice hostess seated us, a server came along and asked her why she seated a “walk-in”. She told her that we had a reservation. This banter ensued while she had people’s food in her hands and in front of us. The place looked dirty. We got up and left.

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KF
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious and staff very accommodating of my gluten free, dairy free diet! I’m definitley going back with my husband!

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CD
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Being from the States and particularly the South, I had to try this place. I may have set my expectations a bit too high, but that could be my “southerness“ speaking and bias. I ordered the jambalaya and it was just OK to me. I’ve had better. It had a kick in spices, but not necessarily the right flavors (seasonings) - it was missing something. However, my friend and I do appreciate the cook’s hospitality and making us feel welcomed with complimentary gumbos and desserts for our birthdays. There was only one server and it seemed he was spread a bit thin - serving our party along with 4-5 tables alone. Probably wouldn’t go back, but I would recommend for the ambiance.

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MB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The meal was great. The service was excellent, ready to assist but not too intrusive.

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ND
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

The restaurant’s ambiance was nice and the service was awesome however the food wasn’t great. Roux offers a slightly elevated version of soul food but everything we ordered was under seasoned and lacked flavour.

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

A nice small restaurant in the Junction with interesting cocktails and good food. We waited quite a long time for our mains to arrive, but the drinks and appys were fairly quick. The menu is a nice change from the ordinary.

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BA
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Overall our dinner was very good. The oysters were excellent, very fresh! We tried the muscles also, very good. Three different enters between four of us( two had the Flatiron steak) Shrimp and Grits, awesome! Catfish and pork belly, amazing flavour. Loved the smokiness of the pork belly. I would definitely recommend it. Flatiron steak was very good withe the greens, though the frits were way too salty. Judging by the number of people around us that ordered the Chicken with waffle, I think it is a local favourite. I would love to go back and try it. Definitely some where I would return to. Thank you!

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

We have eaten here several times and always enjoyed a wonderful experience. Great food!

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PH
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So glad we tried Roux! nice to change it up and try the East side of Keele along Dundas West.
Warm and cozy vibe.
Good drink options, a variety of craft is always appreciated. Decent whiskey too.
Food is 6 out of 5. It really is good. Menu has three more items I want to try, so I will be back.
Server/s were friendly and patient with good knowledge of drinks.
See you again!

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JH
Edmonton
7 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent place for a nice Sunday brunch!

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l
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Great service and cozy atmosphere! Food was good. The Southern breakfast and chicken waffle were good however I found the fried catfish a bit too brown. Coffee was good!

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

We made a reservation for 4 during Saturday Brunch. First time at Roux. We ordered the chicken and waffles, cat fish breakfast, baked beans and Corn flakes French toast. The portions and prices were fair. The flavours and presentation was excellent , thank you to the chef! The service was pleasant and servers were attentive. Always asked if we needed anything else. Overall great experience!

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

We had a great meal, everything was delicious and beautifully presented. Staff were friendly and efficient. Nice casual ambiance. Definitely will return.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

Made a reservation for 9pm for Valentines dinner. We sat at the bar until 9:40 before we were finally seated. The food was good when it came but took a very long time, service wasn’t great or accommodating. Drinks were comp’d to make up for some of the bad experience at least. May have been an off night for the staff but we were not impressed.

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AP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

It would get 5 stars but the cocktails are only average at best.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Service took a long time , a dozen of oysters for app took close to an hour to be served and had to be served 2 different trips (separate plates).

I got the smoked platter and the meat tastes like they’ve reheated from frozen meat. The ribs was hard and tough - not at all what ribs should be. Got a side dish of collard greens and it tastes like frozen bag reheated.

Overall think this place is overrated and not worth the price.

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MG
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I thought it was a good spot for weekend brunch southern style. My french toast was good, although my friend got some hotdog special and it was incredible! Our service was incredible too!

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

My sister and I went there to celebrate my birthday. We had a reservation for 8:30, as I was unable to book anything earlier than that through the online reservation site, although when we arrived, there were already some empty tables, so I wasn’t sure why we couldn’t have booked a table for a little earlier. However, the service was excellent, as was the food. The portions were just the right size for me.. generous, but not so much that I couldn’t finish it. I had catfish with collard greens, potato rosti and slaw, and it was absolutely delicious. My sister had the yardbird, which was seasoned fried chicken, and a potato mash. She said that was also excellent. My main complaint was that, unbeknownst to us, the kitchen closed at 9:30, so when we asked for the dessert menu and coffee, we were told the kitchen was closed, and we couldn’t have anything else to follow. The server was very apologetic, however, I feel we should have been told that in advance, so we could have ordered earlier. It would have been nice to have been able to order a dessert for my birthday. Aside from that, though, I would recommend Roux as a lovely, cozy neighbourhood place to go for a delicious Cajun/Creole meal.

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KG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Food was mediocre - I had the catfish with collard greens and potato rosti. I just didn't find it that tasty. I did enjoy the mac and cheese balls, cornbread and beignets, which we all split. Service was good and price was average. Just not enough for me to return.

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MO
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. Good value for money. Impeccable service! Would definitely come back.

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CD
Orlando
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was magnificent.

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RS
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Very friendly service and delicious Creole main dishes. At my table of 6 we had catfish, both with pork belly and roasted, and both were excellent. Others had the mackerel special, again very good, and the lamb shank special -- very tasty. Fun cocktails, especially the spicy southern Caesar, served with a shrimp fritter and a sausage as edible garnish! On the down side, the trio southern sampler appetizer was merely average, and the dessert selection was limited to carrot cake and a very small creme brulee. Only truly disappointing thing was the noise level -- on a Friday evening, it was too loud for 6 people to have a good conversation. Restaurant is long and narrow and the tables are very close to the open kitchen and bar, where conversation reached yelling level. All dishes made from scratch so our meals took a little longer to reach us but worth the wait. On a final note, our waiter Eduardo was attentive, helpful in explaining the dishes and fun. Definitely recommended but we'd go back on a weeknight when the noise level might be lower.

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EG
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a family dinner on Sunday evening. The atmosphere was lovely, food-tasty, service- very good. I will definitely visit this restaurant again.

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J
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really good food, service and atmosphere. We went here on our first date night since baby arrived and were really happy with our choice!

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great neighborhood feel, lively but not loud, open kitchen, savoury southern specialties. Always get a good meal here. House smoked pork belly and catfish was great. Mussels & frites, with a light cream sauce, are my favorite app. Warm bagne for desert.

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RL
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was very tasty and creative. Good service and great atmosphere. Southern flavours and menu.

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m
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We all enjoyed our meals, delicious flavors, and portion was perfect ,

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s
Central Coast
12 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was great. Not a huge menu so one knows that what they do have is specially good and fresh. Pay attention to special needs. The service was outstanding - very helpful, friendly and attentive to our needs.
We were there in the evening and the atmosphere could be romantic if you were a couple .

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BT
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great restaurant! Loved the food and the open kitchen. Great menu selections and nice atmosphere. Ideal for couples date night or small gathering of friends. My wife and I will definitely be going back. Highly recommend the “smoke it all” board as your main selection. Also recommend you try the cornbread.... enjoy!

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AM
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We had a great time. The service was good and attentive. No long wait! The food was excellent, creative and very tasty! Love going out for dinner to try on meals I would not make home. The setting with open kitchen is great We were a group of four and all of us will go back!

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C
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was delicious, presentation was lovely. My “service” rating is not a reflection of the waitstaff, but rather the wait. The restaurant was not full yet our party waited a ridiculously long time for our main course, esp given that 4 of the members of our group ordered exactly the same meal. The last member of our party was served over 5 minutes later than the rest of us, which was ackward. That said, I would probably give Roux another chance (brunch, maybe?) because the food was really good!

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LB
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just like my other visits the food was perfect, the drinks were wonderful and thevstaff are friendly. Love this place

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ER
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

A friend and I had brunch there on a Sunday morning. We sat in the small patio outside and it was really nice. Our food was excellent and the service very friendly. A wonderful time in the sun with good food and it is very reasonably priced. The oysters were exceptional. I highly recommend Roux.

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S
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I never get disappointed. The food was excellent! I still think of the fish....

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K
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Wonderful menu complete gratitude to the chef for making a wonderful meal.

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C
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Daughters high school graduation. Great fun as always!

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JF
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

A great menu and cocktail list. Mussels were great. Looking forward to going back and trying a few more things.

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