The Saint Tavern is a Gastropub, serving food and drinks to the locals and travelling tourists. Bistro tables line the front, capacious booths deck the back and stool chairs furnish the bar area. Sports broadcasts are played on the mounted screens and Eurythmics echo the interior without being intrusive. The waiting staff and the bartenders at the Saint Tavern are personable and courteous, on foot to suggest platter and pitcher recommendations and facilitate the patrons with their queries.
Featuring in the menu are snacks, starters, mains and a dessert speech. Asparagus, beet salad, pig popcorn, saint cheeseburger, striploin steak, cheddar pork belly and duck nuggets are some of the highlights. The Saint Tavern also serves an extensive menu of beverages which include St-Ambroise stout, hefeweizens, Spearhead pale ale, French and German pilsners and Austrian Radler.
I had heard a lot about this place, so I was excited to go (especially for the burger). Also, the summerlicious menu looked great. The place is gorgeous, but was pretty quiet for a Friday night - which is not a great sign. The service was friendly by very slow (I wanted to order more drinks, but they took so long to make and the server dropped by so rarely). When they arrived, the cocktails were delicious and well-priced. The burger did not live up to the hype. The meat was just fine, and there was too much bread in the bread-to-meat-to-toppings ratio. The fries were however very good. Especially disappointing was the dessert - clearly cheap ice cream really brought it down. Overall, I would give it another try - it seems like it could be great, so maybe it was just an off night.
The waitress spilled olive oil on my boyfriends pants, twice. The food was not worth what I paid for. The place was nice enough.
This once fun and lively restaurant feels like it's going out of business. It was very quiet for a Thursday night with only one waitress on for the whole place. The wine list is pathetic, with 6 bottles on it yet only 3 were actually available. The Saint's best days are behind it.
It's a hipster place so I was thrilled that they were so good about having a kid there. Lots of fun and very good food.
A bit pricey and noisy but food was delicious.
Very reasonably priced and the donuts were a standout but we all felt the rest of the food was just ok. Service was good.
Omelet was fluffy and delicious. Coffee good. Sadly the recipe for the cornbread has changed and become sweeter. Which is ok I guess. The potatoes were yummy as always
Overall good and consistent place. My medium rare steak was closer to medium well, and the frites are too thin and cooked to dark and crispy, so not very tasty. The steak quality was good. My friend's medium rare was much better done. Drinks were good and music was great. It wasn't full on a Saturday night, but with a more reasonable menu could be much better.
Upon arrival the host did not even acknowledge or smile just simply walked us over to a table and set the menus down without a word. Our waiter was rude and short and took forever to take our order even though he knew that we were waiting. The food was not bad but the service was the worst service I have ever experienced here in Toronto. I would never go to this restaurant again.
Ossington is over run with wannabe downtown-ers on the weekend lining up at all the rest's we gave good reviews to 6 months ago but thankfully they have yet to find The Saint! Inside you will find a refuge of locals trying to avoid the High Park stroller mom's who terrorize our sidewalks every weekend. It is quiet here, with big booths for 4 and the staff doesn't rush you because there is no line at the door. The food won't knock your socks off but it will cure the remains of your hangover and the brewed coffee is not offensive.
Was looking forward to The Saint, but overall didn't meet our expectations.
Food arrived at different time, some portions were cold.
Fried Chicken was a disaster! way too much fat.
Service, OK. Wouldn't go back to eat, maybe just cocktails.
I booked a reservation at 7:30 on a Sunday for a date. The hostess was excellent, the first server we had was brusque and rude, she took our drink and oyster order. She informed us we could only have some of the oysters we ordered, and walked away. After twenty more minutes our actual server came to our table and asked if we wanted drinks. We said we hoped they were on the way. And could she check on our oyster situation. I asked about specials, she said nothing was cheaper. I clarified that I meant what was the market beef and fish of the day, as it wasn't listed on the menu. Getting this information was a challenge. Forty five minutes after we were seated our drinks and oysters came. The feature cocktails were decent ($13), the oysters were of suspect freshness, improperly shucked and the horseradish, while freshly grated at one point, was rather stale.
We asked for our bill, which I paid, ($40.75), and I commented to my date that I'd rather finish dining elsewhere. The server offered to get the manager, and I explained all of this to him (oscar perhaps?). He apologized, but offered no excuse. He said of course it's on the house, I replied I had already paid. He said, well maybe you'll come back, and told us to have a nice day.
We had an infinitely better dining experience at Pizza Libretto next door.
We had the roast chicken the specialty of the house and it was delicious but $60! Kind of overpriced. The cauliflower with cheese was tasty but nothing special. The beets (which I usually love) were overpowered by garlic.
This place is dark so best at night and in winter.
Given the number of great restos in this city and the limited menu at this establishment I am not rushing back.
Overpriced, a bit. The food wasn't amazing, and with Toronto's incredible food scene this restaurant didn't wow me. My partner had the burger, which came with Bologna and was a bit strange. He ended up just taking it out to enjoy the rest of the burger. I ordered a shaved salad and the bone marrow. The salad was nice, delicate, but a little too small for the price. The bone marrow was fine, but they should give you some more bread to go with it. Overall, a meh experience.
The food was pretty good, especially the beef tenderloin however it took way too long to get our food and even our appetizer. My husband who never complains couldn't believe how slow the service was and thought it was ridiculous. For the price of the food, a restaurant should know better to have impeccable service!
This is a go to place for me. Good food. Good amhiance. Great neighborhood to hit up a few spots for drinks afterwards.
Went here for Valentine's day and had their normal Sunday menu. They had AMAZING sausages that were on special pricing (every Sunday) - our favourite was Duck + Foie Gras as recommended by our server. We also had buck a shuck (every Sundays after 4pm) oysters. Overall, it was a pleasant experience, the food was great and had a good amount of noise to make it feel live. I'd recommend that you ask if a booth is available - there's TV's along the bar so it's a pretty good spot to catch a game too.
We went here for an 8:30 pm reservation on a Wednesday night, and the place was packed. Friendly and somewhat overwhelmed staff sat us at the bar to wait since we got there a bit early. We ordered cocktails from the list and before they were made were seated at our table. They brought the drinks over and transferred our bar bill very easily.
I had the potato soup, burger and chocolate pudding for dessert. The food was delicious. Would definitely come back, and the value for the winterliscious menu was one of the best I've seen.
Had a great experience here.
My parents came in from out of town and the staff was welcoming, the ambiance great for everyone-including my father who has a hard time hearing at times. The servers were kind, patient and helped make the evening.
Keep it up!