Canis Restaurant

4.6
272 reviews
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CAN$51 and over
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Canadian
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  • Tasting Menu
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasion
Canada's 100 Best Restaurants 2018 #15
En Route Magazine 2017 Canada's Best New Restaurants #2
Toronto Life Magazine 2017 Best New Restaurants #5
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Canadian
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Hours of Operation
Tuesday to Saturday 5:30 pm to 10 pm

Canis Restaurant (tasting menu only)

Reservations are taken for Tuesday - Saturday:
5:30pm, 5:45pm, 6:00pm, 6.30pm, 6:45pm
8.15pm, 8.30pm, 8:45pm, 9:00pm, 9:15pm, 9:30pm

*Please note that all guests are allocated a 2.5 hour dining time*

We appreciate your interest in dining at Canis and look forward to seeing you soon !
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Phone number
(416) 203-3317
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Jeff Kang
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Cross Street
Niagara St.
Additional
Beer, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Wine
What 272 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.5
Service
4.2
Ambience
4.2
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SR
Calgary
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Second visit- just as great as the first time, they do an absolutely phenomenal job with the service - not to mention the amazing food!

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F
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

Excellent food, original and tasteful
Service is missing passion and sometimes feel cold

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MB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 5Ambience 2

The food was not great and was extremely over priced, unfortunately there was not one part of the menu that was passable for the price. the wine pairing was less than satisfactory through the entire experience you recieve the equivalence of one glass of wine for $77 dollars.

The service was top notch the waitress and waiters were great. Other than that I do not recommend.

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HD
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Phenomenal experience. Very good value. The plates were all well executed and delicious.

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ND
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 4

Food was great and service was polite. However, I wish the servers were more attentive and really explained the ingredients and where they were sourced from. I felt a little rushed when the servers would just come out and give us the next meal without truly explaining it.

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Really good food through the location wasn’t what I was expecting. A bit plain and almost strip mall like setting but the food was out of this world. I appreciated they had pearl morisette wine on their list given that the winery is sold out for the year.
Definitely deserving of the accolades overall, really enjoyable experience for my wife and I.

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W
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Phenomenal. We just moved here from Northern California and have had our share of Michelin starred meals. Canis is the best dinner I’ve had since moving to Toronto. Very well done.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We kept raving about how good every course was - delicious and beautiful plating

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RG
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

From start to finish, the meal at Canis was superb. We chose their tasting menu without any alterations and without the drink parings, and each course was carefully crafted and displayed high level of finesse. I can still remember every course and the delight it offered, from the freshly-baked bread to the powerful chicken liver parfait, from the delightfully rich lobster and corn to the simple but striking flavors of the pork belly. I myself am not a huge fan of desserts, but it was definitely a highlight of the meal, with the buttermilk and rhubarb desert being a delight to all senses. The course was rounded off with a full peach experience: peach jam on a peach ice cream, with a peach tart. The balance of flavors was done wonderfully, and the whole experience left us quite full and satisfied.

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KC
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Top 3 restaurant in the City. Jeff Kang is a phenomenal chef. I came with my pregnant wife and we were FULLY accommodated. Everyone should go for every menu change.

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l
Philadelphia
76 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

The menu is a tasting menu of about 10 courses for $80 rather reasonable for this type of dining. The restaurant is quite casual however and might disappoint if you’re trying to impress guests with the surrounding and atmosphere. However the FOOD will certainly impress! Everything is attractively presented and good. Be warned however that the online menu and even the menu presented to you at your table may not be what you will receive. They change parts of the menu on a regular basis but don’t update the printed menu. Mine showed one course as Duck and I asked if they could change it. The Chef agreed and I got Short Rib which is al o not a favorite. But then at the end of the meal when I asked about how often menu was changed, another server replied it varies from day to day ‘and as example we replaced the Duck with Chicken tonight!’ Too bad they didn’t tell that to me! Access to restroom is down a steep set of stairs.

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EO
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The care and consideration put into every decision—from what flatware or plateware you got for what dish to the number and positioning of thyme leaves on a parfait to the progression of the meal to the every single perfect bite of food—was spectacular. Canis might have ruined me for other restaurants!

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Y
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was good, very impressed!

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T
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Not as good as the fave reviews on here but not as bad as the nasty reviews on here either. Somewhere definitely in between. You do get a lot of food with tasting menu and most of the courses are high quality, just not in the same stratosphere as a Michelin starred restaurant. Your dollars can be spent somewhere else and I believe the options in Toronto will be numerous for you to have an overall better experience than at this restaurant.

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DH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

6 stars for excellence and hunky staff. pure excellence

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W
Montreal
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic multi course, fixed menu. Courses are small as would be expected but let feeling full. The two desserts were particularly exceptional on our visit.

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J
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

I loved my meal here! Imaginative and delicious. There were no good non-alcoholic drinks options, which was a surprise -- I think coke, ginger ale, and ginger beer. All of these would knock the hell out of your palate... non-drinkers appreciate nice drinks too and I would have been happy to pay for a nice craft tonic water, or even soda & shrub or syrup. Or literally anything that would have paired well with the food! It felt like they just grabbed a few cans of pop from the store to have around, in case kids were there or something? Haha. Still an incredibly wonderful meal. I probably won't be back... it didn't feel great to be treated as though it was weird to be requesting something thoughtfully non-booze. Hopefully they can make a small change here, in which case I'd love to go again.

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TM
Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The staff were very friendly and the food was very delicious. The most notably is the foie gras tart topped with parsley and celery dust. Simple presentation but the food was full of flavours. Would love to go back.

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b
Toronto
14 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We were the last table but even so the staff was very patient we weren’t being rushed to leave the restaurant. Creative and flavourful dishes as usual, another wonderful experience!

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Terrific experience. Food was amazing! Wine pairings were exceptional.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great for dating and yummy food

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K
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

we had a wonderful experience at Canis. From the amazing bread at the beginning, the delightful appetizers with perfectly balanced flavours and textures to the gorgeous mains and desserts at the end, it was all perfect. The only negative was that the size of the wine pairings was a little on the small side. That said, the wines were creatively chosen and beautifully paired with the plates. We are looking forward to our next visit.

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D
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 2

The food was excellent but the matching wine pairing was substantially over-valued. Skip the wine. Eat the food.

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YM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely amazing. Taste better than La Banane.

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EC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

I’ve had better meals at Chipotle; at least the staff wasn’t rude to my pregnant friend. It was the most HORRIFIC experience I’ve ever had at any restaurant.

My friend is pregnant and had emailed them three days in advance to ensure that they can accommodate. When we got there, we made checked in with them again to make sure that they were aware of this.

By the third course, my friend was offered a poached egg with some ‘vegetable mixture’. My friend then said to them, poached eggs are raw, I cannot eat this as it can make both the baby and I very sick.

We overheard some arguments in the kitchen on the poached egg and shortly was brought back the course with the egg removed. By this point, I had to say something because this was the THIRD course that they served without any protein!!!

When asked about it, the chef said ‘well I offered you a poached egg and you didn’t want it’. My friend then had to explain to the chef the definition of ‘RAW’ which is that if the yolk is runny, it is RAW. He gave us a lot of attitude then for making it seem like we didn’t know what we were talking about.

I then asked why no substitutions are available (even for the other courses) as we had emailed so many days in advance. He responded with ALOT of attitude that this is a TASTING MENU. (Sure - that CANNOT accommodate for any food sensitives OR women carrying our future)

I’m sorry but I’ve been to restaurants all over the world, or even SUNSET GRILL that understood food restrictions ESPECIALLY when it comes to the safety of another human being.

I felt so ripped off for what I had paid for my friend to eat grass, and the fact that we were treated like second class citizens when really it’s the customers that keeps you in you friggin MINDLESS JOB.

In addition, for a ‘fine dining’ restaurant, the ambiance was REALLY bad. If you’ve been to any Korean restaurant where you have to hold onto the stair rail for your life to get to the bathroom, this restaurant is EXACTLY that.

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M
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Impeccable. Twice ate here and was blown away each time. Can’t wait to come back.

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DJ
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was incredible! The servers were friendly and down to earth. I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a quality night out.

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RF
New England
6 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Outstanding food in a minimalist space. 10/10 would recommend!

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VP
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Second visit to CANIS. Place is a gem. Well worth the visit. A delightful culinary tryst with all the adventure of a first date in a relaxed and unpretentious atmosphere allowing one the comfort of a first anniversary. Throw caution to the wind and charge through the full tasting menu... you won’t regret a single bite!

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G
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Interesting flavourful food. Quaint small restaurant. Did the larger tasting menu.
Was good to try but for price and overall experience did not wow enough for a return visit for us.

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RS
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Just go. Canis >> Alo
Canis gives breath of fresh air to restaurant scene in Toronto. Casual yet composed setting provides comfortable backdrop where Chef’s interpretation of Canadian cuisine shines through. Instinctively appealing to palates, progression of narrative in dishes married with attentive service brings best of fine restaurant without pretension. If you want to know where Toronto’s food scene is heading, go to Canis.

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QH
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Probably the second best tasting menu I've ever had, and definitely the best value for price (for reference, the best I had was in Athens, Greece, which costed double Canis's menu at 150 Euros / person). Every dish was flawless in terms of taste and plating, yet every new dish that came still seemed to surpass the amazing dishes that came before it. The portion sizes were surprisingly large for a tasting-menu-only restaurant, with large, hearty portions across the board, and two full, perfectly cooked bone-in veal chops, sliced thinly, as the finale of the savory part of the meal (for a group of 3: it appeared to be one veal chop for every two people eating).

Of special note was the ability of the chefs at Canis to accommodate dietary restrictions. My grandmother is vegetarian and my grandfather has a gluten allergy, yet the chefs at Canis were nevertheless able to re-purpose offending dishes to accommodate them without losing the essential essence of the dish, which I believe is often very difficult and would commend them highly for. I would especially commend their vegetarian menu for my grandmother, as not only did they keep the essential parts of the meal, for every piece of every dish that they modified or removed, they added something to make each vegetarian dish just as special as our non-vegetarian dishes. Again, I have eaten at many high-end restaurants with much worse service for dietary restrictions, so I would especially like to commend Canis for their masterful accommodations.

The one and only negative note I have for Canis is that the dining experience is very loud. The restaurant is quite small, and when the house is packed (it was when we ate) it was almost too loud for us to hear each other talk. However, the supreme quality of everything else about Canis makes this merely a small setback for an otherwise mind-blowing dining experience. Overall I was extremely impressed with Canis, and am already salivating at the thought of going back.

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DA
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The food was good but a bit over priced. It was also difficult to hear the descriptions of food and wine due to the noise level of the room.

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AM
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 2

We were looking forward to trying this restaurant for a few months. It’s been highly recommended by a lot of my friends within the Industry.
Upon arrival, ambiance was kind of cold, no warm welcome. Between this and the decor, the vibe wasn’t very comfortable.
We ordered the 8 course tasting menu. Food was amazing. Plating well executed. We thoroughly enjoyed all of the dishes, apart from the pork - texture was off. Dessert was the shining star. For the price that we paid, service felt too casual. Overall a good experience, but something you only experience once. We will not return, but glad we could try it out. Would recommend.

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MB
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

Nous avons été, dans l'ensemble, déçus de ce qui nous a été présenté. La présentation des plats était grossière (surtout l'entrée de thon &concombre), la plupart des plats manquait de sauce et la pièce de boeuf en finale était extrêmement grasse et manquait aussi de finesse.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Tasting menu was beautifully presented. Flavours were so unique. The care taken and quality of every ingredient is evident. Service was exceptional. Wine list is beautiful and selections were perfect. The space is minimalist, but still warm and relaxed. Highly recommend.

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F
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing meal. Had the 7 course tasting menu and there was not a course I would change. Fine dining but still casual .

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LG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Absolutely amazing... so delicious from start to finish... wine pairing perfect!!!

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PH
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best meal of the year. From the incredible food to the thoughtfulness of the menu and plates, this is hands down one of the best restaurants in Canada. Do the full menu. Worth every penny for the multiple foodgasms.

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RO
Montreal
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing dining experience with fresh local ingredients, been meaning to go for a while and not disappointed despite my high expectations. Can't wait to visit again

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