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About Canis Restaurant

Inspired by the bounty of Canada, our dishes highlight seasonal, organic, local produce. We honour the profile of the ingredients by creating simple and accessible dishes.
This is our interpretation of Canadian cuisine.

Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary Canadian, Canadian

Hours of Operation:
Tues – Sat 5:30 pm to 10 pm
Sun, Mon closed

Cross Street:
Niagara St.

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
CAN$51 and over

Payment Options:
MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(416) 203-3317

Website:
http://www.canisrestaurant.com/

Executive Chef:
Jeff Kang

Additional:
Beer, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Wine

Canis Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
Food

4.6

Service

4.6

Ambience

4.2

Value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (21)
Tasting Menu (21)
Good for a Date (18)
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Creative Cuisine (17)
Special Occasion (14)
Local Ingredients (13)
Good for Anniversaries (11)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Neighbourhood Gem (9)
Romance (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Casual (8)
Authentic (7)
Seasonal (7)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Business Meals (4)
Cozy (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Fun (3)
Healthy (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Group Bookings (2)
Lunch (2)
Organic (2)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Brunch (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Live Music (1)
Paleo-Friendly (1)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
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Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value5

vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Only improvement to management would be to put a curtain around the entrance to block cold air coming in as it does during the winter. During our visit, we had the four spot table right in the line of the doorway and the door opening had some moments of chill.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value5

 
 (Montreal)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Found the restaurant via a Google search of best new restaurants in Toronto, and was not in the least disappointed. The food was beautiful to look at and even better to eat, with truly original and inventive takes on ubiquitous ingredients.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries
Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value5

vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Amazing food and attentive service. Would for sure go again.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Fab service and even better food, easily the best meal I had in Toronto. Portions are on the small side, with is a relief after too many too-large plates. Only complaint is the noise level, which makes it tough to talk, even across the table...but people were having a great time, so it's hard to complain too much.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on October 29, 2017

We really enjoyed our diner and we were very impressed with the service and the food. Our waitress, Sandra, was very knowledgeable and friendly!

Tags: Authentic, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Great tasting menu, good wine pairings as well. Service was spot on, very attentive and knowledgeable! The wine list could use some Champagne.

Tags: Seasonal
Food3
Ambience3
Service4
Value3

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Food and atmosphere were both good and interesting preparation and plating. Honestly however, for being recently ranked #2 in Canada it didn't stand up to some of the other top restaurants in Toronto / Canada.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Great use of flavours and textures in all dishes. Fantastic ambiance and very attentive, knowledgeable service.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 17, 2017

One of the very best in Toronto!

Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value5

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Contemporary, fine, seasonal cuisine in an intimate and casual setting. Service was attentive without being pretentious. Food was sophisticated and inventive without being contrived. One of the most delicious meals we've eaten in Toronto. Four course prix fixe, or 7 course tasting menu, so limited choices. Not recommended for strict vegetarians but as fish eaters (but no meat) we were able to enjoy a celebratory anniversary dinner. Definitely will go back in another season.

Tags: Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on October 14, 2017

I came here with a couple of friends after passing the place by several times while in the neighbourhood and seeing it on a Best of Canada list. We had the 4 course menu and we were not dissapointed! The food was delicious, the atmosphere was relaxed and the open kitchen ran so smoothly. I will be going back again soon for a 7 course option!

Tags: Casual, Tasting Menu, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Cozy, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on October 14, 2017

Inspired cooking executed perfectly. Friendly service. Loved it!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies
Food3
Ambience4
Service5
Value3

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Everything was perfect except for the food.. too salty for our taste.. and duck was too undercooked taste like raw poultry (I eat mid rare steak with no problem)

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Fantastic meal. On par with the best in the city, including Alo, George, Scaramouche, etc.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 1, 2017

A thoroughly amazing dining experience from start to finish!

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation
Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value5

 
 (New Orleans)·Dined on September 28, 2017

The best meal I have had this year! Very knowledgeable and friendly staff with a superb culinary team. My only negative comment is that trips to the washroom take away from the overall experience, but in the end, the dining experience more than makes up for that. Bravo!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
Food5
Ambience3
Service5
Value4

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 26, 2017

The 7 course tasting menu was fantastic. It's was very well thought out and the duck breast was the best I have ever had. Good people at Canis! Thanks.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

vip
 (Miami)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Excellent food and service. One of a handful of Toronto restaurants offering truly creative and sensational food.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Romantic, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Cozy, Casual, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu
Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on September 24, 2017

The best meal I have ever had! The thought put into each dish from texture, to temperature, to contrasting flavours is unparalleled. A must go in Toronto!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Not a single dish disappointed. Not one. It was the perfect blend of comfort and palate-pushing with the cohesiveness of a truly great culinary staff. There's not a lot I can say here because I enjoyed this so, so much. We were visiting Toronto from Philly and were looking for something we wouldn't find anywhere else. Canis was very reminiscent of some of the best elements of BYO culture in Philly (no one can get a liquor license so some of the most well-crafted menus and star chefs have 25 seat BYOs) but with a wine pairing menu that took the guess work out of the process. I'd recommend this place (and, again, every single dish on the menu) to anyone willing to put a little faith in a credible chef.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Went as a birthday gift for my wife. The food was by far some of the best we've had this year. The play of flavors and textures was artfully performed. The atmosphere was lively and the Staff were very knowledgable, friendly and attentive.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Seasonal
Food2
Ambience5
Service5
Value2

 
·Dined on September 15, 2017

I had great expectations for Canis and its tasting menu and Prix fix menu. However, it has disappointed me quite a bit in terms of plating and creativity of its food. To be fair, the taste is not bad, but it just didn't impress us. Some of dishes are dull tasting.

Food2
Ambience2
Service4
Value2

 
·Dined on September 12, 2017

We had high expectation for this restaurant after hearing review from a friend's friend.
So I booked the restaurant for my wife's birthday. The staff were all very friendly and welcoming. However the food was a bit off from what we were expecting. The price was the same as Alo and we are not sure if it was the menu of the day that was off or what,maybe it was Asian influence in their food(Being Asian-Chinese). We weren't WOW-ed by the dishes. The overall food/experience was not close to what we experienced at Alo Restaurant.. We would likely not go back again.

Food4
Ambience4
Service3
Value4

vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on September 9, 2017

The meal was very good. Every dish was tasty, and had good flavour and texture. Our waitress seemed a bit confused at times and was bringing wrong dish to tables, but she may be new.

Food4
Ambience4
Service5
Value3

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Very good experience and a wonderful restaurant. Excellent staff and very well cared for. Courses well spaced out and a great way to relax and enjoy a meal. Sandra and the rest of the staff were very helpful and explained every course that was served to us.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation
Food4
Ambience4
Service4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Had a wonderful meal with my husband! We tried the prix fix, will definitely try the tasting next time. Highlights are: beef tartare, the duck confit, and lamb loin.

Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 26, 2017

All courses excellent; service informed and engaged. Delightful all around. Must visit (but not when I want to. 😏

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Amazing 4 course dinner!

Food5
Ambience3
Service5
Value4

vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Although quite under the radar Canis was very busy on a Wed night. Not surprised because it was excellent on all fronts from the bread service to the unusual but appropriately light and delicious dessert. Definitely recommend.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
Food2
Ambience1
Service4
Value1

 
·Dined on August 20, 2017

We spent $750 for small so-so items from the tasting menu. The downstairs smelled atrocious and the bathroom was disgusting. Trying to be high end but is not. Staff very nice but started cleaning with Lysol at 11:30 when we were still trying to enjoy our expensive wine. Toronto Life you are so wrong - this restaurant is not worth it.

Food3
Ambience3
Service4
Value4

 
 (London)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Ausgezeichnete Produkte- kreativ verarbeitet.
Leider fehlt die asiatische Note oder ein besonderer Geschmack. Alles sehr neutral.
Preise- Leistung extrem positiv.

Tags: Comfort Food, Cozy, Organic, Business Meals, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu
Food5
Ambience5
Service5

vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 12, 2017

This restaurant was recommended and it did not disappoint. Did the seven course tasting menu with the wine pairing. Everything was fantastic and different. A memorable evening.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on August 10, 2017

My review won't do Canis justice ... but I will try. Absolutely fantastic experience with probably the best tasting menu I've had in a few years. Supreme value at 85 per person. We opted for the wine-pairing and the selection matched up with the food very well for 60 per person. We dine out a lot and had similar dishes at other TOP restaurants in Toronto, but Canis does them two notches above all others. All the dishes were great, but highlight was the 30-day aged roasted duck .... just the duck alone is worth returning again, which we are doing in 2 weeks. Oh, service was excellent and non-pretentious. Must try.

Food5
Ambience3
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on August 6, 2017

Definitely one of the best restaurants in Toronto, if not the best at the moment.
The food was absolutely delicious, with very attentive service.
I loved every single course and it is hard to choose a favourite one, but maybe the duck. It was extremely tasty and perfectly cooked.
Will definitely go back.

Tags: Tasting Menu
Food5
Ambience3
Service5
Value4

vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on August 2, 2017

Canis does prixe fix and a tasting menu. The prixe fix does come with options for each of the 4 courses. We selected the tasting menu with 7 courses. We enjoyed all 7 courses. The halibut had a wonderful smoky flavour . The short ribs was outstanding. It was fork tender yet had a pink centre, easily the highlight of our meal. Chef Kang personally served it. We hope that Chef will include it in the prixe fix meal as an option. On our short list as the best meal 2017.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Authentic
Food4
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Joanne Kates ( Globe and Mail food critic) gave this place a glowing review and she is never wrong. We had the Prix fixe menu and it was an excellent value. Much better than the usual Prix Fixe menus one would get at other restaurants. Creative and tasty offerings with a Scandinavian minimalist decor.

Some of the highlights include:
Pan Seared Halibut
Beef Tar Tar with tongue
Scallop Ceviche
Duck confit
Lamb cooked to perfection!

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on July 28, 2017

The best good I had in years!!!!! Gourmet without being pretentious. Every bite is a symphony and clean and complex taste. "Amazing" doesn't describe it well.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Casual, Organic, Paleo Friendly, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on July 27, 2017

Excellent food, originality and service. Would highly recommend and would return.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Good for Anniversaries
Food5
Ambience4
Service4
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on July 27, 2017

Every course was amazing which is very difficult to say with all chef's table menu. We would eat there again.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
Food5
Ambience3
Service4

vip
 (Montreal)·Dined on July 27, 2017

Great food! Our meal was incredibly refreshing but still very complex. I was impressed how they blended the different flavours. The scallops, duck and halibut were outstanding. My only complaint would be the desserts, they were so-so. Looking forward to going back, Canis is one of TO's best restaurants.

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