Canis Restaurant

4.6
295 reviews
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CAN$51 and over
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Canadian
Top tags:
  • Tasting Menu
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
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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Neighbourhood
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Cross Street
Niagara St.
Additional
Beer, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Wine

Special Offers

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Christmas tasting menu for only $120 per person.

Monday, December 24, 2018

What 295 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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Food
4.6
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4.3
Ambience
4.3
Value
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JN
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Highly recommended! Food was creative, beautiful and delicious. Service was elegant and unobtrusive. Room was quiet for conversation - no loud music. The evening was perfect!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Pretty good 👍 when the service know that we don't like one dish, they changed it. Really nice service.

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TK
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent tasting menu covering a variety dishes and styles. The pacing of the experience/evening was perfect as was the level of overall service. Relative to other similar experiences/restaurants in Toronto Canis offers exceptional value. Great drink menu if you are into that.

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BF
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of the best restaurants the city has ever seen.

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KT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Overall we had a thoroughly enjoyable evening, chatting with the chef de cuisine and sous chef. Personal fav was the chicken liver parfait and buttermilk, grape and white chocolate dessert and hubbie's the duck! Sitting at the counter though we found the seats very uncomfortable after 30 minutes - perhaps a foot rest on the counter would help relieve the pressure points.

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TF
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

We had wanted to go for awhile and when we arrived it seemed more casual than we were expecting. The servers and staff were pleasant but distant and not especially friendly. The food was incredible and the presentation was creative and well worth the 88$ for 7 courses! We will definitely be back when we have the chance.

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MS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Course after course, the dishes were a knock-out. Harmonious, elegant flavours beautifully presented.

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e
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My husband and I celebrated our second year wedding anniversary here. The food and service far exceeded our expectations, and the atmosphere was very energetic and lively which we loved! We thoroughly enjoyed everything especially the chicken liver parfait. We would definately recommend this to foodies and anyone who loves creative cuisine.

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TK
Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Very much enjoyed The creativeness and outstanding quality of the food. The chef was not put off by my dietary restrictions. We had a wonderful dinner!

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F
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We are celebrating anniversary on a quiet Tuesday evening. Everything is perfect for two of us. Got a table near the window and enjoyed every dish presented. Tried their orange wine and it’s just right. Perfect! Thanks Adam!

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SG
Montreal
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

One of the best tasting menu we’ve experienced in Toronto. Every course was creative and very tasty. Service was technically irreproachable. However, for an outstanding overall experience, a warmer and more personalized contact would have been appreciated: there was barely polite greetings; no eye contact with the various waiters, who were quickly mumbling through the description of the various dishes; there was no soul in the service. Again, we would recommend this restaurant, but we hope service will improve.

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AB
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great tasting menu for a reasonable price. The food at Canis was very well cooked and rich on taste. The cooks don't try to be unnecessarily fancy but focus on really good products and great taste. The wine pairing wasn't that exciting so another time I would probably order something else instead. but for the food at this price tag, I thin Canis was a very very good experience.

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A
London
10 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Modern cooking and excellent technique, good presentation, fantastic service and classy surroundings

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S
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We have been to this restaurant many times and each time it meets or exceeds the previous eating experience. Fantastic food, beautiful presentation and description by very knowledgeable staff. Very accommodating to eating restrictions.

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Cancun
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The tasting menu was excellent. A great variety of interesting flavors. Every course was delicious. Service was attentive but not overbearing; pacing was just right.

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m
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Came with my wife on a rainy weeknight. The room was at most half full and service was attentive without being overbearing, accommodating my wife's pregnancy diet with no issues (just no raw red meat and cooked medium). Recommended big/bold red wine was great and the dishes were uniquely presented. I found an issue with my raw fish dish and when I pointed it out, they were quick to apologize and made appropriate amends at the end of the meal (on the bill). Everything was well executed and flavours generally played well together on each dish. Was a great last hurrah before the baby comes!

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JM
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Great meal overall, the tasting menu is a lot of fun. My main complaint would be that although the wine pairings we good, the amounts poured were painfully small given the price. Value is not quite there, but overall it's a good experience, especially on the food side.

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W
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Canis is still my favourite restaurant in Toronto. I’ve been here 4 times and everytime I’m blown away with the execution of all the dishes.

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MC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Visiting from New York and staying on Queen West, I googled best restaurants in the area and this came up as an option so I made a reservation. I'm so glad I did. Really great tasting menu and at $88 Canadian for an 8 course tasting it was WELL worth the price. Very good food, nice progression from small bites to final course and amazing dessert courses. I am a big food snob and I highly recommend this place!

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JJ
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent variety of food and great wine pairings. Accommodated my food allergies.
Will go back for a special occasion.

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OT
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This place is definitely a gem, genuinely pleased & impressed with every single course! Definitely a steal given the reasonable price point. My favorite course gotta be the beef short ribs. The texture was perfect and the broth was was of flavours! It was so good that we asked for extra bread to sweep the bowl! And I’m also still thinking abt that beautifully presented & delicious chicken liver tarte...so creamy!

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IF
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I’m always surprised I can get a reservation at Canis. This restaurant is foodie heaven and yet not pretentious at all. Plus the value for what you get is unbeatable. Love love love everything about it. Will be back for sure!

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SR
Calgary
10 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
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
78 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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ES
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We went for my partner's birthday and both went for the tasting menu. Each dish was exquisite and very memorable, service was fantastic, highly recommended.

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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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