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Founder Restaurant on Dundas West Toronto - Founder Restaurant, Toronto, ON

Founder Restaurant

4.6
4.6
186 Reviews
CAN$51 and over
Global, International
Welcome to Founder Restaurant, a contemporary bistro located in Toronto's Dundas West. Our menu is led by the talented and charming Chef Kendall Collingridge, who has decades of experience in the Toronto culinary scene. He has worked in a variety of restaurants including Buca, Spirithouse, and Crush Wine Bar, and is known for his unique blend of flavours that cross borders and cultures. His famous Green Curry Fried Chicken is a must-try.

In addition to our regular menu, we also offer a Chef's Experience crafted by Chef Kendall. The Chef's Experience menu is updated daily.

Founder has also been voted Best Cocktail Bar by NOW Toronto, so you know our drinks are top-notch. So come on in, pull up a seat, and let us take you on a flavour journey that'll make your taste buds dance. Trust us, you won't be disappointed.

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 2 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    CAN$51 and over
  • Cuisines
    Global, International, Fusion / Eclectic, Modern European
  • Hours of Operation
    Tue–Thu 6:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 6:00 pm–12:00 am
  • Phone number
    (647) 348-1282
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Cash not accepted, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive Chef
    Kendall Collingridge
  • Catering
    Birthdays, Engagements, Weddings, Work Events, Company Parties, Group Tastings, Toronto Private Events
  • Private party facilities
    In the spirit of bringing people together, we'd be honoured to host your next gathering at Founder. We support full and partial private bookings to accommodate the needs of your event and specially curated menus to suit the tastes of your guests. Email us at events@foundertoronto.com to get started.
  • Neighbourhood
    Ossington
  • Cross Street
    Dundas and Dovercourt
  • Parking Details
    Green P 5 minute walk away on Dovercourt, first street north of Dundas.
  • Public Transit
    Dundas and Dovercourt (NE/SW sides)
  • Additional
    Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wine

What 186 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Toronto / Ontario

    Global, International

186 Reviews
  1. AlexC

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Founder is one of my favourite places in Toronto. Food and drinks are outstanding. Might be the best fried chicken in downtown. Bar service was on point. Highly recommend

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  2. Starving

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food, cocktails, atmosphere and service were great! The food intolerant diner in our party appreciated the above-and-beyond care of the chef. A gem!

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food and drinks were awesome, a little pricey for portion size (expected from Toronto), service was great, had a fun time.

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  4. auditabhattacharya

    Toronto

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best food in town! We had the beef tartare, founder burger, pork belly bao and ofcourse, the green curry chicken. Finished the meal with the coconut tapioca pudding! Absolutely fabulous meal and our drinks were great too!

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great as usual! Amazing food, delicious cocktails and great service, in a charming environment.

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  6. Michaela

    Toronto

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant is a hidden gem. I had the best spicy margarita I've had in awhile. There are so many great plates to order and we weren't sure what we wanted and in what order and the waitress made great recommendations to help us create our menu. Beautiful ambience and finally a place that isn't blasting music! I'll be back soon for another cocktail.

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  7. BridgetT

    Toronto

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service! All the wait staff were incredibly friendly and helpful. The chef’s experience is definitely worth it!! Able to try 6 things on the menu plus dessert and they were all delicious

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food and outstanding service. A really nice cozy place.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service from the two staff that we had at our table!! I had the burger and an orange creamsicle cocktail - delicious!

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  10. Zoe1

    Las Vegas

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Amazing food! Chef came out to chat with us and a photo. Our server Sara was just lovely! Knowledgeable and knew when to give us time and space for all the courses. Wine selection was unique and half price on Wednesdays! Mushroom sushi rolls and the seabass is a must!!! Definitely going back!!! Was a girls night out with a fantastic group of friends, some we hadn’t seen for a long time! Thank you!

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  11. JillG

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal, great service- easy to go back. Funky room!

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  12. AlexandraB

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 3, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Nice spot, had a few drinks each (3-4) and 5 shared plates. Bill was about $250 plus tip. Lovely cocktails, venue was quiet when we were there so felt very private and intimate. Recommend for a date night.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 30, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    The large plates are not for sharing. Great food and lovely service.

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  14. CalistaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is my favourite date night place to go with my partner. The oysters are the best in the city hands down, and everyone is always so lovely.

    Founder RestaurantResponded on October 5, 2023

    Thank you so much Calista! We really enjoy the oysters also ;)

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  15. Bdavis64

    Toronto

    120 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    120 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    a true neighborhood gem with world class food and wonderful service. we love this place.

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  16. ArthurZ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From the moment we walked in, Kendall and his great staff ensured my wife and I enjoyed the best culinary experience. Each dish was spectacular, with the signature KFC chicken living up to the hype and mushroom hand rolls and & pork belly buns serving as the perfect starters. Would definitely come back asap! Arthur

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  17. Pris

    Vancouver

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was delicious and serve was outstanding! Will definitely go back. It’s a surprising little gem to experience.

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  18. Sherviegirl

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was absolutely amazing. We had probably about ten dishes between us, and every single one was phenomenal! Standouts were the KFC chicken, the cauliflower, the gnocchi, the short rib, the sea bass. The drinks were also wonderful. We had the drink your greens, the cucumber basil smash, and a spicy mezcal margarita (not listed on the menu). All of them were amazing but the margarita was particularly memorable. Such a great experience!

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  19. Marrod

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2023

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Food was good, but service was very very slow. It took an hour for drinks to come to our table, and our server didn’t take our food order until 1.5 hours into our dining experience.

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  20. sheldong

    Montreal

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Loved our visit to Founder - the cocktail to start was delicious and the food was very good. Loved the vibe too. Nice people. We’ll go back.

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  21. GabyA

    Toronto

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Why was this place empty when I got there?? Toronto is missing out on great food and great cocktails! We were the only ones there on a Thursday night, but our server was top notch and the food was phenomenal. Highly recommend Founder

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  22. thetravelmuncher

    Toronto

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2023

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    The KFCC is really good. I would go back just for that.

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  23. MargaritaA

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and atmosphere! The gnocchi was fantastic. I’m looking forward to my next visit.

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  24. ValeriyaP

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Favourite place in the city! Food, cocktails, wine, staff - outstanding!

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was all great. We booked the "Chef's Experience" and the Chef prepared the most amazing vegetarian menu for us. It was our second time there and we'll definitely go back.

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  26. Tals

    Toronto

    25 reviews

    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Nice quaint restaurant. Was there for 7pm and only 2 other couples were dining. Food was great, especially the seabass and short rib. I wasn’t thrilled about the oysters as I don’t think cilantro went well with it, but it was already topped. Service was great. It can be a fine balance on when to attend patrons ie. Fill glasses, clear table. Perhaps a little less of it so we can enjoy our conversation without distraction.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service is amazing! Bartender is 5 star! Love the quality drinks, food and atmosphere.

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  28. Monza

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, drinks and service! Definitely coming back and highly recommend to give it a try! We had a lovely dinner experience. Ben is such a welcoming and experienced bartender.

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  29. Foodguy4

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    A little loud, good food, better cocktails

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  30. PhillC

    New York Area

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had an amazing time celebrating our anniversary at Founder. Chef Kendall served and explained all food and drinks, which was above and beyond. The ambience was spectacular, the staff an absolute joy, overall an absolute vending well spent! Definitely looking forward to returning. I highly recommend the Chef Experience you won’t regret it, trust me. Founder Restaurant was a top notch experience we won’t soon forget, kudos to the chef and team.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chef Kendall put together a fantastic experience and the food was unique that I hadn’t even heard of at other places. Lovely time - will be back!

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  32. RyanP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We tried the Chefs menu and every dish was amazing. Hospitality unmatched.

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  33. OonOZ

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience with the chef's experience. Knowledgeable and friendly staff.

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  34. Zedzed

    Toronto

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Relaxed vibe, beautiful interior, great food. Service was friendly and prompt.

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  35. Ester

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had a fantastic experience at this establishment. The cocktails were exceptional, the fried chicken was delicious, and the service was top-notch. I would highly recommend giving this place a try.

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  36. CindyL

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have never been and we had the tasting menu. We asked for wine pairings. The food was top notch - one of the best we ever had! The waiter was amazing. We would go again soon.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2023

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    The staff are very friendly, nice ambiance. However, nothing worth to try on the menu. Especially for cocktails; both weren’t tasty.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely incredible. One of the best meals I’ve had in a very long time. Consistency in terms of quality, taste, presentation in every dish. Service is exceptional. Can’t wait to go back. Highly recommend.

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  39. AshC

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was exceptional and service great honesty I recommend giving this place a go.

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  40. Perfection

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A perfect meal! Can't wait to go back. And super delicious cocktails.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Founder Restaurant is rated 4.6 stars by 186 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 2 times today
Google Map for Founder Restaurant

1282 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1X7

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Dundas and Dovercourt
  • Neighbourhood
    Ossington
  • Hours of Operation
    Tue–Thu 6:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 6:00 pm–12:00 am
  • Price
    CAN$51 and over
  • Cuisines
    Global, International, Fusion / Eclectic, Modern European
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    Green P 5 minute walk away on Dovercourt, first street north of Dundas.
  • Public Transit
    Dundas and Dovercourt (NE/SW sides)
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Cash not accepted, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Kendall Collingridge
  • Additional
    Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wine
  • Phone number
    (647) 348-1282
  • Catering
    Birthdays, Engagements, Weddings, Work Events, Company Parties, Group Tastings, Toronto Private Events
  • Private party facilities
    In the spirit of bringing people together, we'd be honoured to host your next gathering at Founder. We support full and partial private bookings to accommodate the needs of your event and specially curated menus to suit the tastes of your guests. Email us at events@foundertoronto.com to get started.
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