Lapinou

4.5
221 reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Contemporary French
Lapinou is currently closed. We look forward to hosting you again soon!

A neo-bistro inspired by regional French flavours and local terroir - met with modern culinary expertise and endless curiosity.

Stay for a meal, stop in for a glass of wine, or drink and snack late into the evening.

Santé!

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Special menus

  • Join us for Sunday Brunch & Wine Specials!

     CA$35.00 per person
    Starting Oct 18, 2020
    Bonjour! Kindly note we offer only a prix fixe menu priced at $35 per person along with a selection of half priced wines. We look forward to welcoming you soon.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 221 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.4
Food
4.5
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.0
Value
Noise · Moderate
90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Pepper836729
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

HARD PASS. 0/5
This was a shockingly bad experience. We should have paid for our drinks that came very late into the meal and eaten literally anywhere else.

We were seated at the front of their alleyway which was uncovered and marginally served by their heat lamps - and wait staff. The lights on the tables had blown out from the wind. There was no other real lighting, so we ate dinner in the dark - this isn't O.Noir. When we asked to be moved inward to another table under the awning, where it was warmer and well lit, we were shrugged off by two separate staffers. And then saw that other couples were moved into the tent upon their request.

Our table almost fully tipped over mid meal bc of a significant wobble and the real surprise cherry on top, the server kindly let us know that we had order SO much food and how could we possibly have room for dessert considering the very large amount of food we had ordered. We didn't eat dessert and tbh being fat-shamed by a restaurant is surreal.

This was a very bad experience. We will never be going back here. It was horrific and the food was pretty mediocre to boot. How could it taste well when you felt so judged for wanting to try things?? Absurd.

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rebeccaL
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely staff, delicious food and a delightfully romantic ambiance. 10/10 would recommend to a friend.

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Eric
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great gin cocktails & french onion soup. Decent atmosphere considering COVID restrictions.

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TeaBiscuit
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Food, wine and presentation was excellent as well as service (if a touch flighty). One small gripe is that we went in November during the beginning of the second covid wave so it was outdoors, in the alleyway, which was charming with the lights set up just so, but it wasn’t fully enclosed which meant a very chilly and constant draft for those sitting at the top of alley, closest the sidewalk (no way you could take off your coat).

We got there early for our reservation and we were seated at one of the empty tables up front instead of one the empty ones near the middle which also had the benefit of outdoor gas lamps. It wasn’t a big deal at all when I asked to switch to one of the other tables further back, but I’m feeling like that could have been offered from the start. Long way for a minor nit but I offer this for future consideration.

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Anj157
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Gluten free options safe for celiac available! Both our hostess and server were amazing. Beef tartare with gluten free cracker substitute was great. Other guests didn’t have allergy restrictions and very much enjoyed the French onion soup, homemade bread and fries as appetizers.

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vipStephs1
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Lapinou has created a beautiful, cozy, warm and safe outdoor dining experience and their service is excellent. Looking forward to going again soon!

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sbbbb
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Thoroughly impressed. Great and attentive service. Really great heated patio setup in the alleyway so it blocks most of the wind (still have to dress warm). Really enjoyed the food. Some dishes were better than others. Will definitely be coming back.

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KimS
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall4Food4Service1Ambience5

Wonderful food and atmosphere on the patio. Great place for a date, especially the couch style seats. Terrible service though. Waited 20 minutes for our table. The host seemed to forget about us and the table unnecessarily sat empty. The waiter wasn't too much better, rarely came over, spilled water all over my phone, then brought me a dirty napkin to wipe it off with.

Hard to knock the food though. The squash fritters were amazing, such a unique flavor with the lime and coconut cream. Focaccia rolls were so good too!

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Anastasia
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

The food is very average. The oysters were fresh and tasty. French onion soup...hmm. It is not a French onion soup. The baguette that was used as a toast for the soup was dry. I mean that it was not toasted bread, it was dry bread.

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Bonnie
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service was excellent. Our server was very charismatic.

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Sheri
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Service was top notch once again, as was the food. We were acknowledged as repeat customers and thanked for returning to Lapinou. Once again Lauren (one of the main reasons we returned) paired wines perfectly with each of our courses and even treated us to a special dessert wine. We will be spreading the word about the exceptional experience that is Lapinou.

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LawtonW
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Patio was so lovely and warm! Food, cocktails and service were all stellar. Would really recommend for a safe evening out. Looking forward to returning.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
19 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food and service and such a cozy setting! So appreciate how hard the staff are working in this challenging context. French onion soup highly recommended for cooler nights!

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, great drinks, great service, great ambience. We had a great time

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ArjunT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

The food was excellent. We loved the steak Ricotta Gnocchi, the striploin and the sea bass. They were all amazing. The best part was the margarita!. Never have I ever had a cocktail that was so amazing. It had the right amount of alcohol and the the spicy twist was simply superb. The only thing that was below par was our server . The guy was Curt and not very polite which almost spoilt our experience. He seemed irritated and grabbed things from our hand even when we were paying our bills. When dining in a fine establishment like this the service is as important as the food. I hope the restaurant takes our feedback seriously and trains that server a bit . I would definitely go back for that margarita!!

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BrandonC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely setting and great food. Would definitely recommend and going to go again.

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NKaleta
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very cute patio with heaters that make it possible to enjoy the last bit of the season. The service was great and the food even better.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Ricotta gnocchi was delicious, perfectly paired with a malbec. Friendly and attentive staff. The chef made an amazing hot sauce to go with the oysters. I will definitely be back.

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EvanZ
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Given the impact of Covid19 on restaurants they’re set up safely and responsibly
Food and service was very good.

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vipcindy
Toronto
99 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

First time here. Came because of the heated patio since indoor dining is not allowed currently. Overall good experience.
Service was excellent and responsive.
Food was okay. Spinach fritters were greasier then I would desire Zucchini dish was not as hot as I would like. My friend’s squash dish was hotter.
Overall pretty good. Would come back and try something else.

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Madeleine
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Nicest covid patio in Toronto. The seats are a bit too close together (not 6ft apart) but beautiful and warm with a fully covered roof and heart lamps. Ends are open so it fits the government requirements but they might consider removing a few tables to be safer. Lovely place for a romantic pandemic date LOL

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GiovanaB
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience2

The place is really nice but the food is too expensive and not enough.

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DorothyG
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food and excellent portions. Our hostess had great recommendations and we loved our food and experience. Can’t wait to return!

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DavidF
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Gorgeous outdoor patio. Cozy and romantic. Food exceptional and service fantastic.

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baobeibaobeibaobeibaobei
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was soooo good!!I really like it. It‘s good to sit outside

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kevinS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful night and service. We planned for a upscale evening and it met the mark

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jackiec
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

We dined outside in the sexy private lane way which is well away from the busy traffic on King Street. We had a great experience a loved everything we ordered.

The one thing some may find a problem is the menu is very small so choices are limited. It wasn’t a problem for our party of 3 - but I could see that it might be a challenge for others. I would return.

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BettyL
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The patio is very cute with the little light bulbs hanging on the top. Their ham plate and the cucumber appetizer are amazing!

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charlottel
New England
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious, gorgeous and exactly what my heart was longing for. We made a reservation for the next Sunday before we even finished out brunch. Live jazz was huge bonus and surprise.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very nice place and value for money, nice food and nice people

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Anniversary

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BrittanyH
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food, great atmosphere. The lighting was a little too dark.

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DianeH
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience2

In the covid environment the tables although outside were too close together. The server also had a habit of leaning in too close. He had a mask on but still it was too close. The menu is very small

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smarchie
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Lovely spot for brunch. Having live music is an elegant touch to the bistros ambiance. Servers are super friendly and the food is delicious.

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vipNormaG
Toronto
26 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a lovely brunch for the first time since Covid lockdowns (March) and Lapinou didn’t disappoint. We were pleased to discover the Jazz quartet playing as we arrived. The music was fab and the ONLY criticism from all of us was the volume level of the music as it was difficult to carry on a conversation during brunch. Our server was amazing as was the venue and food (chef made me a special vegan dish) !! Thank you !🙏

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jujubean
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience5

The alley of Lapinou just transports you to a whole different place and you feel like you're not even in Toronto. I love that they have invited Michael Louis Johnson and various local jazz bands to play their beautiful music and adding a touch of ambiance you just can't get anywhere else!

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Steph
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great cuisine, we had the Salmon dish which tasted great but left us wanting more as the portion was small. If you drink, (we dont) theres tons of selections of alcohol to choose from on the menu. Amazing service and very cool atmosphere. Great for a special time out.

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skyline
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience3

avg at best server was knowledgeable but lacked finer details of service ie napkin folding and even replacing after mine was dirty and discarded for a place that had 3 tables inside as we dined you’d expect a lot more. drink was done for time didn’t get asked if i wanted another. food was lack lustre and confusing french bistro ? italian food is what it looked like to me. save your money for a non king street sham

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AdamM
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding dinner spot. The home-made focaccia buns and ham appetizers were delicious and perfectly portioned. The spinach fritters with coconut cream were good but a little overshadowed by the other two appetizers. The salmon was the star of the show - perfectly cooked and everything on the plate worked very well with it. By far the best salmon I've had at any restaurant. The wine list was very good as was the service. The one thing to note is it is an expensive restaurant, but I think it's more than fairly priced given the quality of the whole dining experience. Will be back soon and looking forward to checking out their brunch

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NadiaC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was our first time coming to this restaurant. Food and service was amazing. Food was delicious and unexpected as the menu doesn’t give much of a description as to what you’re going to receive. Which, we didn’t mind at all! We prefer a surprise. It’s actually a beautiful restaurant and love where their outdoor seating is. Great vibe and folks. Highly recommend. We were seated outside so we didn’t have a noise issue. I’m not sure what it is like when seated inside.

FAQs

Lapinou does offer delivery in partnership with Skip The Dishes.

Lapinou is rated 4.5 stars by 221 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.