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Lapinou, Toronto, ON

Lapinou

4.5
4.5
676 Reviews
CAN$51 and over
Contemporary French
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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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 26 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary French, Wine Bar, Bistro

  • Hours of Operation

    Brunch Sun 10:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon–Wed, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (416) 479-4414

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Neighbourhood

    King West

  • Cross Street

    King and Bathurst

  • Parking Details

    Public Lot

  • Public Transit

    King and Bathurst, 501 King & 511 Bathurst Street Car Routes

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 676 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. DS

    DisappointedSwahili

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    The food was almost bland. One plate of fries is enough for a table. The beef tartar was the best meal/ or the mushroom alternative, the steak frites was bland, the salmon was okay - you could smell the salmon. You can do better than come here. The service was great though !
  2. GM

    GordanaM

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Cocktails and food were both exceptional. Very nice ambiance on the patio
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff was incredibly helpful and friendly. They were aware of our celebration which is sometimes a hit or miss when added to the description on the reservation. First time trying beef tartare, was excellent. Escargot was also spectacular. Overall great experience.
  4. JA

    JulianA

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The server was amazing, food was delicious.
  5. EY

    EganY

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic!!! Go there !! Fantastic service and atmosphere.
  6. JB

    JuliaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My boyfriend and I live next to this restaurant and go here frequently! The food here is amazing, so is the service. It’s got a great bar and a fun yet relaxing atmosphere. Highly recommend this place!
  7. N

    Navid

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience5
    The waitress was almost fighting us! You should teach your staff that customer is spending money and you are making money so you supposed to take care of customer not vise versa!
  8. K

    Kangp

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff were so kind and friendly. Treated us to Prosecco upon arrival. Thank you.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Outdoor sitting is not recommended, close to street, and it is not top floor deck patio. Restaurant is fully booked so they said they can’t switch us to indoors, although we saw it wasn’t sitted fully, maybe late arrivers, who knows. Food is okay, but very very expensive. I like their French wine.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Terrible service. No attention to detail of food and drinks ordered. Terribly close seating, all servers kept bumping into my chair the whole time. What a waste of a meal and date night. Had to cut it short and go elsewhere to have a better experience and a better Friday night.
  11. TM

    TimM

    Montreal

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server, I think her name was Nicole, was simply amazing. She had the perfect wine pairing for my meal. She was also a great conversationalist and very attentive to us.
  12. JJ

    JeffJ

    Vancouver

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Waiter’s food recommendations were fantastic; escargot and the short rib. Will have to go back on my next visit to Toronto to try out the rest of the menu.
  13. S

    Ssssmedium

    Toronto

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    I’ve been here for diner and it was great. Brunch last weekend was not. We were one of 3 tables. Service was slow and inconsistent… especially for a set menu that costs $45/pp Espressos and cappuccinos and food took so long to arrive they were luke warm at best. Disappointing based on my previous experience at the restaurant.
  14. FA

    FoodAddict

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Food, service was great. Food portions waa a little smaller than I expected but every bite was delicious so we just ordered more. Cocktails were also very good. Our server Kathleen was the best
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Mexico City

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall3food1service2ambience4
    Decor and music were great, the restaurant is really cute but we felt really rushed by the server. the food was ok nothing special at all, salad didn’t have enough vinaigrette and the portion of salmon was way too small specially for that price tag.
  16. AS

    AshleyS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our service and meal were excellent and the restaurant was lovely.
  17. DB

    DawnB

    Toronto

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Jazz trio and delicious food. What more could you ask for? How about friendly and attentive servers and a lovely wine list? The house smoked ham is not to be missed. Sounds simple but it is exceptional. And, then, of course, the foie gras. A welcome addition to the neighbourhood. Glad they made it through the pandemic and looking forward to enjoying it for years to come.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience1
    Music was way, way, way to loud. We were seated near the musicians, however we did not know there was going to be music and we were never offered to move once the music started. It was unbearably loud, the server couldn’t hear us. Completely ruined the entire date as neither one of us could hear each other. My short rib was dry and so was my Cafe au Tarte dessert. I dined here last summer and really enjoyed it, will never be coming back.
  19. B

    Backyardboss

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great staff, great food and a unique atmosphere.
  20. j

    jdanson

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience5
    The execution and quality of dishes is quite high. The menu is not well balanced. It is hard to choose items for a well balanced experience. Also despite the COVID inflation, I still think the place is pricy. $22 for 4 medium sized shrimps is quite a bit, although they were tasty. $28 for a small fois gras with 3 small pieces of 1"x1" toast is pricy too, although it was really nicely executed. I was happy with the short ribs. Some of the staff have attitudes, not a surprise for the service industry.
  21. KY

    KimberleyY

    Toronto

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The food was delicious, the service was precise and friendly. The menu has moved to mostly tapas-style sharing dishes. The patio is cool and breezy.
  22. N

    Nahya

    Toronto

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been wanting to try Lapinou since before the pandemic, and we're so happy we finally tried it out! What a hidden gem. A true French atmosphere, and although you are in the heart of King West, it is nicely secluded from the crowds. The staff were welcoming and friendly, and the food was incredible. Definitely a place to go for a special occasion. Can't wait to go back!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Not sure if it was due to lack of inventory or due to not receiving it due to shipment. They only had 1 beer available out of the 4 they would have had.
  24. KM

    KyleM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best French bistro in the city!! 10/10 would definitely recommend!
  25. PS

    PeterS

    Toronto

    13 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Nice room, nice service. Excellent cocktails. The servers and maître d's all seemed experienced and knowledgeable. Food ranged from good (the starters) to less good (a cold steak, overcooked foie gras). Wines are very expensive. Prices jump to $100 a bottle very quickly. But our server let us try a couple before we picked a good Muscadet the cheap end of the list. Overall a very pleasant evening.
  26. H

    Huthut

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall2food5service2ambience1
    They did not have enough staff to handle a Friday night and we were left with many forgotten drinks and no service for two hours and it was way too loud it was like screaming in a club over dinner
  27. l

    lancc

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great meal and great service! Will definitely be coming back
  28. AP

    AnneP

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved everything about this place. They made our anniversary very special, gave us the best table and complimentary glass of Prosecco. Our server was knowledgeable and made our night. Food was perfect, we loved every single bite. Highly recommend!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    12 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall2food3service4ambience4
    Portion sizes were extremely small. The pasta dish was $32, had no protein and was literally 3 bites. Will not return.
  30. K

    Kate

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding! Fantastic service, delicious food, beautiful ambience.
  31. S

    Stevep

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was deliicious, service outstanding . The lamb dish was fantastic.
  32. JM

    JohnM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very tasty drinks and the food was superb. Had the braised ribs and they just melted. The flavours were complex and deep. I will definitely be bringing my date here again. 5stars.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    The worst service to where it was almost comical. Waited half hour for drinks and 1 hour for 2 dishes which were cold Fries and the smallest portion of beef tartar. Had to call server over multiple times to remind of the second round of drinks we ordered which we waited over an hour for. Absolute terrible service and zero apologies or any acknowledgement. They didn’t appear to be too busy and just the slowest most inattentive servers. Paid and left - do not recommend especially for the price. Opposite experience to what I’ve had previously there and felt terrible because I brought friends who had never been and told them how good it was. I was super embarrassed and annoyed by the evening there. Will not be back. Will not recommend.
  34. G

    Guest

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience1
    Booked my reservation in advance specifically for their patio…even took an 8pm seating just to be out there…and 3 hours before we were scheduled to arrive they called and told us they’ve taken another booking and can no longer seat us on the patio. Very disappointing…if you’re looking to book a special night go somewhere else - because Lapinou might change their mind last minute.
  35. AC

    AdrianC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Food was good but the wait time was longer than most restaurants. This was the case for the other tables as well. Waitress was nice and checked on us during the long wait.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience3
    Service was great. However the food took forever to come.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Came here for Mother’s Day and had a really wonderful experience. Service was amazing, and the patio was beautiful and comfortable. It was a little pricey for what we got but still had a really wonderful time.
  38. KE

    KareemE

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience3
    different staff, service is not what it used to be. We will not be going back there again.
  39. D

    Danielle

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Mother’s Day brunch was delicious! Service was a bit slow but we enjoyed the live jazz music.
  40. s

    scrumptious

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food1service1ambience3
    Very disappointed by our experience at Lapinou. Preset 3 course Mother's Day menu. Course one was more an amuse than an appetizer. The tempura asparagus was delicious but at 1 stalk a person very small. The mains were served more than an hour after ordering. The confit duck on white beens was extremely salty and my mother in law only had a few bites and then focused on the bread. The whole table was very thirst from the salty food, all our glasses were empty and the waitress did not show up for 20+ minutes. I informed her of the issue with the duck and the only reaction was oh! No apologies, nothing. I doubt she informed the kitchen of the issue. Desert was a Meyer lemon tart. It was very sour and unbalanced and overall unfit for consumption. Only one person ate more than a bite and felt sick after. Overall it was the worst dining experience I have had in years and even more disappointing as it was the first dining outing for my mother in law since the start of the pandemic. We spent $70/person including a drink and it felt like a complete waste.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

Lapinou offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (416) 479-4414.

Lapinou is rated 4.5 stars by 676 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 26 times today
Google Map for Lapinou

642 King St W Toronto, ON M5V 1M7

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    King and Bathurst

  • Neighbourhood

    King West

  • Hours of Operation

    Brunch Sun 10:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon–Wed, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary French, Wine Bar, Bistro

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Parking Details

    Public Lot

  • Public Transit

    King and Bathurst, 501 King & 511 Bathurst Street Car Routes

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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