Roux

4.2
147 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Creole / Cajun / Southern
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  • Authentic
  • Comfort Food
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
Offering up an atmosphere that’s both fun and relaxing, this cozy neighborhood spot is the perfect place for any occasion. The chic and stylish décor is only outdone by a menu that has something for everyone. With food that is rooted in contemporary American technique, Roux offers classic dishes with Chef Derrick Markland’s own twists. Comfort foods like hushpuppies and gumbo are complemented by more adventurous favorites like catfish and jambalaya, with daily specials that are sure to please. Though the open kitchen is the focal point with its up-close dining experience and custom industrial barstools, the bar is not to be ignored. With its large oyster bed and selection of bourbons, it’s a great spot for a night cap. During the summer there’s nothing better than having a pint from one of Toronto"s local breweries and people watching on the patio. With its location in the steadily growing Junction neighborhood, Roux is a place for everyone to feel at home.
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c
Toronto
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We had a great meal, everything was delicious and beautifully presented. Staff were friendly and efficient. Nice casual ambiance. Definitely will return.

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AP
Toronto
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It would get 5 stars but the cocktails are only average at best.

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Service took a long time , a dozen of oysters for app took close to an hour to be served and had to be served 2 different trips (separate plates).

I got the smoked platter and the meat tastes like they’ve reheated from frozen meat. The ribs was hard and tough - not at all what ribs should be. Got a side dish of collard greens and it tastes like frozen bag reheated.

Overall think this place is overrated and not worth the price.

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MG
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

I thought it was a good spot for weekend brunch southern style. My french toast was good, although my friend got some hotdog special and it was incredible! Our service was incredible too!

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

My sister and I went there to celebrate my birthday. We had a reservation for 8:30, as I was unable to book anything earlier than that through the online reservation site, although when we arrived, there were already some empty tables, so I wasn’t sure why we couldn’t have booked a table for a little earlier. However, the service was excellent, as was the food. The portions were just the right size for me.. generous, but not so much that I couldn’t finish it. I had catfish with collard greens, potato rosti and slaw, and it was absolutely delicious. My sister had the yardbird, which was seasoned fried chicken, and a potato mash. She said that was also excellent. My main complaint was that, unbeknownst to us, the kitchen closed at 9:30, so when we asked for the dessert menu and coffee, we were told the kitchen was closed, and we couldn’t have anything else to follow. The server was very apologetic, however, I feel we should have been told that in advance, so we could have ordered earlier. It would have been nice to have been able to order a dessert for my birthday. Aside from that, though, I would recommend Roux as a lovely, cozy neighbourhood place to go for a delicious Cajun/Creole meal.

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KG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

Food was mediocre - I had the catfish with collard greens and potato rosti. I just didn't find it that tasty. I did enjoy the mac and cheese balls, cornbread and beignets, which we all split. Service was good and price was average. Just not enough for me to return.

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MO
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place. Good value for money. Impeccable service! Would definitely come back.

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CD
Orlando
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food and service was magnificent.

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RS
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Very friendly service and delicious Creole main dishes. At my table of 6 we had catfish, both with pork belly and roasted, and both were excellent. Others had the mackerel special, again very good, and the lamb shank special -- very tasty. Fun cocktails, especially the spicy southern Caesar, served with a shrimp fritter and a sausage as edible garnish! On the down side, the trio southern sampler appetizer was merely average, and the dessert selection was limited to carrot cake and a very small creme brulee. Only truly disappointing thing was the noise level -- on a Friday evening, it was too loud for 6 people to have a good conversation. Restaurant is long and narrow and the tables are very close to the open kitchen and bar, where conversation reached yelling level. All dishes made from scratch so our meals took a little longer to reach us but worth the wait. On a final note, our waiter Eduardo was attentive, helpful in explaining the dishes and fun. Definitely recommended but we'd go back on a weeknight when the noise level might be lower.

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EG
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a family dinner on Sunday evening. The atmosphere was lovely, food-tasty, service- very good. I will definitely visit this restaurant again.

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

Really good food, service and atmosphere. We went here on our first date night since baby arrived and were really happy with our choice!

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Great neighborhood feel, lively but not loud, open kitchen, savoury southern specialties. Always get a good meal here. House smoked pork belly and catfish was great. Mussels & frites, with a light cream sauce, are my favorite app. Warm bagne for desert.

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RL
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Food was very tasty and creative. Good service and great atmosphere. Southern flavours and menu.

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m
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We all enjoyed our meals, delicious flavors, and portion was perfect ,

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s
Central Coast
11 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

The food was great. Not a huge menu so one knows that what they do have is specially good and fresh. Pay attention to special needs. The service was outstanding - very helpful, friendly and attentive to our needs.
We were there in the evening and the atmosphere could be romantic if you were a couple .

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BT
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Great restaurant! Loved the food and the open kitchen. Great menu selections and nice atmosphere. Ideal for couples date night or small gathering of friends. My wife and I will definitely be going back. Highly recommend the “smoke it all” board as your main selection. Also recommend you try the cornbread.... enjoy!

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AM
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

We had a great time. The service was good and attentive. No long wait! The food was excellent, creative and very tasty! Love going out for dinner to try on meals I would not make home. The setting with open kitchen is great We were a group of four and all of us will go back!

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C
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

Food was delicious, presentation was lovely. My “service” rating is not a reflection of the waitstaff, but rather the wait. The restaurant was not full yet our party waited a ridiculously long time for our main course, esp given that 4 of the members of our group ordered exactly the same meal. The last member of our party was served over 5 minutes later than the rest of us, which was ackward. That said, I would probably give Roux another chance (brunch, maybe?) because the food was really good!

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LB
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Just like my other visits the food was perfect, the drinks were wonderful and thevstaff are friendly. Love this place

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ER
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

A friend and I had brunch there on a Sunday morning. We sat in the small patio outside and it was really nice. Our food was excellent and the service very friendly. A wonderful time in the sun with good food and it is very reasonably priced. The oysters were exceptional. I highly recommend Roux.

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S
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I never get disappointed. The food was excellent! I still think of the fish....

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K
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Wonderful menu complete gratitude to the chef for making a wonderful meal.

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C
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Daughters high school graduation. Great fun as always!

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JF
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 5

A great menu and cocktail list. Mussels were great. Looking forward to going back and trying a few more things.

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SR
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Food was amamzing for the value. Will definitely go again!

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HR
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Delicious, French-Louisiana based food is prepared with an inventive twist. I've been several times to Roux and have never been disappointed. Both cat fish dishes are terrific. The "deconstructed" and appealing presentation of the Jambalaya is uncommon, and the flavours are outstanding! Service is friendly and knowledgeable. The atmosphere is inviting and comfortable. Love those bar stools.

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h
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Amazing food but if you’re a group of 6 or more gratuity is included. Be sure to check your bill because the server did not let us know.

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c
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Friendly, genuine, and curtious service. Great food. Lovely experience.

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E
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 4

Unfortunately we waited an hour for our food. No one apologized or admitted that they had forgotten to either put in the order, or that the chef was too busy talking to a friend at the front. I left without eating, and my friends stayed and ate but had to pay full price, even though they needlessly waited. Maybe don't trust a place that takes reservations for brunch in a city that loves brunch so much they should be turning people away.

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RD
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Tiny yet inviting space with delicious southern style favourites and creative drink menu.

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CF
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food that brings you to the south but with a refined touch. Great and affordable cocktails too. Good value for the price

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SP
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Roux excels at a number of things, one of them being their food is simply delicious. I’ve loved every steak I’ve ever eaten there and the chef even made accommodations for a gluten free sauce for my company’s steak which was equally delicious. Their sides are also fantastic and they also have the most fantastic down to earth servers.

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S
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Best to CALL for a reservation. “Open table app” suggested the place was full for the original time we wanted. It was not. Server didn’t know why. Not her fault! So this app gets a thumb down. But Restaurant — great. Intimate. Open kitchen. Quiet. Server attentive and knowledgeable. Appetizers fabulous. Esp charcuterie board. Oysters enjoyed by all. Husband thought lamb shank, though ample in portion, a bit “meh”. Best to stick to the real Cajun stuff: smoked ribs, chicken, catfish, cornbread — Roux have obviously figured that out. Would definitely return. An enjoyable evening.

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v
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

I've been here for both brunch and dinner; the chefs are amazing and I've never been let down by the quality of food. Having said that, their brunch menu is always a little more exciting than their dinner menu - so hopefully they'll make some changes / additions to it soon. Service is usually quite good. There's been a few times in the past where they were short staffed and we couldn't get hold of the server, but recently that seemed to have improved! This will always be a neighbourhood gem. I love meeting friends here who I haven't seen in a long time because it's such a cozy spot and really gives you the opportunity to have good conversation. Thanks again Roux!

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JB
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We have been there before for dinner and enjoyed it so decided to invite some friends for Sunday brunch which turned out to be a late lunch around 1:30. By that time the restaurant was very quiet so we had a long leisurely meal beginning with cocktails which were all good. followed by our meals and a bottle of wine. The eggs beny with pulled pork were good, tasty but the eggs where a little over done and the hollandaise a little gloppy. The Brisket and hash my wife had was very good...lots of flavour and different textures, a winner. Our friends had the omelette of day which was made with lamb shank and the chicken and waffles. Both of them enjoyed their meals and said they would come back and try dinner.

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AP
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Love Roux and have been many times. Good and service fabulous. Could expand cocktail list beyond gin and bourbon.

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KR
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was delicious from the drinks to the food. We will definitely be back.

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DW
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 2

The food was mediocre. For the extreme price we paid for the food it definitely was not worth it. The service was al

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ZN
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

The place was extremely busy on Valentine's Day, but the website did not indicate a prix fixe menu. Despite having reserved online we waited far too long to be seated and the service staff was not very welcoming. But once we sat down, everything changed. The service staff warmed up and became quite attentive. My vegan date was not impressed with her meal -- the taste was amazing but the portions were too small. My meal was fantastic. And when I brought our concerns to the chef - Derrick Markland - not only did he offer an apology, he offered to make us a special meal on our next visit. Our experience went from mediocre to amazing. Did I mention the food is fantastic. I would definitely recommend Roux.

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KM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 1Food 3Service 1Ambience 3

Had a reservation at 8:45pm; by 9:15pm, after no one telling us how long we'd have to wait for a table, we ordered a pizza from Vesuvio's down the street and left. The fact that we weren't seated for 30 mins isn't actually a big deal...understand that it was Valentine's day and it was busy. We just needed better communication from the staff on what to expect for a wait. It was disappointing that no one even acknowledged our arrival, let alone tell us how long it would take to be seated.

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