Roux

4.0
134 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Contemporary French / American
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  • Brunch
  • Comfort Food
  • Creative Cuisine
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary French / American
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Hours of Operation
Brunch
Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm
Dinner
Wed 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
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Phone number
(647) 343-3600
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Derrick Markland
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Catering
Please contact the restaurant for details. We also offer on-site event bookings for meetings, parties or celebrations during the day time and some evenings. Please call for more information.
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Cross Street
Indian Grove
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Parking Details
There is paid street parking on Dundas St West and on Indian Grove.
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Public Transit
Junction 40 Bus from Dundas West Subway Station
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Entertainment
Our open kitchen with bar seating offers up a different dining perspective, while our bar offers an intimate viewing of our oyster shucking.
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Special Events & Promotions
We are more than happy to offer the restaurant for special events at a nominal fee.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 134 People Are Saying
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4.0
Food
3.9
Service
3.9
Ambience
3.7
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78% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Toronto
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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s
Central Coast
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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
1 review
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
3 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
1 review
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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MA
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

Would've liked to have had a printed wine list. It was only on the chalk board and not visible from our table. I unknowingly ordered the most expensive Cab on their wine list and certainly would have chosen an alternative if I had the wine list in my hand. Waitress was new and had a tough accent to understand. Ultimately, my fault for not asking the price but this one bottle was more than double the price of all others on the list. So was a little bit surprised when the bill came but other than this great food and nice cozy atmosphere.

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ZN
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

the food was great, however the service took forever. the restaurant was pretty busy and the amount of servers was not enough for the busyness of the restaurant. we were sitting with menus for about 30-45 minutes and two other tables left in the time we were sitting waiting to be served.

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b
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very nice ambiance and the food was very good. Loved the balloons and the DJ played great music that suited the evening. Liked the photo machine (nice touch). Chef --as always-- very friendly.

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OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

It was New Year's Eve so they did a prix fix menu which I wasn't anticipating. Some of the food was cold (that should have been hot) but everything tasted okay. Portions were small. Nothing blew me away. They had a photobooth set up, that was a nice touch, and all the balloons were very festive. I doubt I'll go back.

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LC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2017
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

The interior has a warm, cozy and rustic LOOK but my friends and I were quite chilly! It was a very cold December night outside, so they should have bumped up the heat. Service at first was good, but soon it became busier and the ONE waitress working had her hands full taking care of everyone. We felt somewhat negleted at times. Apps and food were above average quality. My friend ordered a Caesar to drink unaware it would come with half a sausage and deep fried something attached for $15. Hahaha we had a good laugh but she purposely adjusted her food choice to the burger not to break her budget. Our first time there, and normally people don’t read drink menus if they order the same drink. Wine expensive but seems to be the case these days...a bit weird when the LCBO sign is glaring at you right across the street! You can bring your own they have a $25 corking fee. Overall we didn’t regret our choice but next get together we’ll explore another venue.

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M
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2017
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

The food was great and the menu has a variety of interesting choices. Service was a little disorganized but very pleasant. The only negative thing was a cold blast when the front door opened. I'm not sure haw to avoid that in winter - maybe a heavy curtain on the way in.

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r
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2017
Overall 3Food 5Service 1Ambience 2

Maybe they were having an off night but the service was terrible. The lights in there were way too bright, they never told us of any specials, never made any recommendations, took too long to take our order, I had to wave the bartender to get our servers attention to order a round of drinks, never offered dessert, took too long to get our bill. It didnt seem like they were too busy to handle things, either. Gotta say, the food might have made up for it, though. Everything we ate was so delicious! Kudos to a talented kitchen staff!

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GT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A great spot for a delicious meal. We had cornmeal crusted catfish and braised pork belly with a side of collards - everything was delicious! Be sure to leave room for a great Americano coffee and dessert too.

This isn't the kind of cooking that you can knock off quickly at home - think "low and slow" and take your time to enjoy it. We'll be back - some of the dinner specials are really tempting and the prices are very, very reasonable.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2017
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

It is a very nice restaurant with very friendly people working there. The food tastes amazing!!

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N
Toronto
26 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2017
Overall 2Food 1Service 3Ambience 3

Despite having had Roux on our list for some months, it did not meet expectations. Ambience was fine, staff were pleasant and accommodating and drinks were tasty, but that's about it. All of our dishes were disappointing, starting with a dozen east coast oysters, served on runny ice chips with some hot sauce. I only ever eat oysters with fresh grated horseradish and lemon, but noone seemed to care or come around to check that we needed anything, so I ate them nude, but I would've liked more attentive service. My main was jambalaya which was overshadowed by dry gluey rice from a mold, stuck together with black eyed peas. It took quite some effort to unstick the brick and it dissolved in the mediocre sauce just fine, but it's a presentation and choice of rice that I could do without. Maybe serve the sauce on the side so it gets poured over and assists with the dissolving? But really, perhaps just scrap the rice altogether. My partner had the smoked board of meat and everything on it was dried through, pretty much inedible, it was like being served a plate of sawdust. Very sad dining experience, we'll stick to Farmhouse in the junction and Montreal for hipster smokehouses.

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AA
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2017
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Love the atmosphere here. I’m not a huge fan of the style of cuisine here but a burger and a glass of wine is plenty to keep me happy.

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Y
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2017
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service. The cassoulet and the scallops were delicious. The cassoulet was advertised as having bacon in it, but it must have been minced v e r y thin.

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MP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great Cajun food. Had the Jambalaya. Would definitely return.

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