Roux

4.2
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191 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Creole / Cajun / Southern

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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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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Perfect evening. Food delicious and flavourful. Clean establishment. Warm and cozy. Server gracious and pleasant. Can’t wait to go back

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Great place, excellent food. Menu was a little “meat” heavy, but the meals actually had a good balance of vegetables. Would prefer some options to substitute pork for a veggie option.

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NikiS
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our dinner at Roux was amazing! I had the Arctic Char, and my friends had the Cat Fish. Both dishes were delicious, as was the starters of Mac n Cheese balls, and the cornbread (divine!) The cocktails were delicious, and quite affordable, considering the typical price of a drink in Toronto.

The service was great, and I particularly love that I can walk from my house to here. Great restaurant in the hood!

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CathyG
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

There is nothing better than going to a restaurant with no expectations and being delighted with everything you are served. My husband was in the mood for spicy food so I searched open table for some possibilities and landed on Roux. The food was excellent. Not knowing how big the portions would be we split an order of mussels in white wine sauce as an appetizer. While sharable, we could have each had something as it wasn't overly large. I had the special which was Arctic Char - it was perfectly cooked and delicious. My husband had the jambalaya, which was spicy and exactly what he was craving. For dessert we shared an order of waffles with ice cream. Those were the best damn waffles I have ever eaten and I'm still thinking about them days later. We will definitely go back. There was a lot on the menu that looked great.

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Marie
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A wonderful dining experience! Dishes are exquisitely prepared and presented, from appetizers to entrees to desserts. There's a good selection of wines and other alcohol. The server was attentive and gracious and the ambiance is pleasant, with tasteful music and lighting, so you can enjoy your conversation. I'm looking forward to bringing friends here to savour the Creole dishes, as well as the variety of other dishes offered.

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SteveS
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall1Food1Service4Ambience4

I booked this restaurant for New Year's eve through Open Table. I checked the website and found many attractive items on it that both my wife and I could eat. They purport to be Cajun style, and since we've been to New Orleans, we very much enjoy that type of food.
My wife has several allergies, but the menu had enough items that were attractive to us. And I was particularly interested in the jambalaya.
So, on New years Eve, we drove to the restaurant from our home in Newmarket, a distance of 85 km one way and 1 1/4 hours.
The staff was friendly and the atmosphere interesting. Unfortunately, with no mention of this on their website, they gave us a fixed price menu for the meal, a choice of 3 beginnings, 3 mains, and 3 deserts. For the mains, for example, one choice was a short rib with "apple puree flavouring. My wife is allergic to apples. The second choice was something with shrimp and seafood. My wife is allergic to that. The third choice was a vegan dish with more objectionable ingredients which neither of us like. Frankly, I did not drive all that way to eat vegetables. The only wine listed was a red for $130.00 a bottle. Glasses of wine were not available for purchase. Again, my wife is allergic to red wine, and I was allergic to the price. The waiter was unable to (or refused to) give us anything from their regular menu. So, after driving all that way, we were forced to leave, going out into an unfamiliar neighborhood to look for another restaurant that had space for use. We wound up at the Lakeview Diner, where we had a very satisfying, non allergic dinner.
In all fairness, I can't comment on the quality of the food, as we could not eat there. Had the restaurant put on their website either that they had a special New years menu, or if they had published such a menu, we simply would not have gone there. This was a special occasion for us, and we certainly don't drive nearly 200km round trip just for dinner. Very dissapointed.

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BubbaToronto
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

A great experience. Food and drinks were excellent. Especially liked the over-the-top caesar.

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CandaceD
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, wait staff was very helpful in recommending both food and wine!

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vipWillTravel4Food
Toronto
33 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience2

Something has changed. Both the food and service were below what we have experienced in the past. Server was pleasant but relatively inattentive even though the place was only half full. Watched the bartender make a cocktail by pouring each of three ingredients into a cocktail glass over ice-no shaking no stirring. Both drinks and food came out in increments - meaning some of us had food and/or drink while others were still waiting. The food itself was fine. A real meh experience. Sadly don't think we will be back.

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CharlesM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

We have been to your establishment once, which led us to suggest to some friends that we dine there. The ambience was comfortable and the food was very good. We have been to New Orleans and I found the Jambalaya to be just as tasty. The serving staff was quite pleasant and prices reasonable. Would certainly recommend Roux to friends and expect to enjoy the experience again

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DawnY
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic. I'm 60 and have a terrible time hearing my friends in restaurants, and we managed quite nicely even though the open kitchen was right behind me. We went on a Thursday night, and found that the table in the back was the perfect place to sit, visit and enjoy our dinner.
They were very accommodating - they dimmed the lights at our request (after we read the menu) and were helpful regarding gluten free options on their menu. Specials were interesting, and worth trying (I had the whole fish), but the regular menu was also very appealing. Yummy coffee and dessert. Very casual. Our server was charming and pleasant. Parking good - I got a spot right out front on Dundas. Will return here, and so will my friends. It's going to be our new spot!

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Thandyy
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The meal was mean, southern home cooking that would make your mamma smile , great service and atmosphere. Thandy

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Arrrted
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

I am guessing that the menu here is closer to "Cajun inspired" rather than slavishly authentic but, no matter, however you describe it the flavours are absolutely delicious and the staff is very attentive.

Thank you for an excellent meal, Roux.

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KenL
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

The food was really good except the jambalaya had so much spice to it that you couldn’t taste anything but the spice. The yard bird and waffles were the bomb and the bourbon maple syrup was a nice add. The dessert was great and the service was exceptional. We’ll be back to give this lovely little place another shot at 5 stars all around, hopefully the spice in the jambalaya will be dialed back a bit

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vipSammy
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food, ambience and service! Definitely coming back!!

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JenniferC
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

Good food but service was mediocre. Place was empty and server basically ignored us after we finished our food. We were a table of 6 girls catching up and would likely have had another couple mimosas if the server bothered to come back. Kind of pricy for brunch

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Gnocchiluv
Toronto
26 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

The food was really delicious but the service was a tad slow. We had to get the servers attention more than a few times. My friends had to ask for beverages and water before the server even had a chance of offering it first, so they had to wait to grab her attention. She was nice though. Other than that, I would recommend this place because the food is so flavorful with creole style taste. Also, we had a cake and they provided a candle for a birthday and it was really yummy - carrot cake. Thanks a bunch!

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KatieH
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

My hubby and I have been to Roux many times. It's very trendy, and the food is to die for. This last time the service was a bit lackluster, but food was amazing as always! Great date night

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Noreturn
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience3

We were very disappointed in the quality of the food served. The daily special omelette was oddly formed and lacking in flavour. It was served with salad greens that included a significant number of pieces that were not just wilted, but blackened and rotting. The brisket hash was very salty. I ate it out of hunger and courtesy to the group I was with, but felt unwell for the rest of the day.
The other diners enjoyed their chicken and waffles and the pulled pork benny went un-finished. I didn't get to ask the person who ordered it why. I did notice that they also left a lot of salad on their plate and ate only one of the eggs.
The ambiance may be referred to as energetic, but our group found it unpleasantly noisy and making conversation almost impossible.
We have been to Roux many times. Our experience on the weekend was the worst. We are unlikely to return.

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vipMichelleB
Toronto
25 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

Great menu and food was good. Only had one server and we struggled to get water/coffee refills or anything else. Not good overall experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
33 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

Kinda meh! Was surprised to find how sticky the table was, really grossed us out.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall2Food5Service2Ambience2

The food was excellent, but they were really slow especially considering we were the only ones there. If you’re not ready for service that’s cool but let us know so we can make an informed decision, please.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Chicken and waffles were awesome!

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McGillParents
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Nice dishes, especially seafood. Don’t like that they serve old fashion in small martini glass - learned to ask for low ball... service can be very slow ... but they do take a caring approach. Patio seats in the summer are nice.

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CaseyM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good things come to those who wait! Most of the complaints I've read about Roux online have been related to service, and while I have no idea how anyone could find their servers rude - they're quite friendly - it takes a while to get your food. That's a good thing, though, because that means they've taken the time and care needed to make exceptional meals! Go in prepared to have a drink and chat, be patient, and when the food comes, I promise you'll be happy you waited.

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NishiS
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and lots of selection for brunch. Service was prompt and professional. Would definitely come back.

JM
vipJeffM
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience3

Portions were very small and the price was too high for what we got. The service was good.

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LauraB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was my fourth visit to Roux and as with every visit it was wonderful. Bar and wait staff are great food is amazing. Cant wait for visit #5

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EmmyO
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience4

Food is always great but the main issue was how long it took to get the food, and one of the dishes we ordered wasn’t made so we had to wait even longer.

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DavidA
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Opentable has asked for a “Roux”view of our time at this restaurant. So, here it goes.

As this was our third visit, my wife and I had previously come for a dinner and a brunch, this time we invited a friend to join us.

First, the restaurant is great for a relaxed, New Orleans inspired, laidback meal with friends. So, we came again for brunch.

To keep with the Louisiana vibe, I ordered the chicken and waffles, my wife had the brisket hash and our friend chose the salmon popover. For me, the chicken was a-maz-ing! I mean, seriously great. Unfortunately, the waffles were a bit dry and crumbly. My wife felt her meal was not what she hoped. She found the brisket to be less than generous and apparently it lacked a starch. She had to order toast. She also found the pastry basket had items that weren’t fully thawed, never mind freshly baked. Our friend, on the other hand, really enjoyed her meal.

Having said all that, we’d go back. We loved our server, she was hilarious and attentive. The atmosphere is comfy and friendly and for the most part the food was good. And in our two previous visits we enjoyed ourselves immensely.

Our hope is that this was just a blip.

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PhyllisK
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

We bailed, the place was a dump! After our nice hostess seated us, a server came along and asked her why she seated a “walk-in”. She told her that we had a reservation. This banter ensued while she had people’s food in her hands and in front of us. The place looked dirty. We got up and left.

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KirstenF
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food was delicious and staff very accommodating of my gluten free, dairy free diet! I’m definitley going back with my husband!

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CourtneeD
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Being from the States and particularly the South, I had to try this place. I may have set my expectations a bit too high, but that could be my “southerness“ speaking and bias. I ordered the jambalaya and it was just OK to me. I’ve had better. It had a kick in spices, but not necessarily the right flavors (seasonings) - it was missing something. However, my friend and I do appreciate the cook’s hospitality and making us feel welcomed with complimentary gumbos and desserts for our birthdays. There was only one server and it seemed he was spread a bit thin - serving our party along with 4-5 tables alone. Probably wouldn’t go back, but I would recommend for the ambiance.

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MurrayB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The meal was great. The service was excellent, ready to assist but not too intrusive.

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NyaD
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience5

The restaurant’s ambiance was nice and the service was awesome however the food wasn’t great. Roux offers a slightly elevated version of soul food but everything we ordered was under seasoned and lacked flavour.

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Kevin
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

A nice small restaurant in the Junction with interesting cocktails and good food. We waited quite a long time for our mains to arrive, but the drinks and appys were fairly quick. The menu is a nice change from the ordinary.

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BASam
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Overall our dinner was very good. The oysters were excellent, very fresh! We tried the muscles also, very good. Three different enters between four of us( two had the Flatiron steak) Shrimp and Grits, awesome! Catfish and pork belly, amazing flavour. Loved the smokiness of the pork belly. I would definitely recommend it. Flatiron steak was very good withe the greens, though the frits were way too salty. Judging by the number of people around us that ordered the Chicken with waffle, I think it is a local favourite. I would love to go back and try it. Definitely some where I would return to. Thank you!

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DonM
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We have eaten here several times and always enjoyed a wonderful experience. Great food!

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PeterH
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

So glad we tried Roux! nice to change it up and try the East side of Keele along Dundas West.
Warm and cozy vibe.
Good drink options, a variety of craft is always appreciated. Decent whiskey too.
Food is 6 out of 5. It really is good. Menu has three more items I want to try, so I will be back.
Server/s were friendly and patient with good knowledge of drinks.
See you again!

JH
vipJohnH
Edmonton
11 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent place for a nice Sunday brunch!

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Roux does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Roux also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (647) 343-3600.

Roux is rated 4.2 stars by 191 OpenTable diners.

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