Sidecar

4.4
1063 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Bistro
Top tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
  • Neighbourhood Gem
Sidecar offers great food and service at a great price.

The Prix Fixe is available each week from Sunday to Wednesday for $29
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Bistro, American, Contemporary French / American
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Hours of Operation
Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(416) 536-7000
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Chef: Serhat Cakmak Sous Chef: Richard Yeates
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Cross Street
Bathurst St.
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Parking Details
There is a "Green P" parking lot one block north on Clinton Street when street parking is unavailable.
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Special Events & Promotions
Sidecar is available for weddings, birthdays and all other special occasions. Please call us to arrange the details that best accommodate your needs
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine
What 1063 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.3
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4.3
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4.4
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P
Toronto
36 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent food, served beautifully and, at a reasonable price

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TO
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

We enjoyed our dinner at sidecar. Cocktails were great. Food was excellent carpaccio was nicely season.
My pork chop was juicy and also well seasoned. Crispy chicken was big hit at our table.

We got seated upstairs, our table was a bit dark and I felt a little shuffled off away from main dining area.
We’ll probably go back but will definitely ask for table in main dining downstairs.

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E
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This restaurant is exceptional. I came tonight after my work shift, hoping to decompress and just relax for the rest of my night after a stressful day. Sidecar provided exactly this, and more. The minute I stepped in, I was approached by a lovely, relaxed hostess, who seated me at a perfect table—comfortable, spacious, wonderfully lit, no draft coming through from the door. It felt great to just sit down on a comfortable chair.
Soon after, a waitress brought me a glass of water. which I sipped on as I browsed the menu, until she came back to take my order.
I ordered a caesar salad, side of frites, and of course, an old fashioned. And let me tell you: this cocktail is a memorable one. Sidecar knows what they are doing. I was genuinely impressed by the precision of this drink—one that I’ve ordered at many different bars, and have received very mixed results over the years. The ratio of bourbon to sweet and bitter was simply divine.
And my frites were perfect as well. Crisp exterior, soft mashed potato-like inside, these potatoes were clearly just taken off the press and served fresh on my plate to my table. My caesar wasn’t too heavily dressed, as it often is at pubs I’ve been to.
I spent the rest of my stay at Sidecar reading a book and enjoying my drink and after work meal. Honestly, I left feeling sufficiently full, rejuvenated, and ready to hit the hay, just how I had wanted to spend the remainder of my night after my work shift.

If anyone has read this far into my review, I sincerely recommend you to try out Sidecar. If your experience was anything like mine, you will not be disappointed.

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NJ
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We first found Sidecar Restaurant during the summer and really enjoyed our meals and the outdoor patio in the back. Yesterday, we decided to make a return visit and again, we were not disappointed. The servicer was attentive without making us feel rushed and offered great advice on the wine my dinner date was interested in ordering. The beef carpaccio starter as well as our mains (salmon and butternut squash risotto) were all delicious. Would definitely recommend Sidecar Restaurant.

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TS
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our experience at Sidecar tonight was nothing short of exceptional. The service was wonderful - attentive yet unintrusive. To start we had the carpaccio, which was the best I've had in the city. Very aromatic, and the matchstick fries add an excellent crunch and variation in texture. For entrees I had the duck confit potato gnocchi, and my partner had the baked salmon with golden beets. The gnocchi is homemade and you can really tell because it is melt in your mouth delicious. The salmon was equally good. It is cooked slightly more on the rare side to keep it moist, and the beurre blanc glaze and golden beets are done perfectly, they really elevate the dish. I highly recommend this restaurant - everything from the ambience, service, and quality of the food make it a fine dining experience, but at a very reasonable price point. Will definitely be returning.

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BL
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Went here for my birthday on the recommendation that the steak frites were the best in the city - and they were! No measly strips of steak - I got two hunks of beef that was perfection. Not to mention the pureed mushroom soup, fresh bread with whipped butter and white bean dip, and the creme brulee! Service was friendly and casual, if a bit slow toward the end of our meal, but I've already recommended this spot to friends!

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m
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was such a wonderful dining experience that we started taking about when w could come back. We sat next to a regular patron, and wished we had come here sooner!

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PT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We have been visiting this restaurant for years. Always enjoy it!

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

Terrible service. The server barely came to our table and appeared to be very out of it. Missed two things we ordered. The pork we got was raw on the inside and we sent it back to get cooked more and they just never returned it. Overall terrible experience and would never go back.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 2

I made a reservation to celebrate a friend’s 50th birthday at Sidecar but was seated upstairs - a very different atmosphere and vibe that was actually a different restaurant and not at all what I signed up for. I accepted it thinking at least the food would be “sidecar” good but honestly, it really really wasn’t. I came for the beet salad I had many times before and loved. No longer on the and the suggested root vegetable replacement was not even close to as good. Mor like cold slaw. My pasta (cavatelli) tasted like vinegar flavoured bacon and the bacon was all bacon fat. Quite a disappointing experience I have to say and feel you should know because I used to come often and loved it. You’ve really changed and not in a good way.

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SM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Great venue, good food and attentive service. Only critique is the food came out too fast.

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NC
Miami
29 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was perfect. Another excellent evening!!

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E
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 3

Bad service. Waiting 45 min for a glass of wine. Food was on par with pasta you get from pickle barrel or a food court. Would not return

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PC
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely little restaurant on College St. Simple menu, but executed so well. I've been here twice: first time had the steak frites and second time i had the half chicken. Both were solid. My girlfriend got the butternut squash risotto, which she loved. And we started with the crab cakes; they were the best I've had. Sidecar is probably the best value in Toronto if you're looking strictly at price to quality. Very good!

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B
Toronto
16 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

Salmon dinner excellent and delicious desserts. Pork chop was not tender. Not recommended.

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JB
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely ambience and very attentive servers. I went for a anniversary dinner and the food was delicious! I would recommend this gem to anyone looking for a lovely spot to have a date night!

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P
Toronto
37 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

This restaurant is constantly good value for very good food. This was our third visit, we have tried a number of different items each time, and all have been great.
Our first two visits we have been seated on the delightful patio. This was our first experience inside. The service was very attentive, the food arrived hot and perfectly cooked.
I must say that we have a very small group of restaurants that we go back to time after time because of value for good food and friendly service. Sidecar is now a valued member of that small group.

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R
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing experience! Loved the food, service was exceptional.

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NC
Miami
29 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As always everything was excellent. No complaints whatsoever!

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CS
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Super nice restaurant - food and service first rate.

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G
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent restaurant from the wait staff to the quality, presentation and taste of the magnificent food on the menu. I highly recommend this restaurant and was pleasantly surprised.

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TL
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

The service and food was very good. The ambiance was awesome . My only complaint was the mozzarella salad it had way to much garlic I couldn’t eat it . Recommend this restastaraunt.

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F
Naples
17 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

First time there. Very happy with service, food, and value so will definitely come back.

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OT
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

The experience was great. The only issue was when the restaurant got busy, service came to a crawl, as they seemed unprepared and understaffed. Our server was very nice and the food was good. Their back patio is very nice, didnt know it was there till after we were seated.

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RL
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

I had the steak frites. It came with a few leaves of arugula, however, I would have preferred a vegetable accompaniment to my steak, however, I understand why Steak Frites is on menus - there are men who eat steak, but refuse to eat vegetables.

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TI
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Took my date here for his birthday dinner at 7pm on Wednesday...restaurant was completely empty at the time we arrived. We were seated on the patio which was beautiful. Service was pretty good. I requested dessert with a candle on my Opentable reservation and they did so which was great. We told the waitress we were sharing our appetizers so she brought our salad out on 2 plates which was nice and extra plates for us to share our mains.

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LC
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 5

Great Patio for a dinner with friends, enough spots on the patio for 6-8 at a table or cozier 2 person meals.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Anniversary

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E
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The restaurant was the perfect spot for a birthday celebration for my partner. The food and service was outstanding. I must admit that although the server became preoccupied with other customers and misplaced an order, the situation was handled with such professionalism and respect that it improved my impression of Sidecar even more.

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TO
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 3Ambience 3

Nice patio but food was undercooked (chicken) which is a serious health issue. Staff took it back and heated it up more (probably microwave) but no apology. I wasn’t able to eat it at that point but was still charged the full price. Too bad.

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JA
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food and excellent service. A hidden gem.

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PL
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

Watery old fashioned was disappointing. Ambiance was nice and cosy. Service was slow.

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MO
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The server was friendly and attentive. The outdoor patio is lovely. The food was tasty and well executed.
Overall a very good dining experience.

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G
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

Food was average. Charged for water we didn’t ask for. Won’t be back.

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MT
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 1Ambience 5

The food was good but the service was bad :(
We were ignored multiple times for long periods and the restaurant was not even busy.

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p
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Made reservation on OpenTable - upon arrival requested seating on patio. Although unavailable at first, once we had finished our appetizers, the manager moved us out onto back patio. Wine, appetizers, and main dishes were all excellent. Enjoyed our dinner experience at Sidecar - would definitely come back and definitely recommend.

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FK
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Fixed Price menu was excellent. Steak frites was excellent. Good portion and we'll cooked.

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FC
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful outdoor patio in the back of the restaurant. The food is very good and prices are reasonable.

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s
Toronto
40 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Lovely evening on the patio. Food was delicious and service attentive.

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BG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 1Ambience 4

The food was amazing and the cocktails were delicious but unfortunately the service was poor and extremely slow. We were a group of 8 people so we understand it might have taken a bit longer but our dinner took almost 4 hours. The server didn't check in once with us to see how we were doing or to explain the delays. If you plan to go I'd recommend going with a smaller group.

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