Permanently Closed - Sidecar

4.3
1088 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Bistro
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  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion

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This restaurant is permanently closed. 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.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
Food
4.2
Service
4.1
Ambience
4.3
Value
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

I had reservations for 10 of my closest family and friends to celebrate my 30th birthday and the restaurant was dark, looked closed, and chef plus one other person told me they were closed! My reservations were made over two weeks ago, confirmed by telephone a week ago when I asked to have it changed from 8 people to ten people and I also confirmed my reservations yesterday through the app! This was so ridiculous and disappointing. We were left stranded with cake and balloons with no where to eat so last minute for 10 people. No phone call?!?! What on earth was the chef doing sitting there in the dark?!?! The phone was ringing off the hook, no one answering. People paid for parking, just beyond ridiculous. Happy 30th birthday to me.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

The restaurant was closed! We made a reservation earlier this week and when we showed up Saturday the restaurant was closed. We were never given any notice

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

They were closed. It would have been nice to have been called and informed since we made reservations a week ago. Ruined our night as we could not find reservations elsewhere on such short notice. To make matters worse we had friends from out of town and it was embarrassing.

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Y
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 1Ambience 1

Although the food and the cocktails are really great, the service was quite bad this time. It took a long time to be served, the waiter forgot about one of our appetizers and instead of mushroom risotto, we were served shrimp risotto :-/ Apparently the restaurant was also facing some problems with frozen pipes, so the room was freezing and there was no water in the washroom.

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LG
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a great place to eat with friends. Thanks😊

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a
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 3Ambience 2

I'm hoping we got them on a bad day because the weather was brutal outside and we walked in 15 minutes after they opened on a Sunday. But the pork we were served was very under cooked and the Gnocchi was raw dough. The kitchen staff gave us some free desserts to say sorry, which was thoughtful. But I can't say I'm in a rush to get back.

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MB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Food was very good. Caesar overdressed. My only complaint was that the waitresses seemed to be pushing us to pay and leave even though the restaurant was not full.

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C
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This restaurant has a short menu with solid bistro food and cocktails. They've chosen to keep classic bistro executed well with large portions. I was quite impressed. In particular, the prix-fix menu from Sun-Wed is an absolute steal.

The service was friendly and was particularly knowledgeable about the cocktails, which is uncommon.

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DR
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best salmon I have ever had! It was so tender and the flavour was delicious!

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PF
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Sidecar was a comfortable, cozy dining spot with great food, great service, and great value. Highly recommend.

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CM
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our table of four absolutely loved our dinner at Sidecar. Service was truly above and beyond, particularly when it came to accommodating one of our dietary restrictions. A beautiful little spot, with food of exceedingly high value! Each of our dishes was excellent, and priced far lower than other similar restaurants. We highly recommend.

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MA
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

My dinner partner and I had mushroom soup and beef carpaccio appetizers and steak frites mains. (No vegans at the table, apparently). Both were excellent. Service from Brittany was wonderful. Very good value. Not a peak outstanding dining experience if you're looking for something extraordinarily amazing, but we thought it was great and would both recommend and go again.

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w
Toronto
64 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Sidecar is always a treat. I go out a lot and this is one of my favorites. Really excellent cooking and reasonable prices. Love their chicken, risotto, salmon, salads..everything is well-prepared and the servi complements the meal.

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GF
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Food was delicious . Really enjoyed the mushroom salad. Salmon was nicely done
Our server Dalya, was attentive and friendly
Would go back again in a heartbeat
Thank you

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m
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The staff here are very friendly and make you feel comfortable. The food quality was excellent, and the price point was reasonable. We have done her twice now and have left completely satisfied both times. We would highly recommend this to friends and family for a cozy date night or even a small gathering.

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JF
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Good food, good friendly service, reasonable prices, and an intimate homey atmosphere.

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DJ
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Dined here for the first time on Christmas Eve as I was looking for somewhere that was i) open and ii) warm, cozy and with a menu that felt appropriate for a special occasion. Sidecar delivered. The service, drinks, food and dessert were all wonderful and I will most definitely be back.

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L
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Always enjoyable

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DS
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

My wife and enjoyed

we returned after as week since we enjoyed it so much the first time

We intend to return in the near future

The short rib pasta dish was great and my wife rally liked the salmon

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J
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

I always enjoy coming to Sidecar. They have a great menu and always a pleasant and cozy atmosphere

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j
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful meal. Fabulous service. Great value. Terrific evening. Not a first-time visitor and delighted on this return visit. Absolutely recommend Sidecar.

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JD
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is a local restaurant for my friend and we have enjoyed dinner there a few times as I am out of town. Sidecar is always my go to when I am in the area. You can beat the price through the week with their fixed price menus and the food is so delicious.

Jan

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S
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was delicious and the service was amazing ! Will be back

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NC
Miami
36 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As always every thing was very, very good

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BL
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing customer service experience and prix fixe dinner menu options. Food came out as expected. Server was attentive and personable. Would definitely recommend and come back again.

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P
Toronto
36 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent food, served beautifully and, at a reasonable price

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TO
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
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 4, 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 4, 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
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on November 25, 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
3 reviews
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 3, 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 27, 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
36 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was perfect. Another excellent evening!!

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E
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 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 18, 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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