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Carens Wine and Cheese Bar

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Downtown Toronto
French, Contemporary, Continental, Wine Bar, Soups, Fondue
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158 Cumberland St., Toronto, Ontario, Canada
+1 416-962-5158
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11:00 am - 2:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Drinks, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Yorkville's hidden gem; Carens wine and cheese is a quaint, rustic French...
Yorkville's hidden gem; Carens wine and cheese is a quaint, rustic French restaurant specializing in a vast selection of wine and cheese from all over the world. Serving lunch and dinner every day of the week and classic brunch on weekends, Carens boasts a unique dining experience and a delightful summer patio unlike any other.
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Visitor rating
  • 9
    Excellent
  • 17
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Another Chance...same result

Decided to try again as it is in the neighbourhood. Unfortunately, quite the same. Waiter mixed up food order. Burger....dry and tough. Wine list ok but over priced. The staff are friendly but it cannot make up for the cost. How would I use this place - I'd go of I had a cheese craving and... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed April 4, 2015
K B
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Santiago, Chile
Good for:
  • Romantic
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English first
Oakville, Canada
Contributor
20 reviews 20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Had dinner last night at Carens with my sister and niece who are from out of town. My sister chose Carens based on the reviews from another review website and the online menu looked appealing. So appealing in fact that all three of us had a difficult time in selecting a meal. Safe yourself the time and effort; not one... More 

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Top Contributor
86 reviews 86 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 via mobile

we went back here for lunch and was very surprised. We have been here many times in the past and always had a great dinning experience but unless things change we don't know if we'll be back. As always the food is fantastic but this time the service sucked. The clod they call a waiter seemed happier to stay at... More 

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Sao Paulo, SP
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20 reviews 20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

I had the lobster mac and cheese. A bit Spicy but great taste. The ambience is cozy but a little noisy. The white wine helped to make things even better.

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Santiago, Chile
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Decided to try again as it is in the neighbourhood. Unfortunately, quite the same. Waiter mixed up food order. Burger....dry and tough. Wine list ok but over priced. The staff are friendly but it cannot make up for the cost. How would I use this place - I'd go of I had a cheese craving and then I would have... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Waiter was nice and knowledgeable in wine. Good recommendation. But the fondue didn't live up to the standards: too liquid also the bread was really soft. Definitely not from a traditional baguette. Disappointing

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Toronto
Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

I was at Carans for dinner last night with a friend, who is a regular there. Initially I thought the waiter was somewhat scattered brain, but that was only my first impression. We ordered appetizers and entrees. For main my friend ordered the lobster mac and cheese and I the lobster risotto. They were out of lobster so the waiter... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

I have been to Caren's a few times for mostly wine and cheese. Their cheese platters are amazing and they have a lot of variety. Good Wine list as well. I finally had dinner here the other day was disappointing. The food was mediocre and cold. We had 4 different dishes and all were Meh, I will go back for... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

A very unfortunate incident occurred at Carens Wine Bar when I visited recently. We were sitting at a table in the back beside a ledge. The ledge was about the height of my shoulders and upon this ledge were 4 large, hot, burning candles. The ledge was slightly sloped toward my table and eventually, one of these candles, and its... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

Loved the food and the atmosphere. Very good place to go for either lunch or dinner. I will go back.

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Toronto, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Caren's Cheese and Wine Bar feels like Yorkville's best-kept secret, except for the fact that it's most often quite full. So, it was a secret to me until recently, when I was taken there for dinner. Its hidden patio is totally charming and its menu goes well beyond cheese and wine. I've been back a few times in the past... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 158 Cumberland St., Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Toronto>  > Downtown Toronto
  • Neighborhood: Downtown Toronto
  • Phone Number: +1 416-962-5158

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: French, Contemporary, Continental, Wine Bar, Soups, Fondue

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic

Description

Yorkville's hidden gem; Carens wine and cheese is a quaint, rustic French restaurant specializing in a vast selection of wine and cheese from all over the world. Serving lunch and dinner every day of the week and classic brunch on weekends, Carens boasts a unique dining experience and a delightful summer patio unlike any other.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Monday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Tuesday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Wednesday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Thursday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Friday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 2:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?