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Carens Wine and Cheese Bar

158 Cumberland St., Toronto, Ontario, Canada (Downtown Toronto)
+1 416-962-5158
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Ranked #1,828 of 6,668 Restaurants in Toronto
Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Cuisines: French, Continental, Contemporary, Wine Bar, Fondue, Soups
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Good for: Romance, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Neighborhood: Downtown Toronto
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.
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English first
Toronto, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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Toronto, Canada
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17 reviews 17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Well, I went back to Caren's at the insistence of a friend. This friend is Celiac and has eaten there before with no issues. It took them 20 min to ask if we wanted anything to drink. Ten minutes later they brought the wrong drinks. 1 1/2 hours later they took our food order, the wrong order was delivered and... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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182 reviews 182 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
216 helpful votes 216 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 via mobile

Nice place for a light bite. Pleasant decor good food and reasonable. Hard to find places this good for the price in Yorkville

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Toronto, Canada
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47 reviews 47 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

We had dinner at Caren's - BIG MISTAKE! From the beginning, we could tell the waiter couldn't handle his job. He was snappy from the first few minutes we were ordering drinks. Didn't help that the chef had quit and it took 2 hrs for our food to come out. I ordered a salad and grilled rapini. At the 1... More

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Toronto, Canada
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17 reviews 17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

I know it's Caren's wine bar but every good bartender worth his salt should be able to make a palatable martini. We may have found the one bar that consistently makes mediocre sometimes unpalatable martinis. With so many staff hanging around the bar, someone should be able to rectify the situation. Now for the upside.... OMG, the burger is amazing.... More

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

Loved everything about this place, its a great location, great service, amazing food! LOVED their cheese and wine pairings!

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Waterloo, Canada
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89 reviews 89 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2013

Went here with a large group and had a fixed menu so maybe they were constraiined a little. Started with a ho hum sald of greens and avocado but I didn't detect any dressing. The lamb shank was hearty and plentiful. Would have appreciated more veggies and a starch with it as the gravy/sauce was quite heavy. Was tasty just... More

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Toronto, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013 via mobile

This review pertains mostly to the wine and cheese aspect of the restaurant. I've eaten here before and the food was fine but not note worthy. The patio is pretty nice. So our snack of 4 cheeses, half a litre of wine and some prosciutto/chorizo on the side cost 100 $ for two people. The cheeses were all fairly mediocre... More

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Pasadena, California
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84 reviews 84 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

If you find yourself in Yorkville and are seeking a fun spot to dine, check out Caren's back patio. Savor their fantastic selection of cheeses, charcuterie and wine by the glass, or one of their delicious main courses. The service is friendly, too.

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Buffalo, NY
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33 reviews 33 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

I was in Toronto alone on business. I sat at the bar. The waiter did not hesitate to give recommendations and the mushroom risotto I had was really, really excellent.

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Additional Information about Carens Wine and Cheese Bar

Address: 158 Cumberland St., Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Phone Number: +1 416-962-5158
Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Toronto>  > Downtown Toronto
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
Cuisine: French, Continental, Contemporary, Wine Bar, Fondue, Soups

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