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896 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M 1J3
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Rates:

  • $11 to $25,
Braised Restaurant & Bar settles into Leslieville in the east end. The focus is on comfort food, using local and seasonal products.

Opening Hours

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday

Cuisine type

  • Canadian,
  • Brunch,

Dishes

  • Comfort food,

Features

  • Restaurant with party services,
  • Restaurant with private rooms,
  • Prix fixe menu,
  • Bring your own wine,

Atmosphere

  • Trendy,
  • Casual,

Products and Services

  • Open sunday,
  • Event,
  • Open late hour,

Meet the owner

For a dining experience you’ll want to savour, visit Braised. A feast for the senses, this open and airy Queen Street gem focuses on modern comfort food and features a pedestrian menu of mostly slow-roasted, braised dishes along with sandwiches, salads and fries. The Cameron’s Brewery beer-braised crispy pork cheeks are to die for; the art on the brick interior walls, courtesy of MJG Gallery, is stunning; and the best seat in the house is, well, everywhere.

“The cooking style is slow roasted cooking,” explains owner Sam Scanga, who opened Braised on Queen Street East in 2014. Of course, roasting is a cooking style that’s been around forever. Sam has simply decided to turn the oven up a notch.

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March 27, 2017

Enjoyed a wonderful birthday dinner in a charming setting. Food and wine were excellent and I was even surprised with a birthday treat that the waiter had detected was the reason for our visit. We'll definitely be back!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 11, 2017

The food was wonderful, and our waiter friendly and knowledgeable. Looking forward to returning.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 6, 2017

Exposed brick interior makes for a cozy ambiance. Good menu. Food ranges from good - excellent. First time I was there the food was outstanding, this time the veggies accompanying the pork chop special were too similar, (pickled beets with sweet and sour red cabbage) and the pork chop was on the thin side - so ok but not stellar.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

March 6, 2017

Excellent meal and great service.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

February 19, 2017

We have been to Braised many times and the food and service are always perfecr

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 16, 2017

Sam made us feel welcome and important. Our Valentines-Anniversary was a dinner we'll remember for a long time thanks to the staff at Braised. Paula and Chris DaSilva

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 15, 2017

Great atmosphere and service. Food is always fresh and tastes great.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

February 14, 2017

Everything was great. Server was really excellent.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 14, 2017

First time. Food outstanding, service excellent. Will be back soon and will recommend to others. You need to go here!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 13, 2017

we had a great meal at Braised although they did get my order wrong, no fault of the server I don't think, we still had fun and everything was delicious. would definitely go back

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

February 13, 2017

Service and ambiance were top notch! Good food but a bit heavy on the salt. I will definitely return.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

February 3, 2017

A wonderful spot for a family get together. The staff was so accommodating and the food was very delicious. We plan to return.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 1, 2017

So pleased that the Lolita's Lust team has opened in Leslieville. Perfect bistro. Interesting menu, with something for everyone. Everything we ordered was delicious and piping hot. Ample portions, reasonable prices. Cozy, comfortable décor; well chosen soft rock playlist at a moderate decibel level. Free street parking after 6:00.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 26, 2017

We each had a great meal. Will return for sure

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

January 23, 2017

Good to know it is BYO. Too bad didn't know that in advance. Pls display it more prominently on your website!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

January 24, 2017

We had an amazing dinner at Braised. The service was so helpful, friendly and professional. One of the best servers I have had in a long time. The food was very tasty, with hearty portions and lovely presentation. The only thing that keeps me from coming more regularly are the prices - but the BYOW makes it an affordable night out!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

January 14, 2017

Despite being the first customers to arrive for dinner, the place was warm and inviting. We had friendly and professional service from start to finish. The calamari was PERFECTION and who can go wrong ordering braised short rib, for which I barely needed my knife. A great wine and cocktail list rounded out the meal. Can't wait to come back again!!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 30, 2016

Great sound system!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

December 28, 2016

Excellent restaurant. Good food and very attentive and friendly service. My go-to date restaurant.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 25, 2016

Always love coming here!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 14, 2016

Nice warm atmosphere. Service was friendly and our server was very knowledgeable. We were there on a Monday so benefited from free corkage which is a real bonus. The food was excellent. Everything on the menu looked good so a perfect excuse to go back.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 10, 2016

Braised has become one of my absolute go-to restaurants for dates. The food is superb, especially if you're a carnivore. There's a decent wine list. And the staff is friendly, engaing and helpful. What else can you ask for?

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 5, 2016

Excellent food, atmosphere and service. I highly recommend this place!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

December 4, 2016

Sam welcomed us, Asha and Dave were their usual excellent selves, the food was wonderful! Best birthday meal!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 2, 2016

Had a wonderful dinner at Braised and would highly recommend this restaurant! Braised short ribs were succulent and the seasoned pork chop special was a true winner served with perfectly prepared vegetables. Service was superb --friendly, unobtrusive, unpretentious and simply genuine in every way. Will definitely return!! Worth a very visit hands down!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 23, 2016

Everything was excellent, but a little too much salt. Was able to bring in our own wine, so that was a great bonus and helped make the decision to have dinner here.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 23, 2016

It is a nice cozy spot with exposed brick and booths. The service was good, except a bit rushed considering there were only two couples in the restaurant. We had to gulp down the last of our cocktails when our starters arrived. The food was good, but uninspiring. The swordfish main was OK - a bit overcooked and the quinoa was bland. The braised kale though was delicious. Our other main - pasta with mushroom and chicken - was good. The dessert choices were limited and old fashioned - creme brule, chocolate mousse and ice cream sandwhich. For the price of the food, i would expect something better. Overall, our meal was disappointing.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 4/5

November 15, 2016

Complimentary bread/pepper hummus Pork belly appetizers were little deep fried pucks, could have been anything inside. Shrimp appetizer delicious Lamb fall off the bone good, chewy/tough rapini Large chicken linguini very good and enough to take home for lunch the next day Monday night, very quiet, 3 other tables. Good service. Left us alone if we wanted to be, didn't feel rushed. Will try again.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

November 14, 2016

Staff very friendly and helpful, kitchen turned out six different meals that everyone was happy with and sound not so loud we could hear each other. What doesn't seem to work well is the on line reservation system - name shows up wrong each time and couldn't add an extra guest.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

November 2, 2016

Really like Braised. Free corkage early in the week!!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

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