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Restaurant type

  • Bar,

Cuisine type

  • American Cuisine,
  • Italian,

Dishes

  • Vegetarian Cuisine,
  • Pasta,
  • Pizza,

Features

  • Restaurant With Wifi Internet,
  • Restaurant With Terrace,

Atmosphere

  • Trendy,
  • Casual,

Products and Services

  • Open Sunday,
  • Pool Table,
  • Event,
  • Big Screen Tv,
  • Satellite Tv,

Languages Spoken

  • English,
Location
1749 Avenue Rd, North York, ON M5M 3Y8
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Opening Hours *Holiday hours

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
Closed For Renovations (2015-03-11)

Rates:

  • $11 To $25,

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Ratings & Reviews - Safari Bar and Grill

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swee1397
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*Waiter there did not know the menu well or drinks that they offer including not knowing what beer bottle brands available. *waiters should keep up with their hygiene as well as our party were a bit turned off.

Atmosphere: 4/5
Food: 3/5
Service: 1/5
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Caligirl
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Very nice restaurant with delicious food and friendly service, excellent wine selection with many bottles from California.

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Steinburg
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Nice neighbourhood spot

Safari has excellent food, although it is very casual the kitchen could be fine dinning when it comes to their specials. I recently had a Rack of Lamb and it was superb, my wife had the Market fish a which was Seabream, we started with Naked Thai Shrimp, very tasty. The wine list is outstanding with over 150 selections, very surprising for a casual local's hangout. Over all, very impressed.

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Restaurantica12
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A Fun and Tasty Place

I recently visited Safari with my 3 friends and we had a great time. Each one of us enjoyed our meal, listened to good music, and then went upstairs to play pool. The place had a very cozy and welcoming atmosphere. I had the "Linguine Del Mare" which was a very delicious seafood dish with pasta. Overall, we had a great time and will be going back soon.

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Restaurantica12
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So much fun

Went here for a friend's birthday party, we had dinner then went upstairs for pool and drinks. It turned into a dance party, they have an awesome sound system and the bartender let me plug in my iPod and play what ever I wanted, was so much fun, we all had a blast, bartender (Jamie) was the best, was dancing along with us and even turned on a disco/mirror ball! They even have ping pong as well as pool, we loved it

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Restaurantica12
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HORRIBLE PLACE

This place was horrible. The food was disgusting and the waitress charged me for a drink that I returned without drinking. At the end of the night, they had my credit card on a tab and they returned it back to the WRONG person. How can you give it to the wrong person! When I asked if I could be refunded the amount or be given a discount because of the hassle I had to go through to get a new credit card, I was told by the Manager that he couldn't help me at all. The manager was horrible and walked away without helping. BAD CUSTOMER SERVICE - DO NOT GO THERE. They do NOT know how to run a business and be helpful to customers after they make mistakes.

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Restaurantica12
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Winterlicious 2012

We've been to Safari numerous times in the past, and have yet to be surprised that this place hasn't received all the accolade it deserves. My fiance and I went for dinner tonight and ordered the following items from the Winterlicious menu: Appetizers: Butternut Squash Soup & Vegetable Spring Rolls Entrees: Char-Broiled Beef Medallions with Potatoes and Spinach (x2) Dessert: Apple Streudel and Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Sandwich The food was, as usual, exceptional. I wasn't too crazy about the soup (it needed a little bit of salt) but the balsamic reduction and leeks definitely upgraded it. My fiance's rolls were good, but he was put off by the cilantro (not a huge fan). The entrees were amazing and we basically cleaned our plates. As were the desserts. Our server was amazing and the atmosphere and staff were friendly and warm, which has been the custom. They also make awesome drinks (order the Caesar!) and their wine list is pretty stellar. GO GO GO!

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Jennifer T
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Funky Atmosphere - Great Food

Safari has one of the best patios in Toronto! The food is consistently fresh & delicious and the staff is very friendly. Great place for a date or to book a party for a special occasion.

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Restaurantica12
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Delicious food!

Had the coconut curry with my cousin here for dinner yesterday – it was awesome! I didn’t expect it to be so delicious but they did a really good job on it. I added the chicken for a few dollars extra and it went really well with the dish. My cousin chose the prime steak burger and she really enjoyed it. Great location and our server was pretty friendly also. Well done!

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Restaurantica12
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The USDA is PRIME!

Me and the wife went to Safari after a 2 year absence after our twins were born. We persuaded the outlaws to look after our bandits cause we definitely needed a night out! Wanting to stay close to home, we went to Safari which was a regular hang out for me prior to starting our family. place looks the same, like a comfortable sweatshirt, could use a little updating, but still is friendly and local as ever. I had the New York Steak and it was awesome, as good as any high end steak house in the City, my wife went with the chicken wrap and said that it was as good as she remembered and our friends had the fish special and pizza, both enjoyed their meals. We went upstairs after to play pool and ran into a bunch of neighbourhood friends, had a great time, drank too much! Still a great place, was nice to see it busy and going strong.

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Restaurantica12
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Winterlicious 2011

We have visited Safari after a friend highly recommended it, and were entirely thrilled with the experience. Much to our delight, we discovered that they were also taking part in Winterlicious 2011. We booked a table only a few hours before dinnertime (on Superbowl Sunday no less) and were greeted warmly and given our own table for two in a nice quiet corner, with softly lit candles around us. Our waitress was very warm and friendly and took care of us for the short time we were there (only an hour and a half). Our Caesars were DELICIOUS! We ordered the plum tomato salad and the Caesar salad as our starters, which were fairly nice. The real delight came with the entrees (steak and chicken supreme) ... OH. MY. GOODNESS. They were amazing. Goat cheese + chicken = HEAVEN! We ate everything on our plates. The dessert was amazing as well : ice cream and homemade butter tart. The ambience is amazing. I love, love, LOVE this place!!!

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Restaurantica12
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Friends ordered the Eggs Benedict and Big Diner choices. I heard they were excellent. The fresh warm banana bread came in three thick slabs with cinnamon cream cheese and raspberry compote. Very yummy, but a lot of banana bread. The fresh fruit that came with was very tasty, but a bit heavy on honeydew melon. The environment was pretty dark, and after our orders were received and delivered, we didn't get much attention. I guess the wait staff felt we were busy talking and didn't want to interrupt, but when a couple of us asked for hot beverages, I think she should have taken the opportunity to ask the others who hadn't ordered one if they were interested as well. It wasn't busy, which was nice, since we were free to stay as long as we wanted.

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Restaurantica12
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Excellent

I don't normally take the time to do things like write a review of a restaurant but this place needs some recognition, because the food is excellent. I have driven past this place a million times and thought that we should finally give it a try. From the exterior it looks like a regular pub or roadhouse but it actually is so much more, who would have known that Safari has a Wine Spectator Award for it's unbelievable wine list. We had a bottle of Seghesio Zinfandel 2007, this wine is impossible to find and there it was along with a bunch of other iconic wines, total sleeper! All 4 of us agreed that the quality of the food is comparable to any of the "top rated" restaurants in the city but at half the price. I truly was impressed and will be back, just sorry it took us so long to try it.

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Restaurantica12
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What A Find!

My boyfriend and I went here on a co-worker's suggestion, and we were not disappointed. The decor was really cute, what with faux-animal fur covers on the seats, brown bricks and indigenous-inspired artwork. While the service was a little off that day (I blame it on the bustling patio), I wasn't completely thrown off. The food was DELICIOUS. My biggest complaint might have to be the wait time. We both ordered wraps and salad and the wait was approx 35 minutes. A little ridiculous, but thankfully drinks and conversation were flowing. I would definitely head back there.

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August 11, 2019

We hosted our engagement party at Safari’s and it was fantastic. Good atmosphere, awesome food selection and great service. Maria was amazing to work with and we would highly recommend Safari to anyone looking to host a large party.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 7, 2019

A delightful discovery. Safari is a place I've driven past for many years, but never stopped in at. Yesterday three of us met for lunch - friends not having seen each other for about 18 months - and it was great. Very quiet, but very attentive service from our server. She was happy to respond to our request to adjust the air conditioning and was very helpful in us making small adjustments to our orders. Then, to discover beautiful snooker tables upstairs, that made it certain that we'll return.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 6, 2019

A very pleasurable experience! We hadn't been there in a long time even though we used to live across the street. The food was tasty and plentiful and the atmosphere on the patio lovely. Our waitress was also perfect. We'll be back.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 29, 2019

Exactly right for the casual retirement party (of 15 people) we had wanted. The staff upstairs (Maria & Fuchsia) were open to our requests, made some interesting drinks, were friendly, etc. Food was very good for snacking, desserts were excellent and we managed to use the projector as well. Thank you for everything!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 28, 2019

I had my birthday there. It was a great venue. Everyone had a great time.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 13, 2019

Excellent service. Nice staff. Good time was had

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 3, 2019

Slow night for the restaurant, did a good job, reasonably priced, clean and comfortable. No problems

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

June 26, 2019

Super friendly staff but seemed a bit overwhelmed with the amount of patrons on patio on a sunny Sunday evening. Food took quite a while to come out and when it did, it wasn't at all what was expected or discussed. We specifically asked about a flavour of wings and were assured it wasn't what we thought. Well, it was. Again, super friendly but food took extremely long to come out. Try the mussels in the provencal sauce, they are delish. Will def be back for another try.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

June 14, 2019

The Grade 8 Graduation party was a success thanks to your team!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 9, 2019

Safari fully delivered. Everything was prepared for our party with no fuss and effort. My hubby had a great bday party. Thank you

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

June 3, 2019

Had 22 family and friends on second floor party area. Service and food were excellent, staff were very attentive.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 29, 2019

Great party, though we ran out of food. Great wait staff. Too many outsiders not in both parties kept entering.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

May 26, 2019

We enjoyed our evening at Safari Great atmosphere & location. Lots of fun watching the Raptors win the Eastern Conference.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

May 13, 2019

too much noise and not aware of buffet menu in order to accommodate guests for Mother’s day. it took a while to get the food. However this is a good spot and didn’t dissapoint.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 5/5

May 14, 2019

Awesome service and attention to detail. Everything ran incredibly smoothly.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 29, 2019

Great service always!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 29, 2019

Amazing hostessing and bartending. Thank you so much!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 29, 2019

We held a private function for an engagement party and I have to say that Cindy, Jessica and their team were awesome. From start to finish, Safari was easy to deal with and flexible to our needs. Food was great! Drink service was wonderful! The vibe was fantastic! Great establishment and a great place to work with for any type of function....well done, Safari!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 1, 2019

Thank you very much to Jessica and the whole Safari Staff for making our Branch outing a great time and wonderful experience. You were all very accommodating and helpful with setting up the event. Everyone had a blast and all of us at TD (Avenue and Brookdale) thank you all for a wonderful evening. TD Bank

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 18, 2019

Great Service, good food and a real fun atmosphere.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

February 26, 2019

This was a great event for me. Your staff was awesome. I will definitely recommend to anyome

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 24, 2019

We hosted a party for 60 people. Making arrangements was very simple and Jessica was very responsive and accommodating. We used the upstairs; atmosphere was fun with pool tables and music. Buffet style food was well prepared and tasty but replenishing the food was a bit slow. Biggest concern was that the only bathroom at Safari was upstairs so we had people walking through the party throughout the evening. We had an open bar and were a bit worried about bathroom goers stopping for a drink. In our situation, there was another private party downstairs; otherwise they suggested giving our guests wristbands. I would recommend for a casual gathering

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

February 18, 2019

We were in the upstairs lounge for a family gathering. Everyone had a great time -- playing pool and ping-pong and darts. Service was friendly and attentive, and food was very good. We'll definitely be back!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 15, 2019

Luv this place!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 3, 2019

Always enjoy our evenings at Safari.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 13, 2019

Great neighborhood hangout. The food is fresh and delicious. I had the tribal salad, others had the wings, fish taco wrap and steak, which were all very good. Everyone one was helpful, but felt service was a bit slow at times. We were there on a Sat. at 6p.m. and it did get busier around 7. We had to ask another waiter to get us dessert menus. The desserts were refined and yummy. I recommend the flourless chocolate cake. I didn't know pool tables could be reserved. It would be great when booking your reservation if you are asked if you want to book a pool table. They should allow for reserving a few online with your reservation.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

December 30, 2018

This was my end of year holiday lunch for my staff and it couldn't have been any better. Everything was wonderful. The servers were great and the food was excellent. Thank you

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 28, 2018

Great team party!! Service was excellent!!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 23, 2018

Awesome service and food! Thank you to everyone at Safari!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 17, 2018

Always a great and friendly place for a company dinner!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

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Appears in 6 Smart Lists

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Winterlicious 2017: Let's get you seated

Winterlicious 2017: Let's get you seated

$18 Lunch | $28 Dinner American, continental

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Winterlicious 2017: $28 dinners

Winterlicious 2017: $28 dinners

Besides the ground floor restaurant, Safari boasts a second floor billiard room and lounge, and North Toronto’s largest heated outdoor patio. It serves a unique blend of great food, wine and speciality beers in a warm and inviting environment. Everything is made in-house using the freshest available local ingredients. Winterlicious menu options include grilled steak crostinis with braised mushrooms, grilled onion and a red wine-peppercorn pan jus; grilled Ontario chicken breast medallions; and a white chocolate and raspberry butter tart.

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Winterlicious 2017: $18 lunches

Winterlicious 2017: $18 lunches

Safari takes pride in offering a unique blend of great food, wine and specialty beers in a warm and inviting environment in North Toronto. Every item on the menu, including all signature sauces, dressings and desserts, is prepared in-house using fresh local ingredients. Safari is comprised of a main floor restaurant, second floor billiard room and lounge, and is home to one of the city’s largest heated outdoor patios. Their Winterlicious lunch menu includes roasted butternut squash and apple soup, a chicken wrap, a market fish tempura taco wrap, vegetarian penne al forno, and peach cobbler with vanilla ice cream.

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