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1749 Avenue Rd, North York, ON M5M 3Y8
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  • $11 To $25,
One of North Toronto's favourite neighbourhood bar and restaurants, Safari has earned a reputation for great food in a casual atmosphere. Their strength lies in the kitchen, preparing every item on the menu including all signature sauces, dressings and desserts in house, sourcing fresh available local ingredients. They take pride in offering a unique blend of food, wine and specialty beers to be enjoyed in a warm and inviting atmosphere. Since opening in 1995, their goal has always been to offer hospitality in addition to friendly efficient service. Safari is comprised of a main floor restaurant, second floor billiard room and lounge, and boasts one of North Toronto's largest heated outdoor patios. Safari also specializes in private and corporate functions of any size. more...

Opening Hours

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

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,

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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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    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 16, 2017

    our waiter was super attentive and really tried to fix my friend's order when she realized her pizza had more onions than she wished! a lovely experience.thanks!

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 4/5

    Service: 5/5

    July 25, 2017

    Always a good time and great food. My family from out of town loves to eat here when they come. Seven adults for dinner this time. Thanks for the great service.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    July 10, 2017

    Hi... the service was very good. However, we ordered the chicken on skewer dish and the chicken was rather tough and tasteless. As well, we ordered the nachos and it arrived with very little cheese or veggies on it. For a dish that cost $15.99 plus tax we were very disappointed. We had burgers and a pizza and they were very good.

    Ambiance: 3/5

    Cuisine: 3/5

    Service: 5/5

    June 24, 2017

    Great evening with family & friends. The food is always delish!

    Ambiance: 3/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    June 18, 2017

    We had my friends engagement party there and had an amazing time. Loved the atmosphere and the service was excellent!! Thanks for everything:-)

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    June 8, 2017

    the french fries were good

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 4/5

    Service: 5/5

    May 29, 2017

    This was a hockey wind up party for 17 and 18 year olds and their parents. We had the upstairs room complete with pool tables t v screens and a PA system. There was plenty of food and the service was great. A very easy way to entertain a crowd of teen age/almost adult boys

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    May 15, 2017

    Great food, great service, great experience!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    April 28, 2017

    We had an awesome event even though the original organizing was confused. Much more specific conversation needs to happen when events are being planned. The.venue is great, food is great, but it's important to know what the rules are when you are planning.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    April 13, 2017

    Really fun spot for a team party. I don't normally give 5 stars for anything - but they went above and beyond to make everything perfect. :)

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 4/5

    Service: 5/5

    March 26, 2017

    Outstanding!!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    March 27, 2017

    Everything was great except for the mixed up as I have booked up stairs with a pool table but there was a private function so upstairs was not able but they gave us a free round of drinks for the misunderstanding.

    Ambiance: 3/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 4/5

    March 6, 2017

    Safari was great. We were a big group looking for a nice place to meet friends for brunch, and out of our party of 13, 7 were kids! Safari was able to seat us at a nice long, comfortable table, and kept the meal running smoothly, and kept everyone happy. :)

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    March 4, 2017

    Outstanding. Our team had an awesome time. Thanks to Kelsey and the staff that made sure we were taken care of.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    February 21, 2017

    The food and service was oustanding! Chantal was amazing and attended to all our needs. The evening was such a success-we celebrated my husbands 40th birthday and everyone enjoyed themselves. I'd absolutely recommend it to anyone!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    February 16, 2017

    The food and service was very good, it was a little load but its a bar and grill

    Ambiance: 3/5

    Cuisine: 4/5

    Service: 4/5

    February 5, 2017

    Good food, attentive service, pleasant atmosphere, generous portions, great value

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    January 29, 2017

    Dinner with family for the Winterlicious Menu. Delicious!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    January 15, 2017

    Our neighborhood restaurant for many years. This visit was a Friday night dinner with family. Great service, delicious food. Only drawback was the music, which was great, but unfortunately was too loud. We had to yell to speak to each other over the table.

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    January 13, 2017

    Our kids hockey team had a blast up on the 2nd floor. Its a perfect space for an event with kids - they loved the pool and ping pong tables! And for many of the kids, who were being billeted by Toronto families, looked for to the party as they experienced Safari's last year! Many thanks for a great event.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    January 9, 2017

    Great venue for an informal family/friends function. Very helpful staff, good layout - liked the pool and table tennis.

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 4/5

    Service: 4/5

    December 30, 2016

    Always enjoy the this place! Nevee disappointed!

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 4/5

    Service: 4/5

    December 23, 2016

    Great well taking care of

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 4/5

    Service: 5/5

    December 22, 2016

    We requested to reserve a portion of the upstairs lounge which we liked from a previous visit to Safari. The staff and general manager at Safari paid excellent attention to our group and kept us well fed and hydrated on demand. Safari don't fix anything cause it ain't broke.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    December 22, 2016

    Great food and service.

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    December 18, 2016

    Thank you Safari for hosting our holiday hockey team party. As always the food was great and everyone one had a great time. Dan and his team always make it a great party. Happy Holidays

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    December 13, 2016

    We had our team Christmas party at Safari and i could not have been happier. The service was beyond what i was expecting, they were extremely accommodating, pleasant and helpful. Everyone was happy and the food was great. Completely recommend for a function. Thanks Safari - Merry Christmas!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    November 28, 2016

    The staff could not have worked harder or been more attentive to our needs. The food was delicious and reasonably priced. Many of our guests have commented to us that they had a great time. Thanks, Safari team!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 4/5

    Service: 5/5

    November 22, 2016

    A great experience as usual!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    November 6, 2016

    The food and service were both fantastic. It was very busy and loud, though we had the tucked in a nook table for two near the kitchen, so somewhat quieter than being in the main dining area. The music seemed too loud after many people had left by 9pm. The owner (John) was very friendly and welcoming as were the rest of the staff. Parking was easy to find right on the street near the restaurant. I'd try the big burgers or pizza the next time. The tacos were great.

    Ambiance: 3/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

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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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