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1118 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4W 2L6
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open now 11:30 am - 10:00 pm

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Caren’s Rosedale is an elegant French Bistro with a relaxed formal atmosphere. Chef David Nganga is at the helm delivering authentic French classics and daily specials with a Parisian influence. Favourite à la carte items from Caren’s Wine and Cheese Bar in Yorkville have migrated to the midtown location, complementing and blending with the new menu. Libations include a notable wine list that pairs with globally inspired cheese plates and charcuterie boards on offer, fresh creations, classic cocktails, as well as an array of bubbles and beer. The chic contemporary setting is perfect for a romantic evening, dinner with your family or a night of cocktails with your friends at the bar. The grand piano and live music add flare and fun to this prime Rosedale location. Larger groups are easily accommodated in the semi-private main floor space. Daily lunch and weekend brunch are quickly becoming a local favorite. more...

Opening Hours

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Restaurant type

  • French,

Cuisine type

  • Bistro,

Features

  • Extensive Wine List,
  • Take Out,
  • Lounge,
  • Breakfast,
  • Brunch,
  • Daily Specials,
    • Fine Dining,
    • Comfortable Booths,
    • Resto Bar,
    • Online Menu,
  • more...
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Atmosphere

  • Casual,
  • Family,

Languages Spoken

  • English,

Ratings & Reviews - Carens Rosedale

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October 21, 2017

Appetizers - Steak tartar very good, salad maison totally bland. Mains - bouillebaisse OK, coq au vin was totally tasteless and stringy. Staff were great, except that we moved tables to avoid noise from an overhead speaker and within 5 minutes the music was live piano - great! But they did not tell us this would happen - we'd have kept original table. Bottom line - we went primarily for the food and were extremely disappointed.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 5/5

October 17, 2017

Amazing steak frites, cooked perfectly! Thank you for a good night :)

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 1, 2017

French bistro, so ambiance is lively, food was sublime... octopus could have been a little less done but spicing and flavor robust and surprising, Scallops and ravioli - such a great texture and melt in your mouth goodness. Mushroom risotto rich and filling. House wine complimented the meal. Lemon Tart, lovely. Would recommend and plan to go back

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

September 23, 2017

Terrible service! There was a 45 min wait from app to main course and the restaurant was half empty! The server did not apologize or have an adequate explanation! Food was good but very disappointing!!!

Ambiance: 2/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 2/5

August 14, 2017

I ran into the owner, she was amazing and friendly. The wine selection was fantastic. Cute little spot uptown/downtown. Our server was friendly and informative.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 11, 2017

Great food and service... Will be back!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 30, 2017

We came here for my parents anniversary. We have been a few times before and always love the experience. The service was amazing. The food was great but unfortunately a bit rich for some of the members of the party. Overall very happy - thanks for another great time!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

July 24, 2017

The food was excellent. Best mussels I've ever had!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 24, 2017

Food was awesome, especially the French Onion Soup!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

July 22, 2017

Food was good, service wasn't good and they made a bunch of mistakes like serving dessert and main in the same time, forgot more than once or 3 times to bring ordered drinks to the table and the wine was very expensive and pretty bad ie 5oz at 14-18$ a glass.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 2/5

July 19, 2017

Excellent service. We miss the old chef

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 5/5

July 17, 2017

The atmosphere in Carens is always friendly, and makes you feel truly welcome. I had a delightful lunch sitting on the patio, enjoying the world go by. I was not in any way rushed, and could not think of a better way to spend a Sunday afternoon in Toronto.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

July 15, 2017

This was the worst lunch I have ever had..... ever! The Croque Monsieur consisted of two thick pieces of very soggy bread covered with a very thin slightly cheesy sauce the whole thing was unpalatable and no substitute was offered. Extremely disappointing I certainly will not ever return. It certainly does NOT deserve its 5 star rating

Ambiance: 2/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 2/5

July 10, 2017

New neighbourhood find. Comfortable seating and well-spaced tables, especially in the back. Service was friendly and unhurried but could have been a little more efficient. The room was only about 25% occupied when we went but it was all the staff seemed to be able to handle. The food was a solid cut above 'neighbourhood bistro' standards and the kitchen aspires to a degree of creativity without going over the top. Our party of four went for Summerlicious but we will be back again for brunch in the near future.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

June 24, 2017

Casual, friendly and personable. Very nice experience

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 19, 2017

Good as usual. Thanks

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 17, 2017

Carens was a huge disappointment. We have been before and liked it but now won't go back, The quality of food was very bad and extremely slow in coming though our waiter was nice. The oysters were very poor quality as were the mussels. I think the owner isn't there very much and it feels like a restaurant going downhill fast. Caren better attend to business or she'll lose all her regulars.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 3/5

June 17, 2017

Excellent service but missed serving bread to soak up the broth from our mussels so we had to ask. On a busy night, this can be forgiven. Another interesting note, unconscious bias might have played a role when hostess assumed because I am of Asian heritage my dinner guest would be also when she directed me to another Asian person and my friend was seated at a table across from her who was obviously non-Asian. Another honest "mistake" also forgiven.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 4/5

June 14, 2017

Very slow service (few staff on hand for lunch).

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 2/5

June 13, 2017

For a quiet Monday night, the service was slow and inattentive. The food was good but not spectacular.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 2/5

May 23, 2017

Great food and service in a warm and relaxing atmosphere. Definitely worthy of a repeat visit.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

May 18, 2017

Waiter was very unprofessional and didn't know his stuff. I will go back for the food but I'll walk out if I see that Waiter again. Spoiled the night

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 1/5

May 1, 2017

great place!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 19, 2017

I love Caren

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

April 16, 2017

such a great place!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 26, 2017

We had a terrible experience last night at Caren's. Details: -Had a 7PM reso for Saturday night, 3 people. First member of our party arrived and was told we didn't have a reso. The same thing happened when I arrived a few minutes later. -Initially seated in back room then told to switch tables -Not clear who our server was (interacted with a total of 4 servers over the course of the evening) -Very poor service - probably the worst I've experienced in Toronto. Had to ask multiple times for water refills. Food dropped off at table but server never asked how it was. Requested ketchup multiple times from two different servers. Never offered dessert/coffee. Waited a long time for bill and then to pay. Waited a very long time for our jackets to be brought up from coat room after paying. The service was so bad, by the end of the night there was nothing we could do but laugh. (In fact we were surprised when they brought up the correct jackets.) The restaurant appeared to be severely understaffed (there was a large party in the back area) but Caren's should have considered closing the entire restaurant for the event - they obviously couldn't handle the number of customers in the restaurant. In addition it was very loud. I was particularly disappointed since I'd chosen Caren's for a special dinner with an out-of-town guest. I will not be going back.

Ambiance: 1/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 1/5

March 26, 2017

A friend and I went to catch up after some time not seeing each other. Carens space is lovely although they've tried to cram too many seats into uncomfortable spaces (in the tiny corridor between tables left and right, right up against the fireplace (a health and safety hazard!). This was acceptable only because the food, service and piano playing made up for the physical discomfort. Will go again and insist on sitting along exterior wall.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

March 18, 2017

I had asked for some St. Patrick's day type treats and they accommodated us. All great fun. Brigid was wonderful. And so nice to talk to Chef. M

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 18, 2017

The service was excellent. The food was exquisite and the piano was lovely. Thank you for a great evening

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 26, 2017

Jeremiah was a great server. Lovely place, amazing food. We'll be back!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

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