Meet the owner

Kevin Connell’s life was always centred around food. The New York native traveled around the world, opening nearly 30 restaurants and working as an executive chef across the globe from the Caribbean to Japan. But his desire was always to live in Canada, be a Canadian and open a restaurant that would allow him to showcase his passion for French food and wine. So, along with his business partner Toronto-native Taku Iwasaki, Kevin settled upon Bloor West Village, a neighbourhood he believed needed something other than pubs and fast food joints. After several months of renovation and getting the vibe just right, Kevin opened Maison Fou, a casually elegant French brasserie In November 2016.

Maison Fou loosely translates to "mad house" and according to Kevin, it perfectly reflects the restaurant itself. “We wanted the name to reflect how we approach things here. We want people to come in, tilt their heads and try to figure us out while getting a solid dining experience,” says Kevin. True to his vision, Maison Fou isn’t your typical, stuffy French restaurant. From the decor to the food, it’s diverse and meant to be more about fun dining than fine dining.

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October 15, 2017

overall, very good service. Food was so-so.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 4/5

October 9, 2017

Really enjoyed our meal at Maison Fou Brasserie. The steak frites were perfectly done and delicious, and the duck confit was juicy and perfectly seasoned. Service was great as well.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 7, 2017

Fantastic!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 1, 2017

Great spot!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 20, 2017

Very enjoyable evening , most importantly the food was delicious .

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 3, 2017

Accommodating

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

August 23, 2017

The mussels were amazing. Gnocchi was well presented but slightly lacking in flavour. Elderflower cocktail, while tasty, was visually underwhelming. House fries and baguette were perfect.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

August 21, 2017

The ambience was very nice, the staff was friendly and the food was good. I would recommend the place and I would go again. My friend and I had a nice dinner.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

August 19, 2017

Nice atmosphere but food is just ok.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 4/5

August 19, 2017

What a great place!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 13, 2017

Classy stuff all round. My only qualification is that you should vary the vegetarian dish a bit

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

August 6, 2017

Compelled to share this gem with family, our return visit was as expected - EXCELLENT. Always a warm greeting with tailored and attentive service. Wine pairings were dead on. Perfect octopus app, lovely onion tart app (very generous portion). Chicken main was succulent and flavourful. Awesome to have local spot of this caliber.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 26, 2017

A lovely restaurant, with a cool, calm environment and delicious, food - classic yet innovative bistro meals. The plates were beautifully presented, with interesting flavours. Service was professional and attentive. We really loved it and will be back!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 25, 2017

We enjoyed our first meal at Maison Fou, Zoé gave us excellent service, she went above and beyond. Most of our dishes were very good. We will go back!

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

July 25, 2017

Amazing atmosphere, lovely service and incredible food. Will come back again for sure.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 24, 2017

I love love this restaurant. It is real French food. My husband and I have been there numerous times and have never been disappointed.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

July 16, 2017

Really fantastic meal (try the pork belly). Atmosphere was perfect. Will definitely be returning!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 16, 2017

Amazing addition to Bloor West!!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

July 14, 2017

We had a great meal on Wednesday. The radish salad was very delicious, as was my pork belly and succotash. The creme brûlée's topping was too thick, however, which made it hard to crack. That was a little disappointing. Otherwise Frank the server was friendly and very attentive. Ambience was perfect.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

July 10, 2017

Great spot for Brunch.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 10, 2017

Friendly service was polished, prompt and attentive. Atmosphere tends to get a tad boisterous when busy. Superb food. Interesting take on Steak Tartare app - Asian influence with the seasonings (worked nicely). Terrific duck main - tender meat with crisp crackled skin. Nicely rounded wine list with a terrific selection by the glass - servers know their wines so ask their advice. Will return.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 9, 2017

A really great addition to Bloor West Village that keeps getting better! Our meals were delicious, including a great "buck a shuck" for oysters Friday and Saturday nights! Great wine list too filled with lovely summer rose's!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 7, 2017

Loved it all!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 6, 2017

It's a great restaurant. Our server was excellent -- attentive but not in your face. My red pepper soup was delicious. I had the smoked salmon sandwich with greens and I enjoyed that too. I've no idea what it's like at dinner but it deserves to be better patronized at lunch.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 5, 2017

My friends and I had an outstanding meal (again) at Maison Fou. Beautiful space, attentive service, and wonderful food. The watermelon radish salad was a highlight, and the mussels (my favourite) were plump and delicious. If I have one suggestion, it is that you add one other vegetarian choice to the menu. My veggie friend loves the gnocchi, but it would be nice to have an alternative.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 26, 2017

I really enjoyed how attentive the staff were and how friendly they all were.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

June 20, 2017

Really great service and good.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 19, 2017

Wonderful radish salad, burger, fries, nice salmon. Staff was professional. Good cider. Everything very nice. Good timing and atmosphere. Must say though, the cheese plate was poor value - 3 tiny pieces (nuts, grapes etc didn't compensate for the cost). We look forward to returning.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

June 20, 2017

We still enjoy your casual but smart environment. Our waiter had just the right combination of a friendly but not too familiar attitude. She was great. The food was too. We'll be back.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

June 18, 2017

Wonderful place, exceptional service & food. Wine menu is great too.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

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Best family-style dinner in Toronto

Best family-style dinner in Toronto

Located in Bloor West Village, Maison Fou is an authentic French brasserie. The family-style meal allows you to pick your main entrée and your sides for the ultimate customizable meal with the fam.

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