Batifole Restaurant
Batifole Restaurant

Batifole Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.batifole.ca/portail/
  • Phone: (416) 462-9965
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: monday-tusday- wednesday - Friday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm, Saturday: 6:00pm - 11:00pm-sunday close
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French, Contemporary French
  • Executive Chef: Pascal Geffroy
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Howland
  • Public Transit: street car 506 @ Degrassi stop
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Free ample Parking right in front of restaurant
A word from Batifole Restaurant
Batifole is an intimate small French restaurant that serves simple, comfortable cooking without pretense to the residents of Riverdale for almost 10 years. Now with a new owner. Our dinner menu is strait-forward evenly price at $10.00 and $22.00.


The service is professional and friendly. With an extensive French wine list, the list features only carefully selected wines, many of which are inexpensive. Our goal is to make you feel at home, help you unwind, relax and have a great time among friends.

Oddly located in the other Chinatown “East-End that is”, it caught the attention of Toronto’s food critics and received rave revues.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
Batifole Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
44 reviews since July 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (38)fit for foodies (33)special occasion (22)romantic (20)notable wine list (18)good for groups (7)kid-friendly (1)great for brunch (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • A Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    The OpenTable "recommendation" categories leave much to be desired. The categories are irrelevant to restaurants such as Batifole so we decided not to select any of them. Frankly, we would like to keep this little gem to ourselves and share it with a few friends. That however, would be an unforgivable disservice to Pascal and his team. Batifole just recently celebrated its first year under Pascal's ownership. The event itself was an unforgettable feast of Pascal's culinary brilliance. We're not dining connoisseurs. We simply go by taste and personal enjoyment. If you're looking for an exquisite taste of France with a personal touch, all in a quiet, unassuming environment ... Batifole is the place.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Like a warm hug
    fivetogoVIP
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Batifole never disappoints. The atmosphere is warm and inviting. Instead of Gerrard St I feel like I am in New York. The fish was tender and flavourful and my husband had to resist licking the plate when he finished his steak. Keep up the good work!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful French Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    First time at Batifole and we were delighted with the attentive service with great food. We shared the House Terrine Board with Chef Pickles & Mustard as our appetizer to start. It was delicious and beautifully presented. We both had the Duck two ways, confit leg & pan seared breast with Calvados sauce and apple confit for our main and it was made perfectly. For dessert we shared the Almond Eclaire with vanilla creme, and plum and prunes coulis and it was delicious as well. Chef/Owner Pascal Geffroy has created a wonderful French restaurant that is not pretentious, has excellent service and excellent food. We can't wait to go back for another great evening and a wonderful meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Homey, fine dining experience
    Tamarindus
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Two friends out for a delicious birthday dinner in a warm and attractive environment. We tried the two different duck dishes which were so delicious. We will come back to try the fish entrees and more. Service was friendly. Location is great (and a lovely surprise) for us locals. Love this neighbourhood gem which has the goods to attract visitors from all over GTA. Merci, Batifole!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A comfy resto with good food
    totorotakaVIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Batifole is not a fancy French restaurant with fancy dishes. The food is just simple, but good. I feel I eat in a friend's home. The server always has a lovely smile on her face. She was very helpful and provided good suggestions on both food and wine. We ordered daily special John Dory, and the Flat Iron Steak from the regular menu. Both dishes were delicious. I liked the creamy sauce of the fish. The quality of the steak was good and it was cooked perfectly - real medium rare. The chef, Geffroy, loves to get out from the kitchen to understand what people like or dislike - professional and friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful French Food
    LiveToEat
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Great service, authentic and delicious French Food (with divine Frites!) Hadn't been here for a while and a new chef has apparently been here for about a year. Just a lovely meal. We will be back again soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Truly a neighbourhood gem!
    Sadiethefoodie
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Six of us dined there on a Saturday evening for a special occasion. It was perfect. The food was excellent, and the service could not have been better. It is priced reasonably for the quality of the food, and the wine list is more than adequate. We felt very comfortable there, and we'll go back again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find in Chinatown East
    Stonesthrow
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Don't let the location fool you. These people know what they are doing - in the kitchen and in front of the house. Server was well versed in the menu and preparation of all offerings and the food itself was amazing. Nothing could be improved in the way of appetizer, entrée or dessert. Loved it all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful French Restaurant
    TAOM
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    The food and service was excellent. Great spot for special night out with friends or for special occasion. Wonderful east end find. Will be back and soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cabbagetowner
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    A very charming restaurant with a nice atmosphere, original menu, and a very good selection of wines (not excessive amount of choice: just a nice selection). With fixed prices for all the starters and the mains, the additional costs for sides of vegetables and yummy fries makes it more on the expensive side than we remembered it to be (as most restaurants seem to have become now!). Very good service which makes people feel like real guests for a special meal. Some of the people of our group felt that the food was a bit over-salted.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just what we were looking for
    fwlvr1VIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    We had been attending a 4 day meeting with 3,000 other attendees and we needed to get away. We wanted a neighborhood restaurant with excellent food and an atmosphere where the 7 of us could hear each other speak. The man who attended us seemed to be a master of all trades and did a great job.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food & service
    supernan
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    I brought my husband here for his birthday. We live in the neighbourhood, and had been waiting for a special occasion to try this place out. It was excellent! The server was knowledgeable and friendly, attentive but never overbearing. She gave good suggestions when we were unsure. We had a warm chicken liver pâté to start, which was lovely and rich. My husband got the steak and I had the duo de canard. Both were fantastic, with just the right combination of flavours. Yummmmmm. For dessert, we shared the caramel and chocolate mousse (sorry, can't remember the exact name). Oh, it was so good! Great selection of wines, too. It was like being in Paris again! My only criticism is that the music was a bit loud. Overall, a superb restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • neighborhood delight
    Mikey
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Just moved into the neighborhood and found this restaurant on TripAdvisor. The reviews fid not disappoint, the good was Delicious, the service very good and both my wife and I said we will be back many times. We also found the cost to be very reasonable for the quality of the food. We will definitely become regulars
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice but slow
    CarolS
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I really wanted to give a good review - the staff were so very nice! Busy Saturday night, took over 20 minutes to get a beverage (not even water). Understaffed-felt bad for the two working. Really good apps. Main of the day fish was not, unfortunately. Poor selection of wines by the glass, but bottles well priced. They were very nice about our rather negative experience. Will give it another chance at some point.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Like every time we go it was just amazing!!!! Truly a gem is a place!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Second Time
    Barbara
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I love this little place - best French food in Chinatown with a local neighborhood feel. Always accommodating, well priced, and totally french is every aspect. Food is terrific - try the escargots!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Third time (still a charm)
    GurgiTO
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Even though Batifole is out of our neighbourhood, my third visit to this establishment, even given the change in management, was memorable in the best possible way. Four of us, half ordered from the menu, other half from the specials. The specials were exactly that, special. Dessert was topped off with the best souffle I've ever had! Service was excellent, and our server's reccomended off-menu wine choice was the perfect pairing to our meal. If this was closer to our house, we'd be regulars.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New chef makes a good bistro better
    mjwfoodguyVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Pascal Geffroy has kept the old favourites but added a great selection of new dishes as daily specials with a Provencal flair. Subtle changes in decor have made the room cosier and warmer If you haven't been for awhile go back. A superb French bistro experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 26 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 65 reviews are from the Batifole Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Excellent!
    Dam12
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Great food; great presentation and decent price; chef came by to each table to talk to guests; service was a bit slow but restaurant was full.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top end French food from a master
    alkurtain
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    This excellent restaurant is cozy, comfortable, and relaxed. The food is exceptional and atypical, the chef will come out of the kitchen and visit with the customers. We were not going to have any desert but he paid us a visit to thank us for coming and convinced us that his Peach Melba with his own canned peaches and home made ice cream was worth a try. We ordered it and it was superb. I highly recommend this spot to anyone who wants great French cuisine, in a casual and comfortable establishment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very friendly staff
    Jota
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    We decided to go this time to celebrate my partner's birthday. Surprisingly , there was no body but us that night and even though, the staff was very kind, they didn't offer us any special attention considering it was a birthday celebration.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Best Cassoulet I've had, maybe ever. The cod was perfectly sauced. PommeFrites were excellent. In retrospect, I should've gotten the creme brulle since it probably would've been out of this world, but the chocolate ganache cake on a pool of caramel was wonderful. Service was friendly and helpful.
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  • Dinner
    mrsz
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Our food was great in terms of quality, ingredients and level of cooking. My only complaint was that it was a little salty, but that may just be my own preference. I loved that the chef came by to see how everything was (nice touch). In terms of service, Ang was wonderful-she was responsive to our needs and very friendly. Our other server (I forget his name) was quite pretentious and condescending, and the only reason we gave the tip we did was because the overall food quality and Ang were very good. This gentleman needs some training in terms of how to welcome guests and he could learn how to smile more.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Four of us dined and we all agree that all the appetizers and all the main courses were excellent (we didn't have desert).
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A gem
    DBgirl
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    My friend and I went with a Living Social coupon. We were warmly greeted at the door, and shown to a table. The server described the menu for us and we choose one of each of appetizer, entree and dessert. Our water glasses were refilled regularly, the baguette was fresh and warm, and the wine was delicious. The meal was very yummy. We had the terrine and pizza to start, a fish stew and pork shank for the mains and the desserts were an ice cream and an apple 'tart'. All were wonderful. The room is small and charming.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I love this place!
    onelittleshreddie
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Batifole is one of the reasons I love my neighbourhood. It's always a fabulous meal, and is about as close as I'll get to France for at least another year. It's the place we go for a date, a nice dinner with family, a special birthday, or just if we feel like something that's on the nicer end of things. In several years of going to Batifole, I've never once been disappointed with anything. The staff is always knowledgeable, friendly and professional, and the food is always outstanding. It really is a gem.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Nice Neighbourhood Restaurant
    Pleased
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    Batifole rarely disappoints. The food and the service are very good. The daily specials are inventive and always worth trying, and the one we tasted recently (a lovely Bourride) was no exception. Batifole would do well in any neighbourhood and we are lucky to have it in ours.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gem in East Chinatown
    lizwrnr
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    Worth the trip to east Chinatown from downtown. Every detail of the meal was carefully chosen + the atmosphere is great too.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice menu
    jenn
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    As always,we had a lovely time. upgrading a living social coupon could be a bit clearer. nice nite and good service.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ouioui merci
    Fwmykigi
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    Great place. French food at its best not stuffy, amazing flavours, approachable with some of the classics. Love the leg lamp.. Will be back ...my guest were raving about it all night.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    Jonny
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Cassoulet, terrine, frites with tarragon mayo. All delicious. Batifôle is always good. The best French in toronto hands down.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great overall experience
    MRSR
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    I hadn't been to Batifole in over a year and I regret not coming back sooner! Service was very friendly and personable. They did an excellent job describing the food a answering various questions. Timing was spot on when it came to serving our apps and mains. We didn't feel rushed at all. The menu has changed a little over time but it has maintained a nice creative twist on provincial cuisine. The daily specials were especialy interesting. The wine list has good variety and fairly good price points. I would certainly recommend Batifole to anyone looking for a relaxing unpretentious French dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I hadn't been in a long while
    FoodstruckVIP
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    I hadn't been in a long while and it was delightful re-discovering this great little restaurant. The service was impeccable and friendly and the cuisine delicious. I will look forward to return!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Less us more
    Ricknsnoop13
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    This was our first time at Batifole. We were pleasantly surprised by the variety on the menu and wine list. The traditional bouillabaisse was delicious! However, I would've preferred a lot less salt in all the dishes. The entrees were so over-seasoned that by the end of the meal my tongue was numb. But the friendly and helpful staff made the dining experience enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Did not disappoint
    parkerino
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Recommended by a family foodie and it lived up to the recommendation. Food was excellent, a quality preparation and great ingredients. Service was unobtrusive yet attentive. Wine selections were unusual, fun and appropriate to our requested flavour profile. We'll be back for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Satisfied diner
    Marie
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    The calf liver was awesome, melts in the mouth. Never had liver this delicious, I am coming back for it! The place is so cozy, great service too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very French and very good!
    savoury
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    Very French and very good! A tiny little restaurant with great ambiance and excellent service. The menu is limited, but there are also daily specials which never fail to please. My guests and I have tried almost all offerings on several visits and have never been disappointed. A real gem in an area full of cheap Chinese and Vietnamese fare.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Some Place Special
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    Though we do not live nearby Batifole, from time to time we visit the restaurant for some consistently high quality food and a decent wine selection. The service is always competent and professional while still being warm and personal. Definitely one of my "indugences."
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth a return visit.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The food is a wonderful variation of French cuisine, well prepared and nicely presented. The service on a busy Valentine evening was outstanding. Best of all one is able to sit and enjoy a relaxed evening with the courses well spaced and no sense of being rushed to finish. The arrangement of the tables gave us a sense of privacy even though the restaurant is small.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pretty good value.
    raptors0506
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The food was pretty good...but everything was very salty. I am also one who actually likes salty foods but even I felt it could have used less. We had mussels, escargots, the dory, duck two ways, and apple tart for dessert. The service was friendly and helpful.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.