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Batifole Restaurant
Batifole Restaurant

Batifole Restaurant Details

  • 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "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!"
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Four of us dined and we all agree that all the appetizers and all the main courses were excellent (we didn't have desert). "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 4/21/2014
  • "Worth the trip to east Chinatown from downtown. Every detail of the meal was carefully chosen + the atmosphere is great too. "
    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."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "Cassoulet, terrine, frites with tarragon mayo. All delicious. Batifôle is always good. The best French in toronto hands down."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "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.""
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We hadn't been to the restaurant for a while and were pleasantly surprized by what we found. The place has changed hands and the new owner is Pascal. We were told that he is orginally from Provence. The restaurant is decorated in an eclectic style which is a bit hard to place but seems to work very well. We had a prix fixe meal and the highlight was the Bouillabaisse. The dish had a hearty broth and was lightly spiced so that you could taste the fish, clams, squid and mussels. We dipped the amazing fresh french bread and butter in the sauce which left us completely satiated. We paired the meal with the house rose which was very good. All in all we had a very nice meal on a snowy Tuesday night. We would definately return."
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "The cassoulet was decadent and simply delicious. I will be returning."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "What more is there to say than excellent food and service on all counts. We were a party of six and not a single complaint. We were able to enjoy each others company over some of the best french food in town. A bit hard to read the wine list (dim lighting). Worth many more visits. What a neighbourhood gem (and we are from the other side of town.)."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "This dining experience was a pleasant surprise. From beginning Martinis to final birthday desert truly impressive. Ambience is lovely. This place is a true gem. I highly recommend the escargots and the frites. Sumptuous"
    Dined on 12/23/2013
  • "The food, service and ambiance all excellent. It's a wonderful restaurant and so glad i'm here on business for a longer period so I can partake of this gem often."
    Dined on 12/4/2013
  • "Everything was done well. The service was friendly and efficient and extremely accommodating, the food outstanding. Will definitely come back and bring friends !An excellent evening. This will become our go to restaurant - celebrations, guests in town or just a night out! Thankyou for a wonderful evening to staff and chef."
    Dined on 11/26/2013
  • "Batofole is a charming bistro. The menu is an homage to the traditional food of France, but with wonderful innovations. For Example: Cassoulette d'Escargot a ma Façon is a savoury stew that bathes the escargots in amazing flavours. It was so good I wanted another for desert. The service was surprisingly informal, but excellent. They went out of their way to make us welcome and comfortable on a cold autumn night. This place is definitely on my must revisit list."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "Came here on a Tuesday night so it was quiet. Food was delicious. The Quinoa and Lentil salad with Pork Belly was huge for and appetizer. The duck confit was delicious as well."
    Dined on 11/19/2013
  • "Very nice atmosphere, very friendly service, very tasty food, all together a very nice and pleasant dining experience."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "Quiet, nice ambiance, excellent food and service, and a fantastic wine list. Why go downtown when I have this that so happens to be close to my home."
    Dined on 11/12/2013
  • "We were there for dinner on a weekend. We chose this restaurant based on reviews here and we were not disappointed. Food and service were amazing! Menu was small but with good varieties. Both the presentation and the taste were excellent. Portion was just right. We had a wonderful evening. Will definitely go back."
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "This was a lovely spot to spend a romantic evening with your partner. It reminded me of the simple but flavourful food we had in Paris. The service was very good. Staff were friendly and accommodating."
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "I have eaten at Batifole several times and have always enjoyed it. This was the first visit for my spouse and he enjoyed it thoroughly. Service is discrete and attentive, the food is fabulous. The wine list is unbelievable!"
    Dined on 10/22/2013
  • "They call themselves "the best French restaurant in Chinatown", but I would say they are one of the best in the city. This place is a real gem in an unlikely setting, located at the very eastern edge of Chinatown on Gerrard Street East.. Food and service are outstanding. The menu is small but still manages to offer lots of choice. Portions are generous. For main courses my friend had the veal liver and I had the "duck two ways".....a duck leg confit with slices of tender duck breast over top, served with muscat grapes. Absolutely divine! The only negative is that the décor definitely needs some attention. The room feels quite bare and needs something to warm it up. Table coverings and more comfortable chairs would help a lot."
    Dined on 10/22/2013
  • "Delicious dishes with lovely presentation. The service was excellent!"
    Dined on 10/10/2013