beerbistro
beerbistro

beerbistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.beerbistro.com/
  • Phone: 4168619872
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:30am - 4pm; Saturday - Sunday 11am - 4pm Dinner: Monday - Wednesday 4pm - 1am; Thursday - Saturday 4pm - 2am; Sunday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Comfort Food, Contemporary French
  • Executive Chef: Brian Morin
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
  • Entertainment: Live Jazz every Saturday night starting at 8:30pm

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Yonge St.
  • Public Transit: King Subway Station on the Yonge Line; King St. Street-Car service 24-hour Queen St. Street Car Service.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Municipal parking lots, private lots and underground garages are abundant in the downtown core. The closet above ground lots are located on the south side of King St. at Toronto St. and the south west corner of Church St. and King St. Victoria St. parking Mon-Fri after 6pm and anytime Sat and Sun. Toronto St. parking available anytime and metered Mon-Sat 8am-9pm. Adelaide St. parking available from 9:30am-3:30pm and 6:30pm through the overnight Mon-Fri. Metering occurs Mon-Fri until 9pm.
A word from beerbistro
In a polished, comfortable, upscale space in Toronto's financial district, beerbistro does beer true justice. Aside from a carefully chosen selection of 120 ales and lagers, in the kitchen beer infuses, pitches, cures, marinates, poaches and stews in most of its imaginative fresh market cuisine. From mouthwatering sourdough pitched with Cantillon-a cherished belgian lambic, to pulled pork slowly smoked with coffee porter, to beer ice cream, beerbistro's menu is a veritable beer-kaleidoscopic wonderland. beerbistro delivers the great beer experience, celebrating it as an accompaniment to food, a versatile and flavorful ingredient and as a quenching refresher or soothing restorative. Don't know anything about beer? An incredibly hospitable and beer-savvy staff will convert even the toughest non-believers. Like beer? Hold on to the reins with both hands, as the leader of this industry's beer-cuisine genre, beerbistro is habit-forming. Come let us change the way you think beer.
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beerbistro reviews from OpenTable diners
141 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (54)great for lunch (50)good for groups (44)great for outdoor dining (42)vibrant bar scene (33)hot spot (28)neighborhood gem (28)late-night find (21)special occasion (20)romantic (11)great for brunch (5)notable wine list (3)Show More
  • Great beer, Ok experience
    magoo12
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Our dining experience was just ok. Beer Bistro is extremely loud, so it is nearly impossible to have a conversation with the person you are sitting with. Dining tables are placed very close together, so you feel like you are eating with the people next to you. I would recommend Beer Bistro for a few cold drinks and some appetizers, but not a special dinner place. Both the chicken (in a caesar salad) and the meet in the burger were both dry and overcooked. Our waitress was friendly and service fairly quick. The beer list is amazing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good ok restaurant for lunch
    Winston
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    The restaurant is ok not great. I would not invite a customer here.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pretty Great!
    Veronika
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Loved the food, probably the best pizza and bison burger I'll ever have! But the service was a little eh; it took my waiter a really long time to get our check and everything I just didnt enjoy it too much otherwise it was a fantastic experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Oktoberfest menu
    LouLouVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Both of us ordered off the special Oktoberfest menu - the wurst platter and the Wiener schnitzel. Both were delicious and authentic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Find
    gourmetgirl
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Reviews on Open Table for beerbistro convinced me to book a reservation and I'm glad I did. The scene was energetic, maybe a bit too so for a romantic dinner, but the service was attentive and the food! was outstanding for the price. Most noteworthy: the bistro salad and the frites.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place in downtown!
    minarous
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We made reservations here for a Friday night, and glad we did, extremely busy place. We had two extra people coming and a seat opened up beside us, the hostess quickly reserved for our other guests that were on there way. Great choice of beers, and good food. I had the bison burger, it wasn't the most astounding one I've had but still very good, it came with coleslaw that wasn't my preference, but it had peppers which I can't really eat anyways, so I swapped with my husband for his corn on the cob. Great little place in the heart of downtown!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved It!
    konan881
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Great beers, great Frites, Great Service, Wonderful Atmposphere. What else do you want?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic selection and service
    Doggabone
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Recently I had the pleasure of meeting a few friends at beerbistro for dinner and, of course, beer. My steak was cooked exactly as I requested it - I like it nearly blue, and not every kitchen likes to send out a steak lightly cooked, and some don't let it rest enough and the juices run when it's cooked. It was wonderfully cooked, and dressed perfectly with carmelized onions. Great fries, too. The beer selection, as one should expect, is fantastic. Every round I tried something new - a couple of smoked beers, some truly hopping lagers, a stout or two. Our server was energetic, highly engaging, and very professional. She elevated the evening for me and I was very impressed by her work. I look forward to my next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service not so good
    Lunch
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    The waitress we had was not very good, ask twice or three time for condiments, kept saying she would get it right away never received it. We had to ask for water twice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loosing its lustre
    Marcel
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Beerbistro used to be my favourite restaurant in Toronto. Every time I would book a flight for Toronto, I would also book a table at beerbistro. Their goat curry was worth the flight ticket. I could find Mort Subite Gueuze. The ambiance was excellent. Last Saturday (2014-09-20), I asked for a tartar "bien relevé", but it was dull. I was not even offered fresh ground pepper. The crostinis were moist. I had the chicken curry. It was good, but I am confident that I can find comparable ones in Toronto. I used to recommend the place to friends, but now I wouldn't. Yes, the beer selection is excellent, but the food and ambiance are only okay. Ah well, I guess I'll be looking for a new favourite place the next time I'll visit Toronto.
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  • Great overall experience
    BigBadBry
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Fantastic overall. Had the salmon and rice and vegetables. Salmon was fantastic and rice and vegetables were good.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Average Drinks and Food
    downtfoodie
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Their fries are ranked no. 2 in Toronto, but unfortunately it wasn't anything special. A full salad cost $10 but the portion seems smaller than a side...would only recommend if you go for some drinks, nice ambiance for a after work chil.
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  • Still great!
    Luncher
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    It had been a while since I last was at the beer bistro and went for lunch on a whim. I don't know why I'm not there more often. Everything from the beer to the food to the service was top notch and reasonably priced for the quality. Don't miss out on the frites or the Dragon Stout ice cream. A very enjoyable experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LOVED IT!
    shadylady
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Great beer list, and I really appreciated the food-beverage pairing recommendations. Our server was also very knowledgeable, and was able to make additional suggestions that complemented overall dining experience. The only thing against BeerBistro was that the menu leaned to deep fried with not a veggie in sight - I was trying to eat healthy but struggled to find options. Everything we ate was amazing - especially the fries but I felt VERY guilty afterwards!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A beer lover
    monalisa
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I met a client at noon for lunch and ordered a beer. I thought it was flat and when I tried to return it the waitress was argumentative and tried to dismiss my complaint. Other than that the food was good and I enjoyed ir.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not a good place for dinner
    Nomnom
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    I made a reservation here because it was on the list of top Toronto gastro pubs. We had to wait 20 min extra for our table on a Thursday and the mains were mediocre (the bison burger had weird chunks of something - not sure if it was fat or something else that was chewy and not really edible; my friend got fish which he said was pretty meh). Their apps and drinks menu were awesome though. I'd recommend this place only for drinks and a light nibble (the atmosphere is pretty great).
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cpatt81
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Spicy Thai mussels are phenomenal! Dip the bread in the juice- quite delicious. Oh, and their beer selection is vast ANC good - definitely a beer option for everyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Poor Service
    SadJaysfan
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Went in group of 3. Enjoyed some great beers and an appetizer. Unfortunately our waitress never returned to check on us or take our dinner order. She seemed to be too busy setting new tables, refilling the beverage fridge and socializing in the kitchen. Thoroughly disappointed we never had the opportunity to try some of the great meals on the menu.
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  • Attention all beer lovers!
    Tornative
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Very impressive beer menu and a nice friendly bar with a few screens for sports lovers. The patio is a quiet oasis in the centre of the city. The service is friendly too. The menu is not exhaustive, but had a nice selection of appetizers and mains for our Saturday lunch.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Consistently good service, great variety of beers and amazing fries.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good for the corporate crowd
    bido
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Not much was appealing. Nothing notable to review. It's really a conveniently located restaurant in the financial district.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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  • A great meal & excellent service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Great food, fun and yummy beer listing, and excellent server who was enthusiastic about the food and the impressive beer list. The food was good, the atmosphere was cheerful, and the great service ensured a faultless (mini) family reunion.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The meal was tasty and our server was really attentive. Perfect level of service. Try the stout and skor ice cream it's amazing! We will be telling our friends to check it out. Friends of ours directed us to it.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best beer Bistro
    Yumo
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Great place, a must try! We sat outside on patio which was nice. Inside looked nice but a little more energy and louder. The mussels were yummy as well as the bread!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beer Bistro Delivers
    MikeyZ
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Great beer selection. Loud and vibrant atmosphere. A lot of after-work people and tourists. Service is efficient and the food was a short wait but expertly prepared. After a long day walking all over the city I don't think you could top this place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not for a business lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Our server hid in the back, the entire time. Our lunch took almost 2 hours, between appetizer ordering, the server's disappearance, and taking our lunch order. I would not go back there for lunch, during the week.
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  • A must for a beer aficionado-foodie
    ShockingAmbrose
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    When we visit Toronto and are downtown in the evening we make sure that on at least one night we go to BeerBistro. And we always sit at the bar where we can interact with the excellent knowledgeable bartender. He's like a beer sommelier (is there a word for that?) He has steered me to some great beer finds. As for food, I usually have the mussels and they're a treat. The menu is basically more sophisticated bar food. My wife can even get a well-made gluten-free pizza there. It's interesting casual dining without pretension.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never Disappointed
    RepeatOffender
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I keep coming back and continue to introduce friends to the beerbistro. I am never disappointed and enjoy the chance of trying a new beer with each visit. The service and food (5* for the hog wild pizza) always amazing. Keep up the amazing work
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food meh. Beer yeah
    ilanasVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Mussels were way too salty, pork chop way overcooked. Fries were good, though. The beers are outstanding but they need to watch what's coming out of the kitchen. Not great.
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    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Beer
    kh1234
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We went for dinner while visiting Toronto after seeing the Saturday night suckling pig special. The pig was awesome, and we were surprised by how big the portion was per plate. The duck fat fries and cauliflower soup were both great. They had a great beer selection. I would recommend it to anyone who likes beer and pork.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ok Food, Great service
    joel
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    We had a terrific waiter. We sat outside, and it was a bit cool, and there were no outdoor heaters, so that was unfortunate. The food was ok. Scallops were excellent quality, could have used a bit more spice. The pork chop had a chunk of cartilage I had to work around. It was not a standard chop with side bone, so it was hard to work through, and flavour was just ok. I will stick to eating the ones I make :)
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    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Will come back!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    My friend & i dined here for the 1st time over this past weekend and were delighted by the extensive beer list and service! Standout was the belgian frites! Looking forward to coming back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • cosmopolitam
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The food was delicious and it is good option before an event at the ACC.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not overly generous portions
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Great service - the staff were very good; portions were almost laughably small. The food was very tasty but for the price, it was just too skimpy.
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  • Misleading name
    OttawaON
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Great location, awesome decor. Very disappointed they had no beer on tap, only bottled beer and too a very pedestrian selection. I was meeting guests from out of country, i wanted them to sample the some of the beer they advertise on tap. They had my e-mail address, they even confirmed my reservation both by e-mail and phone, at the very least they should have called and let me know. Huge disappointment. Very happy with the service which was the saving grace.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    .enjoyed thoroughly. took my grandson for his 20th birthday and he plans to bring his girlfriend.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always Love the beerbistro!!!
    Wally
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I seem to visit the beerbistro everytime I attend the theatre or a show downtown. Always great food!!! The pulled pork - amazing, the fries - really amazing - the mussels - to die for, the bread dipped in the mussel sauce -mmmmm. Oops, I almost forgot - the BEER! Got to try them all!!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great selection of beer, but...
    Proreach
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    If you like beer, this is the original gastro type restaurant. The food is good but the selection is limited.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food at reasonable prices
    PedroVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    People usually go here because of their phenomenal beer list, but the food is also quite impressive too. The menu is a bit limited perhaps, but the food quality is very good, and much better than your usual pub fare. Great casual dining place in a very central location!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • summergal
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    disappointed that the beer bistro would not serve their specialty poutines before 11pm. By that time we are too full to eat anymore
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate