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Biff's Bistro
Biff's Bistro

Biff's Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.oliverbonacini.com/Biffs-Bistro.aspx
  • Phone: (416) 860-0086
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:45pm - 2:30pm
    Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm;
    Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Chef de Cuisine, Amanda Ray
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Biff's Bistro offers two exclusive private dining rooms. The intimate and charming Grey Room for smaller gatherings and the more dramatic Red Room, which features 18’ ceilings and spacious seating. Biff's Bistro is also available for full restaurant buyouts on Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Private Party Contact: Oliver & Bonacini Events and Private Dining (877) 578-7386

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Yonge St.
  • Public Transit: Biff's Bistro is located one and a half blocks east of Union Station and two blocks south of King Station using the subway.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Underground parking for Biff's Bistro is available in the 33 Yonge building, accessible from Scott Street between Wellington and Front Streets, and is $2 for dinner guests after 5:30pm.
A word from Biff's Bistro
Reminiscent of a 1930's Parisian Bistro, Biff's Bistro is a smart, upscale masterpiece by Toronto über-restaurateurs Peter Oliver and Michael Bonacini. The stylish lounge, featuring a stunning zinc-topped bar, represents pure vintage design, while handsome leather banquettes, warm wood paneling and grand mirrors create a rich, lively dining space. In this setting, Chef Amanda Ray presents an extensive menu of inspiring French bistro cuisine, with an impressive corresponding wine list. Located in the heart of downtown, just steps away from many downtown theatres, hotels and the Air Canada Centre.

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Diner Reviews
  • "We chose our one Summerlicious restaurant to be biffs this year . What a disappointment that they that were out of oysters by 7pm. We usually like to have oysters and that is why we chose this place however it was a bit if a let down this time as a result. The usual mustard and cornichons we're not offered as well for the table"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Went here with my girlfriends, the restaurant was okay but here’s why points got deducted: -They stuffed us into a tiny stuffy red room in the back with only 1 waitress tending to all the tables. There were crying babies and kids running around. The front looked like it had better ambience. -Our waitress only ‘checked up’ on us when she was picking up our empty plates. It also took 15-30 minutes to get our bill. This may be because she had to tend to all the tables in the room. -Food was subpar with poor presentation. My ham looked like the cold cut from the grocer's piled on a plate. My entree was cold. I expected more from an O&B restaurant. I wouldn’t recommend it but wouldn’t be opposed to coming back if someone else really wanted to."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We love this restaurant and will come back again. Food and service are great."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "very good service. Couldn't be better. Smiles all over the place."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Overall an extremely well prepared meal! The appetizers were quite delicious, although my friend did not enjoy the chilled cucumber soup too much. All four of us ordered the Veal steak for our entrées. Les pommes écrasées were arguably the best potatoes I have ever eaten. They were perfectly seasoned and cooked. The green beans and mushrooms added nice texture to the meal. My only complaint is that the veal was a bit tough but despite that, it was well seasoned and quite delicious. The desserts looked very delicious and tasted even better. I had the Bordel de Fraises (I think that was the name) and I enjoyed every last bite. The portioning of the meal was also quite perfect. All in all, an excellent meal :D"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We went for Summerlicious lunch. The Veal Steak Diane Paillard was tasty. Grilled Chicken au Pistou was pretty nice too. Appetizers and desserts were average."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Considering the location of the restaurant (in the downtown core), the food was good, but the wait was slow. Even with a set course menu with minimal choices, it took an hour to be served the two main courses, and we waited about 15 minutes before walking out before dessert was even served. May be different if you are just dining for one meal."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "I went to Biff's Bistro with friends to try out their Summerlicious Menu. We all ordered different items and thoroughly enjoyed our dishes. My veal steak was especially delicious as was the strawberry meringue dessert! The service was impeccable as well."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Although it was a well organized place with the fancy look, the service was too slow that I had to ask a random waitress (didnt even have own server) if we could start with some drink. I had a medium rare steak but it was chewy despite that it was juicy with a little blood coming out of the meat. I guess that they used some cheap meat for summerlicious special. I also had the chill cucumber soup which smells like a barn. But the wines are good. Especially 900 Grapes Savignon Blanc was just perfect to cover the barn like smell cucumber soup. Desserts were not so good or not so bad either. They were okay."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "great food, beautiful presentation, excellent service, wine pricy. loved the outdoor seating"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "We were four for Summerlicious and had a nice table on the patio. We all found the options varied enough to please everyone. Each course was attractive and delicious. This will not be our last visit. It really does not feel like a chain because each restaurant has a feeling of it's own."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Great food. Tasted the summerlicious menu. Had the salmon tartare, veal, and baravois. Veal was a little overdone."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "The entire meal was meticulously presented, with each course a culinary delight to the eye & palate. The staff is extremely polite, friendly & obviously enjoy delivering each part of the meal to their guests. I would highly recommend your restaurant to everyone."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "My entree was steak Diane which I liked. My friend had fish, but she found the vermicelli too cold just like from a fridge. The food came in good portions. Service was great. Very nice patio with flowers and vibrant street scene. We were sitting inside and there was a fly hovering around our table for a while and even touched down on my friend's arm. Overall it was an enjoyable lunch."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "This was our first time at Biff's. We are both great fans of French food. The choices on the summerlicious menu were excellent, the lunchtime portions were small, but we are sure the evening portions are larger. It is understandable as a lot of the patrons were on their lunch and needed to get back to the office. We cannot comment on the evening meals, but the patio was full at lunchtime. All in all, a pleasant place to go for a leisurely lunch."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Oliver Bonacini's restaurants for Summerlicious is becoming disappointing! I'm doing another lunch today at Luma, hopefully better experience."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "My bf and I visited Biff's for the first time and had a wonderful summerlicious dinner. We had the chilled cucumber soup and salad Vietnamienne, which were both ok. His Beef Stead Diane was cooked perfectly and my Chicken au Pistou was very moist and full of flavour. No complaints about the entrees at all! For dessert we had the Un Bordel de Fraises and Chocolate Bavarois. They were both delicious and had the combinations of tart and sweet. Service was awesome, our servers were very attentive and accommodating--we had a friend join us late and they did not have an issue with pulling another table over to seat him. We dined on a Monday night and so the restaurant was fairly quiet. The $1 oysters after 5 were a plus!"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Nice choice of dishes on the Summerlicious menu; good price. Every dish was excellent, and the four of us tried nearly each of the menu items. The 20° evening temperature made dinner on the terrace a great place; as did the construction on Front which eliminated most of the usual traffic."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Very friendly staff and helpful. Wine paring suggestions were well done and appreciated. $1 Oysters were small but very tasty and worth it. Great Martini. Will be back for sure."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "We were 2 for lunch, on the patio. All was great, except it took an hour for our mains to reach the table (large group inside affected the kitchen, we were told) and my liver was just warm, not hot. The manager insisted on taking my main back, for a re-heat (which worked well) and we were comped some items. O&B restaurants all seem to strive for a happy customer experience and are always ready to fix something if they can and to comp something as a nod to the client for whatever went amiss. We will be back, for sure."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Was greeted right away. Offer a choice of seats, chose the patio. It was a beautiful day. Had the Summerlicious menu plus some oysters. Food was great. Good selection of wines. Servers were around but didn't hover. We will definitely return."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Dined there Sunday, July 13 before the Queen Concert. Great Summerlicious menu with an enticing bottle of Chablis to compliment. We enjoyed the fresh oysters to start with. The flank steak was tender and flavourful and the rhubarb strawberry meringue for dessert was refreshing - tart and sweet at the same time. My friend and I scraped out our bowls."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "We chose this for summerlicious amd its proximity to the Air Canada Centre. The food was well prepared and good on the palate. The service was informative and attentive."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "A wonderful dining experience. We are from out of town and were heading to a concert at the ACC. Enjoyed a lovely Summerlicious menu. Outstanding service with a warm and friendly server who took very good care of us during our time at the restaurant. I would recommend Biffs to anyone heading to TO for the evening."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "I loved the strawberry and rhubarb dessert with the French meringue. It was absolutely delicious! I thought the salmon appetizer was amazing as well. Kind of wished that the main course was bigger in portion though."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "The food is delicious and you will not be disappointed! !!! I will definitely go back. Service was excellent."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Food and service were excellent. Service was attentive without being overbearing. Will come again soon."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We really had an enjoyable evening. The food was wonderful - the oyster and chorizo salad, the foie gras and the cucumber soup were all delicious, as were the perfectly prepared steak, tuna and trout. The presentation of the dishes was lovely. The service was attentive and professional. We celebrated our daughter's birthday and the staff made her feel special."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • " I was there for summerlicious event. me and my guest were very pleased with the salmon tartare, steak, and oysters and deserts."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Food are decent portion. It does not skimp on quality for the price you pay. Overall good value for money... if you stay away from booze. Service is attentive but not intrusive. So although no individual category scored higher than 3 stars, I give this Summerlicious an overall 4 stars."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "The meal was prepared quickly to handle the theatre crowd, the service was friendly and were very comfortable with the pressures of a theatre crowd as well. Great place to stop in for a great meal."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Very attentive service with a great menu for Summerlicious. Been there before and no disappointments this time. Asked about timing of our evening as we were heading to a show"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "I cannot say enough about the service we received- unfortunately the Flat Iron Steak was not done enough for me on the inside even after they took it back- but all of the other food items we had was excellent - the Manager took great care in making sure we left with a good feeling-- I can only suggest that there be some way that the inside of the steak be cooked more- as some people do not like to see the red meat while eating it."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "We had a wonderful dinner at Biff's on July 9th. We were able to eat on the patio. We enjoyed the Cucumber soup as well as the White Ham as an appetizer. Main course of Flat Iron Steak and delicate flavoured veggies was superb. My main was the stuffed zucchini with couscous, and goat cheese, just the right size and delicious. For dessert we enjoyed the Strawberry Rhubarb compote, and the Chocolate Baravois, along with an extra of the Cheese with the Crisp fruit bread. I would opt for the Cheese or Strawberry. Overall a delicious evening and beautiful surrounding."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "I celebrated my daughter's birthday and we were absolutely treated like royalty! The server Amanda was an absolute gem and made our experience at Biff's most enjoyable! The food was delicious, the wine perfect, and the entire evening was fantastic! Biff's is truly fine dining at it's best!"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Great offering - 9 ladies from the office went for dinner and had a fabulous time."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "I like this restaurant, I've been there many times, and always take advantage of summerlucious menu. But this time I was not so much impressed with the food. It was good, but not great."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Biff's has small rooms at the back of the restaurant away from the noise and bustle of the main room. These are ideal for a business lunch or any meal during which a quiet conversation is appealing. The Summerlicious menu available now is an excellent value."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "The wait staff and management went out of their way to make sure my friend who has several food allergies was well taken care of and made sure her experience was memorable"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Poor service, not very attentive. We had basically to ask for everything. Bread arrived when not needed anymore. Cleaning other tables seemed to be more important than taking care of the guests. Food was good but not outstanding."
    Dined on 7/8/2014