Biff's Bistro
Biff's Bistro

Biff's Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.oliverbonacini.com/Biffs-Bistro.aspx
  • Phone: 4168600086x
  • 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 8775787386

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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
Biff's Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
266 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (136)special occasion (129)fit for foodies (114)romantic (87)great for lunch (83)good for groups (77)neighborhood gem (70)notable wine list (56)great for brunch (25)hot spot (23)late-night find (21)scenic view (12)kid-friendly (7)vibrant bar scene (4)Show More
  • very good food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Love the atmosphere in the restaurant. Good for group dinner and lunch. The food is absolutely delicious. The service is superior. Love how caring they are to each customers. Will definitely go back to there especially birthday celebration. Highly recommended place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • gr8tastebuds
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    We love Biffs ! Consistently exceptional ! . I have owned a restaurant for several years in the city , and have been considered a bit of a critic. We continue to dine at Biffs ,because we have never been disappointed ! ....the service is outstanding....the chef /kitchen consistently go above and beyond our expectations ...and add a little personal touch to each and every meal .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Super Meal!
    spammela22
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Biff's was a great place to have our anniversary dinner. The ambience was great, the service was fantastic and attentive and the food was outstanding! I highly recommend the crispy pig's ears!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    A vibrant place to have a lovely supper. Food was exquisite. Our hostess explained why there was a slight delay and kept us informed throughout,so it was handled well. Would definitely recommend. Many thanks for a lovely evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great light food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Food is great - nice light meals available. Watch for the bench seating inside though, very low down! Ask for chairs.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect experience
    Eeyort
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I thought finding a delicious, upscale restaurant for a group of 10 people out to celebrate a big event would be impossible, but Biff's Bistro was perfect. Not only was the food delicious while being slightly adventurous, but the ambiance (including noise level) and wait staff were wonderful. Everyone was very excited that they had put me in charge of organising a reservation!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • yletah
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    had a wonderful dinner before going to the theatre
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Best chef in TO
    Onica
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I have been going to Le Biff for years now and it's never disappointing. It is an amazing restaurant with an excellent service and fabulous food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Always a great experience dinning at Biffs, friendly staff who tends to your every need
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and fantastic service
    tastetheworld
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Three things I use to rate a restaurant: food, service and affordability. Biff's has a great selection of beer from local microbreweries, as well as wine. Mushroom soup is simply amazing. Last time I was there, I tried the octopus salad and the taste was just fantastic, and dishes are colourfully and tastefully arranged. Service is outstanding, with smile and friendliness. Price is higher than average, but for food and service you get, it is worth it. I have been to the restaurant 4 or 5 times already over the last 4 months with my friends and colleagues.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service
    winephantom
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Our waiter was truly excellent and was able to answer any and all our questions. He was very knowledgeable on the wine list and even the type of grapes. He also told us he was the bar manager. He is truly an asset to your organization. Don't lose him!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Celebrating 29th Anniversary
    Disappointed
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We have been to Biff's before and usually have a combination, of good food, good service, at reasonable to high price tag. As it was warm evening, we opted to sit outside on the patio. Service was a little slow but the only real hiccup was the server forgot the side order of frites for my husband's meal and then we had an extra wait of about 15 minutes for them to be brought from the kitchen. Despite the longish wait for each of courses, when we asked for the bill it was presented within about 3 seconds. We will go back but maybe on a week night rather than a Saturday holiday weekend.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good meal, great service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We came here for dinner with another couple and enjoyed dining outdoors on a beautiful evening. We started with some of the BC oysters, which were excellent. Also, the seared foie gras was very good, my wife had the braised beef cheek and bone marrow, also excellent. We also had the steak tartare and frites and the frogs legs, both dishes were good. For dessert we tried the chocolate cake and the creme brûlée, also both pretty good. Our server was wonderful and helped make it a very enjoyable meal. Look forward to dining here again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful evening
    MillsVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    My wife and I went with a friend. Service was excellent and impeccable. We had oysters and light meals and all were excellent from the soup to the pasta. A perfect patio to spend an evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    It was our first visit to Biff's. The $1 oysters were great! We shared the seafood platter for 2 and it was delicious! We sat on the patio and it was romantic (except for me getting bitten by a mosquito).....definitely a nice restaurant ... we will be back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful spot for lunch
    bmarieVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    I love the menu at Biff's. The service is also very good. It is a great lunch spot and I will most certainly be back again on future trips to Toronto!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    over all our food was really delicious,though I had the Steak Frites and found the steak very tough. I ordered it med-rare which usually is great. We have been to Biffs before and everything was amazing so this was unusual. Kathy Gallagher
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Musiclove2013
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We made reservations over a week ahead of the date. Had to wait a really long time for our food to come and it arrived cold. They said it was becz there was a show going on across the street that night and were very busy. That is no excuse in my opinion. We will never go back and I will tell everyone not to go there either.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday Food worth Every Cent
    Moogle
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    It was my husband's birthday and we wanted to treat him to "home" food. He is French and it is hard to find authentic French food in TO. Biff's get 2 thumbs up from me. The menu is small and the food is prepared with great care. The wine list is to die for and to top it off the service is homely, the servers were well averse in the ingredients, cooking method and did not shy away from listening and then recommending. Thank you all for a wonderful time and making our evening something we will remember for a long time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner at Biffs
    Larry
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We had another lovely dinner at Biffs. We were lucky enough to order oysters - they were served in the half shell with horseradish and hot sauce. A couple had grit in them but they were fresh and tasty. I had the trout which was good - a bit too much olive oil on the side for my taste but still tasty overall. Hubby had the chicken and loved it. Waitress was new to the restaurant but did very well with good service and knowledge about the menu. It was quiet inside but outside patio was full - we had a nice quiet table for two with attentive staff and had an enjoyable meal.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Some comments
    watababe
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    The waitress took a bit long time to get first drink which they could make it faster. However, they gave some nice decoration onto the dessert plate!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Food was cold...they attempted to rectify. Was there last year and it was superb...was disappointed this year.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Strong
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    As always the service was great, the food very good. Basically love the place.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a favorite
    sanddc
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We have been to Biffs several times for lunch and dinner, and have always had exemplary service, exciting food selections, and delicious food. On August 15th, we took my husbands parents to dinner, and once again, the dinner was a roaring success. Our server, Natalie, was very attentive to our table, and made sure that Mom and Dad, who are in their nineties, were given the best of service and made the evening run smoothly. Dad and I enjoyed the $1 oysters - what a bargain. Beef cheek and bone marrow, lamb shank, beef bourguignon, calves liver, salmon tartar and warm octopus salad were all winners. Thanks Biffs!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious French faire
    Citylikes5
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Made a last minute reservation with Opentable, excellent French food. The music was a little loud by they turned it down after a couple of requests. Very good service. Location was unattractive but overall we enjoyed it.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Portion size was disappointing. The duck confit fettuccini was all pasta and very little duck.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Biff's Bistro Just Keeps Giving!
    PeterVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Biff's has been around for a while...started out very well and just keeps getting better! The menu is imaginative and the dishes are good and reliable. Prices are reasonable given the quality of the cuisine. Service is friendly and attentive. The outdoor area is excellent at this time of the year, and street noise is almost absent because of vehicle blocks further along. My only suggestion...find a way to get the fresh oysters to the table a little faster!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner with family
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    From the minute we entered the restaurant the service was excellent. Can't say enough, the food was delicious starting with the oysters and everyone absolutely loved their entres.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ambrot
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Love, love, love the duck breast. Hubby loved his beef and the girls steak was cooked perfectly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2nd visit
    Fstraz
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We went to Biff's 2 years ago & loved the food. Even better this time. Menu very inventive & varied. Service was terrific. The beef cheek & marrow app was outstanding. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Special
    GossipGirlTO
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Of all the O&B restaurants, I will always choose Biff's if I want to show off to a guest. The food is consistently amazing, but it's the thoughtful and attentive staff that go out of their way to makes the experience unforgettable. Thank you again for another fantastic evening. XOXO, Gossip Girl
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic meal!
    DrSHa
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    An evening with the girls started perfectly with a lovely meal at Biff's. The food was fantastic! The service was impeccable. Great place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great patio lunch
    CarolS
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Met colleagues for lunch on a beautiful Friday late July. Didn't expect to get a seat on patio but we lucked out. Very comfy. Food was great. Service was a bit on the slow side, especially getting drinks before ordering our food. Overall really good and will go back at some point.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Accommodating
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    I have a strict salt-- restricted diet. The waiter & chef were very accommodating & helpful with advice as to what would be appropriate & what could be altered to suit my need. I have also found this at the O & B restaurant that we frequent at Bayview Village
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Biffs worth going out for
    boshae
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    You notice the efficiency of the staff immediately and their understanding of the menu is great. Inside can be a little noisy when the tables are full but you soon forget that when you are served your appetizer. Beautifully presented and made to perfection, the food makes the place. Not a fan of the booth seating as you sink to far in and need a cushion. Made me feel like I was getting a booster seat. Overall a wonderful experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as pleased
    bert
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nothing Special
    JKYT
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dinner
    Raccoon
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We love this restaurant and will come back again. Food and service are great.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food. Smiles all over the .
    Shweta
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    very good service. Couldn't be better. Smiles all over the place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum!
    bestfoodever
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.