Byblos - Toronto
Byblos - Toronto

Byblos - Toronto

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.byblostoronto.com/
  • Phone: 647-660-0909x
  • Hours of Operation:

    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - Close; Sunday: Closed
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Stuart Cameron
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: King and University
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Storys building offers valet parking for a $20 fee
A word from Byblos - Toronto
Byblos represents a marriage of Eastern Mediterranean cuisine with strong influences from both traditional and local ingredients, using time-honored classic cooking techniques and modern methods. Executive Chef Stuart Cameron (Weslodge and Patria), has created dishes that showcase the regionally-specific spices and flavours of the Eastern Mediterranean seaboard to craft a menu that will be a true coastal and cultural mosaic, served family style in a convivial atmosphere.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Byblos - Toronto reviews from OpenTable diners
75 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (58)hot spot (38)special occasion (32)romantic (28)neighborhood gem (25)good for groups (25)notable wine list (12)vibrant bar scene (9)late-night find (3)great for outdoor dining (1)great for lunch (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    From the time we walked through the door our experience was amazing. The staff were friendly and knowledgable. Because the food is meant for sharing, The waiter helped to explain some do the more unfamiliar dishes and what the perfect amount of food would be. Everything was delicious, especially the crispy squid, crispy squid, and chocolate and yogurt mousse. Yum! Also tried their speciality drink - the Gulab - garnished with pomegranate and an edible flower. There was a lot of attention laid to detail and this was definitely worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, awful service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    The food here is very good but the service is terrible. First of all, the kitchen was out of many things (including couscous...really?). Glasses were constantly empty, wait staff were often standing around doing nothing or completely MIA, food took forever to come out and was scattered. They also forgot to bring something we ordered. I ended up complaining to the manager and ridiculous excuses were thrown around but they did adjust our bill somewhat. There was definitely enough staff there so it was purely a performance issue. Not a pleasant experience.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Byblos
    persianbeauty
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Everything was good minus the incredibly RUDE hostess with blue hair. She was so unbelievably rude to me that I refuse to ever eat at this restaurant again regardless of the good food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I will be back....
    conniegags
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Amazing food, amazing service. Cannot stop raving to all my friends! I will be back to try the full menu because everything we ordered was delicious. Lots of locally grown ingredients, in-house made dishes (including the very buttery and delicious cous cous). Authentic spices and garnishes in true middle eastern flare... And the cocktails, magnificent. Totally recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice addition to the area
    Distillery
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Excellent choice when spending time in the entertainment area or after work. Innovative menu is well rounded and it's best to share to experience the variety of flavours offered.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprise!
    eatingzenVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    We booked a reservation during TIFF, a chaotic time juggling screenings with eating. We did a late dinner 8:30pm and had no expectations. The menu appeared ovewhelming so we had the waiter choose for our party of four. Food was amazing! Cauliflower, Cornish hen and eggplant were killer. We liked it enough to return two days later and had the steak and an array of different dishes. The different rice dishes were flavorful and imaginative. The deserts were unique and worthwhile. This Middle Eastern fusion approach is skillfully executed by an Aussie chef to boot! One tip: place orders for starters and mains right up front. It takes time to prepare the mains and you could be left waiting quite a while i f you order them sequentially.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing taste of the Mediterranean
    SotnosRCVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    I had an early dinner here with a friend after a TIFF film and was so pleased with my dining experience. We ordered the steak tartar, the eggplant kibbeh, brussel sprouts, cauliflower and hand rolled couscous. Everything was delicious especially the cauliflower of which we ordered a second helping. The service was also excellent and attentive. Since the food was so good we decided to also order dessert which just blew me away. I had the saffron semifreddo which had layers of flavor and generous saffron. I would highly recommend this restaurant and I am planning to return again this week! If you are new or old to Toronto please try this restaurant and book in advance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Your Usual Offerings
    JPaulVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Byblos features Mediterranean cuisine in a small but stylish setting on Duncan near King Street West. I enjoyed beef tartare as a small plate selection, and yogurt-baked fluke for a main course with crispy couscous as a side. Service was impeccable and the food was well prepared. My only complaint: I got "bumped." My original reservation was moved from 8:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. to accommodate a party (purportedly a TIFF-related event for Jessica Chastain). The restaurant claimed that it had "overbooked." So don't make a reservation when you have another event scheduled on the same night. Better still: avoid booking during TIFF.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • kkmiller75
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    We had a great meal and the service was fanatastic! i highly recommend this restaurant!!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Incredible meal in Toronto
    mrc4
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    My husband and I went here for an anniversary dinner as we were passing through Toronto and it was the BEST dinner we have had in recent history, and we go out to eat a lot! It is on the expensive side but absolutely worth it. We got a bottle of wine and tried 3 small plates, the hand rolled couscous and the Fluke, which were all spot the perfect balance of flavors and textures. It was a very creative and exciting menu, don't be afraid to ask the servers advice! Definitely try this place if you are a little adventurous and looking for a special occasion dinner spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Everything was so delicious!
    lovetodine
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Cocktails were creative & tasty, wine list was comprehensive. Service was professional & friendly & always on point. The real star of the evening was the food. The menu is meant for sharing & we were guided though the choices by our server. We started off with crispy squid which was done very well & had a great seasoning. Then we had 2 dry aged rib eyes with a zaatar butter for the table & a branzino fish wrapped in leaves (grape leaves maybe?) and a basmatti rice dish. This rice was so good I am still thinking about it! Every dish had perfect distinct flavour of it's own. After our main dishes they brought out 2 orders of the Kanafeh with candles for us (on the house) which was so good & such a nice touch! Thank you Byblos!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Inspired Menu
    Izzysmama
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Unusual flavor combinations make this middle-eastern fusion restaurant a winner! The duck kibbeh was incredible!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sampireVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    http://sampirebites.wordpress.com/2014/08/28/the-best-starts-with-byblos/
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent
    LittleBlueVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The entire experience was really good, our waiter was very knowledgeable, friendly and intelligent, food was exceptional. I only hope that they can keep this up. Tables are really close, so not much privacy for a conversation, better focus on food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent food got to try it all
    michelle
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    went here with 5 friends, we ordered approx 10 dishes. Everything was great, lots of flavour. would go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrible service
    Sandie
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The food was delicious and very creative with flavours and presentation. The service was terrible. We waited for over 21/2 hrs for our main meal. We were neglected until we started to look for a manager which was nowhere to be seen. In the end our drinks & deserts were taken off the bill but this dies not make up for our neglect!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Mediterranean Lebanese
    Oliver
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    If you are a foodie and would like to try Excellent Mediterranean Lebanese cuisine with a TWIST, this will be your restaurant in Toronto. We went twice in one week! Every dish is great. Don't miss on the lamb ribs!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wow!
    TanyaVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    The flavors of the dishes are amazing. High recommend and would go back. Beef tartar...so good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A load of fun and excellent food!
    MJFrostVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    OUTStandingly Delicious!! Great food an awesome service. Must go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    This little gem lived up to the reviews posted by other like minded food lovers. The food was fresh, had fabulous taste combinations that complimented everything on the plates perfectly. Excellent and knowledgable service. Modern and funky place but still full of character and individuality.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • amazing food
    luv2dine
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Everything we had as part of our meal was so delicious. I rarely bother to write reviews but the food here is really outstanding. Great atmosphere and service. Highly recommended.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    Bronnie
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    We ordered a bunch of different sharing plates and each one was unique and absolutely delicious. The service was attentive and every dish was explained in detail. I highly recommend Byblos!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Do it
    Illinoisviking
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    If you are thinking about coming to Byblos, DO IT!! You will not be disappointed. We went based on many other reviews and we were not led astray. We like to try new restaurants and different food. We had never been to Byblos as we don't live in Toronto. The waiter was very helpful in helping us choose our selections. He did not steer us wrong. We loved everything. He kept our water glasses full and food was brought out at the right time. He even suggested drinks. I wanted to try them all! We left full and happy. If I were to give a knock against anything it would be that they charged for the refill of soda my daughter ordered. Oh well, it wouldn't stop me from going back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Suso
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Great experience, ideal to try a range of mediteranean and middle eastern dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing!
    KlamVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    We had heard great things about this restaurant. We were heading to a concert and had to be out in just over an hour. Our server was extremely accommodating and helpful. He had wonderful recommendations that were time sensitive. Everything was delicious, especially the Gulab drink (with rose, lemon and cardamom) as well as the lamb ribs and fig salad. We will be back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • tasty food and beautiful setting
    MireilleVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    This is one of the best experience we have had in a restaurant for a long time. Every dish tastier than the other.... the use of spices done to perfection. An elegant and special experience in middle east food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • torontiffVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    If you're over 40, you might want to make sure you get out before 10pm when the DJ starts up and makes the space deafening. Long wait times for really unique food. NOT for before theatre. Great for a date that you really want to talk with.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Dinner
    rondamicVIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Have been to Byblos 4 times already, and it's always a treat. The service is superb as is the food.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gail
    Gail
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    This was my third time at Byblos because the food is great! Fresh, delicious, not what one may expect because we are not exposed to much high end Middle Eastern food in Toronto. Crispy eggplant was amazing, as was everything we had. Great service and very interesting wine list.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great addition to t.o food scene
    nosherini
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    The cooking is a,great mix of classic snd inventive, the food very good and well presented, the service superb. Looming forward to my next visit, want to try everything on the menu.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Well Done
    sirdinealotVIP
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    The octopus was wonderful and the hand-rolled couscous was texturally delicious. Cocktails were a hit and our server was attentive. Eric, the manager was very friendly, accommodating and professional. Kudos.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • For a fun evening out.....
    foodieVIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    This is a great place to go with a group so you can order lot's of great dishes. The concept is Tapas style, Middle Eastern, Turkish and Israeli food. We enjoyed our dinner, the food was also a good value. The Shakshouka was a standout, the crispy eggplant and the Kibbeh ( similar to falafel only better) were also memorable. The cauliflower side was amazing! Mr. Harji was present and this is why the restaurant although quite new runs so smoothly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Interesting, tasty and chic
    eat4freedom
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    Have the dumplings! The menu is a little complicated, with many unfamiliar (for some) ingredients, but the passionate and attentive staff make it easy by recommending their favourites and all our plates were really delicious. Our waiter was quiet, but always present when we needed anything. The wine he suggested, Nigl - Austrian, was great. Late sun flooded in the low windows as we arrived (late May, 18:30p.m.).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 42 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 3 reviews are from the Byblos - Toronto reviews archive.
  • warren
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    I read good things about this place. But it surpassed expectations. Food was interesting and delicious. It was food derived from the Middle East but unlike any I have had before. So delicious and the varied flavors me for a sensational meal.the service was as suburb as the meal
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So Smooth
    TheatreGoer
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Refined, precise, and contemporary approach to near eastern cuisine - think Turkey, think Lebanon and Israel etc. Tantalizing taste combinations appear throughout a well designed menu. Figs meet kohlrabi and pistachio in a delightfully fresh salad. Small plates and larger allow opportunities to sample a variety. You should try many! Service was attentive courteous and clearly informed. Numerous friendly servers. Loved this place!
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  • Announced as restaurant, is a bar
    ConfusedVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    I used Open Table to find a restaurant with 'french' food in Toronto. The closer place to my hotel was 'cocktail parlor', that is advertised as restaurant. They only serve few (like 10 different to choose from) appetizers at a premium price, flavor and presentation are excellent, but at a premium cost, like a bar, not a restaurant at all. Went there for dinner, were very disappointed. should not be advertised as restaurant.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate