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ICI Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.jpco.ca
  • Email: ici@jpco.ca
  • Phone: (416) 536-0079
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Wednesday - Saturday: 5:30 pm -10:30 pm
  • Payment Options: MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary French
  • Executive Chef: Chef Jean-Pierre Challet
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wine
  • Catering: Partout is Jean-Pierre + Company's full-service, boutique catering business. From 2 people to 2000, for corporate or private events. We create custom menus of delicious food and provide professional, elegant service. Our first step is to understand what will truly please you.
  • Private Party Facilities: ici is available currently for buy-outs Sunday-Tuesday night for dinner and most days of the week for luncheons. Our bistro accommodates 20 people for a seated dinner and 35 for stand up receptions. For these private events, ici is happy to offer custom menus and provide professional, friendly service to suit your needs.
  • Private Party Contact: Joanne Chimenti (416) 536-0079

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Harbord Street
  • Public Transit: Bathurst Station is the closest subway station. Take the 511 streetcar south to Harbord and stroll 2 blocks west along Harbord Street to ici located at the corner of Harbord and Manning.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Ample street parking available on Harbord Street after 5pm as well as on side streets nearby.
A word from ICI
Ici's open kitchen and eclectic decor create an inviting neighbourhood bistro experience. Our menu offers a unique reinterpretation of French cuisine we like to call, Cuisine Nouveau Classique. We are proud to bring to you a wine list offering over 30 wines by the glass as well as an extensive bottle list from producers who are considered among the best in Canada and France. Food, wine & happy people are the things we are most passionate about! ici is a welcoming 24 seat bistro with half of its seating arranged as comfortable, bar-style seating for 2. Due to our intimate size, our maximum party size is 4.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Truly one of the best dining experiences I have ever had in Toronto, or anywhere. It is a shame they will soon be relocating to Yorkville - hopefully it will stay true to its food and ambience (and value)."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "It was my second time visiting this wonderful restaurant. Excellent food and wine and sat by the window on very comfortable stools. Particularly like timing of the dishes and waitress coming by to check our enjoyment of meal, no rush and do hope when Chef moves to Windsor Arms, experience remains the same. Over all a lovely dinner."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "We could never plan far enough ahead to get a reservation until now. Four of us shared a lobster bisque that was classic, but modernized by the large, lemon-grass [?] scented shrimp and topped with a milk/cream foam that really kept it light. The steak tartare was perfectly seasoned - the best we've ever eaten! The spicy merguez were beautiful as was every part of the lamb plate. The beef and mashed were good - only the bone marrow croquettes were underwhelming. The dessert soufflés were delicious and expertly handled. Service was knowledgeable and friendly and the room simple and casual, but not sloppy. For twos who might be put off by the idea of being seated bar-style - don't be! Those seats were very nicely arranged and quite private."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Amazing food all the way around. The escargots was simply terrific."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Two of us dined at Ici Bistro earlier this week. We shared the charcuterie platter which was great for two with wonderful variety. One of us had the lobster bisque which was pronounced "wonderful" - full of flavour but not too rich. The other had the duck which was tender and very tasty. We both opted for dessert soufflés - one Grand Marnier and one chocolate. Both were excellent - airy, not too sweet and flavourful. We did not feel overly stuffed despite the dessert indulgence. We hope the quality will remain the same after Ici migrates to Bloor St. W. The service was excellent - friendly and helpful."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "I don't know why it took me so long to go to ICI Bistro. It was amazing. Our waitress was extremely helpful in guiding us through the menu and helping us decide what to eat. The scallops were to die for. Can't wait for the new venue."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Went for a birthday dinner. Menu was full of interesting combinations. Really appreciated that all of the menu items were available in appetizer or entree sizes. One of our party ordered the cheese plate for dessert (chef's choice) and was thrilled with the selection. Not all of the choices were favorites. Would recommend the braised beef and the ginger salmon as outstanding. The scallops and lobster entree was a bit too spicy (hot) for our taste, but all in all an enjoyable evening."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Wonderful meal for 2 on a busy Friday night. The food was spot on and the service was attentive. Highlights of meal included: steak tartare trio, squab, and the cocktails. Appreciate the option of smaller portions so you can try more items on the menu."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Ici bistro was absolutely great!, the food was spot on. Very good wine list and the souffle was the best I've had in the Toronto, Ici is a must on the foodie bucket list. The only downfall is that there is only about seating for 24 but at the same time that is one of the things I enjoyed about the space, very relaxed atmosphere."
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "The best French Cuisine Go eat there before they move to a much bigger place, shortly and then who knows what might happen."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Every visit at ICI BIstro, the food was simply amazing. Great job to Jean-Pierre, Romain"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Food and service were wonderful!!! It was extra special sitting at the chef's table! Will definitely return! Thank you for a wonderful evening!! Make sure you get the soufflé!"
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "It was a good meal but it didn't feel $200 good which is what we spent including 3 beers for two people. This was our second visit. Maybe the first time is always the best. It lacked the finishing touches on the second visit. The potatoes were oily, the merguez was a bit mushy, the tar tar was bland. Little things like that. The fois gras was very good but not sure that was made in house, the scallops were lovely, the charcuterie was as good as expected. Imagine the prices may go up when ICI moves back to the Windsor Arms Hotel."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "I love this little jewel box sized restaurant. I hope they are able to maintain the ambience and experience at the Windsor Arms."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "See Yelp for my full description. Wanted to come before they move off to the Windsor Arms. Food summary at the bottom since we had so many good options and enjoyed it so much. Yup, this place is that good. Service: Top notch. Very nice & helpful. Ambience: Good use of space. They didn't try to cram in more people, which is nice. Modern. Wine: Good selection. I liked that I was able to have smaller, but more glasses. Food: Top notch. My goodness, JP never disappoints. I loved going to The Fifth when he was there, and went once after he left; and never returned. The menu definitely has its share of richness, and value & pricing were very good, especially with the small/large options. For the size of people we had, we had a ton of food."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "Food well prepared, service attentive and portions were adequate."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Dinner for two with a great view. Food was top notch. We'll certainly be back. Recommend the scallops with pear. Yum"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "This was my fourth visit to ICI, and again, everything was perfect. The best food in the city, in my opinion, and the service is stellar. Chef runs a really tight kitchen, plating complex and perfectly executed dinners. The Lobster Bisque is the best soup I have ever tasted, and it's worth a trip just for that. I look forward to many more wonderful evenings at ICI."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "I went to Ici with my husband and 2 friends we are all foodies always trying to find Toronto's culinary treasures and Ici exceeded all my expectations! The place is very intimate just a few tables with an open kitchen and beautiful ambiance. Romantic and quiet enough to have nice conversation while you enjoy delicious and original french inspired dishes. Everything can be shared so having a party of four is great to try more items in their lovely menu. The service was amazing very friendly and knowledgeable waitress. Every dish was just perfectly executed with a beautiful presentation and delicious layers of well balanced flavors. Definetely will come back soon!"
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "Although expensive, Ici never fails to impress us. Delicious food pairings and great service in this little 25 seater on Harbord."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Amazing food and service. Was very pleased and other reviews did not disappoint! Ici offers our city something very unique in terms of French food as well as right up there with any cuisine in the city. Very quaint and cozy space and nice not to be in a big room."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "We recently dined with my 2-year old granddaughter and loved the special attention she received. Many thanks!"
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Terrific food, however over-priced. Still would make it back, but probably hold off on the 'Old-Fashion's'"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Took my partner out for a birthday dinner. She was very impressed with this find. Fine balance between quite privacy and pleasant surrounding social atmosphere. Food was ridiculous, in a good way, at times too exotic for my taste buds, but definitely a welcomed experimentation. Do Note, Due to small seating capacity, on this particularly cold January night, we got the window seat by the door. Being by the window was cold enough, but every time the door would open it felt like we were outside - not so comfortable. Moreover, the window had not curtains, and while i can appreciate the view, this particular corner is nothing spectacular and there is no privacy from people walking by on the sidewalk - felt like people were in my dinning room."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "I had high expectations for this place due to all the good reviews I've read. In general, the food wasn't bad, but was wasn't great either. The salted maple drink the waitress recommended was waaay too sweet. I found the beef tartar app to be a bit bland. It could have used quite a bit more seasoning. I had the scallops and lobster for the entrem and I would have preferred less butter be used in cooking the shellfish. I found the butter overpowering. The souffle was pretty good though, although it would have been better with coffee (machine wasn't working)."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "This place is wonderful. The food is well prepared, staff is professional and the restaurant is relaxed and comfortable. We will be back."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "We were there this past snowy Saturday night. It had a very cozy feel and we were thrilled that they only have tables of 4 as a maximum. It made it a more intimate experience. The staff were knowledgeable about the food and wine and were attentive, but not overpowering!! The food was delicious and inventive. We loved how they did many dishes as trios and the portions were decent. We eat out a lot, and I would say this is one of the best we have been to in a long time!!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "As with every time I find a restaurant that becomes the favourite of my guests, or self, renewed, with each new sitting, I'm already thinking of my next meal here. Ici is a wonderful experience."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Hands down this beats steak tartare served in Paris, or Provence, where I spent December/January 2014. The trio is a terrific introduction to their 3 versions, all three of them outstanding. This is my favourite restaurant in all of Toronto and Greater Toronto. I'm definitely turning myself into a regular. Also love their list of Pastis aperitifs."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Friends and I visited for the first time and after our appetizer, we were plotting our return!"
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "I've been here a few times now and every time I'm amazed on how lovely it is. No crazy music playing in the background (it seems to be a requiste ingredient for great chefs these days), perfectly executed classic dishes, impeccable and friendly service. It doesn't get any better....except it can be hard to get a reservation because it's so small. JP and gang - keep it up, it's great!"
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "We celebrated my wife's birthday and it was spectacular,the food ,ambience, service were superb, can't wait to go there soon."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "I thought the atmosphere and service was really great. I found the dishes had a little too much going on in terms of flavour and ingredients. would prefer slightly simpler cooking. Would definitely go back and recommend."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "My second time dining at ICI and was not disappointed. Food was interesting and delicious, service was great - servers that were knowledgeable and prompt."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "I highly recommend ICI for any event. It can get a little pricey, especially if you want to get a couple of glasses of wine, but the food was worth it!"
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Looooooved this restaurant. Great for 2 people for an intimate dinner. Excellent food and knowledgeable staff."
    Dined on 4/19/2013
  • "Second time here, and food/serivce are always amazing. One of the best restaurants in Toronto."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "We ate here the night of our elopement. It was wonderful from charcuterie to cheese course. Delish drinks, wonderful inventive menu, best meal we had while visiting Toronto. Made our special occasion even more special."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Aside from the very good food and service, it was a massive relief to not be dinning and having to shout across the table for a conversation. Which in Toronto, the majority of eating establishments you have to shout to your companion in attempt to converse. And/or turns into a night club at 8pm. What kind of eating experience is that - lousy. Ici is not a trendy place, and I say this in a good way. It's a small place, but cosy and ensures quality control. It is dining in a traditional way - relaxed, good food, wine and the ability to really 'talk' to your dinner companions. We happened to be there when chocolate mousse was available for dessert - it was amazing! I hadn't had one in many years, it was perfect. Oh and the ganache!"
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "ICI is a restaurant that more should emulate. Fresh ingredients, prepared in a straight forward way, with an emphasis on substance over form. There is sufficient variety and flexibility in the menu to satisfy all tastes. The service is personal and friendly, without being intrusive. They also welcome "bring your own wine" at an appropriate corkage, which is a feature that is very important to me. I've had a look at their wine list, and it is very good as well. I'm always hesitant to recommend a restaurant for selfish reasons (it becomes more difficult to obtain a reservation), but in the case of ICI, I feel like I have to share. Started going here about a year ago, and it has never disappointed."
    Dined on 12/28/2013