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Joy Bistro
Joy Bistro

Joy Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.joybistro.com
  • Phone: (416) 465-8855
  • Hours of Operation: Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 8:00am - 4:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Comfort Food, Contemporary American, Canadian
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Joy caters all-sized functions from office lunches to ten-course receptions. We work with clients to create a custom menu that reflects their individuality and preferences. We do off-site catering anywhere in the GTA as well as on-site catering atJoy, our sumptuous second-floor lounge, which accommodates 65 for dinner or 100+ for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Joy Bistro may be booked out for events of many sizes. We have a bistro that seats 80 with a licensed capacity of 120, a bar with a capacity of 60, 2 ground level patios with capacities of 40 and 114, and a second floor terrace patio that is perfect for small intimate parties of 16 or less. Please fill out the event form below and we will contact you within 24 hours to help you plan your event.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Logan Ave
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Free Parking on Booth st after 10am. Pay parking behind Value Village on Logan Ave.
A word from Joy Bistro
Joy Bistro is the cornerstone of the newly hot Queen Street East strip. With its cozy feel and candlelit warmth, Joy delivers a diverse menu with generous portions, modest prices and big, big flavors. Service is friendly, knowledgeable and unpretentious. Believe it or not, this gem morphs seamlessly from breakfast/brunch to lunch and into dinner. Wine lovers rejoice! Joy boasts a simple, but solid wine list with many bottles, unbelievably, under $30.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerComfort Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
Diner Reviews
  • "Tried the summerlicious menu, the goat could have been slightly warmer . It was almost cold when we got our plates. Service was a bit slow. A little bit disappointed since most people rave about the place"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "In Toronto for a family gathering and went with in-laws for lunch. We selected it for walking distance from accomodations, fact it was on park and nice light lunch menu. Food was amazing and original and all enjoyed but the menu was not the same as on-line and very limited so not quite enough choice for some at the table. Summerlicios menu good as well."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "cute patio off the main street with a view of the park which is nice on a summer day. food tasted alright just nothing too special."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Great bunch location, patio is perfect for a warm summers day. Hostesses were beyond friendly and courteous. Very much enjoyed. We all actually ordered the Omelette...mmm...so many flavours and textures."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The 4 of us really enjoyed our brunch on the Sunday of the long weekend. All the food looks good too."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "A great place for brunch, lunch & dinner! Definitely great food and excellent service!!!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We had a very good brunch for Mother's Day. The menu is imaginative and delicious. The service, although very friendly, was slow and we went through long stretches of not seeing our server (resulting in empty coffee cups). The food, though, was worth the wait."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Great service and a great meal...we really enjoyed our dinner at Joy. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Our waiter did not offer us the 5@5 menu, and we had to ask for it. The waiter was snooty after we placed the initial order of several of the specials and the root vegetable poutine, no smile. He came back to unapologetically inform us that they ran out of oysters after we ordered 10 of them too. Coincidence? I think not. The poutine was not that special, just some carrots and yams added to the regular fried tater mix. The pickerel dinner that we added on afterwards, was okay. The fish portion was quite small, but was decently cooked. The only thing that stood out and I would come back for is the popcorn chicken fingers, as the breading was some really good popcorn. Won't be back unless I have a popcorn chicken craving."
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "Was a great place for dinner. We had our 6month old daughter and they were very accommodating. Food was very tasty and well cooked. Nothing was over cooked and it was all done incredibly well. I recommend to anyone in the area especially with summer coming up. "
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "I had lunch @ joy bistro with a friend, my 7 month old baby and my friend's son. The staff was so lovely and kind and kid friendly. Food was great. It was clearly freshly made, not frozen. I would go back for sure! "
    Dined on 4/21/2014
  • "Both times I've been to Joy have been for brunch with family - I love that they take reservations and can accommodate groups. It makes Sunday brunch easy! The dinning area upstairs is beautiful with lots of natural light and the food is delicious! It's always fresh and beautifully presented. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I had the best brunch ever here this weekend! The Eggs Norwegian was a delicious smoked salmon benny on a potato rosti, and he had a steak benedict with the most tender and delicious meat ever. The indoor ambience was lovely, and they have a large patio which would be great in the summer. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "This place has amazing burguers and great original brunch food. Service is a bit slow (guess making fresh food takes it toll) but overall is really great for good food when you have kids. Not a pretensious place "
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Made a reso for brunch on a saturday @ 11am on opentable, so convenient! Didn't even know their beautiful second floor existed. Service and food were great, 2nd floor was bright, gorgeous and had lots of room. Our party was two couples and we each had a baby/toddler. There was a big unisex bathroom on the main floor with a change table, which means that next time, the hubs can change the diaper while I sip on my delicious Caesar ;) Will def be back for brunch, lunch or dinner!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Overall experience was meh. Better breakfast places in the area."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "Short rib hash was amazing as were the scrambled eggs. Corn bread pancakes had the potential to be the same however they were a little burnt :-( although the blueberry lemon compote made up for the slight burn factor. Overall it was a great brunch portions were on point and the price in relation to how delicious the food was also scored points. definitely will be hitting this place up again in the near future."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "The service was slow and a little rude. The hostess insisted that we didn't have a reservation and sent two members of our party away even though an Open Table reservation was made the day before. The resteraunt was very, very cold. The brunch fruit was over ripe. Nice Benedict and short-rib hash, though. We won't be back."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "A very tasty wine followed by a juicy burger, delicious poutine and good Canadian butter tart! The waitress even thoughtfully put a candle into the tart for my friend's birthday. It was a very nice night."
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "just to let you know there was a hair in one of my friends meal service slow on the uptake of taking away our plates had to remind server that there was special order for a happy birthday piece of cake"
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "Better in the summer as a bit chilly thru the winter."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We went there 10 yrs ago for our first date. Although owners have changed it's only been better"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I had never been to Joy Bistro before. I wanted to take advantage of Winterlicious with a couple of friends. We live in that general area so I suggested Joy after checking out their menu for Winterlicious. We were not disappointed! We all picked different items on the menu and ended up tasting each other's because they were so delicious. The service was warm and courteous. I would definitely dine there again and would bring along friends and family."
    Dined on 2/10/2014
  • "This was our second time having brunch at Joy and we enjoyed it just as much as the first. The menu is varied and very interesting. Starters and mains are excellent. The red quinoa, barley, jasmine rice salad was amazing. The Alaskan Halibut was just as delightful. Desserts like chocolate mousse & lemon tart were very high quality & most flavourful. Servers are very friendly, attentive and professional. We'll certainly return soon!"
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "Very limited wine list, food overcooked, fries clumped. Seemed like restaurant us closing or very least neglected."
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "The room was cold and table wobbly. The food was okay but the service was horrible. We waited forever for our drink orders while we could see the servers chatting and eating toast behind the bar. When they finally brought our coffee we had to ask for cream and stir it in with our forks. When we asked for spoons they said "would you like be to bring you some?"...um yah! The food was decent, but nothing great. The kids meal is good and it's nice to see fresh fruit offered. Good job with this. In the end the food could have been perfect but I still wouldn't go back because of the poor service."
    Dined on 2/2/2014
  • "My friend and I had a great time at Joy Bistro. I'm a vegetarian and was given the option of having tofu/eggplant off the lunch menu. I loved it! We had organic red wine which was also a treat. My friend had the winterlicious meal and really enjoyed it. I will recomment this restaurant to my friends and family."
    Dined on 2/3/2014
  • "This was my first time there and my friends and I really enjoyed it. We will be back again."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Always not the same old thing! Innovative and creative. The wait staff are excellent."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "Everything was great except for the vegan dish which was a little bland. Our server was great and overall we had a good time. I would recommend this place for casual dinning or drinks on the patio in the summer."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "I read some good reviews about Joy Bistro but our brunch was bland and the the staff seemed disinterested in serving us. Food could be taken up a notch ... I had poached eggs, home fries and toast (hard) which lacked flavour. I could have made it myself. For the $14 more of an effort was needed."
    Dined on 1/12/2014
  • "With many to choose from, you should treat yourself to an Eggs Benedict on their Brunch menu"
    Dined on 1/12/2014
  • "We happened upon the Joy Bistro listing in the dining section of "Where Toronto" while looking for a place to have New Year's Day dinner this week. It is in on Queen St E in "Leslieville", an easy Queen St streetcar ride from our downtown hotel. It is a neighbourhood place, with families and couples and singles there that night, all enjoying January 1. Jasmine, the hostess/server was welcoming and efficient in seating us, and full of information about the day's menu. Our mains of baked halibut and shoulder of lamb were well-prepared, tasty, and in ample quantity. Jeff, the owner and one of the chefs, visited each table during our time there, wishing all well for the New Year, and seeking opinions about the food. We'll be back."
    Dined on 1/1/2014
  • "We've eaten at Joy many times, most recently on New Years Day, and it has never failed to delight. The menu changes from time to time, and while sometimes favourites disappear, new and interesting dishes take their place. The carrot cake with lemon-cream cheese ice cream and caramel dribble is one of the best things ever. Our server at the last visit, Jasmine, was authentically upbeat and enthusiastic about the food, and, I expect, life in general. You can't go wrong here!"
    Dined on 1/1/2014
  • "Joy Bistro is a real gem. The food and service was excellant. The choice of good but differently prepared foods was outstanding. This was our first visit but will not be the last. Looking forward to sitting on the patio on a summer's nite."
    Dined on 12/18/2013
  • "We had our Christmas brunch here with 14 ladies and it was terrific, one server for our whole table who didn't make one error with any meal! Also had our cheques separate and the end and was quick to take payment. The food was beautiful to look at and tasted just as good! Thank you for the great experience!"
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "Seemed like the menu underwent a makeover but with a disappointing result. While what we ordered was good the choice was not very diversified. The menu used to have more choices. There was only five or six red wines to choose from with our first choice not even available. If this had been our first experience at the restaurant I'm not sure I would go back but we'll give them the benefit of the doubt this time around."
    Dined on 10/28/2013
  • "Joy Bistro in the heart of Leslieville was a real find and we will definitley be going back for more. The Quebec Eggs Benedict complete with poutine was amazing. Talk about comfort food - so tastey. Others in our group had the Leslieville Eggs Benedict, Warm Goat Cheese Salad and the Beef Burger - all were delicious. Everything appears to be made on premises including the ice cream and the ingredients are fresh and organic. Portions are a good size but not over the top - leaving room for dessert. The carrot cake was everyone in our group's favorite. We had our 3 year old grandson with us an we were pleased to see a number of children around the second floor dining room - definitely a kid friendly restaurant. Very good service too."
    Dined on 10/14/2013
  • "doesn't everyone know that if you have music pouring out of ceiling speakers the diners below can't hear a thing? Put them in the wall...it will create a nice ambience AND the diners will be able to hear eachother. Plus, our waiter might want to think about getting the food stains out of his shirt..."
    Dined on 9/22/2013
  • "The food was very good, and the service very efficient and friendly. However the ambience -- high-top tables, loud music, hockey game on the TV screen, does not do justice to the food. The staff said that the restaurant section was closed for a private party. Then why did they take our reservation for six for dinner?"
    Dined on 9/21/2013