Left Bank Bistro
Left Bank Bistro
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Left Bank Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://leftbankbistro.ca/
  • Phone: 6473495700
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch:Sunday 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Dinner:Monday - Thursday, & Sunday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Friday & Saturday 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Masayuki Tamaru
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Semi-Private dining for groups of up to 24 and facilities to accommodate up to 60 for private dining.
  • Private Party Contact: Ricky 6473495700

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Avenue Rd. & Wilson Ave.
  • Public Transit: T.T.C. bus stops located just north of the restaurant at Avenue Rd. & Dunblaine Av. York Mills subway station is located minutes away.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Green P parking on both sides of Avenue Rd.
A word from Left Bank Bistro
Left Bank Bistro is located in uptown Toronto. This bistro’s philosophy is to provide a warm and inviting atmosphere, where friends & family can enjoy the comfort of professional service within a charming and cozy dining room. Our menu interpretation is French inspired. While using local ingredients, organic produce and meats, fish from sustainable fisheries, we have been able to embody some classic French dishes while infusing other techniques to broaden our bistro menu selection. The wine list will satisfy any connoisseur with selections and varietals found world wide. Our commitment & passion fused with great food and warm service will create a memorable dining experience.
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Left Bank Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
  • Under New Management
    Romano
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    We were disappointed to hear about that but we decided to stay to see what the new group could do. First tip something was off is they did not have any specials on the board. Bottom line.... they have a good assortment of appetizers. Main courses are very limited. Specials were non-existent. The only special was a soup. Tiny wine list. However, the service was very good along with the food. It will be awhile before we return as we can't handle such a small limited menu very often. Hopefully, next time the menu will be expanded and they will be into have specials.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing First Time Experience
    FoodFuss
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Previous reviews we read suggested a 4-star rating for this place and so we were excited. Right away we saw the restaurant had only 2 occupied tables. Half the items on the menu were unavailable. The salads were quite good but the mussels were bland and the battered calamari were greasy. We never finished these appetizers, and were not able to order the entrees we had wanted. Online menu is not useful if the food supplies are marginal.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not what we Expected
    Diner
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Have been to this restaurant several times and always enjoyed it. For Mother's Day lunch they changed the menu and we were expecting something similar to the regular brunch menu. Eggs Benny were good, 2 of us had the Cobb Salad which was not a salad. Unfortunately it was more like a protein plate with cheese, egg, chicken breast, bacon, etc. 2 small lettuce leaves and no dressing-never had a Cobb salad like that and not what we were looking for. Disappointing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice quiet spot
    Enjoysintimatedining
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    We really had a good time and enjoyed the food and the ambience. Service was wonderful. Noise level was a small issue just because a party of 4 nearby were loud talkers and as such pretty inconsiderate but this would be an exception not the rule. Would definitely go back. The romaine salad was delicious as was the beef bourginon.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great date night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    the food isnt going to send you over the moon but it does the trick. Simple yet delicious!! I am so happy that it is walking distance from my house. Will certainly go back.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Maintaining its high standard
    Romano
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    We have been there several times so we expect it to be a great experience and we are never disappointed. We will continue to go there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love the food and the mood.
    Fun2dine
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    Spent a few hours of wonderful treat at this restaurant. As a home chef myself, I enjoyed every bit of the fresh ingredients and well plated dishes. Everything was well done! Highly recommend my friends to try and I will surely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Empty
    Dk123456VIP
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    The restaurant was so empty we walked in at a reasonable hour and they turned us away. Didn't even have the chance to try their food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food was good but there was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Food was good but there was a very funky smell in the restaurant. It smelled like they were using pot pourri to cover the smell of sewer.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Celebration dinner
    BB88
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    The menu is not extensive but varied enough to suit most palates. Good choice of salads and appetizers. Food was very good and cooked perfectly. Service was excellent and the ambience was great. Will definitely be back. Great local restaurant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not really worth it.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    My girlfriend and I went for valentine's day. There was a $60 prix fix. The presentation of the food was beautiful and the food itself was edible but the portions were very small and despite quality ingredients, the flavour just wasn't there. The servers were very friendly but were wearing jeans and casual shirts and the atmosphere was kitschy.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • When we arrived at 6PM, the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    When we arrived at 6PM, the restaurant was empty except for one table, but pretty soon it got filled. The service was very good, the food was amazing, presentation was very good. It was quiet enough for us to have a conversation & hear each other. The beufe Bourgignon was excellent as was the steak fritte. We all agreed that we would go back again.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not very french
    Jadidiner
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    We found the menu a little limited but were able to order good meals...all of us were satisfied with our choices. However, for a Friday night at 8pm, the place felt abandoned. There were about 2 or 3 other tables and one of them was engaged in an uncomfortable and loud-ish difference of opinion. By 9:30 it was only us (there were 3 of us) and at 10 they told us they were locking the doors soon. So, no...not great ambience. Additionally, the place felt a little stark for what I think of as fine French. No real decor.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday dinner
    LJCC
    Dined on 1/28/2014
    Wonderful evening and great spot to celebrate and catch up with a close friend. Resataurant was quiet on a Tuesday evening but waiter was attentive, knowledgeable and courteous. We didn't order it but at the end of the meal, he surprised us with a slice of birthday cake with a candle, for my friend. Excellent evening all around. I would definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a pleasure.
    Cilantro
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    Once again the food and the service make this place shine.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Gem in Toronto!
    Fun2dine
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    What a surprise! I had an amazing experience with this Bistro. Small and cozy. Love the traditional French dishes and yet with a choice of Chef's special. We both tried their soups special: Cream of Mushroom and Lobster bisque. Both got a 10 from us. Lovely evening. Satisfying and yet affordable. Great job! Well done!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great neighborhood restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    Good food, nice atmosphere, excellent service and easy to walk to! I enjoyed the mushroom soup and the Steak Frites and my wife enjoyed the French onion soup and Snapper.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good all-round
    Museumbuffs
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    We were at the Left Bank Bistro shortly after the ice storm, and things were very quiet - nice for us, but they deserve more business than they had that night. The menu is impressive: an appropriately limit range, so they're not trying to do things they're not good at, and you know things are fresh. From what we saw, the service would be good even with a crowd. We will certainly go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Neighborhood place
    Appalled
    Dined on 12/23/2013
    Wonderful, warm service. We had the classics there - french onion soup and steak frites, and they did not disappoint. Other dishes could use a bit more work (the duck confit fettucini). Stick with the classics and you'll want to come back!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our first visit was very enjoyable.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    Our first visit was very enjoyable. Everyone enjoyed the tasty food and remarked on the excellent service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Left Bank on the Avenue
    Rebecca
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    For our first time there, we enjoyed our lunch. The daily omelette was fresh and very tasty-arugula and mushrooms with salad. The waiter was most accommodating and very friendly. He made us feel very welcome. The menu for lunch was varied from crepes-both savoury and sweet to a burger. Of course there was quiche as well. I hope the restaurant catches on in the neighbourhood as it is a gem. Great place to have a bite and actually talk with friends over good food.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A New Favourite
    BettyandBill
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    We had a fantastic dinner the other night. Food was very, very good, service was outstanding and value for money was high. We will be coming back soon.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find in North York!
    Birdie
    Dined on 11/3/2013
    The Left Bank Bistro is a fabulous choice if you enjoy refined French food prepared with love and served with humour and style. The owner is originally from Montreal and really knows what great and authentic French onion soup is as well and moules in garlic sauce and superb gallic dishes. The ambiance is chic but not over-the -top and the noise level is unobtrusive. Delightful! Birdie
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was not bad but not
    PinnheadVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    The food was not bad but not outstanding. The service was friendly but a bit slow. Good desserts.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful!
    MireilleVIP
    Dined on 10/6/2013
    Great brunch experience. Food and service was outstanding. Will return!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Weekend Brunch
    HeatherB
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    I've driven past this place a few times and always wanted to pop in. This weekend I did! Great little french bistro with a lot of choice. I started with the french onion soup which was outstanding. Most soups are usually all broth but this was loaded with onion and cheese. Totally recommend. Next I had the mushroom and spinach crepe. Not a fan of the crepe itself because it was a little doughy for me, but still packed with flavor. Came with a side green salad which was just enough. Server was an older french man who made our experience very nice and always greeted us with a smile. Very affordable, will be going back for an evening meal at some point .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service at gem
    jacksVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    the brunch at Left Bank was great. service was outstanding. had a great time. highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food and service were very
    balletbuff
    Dined on 8/12/2013
    Food and service were very good. Arugula salad was very tasty. Will return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Epic food, good price, great feel!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 8/11/2013
    The food was amazing, the coffee was top notch, the ambience was perfect, the outdoor patio was relaxing, and the server was friendly, personable and reliable. Absolutely a must for ANYONE and EVERYONE - I will definitely be going back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • new owner, altered menu,
    gastronomegourmandVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2013
    Have known chefs cuisine for many years. Used p to be inventive, light, nicely presented. New menu much heavier. Now salads oversalted, uses too much whipped cream, dessert recipes have changed to heavy. Masyukis creations are being denatured..Very disappointing.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • lacked in ambience, too big
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/6/2013
    lacked in ambience, too big not very intimate the food was delicious though poor wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service was not as stellar
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 7/27/2013
    Service was not as stellar as previous visits to this restaurant.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great Brunch & Patio
    TOfoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2013
    my first time here. Had the special lobster Benedict AMAZING!!! cant wait to go back
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant, competent local resto
    Benna9VIP
    Dined on 6/30/2013
    A quiet, straightforward French style restaurant in an area of north Avenue Road that doesn't have a lot of places for special occasions. Not a large or fashionable menu by Toronto norms, but the French standard dishes are well done, the service is competent and friendly, and the wine list suitable. Not crowded, but deserves attention as I've never had a disappointing meal here.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still one of our faves, despite ...
    saphireintoVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2013
    We live in the area and have been coming to the restaurant since it has been open. On this particular occasion we were a party of 7, celebrating a birthday on a Monday evening. We had with us 3 children, one of which needed a booster. The restaurant does not provide any. The restaurant was quite busy, partly due to a $0 corkage special on a Monday evening. There were only 2 servers available for the entire place. Our server was less than satisfactory. We had to request bread, get our own salt & pepper, and wait a while to order. A simple smile would have pacified the situation, but none was provided. We would still come back, as we really like the food ... but will hope for a different server.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All in all it was a reasonable
    LoveFineDinning
    Dined on 6/16/2013
    All in all it was a reasonable experience. The entrée's were good but the accompaniments were very bland. The staff were fun but not polished. The wine list was below standard however the Châteauneuf-du-Pape that we ordered was good for $70. With a little more work it will be a great place.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Live Guitar Adds to the Ambiance
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/14/2013
    We were celebrating an adult birthday, and this was the perfect spot. The waiter was attentive without being OTT and the food extremely good. The server placed a candle on our dessert without me asking him to do so. Nice touch. We asked to have an ingredient removed from one of the mains - the waiter happily made that request, and replaced the item with more of other ingredients. The one-man guitar entertainment was very enjoyable. Not too loud, but great background sound - and a very accomplished guitarist. Bravo! I would recommend The Left Bank for small and large gatherings. We were there on a quiet Friday night in June, but we've been there on winter weekends, and the place was hopping - in a good way. Thanks, Left Bank!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Left Bank Bistro very enjoyable
    Marika
    Dined on 5/31/2013
    A very pleasant setting, an oasis of calm and relaxation. The service was very attentive. The food was excellent and plentiful, even the salad was substantial in size and deliciously fresh. The mushroom soup was creamy and subtly flavoured; the steak and frites juicy and crunchy. The pièce de résistance was the crème caramel, a perfect finish to a wonderful meal.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • the place on avenue Rd
    fussydiner
    Dined on 5/25/2013
    i must say this is a hidden gem on Avenue Rd. The chef at Left Bank Bistro is doing magic. The french onion soup was to die for and my wife had one of the best Arugula salads she has ever had. I had the daily fish special of Sea scallops that were cooked to perfection seared crispy and just warm in the centre with a basqueae sauce that was delightful. My spouse had duck confit on paperdelle that had flavours that were out of this world. There wine list is average and prices reasonable, i would highly recommed this restaurant. The wait staff are knowledgable and professionale. We will be back to check out there new brunch menu that looks great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed the 4-course special
    gastronomegourmandVIP
    Dined on 4/22/2013
    Enjoyed the 4-course special tasting menu - excellent choices, very well prepared, expertly served.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet