The food and service here are always amazing. My favourite restaurant in the GTA for a special evening out.
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Based upon the reviews I picked this restaurant to celebrate my birthday. The evening was wonderful and relaxing! We brought our 13 year old daughter and she tried food she never even heard of it and loved it! Highly recommended.
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a super night! Highly Recommended. We sat at the Chef's table, which was great! I had a smile on my face with each bite I took! EVERYTHING was Delicious! Well worth the wait for the reservation! Already made plans to go again!!! The Lobster Bisque was so perfect, but really, so was everything. My husband and I shared 6 small plates, plus a most amazing souffle! So glad I had the opportunity to try so many things. Very happy this option was suggested! Our very own tasting menu :)
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
This restaurant offers an "oreo" with a foie gras filling, sheer genius! It's wonderful that the restaurant offers both appetizer & full size options, as you will be easily tempted to try everything in seeing the service staff walk by with all the lovely presentations. Staff at all levels/posts are very friendly & hopsitable, even encouraging us to take pictures of the food!
6/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had a great experience, the staff was knowledgeable and friendly and the food superb.
To start we shared a plate of BC spotted shrimp and gravlax salmon. Absolutely no complaints - it was delicious. For our main courses I had a wonderful scallop and lobster creation. The scallops were perfectly cooked, tender and sweet I couldn't have wished for anything better. My companion had the braised beef with crispy marrow which he deemed to be the best he had ever tasted.
The grand finale of this wonderful feast was a souffle to die for, one was definitely enough to share but if I am very honest I could have eaten the whole thing it was just so good.
6/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
One of the better restaurants in the city. Braised Beef was amazing. Trio of tartars was exceptional. Great wine pairings!
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Ici - a west end Gem
Everything was beautifully presented and delicious. The menu was unique and yet would appeal to the broadest range of tastes.
6/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
I booked this restaurant after hearing rave reviews from friends who have spent many summers in France. The restaurant did not disappoint. We ordered the Lobster Bisque, the Foie Gras, Halibut, Duck and Grand Marnier Souffle based on input from other reviewers and our excellent server. We particularly enjoyed the wine pairings and appreciated the offer to just have 1 1/2 ounces of wine per course since we had driven. We left after 2 lovely unrushed hours. The restaurant is less noisy than many we have been to of late and the service is impeccable. We look forward to returning soon.
7/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Stellar dining experience
Not only is the food some of the best in the city, but two further items deserve mention: each item on the menu is offered with a choice of 2 wine pairings, one from Ontario the other from France, carefully selected from an imaginative cellar stocked with some of the best offerings I have had lately, making it possible to construct a multi-course meal with perfectly matched wines. The 2nd additional stand-out is the service. The staff is not just knowledgeable and friendly, but it is obvious they love working there. The small size of the restaurant makes it sometimes challenging to obtain a reservation unless you are planning well in advance, but adds to the ambiance and charm, and the feeling of intimacy. I will be back many, many times!
7/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a lovely dining experience at Ici Bistro last night.
Excellent food, friendly and efficient staff, wonderful ambience and an exceptional wine list by the glass.
We very much appreciated the fact that all the food was prepared from scratch and beautifully presented.
We enjoyed being able to chose a variety of smaller dished so that we could both have a taste of the delicious menu.
It was also refreshing to be able to order by the glass and therefore enjoy several different wines with the food that we had ordered.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
I took a wondeful lady to ICI for an early birthday dinner and we had the most amazing time. The food and wine were brilliant and the service was sensational.
It was out first visit to ICI but I would have no hesitations in returning.
7/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
A real treat
This little corner restaurant provided excellent choices that were well-executed. The wine pairings were right on target. The chef-owner is very creative and should be proud of his restaurant. Our first time in Toronto and ICI was a home-run. We will return if we can.
7/12/2013 5:00:00 PM
I had an amazing time at this
I had an amazing time at this restaurant. The prices are reasonable, the food is OUTSTANDING... and we even got the chance to talk to the chef, who was so sweet and welcoming. Will definately come again, but remember you have to plan ahead as it's a busy place. Recommend reservations for sure, but once you're there, it's a fantastic experience!
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very well executed
The food was delicious. The complexity of the dishes/flavours shows a true passion for food.
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Only ate dessert here but
Only ate dessert here but the rest of the food looked great. Small, intimate setting where you can see the chefs in the kitchen. Ate the souffle and banana dessert which were both pretty good.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food & service. Four
Great food & service. Four of us had different dishes; will return to try others.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Is worth the drive or travel to his location. Is a small, intimate dining experience that is only open 4 days a week for dinner. Want to hog to ones self but also need to let others know so that it gets the business to stay open. Has a fantastic menu flexibility that every rest should offer. Every item is available as either an app or entree size.
7/26/2013 5:00:00 PM
Good, but not Great
After reading the outstanding reviews, I was looking forward to an outstanding dining experience. I was somewhat disappointed. The restaurant is very small and the noise level quite high, which made it difficult to converse. Plateau of Charcuterie was nice, but not outstanding. I had the squab dish for main course, served with various versions of potatoes in a morrel sauce. The sauce and potatoes were nice, however, the little meat there was on the squab was rubbery, which made for a mainly potato meal. My dinner companion had the scallop and lobster dish for the main course that was pleasant but more in the way of an appetizer. Desserts were nice but not great. Service was a bit rushed. Would go somewhere else for a special dinner out.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
A great find
We found out by chance while shopping.store owner recommendation. Should have a tasting menu but allows sharing and two portion sizes.we has squid with avocado tempura squid was soft and batter light ,trio of tartare excellent,lobster bisque, the duck the foie gras the braised meat.and the desert choc soufflé and lemon tart.we wished we had more room to try everything on the menu.we took our own bottle of wine and the meal including corkage and tip was under Us 250.00. Great value for great food.we will go back and try what we missed.service was excellent.
8/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Exceptional food; one of the
Exceptional food; one of the best meals we've had in years.
8/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
We love it here! The seats
We love it here! The seats were kind of uncomfortable as we were being seated at the bar but it was nice ambiance, and staffs were friendly as well. We had a good time seating at the bar set up, but just the chairs are not too comfortable. However, we were amazed with the food! We also went with wine pairing and we were pleasantly surprised. Love the braised beef and lobster bisque. Between the two of us, we had sharing size of four main dishes; plus two desserts. We were full! Will definitely visit again.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
I'll have a little of this......
The ability to order multiple small-sized entree's made ICI a truly decadent experience. Escargot, Duck, Beef, it just kept coming....what a treat!
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
The efforts the staff made to comply with my companion's dietary limitations was notable and much appreciated
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
The perfect relaxed evening. The staff is so incredible at making you feel special and pampered. Unusual preparations that range from very good to exceptional. We did small plates......a great way to taste more dishes and still have room for dessert.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Delightfully Delicious Bistro
It was a pleasure to dine in this tiny bistro with the open kitchen and chef in full view. Service was excellent - not rushed, very pleasant wait staff. The sommelier was particularly helpful regarding choices from the menu and her knowledge of the wines on Ici Bistro's list. There were so many interesting and delicious sounding items on the menu, that choosing became difficult. However, Ici Bistro does small and "large" plates so it's possible to try many items for sharing or just to go with one dish. We did a bit of both. We enjoyed a rose champagne sourced by the chef from a small property in Champagne and it was outstanding. The oysters - fresh, beef tartare three ways and scallops, shrimp and "drunken" lobster great. Will return
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best meal this year
Outstanding lobster bisque, scallops, and braised beef. Extremely friendly service. Half plates allow you to design your own tasting menu and half glasses of wine make wine pairing easy without having to call a cab to get back home. Bar seating works surprising well for groups of 2. Great value for money. Definitely recommend.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
a wonderful evening
Fantastic experience! Amazing food, warm and professional service and lovely ambiance. We tasted several items and the wine pairings were superb. Highly recommend and plan to go back sometime to try the rest of the menu.
As the location is small, diners are in close quarters. This wasn't a problem for us, but might be for some people.
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Jean-Pierre served us one of the most beautiful dinners I have ever had. He has a way of building layers of nuanced flavours and textures, taking familiar food into the stratosphere. His food is a sensual delight. I was celebrating a special birthday and I am convinced that there is no where in the city I could have had a more sublime dining experience.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a reservation, but had to sit at the bar?? Awesome people and service, very friendly, very efficient.
The owner us present and a lovely person and an excellent salesman!!!
The food: lamb, perfect, squab, ok, shoud hav got the duck!!
Highly recommended. We wanted to go back the next night but they were closed on Sun. and Mon.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Memorable romantic dinner.
Delicious food beautifully presented, in a pleasant, unpretentious atmosphere. We had beef tartar, escargot, lobster bisque, and an avocado squid salad. Helpful, knowledgeable wait staff, nice selection of wine and the enjoyable spectacle of a hard working chef and assistants toiling away in the open kitchen. When french cuisine is done well, like here, it is without peer.
9/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
My absolute favourite restaurant
The food and service are always consistently topnotch.
Get the souffle. You won't regret it.
9/18/2013 5:00:00 PM
Ici was perfection, again
Ici was perfection. The service was exceptional. The food also met our high expectations as we had been there three times before. It is prepared with care. The food/flavour pairings are carefully thought out and executed. We will be back again. It is an intimate, casually elegant neighbourhood bistro. Bravo! We would give
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had a family dinner at ICI and the food and wine was amazing. The service was above and beyond, even making suggestions to a member with an allergy. Always a good time with awesome food at ICI, love this place!
9/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
in the details
started with the lobster bisque. amazing subtle details ginger and citrus foam. thickened with bread not cream!?!
then the SCALLOPS & KING CRAB, DRUNKEN LOBSTER, SAUCE NEWBURG, fun presentation with the scallops sandwiched between thinly sliced pear.
then dessert was a Cointreau Crème Brûlée, Îles Flottantes & Citrus Crème Anglaise when your spoon softly dips into the the chilled whipped citrus creme, and then cracks into the brulee and dives into the custard below is a great sensation.
the service is great, friendly they know the menu well. they asked us at the end of the meal if we wanted anything else, the only thing i could offer up was "a brick of gold", well because that's the only thing that would top this meal.
10/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wow. what a great experience. So glad i found it. i'll go again next time i'm here.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful dinner experience
I really could not review this restaurant higher, we have been there 3 times and it is outstanding. It is small with simple decor but very personable. Wonderful combinations of food on plates, great wine parings, great ambiance and fantastic service. I recommend sitting at the bar to talk with the sommelier.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Impeccable food with impeccable service.
Small but well appointed wine list.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Me and my husband had a great time, food was spectacular, light french dinner music, menu was fantastic matching wine even better, if you are looking for a great french cuisine look no more this is the place.
10/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Loved everything about it. The food was fabulous. I liked that you could order smaller portions so that you could taste multiple dishes, which of course we did. Highly recommended!
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
This restaurant was simply perfect. We ordered some oysters to start, followed by 4 of the appetizer-size dishes to share (each came at the suggestion of our incredibly friendly server), and a dessert. The food was amazing, and the servers were all so nice, and the food came out at the perfect times, allowing us time to chat and enjoy each dish fully. Also, Jean-Pierre was right there cooking every one of our dishes, the sign of a chef who truly cares!
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfect place for date night
This was our first time at Ici - we were celebrating my husbands birthday - and we were blown away. The restaurant is so charming, our server was wonderful and the food was outstanding. We shared 7 dishes (inc dessert) and couldn't decide which was our favorite. Each one was amazing in its own way. This is definitely a place to splurge on a romantic night out - you won't be disappointed!
10/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
My wif'es favourite restaurant, so we went there for her birthday. They remembered it was her birthday and brought a plate wirth candles, happy birthday written in chocolate and two chocolate treats. Service was impeccable, very friendly. Food was great.
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
A fabulous experience because
A fabulous experience because the food is so good and the service is outstanding. I particularly recommend the Grand Marnier soufflé for dessert.
11/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Ici was worth waiting for
My fiancee and I are local to the Harbord/Manning area and we've tried on a number of occasions to drop in for dinner. With our anniversary coming up we finally had the gusto to book ahead of time and we were NOT disappointed. Great food, great ambience and really good service. It was 5 stars from start to finish. Only thing I would change is ensuring to make not so late a reservation.
11/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
soiree chez ICI
Dining at ICI with chef JP Challet at the helm never disappoints....He is the ultimate french chef in this city right now and I hope forever. Courteous and polite, the service was seamless and efficient and I was spoken to in French whenever I spoke to our server. As usual the food was impeccably served and as yummy as any I've had elsewhere in the world.
Will I return?
11/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Will be back
The richest food I have ever had but I couldn't stop eating. The lobster bisque was like liquid gold. The charcuterie was delicious. Best scallops I've had (and I have caught and cooked my own). My party enjoyed their lamb, duck and tartare equally as I enjoyed my meal. The meal ended with the signature dessert dish - soufflé. Everyone should experience ICI.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Nous avons pu associer des associations fines telles que nous les aimons. Mention spéciale aux escargots, aux noix de St. Jacques sans omettre le fameux soufflé au Grand Marnier....Vivement la prochaine fois !
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Bistro Ici est Magnifique!
My daughter and I had the pleasure of dining at Bistro Ici to celebrate our 21st and 55th birthdays. The food was perfect - presentation, taste, portion size - and the accompanying wine recommendations and service tied a beautiful bow around the whole dining experience. We started by sharing both the lobster bisque - non-dairy and terrific - and the gnocci with house made sausage (also terrific and much more subtle than expected). Both our mains (Scallops and duck) were fabulous. If you are in Toronto and looking for an uncompromixing fine dining experience, Bistro Ici is a must.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Ici is an island
In a sea of restaurants that are noisy, over-priced and greasy, Ici reminds us of the joy of artful and delicate preparation of good food. Couple with that unpretentious servers who care about and understand food. Add to that an environment where one can actually carry on a conversation. It's worth the effort to get a reservation.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very impressed with food and
Very impressed with food and service...excellent wine pairing offering by the glass, we will be back!
12/5/2013 4:00:00 PM