Mouthwatering and welcoming.
What more can I say? This place has got their act together. The service was stellar - probably in my top 3 experiences in Toronto ever. Food was stellar, dish after dish and we had a hard time deciding what to order. The grilled octopus was divine. Almost embarrassed to say I had never tried beef tartar before - this was certainly the place to do it. Melted on my tongue. I can't wait to return to Bestellen - it really was the "bestever" (sorry for the pun. couldn't resist).
12/20/2012 4:00:00 PM
Amazing steak and friendly service
Amazing food, the best steak I've had in a very long time. Wonderful, friendly, and genuine service!
3/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Absolutely amazing - there
Absolutely amazing - there is nothing more I could say to sum up the food, drinks and evening.
3/18/2013 5:00:00 PM
Everything was great. The
Everything was great. The only regret was they told us we had to leave within 2 hours.
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
Their buck-a-shuck oysters
Their buck-a-shuck oysters betw 6 and 7pm was the perfect excuse to have dinner there.
3/27/2013 5:00:00 PM
Meat lover's paradise! Burger
Meat lover's paradise! Burger and Cote de Boeuf are simply the best.
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Really solid. Great service
Really solid. Great service and all the food was timed and presented really well. We will be back.
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Went with a couple friends
Went with a couple friends after having heard it opened recently. Food was heavy on the meat but didn't disappoint us in any dish. Place was full and service was just teetering on the slow side, but was very friendly and helpful. Would definitely go back again!
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food and service. Interior
Great food and service. Interior decor is rustic but modern and has a good ambiance
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Delish and more!
We loved Bestellen! Went there for a dinner with a group and the food was to die for, service was impeccable, and the steal tartare...oh so divine. So good we had to have it again after dessert! Noise level was totally fine, we sat near the front and of anything would next time request near the back where it was slightly more lively. Our server was so attentive and helpful as well, went above and beyond. This place should have higher ratings, truly a gem.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food tastes and looks
The food tastes and looks great. Portions were on the smaller side.
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
These folks care about their
These folks care about their product - everything cooked to perfection, great beer and whiskey lists, fantastic staff.
4/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best Burger I have had in a year
I liked the warm ambience of this place. We walked in and the staff were really accommodating because I didn't like the table they had for us. We moved to a communal table but it was quiet and we had it to ourselves. The cocktails were inventive and delicious. My husband enjoyed his rack of lamb and I absolutely loved my burger! Panna Cotta for dessert with rhubarb was light and delicious.
5/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
The kitchen was very slow
The kitchen was very slow but the service was attentive. We were offered complimentary drinks and made to,feel welcome. The food was mixed. The fish dishes are much better than the land dishes.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent food, great ambiance.
Excellent food, great ambiance. If you love meat, you can't do much better than Bestellen.
5/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great steak, sides, and value
Read it was one of the best in town and it did not disappoint. When the beef is that tender and tasty, comes with 2 delicious sides, and with loads of bone marrow, and all costs $98, what more could you ask for? Definitely returning.
5/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place. Had the Cote
Great place. Had the Cote De Beauf. Flavorful must say.
Salad could need some work for their price. Drinks are too small I was surprise.
Place was a bit too dark for me. Service was overall great; Rida I think was her name.
I'd come back again to try their burgers next time.
5/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
A Meat Lovers Dream
Top notch beef plates, done just right make this place a carnivores paradise. Good drinks and ambiance, and you can't argue with the availability of a whole roasted pig.
5/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Had dinner at Bestellen on May 24, 2013 with my wife.
The food was excellent!
We had the menu item called "The roof". Aged steak on the bone with two sides. It's carved for you and wonderfully presented, even with the marrow.
For dessert, we had chocolate pudding with meringue and whip cream. That too was excellent!
The decor was great! Very nice design.
I am a whiskey/bourbon guy... they have an excellent selection.
Will definitely go back.
5/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
All 6 in our party loved the food
Everything was excellent starting with the oysters ($1 each before 7pm) to the tasting plates, followed by the extremely flavorful mains.
5/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food, casual environment
We had a night out recently and went here for the first time. Everything on the menu sounded so tasty. Lots of people were ordering the Bestellen Burger and it looked delish. Will be ordering that next time. That is, if. I can resist ordering the trout again. So yummy with creamy mashed potatoes, fiddleheads and lots of fresh dill. My hubby had the sirloin of the day with spiced buckwheat. Also so good. The starters we had were lamb tartare and seared scallops. The deserts were nice and yummy too. Good vibe., great service and an overall wonderful meal. We will be returning! Hopefully with 6 other people for the suckling pig!!!!
5/31/2013 4:00:00 PM
lives up to expectations
So often in toronto the "hot spots" fail to deliver outstanding food and service. Bestellen did both. Every dish from the shared plates to the dessert was a taste sensation. And not in a fussy pretentious way. This is just really well thought out good food.
6/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
delicous food... meat lovers
delicous food... meat lovers paradise, well priced
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Entertaining Out of Town Foodies
We are repeat customers at Bestellen, even though it's not in our neighborhood. The team in the kitchen, behind the bar and in the dining room all exude their passion for food. We have taken a number of out of town guests there when we're looking for top notch food but in a comfortable, approachable atmosphere for people who may not be comfortable with formal dining.
The 32oz Cote de Beuf is a crowd pleaser and the burger is an unexpectedly delicious find. The menu isn't large, but we have never had any trouble finding something for everyone.
The drink menu is also alluring. Bestellen hasn't cut any corners whether your taste is provocative cocktails, craft beer or you prefer to choose from a wide selection of wine.
6/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
We picked this place randomly to go somewhere in the area and it was amazing. Food is outstanding- the trout tartare was to die for. Very cool atmosphere. Love that they have 3 main price buckets for wine which are all listed on huge chalk boards on the wall. Our waitress were great and knew her wines.
Def a must if you like meat. We shared a cut and it was cooked perfectly.
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food - very loud - but fun
Great, fun atmosphere - perfect for large groups looking to start a fun night
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great choice meat lovers
Had a great meal for my hubby's birthday. We shared the 32 oz cote du bouef, with the bone marrow and sides. This wasn't as big as I thought but still couldn't finish it all. They have a good selection of wine at reasonable prices as well as a great reserve list. Our server was well versed with the food and the wine. We were told that the burger is amazing so we'll have to go back soon.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our experience at Bestellen was absolutely fantastic.
A great menu and wine list. The food was excellent. Definitely one of the best places to eat Toronto.
Service was very good too. Would recommend to friends and would definitely go again.
This place will not disappoint.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Service was excellent! Cocktails
Service was excellent! Cocktails were great! Food-wise, we ordered the:
* pretzel bun w/ mustard butter :: Yum!
* tempera fried zucchini blossoms :: greasy, tempura batter was too heavy for the delicateness of the zucchini blossoms; would have preferred some sort of filling
* Bestellen burger w/ caramelized onions/raclette/house-made brioche & frites :: O-M-G deliciousness; consensus: easily one of the best burgers we've ever had, fries were also really awesome!
* steelhead trout w/ bacon lentils/buffalo yogurt/red watercress :: trout was under seasoned; bacon lentils were super tasty & the best part of this dish
* Butcher’s Daily Cut (8oz. striploin) :: was okay
Overall, highly recommend this place and we would definitely go back again.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
The menu is creative and well
The menu is creative and well executed. There's far too much salt on the frites.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
No Brainer! One of TO's BEST Steaks
This is my third time here, and every time I've gone it's been a real treat. The steak (shared between myself and two guests) was to die for - equally as much as it was the first time I had it. The 32oz Côte de Bœuf with Bone Marrow and 2 sides is the dish to get. The guests I brought had never been, but were blown away by the flavor and experience. Service was top-notch too - the server that evening knew his stuff in great detail, from drinks to apps to main courses (the origin of the food/drink, why he would recommend one over the other, etc.).
Can't wait to go back!
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
A great night out
This place has an elevated relaxed atmosphere-it manages to hit some kind of sweet spot in between hipster and old school. The food, drink and service are definitely the focus (the old school) but the music, the staff and decor are cool and fresh (the hipster). Try the charcuterie platter and the meatballs to get going and end with the chocolate boudino for dessert. Both the beef and lamb specials of the day were also outstanding. The meat is cooked sous-vide which does end in a perfect result, but there is also as much attention placed on the veg garnish and sauces. Cocktails are a serious affair here too and the wine selection is unique-you can choose daily white or red offerings from 3 price points written on chalk boards on the wall.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Meat Lovers' Haven
I had an incredible time at the restaurant. Service was phenomenal and food was equally outstanding. Very rustic and different dishes, cocktails were fabulous as well.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Each dish was better than the last
Food was amazing - each dish they brought was better then the one before. the cocktails were a little on the sweet side and the waitress was slightly grumpy, but other than that it was near perfect. Would definitely go back.
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food, questionable attitude
Earlier in the day, I received a call confirming that we were still coming and to let me know that we only had the table for 2 hours and then someone else was booked to take it. I hate this practice. I know tables have to turn, but it should be seamless to me the customer. When we arrived the hostess made sure we knew that they were very busy.
We were informed that 2 of 5 mains were already sold out for the evening because of large parties in the back including one of the dishes we had been looking forward to. How can menus be sold out by 7:30pm due to large groups that surely booked in advance.
The food was excellent and the waiter was a delight. But the attitude seemed to be that we were lucky to be able to eat there.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Ordered the room. Very expensive but the food was of exceptional quality.
10/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
really good surprising find
Not sure what to make of it when we walk in but everything was very good. Service was very professional. Charcuterie was brilliant. oysters too. we both had a top sirloin cooked sous vide. really, really good.
Desert was crazy good. this place is on my "go to" list now for sure.
11/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Cote de boeuf!
been here many times, but never had their signature cote de boeuf until this weekend. always wanted to, but it's huge and too much for my wife and I since we always want to order other dishes as well. finally went with another couple friends and we all shared this with a few other dishes. fantastic. one of the best steaks i've ever had!
love the burger. pastas are always delicious
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best steak ever
Really good. Will definitely be making excuses for special occasions to go back! Went there for my boyfriend's birthday and we split the cote de boeuf. It was amazing, and more than enough food for two.
11/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Really outstanding place
Bestellen is really outstanding. Certainly one of the best dinners I've had. Prices are very reasonable for the quality of the food you get -- we spent $100 ($50 a person) for two courses and 2 pints of beer and felt very satisfied. Bestellen has some really excellent beers on tap that pair well with their kind of cuisine (i.e. meat). I'm often not one to obsess over "service", but it's worth it to say that the service here was really top notch.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Two weeks in a row!
I went to Bestellen on two consecutive Wednesday nights with a few friends. The service is also excellent! There are $1 oyster specials on Wednesday (Malpeques from PEI). The burger is really outstanding... perfectly buttery and sweet brioche with a little bit of sea salt, caramelized onions, arugala, raclette, and a perfectly cooked burger of braised short rib and dry-aged beef. The brussels sprouts were also delicious and light (roasted with ricotta and lemon). The duck rillette that came with the charcuterie board was also great. I am normally not a fan of carrot cake, but the carrot cake here was absolutely perfect... it was warm and covered in caramel sauce and had a side of cream cheese ice cream. YUM!
11/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
I really enjoyed my time at bestellen, it was the first time dining there with 5 of my other friends. we were all very impressed with the quality of food, their service, the server's knowledge of the wines available and suggestions as well as the ambience. Def. will return!
11/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
This place has superb lamb and steak, aged in house.
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM