Biff's Bistro

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At Biff’s Bistro, 1930’s Paris meets fresh London cool. At this charming French bistro, experience a tribute to Old World cuisine, hospitality and style in the heart of downtown Toronto. A slice of modern European enchantment, Biff’s Bistro features a robust, seasonal menu offering traditional French bistro favourites like steak tartare, duck confit and steak frites. Guests can unwind with hand-crafted cocktails and flavourful bites in the buzzing bar après work, or enjoy al fresco dining on the colourful street-side terrace, inspired by Parisian patios.
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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Impeccable in all respects, as usual!

c
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great for oysters! I have been only once and my main course of FOIE DE VEAU (liver, bacon etc.) was wonderful. Our server was excellent and managed to substitute the standard mashed potatoes side (Keto Diet) with a lovely assortment of cauliflower, beans and Brussels sprouts. My guests chose the special of the day BOEUF BOURGUIGNON with Foie Gras a bit disappointing. We had to try the OREILLE DE COCHON (for curiosities sake) and found them satisfyingly crispy. We will have to go back and try some of the other tempting menu choices.

NW
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I enjoy this restaurant. The food is amazing!

MW
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great service

NM
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We booked a reservation for our friend's birthday because she loves French cuisine, and we are so glad we chose Biff's Bistro. We all have a wonderful time, our meals were exquisite, and the service was remarkable.

J
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

2nd time there and it wes great. Good food, good setting. So much to choose from on the menue.

Best Old Fasion ive had to date.

NP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went on our anniversary and were absolutely spoiled. We received champagne as soon as we sat down and dessert at the end of our meal. The food and the service were outstanding!

JG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server was attentive and had a great personality. He recommended a great(expensive) wine which we enjoyed. The steak was delicious and cooked as requested.
We hope to repeat the experience down the road!
Excellent!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant was amazing from pulling up to the beautiful entrance, to being promptly seated after we got there early for our reservation. The menu looks amazing no matter what you order, but I ordered the steak and my boyfriend ordered the duck. They were both cooked perfectly, and the flavors blew our minds. We also ordered the charcuterie and fromage plate, which was a new experience, and was also so delicious. Our waitress was lovely and attentive without being obnoxious. I highly recommend Biff’s Bistro to anyone who is on a date or wants to go out for a special occasion. The food is priced well considering the quality of food, service and ambiance. Our waitress told us that Biff’s has been open for 30 years, and it shows. Everything was perfect. I can’t wait to come back next time I’m in Toronto.

OT
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was a very quiet day at the Bistro, perfect for two good friends to catch up. Hadn't tried the Salade de Morue - delicious. I would loved to have had a glass of Badoit, probably the best French fizzy water, and was surprised it wasn't available, and that the server hadn't heard of it, given the restaurant's French theme.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

it was absolutely fantastic from start to finish!

GO
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very nice 'after-show' dining.

Plus' :
Excellent Server/Service
Delish French Onion Soup
Lender glasses so I could read the menu (thanks Concierge !!)

I
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience5

Escargot delish, caesar just a caesar..steak frites great. Perch meal very good but one piece tasted "unpleasant". Liked sauce veg etc.
Downfall, unfortunately it was early not busy and the waiter visited every 2 minutes. Drove me nuts. Meant well and was very pleasant. Did not like the interruption. Sorry to say. All round we would visit again. Thank you.

D
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fabulous place to relax and indulge in a great meal. A friend and I spent a lovey afternoon with great attention from Michael and Josh, delicious food and tasty cocktails. One of my favourite spots.

SR
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was such a treat to be able to have holiday brunch at Biff's this year! A friend and I had a lovely brunch in the bar. The ambiance was lovely, especially with the sunlight streaming into the room. Our food was delicious and service was excellent, as usual. We were taken care of very well and my steak was cooked perfectly. Cannot wait to come back soon! Hope to see holiday brunch return this year.

RB
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed the meals and the service was great. I wish more restaurants could be as good as this one.

Biff's Bistro
Responded on December 27, 2019

Thank you! We're ecstatic you were so thrilled with you experience, thank you again for coming in!

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OT
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Still iconic

AG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Pleased with our food. But underwhelmed by the slow, inattentive service. Uneven tables - looking careless.

C
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent evening! Our group of 10 had such a wonderful time. We were able to sit in a private room all together at a large table. The food was great! The wine was sublime....(especially being lucky enough to be there at half price Wednesdays!) Some of our party enjoyed the PEI oysters ($1 each!) and said they were absolutely delicious! Our waiter was a dream! We all enjoyed different choices of meals which were all fabulous. A lovely evening had by all!

Biff's Bistro
Responded on December 27, 2019

Hi Chris! Thank you so much for your kind words! We're thrilled you enjoyed your experience with us. We definitely hope to see you in again soon and hope you enjoyed your holiday!

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CG
Toronto
25 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience1

We arrived 5 minutes ahead of our 7:15 reservation. The host found it on the system, but then didn't have a clue where to seat us. There was a table in the dining room and a couple of others in the bar. They proceeded to direct us to the bar area and I said we preferred a quieter spot. O&B restaurants are notorious for their extremely noisy dining areas, e.g., Maison Selby, and I purposely chose Biff's over Selby because of that reason. He said there were two large parties in the dining room that would be make more noise than the patrons in the bar. So we went to the bar table. We ordered the wine and perused the menu. We ordered a charcuterie plate to share, two of us had the prix fixe - soup, gnocchi and crumble for me, soup, trout and crumble for my partner, and escargots, duck and clafouti for my friend. The soup arrived before the charcuterie, one was given to the wrong person and we had no soup spoons and had to ask for them. We finished our soup, which was very tasty and hot. The charcuterie came and it was delicious. We had the cheese/meat combo. HIghly recommended. We were provided with a basket of bread. When the main courses arrived, they brought two duck and one trout. I had ordered the gnochhi. The server said it was his fault, he keyed the wrong item. I told the others to start while I waited for the gnochhi. I didn't wait too long. The dirty dishes from the charcuterie were still on the table and we moved them out of the way for the mains. We had asked for more bread, but it didn't arrive. The mains were delicious - the food is top notch at Biffs. We asked again for bread which never came. Not long after we had finished our dinners the desserts arrived and we had to ask for utensils to eat them with. The apple crumble was warm and not too sweet. Exactly as I prefer it. It's too bad the service at Biffs is so pathetic. The food is exceptional. The 2/3 empty restaurant at 9 p.m. on a Saturday says it all. Get your act together Biffs!

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Classy atmosphere. Charming company, but you’ll have to find your own date ;p

Biff's Bistro
Responded on December 27, 2019

Hi there! Thank you for the kind words! We're really happy you enjoyed our atmosphere as much as we do! Can't wait to see you back in!

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AB
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Been there several times. The food is very good. Limited wine selections, but the waiter found us a suitable choice. Overall enjoyable dining.
However, the noise level (even on a Sunday night) made conversation difficult.

S
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Nice space. Good feel and inviting. Helpful and courteous staff. Tough at Christmas once it got busy. 2 plates were quite good the 3rd a bit saucy. A bit more individual attention to the food would push it over the top. May have been just trying to get ahead of the game for large, uncoordinated Christmas groups. I would easily go again in the spring or summer.

Biff's Bistro
Responded on December 27, 2019

Hi Steve! Thank you so much for your feedback, I'll definitely be sharing it with our team. We can't wait to have you back in again. Our patio is beautiful in the spring so hopefully we can get you out to enjoy it as soon as it's up! Looking forward to having you back in! Josh Acting General Manager

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MD
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

waitress was OUTSTANDING food excellent as usual Charcuterie special was HEAVENLY all in all a very special evening.

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Service friendly but a little clumsy at times (on two occasions trays were dropped nearby)
Steak was tough

A nice venue with a good menu selection . But let down by “so-so” quality of food and service

K
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food. Good value. The camembert share plate was great and everyone loved the flat iron steak. My friend had the calf's liver and said it was amazing.

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went there for a date with my partner before heading to the Christmas Market. Our waiter, Michael, was lovely throughout our dining exoerience! Phenomenonal food, romantic ambiance, and an overall great dinner. We will definitely be returning to try dessert next time.

PN
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am a chef in good standing for over 25 years, biffs was an incredibly great experience for my guests and would recomend this bistro to everyone!

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Good experience overall

SR
Toronto
16 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great conversation and food/drinks!

MM
Toronto
19 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Biff’s never disappoints. I was with my girlfriend’s birthday and we had a very good time. The ambiance and the server were amazing. Friendly and professional staff. We had a very good food and we were satisfied. Our server Kitty was very good and helpful and professional. We had onion soup, mushroom soup, escargot, tuna stake (delicious) and lamb shoulder (amazing)and some brandy. . Overall great.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the oysters and wine. Food was amazing and service was friendly. Recommend!

JS
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

The server did not let me know about the specials or prix fox menu. So when I went to order my salad, he dissuaded me against the salad that went with the prix fix. At the end of the meal, my friends ended up with desserts and didn’t know why. And of course I did not.
We also told him we had a show to go to and continued to wait on service and we were late for our show. Because the service was so slow, we had to take desserts to go and returned after the show to the bar to finish our meal.

CM
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Waitress was lovely and the team was very accommodating both from a seating and ordering.

B
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to Biff's to celebrate my birthday; incredible food, friendly atmosphere, and not super expensive. See you again Biff's!

JA
Vancouver
12 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic time. Service was exceptional they even searched for other restaurants to go to for the next day as we are visitors from Vancouver. We are a foodie city and love that Toronto is too. Biff’s will not disappoint. Food was delightful. We both had beef bourguignon a fresh crisp salad with champagne sauce (I’m celiac so they altered dishes for gluten free). Followed by a flourless chocolate cake that was delicious. Highly recommend this spot and will return in Feb when we visit Toronto again. They also had a private sitting area that we shall bring our friends to

MW
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We were seated promptly, drink order taken however we did have to wait a bit to have our meal choices taken. Food arrived in great time, was hot, simply presentation and food was very good. Overall, service was friendly, efficient and engaging. We enjoyed our time, were ale to have a conversation as music was not unreasonably loud. Will go back.

t
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This is the third time of been to Biff's. They always have a good selection of wines. I would like to see a few more beers on tap. Food is always excellent. I do find it a bit too noisy at time. Tables are very close together. Our last visit the next table was fairly loud. It get it...just having a good time.

C
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Excellent service and food - great choice for a business meal in a really accessible area of the city. It’s was a little annoying when a large business group came in and started banging loudly on tables but it didn’t last long... that was probably the biggest frustration. If go back and if certainly recommend it for others to go for a decent group meal.

MG
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

I will be back soon but the food was rushed out when I would prefer to finish my app before my main came out. The waiter was lovely my food amazing and I love the vibe.

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