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About Biff's Bistro

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.

4 Front St. E
Toronto, ON M5E 1G4
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
French

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:45am - 2:30pm
Dinner: Monday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm;
Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
Yonge St.

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
CAN$31 to CAN$50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(416) 860-0086

Website:
http://www.biffsbistro.com/

Parking Details:
Underground parking for Biff's Bistro is available in the 33 Yonge building, accessible from Scott Street between Wellington and Front Streets, and is $2 for dinner guests after 5:30pm.

Public Transit:
Biff's Bistro is located one and a half blocks east of Union Station and two blocks south of King Station using the subway.

Executive Chef:
Bill Osborne

Private Party Facilities:
Biff's Bistro offers two exclusive private dining rooms. The intimate and charming Grey Room for smaller gatherings and the more dramatic Red Room, which features 18’ ceilings and spacious seating.

Private Party Contact:
Oliver & Bonacini Events and Private Dining: (877) 578-7386

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Biff's Bistro Ratings and Reviews

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food

4.2

service

4.3

ambience

4.1

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

83% would recommend it to a friend

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Bar Seating (16)
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Authentic (16)
Notable Wine List (15)
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Cozy (13)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Always a treat. Very good variety on the menu. Service was very well timed. Makes us feel like we’re back in France.

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 (Toronto)·Dined 4 days ago

Very slow service even though the restaurant was not too busy.
Our waiter was not attentive at all. I had to go and look for him several times to place orders or make other requests. The food was good. I personally wouldn't go there again. There are many other restaurants with much better service and food.

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·Dined 4 days ago

I and family members have tried this restaurant multiple times and keep wanting to give it another chance because it is in our neighbourhood and the food is quite good. However, after our latest visit, I will not go again. Biff's kitchen is very good, but the structure, training, and practice of their front of house staff mean that the service is too poor for the price point—water glasses go unfilled, silverware does not get changed, servers take forever to return to the table—and this leads to serious issues like the food literally arriving at one's table lukewarm. Even really good food cannot make up for this, particularly if the entree price point is $38 (my latest entree). I do not mind eating at this price point or I would not be there, but not food that is lukewarm. On my last visit, I wondered if the corporation that runs this and many other restaurants may not be willing to invest in enough training and staffing to strongly staff this restaurant in a way that consistently produces service on a par with the food. For e.g. it has not been clear to me on recent visits if they consistently deploy basic high-end service positions like food runners and staff to bus tables, and if they do there are not enough of them on the floor, or they are not trained to use their time expeditiously. Whatever the reasons, I'm sorry to say that I'm giving up on this expensive resto where the mediocre and at times bad service seriously jettisons the entire dining experience.

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 (Toronto)·Dined 4 days ago

Poor selection of food
BEEF BOURGUIGNON and DUCK CONFIT. Were good
Pricing above average
Won’t come back

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 (Toronto)·Dined 6 days ago

Service is friendly and great good wad ok.. abit pricey for the type of food

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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 (Toronto)·Dined 6 days ago

The food was mediocre. I guess our expectations were high but it just didn’t deliver. The service was ok.

For the price, there are many other restaurants where you’d get much more value.

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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined 6 days ago

Excellent service on a very busy night. We’re in a small room so it was quieter than usual Nice.

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 (Toronto)·Dined 6 days ago

Went here for mine and my wife's 3year anniversary. We actually celebrated it at biffs 3 years prior. when i called in to book the hostess told me she will make it very romantic, candle light, the whole nine yards. I get a call the day of to confirm reservation, the hostess says " oh sir it looks like its your anniversary we will make it very special for you" I was very pleased. I get to the restaurant, we eat, everything is fantastic food wise. but no "special" or romantic anything. I was quite displeased especially because 2 separate hostesses promised to make it a very special dinner. this dinner was the same as any dinner I've had there. nothing special about it. server was great food was great, but don't promise me "special" or "romantic" if nothing is going to be done.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 8, 2018

It was my first time eating at Biff’s. Renown as a French Bistro I anticipated that the food would be quite good, and it was. Very. However the experience was severely tainted by the waiter my friend and I had. He was over eager to the point of irritating. We had barely gotten to our table and had not taken our coats off yet when our server was there asking if he could get us beverages. We had not had a chance to see a wine list or anything so we just said regular water just so he would leave so we could settle in. Then less than a few minutes later he showed up with the water and is asking if we are ready to order and if we were celebrating a special occasion, to which I said we weren’t; just a dinner get together with a friend. We could tell he was going to be rushing us all night and we didn’t appreciate it. As I had a very similar experince with a server at another O&B restaurant recently, I politely told our server that my friend and I wanted to have a leisurely dinner and catch up and that we would appreciate just settling in for a bit with our drink order before ordering our meal. He seemed notably miffed at that and gave us “pleasant attitude” (passive aggressive) for the remainder of our stay. He even went so far to inquire near the end of our meal WHY my friend and I had not seen each other for so long! Why is that his business? We were so taken aback, but it got worse. When we asked for our bill at the end of our dessert, he said he hoped he wouldn’t see us again for several months. I’m not kidding. He might as well of said I hope to never see two again, same thing. Other unpleasantries occurred, but suffice it to say I would not recommend this restaurant to a friend because the service was so off-putting that even the deliciousness of the meal couldn’t compensate. I don’t know if it’s the training of O&B restaurant staff as the reason for this right-on-top of you, pressurized service, as I had similar experiences before at O&B. Shame.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 7, 2018

First time been this restaurant and didn't feel disappointed, services good and food is tasty, definitely will go there again

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Romantic
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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 7, 2018

We went there for Winterlicious. Service was excellent! Poulet grand-mere was great. Fennel sausage wasn’t as good as we expected. The custard tart was a pleasant highlight!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Quick Bite, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch
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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Food was spot on. Wine was amazing and the overall experience was just lovely.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 3, 2018

We went for winterlicious. The menu is outstanding! Best perch dish I have ever eaten. The mushroom salad with truffle oil was delicious too. Everyone loved their choices. Our waiter was fantastic too! Regular menu is excellent as well!

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Went for winterlicous. Food was decent, but very small portions. Brought us water in a glass jug then charged 6 dollars for water without telling us it wasn’t free. We didn’t even drink the water. That kind of ruined the whole dinner. Service was quick and friendly but very low value in coming to this restaurant.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 3, 2018

I entered the restaurant and the lighting was nice. I had requested in my opentable reservation to have a more private, quiet seating for 2 as I didn't want it to be too loud or too close to others while I was enjoying my meal. When I went to the host, I was ready to be seated. The male was going to seat me, however, a woman with brown hair and her hair half up swooped in and told him "not to do that again". She looked a bit old. I sensed it was the seating. She told him to take me to table 5. (My reservation was at 6:30 pm on Feb 3). I went there and I was seated between 2 tables, 1 a couple and then the other eventually a group of 8 people. This was not what I was expecting as I saw plenty of other 2 toppers that didn't need to be squished around other people. I was not impressed that the lady made this decision despite my request to be in a more quiet and private seating. However, our waiter was super awesome, nice, attentive, and knew his food. He helped me choose my meals and I felt that I didn't have to wait too long. Being squished between 2 tables, I eventually had to raise my voice to hear my friend. She had to as well. My only advice is, if you had the option of putting me in any other seats, and I requested a more private seat, which I saw in the other side of the room (not the booth area), why did you seat me squished between 2 tables, knowing the other table was going to be a group of 8 people shouting?

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Casual, Good for a Date, Authentic, Comfort Food, Cozy
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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Bland and overpriced. Steak was cold, fish pie wattery. Maybe they did not want to put an effort for Winterlishes. In any case I am not eating there again.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 3, 2018

The girl at reception was very rude. But the waiter is nice and overall food is good.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Choosing Biff’s for a birthday celebration during Winterlicious was perfect! Staff attentive,
Cocktails fun & a Spanish beer contest! Perch & Tortiere mains were delicious but the highlight was their take on creme brule - amazing! The portions were more than generous so come hungry!

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 2, 2018

We started with a drink at the bar before dinner. The staff are welcoming and personable. Our waiter was amazing - friendly, engaging and attentive without being overbearing. We had a great dinner and a wonderful time.

Tags: Business Meals, Paleo Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Fun, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 1, 2018

service was excellent without being intrusive. food was first-rate, the winterlicious menu with good variety. appetizers and desert excellent. Staff made adjustments to end draft of cool air. Biff's is consistently good, riendly and welcoming.

Tags: Comfort Food, Cozy, Disabled Access, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Late-night Find
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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 1, 2018

This was a Winterlicious discovery. I always wonder, during Winterlicious, if the restaurant will put on a good show (isn't Winterlicious a marketing opportunity? doesn't it make sense to do it well?) or if they'll do as so many restaurants do and pass off a mediocre meal. Well, Biff et al are on the good side. The goat cheese croquette was over-breaded but on the whole the starter was good. The blue cheese burger was very good. I thought the oil that the chips were done in might be rancid but my friend gobbled them up, so perhaps it was just me. The chocolate cake was da bomb! Wine, service, ambience - all good. I'm pleased enough to go back and pay full fare, willingly. Mission accomplished.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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 (Western NC)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Wevall enjoyed our delicious "Winterlicious" three-course specials. My perch and mussel potage was creamy and savory but not too filling for lunch. Our server was attentive and very pleasant.

Tags: Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food, Disabled Access, Casual, Great for Lunch, Gluten Free Options, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 31, 2018

I took my boyfriend here for his birthday and we had a great first-time experience. The staff was very friendly, we had a main server and a server from the bar, both very patient with our menu questions and constantly checking in. We loved everything we ordered and all the options in the menu sounded delicious, I should mention we went during Winterlious, which let us experience some of the great options from their menu. We would definitely come back and recommend to friends and family. Bonus for those driving from GTA, lots of street parking options during the week.

Tags: Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Biff's is always the same. Excellent food, excellent service, excellent value. We had 3 Winterlicious meals this week; Biff's was the least expensive, had the largest portions and far and away the best service. I'd eat here every night if I could

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Seasonal
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 31, 2018

The service was very good this time around. Its all the difference in the world when the service is timely and friendly.

Tags: Cozy, Bar Seating, Casual
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 31, 2018

I love it! Went there for winterlicious and the server treat my friends and I so good. The food was amazing and it was totally worth it.

Tags: Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Wonderful experience though to be honest I discovered this place a good while back. I took a small group of staff there for lunch during Winterlicious.

Rave reviews all way round certainly from ambience, service to food and delivery of same.

Our host was Michael and he was very attentive.

Hidden gem for sure :)

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 29, 2018

My husband and I have been going to Winterlicious for 4 years and this year was another spectacular restaurant! We chose this place based on the french cuisine and it did not dissapoint! I loved the truffle mushroom salad and our waitress was so nice and explained all the menu items so well. I would highly recommend to everyone!

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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 28, 2018

The Winterlicious menu was excellant. The time of courses was perfect as was the service and attentiveness of our waiter, Al.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 27, 2018

All in all, not a great experience. My husband and I went to dinner with some friends, both of whom had to work until 9:30 so we had to take a 10pm reservation. We never get to go out together as we both work in the industry (and hardly ever on a Saturday night.) Yes, it was Winterlicious but we made a point of ordering oysters, cocktails and wine. I know what Winterlicious can be like and wanted to let the server know we would make it worth their while. Sadly though, our server was not the most pleasant. We felt rushed with food (oysters came in good timing but then our appetizers hit the table seconds later). When our server came to take our wine glasses away, I said that I would like to order a bottle and he replied with a sarcastic “oh great!” (Which I took as - great you’re going to be here even longer) I felt as if he were being condescending towards us. Maybe he wasn’t but that’s the vibe I got. I work in the industry as well. I bartend and serve in a similar type of establishment and would never treat guests the way I felt we were treated even if I was annoyed at having a late reservation. Food was just ok. Mains were good enough but the apps and the desserts were sub par. When our server came to check how our appetizers were he walked away without giving my husband a chance to mention his disappointment in their “mushroom truffle” salad which looked like it came out of a bag and had what looked like two slivers of button mushroom. I don’t know where the truffle came in. I had the croquette which was basically a glorified cheese stick. Dessert was ..meh. Left most of it behind. Don’t get the chocolate cake. Our server left half way through and we were taken over by another server who seemed to care more. We still left 20% even though I don’t think he deserved it but we figured that they pool tips so we didn’t want to stiff the other staff. The experience was disappointing, based on other reviews and I don’t think we will be returning.

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·Dined on January 27, 2018

Came to Biff's for Winterlicious. Really enjoyed the restaurant decor and the ability to choose from various locations to sit. We chose the lounge. Our server was very pleasant and made sure we were happy and had everything we needed. The food was great, very well prepared and nicely presented. Would come here again for their regular menu.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Really enjoyed our Winterlicious dinner this week. Great wait staff, food and wine. Highly recommend it!

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 27, 2018

My main meal was not cooked properly ... they changed it immediately with a smile !
Nice waiting staff ... warm atmosphere.
App, dessert excellent ... new main meal -“ perch” fabulous and fresh.

Tags: Special Occasion, Local Ingredients
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Tri-tip steak should of been more medium done.
Dessert were good (custard & chocolate cake)
Stormy cocktail was good

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Food was decent as was the wait staff, except they said they were going to bring bread and didn't. Very noisy so had to speak loudly to one another. Will go back once the patio opens.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 26, 2018

The Winterlicious prix fixe menu was quite good. The chocolate cake s/b listed as "flourless." Not what I expected. It was like eating a slab of very sweet fudge. Did not like it at all.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 26, 2018

My family of three tried Biff's Bistro for the first time during Wintelicious event. Restaurant setting is great, interior is very nice decorated, service was very good and food was delicious - we have intentionally chosen 3 different appetizers, main courses and deserts so that we can share and everything was absolutely great! We are definitely coming back!

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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Biffs has a great location, excellent service and a well chosen wine list. I had the Winterlicious menu and chose the Tri-Tip steak which was cooked to perfection and had truffled cauliflower as a garnish. The steak (and the truffled cauliflower) tasted great, but it was tough to chew.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 23, 2018

We had a delightful waiter who had recently started at Biff's. He made a few little gaffes but was absolutely charming and made up for it later. Hope he stays on.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Great customer service. Food was ok.

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