Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 0.06mi
  2. Distance: 0.06mi
  3. Distance: 0.09mi
  4. Distance: 0.16mi
  1. Distance: 0.06mi
  2. Distance: 0.06mi
  3. Distance: 0.09mi
  4. Distance: 0.16mi

Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 0.06mi
  2. Distance: 0.06mi
  3. Distance: 0.09mi
  4. Distance: 0.16mi
  1. Distance: 0.06mi
  2. Distance: 0.06mi
  3. Distance: 0.09mi
  4. Distance: 0.16mi

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
View Larger Map

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

5
4
3
2
1

4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.3

ambience

4.1

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (34)
Pre/post Theatre (32)
Good for a Date (28)
See All
Business Meals (24)
Romantic (21)
Good for Anniversaries (18)
Creative Cuisine (18)
Fit for Foodies (18)
Quiet Conversation (15)
Casual (13)
Good for Groups (12)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
Bar Seating (11)
Authentic (10)
Comfort Food (9)
Cozy (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Great for Lunch (8)
Notable Wine List (8)
Fun (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
People Watching (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Healthy (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Organic (2)
Tapas (2)
Vegan (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Seasonal (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Waterfront (1)
Sort by
S
2222 reviews
Loading Reviews ...

 
 (Toronto)·Dined 2 days ago

We had an amazing time, food was fabulous and our waiter was very entertaining and knowledgeable. The chef accommodated me with a delicious vegan meal. Will be returning and have told family and friends to give Biffs a try.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Vegan, Tapas, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined 3 days ago

We were on a second date and were seated under a speaker. Could barely hear each other plus the bench seat was too low for the table. Having said that, we were away from other people so once we asked for the music to be turned down, things were much better. I ordered the beef bourginoin which when presented to me I was a bit surprised as it looked like a braised short rib. When I asked about it,I found out it was a short rib. So not what I expected, and definitely not beef bourginon, but it was delicious. service was very good. Overall I would go back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good for a Date, Romantic, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience3
service4
value3

 
 (Toronto)·Dined 4 days ago

This was a very memorable evening, great food and excellent service! Daniel was our server and was exceptional at all aspects, including wit and Humour!! Highly recommended with one small note for music interfering with normal conversations. Can't wait for next occassion.

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Fun
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Steak frites was great. Service was a little slow at the end but we’d eaten and were waiting for teas/coffee and the bill so no real problem there.

Always good food here, mushroom soup app was very good!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience3
service4
value3

 
·Dined on January 14, 2018

Food was not amazing .. a bit pricey ! Otherwise, really great service and ambiance

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch, Pre/post Theatre
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Biff’s is a gem, though you don’t hear much about it in the press. We visit about once a year, and the food / service are consistently great. It’s also not impossible most nights to get a reservation. Great drinks too. If you haven’t been, you should definitely go.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

 
·Dined on January 11, 2018

Pleasantly suprised at the overall quality. I had the Octopus & Chorizo Salad and my friend had the Herb-Crusted Trout. Both were absolutely devine. The server was very knowledgeable and attentive, and he did not rush us. Well worth the price.

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Gluten Free Options, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined on January 7, 2018

Overall quite good. Server was a tad unctuous and wife's soup was a bit cold. Despite that, would go back again.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Romantic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience4
service4
value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Food, atmosphere, and service are all 5 stars! Very delish lamb goulash for my main, all the food was really delicious! We will continue to return again and again.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Excelente cena de Año Nuevo. Las opciones amplias en el menú para esta fecha , el maridaje con vinos adecuados! Nos dieron una copa champán 🥂 para el brindis! Exclente servicio , nos atendieron de manera personalizada con conversación adecuada! Lo recomiendo!

Tags: Great for Lunch
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2018

The service was very impressive and great but the food was horrible. As a French woman going to a French restaurant I was hoping for much better. The frog legs didn’t taste anything like supposed to. The beef tartar was very weird and the egg on top was cooked?? They said it was their “thing” but was still bad and way tooo mustardy. My mother had snails but wasn’t sure what she was eating. They were swimming in this poor persillade sauce and it felt like eating bad mushrooms. Then we ordered a duck confit and sea food plater. The duck was dry and glazed with a sweet wine sauce which ruined it all. The seafood platter had literally no taste. Was really disappointed overall by the food. The wine was warm and Not the greatest as well. The service was good tho. Will not be going back unfortunately.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food1
ambience4
service5
value1

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Good food and service, well decorated but, as most
Places, too noisy. Conversation is difficult if not impossible.

Tags: Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience3
service4
value4

vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on January 1, 2018

NYE, not what it used to be at Biff's. Hard bread and a very dry and boring shortbread 'cookie' welcomed you. Not the way to start off. Some good, like the scallops appetizer and halIbut entree. Which sadly were not mine. Order the lobster cannelloni. Just wrong, too much butter and endless onions. Great idea to overload someone with onions NYE! Dessert wasn't much better with a ma and pa style eclair. Big, dry and way too sweet. In the end, very disappointed and not what we expected.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food1
ambience3
service4
value2

vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Food was good...love the Prix Fix menu

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on December 17, 2017

The food was adequate. Three of us had steak frites and although the steak was perfect, the frites were overdone and not at all suitable. Frites require skill to do perfectly and this time, they were dreadful.

Tags: Casual, Afternoon Coffee, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience4
service4
value4

 
·Dined on December 14, 2017

Staff was very good. Food consistent and dependable. The hostess was particularly nice and accomadating.

Tags: Comfort Food
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on December 14, 2017

I identified that I required gluten free options for my dinner. The waiter acknowledged his understanding of my request and seemed fairly knowledgeable about the menu. I ordered the pate with the toasts on the anther plate because I am celiac. I also confirmed that I could get GF bread. The pate arrived with the toasts on the same plate and the waiter took it away and removed the toasts and put them on a separate plate and brought it back but the pate was still on the same plate. All of the appetizers arrived and it took over 10 mins to get the GF bread so I could eat the pate. Everyone was finishing their apps by the time I got mine. The general attitude was a bit dismissive. Needless to say I am very disappointed about the experience as was the rest of the party.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food2
ambience2
service1
value2

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Our favourite restaurant, when we are in Toronto. It has that French feel.

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Fit for Foodies
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value3

 
 (Charleston)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Food was good .. but WAY TOO MUCH garlic in mashed potatoes and roast chicken dish.

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience4
service4
value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Great food
Service a a bit slow however. It did take a bit of time to get the waiter’s attention to order

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Casual, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service3
value3

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on December 8, 2017

The food quality and the service were both very good; the prix fixe was good value.
However, the meal and overall experience were overwhelmed by the noise level (both the ambient room noise, but especially from an adjoining table) - made any conversation almost impossible.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience2
service4
value3

 
 (Calgary)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Brie cheese and charcuterie to start. I had the beef bourgignon. Food was very good but too bad the service was very slow (from the start it took 10 minutes to be greeted and 20 minutes for wine to arrive. Our section was not full to justify.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Casual
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience3
service1
value3

vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on December 3, 2017

A little bit overpriced for the quality of the food. The menu looks somewhat inventive but the execution is not very great, at least it was for us. We ordered the frog legs, as we generally like those, but they very extremely bland and tasteless and overcooked. It was quite disappointing. The rest of the food we had was ok, but not at all great or special. The cocktails were good, the service was excellent, but the food was just expensive for the quality. You can have a much better experiences somewhere else nearby, likely for much less money.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience4
service5
value2

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Originally booked for four but had two extra people join us last minute. We informed the hostess of this and she wasn't too pleased with us; she gave us a bit of the cold shoulder. While I understand why, we feel she could have handled it better. This kind of marred an otherwise great experience. The rest of the staff were very friendly and hospitable; the server in particular was collected yet charismatic. The French onion soup du jour, the Syrah wine, and Devil's chocolate ice cream were divine; the beef bourguignon main dish was underwhelming.

It was a 4-star experience overall and I would come back. I would try a different main next time.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4
value3

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 30, 2017

I brought several out-of-town colleagues to Biff's and it was a serious mistake. I ordered the trout and it arrived in a bowl containing a green brothy mixture that had very little flavour. The fish was nicely cooked but it sat on a bed of sparse vegetables, one of which were canned artichokes. Nothing like a chewy artichoke with the consistency of plastic to destroy the flavour of a delicate piece of trout. My appetizer was over salty french onion. The bread was fantastic, but if that's all you can rave about when paying through the teeth for a meal, something has gone off the rails. Three of my colleagues ordered steaks, all of which were barely warm when they arrived. One ordered duck and it looked more like pulled pork when she was done with it as she had to shred the meat to get it off the bone with the butter knife that she'd been provided with. Sorry Biff, but you bombed this time.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food1
ambience3
service3
value1

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 30, 2017

We sat in the bar area, which was quiet. My cousin and I had a long catch up!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined on November 30, 2017

I've been here a number of times and have always been impressed. Good menu, good food, lovely ambiance, great service.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Disabled Access, Good for Groups
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

 
·Dined on November 25, 2017

food was even better than i remembered which is always a nice surprise. everything was really yummy but the one dish that stood out for me was the calf's liver, it was excellent. one down point for me was i remembered them having the $1 oysters which they now only have on a Tuesday, which is ok i'll just come back on a Tuesday next time. our server was friendly and took great care of us. overall was a great experience.

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service4
value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Service was slow. I did not enjoy the food. This could be ascribed to my choice.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food2
ambience2
service2
value2

 
·Dined on November 19, 2017

Ambience = crowded, tables too close together, big, noisy, not much French bistro character.
Service = good (thank you Michael).
Food = 50 / 50, beef bourguignon was good, lamb shank goulash was overcooked, dry.
Wine = good selection of by-the-glass wines, but pricey.
Overall = bit of a "get 'em in and get 'em out" feel, not good value for money, a 6 posing as a 9.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience1
service3
value1

 
·Dined on November 19, 2017

the appetizers and deserts were wonderful!! mains so so, but worth the experience

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 17, 2017

The service was excellent but the food quality has decreased since my last visit. The pastry under the foie gras was soggy, the mushroom dauphinois tasted « old « , not fresh... Hopefully the quality will go back to its original state!

Tags: Good for a Date
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience3
service5
value3

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Came to Biff's Bistro for my fiancé's birthday. From the moment we walked into the door, we felt welcomed. The food was fantastic, we shared the Escargots en persillade as an appetizer. The escargot were very tender and the sauce was great as a spread on the grilled focaccia. We had the Moules frites and the Wild mushroom dauphinoise as our entree. The dauphinoise was very creamy and the mushrooms had a meaty texture and a roasted flavour. The mussels in the moules frites were quite tender as well. We even had a surprise from our waitress with cookies and a happy birthday message. Definitely made the night special and we will definitely come back again!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Authentic, Special Occasion, Romantic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Great dinner. Got us out in time for the theatre. Waiter David was fantastic. Restaurant has redeemed itself from several BAD experiences last year.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Always a great place for lunch, great service and the lamb burger is amazing.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

 
·Dined on November 12, 2017

Unimpressed with the service.
Unimpressed with my steak - very chewy and fatty
Unimpressed with trout - under cooked.
Unimpressed with vegetables - undercooked

Dined on a sunday with no crowd in the restaurant. I would not return

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food2
ambience2
service1
value1

 
·Dined on November 12, 2017

It was our 5 year anniversary and I mentioned that on my reservation and they definitely went above and beyond to make this occasion very memorable. Not only was the food amazing and the service was impeccable but at the end they surprised us with desert (eclair made from scratch) that wasn’t even in the menu anymore. It was served in a wooden platter (wood is the symbol for 5 years of marriage) and a glass of champagne each. We had an amazing time and I definitely recommend Biff’s Bistro to anyone that wants to enjoy great food with great company.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great French inspired cuisine! Small well executed menu. Great selection of French wines. Atmosphere is cozy and romantic. Great for dates and before shows.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Tampa)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The food was very good, the service was excellent. The price...Easily the most expensive meal I have ever had. ($160 + Tip for 2 of us)

It was good, not sure it was THAT good. but was out for a good night and a good night was had.

P.S. I think it was probably the BEST mushroom soup I have ever tasted.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Romantic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value3

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Had a decent meal, only downside was a side order of mushrooms did not arrive with the meal. After 3 follow ups, I finally gave up and told them to kill the order as it was still unavailable. It then showed up on the bill and I needed to correct it. No offer was made to make up for this error.

Tags: Romantic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience3
service2
value3

Report this review as inappropriate?

If you believe this review should be removed from OpenTable, please let us know and someone will investigate.