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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: 11:45pm - 2:30pm
Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm;
Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm

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

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

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Ring in the New Year in true Parisian style. Join us for Chef Bill Osborne’s exquisite prix fixe, featuring indulgent dishes such as Black Truffle Chitarra Pasta, Coq au Vin, and a Double Chocolate Éclair. We look forward to celebrating with you!

Biff's Bistro Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.1

ambience

4.1

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

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Quiet Conversation (12)
Good for Anniversaries (12)
Great for Lunch (10)
Authentic (9)
Cozy (9)
Good for Groups (9)
Comfort Food (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
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Fun (4)
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 (Toronto)·Dined 4 days ago

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.

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 (Toronto)·Dined 5 days ago

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

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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 (Charleston)·Dined 5 days ago

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

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Toronto)·Dined 7 days ago

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
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 (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
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 (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
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 (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
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 (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
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 (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.

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·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
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·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
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 22, 2017

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

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·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.

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·Dined on November 19, 2017

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

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 (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
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 (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
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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.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 15, 2017

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

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·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

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·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.

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 (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
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 (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
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 (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
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Good Food, good service and great friends.
First time to Biff’s but we will be back. Wondering why I waited so long?

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Tapas, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Whenever we go to Toronto, to shows or to the Opera or for meetings, we always put Biff's in our plans.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation
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 (Montreal)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Very nice restaurant, a good service and attention to details. Overall an experience, I will do again next time I'm in Toronto.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on October 30, 2017

The manager (Ashley) is nothing short of awesome!!! It’s a regular hangout for my wife and I and I also steer business lunches there as a result.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 28, 2017

I was most impressed with the service. We were late for our reservation due to traffic and road construction. When we called to let the hostess know, she was so understanding. She held our reservation for us, not knowing that we were on the road for 2 hours already. In the end we were only 10 minutes late. As for the food, use of fresh ingredients were evident. Ambience was lively but not too loud for conversing. Servers were polite yet personable. Excellent overall.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 28, 2017

This is one of my favourite restaurants in Toronto and it is my favourite O&B restaurant. I have been going to this restaurant for years and I am so glad that the foie gras and Beef Bourguignon is always on the menu. The food is excellent and never a disappointment. It is my choice for special occasion dinners.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 26, 2017

Food was great. The presentation was amazing and the taste extraordinary. We stopped before a bite before the theatre and was pleasantly surprised. Especially the escargot was amazing !

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Waterfront, Good for a Date
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Service was first class food freshly prepared and amazingly delicious. Definitely will come back

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Late-night Find
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on October 11, 2017

It is not for me to say but the three of us gals couldn't really find anything on the menu that appealed to us. They both ordered the trout and didn't finish it. I had a green salad and fries. Every item on the menu had something unappetizing in it thus our choices were few. However the ambiance is great and the service excellent

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Both the Halibut and Monkfish were exceptional. They did not have the wine we ordered and tried to upsell a replacement, but the wine we chose as a replacement was delicious and cheaper than the first choice.

Tags: Romantic, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine
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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Biff's Bistro is one of my favorite Toronto restaurants. Service is always exceptional - our server Elliot was friendly and accommodating. The food is always delicious. Love this B+O restaurant.

Tags: Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Food was great...sit in Al’s section. Great server and super knowledgeable about the menu and wine list.

Tags: Cozy, Hot Spot, Business Meals
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on September 27, 2017

This is my second time at Biff's, and it gets better each time. I got to try the liver this time, and found it flavourful and mashed potatoes it came with were creamy and perfect. Food here is an experience, and the wait staff perform well above average. I would highly recommend this restaurant for some of the best French cuisine in town.

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·Dined on September 21, 2017

Usually reserve Biff's for special occasions. I need to come more often. It's still one of my favourite restaurants.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 19, 2017

Met with friends for a mid-week catch-up and really enjoyed it. Lovely ambiance, reasonable prices though desserts a little pricey, delicious food!

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Love the team at Biff's for their warm yet professional service, the fantastic food and inviting ambiance. A great choice for a business meeting or to catch up with friends. I'll definitely be back!

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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on September 17, 2017

We had wonderful service by Mike who gave exemplary service! If you love bistro food, you can never go wrong when picking Biff's.

Tags: Hot Spot
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