Café Boulud

4.5
1965 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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French
Café Boulud is Chef Daniel Boulud’s reimagined French Brasserie located in the Four Seasons Hotel in Yorkville, Toronto. The restaurant serves a seasonally changing menu rooted in French tradition, highlighting both bistro classics and contemporary dishes inspired by Chef Daniel’s family meals in Lyon.

A gleaming rotisserie is used to slow-roast chicken à la broche, whole lobster, and even rum-scented pineapple. We are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, and offer brunch on Sundays.

Designed by Martin Brudnizki of London. The vintage-inspired ambiance is highlighted by a comfortable lounge and wraparound banquettes, a dining counter, and a semi-private room that accommodates up to eight guests. The restaurant has received several accolades since its renovation including Best Restaurant in Canada at the Notable Awards and Canada's Hundred Best Restaurants.

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Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
French
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Hours of operation
Open Daily: Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner - Saturday/Sunday Brunch

Breakfast – 6:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Lunch – 12:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Dinner – 5:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Saturday Brunch - 11:00AM - 2:00 PM
Sunday Brunch – 11:00 AM – 2:30 PM
Bar Same hours as Dining Room
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Phone number
(416) 963-6000
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Catering
The entire restaurant may be bought out for private lunches or dinners.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Bay & Yorkville
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Parking details
Available at a preferred discounted rate for dining guests.
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Public transit
Bloor-Yonge Subway station
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Entertainment
Experience d|bar, our spirited lounge on the ground floor serving an array of classic and creative cocktails, and a diverse menu of complete meals and small plates. A DJ spins tunes every night except Sunday from 10:00PM until close.
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Special events & promotions
WEEKEND BRUNCH!
Saturday 11:00am-2:00pm
Sunday 11:00am-2:30pm
Reservations ACCEPTED
2-course prix-fixe $48
3-course prix-fixe $56
FEATURING:
- Canadian oysters
- Charcuterie
- Crepes and Lemon Ricotta Hotcakes
- Croque Madame
- A bevy of Benedicts
- And so much more

Please check our website for current brunch menu.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1965 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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CP
Toronto
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always. Celebrities spotted as usual.

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S
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Aside from the 45min wait to be seated for our reservation time was a great experience. We were comped for drinks and desert so that made up for the wait. Nice atmosphere and friendly service. Overall a great pic.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing restaurant. Service was outstanding and the food was great

I had the tuna tartare for my appetizer
The scallops for my main
And the profiteroles for my dessert

It was amazing!

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J
Denver
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

We were disappointed with the noise level emanating from the bar downstairs. Two of our party are a little hard of hearing, and conversation was difficult. Food just too over-the/top. Potage parmentier had to have half a pint of cream - much too rich. Service good and pleasant but we will not return.

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JJ
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Zach, our waiter, was knowledgeable and a consummate professional The food was outstanding and the timing was not rushed despite it being a very busy night during TiFF.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It was a nice professional place.

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NV
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A chic place to get together with friends or have a romantic dinner. The food is inventive and delicious, service is very professional.

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E
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was very nice and service was also excellent. Much enjoyed our meal.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always exceptional. Worth every cent. Good ambience.

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DU
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Server was very good. Food was just okay, especially considering the price.
Good location, nice restaurant, but there are so many more delicious offerings in Yorkville.

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ML
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food definitely will keep in mind for anniversaries

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Wine prices high!

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ES
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 2

Well, cafe boulud fine dining was my fav restaurant in the city before....

Now cafe boulud the want to hip restaurant is not at all my taste.

So I will not come back. It's a shame for the price point they want, for the decor and style they have now chosen.

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JC
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Deft kitchen and service. Excellent tartars - both tuna and beef. Of course the rotisserie chicken remains a defining experience

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LL
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Attentive service. Highly recommended.

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M
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Went to Café Boulud for a lunch business meeting and I have to say that the food quality was incredibly disappointing. Because it was boulud, the four seasons and fairy pricey, I expected the food quality to reflect that and it simply didn’t. Nothing tasted bad - except the vinegar taste on the eggs Benedict was much stronger than it should have been - but I could have had close to the same quality meal at sunset grill for half the price. I suppose you are paying for the atmosphere but that’s not enough to bring me back. He food has to be good as well. Will not return, even on a company’s dime.

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OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 5ambience 1

Server was great. Too bad they let a dog in to table next to us. If it’s a service dog it should be clearly identified. Also take note of the dust and bugs hanging in the drapes. Brought this up with manager who dismissed everything and made excuses. Never again

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NM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

This was my third weekend brunch at Cafe Boulud. The first time was amazing. The second time the food was excellent but the service was substandard. This time the entree and the service were both disappointing. Our reservation was at 11am; we received our entree over an hour and a half later. We were celebrating my niece’s eighth birthday. The waiter brought out her birthday dessert at the same time the adults received their eggs benedict. We all agreed that the eggs benedict did not taste as good as previous times. Our appetizer, the Berries Tartine, was delicious. Initially we ordered the Profiteroles (a delectable ice cream dessert that we enjoyed during our previous visit) but had to cancel it because we had other birthday plans and had to leave. Overall the food at Cafe Boulud is delicious but I do not know if the food is worth the wait.

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g
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Weekend brunch menu had a wide range of selection- there’s definitely something for everyone. We found certain dishes bit too heavily seasoned though. It does get busy so make sure to book a reservation.

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JV
Toronto
39 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super awesome - this place is the real deal for quality everything. Have a Led Zeppelin cocktail and share everything. apps and ‘seasonals’ warrant sharing to try more - desirable to skip mains and go aggressive on top half of menu.

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HL
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Loved the ambiance and the food. I’m not so sure about the service, we kept on having to flag down the waiter

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I can’t rave enough about the appetizers.

We had the zucchini flowers (oh. My. God.) and the grilled octopus (oh. My. God.).

Both were GREAT!

The mains however did not live up to expectations and didn’t continue the great experience we had - we had the duck confit and the cod.

It was almost a damper on our spirits.

To be fair, that might just be because we compared them with the apps.. which might just be a good problem to have for the restaurant.

As i write this, in the background I hear “you must write about the service, because we didn’t feel like we were out of place” - so there you go.

And it was.

The staff was friendly, relatable, and down to earth.

All in all, a great experience.

My advice: order as many apps and sharing plates as you can. And nothing else.

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G
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent location inside the Four Seasons Hotel. Sohisticated decor, attentive service, and a very good menu. My duck confit was excellent. My wife and guest had quenelles, which are rarely offered these days, and were full of praise for their lightness and flavor.

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T
Adelaide / SA
5 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional food but truly a great staff. To remember guests and care about thier feedback is the rarest of traits. Well done.
Oh, and dessert was off the charts excellent.

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OT
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect! Delicious breakfast and stellar wait staff. Thank you!

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OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

For the price was under whelemed by the service. Compared to alo which is in the same price range it was very low. Rachel however is amazing at making us feel wowed

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C
Philadelphia
90 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

I thoroughly enjoyed eating at this “French” restaurant, except that I paid $25 for an omelette that was no different than the $10 version I had at my local restaurant in Pennsylvania.

Simply over-priced fare that tastes as good as any other...

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and attentive service. Definitely recommend!

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RP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

If you go to Boulud have the chicken or the duck for two. Outstanding.

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c
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

As always, great service and reliable food. My dining partner thought her fish was marginally overdone. Otherwise, superb all around.

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PW
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great, food was excellent and the chocolate dessert was beyond excellent.
Ask for the Profiteroles with chocolate hot sauce poured on top !

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p
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Excellent food seriously marred by lackluster service (long wait for refills of water, food, wine; waiter left the bill and walked away), that plus an intolerable level of noise (house music) from the downstairs bar which started before we finished our mains. There were no warm madeleines at the end of the meal - a hallmark of all Cafe Boulud - an added disappointment.

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JO
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there for a special birthday lunch; excellent smoked salmon, attentive service and very special surroundings made for many happy memories. We will do this again.
Thank you.

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RK
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Our party of four enjoyed very good but not great food. The ambience was good but not great. Our waiter seemed to be distracted and our service was very slow. All in all only a somewhat better than average evening which did not meet our expectations. I doubt that we will choose to go back.

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MO
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Our waiter was very good a dealing with our young child, however the arrival of the food could have been better. After 1/2 hour we had to ask about our cocktails, he had forgotten. The 1 hour later he brought us another set, to make up for his forgetfulness. Was thoughtful of him but we couldn't drink them since we needed to drive home. Our 10 year recieved her food before we even had our appetizers which showed up about 1/2 hour later.
I did note when booking on open table that it was a birthday, yet the waiter knew nothing about this. When he did find out a delicious plate of madelines where brought to the table.
This was our second time there for a Sunday brunch, I think the first time was better because of the service.
Maybe the waiter was having an off day, sometimes that can happen.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Taking mum out

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience, thank you very much!

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S
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Truly incredible food and outstanding service; worth every penny. I have 15 food allergens and they handled each of them gracefully. Will be sure to come back next time I’m in Yorkville - 5 stars to Daniel Boulud and his team.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

I’m quite disappointed in this experience. I am a big fan of This chef and couldn’t wait to try this restaurant knowing it was at the Four Seasons and they’d only have the best.
The food was a let down. I shared the rack of lamb for two with one of my dining companions. The fat was not rendered at all. What? At Cafe Boloud? My other dining companion ordered the profiterole for dessert. The presentation was quite spectacular but again, the dish was very disappointing. They were not at all profiteroles, and the cookie base on them was soggy as could be.
The worst part of the meal though, was the table of a family with 3 children seated next to us. The children were very loud and climbing out of their chairs and running around, banging in to our table repeatedly. This was not McDonald’s. This was Cafe Boloud at the Four Seasons at 10:00 pm. What? A $600 meal for 3 should have been so much better and so much more enjoyable. I will not go back next time I’m in Toronto.

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FN
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our experience was incredible. I had the duck confit which was cooked to perfection, my friend had the porcelet also delicieux! The wait staff was attentive, the decor retro mid-century modern, the chairs not only stylish but extremely comfortable. I would for sure come back for another special dinner.

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