Café Boulud

4.6
1866 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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French
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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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Executive chef
Sylvain Assié
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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
SUMMERLICIOUS! July 6 - July 22
Lunch $33: Available Monday-Saturday (not available during Sunday brunch)
Dinner $53: Available Monday-Sunday

We maintain a monthly schedule of wine dinners and special culinary events. Please visit www.cafeboulud.com/toronto for more information.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Outstanding

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Everything was great. The chefs choice charcuterie board was amazing. Our server was quick, attentive, and very pleasant. I had the veal, it was cooked perfectly with a nice combination of flavours from the sides. My friend had the 8oz steak and she said it was really good as well. Nothing to complain about here.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Amazing! One of the best brunch menus in the city.

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1.0Dined 7 days ago

For that Hotel this café/ restaurant is very low!
the hostess was so rude.
our waitress even worse. first she didnot adjust my daughter's chair.
not handing the napkins to any one of us especially my daughters. while my daughter was looking at the menu she grabed it from her hand.
the service was very bad . we ordered steak they did not bring us a steak knife. we ordered latte after we finished we asked for brewed coffee & she poured at the same latte cup.

and so many other things.
it's a shame for that Hotel having that Boloud cafe.
we just waisted our money & worse father's day memory!

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2.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Server assumes that my colleague who came slightly earlier was me and worse assumed that he’s waiting for his “girlfriend”. There was continuous mistake in delivering whose having which entreè and main course. Took a long time just to bring a ginger ale. Presentation of cauliflower side dish was also a little interesting. They don’t even bother to cut it to bite size. Half way through our dinner, the music volume and increased that we need to start to speak louder in order to hear each other.

Terrible restaurant to go for any business meals. Doesn’t live up to the Boulud name. Very surprising to see a Four Seasons property to be this poor. Ironically their corporate office is in this city!

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

My husband and I had the loveliest of dinners at Cafe Boulud. We had the octopus appetizer which was delicious; the octopus was cooked to perfection. The rack of lamb (medium rare) was melt-in-your mouth tender. We splurged on calories and had baked Alaska for dessert. Cafe Boulud was a memorable experience due to the impeccable service, top-drawer ingredients, delicious food preparation and the elegant ambiance.

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3.0Dined on June 11, 2018

The food was outstanding but we were very disappointed with our server. Wine and water glasses empty frequently. Had to get up to serve ourselves. Others tried to step in and take our orders but it had already put a bad taste in our mouths. It was not busy so unsure where our server was half the time. If you get seated in Razeen's section I would recommend moving.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Always our favourite, thank you Jeremy and team for always making it so special .

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4.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Very enjoyable. Service was excellent and there was lots on the menu of interest. We will definitely return.

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5.0Dined on June 4, 2018

The food was delicious and the ambience lovely.
This restaurant deserves it's high ratings as it lives up to high standards.
A great place to celebrate a special occasion.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Enjoyed a simply delightful brunch with my husband on Sunday morning. Service, as always was impeccable and the food was wonderful. I cannot ever remember having a less than lovely experience at Cafe Boulud - perfect way to time with friends and or family. -

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

The food was amazing...maybe the best steak I have ever had. Our waiter was fantastic as well. And the grapefruit sorbet and profiteroles at the end were so good! Will definitely be going back in the future.

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3.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Cafe Boulud is an upscale 1950 diner style restaurant on the second floor of Four Seasons Hotel. It offers exceptional take on French culinary, fine dining inspired, with quite acceptable prices. Terrine de Foie Gras is one of the purest pleasures you ever experienced. Confit de canard is crispy, fatty and flavorful. The 2 other dishes I ordered, steak tartare parisien and escargot is good and fresh, but I had better elsewhere.

There are 2 reasons for my bad review.
- The restaurant is as dark as a nightclub, you can't see a thing after 8 pm
- My server is the worst I have seen in the last 4 years in upscale restaurant. The moment I told him I wouldn't drink anything tonight (I just got out of another party) he immediately showed no enthusiasm nor common politeness, throwing breads on the table, hurling main plates, quickly turned away to serve other table... In the end when I asked for more water, he poured from the remaining of a bottle he was holding instead of giving us a new bottle.
I did gave him a regular tips, but if Cafe Boulud wants to deliver the same level of service as other fine diners or other Four Seasons, first thing is to invest more in training your staff.

In luxury hospitality business, guests with $20 bill and guests with $2000 bill must be treated equally.

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3.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Do not bring balloons. Not accepted. Not cookies to decorate the table as you will be charged 9.00 pp "slice fee" Food limited ESP for vegetarians. Expect to pay 145.00 for a 40.00 bottle of wine

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

I ordered the Grapefruit Givre and Salad Nicoise, very fitting for lunch on a hot afternoon.
The salad Niciose was good, the seared tuna on top was nice. I would have liked at least 2 quails eggs, instead of the very small one that came with the dish.
The Grapefruit Givre was excellent.! It was very tasty and the variety of textures was great. The cotton candy on top was a very nice addition.

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5.0Dined on May 22, 2018

The entree's were good, good portion. Desserts was probably the best, lots of options for desserts. Overall, good experience.

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4.0Dined on May 21, 2018

Beautiful access from hotel 4 seasons lobby. Warm decor, attentive service, great menu to choose lots of French classics. Delicious! Had great time with friends & easy to hear ourselves talk. Go for a special occasion too!

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5.0Dined on May 21, 2018

Great service and the food was extraordinary . thanks

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4.0Dined on May 20, 2018

First time dining at the restaurant. We were there for my sons birthday. The staff went out of their way to make him feel special. Cavatelli and Boudin blanch were a big hit. Sea bass was good but a little under seasoned. Craft cocktails were great and the dessert was delicious - especially the macarons. Thank you for making a little boys day.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Took my daughter Chloé and Holly, one of her friends for Sunday Brunch.
Although my wife and I have been they’re many times - the Staff was phenomenal and the service as well as the good were impeccable.
Very enjoyable and absolutely already looking to going back ASAP.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Great service in a great restaurant. Everything we ordered was delicious, but the Baked Alaska was the showstopper!

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4.0Dined on May 18, 2018

The dessert menu is superb, the food is good, not the best french restaurant I've been to but a very good option.

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Excellent food quality.

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3.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Nice ambiance, and noise level which was good for a business lunch. If this is your main concern, it's a good place to go. Would have liked to see a more extensive main selection. With 5 of us, we ordered varied dishes. None of the dishes were bad but nothing stood out either. Being near Yorkville, there are many options within that price range.

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4.0Dined on May 17, 2018

Anniversary

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4.0Dined on May 15, 2018

We had a special request, non alcoholic wine for my husband. We arranged this ahead of time. They did try to get some in, but what they found was sweet sparkling cider, which was not what we were looking for. When they realized this, they made some calls and went over to a local store to get what we wanted. Good recovery. We were kept very comfortable while we waited for it to arrive. Thanks to the staff!

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5.0Dined on May 15, 2018

Delightful, as usual. However, this time our assigned table was in a quite noisy area of the restaurant.

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3.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Poor service. Food was only ok. Expected much more from a Boulud restaurant.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Excellent service. Will Definitely return

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Perfection as always. Enjoyed the Mother's Day prix fixe menu with my family. Salad, eggs with short rib, omelette, eggs florentine and desserts were all prepared and presented beautifully. Fantastic service provided by Mike.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Had a lovely mother's day brunch. The restaurant was quite full and service took longer than expected. Other than that, all very good.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Mother’s Day brunch

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Normally I would give this restaurant 5/5 but most recently I was there for mother’s day brunch and felt the menu wasn’t as good as their regular offering. We were also rushed to leave for the next sitting when we weren’t late to begin with. I can understand from a business perspective that they need to keep tables moving, but for the prices they charge and the experience people are looking to have, it’s poor planning. A man told us we had to leave when we just started our dessert! Other than for a prefixed meal, I would 100% recommend Cafe Boulud! The food on their regular menu is fabulous (large variety), the service is impeccable and the ambiance is upbeat, stylish and inviting.

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

I was there the night before mother’s day and was unimpressed. The service was slow, the food was mediocre and when i made the reservation i said i was celebrating my anniversary which was not acknowledged throughout the evening at all. Overall it was a nice restaurant but i wouldn’t rush back.

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3.0Dined on May 12, 2018

The food was average. Steak tartare was flavoured very well but was uneven in size and several chunks were attached by stringy bits. Frites were so small and crisp they couldn’t be pierced with the fork. The bass was perfectly cooked with interesting vegetables, quite good. The spinach was, yes, very green, but just spinach, nothing interesting. Our waitress was excellent, helpful and attentive and knew the menu and ingredients. However, someone else came along and asked us to accept a complimentary dessert on the couch as our table was required for a waiting, annoyed party of three. We had also waited for our table when we arrived and had been in our seats for about ninety minutes. We were not the least bit interested in eating a dessert on the couch no matter who paid for it. So our wine was removed from the bill instead and we left. Our table was for two; the party of three were probably no less annoyed when they saw their table. We agreed that we would remember that dinner for a long time and not for the meal. And the place is so loud, after a while we just gave up trying to talk. A disappointment; I was really looking forward to it.

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4.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Food was excellent. Service was great. Only constructive feedback is that given that I had reserved weeks in advance, it would have been nicer to have been seated at a better table (ie one that wasn’t so close to the entrance). We will be back, thanks!

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

We celebrated a birthday. Always enjoy coming to this restaurant. Food, service, atmosphere was great!

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4.0Dined on May 5, 2018

I chose Cafe Boulud as it is one of the nicer brunch spots in Yorkville. We were celebrating my wife's birthday and wanted to head somewhere nicer. There is a set price menu for brunch, which we were unaware of. There is a $46 per person charge, and you receive 2 courses. The course sizes are large, so you definitely leave full.

We had the fruit plate, crepes, croque madame, and a chocolate dessert. All were phenomenal. The service was a bit shaky at the start, but our server was great by the end. He heard it was my wife's birthday, so had a birthday message and a candle added to the dessert, which was a great touch!

We'll be back to Cafe Boulud for sure!

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2.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Pre early mother s day celebration. Was here a couple of weeks ago and it was absolutely delicious that time. Today, i ordered exactly the same except no dessert - nicoise and fried chicken but it was very inconsistent with the last time. The cauliflower was three small little “tree” and the salad was a bit too wilted. Was going to take a friend for birthday next week but will change the restaurant as it was not as impressive as the first time. My friend also had the same as last time which was steak and eggs but the cut of this steak had too much sinewy within and 1/3 of the steak was too hard to chew. Otherwise he did not have other complains.

Inconsistent but this is the second time. If there is a third time - then I will post again and hopefully it will be better.

Today overall not impressive.

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2.0Dined on May 2, 2018

Very expensive for average food. I have had a better steak at the Keg best thing were the fries with the aioli.
It’s to bad for the Toronto flagship the hotel is very cold and uninviting.
The other thing I hated on my bill that they automatically charged me for a second bottle of Sparking water without asking if we required another bottle. Nice little easy $6.00 up charge that slips by you.

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