Café Boulud, all though the food is excellent, it is the staff that makes the Café, especially Mike. My wife and I have been regular clients of the Four Seasons, even the original hotel for many years.
Mike who mostly works in the mornings has become our go to waiter. Café Boulud is a must try for everyone.
As always such a pleasure to come to cafe Boulud... only positive comments! Previously our main concern was the noise level but it has been significantly improved and it is totally perfect to have now a nice conversation! Everything else speaks to itself!!!
Thank you very much Cafe Boulud team for the lovely meal, pleasant and relaxing atmosphere, and the overall ambiance! We definitely will be back!!!
Chicken. Their signature dish, was try and took to long to come to table.
Server was so so.
One of our dishes, a salad with chicken, came out with rare chicken. While the restaurant replaced the chicken and took it off the bill, after we requested it, this really isn't acceptable and caused a fair bit of anxiety with the guest who had received the meal and was worried if he'd ingested raw chicken.
The circumstances surrounding our evening at Boulud were a trifle unusual, so it is possible I could have rated the experience higher than I did. Hard to imagine how the food or service could have been much better, though: there was enough of a hint of bourgeois-bistro in the food to remind me of Paris, and the execution was very nearly flawless. (For myself I would have enjoyed more garlic in the escargots, but it's a small complaint.) Our waiter handled us very well, under the circumstances; it is always nice to deal with professional wait-staff.
In fact, the service team were exceptional, and my hat is off to the staff of both the restaurant and the hotel, who dealt with a medical emergency in the restaurant with an impressive competency. This emergency, oddly enough, is not the source of my only real complaint about the evening. What bothered me about the evening was the NOISE. I think it's amusing that OpenTable calls this noise level "Energetic": I call it evening-wrecking.
I acknowledge (though I don't understand) that many people seem to require a deafening level of ambient noise in order to believe they are having a good time, but when I go out to eat I like to be able to talk with my dining companions. I'm finding it harder and harder to discover new restaurants that allow me to do this, and there are numerous places I've tried once and then walked away from because of the noise levels they encourage.
As I said at the top, the circumstances of our meal were unusual, so it's possible Boulud isn't always this noisy: we were forced by our guests' schedule to dine there during TIFF. I'm hoping the music was so loud because of a festival-related event, and a future visit might not be so uncomfortable. Certainly I think the cooking and the service were good enough to justify a return visit... at some less-frenetic time.
Food was over salted and order was messed up
Beautiful room and quality menu but highlight was the engaged staff obviously enjoying what they were doing.
17 year anniversary 😁
Great service, food and ambience.
I visited the Cafe boulud in New York. I thought it was amazing. The food was even better than what we had in Paris. But the Toronto restaurant has some north American touches, and the sauce is a little layered. Dessert flour grains have a heavier .
Food was average. Noise unbearable!!! Music too loud!!!
We went there because we always had an excellent experience at the various Café Bouloud in New York. The Toronto experience simply does not compare.
Not worth the expense!!
More and more better quality, food perfect service perfect , need just update quality of bar drinks
Second visit. First was a “licious” event shortly after the place opened. Better this time but still not up to expectations from a Boulud property.
Café Boulud has elevated traditional French bistro food to a whole new level. All of the familiar items are there - steak-frites, poulet-roti, duck confit, etc. but done in a gourmet style. The service is impeccable - attentive without being over-bearing. Nice wine list, often featuring flights. Dessert are good, especially the soufflé, which is worth the wait. A great place for a special celebration.
We felt a little ignored. Service was slow, I believe from a power outage. The food was great as always.
Love it! Always is a pleasure to be there
Cafe Boulud is a good restaurant but very expensive. Dinner for two with a basic wine was $350 pluck txs. It is good for special occasions.The restaurant is not cozy or romantic, real basic decor. In fact I found it cold.
Their summer menu is very good, daily specials and all. My partner had a Dover sole, and I had a rib-eye, both were excellent.
Our desserts, souffle Grand Marnier and Ontario strawberry millefeulle, were excellent, we both enjoyed thoroughly.
We had to convert US currency to CAD, and Maitre D was very courteous as always, as I remember him from our previous visits to the Cafe Boulud.
Menu selection in general is better, with classic staples, not just Lyon specialties that are too heavy for us.
I used to love the food, they used to have the best french toast in town, I think the chef has changed and everything was very average, nothing special as it used to be. A little disappointed.
It's surprising that Daniel Boulud would attach his name to this restaurant. Ordinary food in an ordinary setting with ordinary (or sometimes less than ordinary) service. Even their specialty, the rotisserie chicken was overcooked and dry.
Waiter was very rude. Seemed upset st something. Also there was a group in the restaurant just. Aside us and they were standing and making speeches. I eat at the restaurant all the time and it was well below the normal experience. Services was really poor.
Amazing, inventive food, impeccable services. Couldn't have asked for a better experience. Would highly recommend!
Really lovely ambience, and service was incredible - our server Alan was such a professional and an absolute delight. I was disappointed with the shrimp cocktail because it had an odd flavour, yellowing and was not properly deveined which was a surprise, but everything else was quite good!
A delicious meal with many creative elements. Smaller portion sizes are normal at higher quality restaurants but the lamb pushed that boundary a little too far. Calamari, lamb, tenderloin, and both deserts were all delicious.
Service and food were excellent
Incredible food and service. Danny was a wonderful waiter
The occasion was a birthday dinner for my wife.
It was a Wednesday evening, so the restaurant was not full and the noise level was fine.
As a starter, my wife and I shared the mousse de foie. It was superb.
For her main course my wife ordered the seared scallops, while I ordered the duck confit.
We both were very pleased with the taste and the presentation.
The service was prompt and professional.
All in all, a lovely evening.
We came to your summerlicious event hoping the standard will be like the old Four Seasons of Toronto but unfortunately it was not the same standard. The food and the service left a lot to be desired.
The Vichyssoise was very good but the salmon and eggs was giving it a fishy taste. Our waiter was good but his helper seemed untrained. They did not know who ordered what and were serving the gents before the ladies. The main course was fine but the dessert was not so good that two of us left it unfinished.
We will be coming back!! Loved everything and can't wait to taste more
Cafe Boulud is billed as one of this cities top places to eat but is really just an overpriced bistro with over wrought food impersonating some kind of elevated bistro experience and largely failing. Nothing I ate was “bad” or gross or poorly prepared but none of it was particularly impressive or memorable. Also the servers were on top of us the entire time giving the feel that they were trying to flip tables as fast as possible despite the dining area being 50-70% empty the whole time we were there. We actually had to ask them to wait on the dessert twice. Toronto has a ton of great eats but places like this are pretentious let downs that cater to the bourgeoisie.
Even for summerlicious, they delivered a high level of food quality, taste, as well as service. You can tell that every dish was meticulously thought out. The only slight negative was that the menu description of let's say vichyssoise was not described as a soup. If you are not familiar with that French term, it would be impossible to discern from the menu that it was a soup. However, the waiter did explain it later on. Overall, highly recommend.
We were provided with a side room, very comfortable. Service was impeccable and we had a most enjoyable evening!
The finest restaurant I have eaten in here in Toronto. Exquisite!
Great experience! We sitter at the bar, the bartender was polite and knowledgeable about the drinks. My friend n I were really enjoyed
Assembly line faux "fine dining" with good "looking" plates churned out quickly for large numbers of diners packed into a space that is efficient, but--like the food, uninspired. Their NYC location is far superior, and when (as he ran the bill) a manager bothered to inquire and was told as much he had no reply and just walked away; recommend you do the same from this establishment without bothering to eat here!
Appreciate the great value of the summerlicious menu and the professional service.