Café Boulud

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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. @CafeBouludTO #CafeBoulud
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KH
Toronto
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

M
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!!!

MP
Toronto
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 4

Pretentious

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OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Chicken. Their signature dish, was try and took to long to come to table.
Server was so so.
Thanks

JT
Toronto
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 4

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.

MS
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

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.

s
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Food was over salted and order was messed up

BL
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful room and quality menu but highlight was the engaged staff obviously enjoying what they were doing.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

17 year anniversary 😁

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, food and ambience.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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 .

OT
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

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!!

b
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoyable

UA
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

More and more better quality, food perfect service perfect , need just update quality of bar drinks

C
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

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.

GP
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

1
Toronto
25 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday Brunch.

JP
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

We felt a little ignored. Service was slow, I believe from a power outage. The food was great as always.

g
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love it! Always is a pleasure to be there

MJ
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

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.

OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

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.

Thank you.

AA
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 1service 5ambience 5

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.

OD
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

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.

RP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

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.

SM
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing, inventive food, impeccable services. Couldn't have asked for a better experience. Would highly recommend!

C
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

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!

ET
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

S
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food were excellent

F
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food and service. Danny was a wonderful waiter

PH
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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.

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great service!

RC
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

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.

S
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We will be coming back!! Loved everything and can't wait to taste more

M
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

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.

ET
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

H
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were provided with a side room, very comfortable. Service was impeccable and we had a most enjoyable evening!

MM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The finest restaurant I have eaten in here in Toronto. Exquisite!

S
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great experience! We sitter at the bar, the bartender was polite and knowledgeable about the drinks. My friend n I were really enjoyed

Y
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

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!

S
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Appreciate the great value of the summerlicious menu and the professional service.

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