Coquine serves creatively prepared French cuisine within Toronto. Owner Rob Prete opened this European-style bistro for locals and travelers can relax and dine on classic dishes with a touch of modern flair. Guests can begin their dining experience at Coquine with such fare as escargot, duck confit or truffled beef mini burgers. An entr�e of grilled lamb chops with Swiss chard, pan-seared veal liver or wild mushroom-stuffed ravioli in a white wine cream sauce with tantalize the taste buds. This bistro also features a set menu options.
Coquine has obtained numerous reviews in publications like the Toronto Sun and Women's Post. Its bar area serves a variety of drinks, including ap�rtifs, wine and spirits. It features events such as Oyster Monday's and brunch on the weekends. This restaurant caters private functions and has a party room.
I was there for a dinner for two. The cocktails were good. Servers were quite friendly and attentive. We had mussels as appetizer to share. Very fresh and the Pernod cream was to die for! Loved the white bean dip for bread with its signature cumin.
We ordered the grilled pork belly with scallops and tiger shrimps with scallops. Very nicely done: flavourful, pleasing presentation, just a little too salty for our taste. The pork belly was grilled perfectly and I had a crispy puff pastry tart filled with creamy mushroom as a side to my tiger shrimp dish.
For dessert, we had a lemon tart brulee and mixed berries crepe. The tart was a good balance between sweetness and the lemony tanginess. Curiously the mixed berries crepe was filled mostly with the 2 large scoops of vanilla gelato and only a small amount of blueberries. There were a few slices of strawberries on the side. I was expecting more berries. The blueberries had an interesting cinnamon flavour to it, which I liked. The crepe was light and airy.
I noticed the staff was very friendly towards children, which is very nice. Although it was a Thursday night, people kept coming in, proving it's a popular venue.
Overall, very satisfied with the experience and would definitely recommend it to others.
We were given a giftcard here for Christmas from someone who really knows French food - it's their favorite place, and I see why. It's a lovely little gem of a restaurant, definitely will go back! It was quiet with gentle music playing, and we went on a weeknight so there were only a few tables - which meant privacy, romance, and great service. It was perfect. The waiter was very knowledgeable and friendly and recommended an excellent wine, which I fell in love with while munching the delicious house-made baguette (I know it's just bread, but SO GOOD!). Next came the BEST French Onion Soup I have EVER had - it's one of my favorites and I've tried it everywhere (including France and all over Quebec) - this one beats them all. Amazing. I had the duck, which was incredible. My BF had some kind of beef thing which he also said was amazing - we literally were both so into our food we didn't share or talk, which is super rare!! It was such a lovely evening, great food, and a really nice romantic atmosphere. It's a bit pricey (...glad we had the giftcard for sure!) but for a special occasion or romantic night out, totally worth it. Treat yourself, you won't be disappointed.
The food here is consistently good. Service is always excellent too. It's hard not to have a good time at this neighbourhood bistro. I kind of like that the menu has not changed over the years. Classic.
Overall, the place deserves a 4 out of 5 stars based on:
-Good food selection for those that like French cuisine
-Presentation of dishes and flavourful items
-Friendly service with recommendations or explanation
-Prices are reasonable for French cuisine
-The only downside is the venue is somewhat dated and seating is somewhat cramped
So come for the food and good times, but wouldn't recommend for a romantic date.
We booked Coquine for our 1st wedding anniversary. Noted in the reservation that it was our 1st anniversary, and yet nobody at any point registered that it was a special night for us.
The Pappardelle au Boeuf Bourguignon was delicious, large portion. Tender beef, flavourful sauce, perfect pasta. Côtelette de Porc was a winner by my husband.
My husband was undecided between two wines, and our server brought over a sample of both, which was very helpful.
Delicious molten lava chocolate cake for dessert, even if it was described as "Warm, flourless chocolate torte" on the menu. Deep, dark, delicious chocolate - it does not matter to me if it comes with a liquid centre.
I wish they had acknowledged our anniversary, that's all.
The food was ok. Server was friendly. it took inordinately long to get our main courses.
The female server was rude. She volunteered to tell our next table the daily special. But even when we asked, she was blunt. After taking our orders, she just grabbed the menus and dashed off. The food was fine, but not worth the hassle to eat there again.
"This is a Monday!" the patron next to me marveled. The Main Dining Room was full at 8:30 PM when we sat down. Mains were superb, and huge. The 3 of us shared a couple Appetizers & each a Main. There was so much food, I packed my Frere Jacque to go. We shared a single dessert, Crepe with Gelato, and it was plenty. The only negative was I had requested (in the Open Table Booking) a Happy Birthday message on the Dessert Plate. But the restaurant checked us in using a Book, and I guess they didn't get the message from the Open Table computer system.
My husband and I love going to Coquine; we go there at least once a month and occasionally we bring our sons too. Food is always delicious and each time I go I order the Beet Gnocci even though there are plenty of other great selections.
The wait for a table was long, but the food well worth it!
We decided to check it out on Mothers day. At 6:30 the two rooms were packed and noisy. The friendly waited was prompt with the drinks an bread with some dip. The order was taken and it took awhile to arrive. We ordered 2 beet salad, 2 casoulet, grilled salmon and steak frites. When they arrived one of the casoulet was replaced with something else. The server asdured us thet it would be corrected in 8 minutes. It was in 20. Meanwile 3 of us finished our meal. The salmon was very good. The steak came medium rare instead of medium well but was tasty. The casoulets one was left too long in the oven and the duck confit was pretty dry. The late one was better. We went for deserts. The crepes wer great. The creme brûle was average. In general an average experience. We na go there again in a quieter day.
I made reservations for my daughter , her co-worker and Boss.
My daughter and I have been to this restaurant and have been extremely happy ..... Until this last visit.
My daughter ordered (and was looking forward) to the black pasta with fish. The waiter brought her plain linguini . Because her Boss was there she was embarrassed to complain . However, upon leaving my daughter whispered to the waiter " I thought I ordered the black linguini". The waiter said " you did but we ran out"
In my opinion the waiter should have told her right from the start , please order something else. Nothing was taken off her bill , no compensation what so ever. My daughter had a few bites and that was it. I've taught her NEVER send food back as you will be eating at least 20 minutes after everyone else. Nevertheless. She wasn't even given theat option anyway.
I know that when something is out of stock we are told right off the bat as every time I attend this restaurant I'm told that the mussels are not in.
Sorry but this restaurant won't be seeing any of us for a long time , if ever .
The Food was good service was prompt
Dishes were ample and all was satisfactory
Everything from the service to the food was delightful! I have dreams about the poutine, a must try!
It's always a fun time at Coquine. The ambiance is upbeat and energetic and the service is excellent. Food is always good and you can get the best deal in town by buying a bottle of Veuve for the table. Highly recommend.
I went there with a very good friend of mine and we had a very good experience at Coquine. From the time we entered the restaurant we were welcomed by a very friendly and smiling face.
The food took a bit of time to come, but it was worth every minute. It was exquisite and the ambiance added to the intimacy of the experience.
I would recommend this gem to anyone who likes quiet, romantic places with fine cuisine.
Coquine was found online after searching for restaurants in the Yonge & Eglinton area. This one had so many great reviews and now I know why. The restaurant has a cozy feel and the service was incredible. Our waitress (Maria) was very friendly and made us feel right at home. She went above and beyond and took a few pictures of us since we were out celebrating a milestone birthday. The food was amazing, my plate was clean and for me that's hard to do. We had the Ceasar salad to start, the Cotelette due Porq & the Pôulet Rôti and for dessert the Creme Brulee. So good. We went on a Monday evening and when we arrived there were quite a few diners there and during our dinner a few more patrons were in and out. We ended up closing the joint cause of so much fun we had. We will definitely be back and would recommend this place to friends. The restaurant is very known and I wish I had known about it sooner but it was a great first time experience. Fin.
There's nothing super special about this gem but my wife and I love it. A great spot for date night and always reliable.
We went as a group for New Years Eve. The food was really good, especially the surf and turf and it is such a fun place, excellent wine too. We are already talking about doing the same thing next New Years.
The wonderful dip and French bread were compliments of the house and were enjoyed by all. The onion soup was excellent. The salmon was perfect and ipresented with flair and imagination. The gluten-free chocolate cake was divine and so was the butterscoth one. A true pleasure!