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World renowned cocktail bar. - BarChef, Toronto, ON

BarChef

4.7
4.7
156 Reviews
CAN$51 and over
Cocktail Bar
Globally celebrated mixologist and best-selling author, Frankie Solarik, opened up BarChef in 2008 with the intention of having the world’s most progressive cocktail program. Utilizing modern culinary techniques and a Chef’s philosophy, BarChef's modernist cocktails are multi-sensorial, highlighting tactile elements, aromatics, viscosity, and edible pairings. These efforts have granted incredible accolades such as being on the Condé Nast Traveller Magazine Gold List for both 2018 and 2020 as one of the top cocktail bars in the world. BarChef has also been highlighted in numerous publications such as: The New York Times, Vogue, Thrillist, Forbes, National Geographic, CBC, GQ, and many more. Enjoy!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 28 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Cocktail Bar, Lounge

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 5:00 pm–2:00 am

  • Phone number

    (416) 868-4800

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Lionel Duke

  • Catering

    Treat your guests to the world renowned BarChef multi-sensory cocktail experience at your next event. Providing you with customized cocktails, bespoke ornate bar design and luxury service, we create experiences your guests will never forget.

  • Private party facilities

    BarChef is available for private hire for events of up to 100 guests - serving as the perfect setting for corporate functions, holiday parties, product launches, team-building events, and birthday celebrations.

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What 156 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Toronto

    Handcrafted Cocktails

  • Toronto

    Late Night Find

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  1. KE

    KellyE

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    we didn't order food, so ignore that part of the rating a lot of fun, great experience.

    BarChefResponded 4 days agoThank you so much for the kind review Kelly!

  2. M

    Mari

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food3service3ambience3
    Interesting idea. The pina colada was good and included sorbet. The ceviche was not good and I noticed that the person next to me did not eat their fries. Got very loud late at night.

    BarChefResponded 4 days agoHi Mari, thank you so much for taking the time to write a constructive review for us. We're glad to hear that you enjoyed Pina Colada, and will be passing on the feedback of the food items to our Chef team. Have a great day!

  3. MP

    MattP

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wife and I were in toronto for a few days, saw the unique experience that BarChef had and it absolutely hit every expectations, we had went there after Don Alfonso and the drinks were delicious. The staff were fun and extremely friendly and they also gave us an extra dish as a gift as newlyweds, which is almost unfortunate because we fell in love with the dish they had gave us which is being taken off the menu lol overall an amazing spot to check out and you wont regret it.

    BarChefResponded 4 days agoHi Matt, Thank you so much for the detailed and generous review. We're so happy to hear that you had a great time here and enjoyed your service. We guarantee that the new menu will have options that you'll love as well! We look forward to welcoming you back at the bar in the near future. Have a great day!

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food2service5ambience5
    Loved the atmosphere and amazing drinks.
  5. DV

    DVino

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything about BarChef is amazing. Definitely worth it.

    BarChefResponded 1 day agoThank you so much for the generous review! We hope to welcome you and your guests back at the bar in the near future.

  6. Y

    Yanz

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The cocktails are extremely unique. I love the presentation of the cocktails. It's a great cocktail experience and i would definitely recommend this place!

    BarChefResponded on September 22, 2022Thank you so much for the kind review Yanz!

  7. k

    katz

    Toronto

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food1service3ambience5
    Would’ve been perfect if our waitress hadn’t forgotten our food order. Everything else was great! Brought friends here for the first time and the drinks were beyond expectation and delicious! Can’t wait to try the food next time 😊

    BarChefResponded on September 22, 2022Hi Katz, Thank you so much for leaving your constructive and kind review. We apologize that your server forgot your food order and will be taking the steps to ensure that does not happen in the future. We're glad to hear that you enjoyed the cocktails and found everything else great! We hope to welcome you and your guests back in the near future. Have a great day!

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience5
    Sure some of the drinks were cool but overall service was meh. Took forever to get serviced. Ambiance was great. While I appreciate the art of the design of the drinks, I think it was way overpriced for what it was.

    BarChefResponded on September 22, 2022Thank you so much for taking the time to leave your constructive review. We're sorry to hear that your service was slow and we will make the necessary changes to ensure that your next visit will be up to our standards. We hope to welcome you back at the bar in the near future. Have a great day!

  9. KK

    KianaK

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing bar! We love this place! Music was extremely loud though, but great playlist

    BarChefResponded on September 22, 2022Thank you so much for the generous review Kiana!

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Super fun drinks, definitely pricey but worth the experience.

    BarChefResponded on September 12, 2022Thank you so much for the generous review!

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible experience! Fantastic vibe! Great service and the drinks are to die for! Highly recommend! Also, it was our anniversary and they brought us out something special. 10/10 experience

    BarChefResponded on September 12, 2022We're so happy to hear that we were able to make your anniversary special! Thank you for leaving your review and we look forward to hosting you again. Have a great day!

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    If you want a bar experience like none other, go to BarChef. The lighting is intimately dim so that the table’s candle lights up the faces around it yet bright enough to clearly see the whole room. Music selection wasn’t exactly what I listen to but it went well with the vibe of the room. As the night progressed the music slowly became louder allowing my date and I to lean in more to speak to each other. The drinks themselves were fantastic, check out YouTube videos for the presentation which was over the top in the best way possible. For the flavour, I’ve never had drinks that taste so well done. I highly recommend BarChef if you want to get a break from the usual bar experience.

    BarChefResponded on September 12, 2022Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a detailed and generous review! It's always amazing to read a review from a guest that truly appreciates everything that we do to cultivate an experience like no other. We can't wait to welcome you and your guest back at the bar again in the near future! Have a great day.

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such an incredible experience here! Highly recommend to check it out at least once. Their multi-sensory drinks are amazing.

    BarChefResponded on September 6, 2022Thank you so much for the kind words!

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best extravagant cocktail bar. When you get to the place. The outside is very simple and nothing fancy but as soon as you go inside it’s like walking into a hidden room. The interior is amazing and the seating, decor and ambiance really matched well with each other. The cocktails were amazing. I had to order the most expensive ones and they did not disappoint they were amazing. The server would explain the drink to us in great detail about what’s in it, what flavours you’ll be tasting, what to do when you drink it. The whole Shabam! It was an amazing experience I can’t wait to go back!

    BarChefResponded on September 22, 2022Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such a detailed and generous review. It's clear that you appreciate the attention to detail that we provide for the guest experience. We can't wait to welcome you and your guests back at the bar in the near future! Have a great day!

  15. EB

    ElenaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent cocktail recommendations, exceptional presentation, cool ambiance and great service! Definitely will be back, thank you.

    BarChefResponded on September 6, 2022Thank you so much for the generous review Elena! Have a great day.

  16. P

    Priyanka

    Montreal

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good place but the place is too dark. Would not mind more lighting for nicer picture

    BarChefResponded on September 6, 2022Thank you so much for the kind review and for the constructive feedback. We look forward to welcoming you and your guests at the bar in the near future. Have a great day!

  17. EF

    ErinF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    A great atmosphere with comfortable seating and nice decor. The servers were very knowledgable and able to get the bartender to make unique drinks based off our preferences. While the food and drinks are a little bit pricey it matches the quality. Overall great spot.

    BarChefResponded on September 6, 2022Thank you so much for the generous review Erin! We hope to welcome you and your guests back at the bar in the near future.

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    my boyfriend and i celebrated his birthday as well as our 5 year anniversary— it was lovely and our waitress was a blessing. such a lovely vibe.

    BarChefResponded on August 30, 2022Thank you so much for the generous review! We're glad that you and your boyfriend were able to celebrate his birthday as well as your anniversary here at BarChef. Have a great day!

  19. YK

    YanaK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food2service5ambience5
    A place to visit to impress ANYBODY. If you are a foodie you will exit it more than satisfied. I advertise it to anybody visiting the city. And visually it is stunning! I taught an Architecture class and introduced the students to this place. The ways the cocktails are made are so experiential and so well coordinated and thought through that I think any designer can take an inspiration from it! Definitely will inspire future architects and designers now <3
  20. JB

    JessB

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best mojito I’ve ever had. Incredible atmosphere & ambiance.

    BarChefResponded on August 29, 2022Thank you so much for the kind words Jess! We're glad to hear that you enjoyed your experience here at BarChef.

  21. A

    Alice

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Took my boyfriend out with some friends for his birthday and it was an incredible experience! Service was great, menu was fantastic and overall experience was worth it! Will be going back again.

    BarChefResponded on August 30, 2022Hi Alice! We're so happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience here at BarChef and that you'll be coming back! We'll ensure that your next visit is also a success. Have a great day!

  22. HP

    HeatherP

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    The categories on OpenTable do not do this place justice. If you’re going for the food or a basic cocktail, you’re doing it wrong. This place sets the bar for incredible cocktails. If you’re looking for an all sense, fully immersive, curated cocktail experience, this is the place to be. The ingredients are superb and the presentations of the Modernist Collection are over the top. Highly recommend as a “must experience” bar in Toronto. Went for my birthday and was surprised by the service and level of cocktails. Highly recommend.

    BarChefResponded on August 29, 2022Thank you so much Heather for taking the time to write such a detailed review, and happy birthday as well! It's great to hear that you found value in the experience that we were able to provide to you and your guests. We hope to welcome you and your guests back at the bar in the near future!

  23. L

    Lucas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great drinks, definitely a must go bar for dating and friends gathering, not only great taste experience but more visual and very artsy. My favorite bar toronto!

    BarChefResponded on August 26, 2022Thank you so much Lucas for the generous review. We're honoured to be your favourite bar in the city! We look forward to hosting you and your guests again in the near future.

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great, inventive cocktails. Modern-retro atmosphere. Prices on the higher end, but that price pays for the attentive service and crowd control (this is a quality bar experience, limited seating - and that’s all they allow, no crowds standing). If you enjoy complex concoctions and a cool place to sip and enjoy, this is the spot.

    BarChefResponded on August 24, 2022Thank you so much for the kind review! We're glad that you found value in the attention to detail that we take in our cocktail program and our ambience. We hope to welcome you and your guests at the bar again in the near future!

  25. K

    Karthik

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really enjoyed our first time experience. Definitely going back

    BarChefResponded on August 21, 2022Thank you so much for the generous review Karthik. We're glad that you enjoyed your time here!

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Food portions tiny and unimpressive for outrageous prices. 20 cocktail tasty but should have been more impressive for the prices.

    BarChefResponded on September 6, 2022Thank you for taking the time to leave your constructive review. Have a great day!

  27. AF

    AndF

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Excellent service and really interesting drinks that didn't disappoint. The bar interior....is definitely on the dark side
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food1service5ambience5
    Great and very unique experience .

    BarChefResponded on August 18, 2022Thank you so much for the kind words!

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Visitors from Italy. Our server Irene is AMAZING. So knowledgeable and professional and she spoke to our guests in Italian which enhanced the experience. I would have just preferred the music to be lower.

    BarChefResponded on August 16, 2022Irene is definitely an amazing and integral part of our team and we're so happy to hear that she was able to provide a great experience for you and your guests! Have a great day!

  30. T

    Tiffany

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The Oud cocktail was so amazing!! Also a fantastic Absinthe experience.

    BarChefResponded on August 16, 2022Hey Tiffany! Thank you for the kind words, we're glad to hear that you enjoyed the Oud as well as our Absinthe service. Have a great day!

  31. S

    Stunna

    Montreal

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exquisite establishment, first time visit. Everything was wonderful.

    BarChefResponded on August 15, 2022Hi Stunna, Thank you so much for the generous review. We're very happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience here at BarChef! Have a great day!

  32. JH

    JulieH

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    The waiters to be more enthusiastic when explaining the functionality of the artistry of the drink.

    BarChefResponded on August 15, 2022Hi Julie, Thank you for the constructive review. We've taken your feedback and addressed it with the team. We hope to welcome you back to the bar in the near future! Have a great day.

  33. ML

    MatthewL

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was an INCREDIBLE experience. The drinks tasted like they were made in heaven. Zeus himself couldn't create more beautiful tasting drinks. A MUST try in Toronto. We will be coming back many times over.

    BarChefResponded on August 12, 2022Thank you so much for the enthusiastic and generous review! We're so happy to hear that we made a lasting impression on you and that you'll be coming back. Have a great day!

  34. ZS

    ZamirS

    Toronto

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great drinks and fantastic service. Would definitely go back

    BarChefResponded on August 11, 2022Hi Zamir! Thank you so much for the generous review.

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is by far the BEST bar experience I've found in my travels. I literally plan trips to Toronto JUST to come back to BarChef. Frankie is a artist and allows you to participate in his canvases.

    BarChefResponded on August 8, 2022Hi there! Wanted to personally reach out to say thank you SO much for your kind review! It's an honour for us to hear you travel specifically to Toronto to enjoy BarChef. We will definitely pass on your kind words to the team as well. Please do say hello next time you're in. Thank you again and hope to see you during your next visit! Kindly, Frankie S.

  36. KC

    KendrickC

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great drinks and great service define our experience. The food was also surprisingly good as well. Can get a loud so be warned if you are looking for an intimate experience.

    BarChefResponded on August 10, 2022Hi Kendrick, Thank you so much for the generous review! We've taken what you said about our music volumes and have made the changes to create a better ambience. Have a great day!

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful cocktails!
  38. AN

    AdrianN

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great for dates! Amazing atmosphere and music! Cocktails were out of this world

    BarChefResponded on August 8, 2022Thank you so much for the kind words Adrian! We hope to welcome you and your guest in the near future. Have a great day!

  39. BH

    BrookeH

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Had an amazing experience at BarChef! It was our first visit and we were greeted with cocktail samplers which were delicious. We ordered the Strawberries & Lavender and the Orchard in Bloom and they were unbelievable. We will be back for sure.

    BarChefResponded on August 8, 2022Hi Brooke! The Strawberries & Lavender has been a staple on our menu for years now and we're so happy that you enjoyed that as well as the Orchard in Bloom! Thank you for the kind words!

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This is my first time to experience the expensive and innovative cocktails, but those of my cocktails are worthy for money. It’s actually on my to-go list now, and I will be back soon.

    BarChefResponded on August 8, 2022Thank you so much for your kind review. We strive to showcase what is possible through the craft of making cocktails and we're ecstatic to read that you found value in that. Have a great day!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

BarChef is rated 4.7 stars by 156 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 28 times today
Google Map for BarChef

472 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V 2B2

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Queen West

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 5:00 pm–2:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Cocktail Bar, Lounge

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Executive chef

    Lionel Duke

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Cocktails, Full Bar

  • Phone number

    (416) 868-4800

  • Catering

    Treat your guests to the world renowned BarChef multi-sensory cocktail experience at your next event. Providing you with customized cocktails, bespoke ornate bar design and luxury service, we create experiences your guests will never forget.

  • Private party facilities

    BarChef is available for private hire for events of up to 100 guests - serving as the perfect setting for corporate functions, holiday parties, product launches, team-building events, and birthday celebrations.

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