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World renowned cocktail bar. - BarChef, Toronto, ON

BarChef

4.7
4.7
121 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

11:00 PM


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 121 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Toronto

    Handcrafted Cocktails

  • Toronto

    Late Night Find

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    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 todayHi 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.

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful cocktails!
  3. AN

    AdrianN

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

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

    BarChefResponded todayThank you so much for the kind words Adrian! We hope to welcome you and your guest in the near future. Have a great day!

  4. BH

    BrookeH

    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 todayHi 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!

  5. 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 todayThank 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!

  6. CM

    CarolynM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    An outstanding mixology experience and we'll worth the $$$

    BarChefResponded todayThank you so much Carolyn!

  7. RK

    RonaldK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The atmosphere was candle lit and cozy. Our service was amazing.

    BarChefResponded todayHi Ronald, We're glad to hear that you had exceptional service and that you're a fan of the ambience. We hope to welcome you back at the bar in the near future. Have a great day!

  8. D

    Drew

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a phenomenal experience. My partner and I heard about this spot from a strong recommendation. From the delectable food, to the delicious and show stopping cocktails, our experience was nothing short than fantastic. We had an absolute blast at BarChef and will definitely be returning in the future. If you have the privilege to order multiple cocktails, I strongly recommend ordering one from each of their ‘series’ to get full value and experience.

    BarChefResponded todayThank you so much for the generous review Drew! We take a lot of pride in the attention to detail and effort that we put into our program here and we're glad that you thoroughly enjoyed your experience. We hope to see you at the bar again in the near future! Have a great day.

  9. M

    Megan

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience4
    1/4 of our drinks tasted mediocre, the other 3 were awful. It was a super cool vibe inside but took way too long to get a drink (over an hour for a simple drink) and it was not even overly busy. Our server never checked on us and had to flag her down after waiting for 40 minutes for our bills.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Not all cocktails hit the spot, but overall good creativity. Finger food is average nothing that jumped out as super tasty
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely incredible. One of the coolest spots I’ve ever been to in the city. Drink experience like no other.

    BarChefResponded on July 21, 2022Hi there! Thank you so much for the generous review. We can't wait to welcome you and your guests at the bar again. Have a great day!

  12. J

    James

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Phenomenal Experience. Beautiful and romantic ambiance. Drinks unlike and beyond anything anywhere else. Delicious food. Amazing service.

    BarChefResponded on July 17, 2022Hi James! Thank you so much for the generous review and kind words. We put so much time and attention into the ambience, service, food program, and our progressive approach to cocktails and we're so happy that you found value in that. We can't wait to have you and your guests back at the bar again. Have an amazing day!

  13. SE

    SherryE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Must order a modernest series drink! Strawberry and basil delicious. Stylish with excellent service

    BarChefResponded on July 14, 2022Hi Sherry! Thank you so much for the kind words. The Strawberry and Basil Spritz is our newest modernist and has been very well received. We're glad to hear that you enjoyed that cocktail as well as the service. Have a great day!

  14. AS

    AngeSiu

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Excellent theatrical drinks with great flavour combos. The service was good and ambience was unique. My drink had some sand in it from the Sand box props, my only complaint

    BarChefResponded on July 14, 2022Hi Angie, Thank you so much for your wonderful review. We've taken your comment about the sand, and have passed it feedback to our team of Chef's to ensure that this does not happen again. Have a great day!

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience4
    Doesn’t worth the hype at all. Overrated and overpriced. For that money i would expect something more. Cocktails are meh.

    BarChefResponded on July 13, 2022Hi there, Thank you for leaving your review. We're sorry to hear that you didn't find value in your experience here at BarChef. Have a great day!

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely the best experience we had in Toronto. All of the staff is very attentive and knowledgeable. Shout out the hostess who was so accommodating and gracious.The manager was exceptional and a true pleasure to interact with. Forget the CN tower on your trip to Toronto. This is truly a beautiful and unforgettable sensory experience.

    BarChefResponded on July 11, 2022Thank you so much for the kind words! We're so happy to hear that you had a great experience here at BarChef!

  17. R

    Raad

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall4food5service1ambience4
    Everything was great except for service!
  18. DK

    DKJDKJ

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    This place really is a bar for those who love their cocktails. It's the best in the city.

    BarChefResponded on July 9, 2022Thank you so much for the kind words!

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Didn’t have food but survey forced an answer. I know from other occasions appetizers are delicious. Stella is an incredible server, and person. Her engagement elicited my experience. I would bring the lights up one notch

    BarChefResponded on July 9, 2022Thank you for the words! We agree that Stella is a great asset to the BarChef service team. We hope to welcome you again in the near future!

  20. DB

    DoBu

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience5
    Waited an hour for my cocktail. Other than that it was nice

    BarChefResponded on July 11, 2022Hi Dobu, we're very sorry to hear that your cocktail took a substantial amount of time to reach your table. We have taken your review and discussed it with the team internally to prevent this from happening again.

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Everything was perfect but our server was in a bad mood, no smiles felt like a gas pump server lol

    BarChefResponded on July 11, 2022Hi there, we appreciate you leaving your review! The service that you described is definitely not up to our standards and we will be making the appropriate changes to ensure that this does not happen again. Thank you!

  22. KS

    KaranS

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved all the drinks.

    BarChefResponded on July 11, 2022Thank you so much for the kind words Karan!

  23. HB

    HollyB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    First time here and was very impressed. Went with 4 other friends. We each ordered a couple cocktails from the first section, and then split 2 modernist cocktails. A great experience overall.

    BarChefResponded on July 11, 2022Hi Holly, Thank you for leaving such a kind review! We can't wait to welcome you and your guests again. Have a great day!

  24. AM

    AmenM

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We came to barchef for the drinks and we were really happy with what we got. Along with the ambience it was a great experience and an even better spot for a date! I Definitely will be going back soon!

    BarChefResponded on July 11, 2022Hi Amen, We're glad to hear that you enjoyed your experience here at BarChef. We put a lot of care into the ambience as well as the cocktails and service and we're happy that you appreciated that as well! Have a great day.

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Bar Chef is a must see experience if you’re visiting Toronto. If you can stomach the price points, he Modernist section of the menu is whimsical and delicious. A night we won’t soon forget.

    BarChefResponded on June 28, 2022Thank you so much for the kind words! We're glad that we were able to provide a memorable experience for you and your guests. Have an amazing day!

  26. E

    Ellie

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Best drinking experience in town. Perfect for special occasions.

    BarChefResponded on June 26, 2022Thank you so much for the kind words Ellie!

  27. U

    User

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience5
    Overall amazing experience. The drinks are fantastic and the food was really good. However the greeting service lacks immensely. We had reservations and showed up a few minutes early. We were standing at the entrance by the “wait to be seated” sign for about 10 minutes while staff walked passed us multiple times without saying anything. Not even “we’ll be right with you” we had to get someone to seat us. Not impressed. Servers didn’t have much knowledge about actual questions in regards to the drinks and were back and forth asking the kitchen while taking our order.

    BarChefResponded on June 26, 2022Hi there, thank you for taking the time to leave this constructive review. I'm very sorry that the service you received was not at the level that we pride ourselves on. This is most definitely not our standard and we'll be addressing this with the team to ensure that this does not happen again. Have a great day.

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Great experience, low lights.

    BarChefResponded on June 26, 2022Thank you!

  29. S

    Srish

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s a fully immersive experience. It’s just amazing. The drinks leave you awestrucks

    BarChefResponded on June 26, 2022Thank you so much Srish for the kind words!

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service. I’m sorry I forget my servers name. Made my mom feel really special on her birthday with the little birthday bite at the end! Thank you so much!

    BarChefResponded on June 26, 2022Thank you for leaving this kind review! We're very glad that your server was able to give your mom an exceptional experience.

  31. AN

    AnhN

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    very happy with the Piña Colada in the new summer menu

    BarChefResponded on June 26, 2022Hi Anh! We're ecstatic to hear that you enjoyed our Piña Colada!

  32. MZ

    MaddieZ

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A unique experience all cocktail and gastronomy enthusiasts will surely enjoy

    BarChefResponded on June 26, 2022Thank you for taking the time to leave this review Maddie! We're glad to hear that you appreciated our approach to the craft of building cocktails!

  33. J

    Jeff

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Fun atmosphere with unique drinks. Definitely a great experience

    BarChefResponded on June 26, 2022Thank you Jeff!

  34. M

    Marie35

    Calgary

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had so much fun!! Joey and Lucca really knows what they are doing, they are good with there craft! Fabolous customer service, it’s pricey but worth the experience!!! We will be back again!

    BarChefResponded on June 26, 2022Thank you so much Marie! Gianluca and Joey are integral parts of the team here at BarChef and we're glad that they were able to provide you with great service and knowledge!

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I would highly recommend this place - it’s beautiful. Keep in mind the washrooms are down some rickety steps so if you’re not a mobile person - keep this in note. Or if you’re wearing high-heels. My experience was fabulous, I paid like $40 for a cocktail but it came to me on this massive, lit up stone with pretty little rocks, and a garden of mint - I mean like, 30+ sprigs lol - my cocktail tasted FANTASTIC and there was like flavoured jelly in a glass, with sherbet on top that I had to break with a spoon and it fell into the jelly, and you took a small scoop of that, and it paired SO WELL with my drink. Not to mention, the same drink also came with a cryo-frozen cookie - it tasted so good and when I breathed out, I blew icey smoke like a dragon! It was hilarious! My server, Bronwyn - was SOOOO nice and very informative. I’m a total noob and know nothing about alcohol so without her and her wonderful knowledge, I would have ordered something I most likely didn’t like. She also brought us a few free items and it made the whole experience so much more special - one item she brought over was not on the menu… it was this egg white froth on a spoon with lavender and vanilla flowers and it had this really cool jelly bead of alcohol that you squish on the roof of your mouth and - literally ate the mini cocktail in one bite, it melted in my mouth and was SO cool. I had the Strawberry & Basil something - this was the immersive cocktail I’m talking about above. It was in the third page of the menu called the “Modernist” section and was amazing. I had another cocktail that was half the price. Obviously wasn’t immersive but it was a lavender & rose drink; and it was rimmed with this beautiful lavender sugar. I could have drunk a million of them if I wasn’t a massive lightweight. I’m sure you could order it without alcohol, but it may lose some flavours - so I opted for the regular style. I ordered the charcuterie board and it was a little expensive, but overall awesome!

    BarChefResponded on June 26, 2022Thank you so very much for leaving such an amazing and detailed review. Bronwyn is one of our best servers and we're glad to hear that you enjoyed her service, knowledge, and attention to detail! Everything that you mentioned in your review is exactly why we do what we do. We're here to give guests the best possible experience with memorable moments. Thank you once again for taking the time to write this! We will be sharing this with the team. Have an amazing day!

  36. SH

    SukhyH

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience5
    Very good experience drinks were awesome. Hostess was super nice! I found our waitress a bit aloof, not very friendly, but the service from the other waitress was excellent that served my friend her drink. We waited for our bill which the other aloof waitress seems like forgot about because she was busy talking up the bartender. Was an amazing experience otherwise, modernist cocktails were beautiful. A place for something fancy and fantastic.

    BarChefResponded on June 26, 2022HI Sukhy! Thank you for taking the time to leave this review. What you're describing is definitely not our standards for our serving staff. We'll be talking to the team about this to ensure that this does not happen again. We hope to welcome you and your guests back at the bar again! Have a great day.

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All is amazing and captivating. I’d love to go again
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience5
    I love barchef, the ambience, the presentation and the overall experience as a whole. Last night the server stephanie seemed less than pleased with myself and my friend. Perhaps it was just a bad day. But really just a lack of
  39. TN

    TomN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Very elaborate cocktails and good quality ingredients. It’s dark inside so no need for the sunglasses! Bar staff are really friendly and knowledgeable. We had fries and croquettes as snacks and they were both very nicely cooked and presented. Will defo come back again
  40. AH

    AjayH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Quaint little gastropub.. what a find! Our group tried 6 drinks and all of them were beautifully presented and appeased all senses. Would recommend the charcuterie board with various types of meat and cheese; pairs well with most drinks!!

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 121 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

11:00 PM


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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