Bier Markt - The Esplanade (Toronto)

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The Bier Markt first opened its doors in Toronto in 1999 and has grown to 8 unique restaurants in Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and St. John’s Newfoundland. At the Bier Markt we draw our inspiration from Northern Europe - its culture, its passion for food and of course it’s dedication to the beautiful art of brewing bier. The Bier Markt boasts a selection of over 150 biers from over 30 countries and local craft brews. The Bier Markt is not only infamous for the bier selection but for a “made from scratch” approach to cooking while perfectly pairing bier with some of Europe’s classic dishes and North American favourites. There’s never a dull moment at the The Bier Markt. Each restaurant has its own built in stage to feature great, local cover bands playing the best of the today’s and yesterday’s anthems. The Bier Markt’s exceptional AV packages also make it a great place to catch the game with friends. Prost!
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2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You can’t go wrong. Good food and extensive selection of beers.

DH
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I'm actually not a big beer drinker. I go for the food and the service, both of which are top notch. Make sure to try their Caesar (unless you are a vegetarian!).

RH
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Spent a large portion of the night trying to order food and/or drinks. Most of the table frequently sat with empty pint glasses looking for the server. Perhaps the most frustrating part is that it wasn't even busy. Not the first time the service has been painfully slow, so probably the last time visiting this venue for us.

CT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beer was great, food was awesome! Duck wings! Yay!

FC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server was amazing, we were amazed by how she knew so much about the huge beer list!

DB
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food is delicious & the staff is very friendly! The list of beers is endless. My beer was served in a very cold glass which was a plus! The band was amazing! This place rocks!

AF
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Service was painfully slow and not very friendly. The server dropped the bill off the table with the machine and walked away. We didn't see her again.

Sorry, but won't be returning.

G
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Went before hockey game with reservation waited over 15 min and did not even take drink order so left and had food un Scotia Club.

SP
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Aside from our server, who was lovely and accommodating as much as possible, we were disappointed with our experience at Bier Markt and won't be returning any time soon.

- the oysters were very small for their value. $3.50 plus tax per oyster and they're half the size of, say, The Auld Spot on the Danforth.
- I ordered a steak medium rare, closer to rare, and when it finally came it was tough and barely pink at all.
- we waited an hour for our main course. Yes it was a Friday night, but at a prime location with a reputation to uphold the kitchen should have been more on it.

J
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

great food! service was unfriendly and slow. vibe was great

CM
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall1food2service2ambience1

Terrible chairs. Asked to be moved they said I couldn't. Waited 40 minutes to be told they didn't have the ingredients for either of our dinners on a Friday night. Waitress was very nice and friendly. Extremely disappointed with the restaurant.

CL
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great ! The BIER was also great ! And a huge selection of the finest and most crisp BIERS in the area !

H
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Our waitress tried, but things just didn’t go right. Booked a table and was sat in the bar. Good beer selection. Chicken schnitzel was so over cooked my boyfriend couldn’t really eat it. Our appetizer didn’t come until after our meal only because we said we didn’t want to pay for it since we didn’t get it.

JC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

My wife and I spent our anniversary at Bier Markt before the Carry Underwood concert. Food was great (beer cheese dip, steak and pork). Would definitely go back!

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Had a veteran server and a trainee. Someone else delivered our food and our pre dinner drinks were already gone. Took over 10 min to get a check in for a second round with our food.
Friendly but not around enough.
Great food though!

DJ
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Sub par food, weak aperol spritz, lousy waitress! I know this is a pub but it is also Toronto and you are not meeting the standard. Thankfully another waiter stepped in and took are main order and also got our bill. We tipped the minimum acceptable of 15%.

S
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

I reserved a table for 2, we were out right beside another table for 2 that was already occupied, no privacy, could over hear everything we each were saying. I asked for a different table as there were many others unoccupied and I was told they only had a high top we could move to, there was a table for 4 right behind us that no one sat at while we were there. Music was very loud but still able to hear everything going on at the table beside us

DZ
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Service was good but we were not advised of the schnitzel Oktoberfest special. We did order the schnitzel for two which was good but a bit overcooked while the Wiener schnitzel was very salty. Still, we enjoyed our lunch & would likely return.

CS
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second time here. I have been dreaming about 'The Big Schnit' since we were here in May. This is officially my go-to now when we are in Toronto. Is it possible that it was even better the second time around? The service here is outstanding, the food is amazing, and the beer selection overwhelming. We will certainly be back our next trip to the city.

OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service great food

EB
Toronto
20 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

They’ve changed their menu since my last visit and it’s smaller. Prices a little expensive now too. Sharing board used to be my fav but way less options and smaller portions and you don’t even get pickles anymore.

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and beer, and lots of it. We ate early in the evening so we were not around when the music started. Waitress MaryAnne was the best, very knowledgeable and attentive. Will definitely go again on my return to Toronto.

M
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Service wasn’t good. We had to try and hunt down our service on multiple occasions. The food was okay but not very good for the price.

MB
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience3

I’ve had good experiences at Bier Markt before but this visit was frustrating! My husband and I had a reservation but there was only 1 staff manning the front desk and she was clearly overworked getting tables ready and taking customers to a table. After waiting for quite a while to get our table, my husband’s chair was clearly broken. We were moved to another table but waited over 10 minutes for menus and even longer to place a drink order. I had to ask for cutlery. Our food was good but just getting the attention or service from the waiter was frustrating. I left feeling underwhelmed and frustrated. For the amount we spent, I would have expected much better service. The restaurant was clearly understaffed.

P
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience4

We were greeted at the door very promptly, our server was at our table very quickly and helped with beer selection. I noticed our server not writing anything down, this resulted in bringing both food orders out incorrectly. A steak cooked incorrectly and without the requested sides and a burger with incorrect mods.
The food runner then asked if we wanted to keep the stark while they make another one. They never brought another one. Seemed very disorganized.
Manager did table check and was very friendly

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Above average on all accounts

OT
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Slow service. Beer menu variety has declined.

KM
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Came here for lunch with my parents, seated us in a place we requested and served quickly. Food was delicious and I would come back again! Good value for money

LM
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

When we first arrived, we went to the patio, where we sat for15 minutes and were not even acknowledged. The staff were unfriendly and not helpful. We left for another restaurant for before dinner drinks and returned to the Bier Markt for our 7 p.m. dinner reservation.

TB
Toronto
22 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Lunch visit...good food. It was very quiet for a Friday lunch but it was a long weekend Friday so that explains that.

TM
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall1food2service4ambience1

The restaurant was extremely noisy, unpleasant really. The service was good, the food was sorrily lacking in flavour, overpriced and it was not hot.

SH
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We sat on the patio on a beautiful summer day and enjoyed ourselves. Our table tilted very badly and I asked to have it fixed. Coasters were brought but we were left on our own to fix it which we did. Our server was very pleasant. App of Brussels sprouts flakes was delicious. My large pot of mussels was not. The mussels were all right but the broth underneath was dreadful. Enormous chunk of bacon not chopped through. Very little liquid. I left a large portion and pointed out the mess so the chef could be told. My friend’s salad was very good. Overall, a pleasant enough meal except for the mussels. Not exactly raring to return.

TB
Toronto
22 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

My only real complaint was the service which was super slow. We got our first drink no problem but then we saw no one for 40 mins & I had to go ask someone to send our server over to take our food order. Food was pretty good but again no one came to ask if we wanted another drink until after our food was done. Then we ordered another drink & the bill which took quite awhile to come & it was only water & soda water! Then we waited for our server to come with the machine and again I had to go get her attention. Apparently one of their machines wasn't working & the restaurant was busy but I had a train to catch. Clearly not enough staff & machines....not impressed.

MM
Toronto
15 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Had dinner before a show @ Scotiabank Centre. The selection of beer was excellent, and the food was formidable. The Big Schnit sandwich was amazing, service was great as well. Would recommend for sure.

M
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Service does not even deserve a star. Our waitress took our order and brought us our drinks, and that was the last time we saw her. Things were missing from our order, did not get offered if we wanted any refills on our drinks, we waited 15 min after finishing eating still with no service. Finally someone came to clear our table and we said we don’t know where our server is but we need our bill. Took another 15 minutes to get our bill, the bill was wrong so we had to wait to get the new bill. Our food was alright but because of how bad the service was I will not return to this restaurant.

G
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bier Markt was one of the best pub-grubs I’ve ever been to in Toronto. I can’t wait to dine with them again!

EK
New England
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall4food5service1ambience5

Food and ambiance is great, the service not so much. We got our food and had to wait several minutes for cutlery, and could never seem to find our server when we needed her. We had to pull other servers over to help us get refills on drinks etc. I also didn't find the hostess to be that friendly, nor she listen. I had booked a table in advance. When I got there I asked the hostess can we eat outside? To which she said yes, but then took us to a booth indoors. When I questioned her about outside she said, oh sorry I guess I wasn't listening then just sat us at the booth. I was too hungry and in a rush at that point to care, but being I've been a server for many years service means a lot to me. If you don't care then then place is great. If you do - find somewhere else to eat.

JH
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This bar is great for hanging out on the patio or watching a sports game. We normally go for the beer selection and atmosphere, with the food quality being an added bonus! They also have a surprising variety of healthy / veggie options. This time round we were there to see the Raptors take the championship! What an electric atmosphere. The team at BM did a great job coping with the crowds

WC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everything was great. Just should have fixed your TV prior to the finals. That was annoying.

MC
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Watched the Raptors win in game 6! Watched 3/6 final games at the Bier Markt. Such a great time!!!!

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