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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Torontogal
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a hit with birthday celebrations. I love the variety of options for drinks and food.

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vipElaineB
Toronto
24 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always a solid choice lots of options and great beer

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GailS
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've been several times over the past couple of years and the Bier Markt is one of our top choices to go alone or to take guests. One of our children lives just a few blocks away so convenient to have a lazy weekend lunch. The food is outstanding as well as the service. Thanks!

MC
MarioC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great selection from both the bar & food menus. The food was delicious and plentiful. Great value and a fun atmosphere to dine in.

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Yummycc
Toronto
32 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Staff were awesome with our larger group. A couple of food errors that they quickly fixed. Made our family gathering extra great.

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NatashaR
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

We did not have a great experience here. When we arrived, there was no one there to greet us at the door. After waiting, we got brought to a table and our server was nice and friendly. She took our orders promptly. A male brought out our drink samplers ans split a drink on my lap. He continued to talk about the beer without even making a comment or offering an apology for the mess or drink. I had to ask another server for more napkins. Our food was brought out but it was nothing too great. Our server tried to take it away while we were still eating as she never asked if we were finished with it. It was also on the reservation that it was a birthday celebration and nothing was done for that. Overall- it was a poor experience for us.

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HarrisH
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Terrible flavorless food. Expensive. Watch the bartender sloppily pour liquor and mix drinks . Surprised as the old restaurant there was so good.
As a reasonable person I would not recommend to anyone seeking this as a meeting location but rather a last resort

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Arlington
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was ok but nothing special.
One of nearby TV's was broken, which was a mild annoyance.

The wait staff were working hard but clearly having a hard time keeping up with the pre-Leafs's game rush.
Nothing was particularly bad but there really wasn't much to make it worth recommending, either.

JM
JodiM
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Great ambiance and really good food. Our server was nice, but the service was slow. I’d dine there again, but not if I was in a rush or headed to one of the nearby theatres.

KC
vipKimberlyC
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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MichelleC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience5

I come here to try new beers and they don’t have them... really? My dad is Belgian and he was surprised that not even a Duvel or Leffe was in stock. He wanted oysters too and none... Not coming to this location anymore. Especially since this has happened more than 3 times already.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall1food4service2ambience4

We booked a table to watch the raptors game on OpenTable and when got to the restaurant were told they have overbooked! We were offered a table with no TV view and after 20 minutes of conversation with the manager and staff we agreed to seat at the bar!
We did that but they refused to play the game as they only can play one game at the time and another game was played!
I've never seen sport bar with just one receiver! The worst part is during our conversation to find a table I told then multiple times we are there to watch the game and were told they will play it.
Won't go to this location ever again.

BJ
BlaykeJ
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

It was hard to hear each other talk in the restaurant. The seats were angled to where I kept sliding down my seat and the table was wobbly. We asked to be moved and our server said she can’t do that. She would walk past us and I saw her go to the same table 3 times before she approached us. Didn’t ask how our meal was and didn’t ask if we needed another drink. I like the food Bier Markt has and if
I want to go back I’ll be going to the Don Mills location, not the Esplanade.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great food, service was a bit slow, but it was a busy night

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Wwww
Toronto
23 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Not pleased that I could not get the beer that I have ordered many times in the past. Innis & Gunn
Had the burger. Not as good as I’ve had in the past

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Beacher
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience1

I was sitting by myself, waiting for family to arrive, and ignored for 15 minutes while wait staff cleared empty tables and ignored customers. Priorities? Our hot food arrived before our salads and our party wasn’t served at the same time. We won’t be back

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Bryan
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

It was very loud and difficult to talk. Consider installing some sound baffles.

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StephanieS
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience2

Our server never smiled and was not attentive at all. Pizza was good but the beef dip tasted bland.

BM
vipBillM
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

The service was not what I expected. I will not choose to have my yearly holiday event there again. The food was ok, and, as expected the beer inventory was good, just wish service level was better.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience1

It was WAY too loud for a 6pm dinner. Felt like we were in a club. I won't be heading there for dinner anytime soon.
I mean, I'm not even old and I still found it so unnecessarily loud. No thanks.

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Fraydycat
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was plenty, beer was great and server was delightful

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MikeG
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent ambiance and service. Extensive selection of beer. Tremendous time had by all. Will definately go again and recommend to friends.

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Karebear
Orlando
14 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Overall the experience was ok! I found the service very slow. My guests arrived and were seated before me, they said they waited for a while for the server to arrive before placing their drink order. I experienced the same, I’m not sure that it was the servers fault but that he perhaps had more tables then he could handle.
Our meal of schnitzel was delish, we a ordered a chicken and pork and I was hot, perfectly cooked and wonderful.
Our app was the cheese dip and pretzels, loads of cheese dip.
We were approached by the hostess saying that the table we were in as to be vacated due to another reservation but she’d relocate us. I said we were ok, to get our bill, she said she’d tell the waiter. Well it was 20 minutes before he came by with our bill.
No one was pushing us out, so not sure what the whole thing was that we needed to leave but anyway...
It was Friday, it was busy but in my opinion it was just an ok experience.

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JennyTailya
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Going to the bier markt on a Monday night one can I expect the place to be empty which it was.

The waiter was busy I'll see what serving multiple tables at the same time. The attached brewery side was empty as well. The place also boasts happy hour from 4 to 6 and then 9 to closing , selected drinks are $6. Those are real stupid hours for happy hour. The attitude I got for ordering a drink before had home saying I see if I can squeeze it in. it's not my fault that I was waiting in my chair for 15 minutes before I was served.

The service was slower than usual and the food is nothing to write home about. This place is mostly for the beer I'm assuming. We quickly in her meal chatted and went to check out the other restaurants on the Esplanade.

We end up going to the Tilted kilt a few doors down I was also disappointed because they changed the dress code of the waitresses to normal clothes. That place was also empty.

Will try to beer market on King next time or the one in Don Mills. I'm hoping for a better experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I made a reservation on Open Table to celebrate my birthday. Reservation was for 8 people initially. My party size grew to 15 and I wasn't able to increase the reservation to that size off Open Table so I called the restaurant directly. This was all a week before the actual reservation. My request was happily accommodated on the phone when I requested the larger party size.

On the day of my actual reservation, I had a terrible experience. The restaurant got us a table for around 10 people, forcing us all the squish together uncomfortably. This would have been fine of the service was good but unfortunately it was not. Our server seemed overwhelmed and visibly upset from the get go. We were not a rowdy group, everyone was sitting and socializing appropriately. We were kind and understanding to the server knowing it's always tough when you have a large group.

We were there for 2 hours and in that time the restaurant was only able to get us all 2 rounds of drinks. They kept claiming the bar and kitchen were backed up. Only a couple people even wanted food, most were just there for drinks. We all had to nurse our drinks for almost an hour before the server got around to placing additional orders.

Experiences like this matter. I trusted the restaurant to be able to provide a good experience for me as I planned and celebrated my birthday but I got the opposite. We all prematurely closed out our bills and had to find another place to celebrate. In the process we wasted hours.

I will most certainly not be going back to Bier Markt.

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vipdonnaf
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It was fine.

JE
JayinEdmonton
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice place for a good dinner, and the selection of beers is, of course, excellent.

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Rachel
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Service was so slow. The waitress didn't not come back that often. I ordered a flight of beer and one of them was completely flat. Finally when she came back right before I had to go they changed it for me.

MC
MarioC
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Carly our server was simple amazing... World class service! Suggestion on the menu , attention to details! Excellent food. Thank you

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Andrew
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

DH
DavidH
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
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
RyanH
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
ChrisT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

FC
FreddyC
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
DeborahB
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!

AC
vipACAN
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.

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Gdlgdl
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
ScottP
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.

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Jennifer
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

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

CM
CarlyM
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.

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Bier Markt - The Esplanade (Toronto) offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (416) 862-7575.

Bier Markt - The Esplanade (Toronto) is rated 3.9 stars by 217 OpenTable diners.

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