About Holts Café - Bloor

The ideal setting for everything from a business lunch to a mid-afternoon shopping break, Holts Café offers friendly service and menus filled with culinary delights. Stop by for our Brunch or Holts Hour menus. Catering services are also available at all locations.

50 Bloor St
Toronto, ON M4W 1A1
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary Canadian

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Sunday: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

Cross Street:
North side of Bloor between Yonge and Bay

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
CAN$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(416) 960-7817

Website:
http://www.holtrenfrew.com/store/holt/pages/services/holts-cafe/toronto

Catering:
We offer catering for any private event needs and can accommodate for on- and off-site events. We will work closely with you to create a tailored experience for you and your guests.

Parking Details:
Valet parking is available for any guest coming to Holt Renfrew for $25 at the main doors of the store on 50 Bloor Street W.

Public Transit:
Midway between Yonge and Bay stations on the Green Line (Line 2, Bloor Danforth Line) or just west of Bloor-Yonge Station on the Yellow Line (Line 1, Yonge University Line)

Executive Chef:
Jeff Richards

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Holts Café - Bloor Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

4.5

ambience

4.2

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Lunch (17)
Afternoon Coffee (10)
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Casual (9)
Special Occasion (8)
Afternoon Tea (7)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Scenic View (6)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Healthy (5)
People Watching (5)
Great for Brunch (5)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Fun (3)
Good for a Date (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Cozy (2)
Authentic (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Business Meals (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
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 (Toronto)·Dined 5 days ago

We first sat at a table in an extremely noisy area, but we were able to be moved, and it was much quieter, and vey pleasant. Lovely food and service.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Outstanding winterlicious. I tried the beef carpaccio, cod and panna cotta.. All were very good. Service is immaculate and very attentive....

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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Holts has cut back on staff so drastically it has ruined dining experience.
Waiting staff struggles to serve clientele but they are overwhelmed.
Those waiting on us were tremendous & did a great job.
But since Holts has cut their hours their shift ended before we finished dinner.
We were left saying thank yous & goodbyes to the credit card machine.
How does Holts management expect to attract exclusive clientele with its fast food mentality?

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Excellent food, spectacular service. Albeit you pay for it. Decadent but worth it. Not as stuffy as the rest of Holt's.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Afternoon Coffee, Hot Spot, Healthy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Too many children running wild and babies screaming.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Was my first time. We were by the window and it was very cold. Ordered the most expensive glass of Chardonnay... it was musty, sent it back and the waiter replaced it with a nicer glass but charged me for both, in error. We shared the cheese plate as an appetizer--cheese was hard and cold, and pretty tasteless, bread was overly dry but chutney and mustard seed was nice. We didn't finish it. I had the BLT salad which was really good, except the pancetta was so overcooked--hard and inedible. My friend had the chicken pot pie.. which looked amazing--like a soufflé with a side of fries--she loved it. No dessert... but jasmine tea.. pot of water was barely half full--and my friend had a coffee which she said was very good. Not rushing to go back, but I think it's worth another try. If you go in the winter, don't sit along the wall of windows.

Tags: Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Fun
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 28, 2017

We ordered the Chicken Pot Pie which was delicious and more than enough. Unfortunately, although we intended to stay for dessert and coffee, the level of noise made it so uncomfortable that we decided to leave and find a quieter place to finish our lunch. There is nothing in the café to absorb the noise which makes it difficult for conversation.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Attentive staff, nice ambience, good food and drinks. What more could you ask for?

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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 24, 2017

This was a perfect spot for a Christmas lunch with my best pal!!! Nice ambiance and great food. Jesse our waiter made it that much better. Cheers

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Afternoon Tea, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Lunch, People Watching
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 14, 2017

always look forward to meeting a friend at the Holts cafe.. Lovely atmosphere and nice wait staff..

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Birthdays
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 14, 2017

The BLT Salad was great - very good spot.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 13, 2017

The chicken pot pie was delicious. Nice wine. Good service. Enjoyable evening.

Tags: Healthy, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Afternoon Coffee
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 7, 2017

We arrived an hour early for our reservation as we had attended the exhibit at the ROM and my friend wanted to dine earlier. We were offered accommodation on the couches which was fine. We both had the eggs benedict (with smoke salmon) a long time favourite of mine. The food was delicious and the service was excellentl

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 6, 2017

I always meet up with friends in Holts if we see meeting downtown as it's a great place to catch up with EXCELLENT unobtrusive but attentive service. I seem to face been "served" by the same waiter each time over the years and he has it down to an art form.
The brunch tartine is a triumph and I'm afraid to say that I have this every time
Note to Holts Cafe management / never take this off the menu - it's been there for years and I love it
Also if you are able to work out from the bookings that say which waiter served us, please give him a huge pat on the back. My pal always has very high expectations of servers and these were exceeded to the point where she actually commented how great the service was

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 6, 2017

My daughter and I have a birthday lunch every year.. it is always good and the service is good
We would love to sit in a different location other than the two seaters in the middle which is what we usually get
We will be back and we would recommend the restaurant

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 28, 2017

i took a special friend there for lunch
and we had an amazing lunch
The 2 stars on the menu are the smoked salmon
and BLT salad with the fried tomatoes and all

Lovely presentation

Friendly ,efficient and not rushed service

A treat to be there

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, People Watching, Special Occasion, Quick Bite, Kid-friendly, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We had a very pleasant birthday lunch. I love that the event was acknowledged, and happy there wasn't singing at the table.
Food and beverage excellent.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, People Watching, Afternoon Coffee, Afternoon Tea
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Had flank steak and truffle fries. Steak was very tough and far too many sauces. Fries appeared to be standard frozen. No hint of truffles unless that was the tasteless white stuff on the top that looked like stale cheese. A real disappointment.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 30, 2017

My friend and I enjoy the restaurant's ambiance. It is midway for us to meet along the subway line. It has excellent food and is in a vibrant location. All told, it is an excellent experience and one we look forward to sharing for many years to come.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Good location for meeting friends in the heart of the shopping district and a nice selection on the menu

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 18, 2017

One of the top 5 worst burgers I’ve ever had. Fortunately for the restaurant, I was with clients and didn’t want to make a stink.

Their chef should be ashamed of how they not only cooked the burger, but allowed it to come out of the kitchen looking like it was delivered by UberEATS from a fast food place.

Not worth $5 much less the $19 on the bill. Also, $3.50 a piece and no refills for a Diet Coke out of the fountain is a disgrace.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Disappointed in the vibe on this visit. Just a day after the 180th anniversary of the company, today’s visit was a let down and a far cry from the civility of Montréal.

Two cities, to opposites in Service experiences. Refills for sodas should be standard, here they weren’t. Transparency is lacking in pricing.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 29, 2017

First time I ever went to Holts Cafe and I would definitely go back! Service was superb, we were there celebrating a birthday and they gave my friend a complimentary dessert with a candle in it, which was very thoughtful and I was most appreciative. We were in a bit of a hurry and the waitress was excellent about suggesting which options would be quicker and she made a point of helping us keep track of time. The food was excellent, and it was presented beautifully as well. I'll be back, with more time to spend next time!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Healthy, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 16, 2017

This was my first time here and I thought the space was wonderful. Due to the variety of seating arrangements, we were able to be seated in a location that allowed us to have meaningful conversations.
Our servers were professional with a touch of humour . I really enjoyed the choices of healthy drinks. The food was excellent.
I will certainly return.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, People Watching, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Great for Brunch, Organic, Special Occasion
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on August 16, 2017

LOVE the BLT Salad!!! service was great as was selection of menu items for lunch.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Healthy, Creative Cuisine
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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on July 21, 2017

This is a beautiful restaurant with great food. It is pricey for lunch but overall a great experience.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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 (Toronto)·Dined on July 16, 2017

We had a really quiet lunch that was cozy & the meal was scrumptious. Exceptional customer service from server.
I will recommend to my colleagues & family.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Casual, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Afternoon Coffee, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Quick Bite, Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 14, 2017

I had an excellent experience at the Holt's Cafe. I went on a Friday night and there was only one other group in the cafe, so of course, the service was excellent. The menu had something for everyone, especially me, a vegetarian. Excellent Poilane bread!

Tags: Healthy, Quick Bite, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Toronto)·Dined on June 23, 2017

A convenient location for a no fuss business lunch.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Toronto)·Dined on June 1, 2017

Two saleswomen from the store hovered over the guests next to us and didnt stop talking in such loud voices that we couldnt hear each other. One sat on the bench beside my guest for almost the entire meal.
As well the waitress was too present.
It wasnt an experience id want to repeat. No sign of a manager either

Tags: Casual
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 (Toronto)·Dined on May 20, 2017

I've been going to hilts for lunch on a Saturday for most of my life. I love the colours of the art on the walls, it changes every year. Also, the food is current and tasty.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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 (Toronto)·Dined on May 9, 2017

Wonderful place to meet, the food and service are always amazing.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Healthy, Quiet Conversation
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 (Toronto)·Dined on March 31, 2017

The food is simply not very good. Everything else was fine.

Tags: Casual
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 (Toronto)·Dined on March 28, 2017

I always enjoy eating at the Holts cafe. The food is delicious with high quality ingredients and the service is very good.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (Toronto)·Dined on March 14, 2017

not quite as good as it has been

service was better in past visits as female staff more attentive and not disappearing to the back room

I ordered a double expresso with milk and got cold milk , on complaining it was replaced

I usually have the chicken pie but found this time the chicken content appeared to have been reduced. ??

Will continue to visit but expect improvement

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Toronto)·Dined on March 10, 2017

This is not my first visit to Holts and every time is pleasant
We had two glasses of good champagne started with pot stickers then I had eggplant tempuramy friend had chicken pot pie. Service friendly and helpful
Gots love this spot

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on February 24, 2017

Food was delicious and our server was fantastic!
Always my go to place!

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 17, 2017

Dined comfortably with our 10 month old. The couches were very comfortable and easily accommodated 3 adults and a baby with stroller. The tables however were slightly wobbly when cutting our food. Service was excellent - personable and friendly. Fast but not rushed service.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 8, 2017

I went there for a winterlicious lunch with my girlfriend. I understand that my expectations need to change given the volume of people attending but even with lower expectations we were underwhelmed. Some of the hot dishes was served borderline cold. We both asked for steak medium rare and got something well done. Service was respectable but we did wait a while for our food. Noise level was too much for my liking. Overall I went once and wouldn't go back.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 5, 2017

I've come here twice now, and although there were some Winterlicious mishaps the first time around, I came back the second time outside of Winterlicious and found it to be like night and day. Both times, the service was pretty good -- a little bit slow but still attentive, and checking up just enough. The food we had off their regular menu was delicious. I had the duck rillettes for my starter, and my partner had the arctic char (marinated like tuna tartare). Both were very good. But my main blew me away -- miso-marinated black cod that was cooked perfectly. The fish was so tender and just flaked away, and flavoured so well. The fried sticky rice was also interesting, as it mimicked the fried rice that gets crispy at the bottom of a bibimbap. My partner got the Wellington County flat iron steak, and it was perfectly done to medium (as he had asked for). We also sat in the loungey portion of the cafe, which has long couches along the back. A bit weird to be eating fancy meals on a couch, but also kind of fun. Would come back for sure!

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