Biff's Bistro

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At Biff’s Bistro, 1930’s Paris meets fresh London cool. At this charming French bistro, experience a tribute to Old World cuisine, hospitality and style in the heart of downtown Toronto. A slice of modern European enchantment, Biff’s Bistro features a robust, seasonal menu offering traditional French bistro favourites like steak tartare, duck confit and steak frites. Guests can unwind with hand-crafted cocktails and flavourful bites in the buzzing bar après work, or enjoy al fresco dining on the colourful street-side terrace, inspired by Parisian patios.
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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Reservamos a las 21, somos españoles para la cena, íbamos a probar el plato de ostras y menú cerrado pero eso antes de las 19, aun así cenamos estupendamente, el camarero nos consiguió 4 ostras deliciosas para probar, sencillamente espectacular la cena y el servicio. Recomendable 100%.

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WA
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Always reliable food and service.

BS
Edmonton
16 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited for the second time to enjoy the food, atmosphere and the wonderful service! Al is wonderful!!!

HM
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We loved the comfy and cosy ambiance of the bistro with the real silverware, pictures, and French music. Our service was excellent. We ordered from the price fixed menu and enjoyed our meals. I really liked the roast chicken and my companion who normally only eats steak wherever we go made the decision to order the duck confit which was well outside of her comfort level. We both enjoyed our meals immensely and made the decision when we are back in the area attending a nearby event that we will come back to try other items on the menu.

Biff's Bistro
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you for the kind words! We like to think of the duck confit as one of our specialties. We look forward to having you back in to try a few new dishes!

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N
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service, food was for what you dream for, great location--ate on patio which was a great experience--serving oysters for $ 1.00 each when bottle of wine purchased--need to have more oyster promotions and I will be there! I will recommend and I will return to Biff's Bistro!

Biff's Bistro
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you for the kind words! You're also in luck, our buck-a-shuck promotion is running all month long for August. Please come back and join us for more oysters, we'd love to have you!

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TG
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Food so-so - pretty salty. Expensive for the quality. Food put together in a pretty slap dash way. Flavours meh

CR
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Sommelier, Josh Kelly, was terrific. Gave us great places to go in the Niagara on the Lake area.

Biff's Bistro
Responded 4 days ago

Josh extends his thanks! We know he's always happy to talk wine with anyone who will sit down with him. We hope you enjoyed your trip to wine country!

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RM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was great and our server was fantastic

OT
Toronto
234 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely patio and the perfect place for a relaxing Sunday evening. Had the seafood platter which is excellent - tasty selection and great value. Also had a couple of lovely apps and dessert. Will be back for more!

Biff's Bistro
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you so much for coming in and sharing your Sunday with us! We're looking forward to having you back in again soon.

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P
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Nice mid range restaurant in the heart of Toronto.
Not over pretentious.
Enjoyed being on the patio on a lovely summer's evening.

CA
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great for half priced wine and oysters on Wednesday

JK
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A Lovely Spot for a Summertime Meal on a great Shady Patio.
Our annual "ladies lunch" for us retired friends took place recently at Biff's. What a great spot! Service was wonderful..food devine..ambience spectacular. Interesting specials as well as great variety in the menu items made for good choices for all. Gets busy at lunchtime so do a reservation to make sure you aren't disappointed.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

Dinner before show at Sony. Staff seemed overwhelmed by the large crowd, waiter was only one in section and had a hard time keeping up, extremely loud.

C
Toronto
49 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

This is our go to restaurant for dining in this area of Toronto. Word to the wise though, if you are going on a night when there is a show at the Sony Centre, make sure you book for earlier than you think necessary. It's busy and the kitchen has a hard time keeping up with the orders. However, the ambiance is fantastic (we sat in the bar area), the food is authentic French cuisine and the staff did their best to bring our meals in a timely manner while attending to the niceties of fine dining.

JB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent value, enthusiastic staff, wide variety on menu. Also went to Biff’s for summerlicious- one of the best menus !

BA
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely patio setting when the weather is good. Our server Ann, was experienced and helpful. The food was great and the menu matched the dishes perfectly. Will definitely return... again!

m
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

This place is on Front St. close to the Flatiron and in between King and Union TTC Station. There is a nice patio.

The service was excellent. Our server knew the menu completely! We asked what were the best and worst dishes, and he was honest about it. Though he did recommend the duck confit, and it was not that great. It was on the drier and saltier side. Perhaps the best dish of the meal was the poulet rôti. The chicken was nice and tender, and it was flavourful with truffle foam. And the foie de veau was also excellent. It is not too gamey, but it is still an acquired taste. It was a nice medium, and it was tender, and melted in my mouth. The boeuf bourgignon was flavourful and falls apart from cutting, but it was a tiny bit chewy. The burger was nice but not something I'd recommend getting here.

Overall, I'd recommend coming for a romantic dinner on the patio.

SN
Calgary
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Waiter was great but food took an extremely long time to be served. Reservation was 7:00 pm and food didn’t arrive until around 9:00 pm. It was good once received

M
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Biff's is always our go to restaurant to celebrate special occasions and it was where we wanted to be to celebrate yesterday, July 24,2019. I made a reservation much to the delight of my partner. We arrived a little early for our reservation and were promptly sat in the bar/lounge area without being asked if we would prefer to be seated in the dining room or lounge. The restaurant was basically empty except for the filled patio. We prefer to never sit in the lounge unless there is no other choice.

I always go online beforehand to peruse the menu and to choose what I will be having for my meal. To my surprise, the pre fix dinner was not offered on the menu we were given and were not given an explanation as to why the current menu did not match what was listed on the website when asked. Bread was also not delivered to our table even though others around us had it on theirs.

It seems that the tables on the patio were receiving the proper service one should expect while the service inside the restaurant was lacking. We were left to being served by the bartender who was servicing the tables in the bar area while also making the drinks for the restaurant and the patio. To say we were disappointed with our experience yesterday would be an understatement.

I sent this exact note to the restaurant a day after my reservation to make them aware of my dissatisfaction and to see if they would comment on the issues I had, but to date I have had no response.

I think this is unacceptable of this caliber restaurant.

PW
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Well trained servers, Good food presentation. Good pronotion with respect to downtown parking.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

1. Beef & duck too salty
2. Poor handling by server when he was told the wrong dessert was presented to my aunt
3. Impolite closeup watching followed by aggressive grabbing of credit card machine by server once I finished punching in my passcode

OM
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely meal here, as always. Amazing service and the food never disappoints. I didn't like something in my main course and they went out of their way accommodating. Highly recommended this restaurant!

HB
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went there for lunch in summerlicious And the food was delicious with new twists on classic French cuisine. Our waitress was brilliant - attentive and helpful and kind. We sat outside on the patio among the flowers. A memorable meal! Highly recommended!

NB
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every bite was happiness. Beautiful creative food that is incomparable. Will return

JX
New England
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

we visited this restaurant during Summerlicious event, it was kind of busy time, we understood, so we were quite patient for the food, however, 40 minutes waiting between appetizer and entree were beyond our expectation. also the waiter made us confused, he kept serving the 2 tables right next to ours, even serving water every 2 minutes to them but ignore our waving hands for 6 times in a row, we were only 2 meters away from each other, it was very difficult for me to believe that he did not see us, that was probably the furthest distance in the world at that moment between customers and waiters. Finally we got our requested spoon for the pasta but it was already cold.
In conclusion, going there during Summerlicious time is not a good choice, fair food and that level of service, and seriously think about if the service really worth 20% tips.

SH
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Liked the decor and the ambiance and the service was pretty good. The table agreed that tri-tip steak was great and I enjoyed the vichyssoise soup i had for my starter. But i felt that the gnocchi i had as my main was an undersized portion and the mushrooms were overly salty, although the texture of the gnocchi themselves were very pillowy.

DA
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ordered from the summerlicious set menu and all courses were awesome. Great value. Our waiter for the evening was friendly and attentive. A great dining experience. Will certainly be back!

OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Summerlicious menu was excellent.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Summerlicious

MH
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best summerlious experience so far. The chefs put a lot thinking and design into the food.

JB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding! I had been to Biff's before with a GF and had such a fun evening (sat & ate at the bar). This time, my husband and I went for a much needed night-out! We sat in the bar area which was a bit quieter than the main dining room. Superb service - food - ambiance. We chose a few apps from the Summerlicious menu (Vichyssoise and Tomatoe/Goat Cheese Tart: both were excellent) and chose mains from the regular menu (Pan Fried Perch and Mussels in wine/cream sauce: both excellent choices). Shared dessert and a bottle of Rose. A lovely meal. Look forward to returning soon.

BA
Toronto
22 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Three of us dined to celebrate two of our birthdays during Summerlicious. Menu choices were good; our appetizers were the Vichysoisse and the Moroccan chickpea salad; our mains were Trout and gnocchi. All were quite good.

b
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great food, good service, they should have offered ketchup with the frites. Otherwise we were delighted with the food, ambience, service.

LP
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my first time going there. It was a real nice surprise. Excellent food, charming atmosphere. Highly recommended!

BH
Calgary
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great summerlicious menu. Anna was a superb waitress. Get the trout

JW
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant! I went for winterlicious and summerlicous both i had outstanding food and service! Outside looks a bit outdated but the food is great!

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Summerlucious menu was spectacular.

H
Toronto
23 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great variety. There during summerlicious menu which was reasonably priced with quality choices. Service was great.

LU
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Service was not appropriate.
Table dirty .
Waiter slow rude.
Food awful.
Worst restaurant.

LB
London
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious food. Sat on patio with fairly nice ambience though tables close together.

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