Biff's Bistro

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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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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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TK
Calgary
22 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Very good entrees. I had the beef bourguignon and my wife had the lamb entree. Both were quite delicious and attractively served. A French Pinot Noir paired nicely with both meals and was very reasonably priced. We had a very charming waiter who has developed the talent of good service without hovering. Well worth A try.

HR
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a very pleasant experience. Gives us the Parisian dining experience.

GH
Toronto
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience3

In a word, the service was: Disappointing. Everything took far too long to arrive at our table. Drinks took 20 minutes. The food, when it arrived, was smaller portions than we had expected. We ordered dessert (my friends, from out of town, were still hungry since the gnocchi was smaller portion than expected), and waited nearly 30 minutes for it to come to our table. The whole meal took 2 hours and at least half of that time was just spent waiting for things to arrive. I pointed this out to the waitress and she seemed completely oblivious.

This restaurant has been a standby of mine for a couple of years but not after this experience. Clearly no one is in a rush and I'm not convinced the waitstaff and kitchen staff and servers actually communicate with each other. Too expensive for so much sitting around.

LN
Phoenix
13 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Menu was lmited, prices were high for mediocre food and plating was bad (food crumpled on small serving plates).

RB
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience2

Very very salty food. Had to send back. Couldn’t really taste any of the ingredients because the salt was so overwhelming.

m
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were a group of six women - three from Oshawa, two from Ancaster and one from Toronto so Biff's was a great place to meet and we all had a wonderful time. Thank you.

AC
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

variety of choice on menu but the right amount of choices. my wife had the lamb burger and I had the calf's liver, with a lovely sonoma cab sauvignon, and creme brule for dessert. will definitely recommend and will return next time we are in Toronto

BP
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We had been for dinner earlier in the week and had such a pleasant and tasty meal that we returned for lunch on Friday to meet with friends from the past who had come into town from Hamilton. The service was very good and our requests to modify the menu were handled pleasantly.

CB
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Phenomenal service and food! Is loud inside hard to hear across table at times but well worth it!

CC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience2

Loud, pricey for what you get, and mediocre food. Not suitable for conversation.

CK
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Food is tasty but for the price, the portions are small and leave you hungry at the end of the meal.

Not sure it is value for money. It was very loud (fish market) but no complaints on that because I believe at peak lunch hour every restaurant will tend to be loud - 'energetic' in your language :-).

Thanks,

JC
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

food was great! service was superb! you've got to go!

BT
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A big thank you to Biff's for being so accommodating (request for quiet table) and amazing, attentive service! Our server Al was personable and a fantastic host. Thanks so much for making a special occasion even more special for our guests of honour. We will definitely be back!

B
St. Louis
75 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Authentic French cuisine served in a beautiful atmosphere. Soft jazz music made it easy to hear table conversation. I had the mussels and frittes and they were perfect. My husband had the perch and it was great. We shared the an appetizer and dessert and were satisfied. Great wine selection and service was impeccable!

OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall3Food5Service3Ambience5

Overall the meal was good. Request was made possible, service was good and food came out well cooked/seasoned and delicious.

k
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place for dinner before a show. Great food and they get you out on time for your show.

AD
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Pre-concert dinner with friends. One of us has dietary restrictions that made French cuisine a challenge. The waiter questioned politely, spoke with the kitchen & brought a great meal that tasted super without causing any ill effects. Nicely done.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was great

DM
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service.
Both dishes were excellent.
Wine was a bit pricy but I knew that going in. So that’s ok.

JP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

customer service was excellent, food was good and venue was decent.

CC
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

As always a great night out. We do appreciate that the music was not too loud but it was still a high volume because of the shear number of people and also a very large gathering adjacent to us

our waiter was very good at guiding us through the meal to get to our concert on time. Thanks!

RH
New England
4 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

An Awesome dinner ahead of the Elton John concert! Food was amazing and half priced bottles of wine! Mmmmm!!!

KO
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing French food & authentic! Outstanding service....we loved it!!!

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Al, our waiter was excellent.

A
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Me and my husband had our anniversary here and it really made the event special. Al was our sever and was very accommodating, respectful, and pleasant. He made great conversation with us about Toronto and Ottawa, where we were from, and so much more. The food was very good. I am usually not one for French food due to small portion sizes but the food struck a balance between a decently portioned meal and the idea of French Cuisine in tack. The ambience was amazing with the whole French feel. Overall, the prices were not bad at all for downtown Toronto. Definitely would recommend and come back, especially for events.

j
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We really enjoyed the atmosphere and service in the restaurant. The cream of mushroom soup and French onion soup were excellent as was the trout. It would be great to see more vegetarian and vegan options in the menu

DB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4Food2Service4Ambience4

I ordered the chicken club sandwich which turned out to be a chicken burger on an egg bun.
The chicken was difficult to eat as it was tough and sinewy. A big disappointment.

LB
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Food was good once they got the steak right. Ordered mediuM. Came very rare. Had to send it back. By the time it came back. Others were done

RL
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful food, perfectly prepared and presented (crispy pig's ears were fab!!) with great knowledgeable service from Brian made it an awesome culinary experience. Took a lovely walk to the nearby park and St. Lawrence Market to cap off a super evening!

Biff's Bistro
Responded on October 15, 2019

Thank you so much for your kind words. I have passed them on the Bryan!

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DD
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food was great. Had the pork knuckle and the mushroom soup. I don't even like mushrooms and I would get the soup again. The bill was sizeable but I was happy to pay it. Waiting staff was friendly and attentive even though we weren't drinking.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Oysters and Wine with Friends! We left very happy! Great food, great service!!!

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall1Food5Service1Ambience4

Very disappointing service
Ignorant and rude
Will not be returning
Was regular for many years

Biff's Bistro
Responded on October 9, 2019

Hi there! If you could please call the restaurant and ask for a manager we would love to be able to further discuss your visit. We try to ensure all our guests have a great experience and would love the opportunity to make that happen for you! Our number is 416-860-0086 at your earliest convenience! Sincerly, Justine General Manager

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JC
Tampa
11 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Classic bistro food. Friendly and prompt, service, central location and good value.

Z
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Visited prior to a hockey game. Very high quality food, cocktails and service. Decent price as well.

RT
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Very good food for a good price, service is impeccable. 2$ PARKING!

G
Toronto
15 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Good food!

JK
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Nice variety on the menu. Also like the fixed menu for when I don't feel like thinking too much. Server made a nice wine suggestion which the whole group enjoyed.

B
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our waiter was attentive and considerate, asking us almost immediately if we were in a hurry to attend a show afterward. (We weren’t.) Our drinks and first courses were served in a timely manner, and the wait wasn’t long for the entrees to arrive. Everything was delicious! The beef Bourguignon reminded me of our favorite bistro in Paris! Only one negative: lighting was so dim that we had to use our phone light to read the menu - and we saw another couple do the same.

Biff's Bistro
Responded on October 9, 2019

Hi Borninthe716! We're thrilled you enjoyed our food and hospitality. Hopefully we'll see you again in the near future! Best, Biff's

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E
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Food was great as usual. Service was attentive though perhaps too quick. 3 courses in under an hour.

TB
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Great service and exceptional French cuisine for a reasonable price.

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