Brassaii

3.9
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870 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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French

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Brassaii Restaurant and Lounge is Toronto's sophisticated and cosmopolitan destination. Nestled amidst a romantic cobblestone courtyard patio, Brassaii elevates the finer dining experience by surrounding its guests in what can be described as architectural heritage integrated with modern trends of progressive, SOHO-inspired design innovations. Brassaii contains an exposed wine cellar, a sleek dining room, stylish bar and lounge as well as two private dining rooms for personal or professional events.


Drink and dine in stylish elegance amongst a refined urban atmosphere that will delight the most discerning palate. We provide the portrait of well-choreographed service while you enjoy a culinary experience and dynamic social ambiance not soon to be forgotten.


WE LOOK FORWARD TO SERVING YOU IN STYLE!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
French
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Hours of Operation
Dinner
Wed–Sat 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(416) 598-4730
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Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Business Casual
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Private Party Facilities
We are a multi-functional venue suitable for small or large-scale events, devoted to quality, service and the professionalism of our team. From elegant canapes to mouth-watering pastries, our menu changes with the seasons to give our guests a new and exciting gustatory experience.
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Private Party Contact
Silvie Zatloukalova : (416) 598-4730
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Cross Street
Spadina
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Parking Details
Parking can be found next to us at 380 Wellington.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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3.9based on all time ratings
3.9
Food
3.9
Service
4.0
Ambience
3.6
Value
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81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 1Food 3Service 3Ambience 1

Nothing to write home about. Over priced for what it was, very cold inside as well and no ambiance other than a Christmas party going on for some company in the other room.

MM
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 2

Very cold place
Didn’t like my appetizer ( tomato tart)

RL
Austin
8 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 3Ambience 5

Overbooked and/or understaffed...main course took over an hour after apps, our group was 17 but they should have had an additional server helping out. Great ambiance, bottle service was seamless and well done, will give it a try again but disappointed first go-around

DB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The service was fantastic and the drinks were very good. Food and food presentation was better then I thought being that I read other reviews. Overall great night. Wish I could remember my servers name but he was very attentive and spot on

RS
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely ambiance. Good service. Only one other couple in the whole restaurant so it felt like a private venue! I did not enjoy the soup as it needed more flavour. It was served uniqely though but lukewarm. My sisters enjoyed their avocado and beet salads. I tried the beets and they were delicious. The gnocchi was fantastic and my sister and I both ordered it. My other sister ordered the lobster mac 'n cheese which was good although the lobster needed to be cleaned better. Bits of shell in it was not very appetizing. Desserts were delicious. We had the passion fruit cheesecake and creme brulee trio. The pistachio creme brulee was to die for. Brewed coffee was spot on. Piping hot too! Waiter was very attentive and friendly. All in all a great experience and we would go back. I live in Waterdown and sisters in Oakville. We came to TO for a show at The Prince of Wales Theatre and I found the restaurant on-line. All restaurants close to the theatre on King were booked.

AB
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

If I could give 0 stars I would. I went to celebrate my 30th birthday and Brassai single handedly ruined my birthday by serving my guests and I an hour and a half after we ordered. The food was cold the manager unapologetic. They brought me the wrong steak and when asked to get the correct one they told me there was no time to make another one for me because it was too late. It may have been too late because they took almost 2 hours to bring our food. Our COLD food. I cut into my steak and it was a medium when I requested blue rare. I sent the steak back because I couldn't eat it. My husband had to send his steak back because it wasnt the right temp and very cold. The manager gave us a lame excuse that they had a party of 70 they had to accommodate and their kitchen was not equipped to handle so many parties at once. If you're not equipped to handle that many reservations maybe you shouldn't accept that many reservations. I ended up eating a hot dog on the street as no other restaurants were open. Needless to say, thanks to Brassai for ruining my milestone birthday.

LR
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

only one thing wrong --we were having a lovely quiet dinner for 3 when they pumped up the music about 10pm for no reason that I could see.

CD
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

We waited more than 1 hour for our food. For the price for a meal, the wait time should not be that long. Perhaps they can hire more kitchen staff. Our waiter felt bad and offered us complimentary drinks and dessert but at the end we felt bad for him.

Because we waited so long, our night had to be cut short as the next place we were planning to go after dinner cancelled our reservation since we were late.

MV
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We had a great time on a friday night dinner with friends. Our Server was amazing! Food was exceptional. Overall, I would recommend it to a friend.

OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 1Food 4Service 4Ambience 1

We were the only people there

DZ
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food, the atmosphere was on point. I loved how the restaurant turned into a bar with a dance floor after midnight!

L
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 3Ambience 1

Ordered duck and was horrible, didn’t look good at all. Also ordered octopus salad and had one small piece of octopus and the rest potatoes. Not worth the price. Also bus boys would keep coming around to pick up plates that weren’t finish as yet.

SO
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Arrived a little early so restaurant had not actually opened but they opened early for us, sat us down a and got our drinks while they set everything up, service was excellent, waiter had a great sense of humor. Food was amazing, my wife had the lamb and I had the halibut, but were really, really good

CB
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were going to a show so had an early reservation at 5:30, we pretty much had the place to ourselves. Staff were excellent and very attentive. Our app and entrees were excellent and we were even treated to champagne by the server as it was our Anniversary. Highly recommend.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 5

I had a birthday dinner with a friend and the service was bad and the food was not good. I’ve dined at Brassaii many times before and didn’t have any issues. This time around, however, the waiter didn’t do a stellar job and the food and drink was bad. I think the standards have gone down.

JW
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Music a bit much, and too loud for a Sunday brunch.
The windows were dirty. Could have been cleaner.
Food very good and service excellent.

JH
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 5Ambience 3

So disappointed. Food was poor. My steak was a very poor cut. My nieces gnocchi was tough. It was not cheap and the food was terrible. Waiter was very nice and helpful. Never go back.

MG
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a great time vacationing in Toronto. Brassai was a recommendation to visit and a highlight of the trip. We loved our waiter, Z! Very intelligent about the food and great company.

m
Austin
19 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

Food was not prepared well. For example the pasta was undercooked and the ragu bolognese was terrible. We were not the only table asking for salt, we noticed. The duck dish had a tough meat and sitting in water that came from the accompanying endives. Service was friendly and attentive although the fellow smelled from freshly smoked cigarettes. This place is not cheap, it is not recommended.

T
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

The food and the dinner service were good. I was expecting more from DJ Danny D. He’s better on the radio. The crowd was also mostly female and the dancing space is small and tight. I wouldn’t return.

JM
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

We enjoyed the kind and attentive service, however, beyond the pork belly bun appetizer (which was AMAZING!) everything else was just ok. Both our entrees (duck breast and veal chop) were overdone and a bit dry. To be fair, we did not raise this as an issue but feel if we had, they would have been more than happy to address. We consider ourselves foodies and enjoy a nice meal - while this wasn’t the worst, it wasn’t the best.

A
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Although it was quiet, my food was amazing! Would definitely go again for the lobster. Most of the staff were very attentive and friendly. The restaurant has a very modern and aesthetic appeal to it.

E
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 1Ambience 4

The food was nothing to call home about, the ambience was nice, but the service was a whole different level of poor. Our server wasn’t bad at his job: he was creepy and inappropriate, making comments alluding to the friend with whom I was dining and I “making out at the end of the night”, interrupting my friend as she tried to place her order to tell her that the appetizer she chose was not good, he didn’t like it, and insisting she order something else, and finally saying that we “might actually like” the cocktails we ordered because they were “really feminine for an old-fashioned”. I was so irritated by his lack of professionalism and inappropriate comments that I would dissuade anyone from going to Brassaii. Strongly recommend that management speak to this server about his behaviour.

Other than that, the food was fine, albeit overpriced. The outdoor patio was lovely for most of our meal, until the music was cranked up so loudly that we couldn’t hear each other speak...it seemed unnecessary, as the patio was still mostly empty. The cocktail we ordered (I can’t remember the name, but it was a cognac-based soon on an old fashioned) was watery and unbalanced. All in all, a solidly mediocre experience tremendously marred by creepy and unprofessional service.

HS
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Really good food and the atmosphere was nice around dinner time.

NG
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

overall we had a good experience.

The one issue we had with dinner, is the wine choices we made, we were being told that they were out of it...and it happened with 3 wines.

the bathrooms were dirty...you would need someone to stay on top of the cleanliness...because obviously ladies are gross

we had a great time dancing...Dj DannyD rocked the house, and he was the draw for us to attend that night

MD
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great atmosphere amazing food service was excellent dessert to die for awesome music made my 10-year anniversary even better

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was amazing. All in one place to eat then dance on a Friday night.

h
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Food is great I had the curried octopus and salmon. My girlfriend had beet salad and halibut. All courses were very well done. Service is good as well especially the hostess who offered to put us girls on the guest list so we can return back to the club at night without paying for the cover charge.

BJ
Toronto
17 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Service was efficient and pleasant. Food was good but nothing so great. The meat board is quite large so good option for a group. Please don’t order off the cocktail menu. Their signature drinks are weak and too ice heavy. The off menu dirty martini I ordered was excellent.

KS
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 2Ambience 3

Yogurt parfait was excellent!

When you’re charging me 10 dollars for two easy over eggs and they turn out hard. Not impressive for hat price. On top of that sever name came to check in to see how everything was.

Overall I heard great things about the food and service at this restaurant so was excited to try it out. By the end I was quite disappointed in the food quality and service. Would not recommend this restaurant for breakfast going forward.

J
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Menu was good.. Except the crab bisque and octopus.. Didn't enjoy.

Music was horrible.. We expected to stay all evening.. But couldn't take it.

Also, waitress didn't advise us that tip was included and one couple tipped...he asked her to cancel transaction and redo.

GD
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 2Service 5Ambience 5

food was not great, had no flavor, paid more than it was worth, steak came rare and had to be sent back
atmosphere was nice and drinks were good

PR
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Food was good. Very expensive for the portions. Needs more dinner options. The waiter took out food and drinks before we even finished with them. Didn’t ask us if we were done. But the atmosphere was good. And the waiter was friendly.

OT
Vancouver
12 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Service was good. Food was ok, a $22 brunch item should come with a side in terms of value. Not an overly memorable experience.

AH
Calgary
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great time out with friends- stayed late for DJ and dancing. Dinner was very good - had the spaghetti with shrimp and it was excellent. My friend had the veal and although I didn’t try it, it looked amazing and he raved about it all night. Only reason I didn’t give a 10 is that I was looking for a healthy salad option but everything was really full meals - but the meals were fantastic and very different so totally worth the calories in the end.

C
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Tried this restaurant for brunch on Mother’s Day with my husband and teenage daughters - we were pleasantly surprised. The food was excellent, staff was friendly and informative and the service very good. This is a gem of a restaurant suitable for many occasions - from a night out with friends to a family brunch. There is a beautiful patio, a large indoor dining area as well as a private room which can be booked for special celebrations. I highly recommend Brassaii and will most certainly be back 👍

JW
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Always a great time, especially for Mother’s Day. The restaurant was very accommodating and understanding as they held our reservation for an extra 30 minutes due to unforeseen circumstances.

AR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

The food was spectacular! The servings are a little small for the price, however the presentation of the food was great! I have a GF and DF allergy and the staff is very accommodating. The manager served our food herself to ensure me that my dishes were safe for me to eat. If you are coming here, and want to eat well and have a couple of drinks, expect to pay upwards of $100. If you get there before 10pm, its free coat check and you won't have to pay the $20 cover to stay and dance afterwards! Overall a great night and will definitely be going back!

AA
Toronto
35 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The halibut was great and the veal chop was a nice big portion. Thought the waffle chips and mushroom cheese sauce was a nice presentation.

OT
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Came in on a Wednesday at 7:45pm for a dinner date and the place was nearly empty. We had a fantastic dinner. Food was well seasoned and cooked perfectly especially the grilled octopus. Tender and delicious. Don’t just think of this place as a bar or nightclub. Only the wine list needs a bit of updating: no vintage selections

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