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Brownes - Brownes Bistro, Toronto, ON
Brownes Bistro, Toronto, ON
Brownes Bistro, Toronto, ON
Brownes Bistro, Toronto, ON
Brownes Bistro, Toronto, ON

Brownes Bistro

4.5
4.5
431 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Contemporary French
For 30 years Brownes Bistro has been a staple in Rosedale. Cherished by the neighbourhoods affluent denizens as well as lovers from all over Toronto, this restaurants satisfying and sophisticated fare is what keeps its quaint tables in high demand. A classic bistro menu pays homage to all things French, including fresh creations conceived daily. Warm hardwood, oak paneling and crisp linens create an unmistakably European ambiance, while an excellent selection of wines will have you reaching for obscure adjectives in no time.

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 5 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    CAN$31 to CAN$50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary French, Contemporary European
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–2:30 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (416) 924-8132
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive Chef
    Jude Jacob
  • Neighbourhood
    Rosedale / Summerhill
  • Cross Street
    Yonge St & Woodlawn Ave E
  • Parking Details
    Metered parking available on Woodlawn Ave E.
  • Public Transit
    TTC Summerhill Station
  • Additional
    Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 431 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

431 Reviews
  1. LienLy

    Toronto

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First visit, tables are perfectly separated, good spot for lunch meeting

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  2. LR29

    Toronto

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We always enjoy eating at Brownes. Everything is always great.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Over the years we have never had a bad meal nor a great meal here. Mains were priced lower than at our favourite restaurants so reasonable value. Did not find that to be the case on our last visit. Cuisine has not moved up along with the prices.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Waiter was very attentive and helpful. The food is excellent and came fairly quickly. Good value overall.

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  5. LarryS

    Toronto

    61 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great dining experience; the escargots are still the best in town!

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  6. TheHappyDiner13

    Toronto

    39 reviews

    4.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Thanks to our host Jerry, it was a love dinner. On entry, I was very put off hearing both radio noise as well as a staff member playing something on his phone. I asked the fellow at the bar to do something and perhaps turn off one source of noise. He didn’t seem to appreciate that there was this noise. Jeffrey looked after it. I required accommodations on my meal and he helped to ensure I had a nice meal. Thank you.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 13, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Good food not spectacular. Pricy. Rosedale old-money vibe. Loud.

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  8. MarkK

    Vancouver

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    To warm 25 C inside was uncomfortable. Otherwise everything perfect. The fee to split dinners seems unreasonable

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  9. DGnaP

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time and enjoyed the evening - food, service - fantastic...

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  10. TimK

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The experience was fantastic. Our waiter went above and beyond, as there were some lighting challenges that he did everything possible to help with. The food was great, however with one meal the meat was a bit tough, but again that was resolved without issue by providing another meal. Absolutely, will recommend to others, and return in the future.

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  11. LarryS

    Toronto

    61 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A great neighbourhood French bistro. Probably the best escargots in town!

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  12. MichaelQ

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great dinner. So long since we’ve been to Brownes. As good as always. Great service from Peter. We’ll be back soon!

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  13. MichaelD

    Calgary

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was fantastic, had the pizza, service was excellent, timely yet relaxed. Window seat is best.

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  14. DMac

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice atmosphere, good music, warm room. Food is quite nice and decent value, decent wine list with value. We had an unfortunate experience with service. Kitchen seemed to be slammed and our food was quite slow coming out- 3 tables seated after were served ahead of us- hey, it happens and if our server had been even remotely apologetic we would feel differently, but he wasn’t, No apology, no acknowledgment other than a curt, your food should be ready soon. Not in a hurry to return- too bad.

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  15. MikS

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always the service was great and the food amazing! Wine selection is ok, not many great wines by glasses. They have better choices by bottle. Will highly recommend this place.

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  16. AlianaYYZ

    Toronto

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Honestly one of Toronto’s most underrated hidden gems. Excellent meals, robust wine menu, cozy and warm atmosphere. Perfect for intimate date nights when you actually want to hear each other speak and a great spot for foodies and conversationalists overall.

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  17. GregR

    Toronto

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, our server was very attentive and personable, food was tasty, especially the calamari. This was our first time to this restaurant, and we'll definitely return.

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  18. CatherineG

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding French Bistro. Never disappoints. Food and service are excellent. Always a treat.

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  19. LisaM

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food for a great price. Friendly and helpful staff.

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  20. MichaelH

    Dallas

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent service and superb bread! Best lunch of 2024.

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  21. ChristianW

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The staffs are friendly and foods are great! Due to location of our table, which is closed to the kitchen, it was quite hot and stuffy.

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  22. JohnH

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The meal was excellent, the Ambiance was very warm and authentic, and the service was superlative.

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  23. Mariposa

    Exclusive

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very reliable restsurant.older crowd. Good food and not overpriced

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  24. ShellR

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was very good. The staff were very efficient and helpful.

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  25. BeverlW

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Pleasant waiter, good food and overall very pleasant experience.

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  26. Forbe

    Toronto

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    The food was very good, but the service and ambience were not. They did not like having non-regulars there for Winterlicious, and they made sure you felt it.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Thank you for asking. We had a wonderful meal! Our starter salad was the avocado and gorgonzola and my husband had the cesar salad which was wonderful. Followed by a seafood pasta. The shrimp, scallops and calamari were perfectly cooked and tender.Please thank your Chef!! Service was very pleasant and efficient. We look forward to our return. Thank you very much. Cally& Michael McEwen

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a fantastic lunch when I go to Brownes!!! The service was excellent, and the food top shelf.

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  29. ASHLEYT

    Toronto

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a restaurant which is perfect for business lunch or dinner with friends. Food is constant and prices are reasonable. I always use this restaurant as my go to place, and never disappointed. Service is always very good. Just an all-around great restaurant in a great neighborhood.

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  30. KelleyM

    Charleston

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome night at Brownes. Food and service impeccable. It’s our new family spot for get togethers!

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  31. DavidF

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A wonderful neighbourhood restaurant. The food is consistently good. Peter the waiter always remembers us and we get a warm welcome. Met the owner who is also the chef. A quiet, quality restaurant.

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  32. Foodjunkie

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a wonderful meal the food was excellent as was the service

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  33. LarryS

    Toronto

    61 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of our favourite neighbourhood restaurants. The service is impeccable and we're always greeted by name. Oh yes; probably the best escargots in the city!

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  34. AliH

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very good service, personal attention was appreciated. The starter salad was good however the mains were a bit disappointing - liver overcooked, doesn't go well with fries and sausage was a bit tough. On balance Brownes remains a good place to go.

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  35. HongKongDiner

    Hong Kong

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Neighbourhood gem worth a visit. Great service, excellent food true to French bistro style.

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  36. DHfromdowntheblock

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Make reservations at busy times. Last two visits they were very busy, glad to have had a reservation.

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  37. davidwill2

    Toronto

    94 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    94 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Another very nice dinner at Brownes, good food at reasonable prices, attentive service on a busy night. The grilled tuna has been on the menu for years and worth it every time I have it. Would recommend Brownes for any occasion.

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  38. JohnC

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice Mid-Town French style bistro, pleasant ambiance, quiet, good food, I had the liver with a prosciutto parmesan salad, very tasty.

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  39. Farrah

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best restaurant with amazing services and delicious food! The consistency of quality is chef kiss all the time!

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A wonderful experience as always: great food, great service, great atmosphere!

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FAQs

Brownes Bistro does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Brownes Bistro also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (416) 924-8132.

Brownes Bistro is rated 4.5 stars by 431 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 5 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Brownes Bistro

1251 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4T 1W6

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Yonge St & Woodlawn Ave E
  • Neighbourhood
    Rosedale / Summerhill
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–2:30 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    CAN$31 to CAN$50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary French, Contemporary European
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    Metered parking available on Woodlawn Ave E.
  • Public Transit
    TTC Summerhill Station
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Jude Jacob
  • Additional
    Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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