Brownes Bistro

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182 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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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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4.3based on recent ratings
4.2
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4.4
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4.2
Ambience
4.1
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipSusanH
Toronto
47 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

Our waiters were attentive and very pleasant. Menu is limited but can be more interesting with daily specials. I had halibut in a creamy mango sauce w vegetables. It was ok. My husband had lamb—also good but not wow! Wines by the glass could be much better—greater selection by the bottle. Very quiet on a Saturday night so you can have a decent conversation.

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KarenF
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time at Brownes, but won't be our last! From the moment we walked in, it felt cozy & knew we were going to enjoy the vibe. Next then food...from the home made bread at the start to the tiramasiu at the end...and everything in between. All of it was delicious! Recommend the salmon for sure. As a tea drinker, the Tetley offer topped off my night :) Thank you for a great evening & dining experience!

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Moose1
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Consistently good, food, service and surroundings.
Nice to find a place that you can have a conversation with your fellow diners without competing with loud music.

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Kate
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Consistently good food and service great. Highly recommend

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ElyseZ
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Have been to Brownes Bistro many times in the past 3 years and each and every time the food has been excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Please change the music to French.

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Noel
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I have never regretted going to Brownes Bistro - I only have one very minor nit pick - I like to have mint sauce on my lamb chops!
I rate it ten out of ten.

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NPCc
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The quality of food was excellent, we really enjoyed our dinner and would definitely recommend this restaurant to all.

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WendyM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went for Winterlicious. 3 courses - all outstanding - great selection. Had squash and pear soup which was delicious - salmon with a pesto beurre - green beans and broccoli and fingerling potatoes - the salmon was perfectly cooked - the desert was a fruit compote with french vanilla ice cream over a crumble - all this for $23 - good service- it's a small french bistro in the traditional style so lovely ambience. My second favourite winterlicious spot after Canoe. Highly recommend it.

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WendyP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It is a lovely neighbourhood restaurant with attentive staff and wonderful chefs.

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vipdavidwill2
Toronto
42 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great neighborhood spot with good food , reasonably priced , in a comfortable atmosphere. Would recommend for everyday dining.

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Jambam930
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Our group of 9 went to Brownes Bistro for the Winterlicious 2020 lunch with a reservation. Our table was prepared and waiting for us when we arrived and were immediately seated. The ambiance was good - simple and not overwhelmingly cluttered. The noise level was alright, we were able to carry on a conversation amongst across the long table with no added effort.
There was a little wait before our orders were taken, as the restaurant was quite busy, and there is only one cook in the kitchen. A little glitch on those who ordered soup as they were given salads, which the diners accepted with no fuss.
The food tasted excellent. Some had the Atlantic Salmon topped citrus-herb-lime infused butter with potatoes and french green beans on the side, and some the Top Sirloin Burger with portobello mushrooms, caramelized onions , blue cheese with side of fries. The dessert of Brownies and Apple Crisp, both with French Vanilla ice cream clears the palate. The crisp in the Apple crisp is a bit bitter, perhaps a bit overbaked but the sweetness of the syrup neutralizes the bitterness.
Our group left happy and full. Will definitely be back again.

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JimG
13 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Two old guys enjoyed everything about Browne's Bistro. The food - soup, burgers, sorbet, brownies - was as good as could be. The service was prompt, friendly and unobtrusive. The location -- off Yonge Street, near Summerhill station -- was covenient. Based on our experience, we have nothing but good things to say about Browne's.

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glo70
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

It is a nice quiet place with intimate ambiance and good food - I had a rare flank steak and it was seasoned well, not overcooked, and flavorful. The mashed potatoes were not good (not buttery enough) and the dessert (apple cranberry crisp) was too sweet. However the appetizer (grilled calamari) was exceptional!

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very yummy food, excellent service

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and fantastic service.

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BrendaW
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Thank you! I’ve been a bit disappointed lately dining at restaurants where either there was a limited, uninteresting menu, loud and unpleasant ambiance, and/or unhappy servers. Your menu had too many great options 👍; it was quiet enough in the restaurant that we could enjoy our conversation, and our server was pleasant, quick and professional.
I will most certainly be back!

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vipdavidwill2
Toronto
43 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Had a quiet dinner at Brownes after a movie. The food is reliable and reasonably priced. Nice atmosphere and attentive service, I would recommend for everyday dining or a special occasion.

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Anakaliana310
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

It was a girls only early Christmas get together and we all had such a lovely time. We wish Browne’s Bistro was open for Brunch during the Holiday Season... it’s fully accessible and has such a lovely ambience. Looking forward to our next get together there!

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LaurieM
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Good food, good service and good value ! Will be back soon.

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DS007
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

It was a bad choice and my friends were all disappointed.

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Shopdrop
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

4 of us ordered different dishes & they were all delicious!! Waitress was great as well!!

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vipBradLad
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and service.

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AnneB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful in every respect. Maria learned everyone's name the first time around our table of ten. That added nicely to the special occasion it was. Everyone commented on their wonderful food. Great ambiance too.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience4

The actual food wasn’t great

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RobertR
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience3

No surprises. What you expect from an upscale family bistro. Friendly po;ite, not rushed. A lovely evening out.

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vipTheHappyDiner13
Toronto
31 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

We chose Browne’s as they have consistently had a broad menu and dishes are usually very good. It was a special occasion. The service was pleasant but it seemed to take a very long time for our meal.
My husband was disappointed with his meal as the kitchen modified the tuna on my dietary request but they did the same modifications on his tuna which he did not ask for.
The waiter brought a special dessert for him as it was his birthday. We then ordered preferred desserts. The waiter forgot mine. When reminded, my dessert arrived.
Not the usual reliable service tonight. Hopefully next time we will get our food as we ordered.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food! Decor could use a little sprucing up.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

I picked Brownes because one of my friends is hard of hearing and noisy spaces are problematic. I knew the food and service would measure up but I picked it this night as a sensory-sensitive choice.

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vipTheHappyDiner13
Toronto
31 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food. Very attentive and accommodating service. Our group ordered the pasta with mushrooms, grilled salmon and the Mediterranean Sea bream. Also great desserts - apple crumble, cheesecake and delicious sorbets!

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Bellgirl
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

First experience at Brownes The food was great Same for service Would recommend it to anyone and we will be back

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ChristopherB
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience5

I enjoyed the Angel Hair Chicken. A friend thought the beef was bland. Waitress Maria was wonderful, despite the fact that she was single-handedly servicing the full dining room!!

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LoveNiceThings
Phoenix
15 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Excellent food and service, will definitely return for dinner.

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NataliaF
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience3

They added a 15% gratuity to our bill without our knowledge, the serving sizes were small. The waiter didn’t really check on us , just brought our food and didn’t come back to check . Wouldn’t go back here.

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alalaalau
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience3

Changed group size on app at last minute and was blamed for not call immediately as they claimed to have told people they were fully booked in the past two weeks. I apologized but also expect their front of the house to be experienced enough in handling this professionally without taking their customers down a guilt trip.

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KathleenA
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful to discover this quiet restaurant just off Yonge Street during Summerlicious. Every course was fresh and creative, yet familiar. Excellent service -- friendly and available and discreet. We would love to eat here again!

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Arrrted
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

A real bistro where the staff obviously cares that you have a good dining experience.

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Nunezpaul
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

The food was plated attractively and very tasty. I especially enjoyed the gazpacho soup. It had a ruby red color and was nicely piquante.

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vipEugeneB
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience4

Restaurant had no record of my open table reservation

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Anniversary dinner

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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 4.3 stars by 182 OpenTable diners.

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