Brownes Bistro

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164 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.
What 164 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.3
Food
4.4
Service
4.2
Ambience
4.2
Value
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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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!

LM
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

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

DS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

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

S
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

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

BL
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and service.

AB
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.

OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience4

The actual food wasn’t great

RR
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.

TH
Toronto
28 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.

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food! Decor could use a little sprucing up.

OT
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.

TH
Toronto
29 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!

m
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

CB
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!!

LN
Phoenix
14 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Excellent food and service, will definitely return for dinner.

NF
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.

a
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.

KA
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!

A
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

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

N
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.

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

Restaurant had no record of my open table reservation

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

Anniversary dinner

OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience2

A disappointing evening we’ve been to the restaurant many times over the years
Apparently the restaurant was missing a chef in the kitchen.
Waitress was abrupt when seating and taking order. We waited 20 minutes for water. When ordering we were not told that one of our selections was not available. The meal came cold and late.
They did replace the cold items but it was not in sync with the other 3 diners
We were offered free desserts which we declined. They did cover our drinks and gave us 2 $25 coupons we left those because we are not planning on returning.

The manager was apologetic and tried his best. The waitress softened at the end of the meal. She needs to change her demeanour towards patrons.

AB
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My husband and I just adore Brownes Bistro. They always treat us like family and the food is to die for. I had a lamb pizza that blew my socks off. We always look forward to going back.

s
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Browne's Bistro has been our go to place for thirty years - actually, since it opened - and it is our family's happy eatery. We think it is one of the best values in the city and it is totally reliable. We recommend it to all who enjoy a good meal in a pleasant atmosphere with no fuss, muss or bother.

l
Toronto
72 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Only two servers and they looked after a full restaurant and a party of 20 very efficiently and throughout the time with a smile on their faces. Very impressed. The female server was especially good. The noise level is quite high when all the tables are occupied. Food was excellent and again another positive for the restaurant is that we did not wait long for our meal and the request for a well done fish fillet was to our guest's liking. Overall a very nice place for dinner.

TH
Toronto
29 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience3

We appreciate the server ensuring special accommodations on my dinner. The food was delicious as usual. Tucked into the back corner, a large noisy party were seated beside us. I’d appreciate next time to sit away from a large group. We were unable to enjoy a conversation over dinner.
Thanks.

MS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall3Food4Service5Ambience1

Very good food. Outstanding service. But unfortunately a high noise level, as has been the case on our previous visits.

RT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Service was good. Space is small so it’s a little crowded. Food is also good.

D
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

A local fixture, popular for good reasons, will return soon.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

It was a very nice outing that we were able to walk to!

W
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Professional Service, good with groups, very fresh food all was wonderful.

w
Toronto
76 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went for lunch and could not have been happier. Wonderful food service and ambience. You couldn’t ask for more

LS
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a lovely time at Browne’s bistro! The food was delicious, and our server, Maria, was extremely thoughtful. Can’t wait to come back!

P
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Great restaurant to go to if you are not hungry or you have lots of time to waste. We waited for 25 minutes before we were asked if we had looked at the menu.
Can't comment on the food as we left due to lack of available time.

AC
Toronto
26 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Always a great meal with great service!

SK
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience2

While I enjoyed the menu, the location and clientele that were there were all a little more senior than I expected so if you are going for a quiet date night this is the place but if you are looking for a more trendy spot where you're surrounded by a mix of people versus just senior, primarily caucasian then this is not the place for you. I have been to other restaurants in this area that have a more varied clientele.

LC
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

We have already recommended the restaurant to two people. We loved the food and the service was wonderful

CG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

For my father's very special birthday Brownes was the only choice. Delicious offerings, warm and inviting neighbourhood ambiance and excellent service. My father felt well looked after and at home. An added bonus was to have long time family friends seated next to us! It made it a real party! Over the years we have celebrated many special family occasions at this fine Bistro. Thank you!

d
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great nite out !