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Brownes Bistro

4.5
252 reviews
CAN$30 and under
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 252 People Are Saying
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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.5based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.7
Service
4.3
Ambience
4.3
Value
Noise · Moderate
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Jeffery
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent all around. Three waitstaff were running to serve and they did an amazing job. They never seemed rushed even though we could see they were. That’s how to run a restaurant! Very professional.

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Mike
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great little gem just off Yonge Street. Easy access from Subway at Summerhill.

Excellent food in a friendly setting with excellent service.

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Buffy
Toronto
15 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was perfect. Our server was amazing!

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Lola
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Hidden gem with great food and great service. Really enjoyed dining there with a friend but would also work for a romantic dinner.

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ColinC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall2Food5Service5Ambience1

The food was excellent. However they could not have squeezed more tables in if they tried. I was uncomfortable with the lack of social distancing. I will not be back until they either reduce their capacity or the pandemic is history.

GC
vipGloriaC
Toronto
40 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Unfortunately the place is too dark for my mostly blind husband
Food is really good Tuna excellent
Service was chaotic main course came before I finished my salad the plate was still on the table so I didn’t finish the salad

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anneg
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Last time I ate at Browns was about 30 years ago and there is a good reason they are still in business.
this is not a hip, cool place with weird combinations of food but is a classy place with excellent food and professional service.
the ambiance is a little old fashion but that is ok too

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Mike
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Excellent food and environment. Service initially was a little slow, but checking covid-related certificates slows things down when many parties are arriving near 7 pm. After we were seated the service was fine. We had the specials, which were great.

DB
DavidB
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We have been to Brownes several times in the last few weeks. The food is always good and often excellent with a focus on well-prepared, top quality, ingredients - taste in adequate (not huge) servings.

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vipOpentablefan
Naples
8 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always……fabulous service and food. Frites with aoli is wonderful and tonight we ordered salmon and tuna….both were excellent! Especially with a bottle of Chablis. An amazing restaurant.

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LR29
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Overall everything was great. It was pretty noisy when we arrived at 7:30 & the restaurant was nearly full (I spotted a few empty tables, I assume a concession to the current protocols re: COVID 19). As the restaurant emptied out over the couple hours we were there it became less noisy. They were understaffed, as are most restaurants so while service was a bit slow in the beginning (until it started to empty out), we weren’t surprised and it didn’t bother us since that seems to be the unfortunate situation everywhere today.

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Bigred
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall3Food1Service2Ambience4

Choose your food from menu, not the "specials" of the day. I 5hought it would be a treat to try the fish. Not only was it greasy, full of bones and little taste, but discovered when the cheque came, that it cost almost twice the items off the menu. No coffee or dessert was offered.

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vipQueensshopper18
Toronto
75 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Great food and great service.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience3

I've eaten here on a number of occasions and I've always felt it's decent fare. Not tonight however.

Salad with smoked duck breast was average but the mushroom pizza was downright blah and massively over-salted. They promised over five types of mushrooms and yet there were just a few shrivelled up little things peppered throughout. The crust was so tough and flavourless that you couldn't even cut it with the steak knife they served to go with it. The final disappointment was the apple crisp which was just a jumble of mush and pretty much flavorless.

The noise level was very high and our clothes stunk when we got home because their kitchen fans are clearly not working properly.

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RWM8
London
12 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Even though short staffed, the service was friendly and efficient. Food was delicious. Thanks.

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MilaU
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

It was a very enjoyable dining experience for us. Compliments to the chef, but special mention should go to Conrad who was delightful.

Mila

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vipEwenF
Toronto
14 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Browne's is one of our favorite restaurants. We're happy to be able to go there now that the pandemic is hopefully receding. Our vaccine status was carefully checked on arrival. Then we enjoyed our grilled salmon dinner at our socially distanced table. The food and service continues to be outstanding.

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LoriP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Our first time visiting this neighbourhood gem. Older crowd obviously are aware of the good food, wine and attentive service. We had the pleasure to be served by Conrad. We’ll definitely return.

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PeterS
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at Brownes - service was exceptional! Will return soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Tables were not socially distanced. We asked to move tables because of this. After we were seated and ordered our food people were seated at the table directly behind us. My chair was literally inches away. We moved to the far end of the table.

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DG63
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Good bistro quality meal. Friendly, attentive, efficient service.

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LizQ
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a reservation for a Sunday evening; when we arrived, the waiter told us that he was alone and that there might be some delay in service. On the contrary, he did an excellent and very professional job going between the patio and the dining room.We didn't wait for anything.
The food was very good and arrived hot--it was one of the best restaurant meals I think I've had in a long time.
I will definitely be back.

FL
vipFarrahL
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Second time at Brownes Bistro and the food quality and services are still quality!

FL
vipFarrahL
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great family restaurant with top quality food! This may be our new regular place!

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Baxter
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The staff made us feel welcome from the start. The distancing was properly managed and the food delicious.

MJ
MJH21
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful! Food, service and atmosphere- will definitely return!

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vipNexi1
Toronto
31 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, wonderful service

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NeighbourNellie
Toronto
14 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The food was delicious. There was quite a wait for our mains but it was worth it.

Our server was earnest in his fedire to tske care of us.

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vipYYZdiners
Toronto
19 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Once again great food and terrific service. A local gem.

MB
vipMeganB
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I had the salad special for the day to start- prosciutto, strawberries, arugula, Parmesan. It was delicious. My main was the steak and fries. Also delicious.
Our server was phenomenal. Very attentive and helpful.

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Sandy
San Diego
21 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

We had a great tine. Rhanks

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Service was better than last time. Escargots excellent as always. My husband’s steak was great. Mussels OK and my Grilled lemongrass curry shrimps and scallops did not come grilled and the curry was too overpowering. Did not taste any lemongrass at all. So was disappointed. Crust of the pizza was too hard. Could hardly cut into it. Noise level was also a tad loud.

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ChrisC
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Great ambiance!
Great variety of food!
Decent service.

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vipFoodmaven
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a fabulous dinner. Conrad our waiter was helpful and did an outstanding job. The food was delicious. We tried the lamb and pasta with shrimps. I wouldn’t hesitate to book again.

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SandraC
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

An absolutely wonderful evening, everything was above normal expectations, definitely will put this restaurant on our “special” list.

RM
RobynM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

It was a nice atmosphere for our celebration of my husbands birthday. Thank you to the staff for the birthday brownies!

LT
vipLoveToDine
Toronto
24 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

It’s my first visit to this restaurant. It offers a range of choices all with reasonable prices. We opt for the daily specials. The food was excellent. Fresh and tasty. I will definitely go back.

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Shell874
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I had a great time and the food was excellent! The special cocktail of the night was also amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Service was very slow but with the first day of reopening indoors they were slammed. Food was outstanding as usual. Our server was nice but has his hands full. He comp two glasses of wine which was a nice gesture for our patience. Food is always fabulous. Will definitely go back!

DB
DeronB
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Food was excellent. Very busy. Cheesecake was dry and could be improved. Will be back.

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 252 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.