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About Byblos - Toronto

Byblos represents a marriage of Eastern Mediterranean cuisine with strong influences from both traditional and local ingredients, using time-honored classic cooking techniques and modern methods. Executive Chef Stuart Cameron (Weslodge and Patria), has created dishes that showcase the regionally-specific spices and flavours of the Eastern Mediterranean seaboard to craft a menu that will be a true coastal and cultural mosaic, served family style in a convivial atmosphere.

Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Mediterranean, Tapas / Small Plates, Middle Eastern

Hours of Operation:

Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - Close; Sunday: Closed

Cross Street:
King and University

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
CAN$30 and under

Payment Options:
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(647) 660-0909

Website:
http://www.byblostoronto.com/

Parking Details:
Storys building offers valet parking for a $20 fee

Executive Chef:
Stuart Cameron

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Wine

Byblos - Toronto Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
Food

4.7

Service

4.6

Ambience

4.5

Value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (88)
Creative Cuisine (84)
Good for a Date (81)
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Special Occasion (69)
Authentic (62)
Tapas (60)
Romance (50)
Good for Anniversaries (47)
Good for Birthdays (45)
Cozy (45)
Pre/post-theatre (41)
Group Bookings (38)
Handcrafted Cocktails (37)
Hot Spot (32)
Notable Wine List (32)
Business Meals (29)
Fun (29)
Good Vegetarian Options (28)
Worth the Drive (28)
Tasting Menu (25)
Casual (21)
Neighbourhood Gem (21)
Healthy (20)
Vibrant Bar Scene (13)
People Watching (12)
Spicy (12)
Bar Seating (10)
Gluten-Free Options (10)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Comfort Food (7)
Late-Night Find (7)
Lunch (7)
Seasonal (6)
Local Ingredients (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Vegan (5)
Organic (4)
Child-Friendly (3)
Brunch (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Paleo-Friendly (2)
Disabled Access (1)
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined a day ago

We had a lovely evening. Food and service were excellent

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

Food was amazing. Great wine list.

Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined 5 days ago

Food was excellent. Had the best rice dish of my life. Definitely try the artichoke lamneh. We ordered a second one it was so good. One small note is that it was dark - several people resorted to using their cell phone flashlight to read the menu. Terrific overall experience and great place to try before the theatre.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined 6 days ago

Went for the first time this weekend. This was a Birthday occasion. meal consisted of two starters the Lebneh and lamb kibbeh (amazing). Mains included the Lamb shoulder for two with jewelled Rice (incredible) and Seared cauliflower. finished off with dessert , cant remember the name but was a delicious 'corn pancake" folded with a creamy filling, berries and chocolate to the side. Service from David was excellent, attentive and educated about the meals - go with his suggestions if you are unsure and you wont be disappointed. Price reflects the food quality and service.

Tags: Casual, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined 6 days ago

Byblos is one of my favourite restaurants in Toronto with a delicious, creative menu and an upbeat atmosphere. It is a great fit for people who don't want to commit to one appetizer and one entree and would rather try different dishes and a variety of flavours. We ordered the hamachi, which was finger-licking good (do make sure to crumble the cookie into the dish for smoother texture), the fig salad, and the roasted red beets for apps. For mains, we shared wagyu striploin with a side of cripsy couscous - all per our server's recommendation - and were simply blown away. While we were super full after five plates, we still ordered dessert, which was the best idea ever. Byblos has terrific, non-boring desserts and an equally impressive cocktail list. All in all, Byblos never disappoints, both food and service are on point. Our server Laura was amazing and made some of the best recommendations. I look forward to dining at Byblos again!

Tags: Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Notable Wine List
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (San Diego)·Dined 6 days ago

It is a place we go to celebrate important days oand it never fails

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Excellent food, as always. It’s a bit pricey, but what you’d expect for the quality. They also understand what it means to be celiac, so they know about cross contamination. It’s becoming our go to for celebration meals. Oh, and the food is really, really good

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine
Food5
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
 (Saskatoon)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Awesome recommendations for dishes to try. It has a warm ambience and friendly servers that all help one another.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Le service est incroyable. Alexandra Nous a ien conseillé pour le choix des plats car c'est une cuisine je nous ne connaissons pas beaucoup. La nourriture est délicieusement savoureuse et le décor est chaleureux.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies
Food4
Ambience4
Service4

vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Short rib was disappointing. Everything else we ordered tasted great!

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Love love love!!! Can't wait to visit again!!!
Our server was great! Food descriptions on point!! Had an amazing time!! Great atmosphere! Everyone should get a chance to dine at Byblos!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Romantic, Late-night Find, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Tapas, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 16, 2017

amazing, every time, we been here so many times and every visit is not an inch less than perfect. highly recommended

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 15, 2017

What a fun evening with friends at Byblos before the Symphony. Ordered a variety of food, and we all shared the amazing food. Loved everything we ordered. Will definitely go back.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on November 14, 2017

Overall had a fantastic dinner experience. Came here with 5 work colleagues and everyone left extremely satisfied. Food was amazing, service was great, and all of us commented positive things about the décor and overall ambience. Would recommend to just about everyone.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (New England)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Best restaurant I’ve been to in as long as I can remember.

Food4
Ambience3
Service2
Value3

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Some dishes where really good others ok. Little too expensive, $350+ only for food not including drink/wine for three people. Not kids friendly (service and no kids food options). I expected better service from our server. She was a little on the dry side. Her answers where short and did not seem in a very good mood. I was expecting more middle Eastern taste, however it was a lot of fusion food, which some might enjoy. Good to try once.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
Food5
Ambience3
Service5
Value3

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

everything was great! the door was for some reason left open all the time and it was cold:(

Tags: Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
Food4
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (Miami)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Fabulous meal, although the Brussels sprouts were a tad undercooked for our liking. Expensive wine by the glass when you don’t want to share a bottle pre theatre but we did get to try it first. Service outstanding and quick. Second time here and we will be back. Went with our server Rebecca’s recommendations and we weren’t disappointed (the Brussels were our choice).

Tags: Tasting Menu, Authentic, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Excellent service and delicious food.
The attention of Ilias G was extraordinary, his recommendations, explaining perfectly the menu and each dish, his attention and service, it is very important to have people like him.
Highly recommended to return
Congratulations

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on November 10, 2017

Love Byblos...A great time, every-time!!

Food1
Ambience4
Service4
Value2

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Do not order the short ribs. Poor quality and flavour, almost inedible.

Tags: Good for a Date
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 8, 2017

This menu is amazing. Loved absolutely everything! Thank you.

Food4
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
 (Montreal)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Great food and service. Really attentive waiter who made excellent suggestions and answered any questions we had. Not overly noisy st all - lovely ambiance. Drinks are a little pricey but are very good. Very, very good flavours and delicious food. Sharing plates are well sized and we left stuffed.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Food is amazing.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Fabulous food!

Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
 (Montreal)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Very good service & advice to discover best dishes
Quite loud ambiance so tough to hear/understand dish description when served
Amazing flavors & mixes
A must do in Toronto! But book ahead, always busy!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Tapas
Food5
Ambience2
Service1
Value2

 
·Dined on October 31, 2017

I've come to Byblos a couple times now and it's grown as one of my absolute favourites in Toronto. With my reservation made well in advance and reservation preferences included I was not accommodated of any and did not receive any confirmation call for my reservation. I made a call to confirm my reservation and was reiterated with my special notes (girlfriend birthday/corner booth upstairs preferred). Upon arrival I find my requests were completely disregarded and I was seated in a location no where close to my preference. I asked to move and was seated in a very small booth location. No acknowledgment of my girlfriends birthday was presented and the server did not greet it at all. This was one of my worst experiences at Byblos for such a special occasion.

Tags: Special Occasion
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Incredible food, lovely waitstaff, a most spectacular experience. Will certainly be back and recommend to others.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on October 30, 2017

It was a wonderful evening and beautiful meal!

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Great restaurant for foodies!! It would be worth flying from New York to Toronto just to eat here! The food was delicious. Everything was prepared and presented with perfection.

Tags: Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on October 29, 2017

Excellent food. Was recommended and didn't disappoint. Was a bit noisier than I was told it might be but not intolerable

Tags: Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Tapas
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on October 29, 2017

The only quibble, online reservations only for 4:00 pm. No reason for this. The place was half empty when we left at 6:30. Otherwise, it was great.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Tapas
Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Great restaurant! The food was unique and the service was outstanding.
A must try!

Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Outstanding food and service. Unique combinations of flavors and presentation. We enjoyed the ambience of the restaurant; in many ways, the unique character of the food, the environment, and the smart, knowledgeable and personable service felt much like the unique havens of New York City, making this a very special dining experience for Toronto, one not to be missed.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Fun
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Always delicious. New additions to the menu are great.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Fun
Food5
Ambience3
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on October 27, 2017

The food is outstanding but found the upstairs area too dark and seating uncomfortable. Needed iPhone flashlight to read menu. Although the seating looks really nice it’s awkward for feet and our table was very small for tapas style menu.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre
Food5
Ambience5
Service5

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Food and service was amazing!

Food5
Ambience4
Service4
Value4

 
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 27, 2017

I left it very last-minute in reserving a table for a birthday celebration. It was very difficult to find a spot to accommodate a party of 6 at the more popular restaurants in town. Fortunately, a table for 6 at Byblos came up. I've only heard good things about this restaurant so I thought this would be a great opportunity to try it out. First of all, the interior design was on point - modern with a rustic charm. The service was good. It got a bit loud at times making conversations a little more difficult, but again, it was a full house on a Friday night, what more could we have expected.

The food exceeded my expectations. I personally really like Mediterranean/Middle Eastern food, and Byblos did not disappoint. We started off with the Sabzi Qatayef (braised oxtail) and the house labneh dip. Both were small but tasty, just wished there was a bit more. Then we had the black truffle pide, which was also small but absolutely delicious. For mains we had the Middle Eastern Fried Chicken, BC mussels, black cod, Roasted Lamb Shoulder for Two, Spanish octopus, triple-fried fries, Crispy Confit Duck rice, and Sweet Jeweled rice. Everything tasted great, but what got me was the sweet jeweled rice. It definitely stood out from the rest of the dishes, and is highly recommended for anyone who is visiting for the first time.

We had the Pavlova, pistachio ice cream/popsicle and the chocolate mousse for dessert. The chocolate mousse was absolutely delicious!

It was definitely on the pricey end for the amount of food served. We ordered almost half the menu to feed a group of 6. The bill was definitely not cheap. I would recommend this place for those who are looking for a place to celebrate a special event. Would I come on a normal weekday dinner, probably not. But would I come for a birthday celebration, a definite yes.

This dining experience was definitely a positive one, and it is likely that we will return for another meal in the near future.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good for Groups
Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value5

vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 26, 2017

The flavors were memorable! The only "complaint" would be the lighting - it was a little dim where we were sitting. Great setting overall, though!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Gluten Free Options, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
Food5
Ambience3
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on October 25, 2017

Superb, outstanding food and service. I don't say that about many restaurants. We are pescatarians, but there was still lots for us to eat. Every mouthful was an exciting new experience (sometimes we can be a bit jaded!). The only criticism is that it was way too noisy for conversation. Put some baffles on the walls to absorb some of the noise, please.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries

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