Amsterdam Barrel House

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CAN$30 and under
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Comfort Food
A neighbourhood gem! Onsite brewing facilities with a strong emphasis on exceptional, premium-casual food & a fantastic customer service experience. Outfitted with 2 patios (1 ground floor and 1 2nd floor garden oasis) & a private dining room, there is something for everybody at the Barrel House.

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4.4
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4.3
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1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food, service. Our 3rd time coming for dinner

J
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place to hang , great food , great beer ! Pricing is bang on with quality .

Amsterdam Barrel House
Responded on March 11, 2020

Hi there Jill, Thanks so much for taking the time to review your experience with us! I use online feedback as a metric to monitor the business so I'm thrilled to see we're delivering on the hospitality, food & value proposition. Hope to see you back at the Barrel House soon so I can put a face to the name. All the best Matt P General Manager

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PC
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was quite good and service was attentive but not hovering.

OM
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

One of my favourite places. Service was great, as usual, and the food was tasty. I discovered my new favourite cocktail - Lavender Gin & Tea! Exquisite!

Amsterdam Barrel House
Responded on February 28, 2020

Olga, Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a review based on your experience! I've heard Nina took care of you and was able to deliver on the hospitality with a recommendation based on your tastes! Happy to hear we hit our standard with your visit & hope to see you again soon. All the best. Matt P General Manager

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KB
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

The power bowl, for $18.50 is a scoop of mushy quinoa, a slice of cucumber, five matchsticks of raw carrot, a few slices of pickled onion that tasted like they had fermented too long and a some tiny spoonfuls of veg with off putting contrasts - the extreme mush (maybe sweet potato?) to raw (turmeric covered raw cauliflower?). Pretty hard to mess something like this up but you'd get a better salad at McDonalds. My friend's arugula salad seemed to be fine. Liked the bench seat for two at our table and service was fine.

BF
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was great, good selection of drinks and our server was really nice and efficient. I will definitely be back in the summer to check out their patio. It is also reasonably priced

OT
Toronto
24 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent meal ! Decent selection of wine. Fantastic service.

Amsterdam Barrel House
Responded on February 24, 2020

Thanks so much for taking the time to shoot us such a fantastic review based on your experience with us over the weekend. We will pass along the kind words to your server Keian & thank him for making sure you were well taken care of. Hope to see you again soon. All the best Matt P General Manager

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VA
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Service was average, a number of requested items were forgotten or slow to arrive, food portions were small and nothing special.

JO
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

The serving staff passed our table several times while we had our dirty appetizer plates, even after our entrees were served.
The jerk shrimp was outstanding!!
The grilled calamari was terrific, but the bitter rapini accentuated by an overbearing (liquid?) smoke flavour was not great.
I appreciate you replacing our starches with roast vegetables, but again, the smoke flavour was offputting. I understand you have a smoker there, however, it tasted more like liquid smoke. We have eaten there several times and have been happy, and we will return, however, we were a little disappointed in the heavily smoked veggies.

V
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Wonderful! Great service and food was cooked to perfection. So glad I made it for Winterlicious.

J
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Depending on the dish you order, the food portions were a bit on the smaller side, which is a bit of a concern for me considering the standard restaurant pricing they implement. I'd recommend the poutines and ham hock as main dishes, however, as those were served in hearty amounts.

The Winterlicious menu offered some unique meals that were not on the main menu, AFAIK, but I don't think you'd be saving as much with the price fixing. Furthermore, they had a $33 dinner menu which offered three courses, but not with complimentary drinks. The three courses were excellent -- especially the appetisers and desserts, which my whole table enjoyed. (Most of us had crab cakes, chocolate tortes and cheesecake).

Speaking of drinks: Amsterdam beer has a robust taste and variations, and all are worth a try, but be sure to go with their recommendations on which drinks complement each meal. Maybe it was some other factor, but my stomach had a bit of an ache after drinking their blonde beet while eating their BBQ chicken + apple poutine (which in turn was consumed after their tomato soup).

On service: my friend's beer came a bit late. We were all able to get to our reserved seats a few minutes ahead of schedule. I was greeted eagerly and politely at the door as well. Our server/waiter might have needed some extra help, as he seemed to be serving half the restaurant; nevertheless, he was adequate and courteous.

Great experience, overall. Can definitely stand up as a satellite restaurant for their Brewery House on Queens Quay.

SP
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3Food1Service1Ambience2

We arrived (group of 2) and were seated next to the bathroom and near some large groups. Suboptimal for small group (which could be seated anywhere). Server spoke extremely fast and didn't pause for response before rushing off. We were served food that was overdone (a burger) and underdone (poutine). We were "informed" by a manger looking person that didn't introduce themselves that we were wrong to expect that the poutine would be melty (something about squeeky cheese curds - special from Montreal)
Overall, would not revisit or recommend.

w
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Noelle was the cheery on the sundae. Great server. Very attentive but apologetic when place is busy. Thank you. Food was ok. Crab cakes a bit cold but mains were overall good. I was in a group of 6. Would go back again when less busy.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Winterlicious

KN
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service was fab. Meal (winter lunch menu) was amazing from soup to salmon to desert! Will be back.

Amsterdam Barrel House
Responded on February 10, 2020

Kelly, Thanks so much for taking the time to write a review about your experience with us at Winterlicious last Friday. Online reviews like yours help us monitor the health of the operation while providing on-the-fly coaching to our team to continually improve for our guests, so I'm thrilled to see we nailed it with your experience. Hope to see you again soon and put a face to the name. All the best Matt P General Manager

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DT
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The place is spacious and clean. The service is good and fast.
The food is tasty and good value.

PM
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food and service! I would definitely recommend.

Amsterdam Barrel House
Responded on February 4, 2020

Peter, Very much appreciated with the kind words & recommendation! Appreciate you taking the time to write us a great review as this helps us continually improve the operation as well as listen to what the guests needs are a little better. Hope to see you again soon to put a face to the name. All the best my friend. Matt P General Manager

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had friends in from Oakville to celebrate my husband who is donating one of his kidneys to his sister. Our friends raved about your restaurant and they loved their meals! Great spot, this is our go to restaurant! We love it!

Amsterdam Barrel House
Responded on January 31, 2020

Thanks so much for taking the time to review your experience with us! I'm thrilled to hear that your friends from Oakville had a great experience while here with us. I use online reviews as a metric to monitor the health of the operation so thanks again for taking the time. Winterlicious starts today and runs through February 13th, so hope to see you again soon. All the best Matt P General Manager

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GB
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Good Beer. Good Food. Good location. Good service.

Amsterdam Barrel House
Responded on January 27, 2020

Gary, Thanks for taking the time to shoot us a review of your experience and a recommendation. Glad to see we're checking all the boxes! I use online reviews as a metric to help monitor the overall health of the operation so thanks so much for helping us out here. Winterlicious starts this Thursday so hope to see you again soon my friend. All the best Matt P General Manager

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L
Toronto
35 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic service from door to table. Adam was our server, he was personable, professional, efficient and very attentive. Our meals were fabulous and the atmosphere was comfortable. I love the beer list at Amsterdam, especially Fracture and Downtown Brown...YUMMY! Always a fab time at ABH, you can never go wrong dining here. I always recommend it to my friends. Thank you ABH for another fantastic evening!!!

Amsterdam Barrel House
Responded on January 24, 2020

Laila, Thank you so much for taking the time to review your experience and recommend us online as well as to your friends! I use online reviews as a metric to monitor the health of the business so I'm thrilled to see that Adam delivered on your experience and the food and beer were also on point! Looking forward to seeing you again soon at the Barrel House. All the best Laila Matt P General Manager

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JL
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Our server was Adam. He was a little scattered as he forgot to order our main course. He then repeatedly asked us how are meal was. I think he had an off night.
The burger was humongous and tasty . Enough for leftovers and another dinner.

Please improve your wine list specifically the reds.

NS
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Friendly atmosphere, good service and food. Well worth another visit

TL
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and excellent service! We went to watch the game with friends and we had an awesome time. Highly recommend.

Amsterdam Barrel House
Responded on January 7, 2020

Hi Talia, Thanks so much for taking the time to review & recommend us. I use these reviews as a metric to monitor the business so it's fantastic to see that we nailed your experience! Hope to see you again soon so I can put a face to the name. All the best Matt P General Manager

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CC
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

A comfortable restaurant with a lodge-like feel, with friendly and responsive servers, a great variety of choices and well-prepared food. Prices are reasonable, and the selection of draft beer is broad as well. Always a great choice.

Amsterdam Barrel House
Responded on January 6, 2020

Thanks so much for the review/recommendation & nice words. I use these reviews to monitor the overall health of the operation so it is very much appreciated. Looking forward to having you back soon. All the best & Happy New Year. Matt P General Manager

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OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our small group had a great experience last night. We were impressed with the quality of the food, service and overall experience we had. Great menu selection of food and beverage although we all ordered from the SteakFest feature menu and it was exceptional! All staff were friendly and professional and we were well looked after by our server as well as Gina. Thank you!

V
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

Horrible food! Especially vegetarian options. Grilled calamari: $18 for 2 tiny pieces surrounded by salty olives, salty anchovies, salty rapini. Couldn't finish the salt-fest. Got a lousy 25% off of my meal. Also, no decaf coffee, only INSTANT. Seriously? What self-respecting restaurant sells instant coffee? Pathetic. My meatatarian, beer-drinking friends love the place- it's the only reason I ever go there. The drinks are fine and the ambience is nice. The food? Hard pass.

KG
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

A good place for interesting and delicious food. Have been several times. Friendly staff and attentive.

c
Toronto
14 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience2

Terrible food. Do not ordered the chicken Snitzel ! Will never go back! Leaside can do better than this !

L
Toronto
18 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Four of us had a very enjoyable lunch. The restaurant was very busy with Christmas lunches but the service was excellent. Unfortunately, I can't remember the name of the server. It was an unusual name beginning with S (I believe) that sounded Irish but he said it was middle Eastern. There was an excellent selection on the menu.

Amsterdam Barrel House
Responded on December 30, 2019

Hi there, Thanks so much for the great review & recommendation. We use reviews to monitor the health of the business and I'm glad we nailed it on your experience with us! Wishing you a very happy new year and hope to see you soon! All the best. Matt P General Manager

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OT
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

We have been to Amsterdam Barrel house on a quite a few occasions both in the summer and winter months. The ambiance is always nice, warm and friendly. The service is great. The food is hit and miss, sometimes I feel the food is just warmed up and has been sitting there, the wine list is very disappointing. I choose a few items from their menu.

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Food was good. Kids food was so late that they comp’d all 5 kids meals. Very nice.

DT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

We really enjoy the Barrel House. Our last visit, we had a nice waiter but he made a few errors on our orders, notably an entire order of calamari was forgotten (no biggie in reality) but then he still proceeded to put it on the bill. A bit sloppy overall.

TG
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great atmosphere, food, beers and service. Well done!

Amsterdam Barrel House
Responded on November 1, 2019

Thomas, Really appreciate the time you took to write such a fantastic review! Love that you wrote in particular the word "atmosphere" as it's such a huge part of the restaurant experience nowadays! Hope to see you again soon! Matt P- General Manager

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OT
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful place and food

CB
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Excellent neighbourhood eatery for every age group. Families are made to feel welcome here.

d
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food,great service. Music could be a wee bit quieter. Hard to talk when place started to fill up

DW
Vancouver
30 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Always good here at the Barrelhouse. Great craft beer. Delicious Brussel sprouts and cauliflower. Yummy pulled pork. Ribs could use some sauce but quite good. The younger set love it here. A nice time.

Amsterdam Barrel House
Responded on September 9, 2019

DW, Thanks for the solid review and NOTED on the rib sauce. I'll chat with the chef team! Hope to see you again soon. Matt P- General Manager

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P
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

We sat out on the lower patio (there are two patios at this venue). We didn't really notice the traffic on Laird which is a busy road.
Service was excellent, from the people that greeted us at the door to our server.
Quite a few families chose to sit outside on the patio whist we were there. Everyone seemed to be having a good time.
Our son ordered the kids burger and fries plus the ice cream for dessert and he really enjoyed it.
We both had the brick baked chicken which was very reasonably priced and hads lots of flavour too.
Excellent selection of their own beers as you would expect from a brewery.
Would definitely go again.

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Best spinach artichoke dip ever!

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

I love chicken wings here, pizza with brisket was really too! Nice place with much space inside, nice interior, convenient location and very good service.