Amsterdam Barrel House

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198 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Comfort Food
The Amsterdam Barrel House in the heart of Leaside is a neighbourhood gem. Boasting a "from-scratch" kitchen & onsite brewing facility, the Barrel House is an adventure where food meets beer. With unmatched hospitality and a extremely welcoming & cozy vibe with great features including waterfalls & fireplaces, you'll want to come back again & again.

The Amsterdam Barrel House has taken multiple steps from training processes to operational procedures coupled with enhanced sanitation measures to ensure our staff & guests are in the safest possible environment while dining with us.

Winner of the Open Table Diner's Choice Award for "comfort food" & "neighbourhood gem" 3 years running... 2018/2019/2020

Can't wait to welcome you to our house.....
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4.4
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4.4
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IvarH
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Good COVID safety measures in place. Was at least 15 feet from the nearest table. I felt safe as did my guest. I sure missed the fish and chips so was great to be back!

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NickV
Toronto
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service, and felt very safe as stafF adhered to all elements of COVID-19 prevention.

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CatherineH
Toronto
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Menu was limited but under the COVID circumstances understandable. Very enjoyable.

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susanp
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Experience was wonderful. Especially to get out during covid. Food was exceptional. Server was friendly and good service!!

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KenD
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4Food2Service5Ambience5

All good except I found the portion size on the small size. However food was cooked very well. I had the beef brisket.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

It was a nice time out after covid19 and being lockdown. All efforts to make me feel safe. The staff were wonderful as usual.
Should recognize Front Line Workers and when I asked there was nothing noted

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience3

Unfortunately not what I remember from February.
Poor service (reminder right at the table that max time should be hour and the half), menu was cut off by 40 to 50 percent, still the prices went up basically by 2 to 5 dollars on everything.
Table wasn’t clean. No one has even tried to clean it up.
Right in the beginning we asked the hostess to change the table (was beneath the 60-65” tv screen). She has refused pretending that this was exactly the table I reserved it (as you know there isn’t option to choose particular table online).
Eventually we ended up at different table - the dirty one.
Well, I clean it with wet wipes - didn’t want to ruin our occasion.
Definitely the last time we went there.

Amsterdam Barrel House
Responded 3 days ago

Hi there, If you would, please shoot me a call at the restaurant @ 416-504-1060. I'd love to further the conversation on your experience. As we navigate phase 2 of the new normal in this very first week back open, indeed some things have changed. I'd love to communicate those further to ensure we continue to be known as a memerable & enjoyable experience for all our guests. Looking forward to hearing from you. Matt P General Manager

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YugoP
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

It was very pleasant evening , great food and wonderful staff.. we will be back soon.:)

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ChristinaR
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Food was good, server very nice but took a long time to get bill at end of meal. Overall good experience

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Although our Open table reservation got switched they were able to accommodate us. Jeff our server was friendly and provided prompt service. Looking forward to times when they have more adventure brews available.

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Solecito2181
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall5Food2Service5Ambience5

Enforce physical distance when accommodating. Waiters are exposed from customers. They are protected but they get close to take the order when we are not wearing mask. Customers need to wait until other people are fully accommodated. A lot of people by the patio entrance in and out. Washrooms were not clean. The service was super great as everyone is wonderful.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

So great to get out to one of our favourites after sooo many months of isolation. Food was great and I forgot how good a draft beer tastes:)

Tables are well spaced and the patio is spacious. Tables have good covers (pergolas and umbrellas) from sun and light rain too. But we were free of rain.

Staff was attentive and friendly. So good to see people again even if at a distance.

A good day for Toronto’s first day of Phase 2. Proud of my neighbourhood, our local establishments and our great city.

Amsterdam Barrel House
Responded 5 days ago

Hi there! Thanks so much for taking the time to shoot us a review based on your experience with us the other day. I personally would like to thank you for having the trust in us to deliver on the hospitality while we navigate the beginning of phase 2 and the "new norm" together. Really hope to see you again soon. All the best. Matt P General Manager

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing service!

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NaumB
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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Jilltheref
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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vipPaulC
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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vipOlgaM
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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KathrynB
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.

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BrookeF
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

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OpenTable Diner
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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VALS
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.

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JerO
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.

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Village
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.

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Jark87
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.

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SPIK
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.

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wine4peter
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.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Winterlicious

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KellyN
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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DT44
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.

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PeterM
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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OpenTable Diner
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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GaryB
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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vipLailapolooza
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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JenniferL
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.

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NeilS
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

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

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TaliaL
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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CCGG
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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OpenTable Diner
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!

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Veggiefoodlady
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.

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KennytheGreek
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.

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Amsterdam Barrel House offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (416) 504-1060.

Amsterdam Barrel House is rated 4.4 stars by 198 OpenTable diners.

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