Permanently Closed - Avenue Bistro

3.9
42 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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French
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  • Cozy
  • Casual
  • Neighbourhood Gem

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This restaurant is permanently closed. Join us with your friends and family in a French inspired restaurant with an incomparable wine list.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
French
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Hours of Operation
Tue–Sun 11:30 am–2:30 pm
Tue–Sun 5:30 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(416) 485-1568
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Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Business Casual
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Neighbourhood
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Cross Street
Millwood
Additional
Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.9based on all time ratings
3.8
Food
4.0
Service
3.9
Ambience
3.7
Value
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75% of people would recommend it to a friend
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F
Toronto
23 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

NOTE: This restaurant is closed. When we got there today, it is boarded up and a sign on the door said “ Closed for renovations : under new management”
Considering I got a confirmation of my reservation and parked the car, to arrive to the above notice made me quite unhappy. Open table needs to keep its files current.

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PK
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 2

The restaurant was flooded but I was not advised. If I had not called to move my reservation to an earlier time, I would not have known and arrived to a restaurant that was not open.

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P
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

It was closed!!!!

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g
Toronto
21 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

I love this restaurant
The staff are friendly and helpful.
The food is usually first rate, but this visit , it was slightly under par.

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DD
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I really like this spot - the French onion soup is so, so good. Overall, a positive dining experience and highly recommended. Give it a try!

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This spot is quickly becoming our regular go-to! We had a really great experience a couple months ago with a group of friends, and last night was even better than the last.

Staff are attentive, welcoming and really do go above and beyond. I can’t say enough about the food. Frites with everything - they’re to die for. The Duck Leg Confit is unreal.

We’ll definitely be back. Thanks for having us!

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CB
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Avenue came recommended to us by friends who live in the neighbourhood. We drove in from just west of the city and let me tell you - well worth it! A gem of a spot, for sure.

Great wine, great food. The staff took care of us nicely. We’ll definitely be recommending Avenue to friends and colleagues.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 4

I have eaten there frequently in the past, although I haven’t been back in over 6 months. I wonder if the management has changed. This time, however, the visit was so poor that I will not return. The service was confused. The quality of the food was not good: my steak was full of gristle and my companion’s zarzuela was inadequate. But the worst was that we each ordered one glass of white wine separately. The maître d’ brought us a half carafe of white without asking us of that was what we ordered and then charged us for that. The whole meal came to over $140 with more than half of that spent on wine that our server automatically upgraded us to. Very poor indeed.

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MP
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

the a/c wasn't working but there was a fan close to our table. The waitress was very nice and the food was amazing.

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HB
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our reservation was not there. The waiter did not have it. Would not use Open Table again. Will call and make reservations personally.

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RM
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

We recently took friends to dinner here as a thank you. Our guests eat out a lot, and spare not expense, so we were happy to find a French bistro they hadn't been to, and the menu items definitely fit the bill. Despite a lovely atmosphere and friendly attentive staff, three of the offerings were so salty. we guzzled water both during and well after the meal, once we got home. My husband sent a ‘quiet’ email the next day about this issue, but we have not heard back. We did not make a fuss at the time, but we won't be back.

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 3

Stay far away. Took 2 hours to get dinner. 2 were served 20 minute later the other 2 plates came out.

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VG
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

the food and ambience is always great. It is a great place to meet friends for lunch or dinner --
Small but charming and the staff are very friendly but occasionally a little distracted when the restaurant is busy.

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F
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 5

This used to be my favourite restaurant every time I visit Toronto. They changed owner and chef; the menu is the same but the food was horrible! My father and sister in law had big pieces of egg shells. The croque Madame was something I could just make at home. I am so disappointed and will never be back.

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T
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The service was extremely friendly and the food was great!

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MC
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 3

Salmon was over done
Liver and onions - substituted double-smoked bacon with sausage. This was very disappointing.

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JL
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

The food is delicious. The ingredients are great quality, the preparation exception the flavour authentic. The pacing of service was perfect. If you want good French food, it's the place to go.

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MD
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The meal was great, but I got tripped up on the wine list. Thought I was buying a bottle for $37, but it turned out to be a 1/2 litre price. Bottle was $65. So watch the column for the actual price.
Boeuf Bourguignonne was good but the Zarzuela was wonderful.
Also a nice maple bourbon creme brule.

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F
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food is excellent and the service is top notch. It is a wonderful neighbourhood restaurant that I will visit again.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

Okay, but just okay. The meal were average. Didn’t bring a side dish for one main course.

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EK
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

They called me the Saturday before to tell me that they had to cancel my reservation for 4 people on Monday because they were going to do some work to the restaurant.

I wasn't happy!

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CB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent service, however I found the food to be of very poor quality. I ordered a baguette supposedly made with strip loin beef. It was 50 % fat. I did not enjoy it . The "au Jus" that accompanied it was more like a gravy made with onion soup mix. My friend ordered the burger and found it way too greasy.

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M
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Actually the day went was not the best experience I have for a casual dinner. I think we are the unfortunate table of all. We did not get our starters after waiting for almost an hour. Then our mains after another hour. Yes we are not happy to be waiting for so long, but the starters was good and figure main course should be too. So we just waited. Finally food came and is delicious. We later found out that due to some problems happen with the chefs a week ago, they need to look for backup and that is what happen. Well, waiting sucks but the food is good. I totally recommend this place but maybe wait for another few weeks when everything fall back into place will be excellent.

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KM
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We enjoyed Avenue Bistro very much, lovely, food, wine and atmosphere.

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Montreal
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Always very good value and a most cozy atmosphere. Food is excellent and tables are not too close together., which is a major plus and helps keep the sound level good. Staff very proficient.

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love this place. Little gem in Leaside. Try it

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JM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

This is the 2nd time I have been to Avenue Bistro this month! Both occasions were excellent!
If you are looking for an imaginative French menu - you have come to the right place! The wine selection is great too - especially the local Chardonnay that could pass for a French one.

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F
Toronto
20 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Had steak frites. Steak done just right. Good portion, not over-sized. A reliable kitchen and always friendly staff.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic wine recommendation from our waiter. Well made French food - I had a seafood stew with perfectly cooked seafood which is the mark of a good kitchen!

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 2

Service was rushed and not up to normal standards. Was in and out in about an hour. Had to ask for bread and cutlery. Food was just okay and not worth the $65 fixed price. Coq au vin was a minuscule chicken thigh with hardly any meat on the bone. Desert was delivered different than ordered and when questioned the waiter they said they had made a change....why they didn’t tell me this when I ordered it at the beginning of the meal was very odd. Will not be going back.

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OT
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Fair for the price. The turbot was not fully cooked and luke warm. Our mistake not sending it back but we hate doing that as the meals get out of whack.

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MC
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2017
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

They weren't even open! Open Table should be more on the ball.

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F
Toronto
20 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great value for good quality food, always carefully prepared. Very pleasant staff.

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AS
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Enjoyed my liver with onions, a favourite. Pleasant atmosphere. I will return.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2017
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

My husband and I enjoyed the ambience, service and general feel of the restaurant. We both enjoyed our meals (dinner with salads, mains and a shared dessert). The food was tasty and well presented but my selection (steak frites) was far too salty!! The first bite burned my lips and tongue.

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JH
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2017
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 1

We have been to Avenue before and the food was good and it was this time as well. Service was lacking as we ordered coffee and after twenty minutes had to remind the waiter that we did not have coffee. By far the most upsetting occurrence was the pervasive sewer smell in the whole restaurant. We will now go elsewhere.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2017
Overall 2Food 1Service 4Ambience 2

Raw chicken... rough said.

Food was removed from the bill, and wine was good, but nothing makes up for raw chicken.

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DD
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a delight!

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SF
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2017
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great neighbourhood spot on the Bayview strip. Never disappoints.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2017
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

Was disappointed with the French Toast I had. It was completely different then the last time. Last time it had wonderful cold whipped cream and fresh berries and this time it was a very strange tasting topping and no fresh fruit. Will still go back again but won’t be ordering the French Toast. The first time I had it, it was the best I’d ever had so I was really disappointed. Love this spot though.

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