branca

4.5
86 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Argentinean
Top tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Cozy
  • Romance

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About

Branca in Toronto is the go to place for Argentinean-inspired cuisine among a gorgeous, yet laid back interior that is friendly, inviting and perfect for family and friends. The dining room accommodates up to 36 diners whereas an open-air patio can be utilized during the warmer months – weather permitting, of course – to provide fresh air and an enhanced dining experience.

New at branca: Casa del Fuego!
Specially ordered and prepared in our live fire “casa del fuego” for your table. The Casa del Fuego menu can be found on our profile or at www.branca.ca. Items must be ordered 48hours in advance of your reservation time. If you would like to proceed with an order, please enter the item you would like in your special requests whilst booking, or reach out to branca directly.
NOTE: these items require full payment at time of order and will be charged to the credit card used to secure booking immediately, including tax and an 18% gratuity charge.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Argentinean, Barbecue, South American
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Hours of Operation
We are open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday from 6PM – Late
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Phone number
(416) 519-8165
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Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Cross Street
Lansdowne Avenue
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.4
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.2
Value
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LF
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Such an amazing last service... Branca will truly be missed

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L
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very sad to see this place closing. My experiences at Branca have always been amazing!

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T
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We're going to sorely miss you guys!!! Thanks for an amazing 'best of the best'. We rolled out of there.

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k
Toronto
21 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Under the circumstances, we have always loved this restaurant and sad to see it closing. The meal was outstanding, flavourful and well portioned. The wine was excellent to accompany.

Will be looking now for a Argentinian option which will be hard to replace this gem. Best of luck to everyone who was part of this excellent restaurant in the future.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Bites and starters came quickly, but mains took forever. Food was delicious, but would have liked to see faster service, especially when people who arrived

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L
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, in fact REALLY great food, great service, great vibes. We were seated on the gorgeous patio, but we were under a speaker so we asked to move as it made conversation difficult. Staff accommodated quickly. Looking forward to our next visit.

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G
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 5

The patio and the steaks are fantastic and worth a visit. However the service was slow and awkward and diners really get gouged on the small plates of potatoes, asparagus, carrots and/or starter salad ($17!!). The wine is overpriced. It must have been garbage-to-the-curb night that night because we kept getting strong whiffs of garbage from next door: difficult for the restaurant to control, but still unpleasant when you are trying to enjoy a meal.

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m
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Friendly and attentive service. Unique and strong cocktails, just like they should be. Outside patio seating is gorgeous and relaxing. The empanadas and octopus were delicious, however the short ribs were a bit over cooked and chewy. Overall, awesome dining experience!

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great hidden gem!!

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g
Toronto
21 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

2nd visit
Unfortunately the patio was closed, as it was raining.
Nevertheless, we had a fabulous meal indoors
The octopus was amazing, the flat iron steak... best in toronto, for sure.
Dessert.... Macerated BBQ fruit with mascarpone? .... to die for
Will be back soon ...

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OT
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Fantastic food and Service was great. We went with some recommendations from the server and they spot on. I was also very happy with the wine recommendation. We will definitely be going back

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c
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a real treat to dine at Branca. The setting is perfect, food is always delicious and unlike anything else you can find in Toronto's best restaurants; the live fire cooking of so many items on the menu makes for a unique grill flavour that is simply mouthwatering! Cocktails are top notch, and the wine offerings are interesting and always changing. Those in the know know Branca is one of the best spots in the city!

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OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best restaurant I’ve eaten at in a very long time. Blew me away. Amazing service

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DB
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Exemplary food and ambiance. Staff generous with time and on point.

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DM
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

All of the staff were very polite, quick and attentive. The patio is gorgeous and perfect for a date! We really enjoyed the food (especially the Octopus Carpaccio) and would come back in a heart beat.

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RB
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Branca is one of my favourite restaurants in the city. It is really a hidden gem in the city. The quality of food and service is beyond and a great wine list! I would recommend Branca for a date, casual dining with friends and even a special occasion such a birthday dinner. Dining home away from home!

Ranjan

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A
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Really wonderful food and service. Cocktails are outstanding.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food!!! Clients were so impressed and said they have told everyone to go. Will be heading back shortly.

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LF
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Food was delicious overall.
Chicken empanadas and humitas shrimp dish -YUM!!

We had the Short ribs as a main which were a tad fatty without too much meat, next time may opt for the skirt steak. The octopus was pretty fantastic. The only negative here is the service. We ordered our apps and mains at the same time. We received our appetizers very quickly -within 10 minutes and were delighted and they were so delicious we gobbled them up pretty quickly. But the mains took a long time and we waited 40 additional minutes for them to arrive AFTER we had finished our apps.

Otherwise great place. I will likely return in hopes of better food service.

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J
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a great time. Food was delicious. Service was excellent. Patio is one of the best in the city. My only complaint is the price/quantity of the sides. We got a side of asparagus that was $9 and maybe came with 8 pieces. Same thing with the carrots. To charge that for a side, it should be sufficient for at least 3-4 people to share, since it’s a sharing restaurant. Lesson learned for next time!

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SV
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 1Ambience 4

The food was fantastic but the service was not great. Our server was super condescending and pushy

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d
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very flavourfull food. Pricey for alcohol

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NK
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

We will not be back to branca. The food was good but over priced, our server was ok but a little odd in an awkward way but what set the tone was the first few minutes of our arrival. We had a 1 yr old baby with us and had let staff know the week before to ensure we would have what we needed. When we arrived we went to the host on the patio. As we approached I noticed a table outside of the patio area of which the main area was half full at 8pm. I asked if we could have a corner table in the back when he indicated our table was indeed the one outside of the main patio area. He responded NO abruptly and when queried why he again abruptly and rudely said because it was reserved. I was not happy with this and my face showed this. He responded 1 minute later that we could move to the other table and walked away. In that moment I questioned if we should stay because this place also required a 100$ hold in your credit card through OT to reserve and I was concerned about how the rest of the night would be. We did not feel welcome and we were there celebrating my partners birthday. This is so disappointing that our experience with staff was negative having see many great reviews (with the exception of the staff in the red dress 😀) lastly ... the patio nevered filled for the duration of our meal.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a nice dinner for our anniversary and it was lovely. The food was exceptional and the service was top notch. The dessert on the house for the special occasion was a very nice touch and appreciated greatly.

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Y
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was great. We enjoyed our meal very much. The only thing was we waited a while for our meal to be prepared assuming because it was grilled? But it still felt longer than it should’ve been. But overall a great time! Love the backyard patio!

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M
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Great food, and great atmosphere. Menu provides a dinning experience with value at different price points.

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S
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were at Branca for our sons birthday, we had a wonderful experience. The food was amazing and the service outstanding

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AS
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

Excellent food. Beautiful spot. Pricey wine list (nothing under $75)

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GB
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Loved it, great food and decor. For a 'special' night out, which we got dressed up for to a certain degree, it would have been nice if the staff had been slightly more 'formal' and less casual in their appearance and interaction as well. It really brought the ambiance and experience down. Casual clothes that you could wear to the corner store, and calling us 'guys' and saying 'awesome' every other word among other things, was a bit jarring and disappointing in an otherwise wonderful experience.

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JL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Friday night date night at Branca... the patio on a lovely evening... wonderful service from the Manager directly... great wine + wonderful food... Just a killer evening. Thank you. We will be back.

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W
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 1Ambience 3

The food at Branca was exceptional, but the service was not very pleasing.

We had asked for a bottle of wine, and when we had a taste, it was not at all what we expected. I rarely ever send bottles back I just had to in this case. The manager came over and was stand-offish and when we asked if he had tasted it, he said it tasted "exactly as it should have". He then continue to say that he would try to help us "pick another bottle so that the restaurant doesn't lose money"...

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L
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Probably my favourite restaurant in Toronto and would definitely dine there every weekend

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HG
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

WONDERFUL FOOD. Good service. We were late for our reservation and they were very flexible!

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BR
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went there for my wife's birthday. The ambience was amazing. Very romantic. Since it's a converted house the ambience as a whole is very home-like and comforting.

The time we went, it wasn't very crowded. The service was outstanding. The server seemed very knowledgeable about the menu. We even got a small dessert as a surprise for my wife.

Will definitely visit again for the excellent fare.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Tomahawk steak and chicken were delicious. This was our 2nd time dining at Branca, and both times were great.

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DT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

In short: super friendly staff, fantastic food and impeccable service.

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PL
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

It's one of my favourite places to eat. It's a small and intimate restaurant with good food and great service.

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CS
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Branca truly is a hidden gem. The ambiance is cozy, eclectic, yet refined. I highly recommend it for a nicer night out, a date night or anniversary.

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

Everything was amazing. Service was exceptional. The staff there are amazing. Peter is an unreal professional manager. Some of the best food in the city. Recommend it to anyone and everyone.
Loved the experience.

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PC
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was great, i love how friendly the people are working and even the chefs during my bday. Food was amazing, the uniqueness in every taste and design. I hope to go back and have a wonderful night with them.

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