branca

4.5
77 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Argentinean
Top tags:
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Cozy
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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Neighbourhood
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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
What 77 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.5
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.2
Value
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 4 days ago

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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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Great hidden gem!!

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4.0Dined on July 31, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 26, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 24, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on July 24, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

Really wonderful food and service. Cocktails are outstanding.

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5.0Dined on July 18, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on July 14, 2018

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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5.0Dined on July 13, 2018

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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3.0Dined on July 13, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Very flavourfull food. Pricey for alcohol

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2.0Dined on June 30, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 19, 2018

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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4.0Dined on June 16, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

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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4.0Dined on June 13, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

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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4.0Dined on June 8, 2018

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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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on June 2, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on May 30, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

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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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

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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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Very impressed

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Went to Branca based off some loose suggestions - a carnivore's dream. We decided to go with the turf & turf (short rib & skirt steak) as Argentinian's are known for their excellent beef. They did not disappoint - both mains, along with the fries and beans for apps, were fantastic. Let the chef decide how to cook them if you're able, they know what they're doing. Also had the crepe for dessert (delicious) and their espresso was excellent too. The decor is a bit all over the place but also beautiful, especially the wood trim on the ceiling. Will definitely be returning!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Absolutely lovely!
Food is consistently superb, attentive service and quaint ambiance!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

We will definitely be back. There is so much more to taste.

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Loved this plAce and our server! Was looking forward to eating there and was not disappointed.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Branca has never disappointed me alway fresh and good quality food.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

My husband and I decided to check out Branca for our anniversary. We made a reservation at 6 pm, when the restaurant opened. It's a small and cozy restaurant with candle lit tables. Our server was great with information about the menu and recommended we each pick a protein and share a couple sides.

We ordered the chicken empanadas for our starter, the half chicken and lamb for our protein, and the crispy potato strings and the grilled french beans as our sides. As we waited we were given Argentinean bread called chipa, which left us hungry for more. The chicken empanadas were served with salsa, we got one each and we both really enjoyed it.

It took a little while for the rest of our food to be served, but we weren't bothered by the wait and we just chatted in the meantime. Everything was brought out so it was shareable, which we thought was a great idea and we discussed coming back with another couple so we could try more food and share together. The chicken skin was so crispy and the meat was nice and tender, the best combination! I alternated between the chimichurri and the roasted garlic condiments with the chicken. My husband said the lamb was delicious and also enjoyed the chicken. The crispy potato strings had excellent flavour and it was a big portion to share between the two of us. The grilled French beans were nice and crisp with good flavour to taste. We could not get enough of it even though we were full.

The server brought us out a dessert for our anniversary and told us it was dolche de leche in crepes and it came with a side if whipped cream. It was a great way to end the meal.

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