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Byblos - Downtown, Toronto, ON
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Byblos - Downtown

CAN$51 and over
Mediterranean
Byblos represents a marriage of Eastern Mediterranean cuisine with strong influences from both traditional and local ingredients, using time-honored classic cooking techniques and modern methods. Our chef has created dishes that showcase the regionally-specific spices and flavours of the Eastern Mediterranean seaboard to craft a menu that will be a true coastal and cultural mosaic, served family style in a convivial atmosphere.

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 65 times today

Why we love it

Executive chef: Ted Corrado

With its family-style menu and century-old building backdrop, media favourite Byblos is equally well-suited for special occasions and delicious, everyday dining. Eastern Mediterranean flavours are executed in modern ways featuring luscious ingredients like saffron liqueur and date molasses.

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    CAN$51 and over
  • Cuisines
    Mediterranean, Tapas / Small Plates, Middle Eastern
  • Hours of Operation
    Dinner Mon–Wed, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–10:45 pm
  • Phone number
    (647) 660-0909
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Private party facilities
    Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate outing, Byblos - Downtown can accommodate all your special event needs. All special event inquiries can be sent to reservations@byblosdowntown.com
  • Private party contact
    Private Dining Coordinator : (647) 660-0909
  • Neighbourhood
    Financial District
  • Cross Street
    King and University
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Wine

What 3,808 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Toronto / Ontario

    Mediterranean

  • Old Toronto

    Most Booked

3,808 Reviews
  1. BarbaraL

    New York City

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was excellent. Each dish had unique flavours. Server very helpful. But noisy. Expensive.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    A positively fantastic experience! Manager Rebecca & her entire team are experienced, extremely knowledgeable & they all take such enormous pride in guaranteeing a fabulous dining experience!! A must “dining” spot for locals & visitors alike! Thanks Rebecca for making our dining experience extra special!! :)

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  3. BillyS

    New Mexico

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The upstairs dining room was quiet. Great for conversation. Our server was very pleasant and attentive. He helped us select an appropriate amount of food for 2 diners as we didn’t know how large the dishes would be. Everything we had was delicious.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is great! Staff super friendly and welcoming. Atmosphere and ambiance made for a great dining experience.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food. DJ playing good music but not too loud. Friendly/ informative staff.

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  6. SebastienD

    Ottawa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very tasty! The service is very attentive. Great atmosphere.

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  7. KayH

    Toronto

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    The food here NEVER disappoints. It's pricey bit so good. Ambience upstairs is beautiful (always ask for upstairs over downstairs - much nicer). The service this time though was really awful. It wasn't busy at all and our server was SO slow and inattentive. Usually nowhere to be found, barely came by our table at all, and we waited so long for everything, drinks especially. I have never had bad service here so I was very surprised.

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  8. Labom

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Fabulous server- Leah. She appreciated a quirky sense of humour and looked after us well. Food was delicious and tantalizing. We had the lamb shoulder, halloumi cheese and frites. A California Cabernet was smooth and delicious. Great cocktails. Found the table for 2 a bit small, but the servers know how to arrange things.

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  9. ChrisB

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Outstanding service, wonderful food. Excellent wine. Can highly recommend.

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  10. Jasmine

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Ordered 9 dishes, of which only 3 were very good, the others were pedestrian. Portions really very small for the price. The only food that was reasonably sufficient in amount was the bread/pide. Overall barely a good rating for our experience. Restaurant is over-rated.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding service and phenomenal food! We loved the atmosphere and were blown away by both the delicious food and impeccable service. The seating upstairs seems to be a bit more quiet than downstairs.

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  12. ESTC

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was fantastic. Not happy with seating. I made a reservation indicating it was for a birthday. We were seated right by the kitchen and cash registers. We asked to move and were accommodated which we appreciated. However the vibe we got after that was that staff was a bit annoyed. Also indicated at the time of reserving that it was a birthday - nothing was mentioned. At the end of the day it was a good evening.

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  13. JacquelineH

    Toronto

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious food, unique flavours. We always have very attentive service and this time was no exception. One of our favourite Toronto restaurants.

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  14. RahulS

    Toronto

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Underwhelming. The food was lacking in flavour, options, or potions. I saw a lot of tables turning back plates untouched because the food was so bad. I strongly do not recommend this place, which is sad because it used to be a great spot years ago.

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  15. CarlosS

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service were outstanding, as always. One of our favourite restaurants in Toronto and will definitely be back again soon!

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  16. CrystalS

    Chile

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What an amazing food! The overall experience was amazing, we had such a great time.

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  17. saumyab

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    I am writing to express my profound disappointment regarding the experience my party and I had at Byblos recently for a graduation celebration. I made reservations well in advance, specifying our desire for the vegetarian $85 tasting menu, which was advertised on their website. I also confirmed this via email, expressing our excitement for the tasting experience. Upon arrival, we were presented with à la carte menus. I reiterated our preference for the tasting menu to the waiter, as instructed by the staff. We were assured our request was noted, and the à la carte menus were taken away. We received two waves of dishes; some were satisfactory, but many fell short. After these waves, we were asked about dessert. I was confused, as I believed dessert was included. The waiter then revealed that Byblos doesn't offer tasting menus for parties our size and had instead ordered one or two of every vegetarian item from the à la carte menu. This was surprising and embarrassing, especially since I had confirmed the tasting menu multiple times. Despite my attempts to address the situation, I felt unheard and disheartened. The experience resulted in significant wasted food, as several dishes remained largely untouched. Had we known it would be à la carte, we would have ordered differently. It was an embarrassing moment in front of my group, so I paid the check and left. I emailed the manager to express these points, noting the confirmed tasting menu. The manager's response lacked empathy and was belittling and rude. There was no apology or acceptance of fault. I would not recommend Byblos from a customer service perspective. Additionally, vegetarians and vegans should be wary, as the experience did not meet advertised standards.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    It was a big miss. I still couldn't figure out. The reviews were so good but in actual it was not even close. We went there for my bday dinner and honestly everything was Just AVERAGE. Hummus and bread was still ok, except the fact that bread was not fresh, Roasted cauliflower was just too simple felt like just eating cauliflower. Pride was kind of ok but considering the price it was just too small. We ordered 3 different drinks, none of them was impressive enough. Felt like an ordinary place just hyped more. Lastly we ordered a cheesecake, the toppings on cheesecake was not even crunchy & was all soggy. Ambience was alright. We were given a table downstairs , we asked for a quiet and better table so they moved us upstairs. Our Server was nice and polite.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Outstanding food!! And great service. Definitely recommended…

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  20. LoganG

    New York City

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Phenomenal service in a beautiful, warm and welcoming environment. The food is well rounded and the menu designed to be shared further creates a wonderful dining experience.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food - every dish was super delicious and cooked perfectly. Had fun sharing plates. The staff were friendly, welcoming, and choice-oriented!

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  22. LenaOK

    London

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful food… Mideast with a twist, meat and vegetable dishes both have great flavour

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  23. rxle

    Denver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waitress was awesome and super knowledgeable, and the food was outstanding.

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  24. LyndaB

    Manitoba

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a delicious meal. The service was attentive without being annoying and the drinks were off the hook! You won’t be disappointed…

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  25. JJCC

    Toronto

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food and helpful service. Will definitely return. Accessible after climbing down approximately 8 steps from street level.

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  26. PandE

    Toronto

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Definitely something different. Tucked away and understated. Good nicely spiced Eastern Mediterranean food, with an expectation (not requirement) of sharing, helpful waiter, pleasant ambiance, good wine list. Super handy for the Prince of Wales theatre.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was decent and so was the service. Extremely loud in there, but for some reason we were seated in a very tight spot and our table barely had space for the food. The food didn’t take long to come out at all, our waiter was cool and hospitable. The rice was mid, fried chicken was also mid 5/10 tbh.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place. Love the service and the food. Will come back again.

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  29. Eyal

    New York City

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent restaurant. Food was great with innovative take on Mediterranean food. Great service. Very reasonable price. Highly recommend

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and experience. Drinks were also unique and excellent.

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  31. Bckk

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Sweet Jeweled rice was amazing. Short rib kabob and roasted chicken were also very good

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was great. They just need to fix the front entrance door. We couldn’t open it since the handle was broken and waited until someone exited the restaurant and we could get afterwards.

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  33. Amanda

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was phenomenal! Loved the shared plates, especially the fried chicken. Had a great lemon oil cake for dessert. Staff were lovely, will definitely come again.

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  34. DanielaA

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Like the food a lot, service very polite, knowledgeable, very professional, and friendly,

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  35. RachelN

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was very good and the food was delicious. Nice ambiance-highly recommend

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  36. Tuna

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, service and vibe! Probably the best lamb ribs in the city!

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  37. MariaA

    Montreal

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious food as always!!! Service was not good. Our server did not introduce himself and to be honest we would have been better not having that server. He barely made any effort to go over the menu or to lets us know the portion of food may not be enough for two. Zero personality! He wasn’t rude but he wasn’t helpful at all. We had to ask people who brought us our food for our request. I usually have good sever at this restaurant but last night was a disappointing and we were celebrating my husband birthday and he never been to Byblos and that was his first experience. He did enjoy the food though!

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  38. Star

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was spectacular and service was just as great

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  39. SusanP

    Ottawa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We opted for trying several starters to share so that we could have more variety... Loved everything. The atmosphere was also great!

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  40. MikeyAir

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The lamb shoulder is absolutely amazing, highly recommend. Everything was great.

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FAQs

Byblos - Downtown is rated 4.6 stars by 3808 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 65 times today
Google Map for Byblos - Downtown

11 Duncan Street, Toronto, ON M5V 3M2

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    King and University
  • Neighbourhood
    Financial District
  • Hours of Operation
    Dinner Mon–Wed, Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–10:45 pm
  • Price
    CAN$51 and over
  • Cuisines
    Mediterranean, Tapas / Small Plates, Middle Eastern
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Wine
  • Phone number
    (647) 660-0909
  • Private party facilities
    Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate outing, Byblos - Downtown can accommodate all your special event needs. All special event inquiries can be sent to reservations@byblosdowntown.com
  • Private party contact
    Private Dining Coordinator : (647) 660-0909
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