Barnsteiner's

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CAN$30 and under
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Contemporary European

Welcome to Barnsteiner's...at the corner of 1 Balmoral and Yonge st. Michelle and Herbert Barnsteiner have finally landed, and they so look forward to embracing all of you again !

With a newly renovated space, Michelle and Herbert have created a warm, chic and rustic spot for everyone to relax in and enjoy themselves, and, of course, a comfortable atmosphere to wine and dine...and yet, quite the bustling and thriving night..with our music swirling. Whether its a cocktail, a bowl of soup, lunch, dinner, office event, or a big celebration, we are here for you! See you soon...Michelle and Herbert and the entire staff @ Barnsteiner's
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GT
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice atmosphere, quiet, low but adequate lighting. Food was incredible for a great price, service was fantastic. Was not very loud or busy.

BB
Hawaii
13 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Good food, very tasty, nicely plated. Extremely loud. Waiter did not stop by to ask if the food was ok, or if we needed anything. A hostess(?) stopped by briefly to say hello.

SM
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner with friends. Friendly greeting by staff and wait team and wonderful service. Delicious dinner and good atmosphere for amicable conversation. A favourite spot and one we will visit again soon.

VJ
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Birthday, we were told by friend of ours that Barnsteiner’s serves duck. However duck was not on the menu
on our visit, so we were disappointed. However, food was good, service as well.
We’ll call ahead next time and hopefully duck will be back on the menu.

HM
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

On my first visit (four of us), for Saturday brunch, our initial waiter was not attentive and not congenial. But, management and a new waiter turned our experience around and we then enjoyed good service and surprisingly good food. On this second visit, about ten days later, with an elderly friend, we were speedily looked after and each of us enjoyed our lunch of fish and chips. I would like to return to try other dishes.

S
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

We left hungry! I ordered the seafood platter for two and was SHOCKED with how little of food it came with for being 29$/person! we asked our server if it was enough for two people before we ordered and he said yes... then when we complained and he offered to bring us a plate of scallops (we didn’t know he’d be charging an extra 30$ for this). It was tasty but we left hungry because the portion for this was extremely small. Would not order again.

DF
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Good food, but the salmon smelled quite fishy and there was some grit in the seafood pasta from the shellfish.

MD
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We ate on the patio facing Yonge so it was a bit noisy.
Lots of variety on menu and large portion.
Very good value.

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

As usual, food, service and atmosphere was decent.

M
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Delicious food! Always look forward to their soup of the day. Great seasonal desserts.

OT
Toronto
14 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always reliable this neighborhood restaurant choice precisely what we needed: calm and well made European food.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A neighbourhood gem. Super friendly staff. A little backed up in the kitchen but super food and great flavours. Seafood is to die for.

DT
Palm Springs
28 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our first time at this restaurant - a busy Saturday evening, but we got a last-minute table for two on the covered terrace (much quieter than inside) - great menu and very professional and friendly server - we shared a charcuterie board (excellent) - one of us ordered the seafood pasta dish from the regular menu (they’d sold out of a number of items by this time - 8:45 pm) and the other ordered the Wiener schnitzel - both entrees very nice - we will return to this place, which has a nice neighborhood restaurant vibe and a varied and well-priced menu

M
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

The time between the starter and main course was incredibly long, easily 30-40 minutes. We actually had to ask our waiter what the problem was, how much longer it would be. I've never encountered this before. We'd brought friends and thought when the main course was brought to us it was hot and delicious I'm not sure my friends will want to return.

FL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Good atmosphere. And good food. Waiter was attentive.

d
Toronto
30 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Another excellent meal at a neighhood favourite of ours. Would recommend for most occasions, in fact we are taking friends there tonight. Salads were excellent ( large enough to split) and the duck confit and lobster risotto were both worth going back for. Upon entry, the room to the left is quieter than the main part of the restaurant.

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Great food.

SK
Puerto Vallarta
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great service. Too noisy. Needs something to absorb sound

BE
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Food takes way too long! Have had the same experience on a week night!

DG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great meat and seafood and friendly service, with a decent wine list

MM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything is always perfect , delicious, and wonderful in every way!!!
Great restaurant neighborhood restaurant!!!

Thank you!

Cally McEwen

P
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food, great service. I have never been disappointed.

HK
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Barnsteiner's is a great neighbourhood spot if you want to go out for something special. The food is always excellent and the prices are definitely reasonable, especially considering the quality of the food. You can tell that this restaurant is successful because it is always full, even on week days.

RS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dinner. Some sound barriers would be nice and would make it easier to hear conversation at the table. We enjoyed our dining experience.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

I had asked for a quiet table because one of our guests was hearing impaired. Unfortunately we were seated behind a large table of many guests celebrating a birthday...it was loud and one of our guests could not hear our table conversation. There were no other spots available. I had booked on open table and personally called to request a quiet spot. My husband and I have been there many times and love this restaurant, what a disappointment!!!. Also our server seemed busy with the birthday table so our service was terribly slow, 20 minutes even to get water. Our meals were quite good except for one of the guests Weiner schnitzel , sadly it was soggy and tasteless. Maybe it was an off night for them, I hope so because it was one of our favourite neighbourhood spots.

J
Miami
14 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great restaurant. Food and service is always excellent. Highly recommended

KL
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

Really good food, excellent value for the quality. Excellent service, but quite noisy. Just wish there wasn’t so much veal on the minu.

MM
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

We went for dinner at 5:45pm. The place was quiet as you would expect. The waiter got my son's order wrong and then also plated the appetizer's we were sharing wrong. The food was average. Nothing remarkable. It was nice to sit on the patio but there is no ambiance to the patio. Just some chairs outside on a busy street corner.

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome everything! We’ve been back many times and have never had a bad experience !

d
Toronto
27 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a great choce

KF
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

This was our second visit to Barnsteiner’s. Unfortunately it fell far short of our first, very positive impression. Service was extremely slow and the room was hot and stuffy. We were limited to the sunmerlicious menu, which didn’t offer the options of the regular menu. Disappointed.

RS
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We went to Barnsteiners for Summerlicious dinner, the blackened haddock was amazing. The peach salad was very good. I would recommend this restaurant to everyone.

FH
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

We made a reservation few days in advance. The hostess offered us a bar table at the entrance. We are in our mid 70's and were celebrating our 50th anniversary. We had to struggle to get a proper table at the back. Our reservation was for one of those tables apparently but the hostess had a change of mind when crowds started to come in?

Even though they accommodated us at the end, I did not appreciate the attitude. It made me feel like she was doing us a favor, which she was not. Normally when a reservation was made people would be told if there are only bar tables available and given a chance if they would accept that. My husband uses a cane so to expect him to jump on a high chair to have a dinner was not very appropriate, if anything and down right insensitive and unprofessional.

K
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A terrific local place for dinner on a hot summer weekend. Never disappoints.

D
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great Food and Service. Noise level was excessive in the south room until meals were served. Is there something that could be done to reduce the noise reverberation in this small area with hard wall surfaces?

C
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Worst service any of us have experienced at a restaurant. Our waiter seemed angry and frustrated the moment I entered and checked in and it continued the entire time we were there. Other tables were getting friendly and attentive service so it felt very intentional. After reading other negative reviews, I am not that surprised at the way we were treated. Other than ignoring us and acting hostile, our waiter also dropped a plate down that splashed sauce on my brother's shirt. It was my last dinner in Toronto with my family so unfortunately my trip ended on a very bad note. If I did not need to catch a flight that evening we would have found somewhere else to eat because we were very uncomfortable and upset the entire time. Food was good, but we could not enjoy it. It's a shame because good or even decent customer service should be easier to achieve than good food.

JW
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Just love this restaurant. Very cool vibe, casual but classy. The food never disappoints. Prices are reasonable for the quality of eats and the service is great. Highly recommended!

OT
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food , service and overall experience was excellent. There was a gas leak down the road so many emergency vehicles during our lunch stay. We were on the patio so it was a little noisy but did not ruin our dining experience.

A
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Had the best culinary experience I have ever enjoyed during Summerlicious here last week. Food was incredibly fresh, flavour profile was incredible. You can tell a ton of time and effort went in to preparing each dish. Will certainly be back again

L
Toronto
25 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Summerlicious menu was delish!! $43 pp for an appetizer, main course, and dessert. It was a little warm in the area of the restaurant that we sat in. Attentive servers...

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