Biff's Bistro

4.4
2621 reviews
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  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
At Biff’s Bistro, 1930’s Paris meets fresh London cool. At this charming French bistro, experience a tribute to Old World cuisine, hospitality and style in the heart of downtown Toronto. A slice of modern European enchantment, Biff’s Bistro features a robust, seasonal menu offering traditional French bistro favourites like steak tartare, duck confit and steak frites. Guests can unwind with hand-crafted cocktails and flavourful bites in the buzzing bar après work, or enjoy al fresco dining on the colourful street-side terrace, inspired by Parisian patios.
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Toronto
66 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Hadn’t been in a while! Had a nice evening! First of all, we had a fabulous waitress who had great personality and handled several tables with style & efficiency! Had a great singing voice as well!

French onion soup & mushroom soup were delicious! Our mains, roasted Cornish hen & octopus salad were also very good!

They really do the French bistro thing very well!

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JH
Toronto
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service from a great staff, the food was also incredible

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RM
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I always enjoy dining at Biff's Great food, lovely ambiance and polished service. Staff were very attentive. Was also easy to have a conversation . Will definitely return

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, service and ambiance.

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LH
Toronto
15 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were treated like royalty! An excellent evening, as always. Thank you!!

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Definitely going back. Awesome food great service almost feels like you’re sitting in a Parisian café

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AF
Toronto
23 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was absolutely amazing. The food was very good but I was hoping for a little more flavour. The desert was excellent.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef from Maison selby sent me over to try the charcuterie and give me inspiration to plate my charcuterie boad better

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p
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

The restaurant was not busy. The waiter was not attentive and never asked us how our food was. I asked for more bread and he forgot and then came by quite a bit later and offered if we would like more bread.

My daughter ordered the flat steak and it was extremely tough. No matter how small we cut it, it was extremely tough. I ordered the fish stew and there was no shrimp in it as listed in the menu. Further there were no leeks. Instead they put in red bell peppers. The portion was so small that I finished it in about 4 bites and waited for quite a while until the others at the table finished. There was one scallop, three small thin pieces of fish in the stew. They charged $32 for the dish.

Other dishes ordered were the roasted chicken and duck confit. It was ok.

My husband and friend ordered the prix fixe that comes with dessert that they ordered at the beginning. The server brought us dessert menus and totally forgot about the desserts that came with the set menu. I would understand if the restaurant was busy but there were only about 5 tables. It took about 15 minutes to get the desserts and then again we had to wave him down for the bill. He never inquired as to how the desserts were either.

It was disappointing overall and not what I expected from O&B. P

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L
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Only comment I have is that it seemed to take a while to get our drinks; other than that, the food was great.

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LD
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

BIFF'S was our go-to place to celebrate EVERYTHING! Unfortunately, the service (or lack there of) left nothing to be desired. It had me questioning if there was another place to enjoy good food, good service & great ambience. The food was outstanding but that is as far as it went. The service was mediocre and there was no acknowledgement of my husband's birthday regardless of me stating it on the reservation, to the host and to my server. We will be looking for another go-to place for our next celebration at the end of June.

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RS
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I truly enjoyed this little restaurant. We just came to the city for a play and we are so glad we stumbled across it. The staff went out of their way to make us feel special. The food was lovely and we didn't have to wait and unreasonable amount of time for it. Thank you Biffs

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BR
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was delicious! Ambiance was so cool! Pricy spot but worth it if you love tasty food!

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TD
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The appetizer were delicious so I was anticipating a great dinner but it was disappointing. The duck was tough, the chicken was mostly stuffing and the beef Bourguignon was over salted. Mains are pricey and the portions are small with a lot of filler. Their presentation of the food is excellent. I enjoyed the desserts as well, apple crumble was warm and not too sweet.

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FW
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came to Biffs for my wife’s birthday and tried to suspense her with her friends. Biffs is one of our favourite restaurants. They treat all their guests very well and the food is always fantastic. Great environnement and great selection of food! Will always be back!!

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JB
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

Under cooked my fish!

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DF
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Amazing food! We sat in the bar area as the dining area is very loud. Very nice, attentive wait staff. Would definitely go back.

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PK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific meal with excellent service. Decent wine list with 50% discount on some bottles on Sundays. Great menu of classic French Canadian food.

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TM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing every time. Service. Food. Ambiance. First class place.

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OT
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bistro atmosphere. Great value. Good food and service

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JJ
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was exceptional, wait staff were very helpful and polite. The food was generally great, but the fries that came with the steamed mussels was cold and stale. We didn't have time to eat our dessert (spent too much time catching up with each other) that came with the price fixed menu and we asked to pack it up, the dessert came with ice cream and they just put the ice cream inside the box, when I got home, the ice cream was melted and the biscuit below was soggy, i had to throw it away. If they had told us it comes with ice cream we might have just finished it there very quickly so it wasn't wasted.

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TD
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Lamb was OK but not great. The steak was tough. Service was very good.

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F
17 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Service was too slow. Got there at 6, ordered by 6:15. Food came 7:30. Told them at beginning we had to leave by 7:40 for theatre. Took 50 min. To get a glass of wine!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 7 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family and I came here for dinner to celebrate my dad’s birthday and it was truly an amazing experience. The food is amazing, the service was perfect and the ambience is great. Would highly recommend this restaurant!!

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l
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on 6 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

Two of us dined before going to show at Yonge Centre. Had beef tenderloin, was perfectly cooked. Creme Brûlée was also very good. Service was a little slow.

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R
New Orleans
15 reviews
Dined on 6 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious. Presentation was lovely. Servers are all so french and fabulous. Lovely evening. Perfect for a ladies night, even better for date night. Drink special is the perfect topper.

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

Very slow although barely anyone in the restaurant. Oysters served without proper fork and spoon for the mignonette.

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CM
New England
21 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I was disappointed.
The Sancerre was delicious, but the rest of the meal failed to thrill.
Salade truffee was fine.
Boeuf Bourgignon was very salty.
The Cranberry Clafoutis needed more cranberries and I prefer my clafoutis with a more Yorkshire-pudding-like batter.
The Nicolas Pinot Noir was OK.
They had run out of Armagnac altogether! In a bistro! what about Le Trou Gascon?
I should add that my waiter was excellent.
None of this reflects on him.

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LG
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

The location is perfect and the menu selections good. But the noise was so loud we had to shout throughout the entire meal. The server mixed up our order not once but twice! And the bill for a simple meal - appetizer, glass of wine and mediocre meal - was $85 per person.

I'd been to Biff's before and recommended it for this outing. I was sorry I had; no one loved their entree and we all found it too loud and too expensive.

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RS
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was excellent. Charcuterie was delicious and the steak frites 6 oz filet was excellent.

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R
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I would like to go back and order something else before saying I don’t like this place. Unfortunately I found the steak frites too salty and it did take a very long time to arrive at the table. I suspect other dishes are better and the staff were very friendly, helpful and hard working.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything about it! On Sunday they have half price wine which is great. Our server Al, was amazing and knowledgeable in all areas of service. Definitely will be back 👌🏽

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SS
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great ambiance. Impeccable service. Food was delicious. It was nice to have parking so easily available, especially when the restaurant is located in such a busy area.

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P
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good meal with the obvious added convenience of being right opposite the Sony Centre. The steak tartare was excellent as was the poached trout in a white wine sauce. The apple crumble dessert was beautifully presented but alas the pastry was a little underdone.
The service was great. The price is a little expensive for what it was, but the rent for the location must be expensive and the fact you get to park for just $2 justified it.
Definitely recommend.

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SQ
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first experience at Biff's and we were delighted. Everything was superb - the decor, the service, the cocktails and the food. Our server suggested a wine pairing for my husband that went perfectly with his steak.

We will definitely be back.

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TH
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

I would recommend Biff's as they have an interesting menu and the food was above average, but I would suggest you DO NOT go on a night when there is something on at the Sony Centre for Performing Arts. Our reservation was for 6:00 pm and the restaurant was empty when we arrived. We ordered drinks and appetizers. Then the restaurant started to fill up with theatre patrons and our service started to suffer. We found that people who had arrived after us received their main courses before us. The table behind us was paying their bill before their desserts even arrived. And, when our son tried to order another drink (off the "specials' menu, which ended at 7:00 pm) the waiter said "Oh sorry, you've missed it" - it was 7:08 and the waiter hadn't been to our table in over 20 mins. Not a great customer experience.

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N
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 5

Beautiful room. Though the servers were polite and professional they seemed to have too many tables as they were hard to flag down. Drinks came 10 minutes after food with an apology and second round was comped. Portions very small for price you're paying. Caesar salad croutons were tooth breakingly stale, bacon undercooked and cold, lettuce under dressed. Black truffle salad was nice but under garnished for price. French onion soup was a little cool. Bearnaise was room temp and 6oz tenderloin must be precook weight, too small! Fries were good but not uniformly crispy. Perch was deep fried but not crispy, very oily plate - too rich for fish plate IMO. Chocolate cake was too dense. Really a brownie. Peanut butter mousse was delicious but amount was not proportionate to size of brownie. All in all very hit and miss in kitchen. Room was very loud and tables quite close together. I went because I was seeing a show across the street but I wouldn't go out of my way to eat here.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Menu was limited
Originally seated us right at the entrance when the whole restaurant was practically empty though agreed to change on request.
The steak was fatty with a lot of the fatty trims still in the steak.
Service was acceptable after the server warmed up with some casual exchange
As evening progressed and the restaurant started to fill up the noise level also went up considerably to the point we could not have conversations at normal decibels

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DM
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

The branding is totally incoherent, to begin with...a French bistro called "Biffs"? Table for two, we had the charcuterie board and Fois Gras, average at best, worst bland pina colada I ever tasted, four waiters came to the table to deliver the food consisting of a charcuterie board and two plates of Fois Gras felt like we were being swarmed, the menu consisted of one page on a clear plastic covered unimpressive menu. Steak Frites as a dinner item isn't a game changer, as a matter of fact, it's 1995 downright boring. The ambiance looked cheap and slapped together like an independent Applebys decorated with brick a brack from a garage sale. $168 for two people. First and last time.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 22 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fantastic - as usual! One of my absolute favourites in the city!

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