Biff's Bistro

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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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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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RL
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, perfectly prepared and presented (crispy pig's ears were fab!!) with great knowledgeable service from Brian made it an awesome culinary experience. Took a lovely walk to the nearby park and St. Lawrence Market to cap off a super evening!

DD
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was great. Had the pork knuckle and the mushroom soup. I don't even like mushrooms and I would get the soup again. The bill was sizeable but I was happy to pay it. Waiting staff was friendly and attentive even though we weren't drinking.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Oysters and Wine with Friends! We left very happy! Great food, great service!!!

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2019
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 4

Very disappointing service
Ignorant and rude
Will not be returning
Was regular for many years

Biff's Bistro
Responded 6 days ago

Hi there! If you could please call the restaurant and ask for a manager we would love to be able to further discuss your visit. We try to ensure all our guests have a great experience and would love the opportunity to make that happen for you! Our number is 416-860-0086 at your earliest convenience! Sincerly, Justine General Manager

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JC
Tampa
11 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Classic bistro food. Friendly and prompt, service, central location and good value.

Z
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Visited prior to a hockey game. Very high quality food, cocktails and service. Decent price as well.

RT
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very good food for a good price, service is impeccable. 2$ PARKING!

G
Toronto
15 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food!

JK
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice variety on the menu. Also like the fixed menu for when I don't feel like thinking too much. Server made a nice wine suggestion which the whole group enjoyed.

B
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was attentive and considerate, asking us almost immediately if we were in a hurry to attend a show afterward. (We weren’t.) Our drinks and first courses were served in a timely manner, and the wait wasn’t long for the entrees to arrive. Everything was delicious! The beef Bourguignon reminded me of our favorite bistro in Paris! Only one negative: lighting was so dim that we had to use our phone light to read the menu - and we saw another couple do the same.

Biff's Bistro
Responded 6 days ago

Hi Borninthe716! We're thrilled you enjoyed our food and hospitality. Hopefully we'll see you again in the near future! Best, Biff's

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E
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was great as usual. Service was attentive though perhaps too quick. 3 courses in under an hour.

TB
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great service and exceptional French cuisine for a reasonable price.

L
Toronto
21 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding as always. Food was fabulous and the service was impeccable.

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating our Birthday so we decided to come here and we are very glad we did!! The food was fantastic and our waitress was so sweet and gave us a bunch of fantastic recommendation as we navigated the menu! Highly recommend for any occasion: date, going to an event right across the street, or celebrating a special occasion! Thank you Biff’s Bistro, you made our Birthday awesome!!

U
Toronto
27 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 4

2nd people on patio, ordered drinks right away followed by app and mains. Server said he would be back with bread. 45 min later whole patio has mains and no bread. App finally comes - it’s wrong. Send it back and he says “I’ll get the right one” I say forget it, just bring mains. 1hr20min after we sit I flag someone down and beg for bread. Finally, mains come out - mine has wrong side but I’m so hungry I say forget it and just eat the tuna. Which is barely lukewarm. By then we had 10 min to eat so we could make show. No offer for a discount or fix for all the mistakes. Would never go back.

OT
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

I am gluten intolerant and the server was able to assure me that the kitchen could accommodate that. I was even brought delicious gluten free bread to start with.

JD
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great neighbourhood gem when looking for something special. Great pre-theatre spot.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My daughter and I had a really great meal before heading across the street for a show at Meridian Hall. A Stub Hub error unfortunately resulted in us not being able to see the show so we went back across the street to console ourselves with dessert and a well fortified coffee. We were seated at the same spot with the same server (who was a blast). We explained our fate as we ordered. After finishing, I asked for the cheque. She dropped it off and it had a big fat zero on it. It was on the house - consolation for an unfortunate turn of events and an utterly kind and generous gesture. Thanks Biff’s.

DK
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Gathering of friends before the show

t
Toronto
76 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food was average, not as good as years ago. The server was help and friendly. However, it was a busy evening. I don't think the restaurant manned enough staff on that busy evening - there was a show at the theater across the street.

WA
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dined here while visiting Toronto. Enjoyed the restaurant very much.

j
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Food Experience, loved it

Bring your friends

KK
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the prix fixe menu. We had the duck and it was wonderful chocolate martinis were also great.

OT
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Awesome cocktails. My only issue was we had approx 6 waiters. Each time someone new came to the table. Found that strange.

l
Philadelphia
90 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

Disappointed that they advertise BUCK A SHUCK OYSTERS and then add a unadvertised condition THAT YOU HAVE TO ORDER A BOTTLE OF WINE TO RECEIVE THIS PRICE otherwise it’s TWO BUCKS A SHUCK. I think this is fraudulent promotion as it should be disclosed in their promotion advertising not bringing people in under false advertising. This should be illegal.

Biff's Bistro
Responded on 14 September 2019

Hello, I am terribly sorry that you feel this way. We try to always be transparent in our advertising and as far as I am aware all of our menus and signage have the stipulation attached. Can you please tell me where you saw the promotion without the wine advertisement so that I may have this rectified immediately. If you would like to call me I would be happy to discuss this with you in further detail Justine Lynen, General Manager 416-860-0086

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LN
Phoenix
13 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our entrees were tasty and served hot. This was by far the best lunch we have had the financial district in months.

DB
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I rely on Biff's for business lunches. The food is very good (even though the menu is limited), the staff friendly and attentive and - best of all - the place is quiet. There is NO loud music to promote bolting your food and then bolting for the door. I avoid any restaurant that is noisy.

DJ
Toronto
21 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently excellent service, a terrific menu that blends traditional bistro fare with contemporary accents, a lovely patio to enjoy the waning summer days - very hard to beat! Thoroughly enjoyed our visit!

WD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Luciana was so patient as my friend and I tried to decide what to have. She also shared info about the salads so we could make up our minds. Great info!
She recommended Biff's house red which was really nice and checked in during our meal without disturbing our visit. Everything was fabulous for my friend and I who had a wonderful visit for her belated birthday and a fabulous lunch including the chocolate cake which was to die for! Thanks, Luciana! Marlene W.

Biff's Bistro
Responded on 13 September 2019

I will share this with Luciana. Thank you so much for your kind words!

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RD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Very pleasantly surprised. Outstanding food. Great value.

IP
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food and very friendly service. Easy to book on line.

SM
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The best liver and onions in the city! Chef even took my au jus and made it into a gravy like I preferred it. Perfectly cooked. Good service. Ambience could have been better but we had a bunch of stuffy people around us so nobody’s fault. Will go again for sure!

BH
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Excellent service. Wednesday offers of 1/2 price wine and buckashuck oysters was a bonus.

J
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

We waited over 15 minutes before ANY serve staff came to the table. The guy we ended up having to flag down was great, but everything seemed rushed after that as we had a show to go to. Food was ok, but should have been better for the price. Overall, disappointed.

D
Montreal
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

When the theater crowd is being served, there are not nearly enough staff to service clients in the French style of attention. Waiters are rushing, stressed to keep up . Our server was apologetic at least 4 times. Bourginon was dry and stringy, Mussels tiny and dry. The McDonald's of French cuisine.

Adrian was the saviour of the night. He was caring, and made our night. Tables around us complaining for slow service, doing nothing more than stressing out the servers. Had a $220 bottle of Santenay equivalent to a grassy New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.

Mark Knopfler was outstanding. Biff's ... a disappointment.

Headed to Royal York after concert and got the best of service and attention.

FS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent wait staff. Slowed things down as we lingered over our meal. Lovely vibe. My first time there. Would not hesitate to recommend this spot, Loved the oysters, very fresh and delicious. Also loved the truffled salad and poached trout. Desserts not my thing but also very pleasant.
Parking is a nice bonus,...... just that a bonus and not necessarily a reason to visit. Look forward to an encore visit soon.

SB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was incredible. Had an amazing date night.

EH
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is amazing! From the food, to the service to the ambiance. It's my new fav!

8
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place. We keep coming back. Other places come and go but Biff's stays around.

TG
Dallas
20 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful night for the patio! Service great and knowledgeable. Caesar salad really good with maple pork lardons, good wine list, and enjoyed the fish stew. Was our monthly anniversary date and staff noticed!

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