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“Always a favorite”
Review of Biff's Bistro

Biff's Bistro
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Ranked #161 of 8,474 Restaurants in Toronto
Price range: US$31 - US$50
Cuisines: French, European, Canadian
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Good for: Romantic, Groups, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, After-hours, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighbourhood: Downtown
Cross street: Yonge St.
Transit: Biff's Bistro is located one and a half blocks east of Union Station and two blocks south of King Station using the subway.
Description: Reminiscent of a 1930's Parisian Bistro, Biff's Bistro is a smart, upscale masterpiece by Toronto uber-restaurateurs Peter Oliver and Michael Bonacini. The stylish lounge, featuring a stunning zinc-topped bar, represents pure vintage design, while handsome leather banquettes, warm wood paneling and grand mirrors create a rich, lively dining space. In this setting, Chef Amanda Ray presents an extensive menu of inspiring French bistro cuisine, with an impressive corresponding wine list. Located in the heart of downtown, just steps away from many downtown theatres, hotels and the Air Canada Centre.
Bancroft, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Always a favorite”
Reviewed 18 August 2014

We have been to Biffs several times for lunch and dinner, and have always had exemplary service, exciting food selections, and delicious food. On August 15th, we took my husbands parents to dinner, and once again, the dinner was a roaring success. Our server, Natalie, was very attentive to our table, and made sure that Mom and Dad, who are in their nineties, were given the best of service and made the evening run smoothly. Dad and I enjoyed the $1 oysters - what a bargain. Beef cheek and bone marrow, lamb shank, beef bourguignon, calves liver, salmon tartar and warm octopus salad were all winners. Thanks Biffs!

  • Visited August 2014
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Rochester
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24 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Great food”
Reviewed 11 August 2014

While in Toronto I wanted to give Biff's another try since it's been 4 years and I liked it even more this visit. The foie gras appitizer w/peaches that I chose was delicious, and my husband ordered the bone marrow that's prepared with the bone cut lenghtwise and that was really something with the added beef cheeks. He got the suckling pig that he really enjoyed while I opted for the lamb shank and loved it. It had a Moroccan thing going on that was very tasty. If you appreciate good food then give Biff's a try. Our servers were all very friendly and professional so I'm a bit surprised to read reviews that complain about the staff. Also, I thought the prices were quite reasonable and again, I don't know what people are complaining about. Go see for yourself and you'll leave happy.

  • Visited August 2014
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Thank Janice S
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Mississauga, Canada
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78 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Excellent place”
Reviewed 10 August 2014 via mobile

While not QUITE true to the name ("bistro" originally came from a Russian word meaning "fast") given that our party of 13 had to wait nearly an hour for lunch (maybe due to our size), the food and service were otherwise reflective of the true quality and excellence of this place. The trout was superb, the chicken club was excellent, the frites would rival the best of Paris. French-inspired menu. There are extensive wine options from inexpensive Niagara, to moderate California and moderate to high-end French. I enjoyed this place quite a lot.

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11 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“4 good things....”
Reviewed 25 July 2014

Firstly, our waitress was absolutely fantastic.
Second, the food was excellent.
Third, the restaurant is beautiful.
Lastly, the wine list was amazing.
Enough said? I think this one is worth a return visit.

  • Visited July 2014
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2 Thank Christine765
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Niagara Falls, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Best Beef Bourguignon Ever”
Reviewed 22 July 2014

When in Toronto, and looking to eat excellent food, drink yummy wines & get way amazing service - find your way to this delicious place. Best Beef Bourguignon Ever!!! Mushroom Soup - Yum! Panacotta OMG. I will be back.

  • Visited June 2014
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