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Active Beers: 6
Beer Ratings: 114
Beer Avg: 3.66
Taps: 44 / Bottles: 15
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
67 Front St E
, M5E 1B5
phone: (416) 867-9499
C'est What? brand beers are brewed by County Durham Brewery.
Beers are brewed at / by another brewery.
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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Reviews by seagoat:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$$
C'est What? is located a little bit east of the main downtown area and a few blocks off of the waterfront. Like the photo shows, the main entrance is designated by the blue and white awning.
Once inside the doors you will be going down a flight of stairs, so the entire establishment is below street level. It is a spacious place that is split between two main rooms with a bar in each. There are a couple pool tables in back near the washrooms. The walls are all brick and stone which give it a bit of a cave like feel. There is a fair amount of beer bottles and beer signs decorating the place but not so much that it gives it a cluttered feel.
There were about 25-30 beers on tap and a bottle list of about 30 more. They say that they only serve Canadian microbrewed beers. The staff was friendly the couple times we went there but not terribly helpful with information about some of the local breweries such as location, open to the public, tasting rooms, etc.
We didn't eat there but it looked like a good menu with a number of different things that we would have been willing to try.
I'm giving it a 3 $ because the price of beers was more expensive than I expected and am used to from many places in the States. They were usually $5 - $8 range for bottles or draft but there is also 14% tax for goods and services and a Provincial tax combined. That applies everywhere though and not just at this bar.
We enjoyed this place, it was comfortable and relaxed, and we were able to try a bunch of Canadian beers that we were not familiar with. A definite stop on a trip to Toronto.
01-25-2007 23:26:07 |
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10-16-2013 20:38:21 |
More by valianes
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | $$
This place is a must try if you find yourself in down town Toronto. The outside is deceiving as it is merely a door nestled between restaurants/bars with outdoor seating. Once inside it has a nice Euro-pub feel. They had approximately 8 - 10 beers on cask! The only bad thing I can say about this place is that they serve mostly Canadian beer.
10-11-2013 19:20:15 |
More by sahd-1
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
If you aren't careful, you might walk right past this place, and that would be too bad. This is a great beer bar nestled into a posh area of downtown Toronto. Not much frontage to find it, but if you spot the awning then you are in for a treat. You enter the doorway and walk down a flight of stairs to enter a cool, mid-lit bar that is reminiscent of a Prohibition-era American speakeasy. There's even an old-school vault in the wall. Plenty to do, with pool tables and dart boards. There's even an aquarium when you first walk in, which my little one was enamored with long enough to provide me time to actually taste some beers. Plenty of seating at tables and booths, as well as some couches around an old, sealed up fireplace. The bar is a long, straight shot of bright oak, with plenty of seating and a plethora of tap handles. The staff was fantastic, and was overly accommodating to my family, including my 18 month old. They cranked our food order out faster than I have ever seen in a restaurant setting, and were very attentive to get to-go boxes when our little one decided she was done with dinner. Very decent tap list, including 6 of their own brews. Beers from all-over Canada, as well as a few imports. I stuck to their brews, as we were visiting for a short time. Very solid beers, and the food was damn tasty, too. Very mixed food menu, including plenty of apps, entrees, and desserts. Really, there is something for everyone. Also, while there we saw plenty of advertisements for bands, art exhibits, and other events held at C'est What?. Seems like a really cool place overall, friendly and affordable. If we lived in the city, I would find myself there a lot. What a treat to hang out for a short time!
06-25-2013 03:03:25 |
More by GarthDanielson
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75 | $$
Pretty much a hipster haven, which isn't normally my bag but it definitely works for this bar. Always a great selection on tap - and in fact they are undergoing renos to expand the tap selection. Some bartenders are good but some are pretty bad. Table service is spotty at best, and quite poor when it's busy. Great looking place with two separate bars, and a little nook for bands to play. I've never had a bad meal there, and they make the best jambalaya in Toronto, easy. One of my favourite hangouts in the city, with the below average service being the only downfall.
06-07-2013 23:22:00 |
More by 307x
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
Located across the street from the Flat Iron building downtown Toronto. After going down some stairs you enter one of the best craft beer joints in Toronto. They have their usual suspects as well as a rotation of different Ontario craft brews. Staff was great and knowledgeable. While in Toronto it is a must. Two blocks away from the hockey hall of fame. It is also near the Biermarket another beer location that ismore suited towards Belgians and English brews. I enjoyed a Muskoka Mad Tom Ipa and a Flying Monkey Atomic Smashbomb.
04-30-2012 00:43:32 |
More by Bieregod
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I have not been here in a while but business used to frequently bring me to Toronto. I would make sure to stop here every time. A fellow BA who I had made some trades with back in the day introduced me to this place and I am very grateful to him for it. As normally I would have walked right by not even realizing what this was.
Located esentially in a basement it is very unassuming. Once you walk down the stairs the place is much bigger than I imagined. It has a little something for everyone with pool tables louncge chairs restaurant table and nice long bar areas. Great selection of beers mostly locals(I highly recommend the Carraway Rye) and good atmosphere. Have had a couple instances were the service was great but a couple also were it left something to be desired.
The food is great. My favorite is the lambburger. and all reasonably priced.
02-20-2012 17:01:05 |
More by vladimerjr
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
I popped into this place for some lunch and a few beers on a recent trip to Toronto. I ordered two different beers (The Big Butt Smoked Porter and the Caraway Rye Beer). The beers were both pretty solid. They have a few nitro taps and casks, which is rare for me to find in the US.
The food was awesome (I had the falafel). One of the other people I was with seemed to really enjoy the his Buffalo Burger. Our bartender was very pleasant and attentive. The atmosphere was quite nice.
I'd recommend this place to anyone interested in a nice place to eat and enjoy a brew.
02-20-2012 00:23:19 |
More by trxxpaxxs
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Perhaps my favourite bar in the world, so I'm overdue in reviewing it!
35 Ontario Craft Beers on tap at any given time with something to suit any taste. I am told their wine is also decent, although have personally never gotten beyond the draught. They support the local music scene and have numerous seating areas, so you can choose the "vibe" that works for any particular group - whether it be the restaurant, lounge, or one of the two bars. The servers have outstanding beer knowledge and complement the very casual, pleasant atmosphere. Multiple casks at all times and the food is also excellent. I tend to stick to the lamb burger as it's the best I've ever found, so haven't sampled the full variety of their fare.
All in all I don't get to Toronto nearly as often as I like, but any decent visit will always include some time at this pub. Can’t recommend highly enough!
08-29-2011 00:54:48 |
More by hopsolutely
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Walked to Cèst What from the Skydome for lunch before the Jays game. Unassuming little gem of a bar with what could only be described as a mecca for quality Canadian micro-beer. Nice looking entrance, down the stairs and into the large basement - its got plenty of space. Not busy at all on a Sunday for lunch but im sure it can be packed with alot of people at nights. Dim lighting and craft posters line the walls. Cozy / welcoming atmosphere.
Lots of choice to appeal to anyone looking for new Ontario craft beers, casks even and plenty of taps.
Service was great, friendly and helpful, couldn't be better.
We had a wonderfully delicious lunch with plenty of options and a good amount of vegetarian choices.
Overall I am really glad I decided to check out C'est What instead of returning to another establishment again, a great beer bar that offers many of Ontario's finer / up&coming beers.
08-29-2011 00:04:51 |
More by heebes
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