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Taps: 20 / Bottles: 145
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery ]
18 King St E
, M5C 1C4
phone: (416) 861-8242
(Place added by: Popsinc)
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Reviews by crwills:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$$
I am really, really glad that this has become one of my wife's favourite restaurants (for the food), because it's certainly one of mine (for both the beer and food). I prefer this to, for example, Volo, even though Volo has a more interesting and varied beer selection, simply because I like to sit down and have a nice dinner. The food here is always fantastic, especially the meat main courses (ribs, pork, etc.). The suckling pig on Saturday nights is great. Appetizers seem to change often, and are incredibly creative with surprisingly few 'misses'. Beer selection is usually up-to-date and good for Ontario, with 10 or 12 taps and a good-sized bottle menu. Last time we went, I was blown away that they had Bells, Jolly Pumpkin, New Holland, and Lost-freakin-Abbey beers available in bottles (although at exorbitant prices for the most part, sadly).
So glad to have this place around, and we'll go back many more times.
10-20-2007 21:21:10 |
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More by DuffMan32
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3 | $$$
Corporate/business vibe. Turn off.
Staff was 50/50. Male bartender knew his stuff and was cordial, female was cold and perturbed about god knows what.
Nice to have Cantillon (had the 06 Grand Cru). Bottle selection was very good overall.
Dinner was edible, but not great. Had the southern chicken based on what looked good at another table. Mistake.
I doubt I ever go back. Way too stiff for my tastes.
08-07-2013 17:56:31 |
More by FEUO
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5 | $$
I've been here a few time but never actually took the time to do a review so here goes
Atmosphere: This place is very inviting. The bar has a nice open concept with a fairly large dining area outside as well as a lounge area to grab a beer while you're waiting. There's a nice display of beers they have on offer as well as a nice decor. Great atmosphere.
Service: The waiter and waitress that I had were both very knowledgeable and had great recommendations. Exceptional service.
Selection: This bar offers a very great selection of Ontario brews as well as many American and Belgian beers. They only have about 20 beers on taps but have hundreds to choose from when it comes to bottles. There's a great selection of cellared beer also. I got to enjoy a 5 year old bottle of Dogfish Head's Raison d'Extra along with a few more gems.
Food and value: They have a great menu of higher-class cuisine for fairly reasonable prices. The beers are also fairly priced. This is definitely the place to go if you're in Toronto. I will be going back every time I go to Toronto.
05-08-2013 21:03:41 |
More by SebD
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I'm writing this from the bistro itself, as their free wifi makes possible. I'm in town for a conference located at a hotel just a few blocks away, so this is my third visit to Beerbistro - it's that good (for me at least).
The atmosphere is simultaneously upscale and welcoming, cavernous and cozy. Super high ceilings offset small tables and a few tight nooks, with some large, vaguely Belgian-style beer-themed decorations on the walls. Very new and clean, but still comfortable.
The tap list is fairly limited (20 bottles) but has a good mix of locals and imports across a range of styles. Everything is available in a 300ml tulip or a 500ml pint, with prices being fair - particularly for the neighborhood.
Service has been attentive without being officious, and enthusiastic without being condescending. Just how I like it.
The real reason I've been coming back is the Cantillon selection: Gueuze, Kriek, Rose de Gambrinus, Bruocsella, Lou Pepe Kriek & Framboise, St. Lamvinus, Vigneronne, and Iris. The first four are in 375s for $15-8, and the last five are in 750s for $25-35. Amazingly fair prices (especially on the 750s!), doubly so for a central location in an expensive city.
If you don't like sours, you might prefer another place in Toronto, but if you're a Lambic fan like I am then you won't want to leave.
03-30-2013 18:13:50 |
More by woosterbill
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
My wife and I strolled here for dessert and a night cap. It's business chic with well appointed, semi trendy decor inside and some decent outdoor seating. A nice tap selection of mostly Canadian craft beers with a few European brews thrown in to round out the list. Our server was excellent- super friendly, quite helpful and knowledgeable about both the beer and the menu. The dessert sampler we had was outstanding- all items made with beer and the beer shows through in things like the lemon cake and Dragon stout Skor ice cream. Prices weren't too much more than most other places we've tried in Toronto but the bottle list got pretty ridiculous. All in all Beerr Bistro is well worth a visit.
06-13-2012 03:00:51 |
More by ThickNStout
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Located in the city's financial district and the look and feel reflects that. Mostly filled with "suits" around lunch and after 5:00. They do have a big bar area in the front as well as a large restaurant seating are in the back. The tap list is a mixed bag of locals, a few brews from Quebec and a few imports but overall not too exciting. The bottle and cellar list is incredible though. Tons of stuff from Cantillon, Lost Abbey, Avery, DFH etc. huge selection of barley wines and belgian styles. Some bottles can be a bit pricey though but you do get what you pay for here. The food is excellent weather its appetizers or full out meals, last time I was there I had bacon wrapped shrimp and french fries and they were amazing. They also cook every dish with beer and even have their cookbook for sale. They do a good job of mixing great beer and fancy dining but it lacks the feel of a great beer bar. It still is a great place to go for an occasion or if you feel like getting a rare bottle of something though.
02-16-2012 15:33:06 |
More by peensteen
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$$$
In simple terms, this is the best beer dining experience I've had. At the end of the meal, I told my niece that this makes me understand what Europeans sit and eat meals for two to three hours at a time.
As a vegetarian, the choices on the menu were limited, but that had little effect on the evening. Started with Potato Truffle Perogies. Amazing complexity for a perogie! Sweet tang from gueze and sheep's milk cheese, I would guess, creamy and full flavored. Just amazing. Drank a Black Oak Summer Saison with the meal, as recommended by the waitress and the pairing guided on the menu. While the beer was good, but pairing worked really well. For an entree, we shared a Blue Mushroom Pizza. Meaty texture from the mushrooms and a tang from the Quebec blue cheese. Again, complex and elegant taste. Got lost in ordering a beer for taste at this point already, but still great. For dessert, we tried three of the beer scream ice creams. In order, we like the Vanilla Bourbon swirl, the dragon stout & skor bar, and finally the rocky road with coffee porter. Excellent finish on the meal.
For the real dessert, ordered a bottle of Cantillon Grand Cru 2008. Excellent aged bottle, a rare and fun treat that few bars accomplish for their patrons. While the night wasn't cheap, I was glad to have paid the price for such a rewarding evening of discussion, food and beer. In spite of it being upscale, it never felt snooty. Friendly and relaxing. If you haven't--you must--at least once.
07-28-2011 19:39:27 |
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