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C'est What?

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Based on:
6 Beers
128 Hads
Place Score: 93
Reviews: 65
Visits: 83
Avg: 4.17
pDev: n/a
Taps: 44
Bottles: 15
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

67 Front St E
Toronto, Ontario, M5E 1B5
phone: (416) 867-9499

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Beers are brewed at / by another brewery.

C'est What? brand beers are brewed by County Durham Brewery.
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Reviews: 65 | Visits: 83
Reviews by JohnnyBarman:
Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

After about two years of serious beer tasting and reviewing, I finally managed to swing a visit to this Toronto craft beer institution. After noticing so many Ontario BAs reviewing brews I'd never heard of at C'est What, I figured it was time to make a pilgrimage myself. My wife and I were not disappointed.

Managed to find it quite easily - tucked away in a red-brick building on an attractive downtown corner. A basement joint, cool and refreshing on a hot day. We arrived midafternoon, so the place was fairly empty, but the crowd was a pleasant bunch of twenty-somethings and barflies. Didn't feel out of place at all. Stonework, paintings and beer posters adorn the walls, great mood lighting. Music was eclectic, shifting genres with every song, and at enough volume to allow conversation. My kind of place.

Service was fairly good - what the server lacked in timing and attention (she seemed a bit frazzled today - we've all had those shifts), she made up for in beer knowledge and sample-giving. We asked for half pints to maximize our sampleability, and though she accidentally poured whole pints, she only charged for halves and gave me a bonus sample as an apology. Cheerfully accepted.

Of course you come here for the beer lineup, and it certainly was impressive. A terrific selection of draught offerings, ranging from their own home-brews (from Durham), to some rarer Toronto-area crafts (Flying Monkeys, Neustadt, Black Oak, Duggan's, Granite, Mill St., Church-Key). Their beer menu is three pages long - awesome! No imports - all Ontario, a great way to see what Ontario brewers can offer without being at the mercy of the LCBO. A few rotating cask offerings as well. Only a few duds in the lineup. I had Duggan's #99 and Granite's Hopping Mad on cask, which were both excellent; Church-Key's Northhumberland ale, however, was not.

Food was pretty good, reasonably-priced. The menu has a good variety of pub, ethnic and vegetarian fare, so the whole crowd is bound to find at least ome thing they'd like.

A fantastic joint in a great location, just a few blocks from the downtown core. A great spot to bring friends from out of town and do some beer sampling. Wish that there could be a place like this in KW... Definitely the place to check out if you're in town.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of beerdrinkr
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of jjboesen
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Stopped by for a birthday lunch and left very happy. C'est What is located across the street from Toronto's "Flatiron Building" (Not sure of the actual name) in a cozy, comfortable and attractive subterranean room decorated in light wood and stonework. There is a lengthy bar on one side and the usual smattering of tables and such. Very atmospheric. Along with this is a very impressive beer list that offers their own house beers and several local crafts. (They do have something on cask, as well.) Excellent service and some hearty grub made for a fine lunch amid the hustle and bustle of the city's downtown core.
During my visit, I enjoyed these: Hogtown Kolsch, Al's Cask, Joan's Dark Secret and a tasty IPA from one of Ontario's newer brewers Rhyme and reason.
A worthy stop when in Toronto.

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Photo of dgilks
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Soloveitchik
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of liamt07
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of hunterjames
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of terrec
3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of DaPan
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of AugustusRex
4.01/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of crashdavisinoh
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of yancot
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Dee13
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of HATS4BATS
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of mattmarka1
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Jotora
3/5  rDev -28.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3

Photo of Beer-Fetish
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of MarcatGSB
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

Clearly C'est What? is a mainstay in the Toronto beer scene. And as it appears to me, is the cask ale headwaters for Toronto. After talking with people through out the week I stayed in Toronto, it seems C'est What? really pushed the boundaries of beer in Toronto from the start.

Place is kind of hard to find as well, as there is a small door that leads you into the basement of an office building. It's a cool, English Style pub feel. With center posts, low ceilings, and many smaller, broken up spaces. It's rather well lit, and very clean. It's a nice looking place.

Great selection of Ontario beers, quite a few of their own on tap. Food was pretty middle of the road...But good. Make it a point to check out C'est What? on your next visit.

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Photo of toronto_beermaven
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of valianes
3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of sahd-1
4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
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!

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Photo of 307x
4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of Bieregod
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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C'est What? in Toronto, ON, Canada
93 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.