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C'est What?

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BEER AVG
3.64/5
Based on:
6 Beers
124 Ratings
Place Score: 93
Ratings: 80
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 8.92%
Taps: 44
Bottles: 15
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

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

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Notes:
C'est What? brand beers are brewed by County Durham Brewery.

Beers are brewed at / by another brewery.

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Reviews by kwjd:
Photo of kwjd
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I go to C'est What all of the time, partially because I really like it, and partially because it is a block from my apartment. I like the old town Toronto basement pub setting and they don't try to replicate some faux Irish/English pub.

I've never had a beer that I didn't think was fresh and they always have several casks. The staff know their beer list well and are always willing to provide samples if you are deciding. The food isn't gourmet by any stretch, but it is well above average for pub food in the city and it is very reasonably priced. I love going here when it is cold out, but during the warmer months I seem to go here less because I don't want to hang out in a basement.

The tap list is mostly comprised of Ontario microbrews, with several from Quebec. I think the only beer they regularly have from outside of Ontario/Quebec is Grasshopper from Big Rock. If you are visiting from out of town, this is a great place to visit to try the different Ontario beers. Their rotating tap and casks list changes often enough that there is usually a new beer for me to try when I go.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of MarcatGSB
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Photo of toronto_beermaven
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of valianes
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of sahd-1
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.4/5  rDev +6%
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!

Photo of 307x
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of Bieregod
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of vladimerjr
4.15/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of hopsolutely
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
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!

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C'est What? in Toronto, ON, Canada
93 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.