Beer Bistro

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Beer BistroBeer Bistro
BA SCORE
97
world-class

73 Ratings
Ratings: 73
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: n/a
Taps: 20
Bottles: 145
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

18 King St E
Toronto, Ontario, M5C 1C4
Canada
phone: (416) 861-8242

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @beerbistroto

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Reviews by CBA:
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4.03/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Stopped in on a Monday afternoon for lunch. Tucked around the corner from Yonge - this place certainly caters to a higher end clientele - read Bay Street. As previously mentioned this is no local pub, or even gastro pub it's firmly in the high end restaurant category. (Noticed they had a chefs table in the back end) Sat at the bar overlooking King - where I had the pleasure of being serviced by a surly bartender. Ordered a fantastic roasted red pepper and tomato soup (it was freezing out) and the Kobe beef tacos - with the kobe part obviously being lost in amongest the taco...should've known better.

Give much respect for the concept - all items on the menu came with a beer pairing suggestion and were certainly well thought out. From their extensive list I just had a bottle of the Silly Saison. The prices are too inflated for my meager salary however I'm sure much of the clientele don't bat an eye.

Overall I appreciate the efforts put in and the healthy respect given to beer in this establishment and it comes as no surprise that Beaumont is behind this. However I'll give this a pass next time I'm in town looking for good food & beer and head to C'est What - as they are much more reasonably priced.

More User Reviews:
Photo of AlexBananas
5/5  rDev +13.6%

Great staff, great selection off brews and some solid food!

Photo of KATCanada
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

If you want a good meal with a great beer selection (this is TO's most likely spot for Cantillon ) Beer Bistro is your best bet (Bier Markt is #2). Good selection on tap plus a good cellar. Servers know their stuff. Food is very good. It's a little pricey and there are nights where is is full of the douchey banker set but overall solid. Walking distance from most of the major downtown hotels.

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +8%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of DaveBar
3.9/5  rDev -11.4%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Dropped in for breakfast. Eggs benedict. Very good. Matched to a Leffe Brun on tap.

Amazing selection both on tap and in the bottle. WAY pricy. Too pricy. Come on guys please. Take it easy but if you can get it go for it. I just wont go back that's all. The value is not even close to being there.

Treat this place like one that if you can only get something here and no where else because you can get everything else everywhere else for less money.

Guess this place is a meet market after 9pm so count me out on that.

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4.75/5  rDev +8%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +8%

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4/5  rDev -9.1%

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5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of MarcatGSB
4.18/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Took me a second to locate Beer Bistro as it is located in the main business district of downtown Toronto on the bottom floor of an office building.

It has that vibe as well. It's a large open room with tall ceilings, nice chandeliers, and a very upscale feel.
They have an attractive little glass case right when you walk in the door, featuring some of their big dick beers...And they have some good ones. The beer selection here is one of the best I've seen during my travels. Lots of taps featuring many Canadian beers, with some special imports from the states. They were very excited about some Brooklyn Brewing beer and some Rogue as well. I didn't even think about either of those.

The bottle list was fantastic...the bartender (who happened to be the bar manager) hooked me up with a couple samples on tap, and was very informative about the Toronto beer scene, much appreciated.

Another great Toronto stop. Beer selection is great...food looked good (tried some Frites, which were good), and it's a pretty neat space. Top 5 of Toronto.

Photo of toronto_beermaven
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of FEUO
3.68/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

Photo of SebD
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of woosterbill
4.78/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Cheers!

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Beer Bistro in Toronto, ON, Canada
97 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.