C'est What?

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BEER AVG
3.64/5
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

67 Front St E
Toronto, Ontario, M5E 1B5
Canada

(416) 867-9499 | map
www.cestwhat.com

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

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BEER STATS
Beers:
6
Reviews:
101
Ratings:
129
PLACE STATS
Score:
93
Reviews:
65
Ratings:
87
Avg:
4.18
pDev:
6.46%
 
 
Taps:
44
Bottles/Cans:
15
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 65 | Ratings: 87
Reviews by JohnnyBarman:
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4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
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 kevinlater
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Bf_89
3.91/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of Electros
4.76/5  rDev +13.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of sherillc
4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of beerdrinkr
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of jjboesen
4.6/5  rDev +10%
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 +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Soloveitchik
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of liamt07
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of hunterjames
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of terrec
3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

Photo of DaPan
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of AugustusRex
4.01/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of crashdavisinoh
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of yancot
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Dee13
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of HATS4BATS
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of mattmarka1
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Jotora
3/5  rDev -28.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3

Photo of Beer-Fetish
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of MarcatGSB
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
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 -16.3%

Photo of valianes
3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

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