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 kwjd:
Photo of kwjd
4.43/5  rDev +6%
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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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

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

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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%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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

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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
3.64 out of 5 based on 129 ratings.
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