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 seagoat:
Photo of seagoat
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5

C'est What? is located a little bit east of the main downtown area and a few blocks off of the waterfront. Like the photo shows, the main entrance is designated by the blue and white awning.

Once inside the doors you will be going down a flight of stairs, so the entire establishment is below street level. It is a spacious place that is split between two main rooms with a bar in each. There are a couple pool tables in back near the washrooms. The walls are all brick and stone which give it a bit of a cave like feel. There is a fair amount of beer bottles and beer signs decorating the place but not so much that it gives it a cluttered feel.

There were about 25-30 beers on tap and a bottle list of about 30 more. They say that they only serve Canadian microbrewed beers. The staff was friendly the couple times we went there but not terribly helpful with information about some of the local breweries such as location, open to the public, tasting rooms, etc.
We didn't eat there but it looked like a good menu with a number of different things that we would have been willing to try.

I'm giving it a 3 $ because the price of beers was more expensive than I expected and am used to from many places in the States. They were usually $5 - $8 range for bottles or draft but there is also 14% tax for goods and services and a Provincial tax combined. That applies everywhere though and not just at this bar.

We enjoyed this place, it was comfortable and relaxed, and we were able to try a bunch of Canadian beers that we were not familiar with. A definite stop on a trip to Toronto.

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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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