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C'est What?

YOUR RATING = None |
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
Place 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 sleazo:
Photo of sleazo
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This is the type of place I like to visit when I travel. A beer bar focused on local and regional offerings. This way I get to try stuff I cannot get at home, hence the reason to travel.

The bar is located in downtown Toronto not too far from the Hockey Hall of Fame. Situated down a flight of stairs there are two bars in two rooms and one room with a bunch of tables and a roaring fireplace. To the back are pool tables. It is actually a a pretty nice set up and one I would think would work well in the cold Canadian winter. I would have rated it higher but my only gripe was the tv's behind the bar. Really some of the worst TV's I have ever seen with messed up colour ratios making it hard to watch the Blue Jays game. Really only a minor quibble.

Quality wise everything was very fresh. They had three cask offerings of which all were fresh. With the big focus on Ontario beers I got to try a few things I had never heard of and were quite good. What is nice is that they serve in two sizes so you can try a lot of beers out. Besides the cask offerings I would say there were maybe about 16-20 beers on tap and a great bottle selection as well. There were a wide variety of styles too without one main focus which was nice.

Bartenders were knowledgeable and friendly, as well as prompt with new beers.

The food was pretty good for a beer bar. I had a Quebec style pork and potato pie which was good, highlighted by accents of cinnamon. This came with a green salad which was appreciated as the pie was quite rich.

Prices were decent though to be honest I am from NYC and my views may be a bit different than others.

Recommended for fellow Toronto tourists as I am sure the locals already know about this place.

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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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