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Beer Bistro

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

58 Reviews
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PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

18 King St E
Toronto, Ontario, M5C 1C4
Canada

(416) 861-8242 | map
www.beerbistro.com

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PLACE STATS
Place Score:
96
Reviews:
58
Ratings:
84
Avg:
4.35
pDev:
5.98%
 
 
Taps:
20
Bottles/Cans:
145
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 58 | Ratings: 84
Reviews by seagoat:
Photo of seagoat
4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Beerbistro is located in the downtown business and theater area. It is a large/open room with high ceilings and has a small wall separating the restaurant area from the bar area. Very clean with modern decor. More of an upscale restaurant with a great beer selection than just a good beer bar/pub.

We went there for dinner and were seated in the back corner of the restaurant near the hallway to the washrooms. On the wall on the opposite side of the bar, there were three large mirrors with the draft selection written on them in white pen. I thought it was difficult to read the selection off of these since you are reading it off of a reflection instead of a regular plain colored/opaque board.

Luckily they also provide the draft and bottle selection menu at the tables as well. There were about 20 draft beers and 100 or so on the bottle list that consisted mostly of Canadian, Belgian, and the United States. Some of them were quite expensive, such as Lagunitas Maximus, which I can get locally for about $3, and they were asking around $25 per bottle. I realize that it has to do with availability and importing but I still thought that it was quite high. I didn't go to Canada to drink American beers though.

Our server was friendly and prompt, and the food was very good as well. We had a good time there and enjoyed the food and the beer but it felt too upscale to just walk in for a casual, mellow beer or two. A definite stop while in Toronto regardless.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Bf_89
4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Justin82
4.79/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of Keene
4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of sherillc
4.41/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of EMH73
4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Upscale restaurant/bar. Excellent selection of beers in bottles and on tap, probably a little heavy on Belgian beers. The food was excellent--ate here twice in 3 days. The mussels were among the best I have ever had. Only negative was the mixed drinks--stick with the beer.

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Photo of atigerlife
4.36/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I was staying practically across the street for a one-night stay in Toronto. Very convenient location. So, stopped in for a drink.

Vibe of the place was of young professionals, very clean and hip. Rather loud, but it was packed [first game of the Blue Jays series]. I sat at the bar.

Service was good if not particularly attentive. But, as I said, it was very busy.

Very nice selection. Served in appropriate glassware. Bartenders seemed knowledgeable and friendly. Food selection seemed fine. I had some fancy type of pizza, which was quite good.

Overall, I would definitely go back if I'm ever in the area again.

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Photo of Barracudas
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of jjboesen
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Plopped amidst the Financial District and serving as a beacon for the suit and cellphone crowd, Beer Bistro is a sleek and upscale venue; there is a large, high-ceilinged dining room decorated with beer paraphernalia and a rather small bar near the entrance. Of course, they offer a patio for outdoor quaffing. The selection was impressive (30 drafts)/60 bottles) and offered a good choice of local crafts, such as Nickelbrook and Publican House. They also threw in a few Europeans for fun. The server was being trained during my visit, so I'll go easy. (She was very efficient despite being a tyro.) The food was great - I enjoyed a Reuben sandwich - but served without sides. Huh?

One thing that endeared me: above the urinals vintage beer TV commercials play as you're doing your business. Remember George? he doesn't drink beer. He drinks Piels. (This was not on tap, though)

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Photo of kingjohnh
4.39/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Cycle69
4.98/5  rDev +14.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of liamt07
4.36/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of AlexBananas
5/5  rDev +14.9%

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

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Photo of KATCanada
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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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Photo of Soloveitchik
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Canada_Dan
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Mr_Rocca
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of tally
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of drtth
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of DaveBar
3.9/5  rDev -10.3%
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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Photo of terrec
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of SlightlyGrey
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of DaPan
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Trevor_IPA
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Magibeg
5/5  rDev +14.9%

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96 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.
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