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Wondering if anyone has been to the Beerbistro

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Wondering if anyone has been to the Beerbistro.......what would you recommend on the menu and how is the service?

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  1. I've been several times. The frites, burgers, mussels, etc. are very good. I had their smoked trout salad at lunch once that was very good. The service has always been good for me.

    1. I was there about a week and half ago on a Saturday night. It was quite busy but service was good, knowledgable and responsive when we sent food back.

      As for the food - stick to the appetizers and beer. The frites were salted with a very heavy hand and we had them replaced with fresh ones (quite a bit better when the fries are right out of the fryer). Main courses were disappointing. I had the veal cheek which was extremely bland. Others had the lamb stew, flat iron steak and mussels and also agreed that it is nothing worth coming back for.

      1. beerbistro is one of my favorite restaurants. Excellent menu choices include: steak frites, roasted red pepper & tomato soup, pulled pork sandwich, flourless chocolate cake, hamburger. Their bartender also makes a mean Gin&Tonic. The servers are friendly as is the Manager--who is very approachable and accomodating. Also I find the atmosphere non-condescending or pretentious.

        1. I've found it a great place to huddle in and have a bite in the bar on a cold day- haven't tried it for dinner.

          1. I like this place. It's not fine dining, but I've found the food to be reliably tasty (I haven't had the over salted frites problem) and reasonably priced and the service to be friendly and unobtrusive. The atmosphere strikes just the right balance of informal, but contemporary (if that makes any sense). The beer list, as you can probably imagine, is fantastic. Their applewood-smoked baby back ribs were delicious, but are not on the menu right now.

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            1. re: TorontoJo

              I miss their back ribs too. And too bad the chocolate fondue is gone also. Great variety of fruit and poundcake for dipping :-(

              But their mussels and frites keep me happy.

            2. i was there a couple weeks ago for the brooklyn brewery beer dinner ( http://tongueandcheek.ca/2007/03/14/w... )and found the food to be exceptional compared to their usual items. one trend i did notice was that i was more impressed with their apps and desserts than the main.

              stay away from the lobster quesadilla, frites have never been over salted for me but always tasty, mussels have interesting combinations, and that flourless chocolate cake is fantastic. my most recent favourite cheesecake was also had there, i actually almost never like cheesecake.

              service wise, if you're looking for a more interesting experience they have a "chef bar" which is a bar top off of the kitchen side and it allows you to converse with the chefs as well as get a couple little extras sometimes. i've found that overall it tends to vary a lot though with the waitstaff as some are much more knowledgable about beer (they'll tell me when my ephemere is available) and others not (please stop suggesting the dennisons for everything already).

              i've pretty much always enjoyed my experiences there just because i love the beer options.

              1. God, do I love Canada!! Only there would you find good food in a place called "Beerbistro"

                Joe from L.A.

                1. Was there for dinner on Monday - friend and I split the fondue app to start. I had the special - meatloaf and she had one of the many mussel dishes - lemon, thyme and a light cream sauce I think? Both were delicious.

                  Dessert was also yummy - we shared the beer/liquor infused ice creams.

                  1. I like this place. Only been for lunch, which for me is a couple beers and a nibble.

                    The beer selection goes without saying; it's great. Mussels and fries have never failed me. The last time I was there I went for the lobster quesadilla; it was the only time I was disappointed by the Beerbistro. Do not order it.

                    Only complaint would be the service. I've never found it to be remotely pleasant or timely.

                    1. we were there two weeks ago for a late dinner around 10:45
                      full menu still on. terrific service. loved the decor
                      very good food, affordable too.

                      highly recommend it

                      ps. dont miss the creme brule

                      1. great place, great food, great service

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                        1. re: jen2202

                          Don't show up at lunch without a reservation unless you want to take a chance at getting a table at the bar (with full menu service).

                        2. This is one of my fiance's and I's favourite restaurants. I have not had one bad meal and the beer list is fantastic. The only place I have found that has comparable beer menu is Smokeless Joe's on John just South of Richmond.

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                          1. re: Ubervache

                            Bar Volo on Yonge just a little north of Wellesley has a humongous beer menu as well. It may even be bigger. And, of course, Biermarkt on the Esplanade has a respectable selection.

                          2. Another thumbs up here. Food is great (I esp. love the fancy shmancy mussels).

                            Our server was very gracious in accomodating of our numerous demands on a very busy night.

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                            1. re: spades

                              If you love beer, this is a great place to go!! I went there for a "girls nite out" and we had a blast sampling the beers. We shared the fondue...which was ok. I then went to go check out the "biermarkt" ...definetely like the Beer Bistro better.
                              Better service, not as loud, etc.

                            2. went there on a sat night wasnt thats busy. the service was nothing to write home about. the made a mistake with our order and instead of quickly trying to fix the mistake the went behind the bar to discuss this matter. now i cant read lips but if i did i wouldnt have liked what was said! but heh im only the paying customer!!
                              the food when it did come out right wasnt nothing special the pulled berkshire prok belly seemed to have too much acid in it or on the other hand too much ketchup!!
                              so usally i just stick with the beer! amazing beer menu!