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7 Elm St, Toronto, ON M5G 1H1
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Rates:

  • $11 to $25,
You'll find choice cuts of meat and fine wines at this iconic steakhouse. The impressive two-storey wine cellar houses over 30,000 bottles.

Opening Hours

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Sunday

Restaurant type

  • Steakhouse,

Cuisine type

  • Canadian,

Dishes

  • Steak,

Features

  • Full Bar,

Atmosphere

  • Intimate,

Products and Services

  • Sirloin,
  • Striploin,
  • T-bone,

Meet the owner

From the outside, Barberians Steakhouse and Tavern appears to be a rather low-key spot. Adorned with crests and an awning, the unassuming exterior doesn’t give away that one of Toronto’s most iconic restaurants is just behind the front door. The unrivalled steakhouse is as committed to showcasing the country’s history as it is to serving the city’s top steaks.

Opened in 1959 by Harry Barberian, the restaurant started out in a small space with an even smaller kitchen for the charcoal grill. The restaurant has since gone through several expansions and now includes two main dining rooms, two private dining rooms and a two-storey subterranean wine cellar that houses over 30,000 bottles. The astoundingly beautiful cellar space can be rented for private functions. The kitchen is now in the back, but they still use a charcoal grill to prepare the meats.

Read the story of Barberian's Steak House

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  • Service: 4/5
  • Atmosphere: 4.2/5
  • Food: 4.3/5
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Restaurantica12
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Very bad service and food. The stake still ok, but I would take KEG before this restaruante

This place use to be very reputable and that is no longer the case. Over priced and snob waiter. The french onion soup was horrible, the grilled atlantic salmon was dry. Not ones we been ask if the food was ok, and the bill well did not wanted to argue but they over charged us for everything. I was on a date so I did not wanted to make a scene. I will never go back.

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Restaurantica12
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Porterhouse Delight

Our dinner started off with a green salad and escargots -- both were well prepared and tasted great! We continued with the porterhouse steak and green beans almondine. We enjoyed our meal very much.

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Restaurantica12
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Awful

The food was awful the waiter was very slow and the atmosphere was very average. I thought that they should have had more staff on.

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Restaurantica12
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One of the best

The wife and I have been here numerous times in the last 20 years. This is a "classic" old-school steak house. Always great. Arron (owner) is the best, very attentive, very friendly. Their servers are outstanding (Matt & Ted especially). The Sommelier, Christine, is charming, and very knowledgeable at every budget level. (Arron knows how to pick out a killer wine as well). Always a great meal, so good in fact we're usually there for about 4 hours with drinks, conversation, etc.. One feels as comfortable at Barberian's as being at home with friends and family, but catered to enough that you still know you're having a very special night out. Will be back many more times to come.

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Jerowe R
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Awesome steak!

Love the steak here, old fashioned goodness. Great atmosphere and service!

Atmosphere: 4/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 4/5
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Restaurantica12
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This place doesnt come cheap, but if you are...

This place doesnt come cheap, but if you are willing to pay a little more than The Keg you will get the perfect Steak. How do they do it? i know that the waiter asked about marination and age of the meat but otherwise they must use the cream of the cattle. I had their ribeye and I must say it was perfect. The Waiter had relayed my requests exactly to the kitchen. The mushroom side and the potato were works of art. Very impressed!

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 5/5
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Restaurantica12
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Good steak. Chateaubriand was a pure perfection...

Good steak. Chateaubriand was a pure perfection. However our Ribeye and New York were overcooked. Food presentation could be better. Great wine list, decent deserts. Setup is maybe outdated but very cozy and inviting. If you are the type of person and right age group :), you feel right at home. Overall, very nice experience but I have to say: this is not the best steak in town. It's good, not the best.

Atmosphere: 4/5
Food: 4/5
Service: 3/5
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Restaurantica12
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Overprice - Overrated - It was probably a nice...

Overprice - Overrated - It was probably a nice place back in the late 70's early 80's... but the menu seems to have stalled in this era... The food is good at best, but the menu so boring and the decor is depressing at best ! They are riding on their old school reputation, visit frm old celebrities and the look of their wine cellar... Steak & potatoes are their forte ! Aspargus and buttons mushrooms are fancy side dishes... You can find much better steak house in the city

Atmosphere: 2/5
Food: 2/5
Service: 2/5
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Restaurantica12
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A good steakhouse.

I'm writing this from slightly vauge memory as it was before Christmas that we went to this charming restaurant. I have to say it was nice to come into the warm cosy atmosphere having been out in the snow! All in all the food was of a high standard. I have to admit that i found the steak to be slightly dry on the exterior but otherwise all was well. One thing, nothing to do with the food, but we had the displeasure of being seated near some other very noisy clientele for the majority of the meal! Just bad luck i guess.

Atmosphere: 4/5
Food: 4/5
Service: 4/5
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Best steak in town! Not burnt! Exactly rare and...

Best steak in town! Not burnt! Exactly rare and med rare as ordered. Very quiet and intimate ambiance. Lovely! We learned the hard way...book your reservations for a weekend dinner well in advance! Don't wait until the last minute.

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 4/5
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We were a group of seven. The food was superb...

We were a group of seven. The food was superb, the steaks were done to perfection and the wine was topnotch. The price for 7 persons, with 4 bottles of wine (+ 2 glasses) and some people had appetizers, was about $135 per person, reasonable considering the quality. Contrary to the Mapquest link attached, this restaurant is on Elm Street at Yonge and Dundas. The owner brought us down to the wine cellar which was phenomenal! I would highly recommend this place for a great steak, great atmosphere and excellent wines.

Atmosphere: 4/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 4/5
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Bar none, the best steak I have ever been served...

Bar none, the best steak I have ever been served. I like my steaks rare, and it was cooked to perfection. Tender enough that I probably could have cut it with a butter knife if I wanted. The rice was light and fluffy, perfect consistency. You will not find a better cut of steak in the city. Great location across from the Delta Chelsea, and just around the corner from a few theatres. Wine list is just stunning, but be careful. I find this restaurant is expensive, and it only goes up if you have wine. The price keeps this one on my "special occasion only" list.

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 4/5
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Thank you to the owner for looking after me and...

Thank you to the owner for looking after me and my guests. We will certainly be back. My boss from Montreal enjoyed the food and excellent service.

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 4/5
Service: 5/5
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Restaurantica12
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Classic Canadiana Atmosphere. Great steaks. Great...

Classic Canadiana Atmosphere. Great steaks. Great drinks. Perfect for American tourists who want to do a Canadian steakhouse instead of Morton's or Ruth's Chris, which they can get at home.

Atmosphere: 4/5
Food: 4/5
Service: 4/5
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