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744 Gerrard St E, Toronto, ON M4M 1Y3
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Rates:

  • $26 To $60,
Batifole Restaurant is an French restaurant serving simple, comfortable food without pretense in an intimate setting. For over 10 years, we have been a popular destination for residents of Leslieville and Riverdale. We offer a straightforward and evenly priced dinner menu with professional and friendly service. We want to make you feel at home, relax, unwind and have a fun time with friends and family. Uniquely located in the Old (East-end) Chinatown, Batifole has caught the attention of several food critics and has received many rave reviews over the years. We invite you to come experience one of Toronto's hidden gems yourself. more...

Opening Hours

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday

Restaurant type

  • Bistro,

Cuisine type

  • French,

Dishes

  • Fish,

Features

  • Extensive Wine List,

Atmosphere

  • Intimate,
  • Casual,
  • Family,

Products and Services

  • Open Sunday,
  • Award Win,

Specialties

  • Terrine,
  • Tartare,

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  • Service: 3.6/5
  • Atmosphere: 3.6/5
  • Food: 4.3/5
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Restaurantica12
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Bon Appetite at Batifole

Let me tell you about this beautiful French restaurant located in East Chinatown (yes, that's right, there is an East Chinatown in Toronto). Batifole is delicious blend of good food and romantic atmosphere that takes you outside of Chinatown and into a bistro in France. Food: Delicous is the best way to describe the food here. The chefs prepares these dishes very well, as if to say you are his royal guests. I started with the Lobster and fish soup and my partner decided to have the escargot and a side of the fries and tarragon mayonaisse. This was a great way to start off dinner - the soup was creamy and rich in flavour, and the fries were at the right texture and perfect with the tarragon mayo. For dinner, our guest had the beef tenderloin, my partner had the foie gras, and I was feeling adventurous and decided to order the horse tartare. The horse tartare blew me away! If I could place bets on my horse, I would've won the jackpot. It was well seasoned, sweet, and without the game taste to it. Definately worth a try. Service: I think our female server may have been a bit slow at processing our order in her head, but she did ok. The male server was just as good. It was very busy on a Friday night, so we weren't expecting much. As long as my horse on a platter reached our table, that's all that mattered to me. Atmosphere. Definately worth to check out if you want to go somewhere romantic. The table beside us were celebrating their anniversary, a couple of tables were group outings, and a few singles enjoying a nice meal. A good mix of young and old, wealthy and casual. Overall, I would definately say worth a visit. The menu is well suited for those who are adventurous, or those who want to entice their taste buds with something delicious. My suggestion though is to visit during the week rather than a busy weekend night.

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Restaurantica12
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I never really had a proper french cuisine before...

I never really had a proper french cuisine before but I know what good food should taste like. I loved the food at Batifole. The atmosphere of the restaurant did make me worry about the quality of the food but they surpassed my expectation. Service is average and that's fine with me, all that matters really is the food...unless the service is terrible. Definitely will visit again.

Atmosphere: 3/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 3/5
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oui oui oui !!!

I went here last night with a good friend of mine. The food was FANTASTIC, everything we had last night was superb and the service was non-intrusive and relaxed. I couldn't ask for a more perfect meal. I would definitly suggest you try this restaurant if you have a chance.

Atmosphere: 4/5
Food: 4/5
Service: 4/5
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Tres bien at Batifole

My husband and I enjoyed the food at Batifole very much. It was a hot summer evening so the chilled Vichysoisse soup went down very well. I enjoyed the Cassoulet, but found the sausages a bit too garlicky. Otherwise it was very tasty. My husband enjoyed the steak very much. I don't like the fact that the vegetable dishes have to be ordered separately as sides a la carte. One thing is that it was Saturday night and quite busy, so I feel they need more staff because we had to wait quite a while for everything from drinks to mains to getting our bill. Still, the food was delicious. I would recommend going on a weeknight. If you're going on a weekend, you'd better not be in a hurry. Bon appetit.

Atmosphere: 4/5
Food: 4/5
Service: 4/5
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March 23, 2017

The presentation of our meals was as wonderful as the taste. Big kudos for the vegetarian options, no suffering through tasteless nods to meatless dishes, the potato and vegetable dish I had was yummy.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 22, 2017

We had the best time ever at Batifole. The personel is great even the chef comes to ask you if everything's alright. We'll come back.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 23, 2017

We all agreed it was a fabulous experience with a special tasting menu. We couldn't have had a better time. We thought for a moment we were back in France!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 11, 2017

Would definitely come back.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

March 9, 2017

I love your restaurant. The food is fantastic and the atmosphere reminds me of Paris. Service is also friendly and helpful.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

March 6, 2017

Consistently great French inspired food every time I have visited

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 25, 2017

Best gem that we've found in the city in a while. Food was amazing and wine too. Will definitely be returning as regulars. Great atmosphere and service.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 23, 2017

Batifole has been a favourite for a long time. Food is of very high quality and is consistently delicious. Good service, good wine, reasonable prices. Highly recommended.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 21, 2017

Damien is very attentive, providing good recommendations. Pascal drops by every table with his friendly greetings, as he always does! My friend was very impressed with the good food and excellent service for her first visit at Batifole! R

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 19, 2017

We have been at the Batifole once before, previous to the place being re-decorated. We liked it then, and we like it even more now. The food was superb, the service excellent, and the atmosphere marvellous. The prices are higher than before, but the excellence of all the above make them worth it. We will come again, and highly recommend it.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 17, 2017

Romantic and delicious, just perfect!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 16, 2017

Amazing and wonderful as always!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 15, 2017

We came on Valentine's Day for late seating. The restaurant was full. They gave us sparkling wine while we waited and when we were seated the food was well worth the wait.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

February 14, 2017

This was a birthday dinner for three generations and the service was perfectly tuned to everyone, even the four-year-old.The room is lovely and the food was superb.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 9, 2017

Batifole has become my favourite restaurant in the city

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 9, 2017

A delightful find! We will return when we have more time to linger over dinner. Even though we had to limit our time at the restaurant, (because we were going to a new, nearby theatre), the service was great and the food superb. We enjoyed the bistro's ambience as well as the food.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 2, 2017

Had a special request from American guest to go back to Batifole for Duck Two Ways. It did not disappoint ;).

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 29, 2017

I can't wait to come back !

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 29, 2017

Awesome. Food was amazing. Wine list amazing. Service friendly, inviting, spot on. This place is a gem!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 21, 2017

Very special touches, exceptional food and comfortable atmosphere with professional service. Great job!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 19, 2017

Just great will go again

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 15, 2017

Lovely spot for dinner

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

January 13, 2017

lovely.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 8, 2017

It was a lovely evening with wonderful food and a terrific atmosphere. Will keep coming back.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 5, 2017

Best fish soup in town!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 31, 2016

This was our New Years dinner. Already a special occasion yet the food wine and service made it even more so. Definitely going back!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 31, 2016

Superb as always. Wine is a little expensive but ok for a special meal. Will go back.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 18, 2016

We have been to Batifole a number of times and the food and service are always impeccable. This time we had daily specials. My wife and I both had the scallops as an appetizer and it was absolutely delicious. I then had a lobster and shrimp puff pastry and my wife had the Cornish game hen. Both were perfect. As always, we will be back at Batifole very soon.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 17, 2016

Wonderful atmosphere, outstanding and authentic French good. Excellent wine list,

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 8, 2016

This restaurant is so unique to the Toronto dining scene for the following reasons: The music is not blasting The food is excellent consistently and so carefully prepared and presented The servers are there solely to please The menu is not trendy but genuinely authentic to French cuisine. The prices are extremely reasonable for the quality of food that is provided

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

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