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603 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4Y 1Z5
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A funky casual dining experience only 3 blocks south of Bloor street on Yonge Street. Cuisine features something for everyone. 1/2 price appetizers everyday 4-6pm. Martini madness and live entertainment on Thursdays. Outdoor patio open during summer. Elegant Private Banquet Hall next door. Brunch on Weekends until 3pm. Currently looking for student bands seeking venue for Friday nights. more...

Opening Hours

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Restaurant type

  • Bar,
  • Bistro,

Cuisine type

  • Italian,
  • Fusion,

Dishes

  • Grill,

Features

  • Restaurant with live entertainment,
  • Restaurant with party services,
  • Happy hour,

Atmosphere

  • Casual,

Products and Services

  • Brunch,
  • Lunch,
  • Dinner,

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  • Service: 2.7/5
  • Food: 3.4/5
  • Atmosphere: 3/5
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Restaurantica12
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One winner, two losers

This was a strange experience. The place is lovely. The service is slow, but pleasant. The menu looks great--which is somewhat confusing. The mussels and frites were split between my sister and I--I quite enjoyed them but thought the fries were too cold. She loved the fries but thought there was something off about the mussels. Our entrees were a strange split. The garden pizza was cool and chewy. The stuffed meatballs were lacking any serious mozza presence which was a big disappointment and the pasta had been cooked too long. On the other hand, the beef tenderloin was cooked to perfection and the side vegetables were quite good. However, it *was* advertised as a peppered beef tenderloin and the pepper was not particularly present. The roasted pears that topped it were also cool. So, a confusing spread of dishes to be sure.

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Restaurantica12
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The meal started with a flat Keiths Red which was...

The meal started with a flat Keiths Red which was awful and tasted nothing like beer and got worse from there.The goat cheese in the salad tasted old and overcooked the lettuce in the salad was old and wilted the steak was completely overcooked and the service was terrible. I waited almost ten minutes before i was acknowledged and when i complained about the food was completely dimissed. Once I found out the server that was serving me was a manager I was sure I would never return.

Atmosphere: 2/5
Food: 2/5
Service: 2/5
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ordered salmon and chicken benedicts, but the...

ordered salmon and chicken benedicts, but the chicken I ordered showed up as chicken omelette, wrong order. waiter was very very slow to refill coffee, in fact had to ask for that. once bill was presented it took 12 minutes for the waiter to deal with it. I didn't make a fuss about my order thinking it would take a long time to correct. Must say the food was good. Just the service was slow.

Atmosphere: 3/5
Food: 4/5
Service: 2/5
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I've been to Brownstone's several times now, and...

I've been to Brownstone's several times now, and it's always a good experience. Friendly staff, and good food. Their brunch gets busy on Sundays, and deservedly so, but we were able to make a reservation the night before for our not-so-small party. The banana and Nutella pancakes were delicious, but topped with syrup, were a bit rich for my delicate stomach. Good fresh orange juice. The decor is lively and interesting, though sitting near the front door can be drafty in cool weather.

Atmosphere: 4/5
Food: 4/5
Service: 4/5
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October 30, 2016

Terrific night out

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 29, 2016

Decent atmosphere, our waiter is somewhat a surly fellow but quite amusing. Food was overall good not great. Wine slightly overpriced but expected for Toronto downtown.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 3/5

October 23, 2016

The restaurant called the morning of our reservation and cancelled it, saying a larger party had added more guests to their reservation and now they were full. I have never experienced such poor customer service in my life. We had booked this restaurant because we were attending a performance at a nearby theatre and we were celebrating my aunt's birthday. We were left to make alternative arrangements at the last minute, with only an offer to accommodate us on a different night. Needless to say I will not be making any future reservations at this place, but I will certainly be warning all of my friends and family to avoid it. PS. I have given each category above one star, only because this app will not allow me to send this message without any ratings. This restaurant does not deserve any stars.

Ambiance: 1/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 1/5

October 16, 2016

Potatoes were hard and over cooked. steak and shrimp were overdone as well

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 3/5

September 24, 2016

We went here as part of a theatre package, so we had a coupon for dinner. It was a set menu, which was great food. The service was terrible. We gave the waiter our theatre dinner coupon and told him we were going to the show. We arrived at 5:30 thinking we would have time to make the 7:30 show. The waiter was slow to take our order, and then he seemed to disappear. Another waiter would come by, give us some water but not our waiter. The food was excellent, when it arrived. But our waiter was nonexistent, to clear our plates. We asked the other waiter if he could take our plates and take our order for last course. At least he took our plates and said he would send over our waiter. By this time he came, we gave him our order and asked for the bill for our drinks at the same time. He gave us our bill, and supposedly would bring the desserts. When I looked at the bill, it included the charge for dinner, but again no waiter. 20 minutes later, we we flagged him down to correct the bill and asked if the desserts were coming. He took the bill and ran off. He brought back 2 desserts, one correct and I suppose whatever else he could grab. The bill did get corrected, but at that point we were thinking more of making the show, than of how poor our dinner experience was. We had hoped by telling him we were going to the show at the start that he might have taken it to mind that we needed to be done and gone by a certain time.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 2/5

September 17, 2016

Nice atmosphere, good food. Service was good but not particularly friendly.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 3/5

August 18, 2016

Excellent food and friendly service.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 10, 2016

The menu was standard fare, but it was well prepared and presented, plus the location allowed for easy street parking. The furniture needs to be replaced, but it has a nice patio and a main dining room with high ceilings. The service was ...not terrific. It wasn't very busy and yet the manager / waiter we had seemed ticked that he had work to do. Average sums it up nicely.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 2/5

July 8, 2016

Our server wasn't accommodating at all. We waited 50 mins for our food and we had to go back to work (we only have an hr lunch). The gave us an excuse that there was a big party that's why the service was slow, but when we got there the big party was almost done eating. We think the server just forgot to punch in our order, in any case we did get our lunch for free, but still wasn't worth it.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 1/5

June 5, 2016

Food and service was outstanding. I will be back.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 1, 2016

We enjoyed our meals. My 2 friends had the small sirloin , it was cooked exactly as they asked. I had stuffed Basa, it wads substantial meal. The creme brûlée were good.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

May 29, 2016

Excellent service! Best Sangria I've had in a long time. Pizza, salad, and tapas all Excellent!

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 16, 2016

Lively place, interesting menu, very good service!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 4/5

April 17, 2016

The waiter was pleasant but the overall service was exceptionally slow and scattered (different people brought different things and didn't always know what was going on). When we asked for the "Theatre Menu", it was given to me reluctantly by the hostess. We didn't end up ordering from that menu but as Mirvish subscribers we should be offered the choice from what I understand. We have been to this restaurant before and had much better service that what we received during our last visit. Restaurant was exceptionally noisy but food was very good as usual.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 3/5

April 8, 2016

The mushroom starter was wonderful . The fish was good but the sweet potato fries were limp and tasteless. They could have been a day old The coffe and creme brûlée was good. My husband had a martini which he said was very well made Definitely will go back to try other items on the menu

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

April 9, 2016

why would you offer a theatre menu and then skimp on presentation and quality. main was good but the apps and desert were terrible. it was embarrassing.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 3/5

April 7, 2016

A great little restaurant we visited with friends before going to a show. We were all quite impressed with the quality of the food and the service. Their dinner menu is also incredibly good value for money. This was the first time we visited, but it will be our regular dining spot before the theatre after this.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

February 17, 2016

Very poor service. Waited 30 minutes for beverage and food order to be taken. No follow up from staff re dinner, dessert or coffee. We will not return.

Ambiance: 2/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 1/5

February 17, 2016

I have been to Brownstone more than once, which is no surprise given how long it has been in the city. I had always remembered it being a good experience so it seemed like the natural choice. However, they have not been able to keep up with modern times or the theatre crowd. My parents and I went to this restaurant as it is adjacent to the Panasonic theatre, where we were seeing a show. Note we were there at 6pm for an 8pm show, so left ourselves time. We waited 10 minutes before our server even showed up to provide water or an hello. Once there, our server was extremely rude and ignored every question we asked him. I had to ask him multiple times if there was a charge to switch salads or change the cheese on my burger. I also asked about the so called winterlicious menu or the theatre menu, both which were appearing on the menu that morning, and was given a rude answer and look. Again, I am not sure if this server is hard of hearing, deaf or just surly, but the effect was unpleasant. Do not have things on your website or kindly explain to your patrons. After another 40 minutes and getting worried we would miss the show, our food finally arrived. It was ok but by that point, we were so hungry probably anything would have tasted good and we basically had to hoover our meals to make up time. Knowing we didn't want to wait forever for the bill to come as had been our experience, I asked the waiter for the bill. He ignored me. I asked another waiter who was much more pleasant and that seemed to do the trick. Both of them didn't seem to be concerned about the time as condescendingly told us where the theatre was. Thanks captain obvious, I know. How about serve the food on time and we wouldn't have to rush out or get stressed. The art is nice, but the rest of the restaurant needs work. It is cramped, drafty and the chairs were all cracked and peeling. I would not go back.

Ambiance: 2/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 1/5

February 15, 2016

Well I am wondering why you would send this as the restaurant could not even acknowledge our reservation as they had no record of it. Lucky for us there was room for us, other than that we would have been very disappointed and ticked off. You really need to organize this system better with your restaurant as they mentioned this was not the first screw up

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 3/5

February 15, 2016

we were early for are table and they let us seat down that was nice. there was no one in there when we first got the that was a good thing .because the service was very slow getting are food,we ask for a spoon we had to gt up and go get one they were taking so long.the floor was not clean my feet were sticking to it.Salad was very not fresh,

Ambiance: 2/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 2/5

February 13, 2016

The food was enormously disappointing. The appetizers were decent, but the risotto was mushy and soaked in fat, the fries were soggy, the steak was swimming in gravy, and the dessert tasted unsophisticatedly like Nesquik chocolate sauce. The waiters were working hard, but there was no pleasantry or effort at establishing any sort of personalized experience. The interior decor is nice. I imagine that if we hadn't gone for Winterlicious, the experience might have been tastier. We were really expecting better.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 3/5

February 12, 2016

We made the reservation and showed up and they said they had no reservation for us. We waited 15mim and left because the 8 of us needed to catch a show so went elsewhere.

Ambiance: 1/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 1/5

February 11, 2016

Food portions were small, I had the tiramisu for dessert and it was a square inch in size!

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 3/5

February 11, 2016

Not going back! The food was good, actually. But I reserved online, when we got there, no one was there to seat people who were in Iine at the door. The waiters just came and went and didn't bother to pay attention to the lineup. When they finally came to seat us, they said they couldn't find my reservation; when I said I made it online, they said 'that's why!' Then the waiter just left and when then called our party by curling his finger toward us, motioning to follow him. We had to wait half an hour before the first course arrived, around 15-20 minutes for the main course and another 15 minutes for the dessert. Very bad service; unfriendly waiter. Goodbye and good luck!

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 1/5

February 12, 2016

I understand that during WInterlicious, staff are rushed so the service was adequate under the circumstances. We asked for our desserts because we had theater tickets and rather than ask what we wanted, the server just plopped down chocolate mousse in front of both of us. The room was jammed with tables so tightly that people could barely walk between them. I expect this was to add more availability for reservations. Despite the lack of ambiance, the food was original and very good.

Ambiance: 2/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 3/5

February 10, 2016

Terrible. We made a reservation which they would not honour. Gave us the runaround. Not honest about when we would be seated. Would never recommend this restaurant to anyone!!! Many restaurants in Toronto that treat their patrons better that this!!!

Ambiance: 1/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 1/5

February 10, 2016

We arrived on time for our reservation however it seemed like many others had a reservation at the same time. It was total chaos. We waited 15 minutes then decided to go to another restaurant. We did go back after our show (10:30 pm) for a night cap and the service was excellent.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 1/5

February 11, 2016

My web reservation meant absolutely nothing to staff. They were overrun! It appears that web reserving doesn't set limits on how many can book at a specific time. "Winterlicious" threw everything off!! BAD experinece!!

Ambiance: 2/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 2/5

February 8, 2016

Food was good, but the waitress was not well trained and was obviously confused and disorganized.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 3/5

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