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1568 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON M4G 3B7
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Let us satisfy the cravings of even the most discerning French palate at L’Avenue Bistro in Toronto. We specialize in fine dining, with a full lunch and dinner menu, and Sunday brunch.

A petit slice of Paris located in the Leaside area of Midtown Toronto, L’Avenue Bistro, invites you to share our passion for delightful food and hospitality. From our classic French onion soup to the duck confit, let our Executive Chef bring you classic French bistro favorites and take you back to the culture rich streets of Paris. To reserve a table, book a private function, or learn more about our menu visit our website or call today. more...

Opening Hours

Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday

Restaurant type

  • French Restaurant,
  • French Bistro,
  • French Cuisine,
  • Bistro,
  • Fine Dining,

Cuisine type

  • French,

Dishes

  • Salads,
  • Sandwiches,
  • Soup,
  • Steak,
  • Duck,
  • Burgers,
    • Sausages,
    • Cocktails,
    • Desserts,
  • more...
  • less...

Features

  • Wine Classes,
  • Fully Licenced,
  • Wine Tasting,
  • Alcohol Served,
  • Extensive Wine List,

Atmosphere

  • Casual,
  • Business,
  • Upscale,
  • Romantic,

Products and Services

  • Brunch,
  • Lunch,
  • Dinner,

Specialties

  • Best French Restaurant,
  • Best French Restaurant On Bayview,
  • Best French Restaurant On Leaside,
  • Best French Food,
  • Best French Cuisine In Toronto,

Languages Spoken

  • English,

Meet the owner

Otta Zapotocky wanted to avoid boxing himself in when he opened L’Avenue Bistro in 2012, so he focused on making food that was French-inspired instead of strictly French. It was important for him to broaden his appeal if “you want good food,” he says. This is why you’ll find offerings like escargots, pan-seared trout and Ontario pork chop on the same menu, united by a common thread of delicate, well thought-out cooking.

Otta also wanted to avoid the notoriety of having a French restaurant built on snobbery and stuffiness, and instead fosters a relaxed, yet sophisticated, vibe for his bistro. “Basically, it’s a cozy, neighbourhood bistro with 40 seats,” he describes. The bistro features planks of reclaimed wood hangings, richly framed mirrors and warm hardwood floors. Otta wanted it to be the kind of place where people lifted themselves to new heights without feeling intimidated by the elegance.

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October 6, 2017

That's why we keep coming back and bringing more friends!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 25, 2017

enjoyed our dinner.service and food was excellent. they also were able to accommodate my friend who was in a wheelchair .

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 20, 2017

Always an exceptional dining experience.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 11, 2017

Had steak frites; consistently very good - not too much, but a decent portion. always cooked to order.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

August 30, 2017

The food was superb! We celebrated my husband`s birthday on August 27th so looked forward to an excellent meal. Of the Sunday special we both had escargot in a delicious white wine cream sauce, very tender main course of boeuf bourguignonne, and then shared our desserts made of chocolate with gingered orange peels and cheesecake with apple crumble. The server was quite pleasant, professional, with a good sense of humour. We appreciate his assistance with our wine selection. The atmosphere was lovely too. A new favourite of restaurants to definitely return to.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 28, 2017

Consistently lovely and delicious.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 23, 2017

Had a great time?

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 20, 2017

I found our waiter to be quite /cook to be quite inflexible...we asked for an omelet (from lunch menu) for dietary reasons and this could not be accommodated for dinner. Found the service poor until we were forthright to the man to say that is customer service skills were poor, then we were assigned a more experienced waiter. Overall mediocre expereince.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 3/5

August 17, 2017

lovely local restaurant. intimate dining. food was great. service was great.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

August 10, 2017

We are rarely disappointed with L'Avenue. Lovely meal and good service.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

August 7, 2017

You don't have enough staff. Food was good. Staff tried hard and they were very pleasant. Two waiters for a full house is too much.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 3/5

August 7, 2017

Excellent value. Kitchen very reliable and consistent. Pleasant atmosphere.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

August 4, 2017

The atmosphere was great and the food was really good; however the couple next to us ordered the same food and one found plastic in his steak which was a bit of a turn off when my food arrived.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

July 27, 2017

Wonderful food, atmosphere and service Looking forward to returning for dinner!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 26, 2017

Although I received a confirmation number from YP Dine bookenda...the restaurant did not have my reservation when I called to confirm....lucky they still had space to accommodate us.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

July 24, 2017

What a great local place to have ..especially on Sunday nights when they have a set price menu . They seem always happy to see you, and the food is really great and particularly reasonably priced .

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

July 17, 2017

There was no saving graces for our experience last night. If it hadn't been good on other occasions I would never go back again. Total incompetence

Ambiance: 1/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 1/5

July 13, 2017

A quiet, rainy night. Staff was very attentive. Food is always great here. Atmosphere was quiet, which is good when four cousins meet for dinner. We wanted to talk, and it was easy.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 10, 2017

So sorry to see Otta was no longer part of L'Avenue Bistro Otta was a wonderful host.. Will miss him. Iain & Cristina Ronald

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

July 9, 2017

Great!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 1, 2017

Enjoyed the mussels and frites very much . The service was great, friendly and helpful throughout the meal. Highlyrecommended!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 1, 2017

A nice evening out

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

June 28, 2017

The liver was beautifully presented and delicious"

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 3/5

June 26, 2017

The Boeuf Bourguignon was a little too salty.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

June 12, 2017

I almost hate to share how wonderful our experience was and how great the food and staff were--just because I don't want to have to fight to get a table in the future. The duck and trout were incredible, wine and cheesecake were delicious, and Daryl the sommelier along with the hostess and server were just lovely--attentive, helpful, and friendly. We can't wait to visit again!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 11, 2017

Excellent food and service. One of our most favorite restaurants. Highly recommend.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 4, 2017

As always great friendly service. The food is excellent. We love the duck confit!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 1, 2017

We love it !

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 31, 2017

Regular stop for fried chicken and steak frites

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 28, 2017

As always, a lovely experience.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

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The menu at L’Avenue is completely invigorating. Go ahead and choose traditional dishes like Salt Cod Brandade and Duck Leg Confit. Or take a leap of faith and dig into the more intriguing Bone Marrow, Ratatouille, Fried Chicken “a la Basque” or Catalan Seafood Stew “Zarzuela.”

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