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When Barque Smokehouse owner David Neinstein says he and his staff don't play favourites, he means it.

One busy Saturday night, "a very famous person came in and asked for a table," he recounts. The male celebrity, whom David prefers not to name, didn't have a reservation, and the stylish barbecue joint was packed.

David, who wasn't there at the time, got a call from the manager asking how to proceed. His response? “Another customer had a reservation, so we told the guy, 'I'm sorry, but there's no table for you.' ”

Did this produce some kind of A-list backlash? Quite the opposite: “The guy who had a reservation told everyone he got his table instead of this famous guy, and word spread. In the end, we got more notoriety about honouring the table than we would have for giving it to the VIP."

David pauses, then adds, smiling, "Not that I'm against VIPs, but he could have made a reservation."

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    This place is so delicious! The staff is always so friendly :) I highly recommend. Just make sure you make a reso or else you won't get a seat

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    August 30, 2015

    Very enjoyable dinner

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 4/5

    August 15, 2015

    The food was amazing except we were very disappointed with the brisket. It was extremely dry and overcooked. The service was great, someone was always clearing our table. Over good experience

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 4/5

    Service: 5/5

    August 15, 2015

    My parents, my husband and I went for dinner. They brought my mum, husband and my dinner out together and five minutes later when we enquired about my dad's meal they realised they had forgotton to include his on the order. His meal came out twenty minutes later and the order was incorrect. My dad was too hungry at that point to bring this up but I would think that if you forget someones's order that you would be a bit more attentive to getting it right. I don't think anything should have to make a scene to get what they want. Food great but the experience was poor enough that we're not coming back.

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 4/5

    Service: 2/5

    August 14, 2015

    Wonderful evening spent with friends over a lovely bottle of wine and delicious food. Server was attentive and kindly flagged down a cab for us at our request... great service :-) Highly recommend this restaurant!

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    August 9, 2015

    We had a Bachelorette party last night and it was amazing. Great service. Great food. Great times. Thanks!!!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    August 9, 2015

    Amazing experience. Had a dinner with a party of 23 people and the service from our server was flawless. Food was great from the apps to the dessert. We had samples of a bunch of different bbm from chicken to ribs to brisket and it was all delicious. Will come back again for sure.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    August 7, 2015

    The service was excellent. This was the second time I have been here ever (visited first time within the last month). The food was delicious again, although the brisket and chicken thighs were slightly better the first time around. My dinner companions loved theirs though. The green beans were a bit too crisp and underooked. But overall, still very good and would return over and over and recommend to others. Thanks.

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 4/5

    Service: 5/5

    August 4, 2015

    We like the neighbourhood feeling it has. Service and food are consistently good.

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 4/5

    Service: 4/5

    August 1, 2015

    Excellent as always.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    July 30, 2015

    Food, drinks, atmosphere all great. Service very knowledgable and friendly. Great time. I scratch my head and wonder why I don't go there more often.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    July 28, 2015

    Far too loud

    Ambiance: 2/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 4/5

    July 28, 2015

    Awesome, as always.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    July 29, 2015

    great

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    July 28, 2015

    It was our first time visiting Barque and I was very impressed by the entire customer experience. The food was very, very good, but didn't 'blow me away' as I've heard some people say. It was all we expected and more.

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 4/5

    Service: 4/5

    July 28, 2015

    The food was perfect. Maybe it was busy, the waiter didn't come to our table very often.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 2/5

    July 26, 2015

    outstanding as always!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    July 25, 2015

    Excellent service and food!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    July 26, 2015

    Excellent food and service. Would go back without hesitation.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    July 20, 2015

    Food was amazing as usual!!! Robyn treated us well. Kevin.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    July 20, 2015

    Overall very good. I was however disappointed that the Service Manager with whom I made the reservation failed to communicate with our server that separate bills were agreed upon. He seemed very frustrated by this as it's understandably a challenge. I also suggested to the Service Manager that I'd be happy to help coordinate a system re: which food/drink items go on which bill however she didn't take my offer. It would have helped a lot if she had. Good food and good atmosphere but the service could have been better however it wasn't our servers fault.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 4/5

    Service: 3/5

    July 20, 2015

    I had a dinner date with my girlfriends, we had a great night!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    July 20, 2015

    The restaurant was pretty warm...no a/c ? Service was good...food was good, but to be honest, given all of the hype and difficulty in getting a reservation...I thought the food could have been better. It is also very expensive for the portion size...$52 for a mixes platter for 2...and there is not a huge amount of food...$12 for a salad....I think that there are better BBQ places in Toronto.

    Ambiance: 2/5

    Cuisine: 2/5

    Service: 3/5

    July 17, 2015

    It was wonderful! Thank you.

    Ambiance: 3/5

    Cuisine: 4/5

    Service: 5/5

    July 17, 2015

    Food wasn't as great as I would have expected. We ordered the smokers choice... the way it was written on the website/menu was very misleading. I am not used to spending this much on dinner (I am a young professional just paying off school loans) but it was a special occasion. Looked at the prices before deciding on the restaurant and tried to work out which was the best bang for my buck. Was NOT at all what the menu said... disappointing and left the restaurant with an empty wallet and a not overly satisfied tummy. Would only go again when I have money to throw away!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 3/5

    Service: 5/5

    July 16, 2015

    It was extremely warm in the restaurant! Some of the guests had to step outside!! Besides that food and service was great!

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    July 16, 2015

    Been to Barque a few times now and had friends in from the UK and other friends who had never been. Not sure if I would go back food was very disappointing ribs very dry, chicken I felt could have been done a little more and all the sides were cold. So I think I am done.

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 2/5

    Service: 5/5

    July 16, 2015

    The manager on duty July 15th went above and beyond to ensure that our experience was oustanding. We will be returning / recommending your restaurant to our network of personal / professional contacts. You have the right staff in place to compliment your quality dishes. We will be seeing you soon!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    July 15, 2015

    We had great service from our server Kyle who was friendly and went above and beyond for our table. He provided some great recommendations and had fun with us! The food was exceptional--as always! I have yet to to have a bad experience here. The atmosphere is always well suited to the meal, whether brunch, lunch, or dinner. Can't wait to return for more delicious smoked meat!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    July 13, 2015

    It was our first time there and we were impressed. We will be back.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    July 12, 2015

    Good experience, overall. Not the best we have had there, but still very good.

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 3/5

    Service: 3/5

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