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  • Atmosphere: 3.6/5
  • Food: 4.3/5
  • Service: 3.6/5
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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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September 17, 2017

Unexpected surprise. Fabulous food and service! Everyone obviously cared and were attentive to every aspect. Highly recommend!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 15, 2017

Great experience. One of the few Toronto restaurants I have left being full. Chef Pascal came to check on us, which was also appreciated. Strongly recommended.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 8, 2017

The food was delecious as always, My guests were very pleased. Thank you for taking such great care of us Pascal. Love the decor update, So warm and cozey. See you soon !

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 7, 2017

A neighbourhood classic....one of the best French Bistro style restaurants in Toronto, we are so fortunate to have this gem in Riverdale. Pretty room, charming service an an incredible Chef. Our dinner was quite simply flawless (as perfect French Bistro cuisine can be) and pretence-free. Can't wait to return. Thank you to Le Batifole..

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 29, 2017

My first visit to your restaurant, great food, will return again and again.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 27, 2017

Everything was amazing, great service, the food was more than We expected, very very happy.... recommended!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 15, 2017

Neat space but we made poor menu choices. The appetizers were ok but the cassoulet was served so hot it was impossible to eat for at least 10 minutes. Once cooled a bit it was meaty but so dry. I suspect it was incredibly overcooked in the oven. By the time it cooled on our plates it was a a bit late to send it back, so we persevered. Full marks to the chef who later inquired and apologized but it should have never left the kitchen in that impossibly hot and drought like state. I eventually added table water to reduce the dry glob that should have been the sauce but it still left me with a cement belly all night and wishing I had picked the cod. The dessert was also a real disappointment. Apple tatin should not have a granite crust and a heavy apple over-sweet glue like filling. The strawberry tart would have been a much better pick, but as they say say in France.... "c'est la vie". On the plus side, the wine was quite enjoyable and the service ok and the chef took the trouble to visit each table and, aware of our problems with the serving, a reasonable adjustment to the bill was offered with no promoting on our part whatsoever. Most other diners seemed very well pleased so I accept we simply made poor menu choices. The irony is that we selected the restaurant to avoid Summerlicious, a current Toronto restaurant promotion, thinking it would ensure a better dining experience, but as I said, we made poor menu choices and surrounding diners seemed to do very well so I rate our experience as a management oversight failure of the dispatch of those dishes rather than typical of the general menu experience.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 4/5

July 12, 2017

Excellent service. The John Dory fish was out of the world delicious and moist!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 6, 2017

As usual the food was delicious and the service was excellent. Always a pleasure to dine at Batifole. We will definitely be back.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 24, 2017

Excellent find! True French quisine at affordable prices. Will definitely visit again - there are number of other dishes I want tot taste.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 24, 2017

We have been to Batifole many times and will continue to visit whenever we can. The food is very unique, absolutely delicious and always leaves you completely satisfied. The staff have been there for many years and could not be better. If you ever have the chance to go to Batifole, take it. I guarantee you will not be disappointed.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 23, 2017

A very pleasant experience with delicious food and gracious service.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 18, 2017

Exceptional as usual

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 10, 2017

We go here regularly now. You have not let us down, ever.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 8, 2017

Tuesday friends gathering dinner on Tuesday. The service was good as usual. We like the Crab and Rock Fish Soup, daily special eggplant terrine, Confit de Canard and john dory fish of the day.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

June 4, 2017

Friendly, warm place for dinner. Attentive service, altho' we were dining early. Food was excellent, nicely presented. Lots of on-street parking, close to the restaurant.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 31, 2017

Amazing as always!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 27, 2017

Comfort food. Highly recommend Batifole. Down to earth good food, friendly patrons, crazy decor. Loved it and we will be back.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

May 22, 2017

Still one of the best French Bistro experiences in Toronto. Nothing cliched or cheesy just straight ahead first rate food and wine in a comfortable room. The 'patron' Pascal Geffroy is all over making sure you are happy and well taken care of.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

May 20, 2017

there was a very quaint atmosphere and i liked how the chef came to our table to discuss the quality of the food and how it was prepared

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

May 20, 2017

It's always predictably great!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 13, 2017

Pleasant spot to enjoy delicious food with friends. Authentic French cuisine served by friendly and attentive wait staff.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

May 13, 2017

Thank you very much, food was excellent.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 5, 2017

Great place, always a pleasure

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 3, 2017

Always a great experience to eat at Batifole. Looking forward to our next visit. Thank you.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 4, 2017

If you enjoy real French cuisine you will love this place! Excellent dinner as always.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 29, 2017

A very lovely evening! Celebrating 44yrs married! Five stars for our evening!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 15, 2017

The frites were literally the best thing I've ever eaten!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 15, 2017

Delightful in all aspects

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 9, 2017

Absolutely delicious food! And the staff was very attentive. The chef even goes from table to table to check on the guests. Highly recommended!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

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