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    supa1549
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    Beer Bistro used to be incredible; I can't help but wonder if there has been a recent change in ownership. The beer selection is now pathetic and the food is dreadful. Pre-packaged lettuce for (an overdressed) salad; you have to do better than that if you're charging $10 for a small portion! Very disappointing "culinary" experience. I won't be back, which is a shame as I was once a frequent patron.

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    Dylan A
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    Beth, Manager is very professional & intelligent

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    Restaurantica12
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    I've been to Beerbistro twice and have loved the food both times. The steak frites are an amazing indulgence and I love that each dish has a suggested beer pairing. Our server was obviously very knowledgable when it came to beer and I spent so much time trying to find us the perfect beverage. My only complaint was that we were seated unusually close to another occupied table which was very distracting. I hope to try the beer ice cream next time I go.

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    Restaurantica12
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    Food was okay, service was inadequate

    We came to this restaurant after a recommendation from a friend about their roasted red pepper soup and a salad that she had tried there. When we arrived, we asked to see their lunch menu but we were told they were only serving brunch. They seemed to make the exception and said they were serving the soup which was not on their brunch menu. We ordered the soup which was not piping hot but tasted fine. My friend mentioned that they had served bread with the soup when she was there before and asked our server about this. She said "no, we don't have bread", and then later "it doesn't come with bread" [a pause] and then "but I can bring you some". She was a bit slow on the uptake, I would say... The buffalo chicken salad is decent, but way overpriced. I had mentioned to my friend that I didn't care for the buffalo sauce they used on the chicken but that I would make do with the remainder of the salad. She mentioned it to our server (in an effort to see if they might be willing to replace it) but our server was not obliging. In fact, I don't think she really wanted to be there, she wasn't all that pleasant. When we received our bill, I noticed that I was overcharged for my entree and brought it to the server's attention. Her response was, "I know that they recently changed their prices". Well, to be honest, I don't care - if the menu says a price, I expect to pay that, it's not my fault if they didn't change their menu. In fact, at grocery stores, you will receive the item for free (up to a $10 max) if they make an error with the price. I said "I think I should be charged the menu price", and she responded almost haughtily with "I WILL, I WILL, don't worry...". No apologies for the mistake, nothing. In other establishments, they are falling over themselves to correct these errors. Needless to say, I won't be returning - this experience was a bit strange to me. This place has promise but not with such inferior service.

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    Restaurantica12
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    Good, not great

    The Beer Bistro has long been a hot destination in Toronto. The place is in a great location, attractive to the younger clientele, and has a phenomenal selection of beer. I went here a few years ago for Winterlicious and was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the food. My most recent visit, however, wasn't exactly stellar. I don't know if its because it was a Friday night this time and the place was quite busy, but the service was definitely lacking. Additionally, the pizza we ordered came out cold. The minestrone was over-salted. However, according to the other diner in my party, the shrimp was magnificent. We also enjoyed the selection of beer and the pairings recommended in the menu were actually complimentary and delicious. Overall, enough redeeming factors to lead me to believe the unpleasantness with the slow, rude service and food issues were an isolated incident and maybe this place is worth another visit in the future.

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    Restaurantica12
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    Cool spot, great beer selection!

    This place came highly recommended by friends and Restaurantica, and we were thirsty for beer, so we hit it. Great vibe a you enter this busy, noisy bistro. We were welcomed and sat right away -- have to say the entire service experience here was great. Good staff! Massive beer list, so we had a few of the beer samplers. Found quite a few we liked, a couple were 'meh'. My partner switched out to Porter, but I kept up with the samplers ;) Had the Belgian Frites as a starter -- awesome combo with the brews. Frites were very fresh and very tasty. We had the Brussells Mussels, which were very nive. Small problem with a bunch of them being closed, but the staff dealt with it cheerfully and quickly (and removed from the bill -- thanks!). Most of the desserts were beer themed, which I'm not wild about, but I had the flour-less chocolate cake, which was hearty, and very tasty. All in all a great experience -- I'd go back anytime, and recommend it!

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    November 18, 2017

    My dinner was cold when it arrived. Flavourful but sadly cold.

    Ambiance: 3/5

    Cuisine: 2/5

    Service: 4/5

    November 17, 2017

    Exceeded my expectations in all regards. For a nice lively ambiance, to have a drink and some food with friends, it's the perfect spot.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    November 14, 2017

    very good-will come back

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 4/5

    Service: 4/5

    November 12, 2017

    Really great food.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    November 12, 2017

    Fantastic experience from start to finish. Highly recommend. Great food, beer, service and ambience.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    November 12, 2017

    Service staff were friendly and attentive. Food was mediocre. Had fondue which was Luke warm and bacon wrapped shrimp (Which was served with ketchup). Steak was way too salty and Saturday night pork special lacked flavor.

    Ambiance: 3/5

    Cuisine: 1/5

    Service: 3/5

    November 12, 2017

    Great food and great service! An awesome selection of beers!

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    November 12, 2017

    Food was good but my dish was cold even when replaced. It was delt with well and no charge was made for the dish.

    Ambiance: 3/5

    Cuisine: 2/5

    Service: 3/5

    November 11, 2017

    Very enjoyable. Great service. Grilled Salmon was perfect.

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 4/5

    Service: 5/5

    November 10, 2017

    Very good as usual. Atmosphere a little loud for conversation but overall a great place.

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 4/5

    Service: 5/5

    November 9, 2017

    This was my second time there and both times I really enjoyed the food, thw atmosphere is perfect and the servers are so helpful with beer selections and suggestions. I have told friends how much I love the restaurant and they themselves have gone. The prices are reasonable. Overall everything was wonderful

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    November 8, 2017

    Great place to go before a Leafs game. Love the counter in the kitchen.

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 4/5

    Service: 4/5

    November 6, 2017

    I have to say nothing special at all. Food was okay, but not special same with the ambiance. Service was okay, but there was really no one else in the restaurant so if it hadn't been attentive it would have been very obvious. We did make a reservation, but certainly not required as it was 90% empty. Saying that when we were first shown to our table they had us directly next to another table being used. We asked to be moved as there were only two other tables with diners, not sure why they would put us directly beside an occupied table when it was so empty. I doubt we will be back.

    Ambiance: 3/5

    Cuisine: 3/5

    Service: 4/5

    November 3, 2017

    We loved the dipping sauce with the Belgian frites. It was also nice to find a place that carries the Rodenbach Cru sour on draft as well!

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 4/5

    Service: 3/5

    November 2, 2017

    Always reliable experience, Belgian Frites were extra good yesterday!

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 4/5

    Service: 4/5

    November 2, 2017

    The staff was exceptional. Always a good experience.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    November 3, 2017

    Our server was awesome and knowledgeable. The decor was lovely and the food was awesome! Recommend the Belgian Frites,

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    October 23, 2017

    Excellent food. Great service. Had the roast pork which is only served once per week.

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 4/5

    Service: 4/5

    October 20, 2017

    Food was disappointing. The gazpacho described on the menu sounded delicious, but was vinegary and blah in reality. Plus, the cobb salad was boring -- may 4 iingredients? Was the chicken from frozen?

    Ambiance: 3/5

    Cuisine: 2/5

    Service: 3/5

    October 18, 2017

    Good salad!

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 4/5

    Service: 4/5

    October 18, 2017

    waitress brought the wrong meal and instead of working to fix, told me she wouldn't charge me the delta? very strange. .. was definitely dissatisfied with the service. Food was ok.

    Ambiance: 3/5

    Cuisine: 3/5

    Service: 1/5

    October 17, 2017

    Great food, great service, great vibe - really enjoyed!

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    October 15, 2017

    Everything was excellent. Our hostess was amazing, she made fantastic suggestions for food and beer. The service was great, the food was superb and the price us reasonable.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    October 13, 2017

    A bit noisy but overall a good experience. Service was excellent. Food was average. I had the pizza with carmalised onions and feta. It was ok but really too much onions and the overall taste was just ok. The pizza selection was limited with either too much meet or not enough. The gluten free crust was excellent

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 4/5

    Service: 5/5

    October 14, 2017

    Great food and service. Lovely place - Be prepared for the volume. Great evenng.

    Ambiance: 3/5

    Cuisine: 5/5

    Service: 5/5

    October 12, 2017

    I was really excited to try beerbistro as I'd heard lots of great things about it! The food was good, but unfortunately I will likely never return due to the service and respect I was shown. I ordered pulled pork and my cousin ordered fries as a starter. We were told they were fried in peanut oil (I have an anaphylactic allergy) and so we then declined them. I was told my meal was 100% safe. The server mentioned that peanut oil is indeed safe for allergies as there's no protein, however I clearly indicated my lack of comfort with this, despite this. My meal comes and as I started eating, I realized there were in fact fries ON my burger!!! I told the server who apologized, and said "don't worry the chef says you'll be fine". I was very disappointed that this was their response and that this would happen in the first place should all the precautions have been taken.

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 3/5

    Service: 1/5

    October 2, 2017

    Portions were a bit small, but given the price, it's understandable. I was hoping to have the Suckling Pig feature, however, I knew that a 9pm reservation would make that difficult and it was. Rodenbach Grand Cru wasn't available either, however, the Duchess de Bourgogne was a very nice replacement

    Ambiance: 4/5

    Cuisine: 3/5

    Service: 4/5

    October 1, 2017

    We really enjoyed the ambiance. Waitress was super friendly and attentive.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 4/5

    Service: 4/5

    September 29, 2017

    Great fondue and fries. Smoked salmon appetizer was not worth the money.

    Ambiance: 5/5

    Cuisine: 4/5

    Service: 5/5

    September 25, 2017

    I made reservations online almost a week before our planned visit, and received a confirmation email. The day before our planned visit, I received yet another email confirming the reservation, which I did and got yet another confirmation. We showed up at the restaurant on the date and time confirmed, only to find a sign on the window that the restaurant was CLOSED due to a Staff Party!!! Really??!! This "staff party" was no doubt planned well ahead of time, but twice this place confirmed my reservation. What a let-down and very embarassing since I had assured my friends we had indeed reservations at this new restaurant that nobody had tried before. And NONE of us will ever return to this place - so unprofessional.

    Ambiance: 1/5

    Cuisine: 1/5

    Service: 1/5

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