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Ici Bistro

538 Manning Ave., Toronto, Ontario, Canada (Downtown Toronto)
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Ranked #153 of 6,561 restaurants in Toronto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $51 - $51
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Downtown Toronto
Cross street: Harbord Street
Transit: Bathurst Station is the closest subway station. Take the 511 streetcar south to Harbord and stroll 2 blocks west along Harbord Street to ici located at the corner of Harbord and Manning.
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  • English first
  • French first
  • Any
English first
Ottawa, Canada
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

We were at this hotel mostly for the dining experience with chef Jean-Pierre at Ici Bistro. This was our anniversary and my birthday celebration. We had asked for a romantic table and were seated by the door leading to the patio where the loudest and worst "minipop" impersonator DJ was spinning music so loud people were discouraged and annoyed in... More

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37 reviews 37 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

We dined twice and Ici Bistro. Our first time was at the old location on Harbord Street and just recently at the new location in the Windsor Arms Hotel. While we appreciated no decline in the quality of the food, the ambiance and service was better at the old location. The food was plopped down on our table without explanations.... More

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26 reviews 26 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

We dined at Ici last night. It was my daughter's choice as she had just graduated from college, and wanted steak tartare. We may have been naive, but thought that a French restaurant at the Windsor Arms would command a bit of class. Our party of seven were well dressed(suits & ties, dresses) Disappointed to see guests in polo shirts... More

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Toronto, Canada
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

Ici Bistro has been re-located to the Windsor Arms Hotel, we had reservation for 4. The restaurant is located in the hotel, so the atmosphere is not that of a French bistro. There are 2 menus offered, the regular hotel menu which has been reviewed and adjusted by Chef Jean Paul who is currently the executive chef for the Windsor... More

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Victoria, Canada
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45 reviews 45 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

The Windsor Arms Hotel is where you find this gastronomic mecca. Chef Sommelier, Jean-Pierre Challet has created a classy bistro, with old world elegance. The menu is same as he had at his old location on Manning Avenue, "J-P's" cuisine nouveau classique is amongst the best in Canada. His lobster bisque and Grand Marnier souffle are to die for. His... More

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Toronto, Canada
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18 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014 via mobile

It is very difficult to book a table via phone but we did succeed but it took over two weeks before we could finally visit this establishment. We had asked for a nice table away from the bar and did manage to get a small table at the far end of the room. We noticed that several tables in the... More

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18 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Although the food is still superb (and perhaps the most consistently excellent in Toronto!) and the service is very good (particularly from those from the old location), the new location at the Windsor Arms is pretty but somewhat reserved and a more than a bit loud. We were there for a special occasion on the same night a large scale... More

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Toronto, Canada
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

After reading a number of good reviews, I went to ICI Bistro excited, hungry and with high expectations. Our reservations were made 2 weeks prior through Open Table and we headed over there for our 9:30pm booking. First off—the address in the Open Table booking confirmation is still their old one. Something we only discovered after arriving to their original... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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141 reviews 141 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

I understand why getting a table at Ici Bistro is so difficult, it's always jam packed. We had to wait for 5 minutes before our table was reset and were offered a champagne cocktail. Very nice and welcoming touch. The service was very attentive and friendly. We shared a small platter of assorted croquettes, very nicely done and tasty. Our... More

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Toronto, Canada
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36 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

We have been here a couple of times and the food is just outstanding. However, do not try and book a table by phone it will never happen. Your best chance is to book online. Do request a sit down table, otherwise you will be propped up on bar stools. Don't be put off by the slightly pugilistic front desk.... More

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