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Brownes Bistro

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4 Woodlawn Ave E, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
+1 416-924-8132
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Bridgetown, Barbados
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37 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was here today at a reception, but not just finger food. Seats comfortable, pizza, wraps, finger food especially beef on a skewer were delicious. Service was excellent.

Thank singinhurricanej
Level Contributor
33 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed February 13, 2017

My mom and I made reservations for Winterlicious, because this place is close to her home. We had a lovely meal, and excellent service. When my mom asked if she could order off the regular menu, there was no problem. The place was quiet when we arrived (6:30) but full and bustling when we left 90 minutes later. I highly... More 

Thank Fivefootfive
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106 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed February 9, 2017

We've been coming here for years, through various ownerships. It's like coming back to visit old friends. This is still a midtown gem. Full of neighbourhood regulars. Excellent menu standbys with imaginative specials. Nothing too extravagant, just always reliable food well-cooked and served. Perfect for a cold February night and a great value during Winterlicious. Decor hasn't changed but shouldn't.... More 

Thank Rob H
Toronto, Canada
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29 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed February 4, 2017 via mobile

I was there during winterlicious time and I tried the winterlicious menu. The dishes was great and so tasty. The servers were so friendly. I really had a good time there. Will come back soonm.

Thank Azadeh2000
Maple, Canada
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337 reviews
237 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
Reviewed January 30, 2017

We reserved and did not realize it was Winterlicious time. We did not want to order from that menu and were looking forward to the a la carte menu. We were told it would take lots of time and they seemed to not want us to order from the regular menu. They were short-staffed and it appears that they were... More 

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed January 18, 2017

The atmosphere of the restaurant was welcoming. The service friendly and efficient. I had the daily special, a chicken pasta dish, which was very tasty and a generous portion. I would recommend this restaurant, and I will definitely come back.

Thank Georgine N
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed December 30, 2016 via mobile

Have visited Brownes Bistro on several occasions previously but this time the food was terrible. Bland buffalo mozzarella salad, lukewarm calamari, steak tasted like smoke, French fries tasted like dirty oil. The wine was terrific and the service was great!

Thank Jane M
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280 reviews
186 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed December 4, 2016 via mobile

Tried this on a Friday night based upon a friends recommendation. We were pleased, but nothing special. The restaurant is well hidden just a few feet off a main street so you will not likely discover it by accident. It is a trattoria not a bistro as the menu is heavily Italian with little to no French influence. Lots of... More 

Thank giffenk
Kingston, Ontario, Canada
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217 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed November 26, 2016 via mobile

This was a nice discovery. A reasonably priced bistro near the heart of Toronto. Our service was excellent. The menu was varied and the food good. The atmosphere was cozy and quiet, a relief from the loudness of many restaurants. I was disappointed that there was no local beer, but that was my only criticism.

Thank Tom H
Toronto, Canada
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed October 19, 2016

Here is a lovely small restaurant (just 18 tables) tucked away at the corner of Yonge and Woodlawn, serving delicious food with variety to please every palate. Salads are lightly dressed and not too large. Entrees offered include seafood, poultry, meat, pastas, pizzas and some curry-spiced dishes. There are always two or three specials offered on the blackboard over and... More 

Thank Colin B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Open Hours
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4 Woodlawn Ave E, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Toronto>  > Midtown
  • Neighborhood: Midtown
  • Phone Number: +1 416-924-8132

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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