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“A perfect blend of food, service and setting”

Cafe Boulud Toronto
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Ranked #76 of 8,847 Restaurants in Toronto
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $32 - $51
Cuisines: French, International
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Midtown
Cross street: Bay & Yorkville
Transit: Bloor Subway station
Description: Located in the flagship Four Seasons Hotel Toronto, Café Boulud, by Chef Daniel Boulud, serves a soulful menu deeply rooted in French tradition, set in the style of a lively French brasserie, and inspired by Chef Daniel's family's meals in Lyon. The kitchen boasts a gleaming rotisserie-the only one of its kind in downtown Toronto-with both vertical and horizontal spits allowing for simultaneous cooking of meat, poultry, fish and vegetables. The menu features the best French classics, as well as unexpected items inspired by Chef Daniel's curiosity and love for travel. The playfully retro-modern restaurant designed by Martin Brudnizki, located in the iconic Yorkville neighborhood, includes a dining counter and private dining room for up to eight guests. The dining room is warm and comfortable, defined by a wraparound bar and intimate, low-banquette seating.
Reviewed September 8, 2013

Cafe Boulud offers a perfect blend of food, service in a beautiful setting. The menu is minimalistic, which makes choosing easy and there is choice for all palates despite this. The sommelier guided us to nice wine pairing to our selections. The service is pleasant and there is an abundance of people around to offer assistance whenever they're needed from the moment you arrive. The desserts are to die for and the espresso nice and hot.

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Reviewed August 29, 2013

My wife and I have the privilege of regularly eating in highly rated restaurants in major U.S. and Canadian cities. Our dinner at this restaurant was the most perfect experience that we have had in several years.
To begin, the menu was extremely creative without resorting to the exotic. So many things sounded good that making a choice was very difficult.
While many restaurants have creative menus, delivery can be a different story. Delivery here was perfect. Every dish was at least as good as its description suggested - In many cases better.
All of this was topped with outstanding service. While the restaurant was not terribly busy, someone walked through our room every few minutes. Of equal importance, there were trained to at least glance at every table to see if attention was required. This is increasingly unusual in contemporary restaurants.
The sommelier's wine selection contributed great.
This will be our restaurant of choice in Toronto.

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2  Thank Dawg_Lover1
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Reviewed August 5, 2013

We lamented the closing of Truffles, the main dining room in the Four Seasons former location about a block from the new, and watched with interest the scathing reviews of Café Boulud following the opening in the new hotel. The local reviewers were so uniformly critical that we assumed Four Seasons and Daniel Boulud would quickly make the necessary changes to bring it up to their usual high standards, and so we would just wait a while before trying it. After all, we have had one of our finest meals ever at Mr. Boulud's flagship Daniel in NYC, and ate two nights out of three at Maison Boulud in Montreal while staying at the Ritz-Carlton in April - it was that good.
To our dismay we found that nothing had seemingly improved at Café Boulud when we ventured in for dinner on a Saturday evening last month. From the amuse bouche, a round puff pastry, to my main of halibut, and my wife's pasta with clams, everything was heavily over salted, to the point that the servings were simply overwhelmed by salt. The sauces were bland and uninspired. The cut of halibut was notably small. If there were clams in the pasta they were hiding themselves well.
In short, Mr. Boulud and Four Seasons have stumbled badly with this restaurant and it is both puzzling and perplexing that they have done so in the first place, only to compound things by a much too lengthy resistance in making wholesale changes to bring it up to something approaching what one expects from them. Each is harming well earned reputations in doing so.

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3  Thank worldwidewanderer93
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Reviewed August 4, 2013

I dine out a great deal and am very picky, but I have noticing but positive things to say about this beautiful restaurant. I am generally not a fan of restaurants in hotels, but this is an exception. The service, food and wine were all of the highest quality, and the presentation quite beautiful. The room is lovely, with a warm yet modern ambiance. The service was impeccable, and my salad, halibut and dessert were as good as I've eaten this year.

I'll be back...often!

Thank Valhallapix
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Reviewed July 30, 2013

The food looks and tastes wonderful. The staff are very friendly and pleasant. The portions are not large. The Gazpacho was tasty but nothing special... presentation is pretty. The Nova Scotia Lobster salad is extremely tasty by very small for the price. It was very quiet for a lunch. It was a BDay celebration lunch and they were extremely good at acknowledging that and brought a small basket of fresh madelines with a candle for the birthday girl.

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