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“Needs new management”
Review of Soho Bistro - CLOSED

Soho Bistro
Cuisines: French
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Dining options: Breakfast
Neighborhood: North End
Reviewed August 28, 2012

By contrast to the other great restaurants on lawerence this place is not very good. In fact i'm really not even sure how it's still in business. First of all the place looks drab and unappealing. The menu has way to many items with poor description and no pictures. There was one server when we went who took forever to serve us. This place needs a revamp, brighten it up, get new furniture, happy staff, and a better menu.

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Thank Ted F
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Reviewed July 12, 2012

You know that guy in high school who dressed kinda sloppy and grungy, and looked totally unkempt, but when you talked to him he was charming and friendly? That's Soho Bistro. So hang in, because the food here is actually worth the visit. From first glance what should be an amazing wrap around patio that other restaurants would kill for looks dirty, with falling apart tables and mixed chairs that seem to be painted to look dirty all the time, and a couple of randomly scattered and unmatched umbrellas to protect from the hot summer sun that is setting too slowly to attract patrons to sit down. For a midweek summer night at 7 pm, the place is empty. The menu is totally confusing; brunch and catering offerings cover pages that hide the actual dinner menu, and that is a long list of a bit of everything you can imagine; not promising. The servers look as unkempt as the patio; as if they forgot to get dressed for work, in dingy tank top and not quite clean shorts and flipflops, not cute, just grungy. Paper napkins wrapped around forks and knives remind me of fast food service. So when the food comes it is surprisingly good; entrecote steak is perfectly pan seared on a layer of nicely cooked roast potatoes and fresh mixed vegetables in nice big chunks to show they are fresh. My pan seared trout on some steamed bok choy in a citrus beurre blanc with green onions is delicious, moist and a perfect plate. The breaded haddock and chips comes with a creamy tangy tartar sauce, and cole slaw that has the same dressing. The Cobb salad is a generous serving, very fresh and nicely plated enough for us to want to steal from the person who ordered it. So why is this place empty? Why does it hide its charming food in such an uninviting cover? I can't figure it out, but would suggest a couple of things; invest in some napkins, some umbrellas for the patio and some longer pants for the servers. Then hose down the whole place, including the washrooms and the menus, and wash away half of the offerings, so you see the dinner menu at dinner and brunch at brunch. Light a candle to hide the rest of the aging furniture, and then maybe you will see the "bistro" charm that is really there.

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1  Thank sola123
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Reviewed April 8, 2012

This is a casual dining spot with a large menu.Most selections are good but the pastas are particularly good.Prices are reasonable and the woman who servess regularly is great,very friendly and super efficient.Funny too.
The patio is big and has beautiful flowers in warm weather.It gets very busy.
All in all a great casual neighborhood restaurant with good food at good prices.

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Thank jsimonton
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Reviewed December 29, 2011

One server was working the entire restaurant on a busy evening. The result was a flustered server and a very long wait for everything. All the food was just alright, absolutely nothing special. Bread was only given when I asked for it and it tasted like it had been reheated from frozen. Way too much competition on Yonge St to be so mediocre. This place should step up their game or they won't have too many repeat customers.

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Thank CCIU
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