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“Wonderful dinner!!”
Review of Brownstone Bistro

Brownstone Bistro
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Ranked #451 of 8,469 Restaurants in Toronto
Price range: $12 - $26
Cuisines: Italian, Bar, Canadian, International
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Good for: Families with children, Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Brunch, Lunch, Breakfast, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighborhood: Downtown
Description: Family owned Italian/Continental fusion restaurant. We have been a staple in the Yonge and Wellesley community for the past 13 years. Just recently we underwent a major renovation courtesy of the TV show Restaurant Takover on the Food Network. Ambiance is elegant and classy without being pretentious or stuck up. Our exceptionally-trained staff provide our guests with fast and efficient service while ensuring they feel relaxed and comfortable, never rushed. But most importantly, they make sure our guests feel welcome in our home.
Mississauga, Canada
2 reviews
“Wonderful dinner!!”
Reviewed January 1, 2013

I was hunting down a restaurant to eat at before seeing The Wizard of Oz at The Ed Mirvish Theatre. Brownstone Bistro was listed on the Mirvish website as a restaurant within walking distance. I popped over to the Brownstone Bistro website and took a look. The pictures of the food looked amazing. Reviews were good as well from what I had read. I made a reservation on their website and promptly received a confirmation.
When my mom and I arrived, we were seated promptly. We ordered the Cesar salad to start. It was by far the best Cesar salad we have ever had. It was more than enough for two to share. The potato crisps that are served on top were a nice surprise. We are still raving about the salad ... it was that good!!!! I had the stuffed meatballs. They were delicious! My mom loved the baked chicken penne that she ordered.
The service was great too!! Overall, this is a great spot to eat!! It is definitely a spot that we will come back to in the near future!!!

  • Visited December 2012
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Mark Y, Owner at Brownstone Bistro, responded to this review, January 8, 2013
Hi,

Thank you for taking the time to write such a fantastic review. Always gives us a little boost when we receive great reviews such as yours so thank you.

We are thrilled to be considered by many to be a great pre-theatre destination. We pride ourselves on being able to provide delicious and affordable food in a timely manner to our theatre goers. To us, the theatre symbolizes an entire night out with not just entertainment, but also great company and a delectable meal. That is why receiving praise such as yours is so important to us so thank you. We wish you all the best in 2013 and hopefully we will get to see you again soon!
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Cincinnati, OH
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Wonderful lunch at Brownstone Bistro”
Reviewed December 28, 2012 via mobile

Yonge north of the Eaton Centre has really proved its restaurant offering and Brownstone Bistro is a great choice among the new options. Mussels, pizza, steak salad, and beet salad are all delicious.

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Mark Y, Owner at Brownstone Bistro, responded to this review, December 31, 2012
Hi,

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We always love hearing our guests thoughts, whether they are positive or negative.

Happy to hear we were able to provide you with a great lunch during your visit to Toronto. With so many restaurants on Yonge Street, we really work hard to distinguish ourselves from the pack. Great to see that was the case.

Thanks again. All the best and happy new years!
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Markham
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Wonderful value and service.”
Reviewed December 22, 2012

Made reservations by phone within week of special event - tickets to The wizard of oz. Regardless of XMAS rush, space was made available. Considered 6 p.m. reservations, yet was advised 5:30 p.m. might be more appropriate, for theatre crowd. Excellent recommendation and considerate attention to detail which continued through dinner. I mentioned casually while making reservations that I hoped one of their signature dishes- lobster ravioli would be on the menu. Was disappointed when it wasn't, and ordered the steak. Within moments Mark (the Owner) was tableside asking why I didn't order it...'why we'll make it for you...', followed by 'which of four different sauces would you enjoy best?' Pretty phenominal. House salad and ravioli great, wife's beef barley soap was clearly 'made from scratch' and it, plus the chicken
Marsala quite savory. We both couldn't finish the 'over the top' deserts either, but made our curtain call right on time ! (Thank you Mark). If you've got a special night out, consider the Brownstone Bistro. Tell them Tim sent you. :-)

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Mark Y, Owner at Brownstone Bistro, responded to this review, December 31, 2012
Hi,

Firstly, thank you for taking the time to write a review. We always value hearing what our guests think so thank you for that.

Great to hear we we able to provide you with such a memorable evening prior to the show. We are very sensitive to the time constraints placed on our guests when attending the theatre so we work very hard to ensure we provide each table with an exceptional meal with time to spare before the show. Happy to see that was the case.

Thanks again for taking the time to write a review. All the best and happy new year!
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Montreal, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Good restaurant and nice ambiance”
Reviewed December 18, 2012

I was ther 4 times between July and October 2012, and it always good. Specially the Steak night.
The servers are attentive, and the owner is friendly.
I will return next time, I will going to Toronto.
Very good and nice restaurant

  • Visited September 2012
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Mark Y, Owner at Brownstone Bistro, responded to this review, December 19, 2012
Hi,

Thank you so much for taking time out of your day to write a review. Really helps us to get an idea as to what the guests are thinking.

Great to see you were able to join us on multiple occassions. Consistency is extremely important to us at the Brownstone so I am happy to see each time you joined us you had a great time.

Thanks again for joining us and writing a review. Hope to see you again in the new year. Happy holidays!
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Windsor, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Great food!”
Reviewed December 17, 2012

Loved the atmosphere, food and service. Our waiter was very entertaining and provided prompt service when called upon. We had a great table at the back of the restaurant for our large party. My family raved about how good each of their appetizers, main entrees and desserts were. I would highly recommend this restaurant to friends and family visiting Toronto!

  • Visited December 2012
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Thank Dee55555_12
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Mark Y, Owner at Brownstone Bistro, responded to this review, December 19, 2012
Hi,

Thanks so much for taking the time to write a review. We always value hearing our guests thoughts.

Great to hear yourself and your family had a good time. We like to consider ourselves a spot where families and friends can come together and enjoy each other's company.

Thanks again for writing a great review. Hope to see you again soon. Happy holidays!
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