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“restaurant francais” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Merlot

Merlot
Ranked #414 of 8,404 Restaurants in Toronto
Cuisines: French, European
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighborhood: Etobicoke
canada
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29 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“restaurant francais”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2012

Restaurant is small and usually packed. Tables are too close together. Food is usually very good, but not always. Service is a bit irratic also.

Visited October 2011
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Rating summary
    Food
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Any
English first
Toronto
Level Contributor
19 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Lack of Knowledge Annoys”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2012

This restaurant definitely has its pros and cons. To start with pros:

1.Food is absolutely phenomenal during the summer season when the upstairs patio is open. All food is prepared on the grill and I highly recommend getting you dish with the grilled vegetables. The marlin, when available, is superb. Too bad the upstairs chef is not available year round!

2. The wait staff were great. Very accommodating and willing to engage in discussion.

The cons:

1. With a name like Merlot, you would expect this restaurant to know their wines and regulations. Sadly, this is not the case. Considering that there is only 2 wines available by the glass, this establishment should be aware of Ontario's AGCO regulations. YOU ARE ALLOWED TO BRING HOME OPENED BOTTLES OF WINE FROM RESTAURANT!!!! Management should really do their research and stop encouraging drinking and driving (the AGCO created this law to avoid drinking and driving).

2. For a restaurant named Merlot, why in the world are they using cheap, reception-style wine glasses?

Overall, I would go back - the food outweighs the lack of knowledge!

  • Visited July 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Fabulous food, relaxed atmosphere”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2012

I had dinner here for a business trip where I took 3 potential customers out to dinner. The food was fabulous, the service was excellent, and the atmosphere was fun and relaxed - perfect for a relaxed business dinner. It was busy, but still quiet enough to have a conversation. The only negative would be that the menu was fairly limited and I worried that the 3 people I was with would all find something they liked. They do offer several vegetarian options, though and everyone was thrilled with the dinner. Thank you, Merlot!

  • Visited July 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank Janel W
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Toronto, Canada
1 review
“Our favourite neighbourhood restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 21, 2012

Merlot has a wonderful standard menu and terrific specials. The atmosphere is like stepping into a restaurant in Normandy - lively, yet surprisingly intimate. The service is attentive and friendly. The food is absolutely delicious. We have been eating at Merlot for over 20 years, and have never been disappointed.

  • Visited May 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank Jeannette G
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Oliver, Canada
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243 reviews
193 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“GREAT STEAK FRITES AND FINE SERVICE”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 27, 2012

As my usual local restaurant was closed on Monday, I slipped into the window seat at Merlot and ordered a rare steak with frites................Perfection ensued.
Accompanied by a lovely 1/2 litre of chianti, the luncheon was splendid. Kudos to the chef/owners & servers................

  • Visited March 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank rahall
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