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PRICE RANGE
US$31 - US$50
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
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Steakhouse, Canadian
FEATURES
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed November 26, 2020

Barbarian's continues to be one of the best restaurants in the city. We had the ribs, and they were fantastic: Barbarian's is known as a meat place so you may expect that their meat is always great. But the real test of a great restaurant...is in how they do the smaller stuff. Again they excelled. My wife kept saying that the garlic bread is the best she's tasted, I found the Brussels sprouts were the best I've tasted, and we both agreed that the salad, with blue cheese dressing, fresh herbs and bacon, is something not to be missed. We miss the ambiance of the restaurant, and the hospitality of the owners, and I'm sure like everyone we miss being around a crowd of people. But at least we have access to great food that is available to be taken home and enjoyed.More

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed June 26, 2020

We went to Barberian's every time we visited Toronto. It is the kind of old school and honest restaurants that we like, good foods and services, they know what they do the best and do it right everytime. Highly recommend this place to meat lovers!

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed March 13, 2020

I went here recently for a dinner with my boyfriend. The service was amazing from beginning to end, starting the moment we walked in the door. Our server was very on point, filled our waters often, changed our cutlery several times, and was overall very...courteous. I ordered the filet mignon, wrapped in bacon which was tasty with a side of a loaded baked potato. I also ordered escargot as a starter, and a side of Brussels sprouts both were good. We also ordered dessert at the end, I had the chocolate mousse and my boyfriend has the banana split. Overall the food was delicious, and while we expected to pay high prices for this restaurant given its reputation the whole meal wasn’t special by any means for the price. However that being said the service was really good, and that alone made the experience special.More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed February 24, 2020

I don't think I have ever been as disappointed in a restaurant as I was (and so was my wife and our 2 friends) as when we went to Barberian's a couple of weeks ago. Dinner before going to see Hamilton at Mirvish. My wife...and I both had the baked halibut. How do you screw that up? You overcook it so that it is tough and dry. Ah, you say "why do you have fish at a steak house?" Because the steak prices were ridiculous! As was the price for the wine and the fish!. Our friends did have steak and neither were happy with their meal. This has to be an "expense account" restaurant, or one of those places to see and be seen. Because I can't imagine anyone going for the food. Service was good though. At $411.00 for 4 people (including one grossly overpriced bottle of wine), this was an expensive and overrated ode to the past glory of the Toronto steak house world. So many better options, including the Thai restaurant across the road.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 17, 2020

I've been going to Barberian's since the mid 1970s. When I was called to the bar in 1976 we had a celebratory dinner here. Whenever my wife & I visit Toronto, we return here on our night of arrival (it's open late) for a delicious...steak/prime rib meal. This Valentine's Day the place was packed, so our meals came somewhat slower than usual (not inordinately so); the waiter took it upon himself to buy us a round of drinks due to the delay, a nice touch.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 13, 2020

I use Barberian's Steak spice whenever I barbecue. I was last there in 1989 and I remember that night as one of the epicurean delights of my younger life. I was so looking forward to going back. Should have left it a memory! Overall this...was no longer a top end steak house like Gibby's or Magnans in Montreal. It was not even competition for the Texas Roadhouse, Longhorn, or Keg chains. Everyone in our party was so disappointed. The garlic bread was super. The pickled vegetables were great if you like pickles. Everything else was substandard. One of our party had the soup. He said it was OK. 2 had the Caesar salad. Although it was easily enough to share. With no croutons, no Parmesan, and no bacon bits it was just romaine with a lackluster dressing. I had the jumbo shrimp cocktail. Yes the 3 shrimp (for $34) were huge, but somewhat dense, and with a tiny amount of seafood sauce (which was very tasty to be fair) in a dishette so small I couldn't dip the shrimp in it. The wine list was extremely extensive, and extremely expensive. We had a pleasant Argentinian Malbec which was good, but at $80 a bottle, it should be! That was about the least expensive on the menu. For entrees, I had the 16 oz rib steak. My wife the 9 oz Fillet, and our guests the Halibut fish special. Nobody finished their food. My wife's steak was overcooked on one side and under on the other. It was dry. She left 3/4 of it (or about $40 worth). Our guests said their fish was very dry and overcooked - they left 1/4. My steak was essentially tasteless and in some areas so thin that it was almost steak frites. The baked potatoes were undercooked, and the sour cream, feta cheese and simulated bacon bits seemed incredibly bland. The cappucinos were good. There are so many fine restaurants in Toronto where over $100 per person would have bought a feast. Oh well, next timeMore

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 8, 2020

Had visited this restaurant once before in the late 80's ... was impressed then even more so now. We celebrate our 50th anniversary here and it could not have been a better choice for dinner. The food was exceptional ... a steak ordered medium rare...appeared exactly so ... well done also perfect. Wine choice was from the "house wine list" ... (left the Chateau Margot$ in the cellar}. If you go ask to see the wine cellar ... amazing! I could not end this review without mentioning the attentive service we received from our waiter, Roger. Many thanks for making this a truly memorable occasion.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed January 22, 2020

What can I say, everything was wonderful. The toasty buns and pickled veggies to start were awesome, the french onion soup and escargot were delicious and the steak was so tender that u could cut it easily with a butter knife. The prices are high...so it's definitely a special occasion thing for most of us, but what a special occasion it was!!More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed January 16, 2020 via mobile

Definitely not what we were expecting. Just when we were ready to give this place another try , it turns out nothing has changed. In fact , it got worse ! The steak is not AAA and the sides, well....you can get much better in...the frozen food isles of a local grocery store.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed January 3, 2020 via mobile

A large group of us came here for our yearly Christmas party. Our group of 8 got a private room that worked out wonderful for us. The food was excellent although a little pricey we all enjoyed skipped dessert because were more interested in boozing...it up. I would go back on a date with someone special.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Response from MrMastino | Reviewed this property |
Hello Andy, First make sure you are calling during their open hours as they close midway through the day(see below) Address: 7 Elm St, Toronto, ON M5G 1H1 Hours: Open ⋅ Closes 2:30 p.m. ⋅ Reopens 5 p.m. Phone: (416... More
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I've been to Barberian's on numerous occassions for many years now and have never been disappointed or otherwise had a bad experience. The food is very tasty, the service is splendid and the ambience is old school like a... More
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Response from Andrew C | Reviewed this property |
As said, no dress code, but it is an upper class restaurant so dress pants would be preferable.
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