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le Batifole

#220 of 6,774 Restaurants in Toronto
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
East End
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744 Gerrard St E, Toronto, Ontario M4M 1Y3, Canada (Howland)
+1 416-462-9965
18:00 - 23:00
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Toronto, Canada
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775 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 275 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

As good as it gets for French bistro cuisine. Unassuming, cozy restaurant with personable attentive service. Chef made his rounds to each table, nice touch! Tables are somewhat close together, but the food is excellent. Freshly baked baguette is excellent. The rilletes were very tasty, the endive salad surprisingly refreshing, while the duck 2 ways and the cornish hen were... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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251 reviews
171 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016

I have to be honest, I was first attracted to this place because it was where they filmed the Chinese Restaurant scene from the movie A Christmas Story. After seeing what good reviews it got however we decided to take some friends there to celebrate her birthday. It was a divine dining experience. The food was fabulous right from the... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

We arrived to a warm and relaxed atmosphere with friendly, efficient service and delicious food. The portions are generous and nicely seasoned. The John Dory fish with mushrooms and lemon creme sauce was excellent. I am hoping to return soon.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

this is our third time at Le Batifole and the chef has impressed us, again. I was joined by my friend from Provence and she said it was heaven. I keep ordering the duo canard as I love duck and the fish soup which is very tasty. Congratulations to chef Pascale.

Thank Paolasunny
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638 reviews
501 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

A lovely Saturday dinner with friends. Professional and relaxed service albeit a bit slow, not a problem when the experience is so pleasant. We started with an aperitif the Soupe anjevine (sparkling wine with lime and couintreau) and as an appetizer the Brandade de morue (cold rather than hot, more like baccalà mantecato in the Venetian tradition and superb) The... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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78 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

The food has been great every time we've been to this restaurant. It is small and not a bit formal, and the food is consistently delicious. We like the wine list too (mostly French), and the waiters and chef are happy to make recommendations. This is not a cheap restaurant (although not high-end either) but this is cuisine that may... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016

A gem for dinner whether your are a local Torontonian or a visitor to the city. Chef Pascal truly loves cooking as you can see the passion reflected in all his dishes. I had the John Dory and my wife had the duck two ways and both were prepared perfectly. More than met our expectations. Great value for the money.... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 207 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

This is the best French restaurant in Toronto. The chef/ owner is French and each dish is carefully prepared. The staff are friendly and professional. Start with the Cassoulette D’Escargot a ma Facon (Escargot Fricasse) and order as a main course the Filet of John Dory with Mushroom Cream Sauce. Then, for dessert, have the Tarte Tatin (caramelized upside-down apple... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

My family and I went there for dinner. The food was very good but the service was way too slow. Only two waiters to deal with all the tables. Too few to provide a good experience. As an illustration, we got there by 730PM and got our main course by 920PM. We had of course some appetizers before but overall... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016

Much of the food at Batifole is very good; it has been that way since it opened--under a different chef/owner--well over a decade ago. From the beginning, they specialized a big brooding wines from the south, fatty game terrines and rich stews like cassoulet and beef cheeks . Back then, the food was all prepared at the last minute, there... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$23 - US$32
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
18:00 - 23:00
18:00 - 23:00
18:00 - 23:00
18:00 - 23:00
18:00 - 23:00
18:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 744 Gerrard St E, Toronto, Ontario M4M 1Y3, Canada
  • Public Transportation: street car 506 @ Degrassi stop
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Toronto>  > East End
  • Neighbourhood: East End
  • Phone Number: +1 416-462-9965

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East End
The East End is an eclectic amalgamation of areas that team up to make this district one of the most multi-faceted and alluring. Home to Toronto's LGBT community hub, Gay Village is alive and pumping day or night with friendly bars, nightclubs, and cafes – its thumb is on the pulse of excitement. For a more relaxed day, the East End has the largest collection of restored Victorian homes, and its stately streets, tree-lined and bursting at the seams with affluence, often sport farmers markets and street artists, epitomized by the effusive St. Lawrence Market. One of the most gorgeous of Toronto's neighborhoods, it also straddles Lake Ontario in an area called The Beach, where you'll find folks cycling and strolling along the sandy shorelines, getting some sun or enjoying shopping, dining, and pub options. For some fabulous food, the vivacious personalities running the restaurants in the East End's Greektown is only equaled by the fun and authenticity of the street stalls and restaurants at its expansive Indian Bazaar. 'Something for everyone' has never been so accurate.
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