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Waterfront Communities-The Island
0.6 km from Toronto Union
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Toronto's best choice in craft beer and comfort food can be found in the casual, charming cellar of a historic building in the St. Lawrence Market area. Featuring the biggest selection of Canadian craft brews on tap, an all Ontario VQA wine list, art, indie music, board games, and pool tables, C’est What has true local flavour. As the city's original craft beer and wine restaurant C’est What has consistently preached from the book of local and since first opening it’s doors in 1988 and is a proud Canadian cultural ambassador. Founder George MIlbrandt says: “We believe that if it's worth doing, it's worth doing well. It is our passion for what we do that keeps us showing up for work every day.
PRICE RANGE
US$10 - US$17
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
CUISINES
Bar, Pub, Canadian, Gastropub, Beer restaurants
FEATURES
Seating, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Wine and Beer, Digital Payments, Live Music, Non-smoking restaurants
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Reviewed May 8, 2021

Just next to the St Lawerence Market. The burger was bit over cooked and sour. Tasted bit ood. Butterchicken was a letdown. Understandable. Pulled pork poutine was a saviour with the ales I remember.

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed September 30, 2020

C'est What is one of the few constants in the rapidly changing St. Lawrence neighbourhood. In. normal times it offers a wide range of local craft beers on draught including cask. Even in these plague times there are a dozen beers on draught to choose...from. There's an interesting wine and spirits selection for the non beer drinker. Food is OK. I wouldn't call it a gastro pub but the food is edible and decent value. Staff are brilliant and know their beers.More

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Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed September 23, 2020

Great staff, service and best beer selection in Toronto. The food menu is also very unique and tasty. Unlike your typical pub grub.

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Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed September 13, 2020

Set in a unique stone-lined cellar complete with fire place and rugged wood beams this is one of my favourite places to have a drink in Toronto. An impressive selection of unique beers (the bulk local) and a staff that are incredibly honest and knowledgeable,...advising on what works best with depending on your tastes. They were even kind enough to offer samples to make sure I liked my selection. Also makes for a great date spot or group hangout complete with pool tables (and pre-covid had a shelf packed with board games) Always a great experience!! Plus great safety measures and distancing, felt very safe, they seem to really care about their patrons.More

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Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed September 8, 2020

They respect your space. I wish all their customers were as considerate as they are to us. A place to go if you care about COVID etiquette and attention to proper distancing and sanitizing precautions.

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Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed September 1, 2020

C'est What sets a high standard with an inspired menu of solid standards. An excellent selection of craft brews, with seasonal specials and rotating taps, ensures that you can always find an old reliable, or something new and refreshing. A laid back atmosphere lets you...get to your max-relax place. Looking forward to the return of live music. Can't go wrong with a visit here.More

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Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed March 12, 2020

Great ambiance, Authentic feel. A rare selection of cask conditioned (real) ales, also conveniently available in 6oz measures to allow sample flights and still stay sober. The service was friendly and helpful. The food selection is a creative mix of pub fare and more exotic...options. All we tried were very good.More

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Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed March 8, 2020

I like the place but the waitress was really bad, she left us waiting for very long time twice, for drinks and even to give us the food menu, and then when she brought the bill she included 18% of tip when she was rude...all night, not fairMore

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Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed February 20, 2020

Used to come here often years ago but I don't get downtown much anymore. Since we were in the area after viewing the Distillery light show, we thought we would pop in. It's just as great as I remember. Great atmosphere, fireplace, lounging area, games...of you're inclined. Food was terrific we both had the lamb burger served on naan bread with a tray sauce. It came with a small shredded red bet slaw and sweet potato chips which were really tasty. Service was quick and friendly and our waitress helped with choosing a beer from amongst the many different kinds offered. So glad we visited again and will definitely be backMore

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 19, 2020

I reserved the stage area for a historical talk by Adam Bunch for the Canadian Tour Guide Association of Toronto and everything g was easy and friendly from the booking to the set-up to the service by Jack at the bar. Thanks, we will be...doing this sort of thing again!More

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Date of visit: February 2020
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C'est what? is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4