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French Restaurants In Toronto, Canada - Updated 2019

Antonia
Updated Jul 19, 2019

As the largest city in Canada, Toronto is a place filled with wonders. There’s always something to see and do, from the imposing CN Tower that dominates the skyline to the Rogers Centre just beneath, where city sports teams such as Major League Baseball’s Toronto Blue Jays go through their paces. Toronto is also a coastal city, which gives you the opportunity to go for walks by the sea and enjoy the stunning views out over the Atlantic. Among its many attractions, you should certainly make time to visit the Royal Ontario Museum, and also to enjoy the other cultural sides of the city. In a nod to Canada’s past relationship with France, there are several wonderful spots for the gastronome to enjoy fine dining. Check out the run-down of French restaurants in Toronto, Canada, below and you can be sure of world-class cuisine.

1. La Palette


This relaxed French bistro on Queen Street is unassuming on the outside and on the inside, the kind of place that could easily be mistaken for any other bar. That would be a mistake because it’s a high-quality restaurant with an open kitchen with excellent beer and wine lists. Of particular interest is their take on the gastronome’s much-cherished Steak Tartare, although their Moules-Frites will go down very well with any seafood lover.

La Palette

Address: 492 Queen St. West Toronto, ON

Average price for two: 80 USD

Website: La Palette

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2. Scaramouche Restaurant

For a fine dining experience underneath the spectacular Toronto skyline, this classy bistro on Benvenuto Place is hard to beat. The venue itself is split into two - the main restaurant serving opulent plates such as their smoked St. Canut Pork, while the pasta bar and grill next door serve up more affordable dishes. A particular highlight of the latter menu is the Peppercorn Fettucine, served with beef tenderloin. A well-curated wine and aperitif menu only improve the experience - the French classic, Kir Royale, comes highly recommended.

Scaramouche Restaurant

Address: 1 Benvenuto Pl, Toronto, ON M4V 2L1, Canada

Average price for two: 90 USD

Website: Scaramouche Restaurant

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3. Auberge du Pommier


Found on North York’s Yonge Street, this classic upscale French restaurant is an ideal place to take any dining companion you really want to impress! The dinner menu includes delightful appetisers such as Foie Gras and main courses including braised lamb or baked halibut. The tasting menu is also worth a look if you want a filling and varied meal, with roasted peppers a particularly appealing option to start, while highlights for the main meal include a delightful roast quail.

Auberge du Pommier

Address: 4150 Yonge St, North York, ON M2P 2C6

Average price for two: 200 USD

Website: Auberge du Pommier

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4. Le Baratin


La Baratin’s head chef is a Frenchman, Jean Regis, who arrived in Toronto with few possessions and little money, but crucially a knowledge of real French cooking. The cuisine here may not be as “haute” as in other restaurants, but French visitors and Francophiles alike will recognise the Steak Frites, Tartiflette and Creme Caramel (pictured) as being authentically French. It’s the kind of restaurant that you’d drop into any evening in Marseille or Lyon for a good, filling and affordable meal - their prix fixe menu works out at $25 a guest. That’s outstanding value for a feelgood dining experience. Incidentally, the restaurant’s name translates as “Smooth Talk”!

Le Baratin ($60)

Address: 1600 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6K 1T8

Average price for two: 60 USD

Website: Le Baratin

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5. Le Sélect Bistro


With a self-explanatory name, this downtown Toronto institution on Wellington Street West serves real French cooking all day long, with lunch available until late afternoon and dinner from 5-11pm. Bistro specialities include Lamb Steak Hache and the classic meat-and-beans stew of Cassoulet - the epitome of warming winter dishes. For a more haute cuisine taste, try their Pave de Boeuf au Poivre - a fillet steak in green peppercorn sauce served with frites. With a three-course fixed menu just under $40 per person, this charming restaurant is definitely worth a visit.

Le Sélect Bistro

Address: 432 Wellington St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1E3

Average price for two: 80 USD

Website: Le Sélect Bistro

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6. Alo


Diners with a sweet tooth will certainly appreciate Alo - its main menu is certainly superb, but the experience really comes into its own with the dessert menu, offering such delights as the Apple Sunchoke served with dairy ice cream. The earlier courses are well-covered, with their Black Striped Sea Bass drawing particular compliments, and this trendy restaurant also has a wide variety of cocktails to finish the dining experience to a T.

Alo

Address: 163 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5V 2L6

Average price for two: 90 USD

Website: Alo

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7. Le Notre Bistro


This intimate eaterie (the name translates as “our bistro”, and there are 20 seats in all) offers a mix of the traditional rustic French classics - a pan-seared pork chop or the pictured Hake a la Provencale, for example, and a few more esoteric options. Braised Octopus isn’t an option you’ll find on most menus, but it’s available and highly popular with diners here. An extensive and well-curated wine list and cocktail menu will also find favour with many diners, as will the bistro’s readiness to cook off-menu for those on a plant-based diet.

Le Notre Bistro

Address: 538 Manning Ave, Toronto, ON M6G 2V9

Average price for two: 90 USD

Website: Le Notre Bistro

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8. Jules Bistro


This charming bistro with a Dada-esque flavour (their tagline is “Ceci n'est pas un Macdo” - i.e., this is no chain restaurant) may have a playful attitude to art, but their approach to cuisine is deadly serious. Among the most attractive options on the menu are their sharing plates - a mountainous side of beef with lots of frites as seen above among them. For lighter bites, you may be interested in their creperie. Filling options for your crepes include chicken, mushroom, tomato and cheese, or asparagus and brie.

Jules Bistro

Address: 147 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5V 2L7

Average price for two: 80 USD

Website: Jules Bistro

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9. Café Boulud


The menu at this pleasant, unpretentious brasserie changes with the seasons, with slow-cooked meat dishes a speciality. A delicious pan-seared red tuna steak is one of the delights in store, while you may also enjoy the sharing plate of a large rack of lamb. You’ll also find yourself sorely tempted by their dessert menu, which includes a chocolate Millefeuille with mango sauce that has to be tasted to be believed

Café Boulud

Address: 60 Yorkville Ave, Toronto, ON M4W 0A4

Average price for two: 110 USD

Website: Café Boulud

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10. La Banane


Don’t worry! Although the name of this restaurant translates as “the banana”, their menu extends far beyond single pieces of fruit. Quite a way beyond, in fact. The pictured meal is a chicken liver mousse with grilled cippolini onions, while other popular dishes include fried chicken and peppered steak tenderloin. There are some banana-based dishes too, though, with their Gateau a la Banane served with a generous helping of home-made, salted caramel ice cream.

La Banane

Address: 227 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6J 2Z8

Average price for two: 100 USD

Website: La Banane

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Treat your tastebuds in Toronto with these haute cuisine destinations

The quality of French cuisine mixed with the easy-going, convenient atmosphere of Canada’s largest city - what could be better? These restaurants will provide you with the perfect options for light bites, larger meals and fine wines, and more besides, and will provide the perfect relaxed ambience after a long day spent enjoying the endless attractions in the city. All you need to do now is choose where to go first.

This article was originally published on Dec 01, 2018

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