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World renowned cocktail bar. - BarChef, Toronto, ON

BarChef

4.7
4.7
100 Reviews
CAN$51 and over
Cocktail Bar
Globally celebrated mixologist and best-selling author, Frankie Solarik, opened up BarChef in 2008 with the intention of having the world’s most progressive cocktail program. Utilizing modern culinary techniques and a Chef’s philosophy, BarChef's modernist cocktails are multi-sensorial, highlighting tactile elements, aromatics, viscosity, and edible pairings. These efforts have granted incredible accolades such as being on the Condé Nast Traveller Magazine Gold List for both 2018 and 2020 as one of the top cocktail bars in the world. BarChef has also been highlighted in numerous publications such as: The New York Times, Vogue, Thrillist, Forbes, National Geographic, CBC, GQ, and many more. Enjoy!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 53 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Cocktail Bar, Lounge

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 5:00 pm–2:00 am

  • Phone number

    (416) 868-4800

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Lionel Duke

  • Catering

    Treat your guests to the world renowned BarChef multi-sensory cocktail experience at your next event. Providing you with customized cocktails, bespoke ornate bar design and luxury service, we create experiences your guests will never forget.

  • Private party facilities

    BarChef is available for private hire for events of up to 100 guests - serving as the perfect setting for corporate functions, holiday parties, product launches, team-building events, and birthday celebrations.

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What 100 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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    Hot Spot

  • Toronto

    Late Night Find

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  1. DB

    DoBu

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food3service1ambience5
    Waited an hour for my cocktail. Other than that it was nice
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Everything was perfect but our server was in a bad mood, no smiles felt like a gas pump server lol
  3. HB

    HollyB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    First time here and was very impressed. Went with 4 other friends. We each ordered a couple cocktails from the first section, and then split 2 modernist cocktails. A great experience overall.
  4. AM

    AmenM

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We came to barchef for the drinks and we were really happy with what we got. Along with the ambience it was a great experience and an even better spot for a date! I Definitely will be going back soon!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Bar Chef is a must see experience if you’re visiting Toronto. If you can stomach the price points, he Modernist section of the menu is whimsical and delicious. A night we won’t soon forget.

    BarChefResponded 7 days agoThank you so much for the kind words! We're glad that we were able to provide a memorable experience for you and your guests. Have an amazing day!

  6. E

    Ellie

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Best drinking experience in town. Perfect for special occasions.

    BarChefResponded on June 26, 2022Thank you so much for the kind words Ellie!

  7. U

    User

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience5
    Overall amazing experience. The drinks are fantastic and the food was really good. However the greeting service lacks immensely. We had reservations and showed up a few minutes early. We were standing at the entrance by the “wait to be seated” sign for about 10 minutes while staff walked passed us multiple times without saying anything. Not even “we’ll be right with you” we had to get someone to seat us. Not impressed. Servers didn’t have much knowledge about actual questions in regards to the drinks and were back and forth asking the kitchen while taking our order.

    BarChefResponded on June 26, 2022Hi there, thank you for taking the time to leave this constructive review. I'm very sorry that the service you received was not at the level that we pride ourselves on. This is most definitely not our standard and we'll be addressing this with the team to ensure that this does not happen again. Have a great day.

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Great experience, low lights.

    BarChefResponded on June 26, 2022Thank you!

  9. S

    Srish

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s a fully immersive experience. It’s just amazing. The drinks leave you awestrucks

    BarChefResponded on June 26, 2022Thank you so much Srish for the kind words!

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service. I’m sorry I forget my servers name. Made my mom feel really special on her birthday with the little birthday bite at the end! Thank you so much!

    BarChefResponded on June 26, 2022Thank you for leaving this kind review! We're very glad that your server was able to give your mom an exceptional experience.

  11. AN

    AnhN

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    very happy with the Piña Colada in the new summer menu

    BarChefResponded on June 26, 2022Hi Anh! We're ecstatic to hear that you enjoyed our Piña Colada!

  12. MZ

    MaddieZ

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A unique experience all cocktail and gastronomy enthusiasts will surely enjoy

    BarChefResponded on June 26, 2022Thank you for taking the time to leave this review Maddie! We're glad to hear that you appreciated our approach to the craft of building cocktails!

  13. J

    Jeff

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Fun atmosphere with unique drinks. Definitely a great experience

    BarChefResponded on June 26, 2022Thank you Jeff!

  14. M

    Marie35

    Calgary

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had so much fun!! Joey and Lucca really knows what they are doing, they are good with there craft! Fabolous customer service, it’s pricey but worth the experience!!! We will be back again!

    BarChefResponded on June 26, 2022Thank you so much Marie! Gianluca and Joey are integral parts of the team here at BarChef and we're glad that they were able to provide you with great service and knowledge!

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I would highly recommend this place - it’s beautiful. Keep in mind the washrooms are down some rickety steps so if you’re not a mobile person - keep this in note. Or if you’re wearing high-heels. My experience was fabulous, I paid like $40 for a cocktail but it came to me on this massive, lit up stone with pretty little rocks, and a garden of mint - I mean like, 30+ sprigs lol - my cocktail tasted FANTASTIC and there was like flavoured jelly in a glass, with sherbet on top that I had to break with a spoon and it fell into the jelly, and you took a small scoop of that, and it paired SO WELL with my drink. Not to mention, the same drink also came with a cryo-frozen cookie - it tasted so good and when I breathed out, I blew icey smoke like a dragon! It was hilarious! My server, Bronwyn - was SOOOO nice and very informative. I’m a total noob and know nothing about alcohol so without her and her wonderful knowledge, I would have ordered something I most likely didn’t like. She also brought us a few free items and it made the whole experience so much more special - one item she brought over was not on the menu… it was this egg white froth on a spoon with lavender and vanilla flowers and it had this really cool jelly bead of alcohol that you squish on the roof of your mouth and - literally ate the mini cocktail in one bite, it melted in my mouth and was SO cool. I had the Strawberry & Basil something - this was the immersive cocktail I’m talking about above. It was in the third page of the menu called the “Modernist” section and was amazing. I had another cocktail that was half the price. Obviously wasn’t immersive but it was a lavender & rose drink; and it was rimmed with this beautiful lavender sugar. I could have drunk a million of them if I wasn’t a massive lightweight. I’m sure you could order it without alcohol, but it may lose some flavours - so I opted for the regular style. I ordered the charcuterie board and it was a little expensive, but overall awesome!

    BarChefResponded on June 26, 2022Thank you so very much for leaving such an amazing and detailed review. Bronwyn is one of our best servers and we're glad to hear that you enjoyed her service, knowledge, and attention to detail! Everything that you mentioned in your review is exactly why we do what we do. We're here to give guests the best possible experience with memorable moments. Thank you once again for taking the time to write this! We will be sharing this with the team. Have an amazing day!

  16. SH

    SukhyH

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience5
    Very good experience drinks were awesome. Hostess was super nice! I found our waitress a bit aloof, not very friendly, but the service from the other waitress was excellent that served my friend her drink. We waited for our bill which the other aloof waitress seems like forgot about because she was busy talking up the bartender. Was an amazing experience otherwise, modernist cocktails were beautiful. A place for something fancy and fantastic.

    BarChefResponded on June 26, 2022HI Sukhy! Thank you for taking the time to leave this review. What you're describing is definitely not our standards for our serving staff. We'll be talking to the team about this to ensure that this does not happen again. We hope to welcome you and your guests back at the bar again! Have a great day.

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All is amazing and captivating. I’d love to go again
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience5
    I love barchef, the ambience, the presentation and the overall experience as a whole. Last night the server stephanie seemed less than pleased with myself and my friend. Perhaps it was just a bad day. But really just a lack of
  19. TN

    TomN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Very elaborate cocktails and good quality ingredients. It’s dark inside so no need for the sunglasses! Bar staff are really friendly and knowledgeable. We had fries and croquettes as snacks and they were both very nicely cooked and presented. Will defo come back again
  20. AH

    AjayH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Quaint little gastropub.. what a find! Our group tried 6 drinks and all of them were beautifully presented and appeased all senses. Would recommend the charcuterie board with various types of meat and cheese; pairs well with most drinks!!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated my daughter’s 19th birthday here and she was blown away, the servers are so gracious and kind, can’t say enough about this place, love it!!
  22. AB

    AdrianaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Worth every single penny!! Seriously, save up and visit at least once in your life. Everything about the experience was phenomenal!
  23. AT

    AdnanT

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great hidden gem. Really innovative cocktails and a fantastic all around experience. We had a little food which was also good. The staff were attentive and friendly. High recommended.
  24. NP

    NikitaP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was an amazing experience!! I enjoyed my drink and it was a sensory experience
  25. MW

    MadisonW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service- Amanda was great and all the staff checking in on us was appreciated. Cocktails were fab!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Best cocktails in the city
  27. AS

    AnkitS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall3food1service4ambience4
    Great spot for fancy drinks but food menu needs improvement.
  28. E

    Emma

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    It was definitely a unique activity I would recommend others try at least once! With that being said we found it very difficult to read the menu, it is so dark in there you can’t even tell where the edge of the table ends. We found ourselves having to pull out our phones and googling the menu just so we could read it. Once being able to order something - the drinks were a breathtaking experience. We may have just gotten unlucky but there was a larger middle-aged party there that was so obnoxiously loud. It would’ve been nice for the employees to step in and ensure they understood the environment expectations. They were so loud we could hear specific individuals full sentences from across the restaurant. It was noticeably disruptive repetitively. Lastly, we had a friendly server however she didn’t come around enough. We often were just sitting waiting for her to show up. We probably would’ve ordered more if she was more present. It was a beautiful 1920’s vibe space, with bartenders in suspenders hand chipping ice. They use unique flavours and drink concepts that make it a stand out cocktail bar. With some little service tweaks it could be the best bar in the city easily!
  29. PB

    PBeats

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Amazing drinks and great service. We are in Toronto from Halifax intermittently and always come here. The staff are friendly and often remember us. Open late. Food it great.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday. Was excellent experience with interesting drinks.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Amazing drinks as always. Most extraordinary cocktail experience in Toronto; 10/10 for creativity.
  32. A

    Alvee

    Atlantic Canada

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    It was a fun time! Staff’s really nice. The environment is gothic which I really liked.
  33. VR

    VeronicaR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This bar is amazing! They do some really cool stuff with the modernist series cocktails. Not only do they look beautiful but they taste phenomenal. I would highly recommend this bar for a night out with friends, date night, bachelorette, etc. The prices are on the higher end but it’s worth it for the quality.
  34. MD

    MattD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible cocktails, service, and experience at BarChef.
  35. D

    Denise

    Toronto

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Fantastic and unique drinks crafted by pros with almost everything made in-house. And I do mean “crafted” here; I’d heard about this place for a long time and it really lived up to the hype. I wasn’t expecting the food to be so delicious. My only minor note is that one of our dishes was forgotten about, but we were sitting at the bar and of course, it’s super busy there. They rushed the order for us when we inquired about it.
  36. AH

    AmyH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great staff and amazing drink concoctions! Fun night out!
  37. MH

    MichelleH

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very unique cocktail experience. Definitely worth the splurge to get the modernist series. Well rounded, flavorful cocktails with character from all sections of the menu. Would definitely come here again and recommend to anyone in the Toronto area. Excellent service. Cannot recommend this place enough. Gifted artists craft here.
  38. AR

    AndreaR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing cocktails. What a wonderful experience for our first night in Toronto!
  39. D

    David

    New York Area

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had friends visiting and I wanted to show them the best of Toronto. So Bar Chef had to be on the menu!!
  40. CF

    ChrisF

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best and most original cocktails in the city. An essential stop. The bar snacks are also very flavorful. Staff is attentive and friendly.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

BarChef is rated 4.7 stars by 100 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 53 times today
Google Map for BarChef

472 Queen St W Toronto, ON M5V 2B2

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Queen West

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 5:00 pm–2:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Cocktail Bar, Lounge

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Executive chef

    Lionel Duke

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Cocktails, Full Bar

  • Phone number

    (416) 868-4800

  • Catering

    Treat your guests to the world renowned BarChef multi-sensory cocktail experience at your next event. Providing you with customized cocktails, bespoke ornate bar design and luxury service, we create experiences your guests will never forget.

  • Private party facilities

    BarChef is available for private hire for events of up to 100 guests - serving as the perfect setting for corporate functions, holiday parties, product launches, team-building events, and birthday celebrations.

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