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    May 21, 2014
  • Last Review
    September 2, 2014
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Reminiscent of a 1930's Parisian Bistro, Biff's Bistro is a smart, upscale masterpiece by Toronto über-restaurateurs Peter Oliver and Michael Bonacini. The stylish lounge, featuring a stunning zinc-topped bar, represents pure vintage design, while handsome leather banquettes, warm wood paneling and grand mirrors create a rich, lively dining space. In this setting, Chef Amanda Ray presents an extensive menu of inspiring French bistro cuisine, with an impressive corresponding wine list. Located in the heart of downtown, just steps away from many downtown theatres, hotels and the Air Canada Centre. <br /> <br />
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Wonderful spot for lunch
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 27/08/2014
 2007
Dined on 27/08/2014
 2007
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"I love the menu at Biff's. The service is also very good. It is a great lunch spot and I will most certainly be back again on future trips to Toronto!"
Dined on 27/08/2014
 2007
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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Jump combines classic style with sleek modern eclecticism. The sky high glass atrium, dramatic lighting elements, signature New York style bar and courtyard patio provide the perfect backdrop for our world-inspired cuisine. Offering food that is robust, honest and full of flavour, Jump is renowned for its handmade pastas, locally sourced meat and seafood, and seasonal vegetables, while continually creating fresh, innovative dishes. Featuring over 60 types of whisky, bourbon and scotch, as well as 10 whisky and bourbon-infused cocktails, the Jump bar buzzes with warmth and excitement.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Great lunch spot
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 28/08/2014
 2007
Dined on 28/08/2014
 2007
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Jump is very convenient to my office in downtown Toronto. It's my go to restaurant for a casual business lunch with a good variety of menu options and great service!"
Dined on 28/08/2014
 2007
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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Brix Restaurant and Wine Bar was one of the first restaurants in the development of Vancouver’s historic Yaletown quarter as a destination for casual fine dining. <p>Opening in April 1999 in a turn-of-the-century heritage building on Homer Street it quickly became known for its innovative food, an extensive, well priced wine list, and its warm and inviting atmosphere amid the high-beamed ceilings and original exposed-brick walls. <p>A unique glass covered key hole courtyard is one of the city's top restaurant patios and is the only Yaletown outdoor dining space opened past 11pm. <p>An elegant dinner features a wide range of seafood, game, meat and poultry dishes and close proximity to the theatre district makes the light early dining menu a perfect pairing. Brix is also a favourite for the late-night crowd, too, offering great late-night dining into the wee hours. <p><b>Vancouver's top cocktail lounge, George, is only a flight of stairs away down on Hamilton Street.</b>
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Predictably good
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 15/08/2014
 2007
Dined on 15/08/2014
 2007
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Brix is a great go to restaurant in Yaletown. It has a nice ambiance, good service, and the good is tasty. We'll be back."
Dined on 15/08/2014
 2007
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem
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Steeped in tradition, The Fairmont Empress has been serving Victoria's grandest tradition of Afternoon Tea for over a century. The majestic lobby of this landmark hotel has played host to England's most beloved ritual - the taking of Afternoon Tea to famed celebrities, dignitaries and royalty alike.<br /><br><br> <br />Our Award-winning Pastry Team works their magic, ensuring an authentic and memorable experience - from your very first sip of our secret Tea at The Empress blend tea, right through to his freshly baked raisin scones served with heavy cream and strawberry preserves.<br /><br><br><br />Served in the relaxing atmosphere of the elegantly restored Tea Lobby, overlooking Victoria's sparkling Inner Harbour, Afternoon Tea is an absolute 'must do' for all who visit Victoria.<br /><br><br><br />Please note any dietary concerns or restrictions in your reservation.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Wonderful experience in Victoria
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 25/06/2014
 2007
Dined on 25/06/2014
 2007
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"My sister in law and I took a short trip to Victoria. We both prioritized doing high tea at the Empress and we were not disappointed. The ambiance is lovely and we received a high degree of service and personal attention. Of course the tea and food were excellent as well. It was a nice surprise to be given a box of the Empress tea to take home with is as well :-). A must do in Victoria!"
Dined on 25/06/2014
 2007
Special Features: great for lunch, special occasion
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We specialize in Aburi, or flamed-seared sushi, which was developed nearly a century ago in Japan. The act of applying fire directly and lightly sear is known to enhance the natural flavors of the fish. Miku owner, Seigo Nakamura, innovated the Aburi concept by creating speciality sauces, using non-traditional Japanese ingredients, to complement the unique taste properties of each fish. <br /><br />Miku Restaurant is within walking distance from the Pan Pacific Hotel, Canada Place, Trade & Exhibition Centre, IMAX Theatre, Cruise Ship Terminals and Sea Bus. If shopping downtown, join us for lunch and re-energize. <br /><br />It's entrance is at the corner of Howe Street and Canada Place Way, overlooking the east cruiseship terminal at Canada Place. <br /><br />**Please note: We do not take reservations for the patio as it is a first come, first serve basis. We also only will hold reservations for an additional 15 minutes. <br /><br /><br />
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Delightful dinner at Miku!
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 21/06/2014
 2007
Dined on 21/06/2014
 2007
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"It was a sunny Saturday evening and we made a last minute reservation at Miku hoping to sit on the patio which is first come first serve. We weren't able to sit outside but instead had a lovely table in the back with a water and Canada Place view which was just as nice. We were pleased with our drinks and even more impressed with the food! The service was OK but nothing special. We'll definitely return to Miku though. Great find!"
Dined on 21/06/2014
 2007
Special Features: neighborhood gem, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies
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Brix Restaurant and Wine Bar was one of the first restaurants in the development of Vancouver’s historic Yaletown quarter as a destination for casual fine dining. <p>Opening in April 1999 in a turn-of-the-century heritage building on Homer Street it quickly became known for its innovative food, an extensive, well priced wine list, and its warm and inviting atmosphere amid the high-beamed ceilings and original exposed-brick walls. <p>A unique glass covered key hole courtyard is one of the city's top restaurant patios and is the only Yaletown outdoor dining space opened past 11pm. <p>An elegant dinner features a wide range of seafood, game, meat and poultry dishes and close proximity to the theatre district makes the light early dining menu a perfect pairing. Brix is also a favourite for the late-night crowd, too, offering great late-night dining into the wee hours. <p><b>Vancouver's top cocktail lounge, George, is only a flight of stairs away down on Hamilton Street.</b>
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Another nice evening at Brix
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 18/06/2014
 2007
Dined on 18/06/2014
 2007
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"I have dined at Brix several times and always had nice experiences. I love the ambiance in the courtyard. The food and service has always been great too. I'll be back!"
Dined on 18/06/2014
 2007
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, great for outdoor dining
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<b>FRESH LOCAL MEETS BISTRO COOL.</b><p> <br /><br />A neighbourhood bar bistro – serving an updated take on traditional French bistro fare prepared by Executive Chef Marc-André Choquette and his talented team. <br>Discover a beautifully renovated interior that combines old world classic bistro elements with modern touches and a French-inspired menu that blends classic culinary flavours of Paris with the use of fresh west coast ingredients. <br>A dynamic bar scene serves seasonal in-house and classic cocktails and a great selection of local and draft beers on tap as well as an eclectic mix of approachable wines built from the regions of France. <br>The perfect place for a business lunch, meeting friends out on the patio, everyday dining, special celebrations or brunch with the family. <br /><br /><p><b>Come for the scene. Stay for the service. Return for the fare.</b>
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Great spot for lunch!
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 18/06/2014
 2007
Dined on 18/06/2014
 2007
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"I have been to Tableau twice now for lunch and had wonderful meals and experiences both times. The french bistro ambiance is welcoming. The menu options are great and I've been happy with all of my choices so far. The service has also been excellent. I'll be back!"
Dined on 18/06/2014
 2007
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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Located just up the street from Kits Beach, Abigail's Party takes pride in offering a wonderful menu of great value at both brunch and dinner. Specializing in comfort food and bistro classics, we prepare delicious meals using only the finest quality ingredients, with a keen eye on the wine list. Wine selections are constantly rotating to bring you a fantastic variety of the best wines available in terms of quality and value.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Disappointed
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 27/05/2014
 2007
Dined on 27/05/2014
 2007
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"My husband and I went to Abigail's Party for an early weeknight dinner. It was nice weather so we sat on the patio which was pleasant. The pork lettuce wraps were pretty good to start. We ordered the duck confit cassoulet as an entree and I was disappointed. The taste was just OK and the way it was served made it just too darn hot to enjoy. I have heard that the brunch is good and would be willing to give that a try another time but I'm not sure I'd return for dinner again."
Dined on 27/05/2014
 2007
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Morimoto's contemporary Japanese menu infuses traditional dishes with Western ingredients and preparation techniques. His seasonal and ever-changing selection of raw fish preparations will feature the freshest seafood available as well as locally grown fruits and vegetables from supporting farmers. Morimoto's signature offerings include Toro Tartare, presented in a shallow wooden tray with condiments including crème fraîche, wasabi, avocado, nori paste, chives, crispy rice, and dashi-soy. Tuna Pizza made with raw tuna, anchovy aioli, and jalapeno; Morimoto Sashimi, a terrine of seared Toro, smoked salmon, barbequed eel, tuna and Hamachi served with five different sauces in pipettes.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
A special evening
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 5/16/2014
 2007
Dined on 5/16/2014
 2007
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"My husband and I stayed at the Andaz Wailea and dined at Morimoto to celebrate his 40th birthday! It was lovely. We sat outside on the patio overlooking the ocean and pool. The restaurant treated us with flutes of champagne to start the evening. We enjoyed the omakase dinner which was actually very similar, if not the same, as what we had when we went to Morimoto in Napa but just as delicious! We also had the sake flight. Wonderful food and drinks complemented by a lovely view of the sunset."
Dined on 5/16/2014
 2007
Special Features: romantic, scenic view, special occasion, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies
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What we serve at Ka‘ana, we serve from the heart. We source from local farmers, ranchers, and fishermen. We only put on your plate what we feel is proper to serve. Our pairings speak to the ability to connect the elements of taste, smell, and touch with everything around us. <br />Our dishes are prepared using techniques from around the culinary world, but thought-out in accordance with our micro-climate. The way we prepare our fish, season our salads, and grill our meat depends not only on its origin, but what the weather tells us, how the swells on the ocean shape our mood, and how the land influences our feelings. <br />Here we hope to blur the lines between your kitchen and our restaurant, between what is external and what is internal. We invite you in, share our hopes, and create a unique dining experience that connects you to this place and its essence.<br />
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Wonderful view and great menu
OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 5/14/2014
 2007
Dined on 5/14/2014
 2007
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"My husband and I had the pleasure of dining at Ka'ana Kitchen during our stay at the Andaz Wailea. We sat outside on the patio with a wonderful view of the sunset. The grilled octopus was delicious! I highly recommend this restaurant."
Dined on 5/14/2014
 2007
Special Features: scenic view, great for outdoor dining
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