Café Boulud Toronto

A luxe French bistro in Toronto
At Café Boulud Toronto at Four Seasons Hotel Toronto, chef/owner Daniel Boulud constructed a seasonally changing menu of French bistro favorites and contemporary plates.

Located in the iconic Yorkville neighborhood, surrounded by the city’s designer shops, Café Boulud is ideally situated for a meal before or after exploring the buzzy area.

A Toronto hot spot since its opening, Café Boulud was recently redesigned by London’s Martin Brudnizki Design Studio (whose work includes The Ivy and Cecconi’s Miami Beach) — the result is a charming ambiance within a retro-contemporary French brasserie.
Our Inspector's Highlights
  • Belly up to the counter bar for a quick bite or a drink or two — from handcrafted contemporary cocktails to traditional favorites, the drink program at Café Boulud is sophisticated and varied.
  • An extensive collection of vintages features traditional French appellations while also highlighting local Ontario producers.
  • Throughout the Toronto restaurant come dinnertime, a low candle on each table throws a soft glow on the surrounding modern rolling chairs and luxe gray velvet banquettes.
Things to Know
  • Though Café Boulud Toronto is one of chef Daniel Boulud’s less formal outposts and the dress code is officially described as “casual chic,” there’s no doubt that Torontonians and guests of Four Seasons Hotel Toronto (in which the restaurant is located) arrive for their reservations looking dapper.
  • Reservations are recommended for Café Boulud Toronto, and are easy to make via the restaurant’s website or the website of Four Seasons Hotel Toronto (in which the French restaurant resides) — both sites use OpenTable for booking.
The Food
  • The French brasserie’s dishes were inspired by chef Boulud’s family meals in Lyon, where he grew up.
  • A gleaming rotisserie is used to slow-roast Gigueres Farm chicken and shareable favorites, including the rotisserie duck for two, served with Ontario plum, spinach, turnip, duck confit salad and peppered duck jus.
  • Another highlight on the menu features the kitchen’s impressive rotisserie with poulet à la broche, rotisserie chicken that’s been cooked to perfection then served tableside in copper tableware.
  • The menu also celebrates Canadian ingredients like the Prince Edward Island côte de boeuf, British Columbia black cod and Baffin Island lobster.
  • Desserts are decadent, too — go for the grapefruit sesame halva and a warm basket of madeleines.
The Design
  • Sophisticated and yet inviting, the space features ribbed wrap-around banquettes upholstered with slick Jaguar green and tan leather, blue herringbone Hermès wallpaper, walnut accents, brass accessories and mirrors upon mirrors upon mirrors.
  • Floor-to-ceiling windows on two sides of the restaurant allow a peek at tony Yorkville below, as the sounds of lively first-floor lounge Dbar waft up the floating staircase that connects the bar and restaurant.
  • The retro dining counter is the heart of the restaurant, made with glassy lacquered wooden panels, Calacatta marble and framed with a bronze and glass gantry that makes you feel as if you were transported to a different decade. 
Business casual
Gluten-free options
Kid friendly
Private dining
Reservations recommended
Vegetarian options
Getting There
60 Yorkville Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M4W 0A4
Café Boulud Toronto
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