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Barberian's Steakhouse

Posted by Staff / Listed on October 13, 2008 / review policy

Barberian's SteakhouseBarberian's is one of Toronto's most famous steakhouses. This bastion of meat, once considered slightly off the beaten path on low key Elm Street was founded in 1959 and has served its share of the nation's Prime Minister's, celebs and Hollywood royalty.

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Robert Munro / September 18, 2009 at 11:20 pm
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Where to start, this restaurant is truly a hidden gem within the city. It began with the on line reservation confirmation by the owner. As you walk in there is an amazing ambiance about the entire building. If you have a moment take the time to read all about its history on the back of the menu. Next up was the service by the staff, here is no pretentiousness at all with this business I would rate them at the very top of the understanding customer service list.
Next is what you have been waiting for, the food. If you are looking for a place to taste a bit of heaven your search is over. We ordered the fish of the day, a prime rib and beef medallions. The flavor was a symphony of expression. Then came the dessert, I won't spoil the house surprise, but left us very satisfied to say the least. All in all I would highly recommend Barberian's Steak House to everyone, inclusive of the celebrity that was seen with his entourage. I would rank this a 12 out of 10! I will certianly be going back upon my next visit to Toronto.





Anthony / November 17, 2009 at 04:47 pm
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The steaks are simply amazing we took our office party and have an
amazing time! I would recommend this place anytime!

Regards
Anthony
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Shawn / January 18, 2010 at 11:42 am
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I've been here 5 or 6 times. This place is hands down the best steakhouse in toronto. The meat, the wines, the atmosphere the history, its got it all.
Sheila Roberts / January 5, 2011 at 02:12 pm
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One of the best restaurants in Toronto. The owner is truly charming and the staff top notch. I never miss an opportunity to bring people to Barberian's. The history, the cocktails, the wine list and THE FOOD = outstanding. I feel like a rockstar everytime I visit this establishment. Highly recommended.
J ONeill / February 22, 2011 at 06:56 pm
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Enjoyed a fantastic NY Striploin and Filet Mignon dinner on Saturday Evening. We are looking forward to returning with family and friends.
george / February 18, 2012 at 07:50 pm
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by far the best newyork steak.the boss is a icon in the downtown toronto area.recommended this steak house to my friends and my clients
Steven R / June 11, 2012 at 07:03 pm
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I ended up here a few days ago for lunch in a group of ten as result of someone else's decision not by mine. I'm a health nut and on a restrictive diet and I knew I was going to have trouble making it through the meal. I had initially refused to go but after tears were shed about my potential absence I figured I'd make my best effort to make the best of the situation.

There was not a single entrée which I was willing to order so I politely asked for an appetizer as my entrée and things were going okay. It wasn't very good, produce wasn't very fresh and inedible portions were included (not as garnish). But fine, it is a steakhouse, and I'm a black sheep.

I was starting to feel comfortable, and happy that I didn't continue putting up blocks to my group making it's visit (and spending a lot of money), but then for the first time in years I was criticised for my healthy lifestyle by the owner of all people. Though it was a minor comment, it wasn't necessary and I wouldn't be writing this had it not been said. (To be fair he does seem like a nice guy, but probably confused by alternative diets)

I understand that at the core of Barberians' brand image is heart unhealthy food, but would one healthy entrée really ruin that?

BOTTOM LINE: don't go here if you are a healthy eater, and if you are a healthy eater in a group of normal eaters, I caution you to beware that it will be an awkward meal.

I would recommend this for people who wish to indulge in an evening of gluttony, the other members of my group had great comments.
barb mcadorey / June 17, 2012 at 07:42 pm
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thank you, thank you, for an evening of enjoyable cuisine and fun - my family including 2 grand kids had a great time and a great feast - best house in the city - best service - best food - what more can I say - it is our restaurant to go - as it was in our past before the kids and grand kids
joe mama replying to a comment from Steven R / October 30, 2012 at 12:49 pm
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You expected something healthy at Barberian's, and because you didn't find it you criticized it? Are you some kind of idiot? I find it difficult to believe that someone would shed a tear for you not wanting to be around.
joe mama replying to a comment from Steven R / October 30, 2012 at 01:16 pm
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You're criticizing them for not having healthy choice? Thanks for your contribution to this thread *note the sarcasm*.
Jon M. replying to a comment from Steven R / November 14, 2012 at 04:06 pm
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Since when is a 9 ounce tenderloin unhealthy? Everyone agrees lean cuts of beef is fine in small doses. The place has a fish of the day as well. What are you on about? This is the stupidest comment I have ever read. You deserved to be made fun of as you are an idiot and ignorant when it comes to nutrition.
Lisa replying to a comment from Steven R / November 22, 2012 at 09:31 pm
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I notice you've taken a bit of abuse on this page of comments..and I'm sorry to add to it however I feel your comments are rather harsh. To call people gluttons for eating at this establishment is simply rude uneducated... I can eat about 4 to 6 ounces of red meat in one sitting which is approximately what the Canada food guide tells you....some may wish to indulge in an 8 to 12 ounce steak however it doesn't make someone a glutton. It sounds to me like you are a vegan...don't go to a steak house if you're a vegan...hello...
John replying to a comment from Steven R / December 1, 2012 at 03:31 pm
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You are taken takes you to a fine restaurant and you complain? I hope you didn't get anything on your pink Mary Kay blouse and blazer................
Charles / December 27, 2012 at 10:45 pm
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replying to a comment from Steven R. Did you not see the part of the menu that had the diet water?
bob / December 29, 2012 at 02:58 am
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i'm sorry that ppl are being so mean to a comment that you obviously thought was helpful.

i've never been to this restaurant, but i've been to others where the staff have been offhandedly rude or offensive, and whether they were intentionally so or not, i, and i'm sure many others, have known how that sort of thing can spoil a good evening out.

and for the rest of you... you have no idea at all what his restrictive diet is, or lifestyle. he might be a vegitarian who is very uncomfortable with killing animals for food,
or he might be someone who once loved, but was forced to give up red meat, and looking at it all is like poking fun at a recovering addict.

or possibly the sight of meat just makes him ill. which is fine and valid, and it's not for you ppl to judge.

he did not put comments up for you to be jerks about his lifestyle choices, he put it up to warn against a place that might be mean to other ppl.

too bad you lot are so much worse.
Foodie / January 4, 2013 at 11:12 am
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This restaurant was overpriced and overhyped. Slap a cut of meat and a side on a plate and call it a day. I did not at all enjoy myself. Furthermore, our server did not extend the same enthusiasm while serving us as he had the two tables beside us. I have to sometimes wonder if all these amazing reviews are generated by a PR team for the restaurant.
T / January 12, 2013 at 05:03 pm
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no, just no. horrible food
Jose Calderon / February 15, 2013 at 07:59 pm
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This message is for Bob and StevenR -- stop being a couple of douchebags.
canadian indian / May 17, 2013 at 02:26 am
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i cant believe some guy has a complaint about the place, this was the best meal of 2012 for me. id reccomend the appetizers for any health nut
amir replying to a comment from Steven R / September 8, 2013 at 10:31 pm
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If you don't want to eat steak, you should probably not choose a STEAKHOUSE. Ordering a vegetarian appetizer at a steak house is as out of place as ordering a porterhouse at a vegan restaurant.
Stephen / February 28, 2014 at 12:51 pm
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I have been dining at this restaurant for the last 55 years. The best in the country for fine cuisine including steaks.
Joe replying to a comment from Stephen / March 8, 2014 at 08:48 am
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It was nice seeing a current rating on here as we have been contemplating going to this steakhouse. Trust the review from you Stephen - 55 years speaks volumes! Looking forward to try. Was going to seek out the wagyu but not sure now. Cheers.
MeatNPotatoes / March 9, 2014 at 09:35 am
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On a mission to find a great steak and atmosphere. We have been to many and decided to try Barberian's last night. Barberian's is truly a hidden gem, slightly off the beaten path. (Yonge Street) They decor was vintage Canadiana, the rooms were cozy not over sized and the noise level was acceptable for table conversation. The service was excellent from the booking, arriving and our waiters. The steak was also excellent, I ordered the 9oz Top Sirloin, medium Chicago. It arrived crisp on the outside, medium on the inside and after my first cut the juices just flowed. Worth another visit perhaps in the summer. I recommend Barberian's for the atmosphere and great steak! Score 9/10. I only ranked one steak house 10/10 and that was Maestro's in Beverly Hills, where my medium Pittsburgh steak was chard on the outside, medium on the inside, juicy and melted in your mouth.
That's the difference between the best and great steak!
Drama Q / March 25, 2014 at 01:38 am
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Bob and Steven R are def the same guy. Ego hurt, he pretends to be another person to back himself up. You know if you're going to write as a new person, you shouldn't be passive aaggressive and narcissistic in both rants. It gives you away so easily.
Dewster / April 6, 2014 at 06:09 pm
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An excellent steakhouse with super service, an insane wine list but strangely not from great years. They dislike you bringing in your own bottle but will allow it for a $40 corking fee. Classic desserts Crème Brulee etc. Better than the Keg and cheaper than others mentioned above. 1600 degrees should also be mentioned in this list. Some interesting Amarone available here.
prw / July 24, 2014 at 05:28 pm
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Barbarians was a teribble evening! The service was week. They forgat that we were there and the resturant was not busy. The steak was average and was over priced!
Never going back and will tell all!

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