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Las Brasas

Posted by Staff / Listed on April 28, 2011 / review policy

Las Brasas TorontoLas Brasas is a new restaurant and bar in Corso Italia that has taken over for the now closed Cosmo restaurant.

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Ian / June 6, 2011 at 05:04 pm
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This is not a Portuguese restaurant... It's an Argentine parilla (grill house) that serves typically Argentine food.
Ariel Lammand / June 9, 2011 at 03:30 pm
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I visited this restaurant recently with some friends. I have to say that the food is amazing. Parrilla is very good and the price is very ok. The service is also good.
Velia Romo / September 4, 2011 at 11:59 am
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I have a dinner in this restaurant, was Great!
Food, the best ! tasty, real flavor, service good, the steak take abit longer but sooooooo worth it!!!
Desserts wowoowow!
Decent prices,
diego / November 15, 2011 at 09:50 am
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We had dinner here a few weeks ago and it was pretty bad.
We got there (we had a reservation), the place was empty but the waiter, who was in the back of the restaurant, made us wait for about 10 minutes without even coming to greet us (he just waived his hand).
The menu seemed interesting (bife de chorizo, entraña, milanesa, chorizo, etc). We got one bife de chorizo, one entraña, and one parrillada, all with french fries.
The bife the chorizo was more like a cheap cut from walmart. It didn't look like bife de chorizo, it didn't taste like bife de chorizo... I believe it wasn't a bife de chorizo at all :).
The parrillada was a mix of bad pieces of meat put together. And the fries... were frozen (McCain?) fries..

The place is bizarre.. The music was first reggaeton, then salsa and merengue, nothing less argentine than that..

The only good thing was the wine.. that helped us stay there and "enjoy".
Uter Cox / November 27, 2011 at 04:49 pm
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Went to this restaurant twice, first time invited by co-workers and second time with my family, tried parrilla and I have to say that it was good, lots of meat to share, second time I tried the same thing. We waited to be seated, the place is small, we had a reservation, but got there with more people than planned... I guess they need a waiting area. The food is good, the service is ok when is not too busy.
jonathan G / December 2, 2011 at 01:46 pm
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Address please
Steven / January 10, 2012 at 10:34 pm
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We went with the family for my birthday.
I have never been in a worst restaurant in my life.
The service was horrible, the waiter didn't know anything about the menu, but he made things up to cover his ignorance and mislead us.
Let me explain first that when we arrived it was almost empty, only one table was taken.
We order some appetizers, it took forever to bring them.
The "empanadas" was an option as an appetizer and that we ordered, but instead of empanadas they were perogies, yes fried perogies.
Then we ordered "parrilla" it was supposed to be a kind of bbq. In the menu it was listed what items were included.
Well there were not all of them there and the meat tasted fried instead of grilled. When we complain about the missing items, the waiter order them. When we were ready to leave the brought them to the table and some of those were still raw. It looks like they were frozen before.

I don't recommend this place, they really don't know what they are doing, it is very expensive and it is a total scam!
mayor dodge replying to a comment from Steven / January 11, 2012 at 11:45 am
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Sorry to hear about that, Steven. Looks like another place to boycott and the server needs a good spanking.
Arj / January 11, 2012 at 07:59 pm
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Great Food. Our party left satisfied
Rodrigo B. / January 14, 2012 at 12:03 am
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Hello.
As one the owners of Las Brasas, Id like to invite to our regular and new clients to our restaurant. Everybody can personally check our service and our food, and of course our price list, nothing is hidden, everything is here to be enjoyed. We are always open to suggestions and of course we understand that we can sometimes make mistakes, but when that happens we react quickly, we understand that our business is based on quality food and quality service. I have access to check our reservations system, customer service system, client data base, etc,; we have different reservations for different ocassions, but none for Steven and his unhappy birthday. We trust on our people and what we do, that's why we have loyal customers, and, of course we pay attention to any complain, but no complain was received from this person.
If the situation was real, why the complain was not made on time to the right person?.
We think that some people has time enough to try to boicot places, not only this, but many others just because they are not happy with their own lives, which is ok. Here at las Brasas we enjoy and we do everything we can to please our customer, we are no hidden, we are not a profile behind internet, we have an address a tasty menu and our doors are always open for our regulars and new customers. Thanks
Dany F. / January 14, 2012 at 02:52 pm
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Hola!
I visitid Las Brasas this week for second time with friends and family, I have to say that we had an amazing time, the music was good, the environment ok and what they do best is the Parrilla, which is mix of grilled meats. The place is small though and gets busy and loud... but its nice to have a place like this in Toronto. The only issue is I think we waited around 20 mnts for our Parrilla.
Phillipe / January 18, 2012 at 08:28 pm
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I cant believe how big the portions are here!, great meats (grilled me... simple menu, not recommended for veg people!.
Virginia / January 22, 2012 at 11:04 pm
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Las Brasas telephone number is not listed?
Charly ZCherny / January 25, 2012 at 03:56 pm
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We don't have too many options when it comes to good south american food in the city, (not talking about latin food), we have just a bunch of them, but just a few with real quality, Las Brasas menu is very simple, but genuine and with some modifications...but meat is meat and even when the place is nice and well maintained, they dont care about the fancy stuff and attitude, they just serve food, which from time to time is good. We liked the massive portions of grilled meats (Parrilla)... and the price, for 4 guests was under $90. I cannot be a regular since I live far from them but I do recommend this place.
Vincenzo A.F. / January 26, 2012 at 08:47 pm
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What I liked from this place is that they always have something new going on... and they pay attention to details, like music, decoration and aromas. Argentinians, like Uruguayans and Chileans are mostly Europeans so I wouldn't take this place as a latin place, more like a mix of interesting cultures, but I do recommend what they call parrilla, which is like a mix of grilled meats, good portions. What I didn't like; It gets noisy and loud sometimes. been there twice.
Helena / January 29, 2012 at 11:59 pm
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a real lunch for $15 bucks in a nice place.
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Tamari replying to a comment from Rodrigo B. / February 2, 2012 at 10:20 pm
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I was reading reviews about this restaurant because I have never eaten there and it looks very interesting. I love new dining experiences and always seek out new places to eat in.

But one thing that really turns me off is when an owner calls a customer a liar when all they did was read a story on a blog. Sure there are probably haters out there, but your establishment should speak for itself. It does make me wonder what kind of service I would receive from an owner that easily jumps to conclusions like this. In this case, the customer is not always right, it seems.
Sandra PL. / February 5, 2012 at 01:30 pm
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Busy Place on weekends. I liked the Sangria.
Dan. / February 12, 2012 at 01:06 pm
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First time at Las Brasas. The bad: it gets too busy (for what I saw on weekends) so you have to wait a little while to be seated and be served; is not a big place so the capacity becames tight. The good: portions are more than ok, the serve honest and simple food without trying to be fancy or over the top, friendly people and accomodating. Overall we left satisfied.
Sophia / February 22, 2012 at 10:04 am
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The food is amazing at this place! I've gone back several times! The beef empanadas and la parrilla for two is what I always go for!I don't even live in the city, I live up north and still manage to go to this restaurant.
Melissa / February 26, 2012 at 11:00 pm
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This place was by far the worst service I have ever had!

Table of four people. Took forever to order drinks. Once we got our drinks, they were wrong. Server Brought out bread an "salsa", but no plates. Once the plates were brought out , one fork was missing. Asked for a fork 3 times. Took forever to order food and round two of drinks. Apps were ordered but never got served. Drinks were wrong again and main was served while still waiting for fork! One more drink was ordered...a vodka soda....when served it def was not vodka. Server had no idea what it was but did say bar was out of vodka. So rather than come back to tell us that, the bartender decided to make some random drink. Dessert was ordered but not served.

We were charged for the apps we never received, and the mystery drink that was sent back. The waiter argued that we did in fact get the apps.

The food was ok. The music was lame and annoying.

I should say that the server did try to make up for it by giving us free pisci sours and a free half liter o wine, but seriously.... How many times can you screw up???? The free stuff did not make up for our "wasted night out".

I would never go back nor would I recommend the place again.
Alen Salvador / March 5, 2012 at 04:14 pm
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I had reservations at 1:30 p.m. today. I went and the place was closed. No one was there. Knocked for a few minutes. Called a few times but I just kept getting the machine and mailbox is (always) full so I could not leave a message. What happened today was very upsetting and disappointing. If anyone from Las Brasas reads my message, you can contact me to explain. You have my contact info which you took when I made the reservation last week.
Mary Ann Krops G. / March 13, 2012 at 03:16 pm
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I went to Las Brasas and my family and me had a very good experience. The place gets busy I have to say, so the service does gets slow... but they're charming, the food we ordered was good, tasty and good portions, I dont remember eating that amount of food for 20 dollars, no wonder why gets busy... I saw other reviews here, but I have to say that people acts like in Macdonalds.. they want everything rght away and they expect perfection in a place where for waht I saw, the main charming is being homey and serve good food for low price, one thing for another I guess.

Daniel R. / March 14, 2012 at 06:58 pm
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Cool place, I liked the way they serve the food. It's a new place I think, managed by young people, so for those who expect ettiquete and high end service this isn't the place, instead is fresh... relaxed, they care about food and being nice, at least that was our first impression. Pisco was excellent.
Amaya Rodriguez / March 15, 2012 at 06:56 pm
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This small place is very romantic... I went on Valentines and they have a delicious menu and aphrodisiac drinks (...) and they also had a wonderful Violinist performing during the night. Our experience was wonderful.
Tabatah V. / March 24, 2012 at 09:28 pm
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Small cozy place, Parrilla is an amazing mix of grilled meats. The guys there are very charming and accomodating.
Alicia H. / March 28, 2012 at 05:52 pm
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Me encantaron las carnes, gracias por la atencion. Excelente lugar... nos vemos pronto.
Aurora Customer / March 31, 2012 at 05:55 pm
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Good parrilla. Good Wines. Nice place. I recommend this place.
Ma. Carla F. / April 3, 2012 at 02:09 pm
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Todo rico y porciones mas que justas. Lindo, lindo lugar... nos hacia falta. Gracias!
Ashley Smith / April 5, 2012 at 02:52 pm
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Wow!! We went to Las Brasas lastnigth... after some reviews stating that on weekends gets too busy, we decided to go on Wednesday. The place is beautiful, tiny and very cozy. The servers (I don't know if they the owners) are super nice and smiley. The menu was simple, a few good wines, tablas. We order the specialty, the parrilla. AMAZING. we took the leftovers home. doggy bags recommended. The bill was $80, for two people, incluiding the big parrila, appetizer and a bottle of Chilean wine, where else??. We recommend this place, but please go with empty stomach.
Victoria / April 7, 2012 at 09:33 am
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Had been told this was one of two Argentinian restaurants in Toronto. Went last night and am only writing this review to protect anybody who may consider going there to eat. If you're going to drink and listen to music, that's one thing. But the food and the owner's belligerent attitude will stop us ever setting foot in there again. The waiter, who was doing his best, (he had only been there 3 days), is not to be blamed at all. The meat I was given was inedible. I have never seen a cut of meat like that. My husband was brought something he didn't order, and had to wait another ten minutes for the right entree, which had probably been purchased from the local Italian butchers. Sending my plate back less than half eaten, I asked for flan, but they didn't have any. A pancake filled with dulce de leche was brought instead, and it was not only cold, but I know that the pancake had not just been freshly made and cooked. This restaurant and the owner are an embarrassment to Argentina. We have just returned from a month there and nowhere did we encounter such a terrible attitude. On top of it all, there were no paper towels to dry your hands in the Women's washroom. No apology, nothing. Just an argument. That's why I've gone to the bother of writing this.
Ivana / April 7, 2012 at 08:29 pm
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We are Argentinians and in general, we love this place´s menu...as true argentinians we know and we eat tons of meat.

Pancakes are to be served cold or hot if dessert, unlike wraps or crepes which aren´t from Argentina. In general, more than one month is needed to understand Argentina. Everybody´s experiences are different according to our mood, what we expect, the way we treat people and the way we want to be treated. Our experience as a family is pretty satisfactory with this place. Good Luck!
Carla Desousa. / April 7, 2012 at 10:38 pm
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We just had our b-day party at Las Brasas tonight and it was super fun, our family and friends had a good time, exquisite food. The place was full, but they were pretty pleasing with us, my parent are from Uruguay, so we like meats and wine, they have one the best parrilla here. The only thing I´d say is that they should have a patio or enlarge the place to be able to accomodate everybody.

One advise for Canadians, be open minded to try new places and dont expect always what we always expect... for me, places like Las Brasas are more relaxed, they wouldnt kill anyone to serve a customer... if you know what I mean, that isnt bad service... is a different approach to the customers.

Guys if you see my review... Thanks again for the party!!! and sorry for our mess!!! Carla.
Daniel D / April 8, 2012 at 05:45 pm
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Dinner for two, with wine and dessert for ¿$50?. This place makes me happy. No attitude, No pretencious, good real food.
Jack A. replying to a comment from Victoria / April 9, 2012 at 03:17 am
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What a pretentious review...just one month in Argentina and she pretends she´s Eva Peron.

We are part of the Argentinian community in toronto, these guys are far to be a shame for our country as they are always helping out people and doing non profit activities at their resto. People should be more responsible with what they say/write regardless whether they are or not happy with their own lives. Andá a cagar!
Dante / April 11, 2012 at 12:08 pm
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I liked this place, but more recommended for young-middle age people. Parrilla is delicious. Food is simple, been there twice and got two different moods, weekdays more romantic and quiet, weekends loud and crowd. Ask for "empanadas", little delicacies.
Ma Jose G. / April 12, 2012 at 08:34 pm
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Todo muy rico, muy simpaticos y amables los muchachos, buen vino Chileno.
Ma Jose G. replying to a comment from Jack A. / April 12, 2012 at 09:12 pm
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I agree. She looks sad.
Arueste Gilb. / April 15, 2012 at 11:25 pm
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Delicious Sangría and empanadas. Pasta here is good too. Very convenient price point. I'm a regular since this weekend.
Dulcinea / April 19, 2012 at 02:01 am
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AMAZING FOOD!!! nice deco. Tried Chilean food here and it was great.
Joan F. / April 22, 2012 at 11:14 pm
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Today I ate here, I tried the "completo" and I have to say that for 5 bucks I had an amazing experience in my mouth (lol). This's a cool place to hang out w/friends, they have cocktails and tablas as well. I wanted to try "mote" so ask them what was that... instead explaining me they gave me a sample.. it was delicious!!! good place to do new dishes and change a little bit exploring the west side of St. Clair.
Erika Da Silva. / April 23, 2012 at 01:11 pm
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Tiny little jewel in the city with simple but meaninful food. This's the kind of place that every city needs to go at least once in our lives.
Chris Tine / April 28, 2012 at 06:53 pm
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We discovered this place by purchasing dinner for two through Groupon. Happily, we live in the neighbourhood, so the location is convenient. The restaurant is nicely decorated. Our server, and the kitchen staff waving through the window partition, was delightful and friendly. We had the taster parilla, a variety of grilled meats, which was served with rice, roasted and mashed potatoes, and an excellent mixed salad. The dressing and herbed salsa for the meats were freshly made and tasty. Actually, all the food was carefully made using fresh ingredients. The mixed grill was a lovely selection overall--one cut of meat was tough though, perhaps a bit of marinade might cure that. Generally, we had a positive experience and may well be back in future.
Gigi / May 10, 2012 at 07:06 pm
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this restaurant is a nice addition to the business landscape of Corso Italia. and down with those sourpussed customers.
Javiera C. / May 14, 2012 at 07:27 pm
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I just celebrated mother's day here. Kind people and nice place to eat Parrilla. I'll come back and bring some friends.
Jenna D / May 15, 2012 at 10:32 am
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Was considering coming here with a friend, but after reading the owner's belligerent response to a customer, I don't think I will be. I've seen enough episodes of Kitchen Nightmares to know that usually when the Chef/owner accuses an unhappy customer of being a liar that the place is usually on its way downhill. To say that someone is complaining about their meal being raw AND greasy because they are "not happy with their own lives, which is ok," is a dismissive and egotistical response. At another restaurant the other day, I received a free hair in my food, but the Chef came out and personally apologized, explained all the food to us and offered to make us fresh food or just take it off our bill. This is the way it should be. Rodrigo B. seems like the sleazy kind of owner who would accuse a customer of putting a hair in their food rather than admit his staff had some fault. Sorry, but I think the goal should be making your customers happy, not defending your ego.
Maureen replying to a comment from Jenna D / May 15, 2012 at 11:34 am
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If he did that to me and my friends, we would have rubbed the raw and greasy meat in his face, then tell him that we are now really happy with our lives. This ashcan of a resto needs to go bankrupt asap.
Andrés S. replying to a comment from Maureen / May 15, 2012 at 10:41 pm
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Weird that these two ladies are talking (with almost no time difference) about a place that they never visited before. Just common sense tells me that I wouldn't use my previous experiences or assumptions to judge people, situations or places. I don'know if this restaurant is good or not, reviews are so personal...and dissatisfied tend to review more than the happy ones, but I think that is always good to be fair.



Ninoska W. / May 16, 2012 at 06:53 pm
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LOVELY. Went lastnight with husband and one friend, they explained the food and suggested the salpicon, empanadas and assorted meats which were fresh and amazing. We tried the Parrilla and it was delicious, takes long time to wait, since they cook it from scratch, which's the tradition.... but it a good place to talk so it didn't bother to us. As suggested by staff is better to go during weekdays, because weekends gets too busy. Time 100% enjoyed.
Lucille FG / May 19, 2012 at 06:04 pm
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Charming little jewel. Casual, but ideal for a date. Good food and good price point in the far west side of St. Clair.
maggie poblete / May 21, 2012 at 08:11 pm
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excellente attendance ,food amazing, the owner very meticulous, perfecctist, very pleasant It had a great taste of south american chilean diches, are yummy, lol lol lol best times ever, and the music , i felt like dancing lol lol go there and see for yourself
Arietta C. / June 5, 2012 at 05:21 pm
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bello. Amazing. Rico. Chilean Empanadas are just a sin.
Karin Lafertt / June 9, 2012 at 04:43 am
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I love that they speak spanish!!
Chileans are cool and sophisticated and their food: Just exquisite! Salud! I'll go back and bring more people.
eman replying to a comment from Ian / June 28, 2012 at 11:44 am
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It was the worst food I ever ate in my life. And the arrogance and lack of manners from the staff was a sad joke. For those with any taste or culture would be wise to avoid wasting your time and money.
Eric / July 14, 2012 at 01:44 pm
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Looks like this place shut down.
Walter F. / August 2, 2012 at 07:17 pm
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We love Las Brasas!!!
Junior / January 31, 2013 at 10:45 pm
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Me and my boyfriend had been planning to go to this restaurant for weeks. When the time finally came we showed up and found it to be closed. We were very upset because I had been wanting him to get a taste of Argentina for a long time. We ended up going to a portugese restaurant, and my boyfriend ended up tasting Argentina later that night anyways ;)

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