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Le Select Bistro

Posted by Staff / Listed on October 12, 2007 / review policy

Le Select BistroLe Select Bistro is a classic Parisian Bistro that cooks up favourites like entrecote steak frites and pied-de-cochon.



Halle Forrester / June 30, 2009 at 09:07 am
After dining in this establishment various times, I have become increasingly disappointed with the food and the service. And if the bad food and service weren't enough, the latest reason to disdain this eatery stems from their recent attempt to use their website for anti-Israel hate speech and propaganda. The owner of the restaurant was quoted in the "National Post" that he stands by his claims, however he removed his racist rant from his website shortly after it was posted because he realized his views might hurt his business. I guess dollar signs are more important than his convictions. Pathetic restaurant run by pathetic people.
Glen Murray / July 16, 2009 at 08:00 am
Great atmosphere, great food and lovely service. Really a fine dining experience. But I miss the affordable little hole in the wall on Queen Street West were this was one of those truly great neighbourhood establishments where people gathered for well priced great food. It was about as real a Parisien bistro as you could find in Toronto.
It is now sadly so upmarket as not to be a true bistro and had morphed into yet another one of the decor obsessed French Restaurants masquarading as a bistro. All the bistro menu items are there but those that have been to Paris will know that bistros are not places that are priced and styled to be a special occaission restaurant.
parker / September 21, 2009 at 12:02 pm
I love this place. Reminds me of Pastis in NY.. I like the new, more upscale location it makes dining more of an experience as opposed to the hurriedness of their old location. Too busy, too cheap, and too noisy. Not at all what I would consider to be very "French", borderline trashy actually.

Wellington is also a great street for the patio to face, quiet yet enough foot traffic for people watching during the day with a bottle of champagne. Very romantic spot as well for wine/ cheese and conversation..
Pat / November 23, 2009 at 01:06 am
Very Dissappointing indeed. Went to Le Select recently for a girlfriend's birthday and received horrendous service from waiter named Jeremy. First off we didn't order much wine because most of us drove, and we got crappy treatment from that point onward. He even had the nerve to tell one of us "is that all your getting" when she ordered a soup! One of the girls overheard him mutter "worst table ever" to another server, which of course we weren't. To top that off after we paid our bill with cash which included gratuities (it was counted by myself, a former, very ACCURATE cash office manager and I didn't have a drop of alcohol in me) he chased after us as we left the restaurant and demanded that we were $15 dollars short! I believe he was hustling a MUCH UNDESERVED TIP from us. I have previously dined at Le Select MANY TIMES and My former experiences at Le Select have been fantastic and the food is always terrific authentic french dining. After this experience I DO NOT RECOMMEND DINING HERE!
True-dat / December 9, 2009 at 11:41 am
Looks like the crappy service isn't an anomaly here. Snooty staff, half-assed service and of course they expect you pay the gratuity. I guess they're really replicating the true Parisian experience. I wouldn't even recommend this place to my in-laws!
Doreen replying to a comment from Halle Forrester / December 22, 2009 at 09:29 am
good to know I have been reading up the the place, being a French food adorer. I shall not opt.
LuG / February 17, 2010 at 01:32 pm
If so inclined, go for drink and check out the bar. It's a great spot to visit. Then head up to King St. and find somewhere to eat as the above comments ring true - average food and merdique service.
Bad_Self replying to a comment from True-dat / June 26, 2010 at 11:46 am
I'd say the staff is a bit uptight - but still very hospitable. It's just that the place (and menu too) seem more relaxed than the waiters.

I love the food and the ambiance there. Good Real French Classic Bistro is hard to find in TO.

On another note, why would you let one person's opinion here prevent you from checking it out yourself? Especially from someone who sounds as goodtimes-averse as the upset poster above.
Mehrad / November 17, 2010 at 11:28 am
I have been to Le Select twice. The first time, I ordered benedicts and it was by far the worst benedict I have ever tasted in my entire life!

It was so undercooked that when I attempted to eat it, the eggwhite ran all over my plate!!!!! The expereince was so bad that the next time I was there, I was afraid of ordering Benedict again!!!
Katie / December 6, 2010 at 09:31 pm
Le Select is a fabulous bistro - almost like Pastis in NYC or L'express in Montreal with a great French bistro atmosphere and tasty food. I had brunch at Le Select back in October. We sat out on the patio, and it was a fantastic place to enjoy the last of the nice weather. The service was really slow at first, but it seemed they just forgot about us and once we got that straightened out it was better.

We all enjoyed our brunch food and drinks - especially the Caesar, but the food portions are small for the price. Parking is good if you have a car. I'd definitely recommend it,and plan to go back to try it for dinner soon.
moe / April 2, 2011 at 02:37 pm
putting it all in perspective, i should say the service is not the finest but it is adequate for a french bistro, though the food is always on the better side. good quality food and very good variety. i do recommend the place and you need to check it out if live in toronto, or even visiting. ox tail, lamb burger, duck confit, and the list goes on. yummy, oh, if you're a like heavy dishes though, you may still want more.
Colin / April 13, 2011 at 01:38 am
I filmed a scene for a short student film on LeSelect's patio during the summer of 2009 and I found the staff to be very accomodating, open and helpful, even volunteering some of the restarant's articles for use as props. I was, frankly dumbstruck, by their enthusiasm and hospitality for helping out our motley crew of student filmmakers. I look forward to my next visit as a customer.
Wulf / December 2, 2011 at 11:34 am
Love this place. Have gone there multiple time for a "fancy" night out with the wife, and it brings back good memories of Paris. If only it were cheaper so I could go on a weekly basis.
TY / January 3, 2012 at 06:39 pm
We've been going to Le Select since they were located at their Queen St location, but we've been getting more and more disappointed with the restaurant over time. First the Tarte Nicoise morphed into a soggy pile of puff pastry beyond recognition. Then the service started going downhill. The last straw for us came on a recent visit in mid-Dec 2011 for brunch. One of our staple plates was the steak and eggs consisting of a good sized NY strip steak, a sunny-side up egg and a large portion of frites. On the last visit, the frites and egg were still there, but the steak shrank into an egg yolk-like mass--only slightly larger than a TOONIE--and completely hidden by the egg draped over top! The menu description had not changed, nor the price of entree. After questioning the waitress, apparently Le Select had changed their cut of meat for something "higher-end" and that the cows are usually "smaller during winter". (..)

A most disappointing experience and one that we'll never seek out again.
bofbdfb / April 13, 2012 at 04:03 pm
fucking piece motherfucker suck on a fat black dick this resturant is fucking ugly
woof woof / July 27, 2012 at 12:13 pm
We love this place. The atmosphere and food are both good. But this is not a PET FRIENDLY restaurant while they claim themselves to have a pet friendly patio. We made our booking on the phone a week ago and ask specifically if they have a pet friendly patio. At the time of the conversation they said yes, they do have one. But then we got denied at the door because their patio entrance has been blocked by a customer and cannot accommodate our furry animal!
monty watersnake / February 7, 2013 at 09:01 pm
simply fabulous! one of my favorite spots in town.
Rose C. / March 21, 2013 at 10:22 pm
Went there for brunch 10 days ago and could taste something off with the eggs and goat cheese. Ended up getting FOOD POISONING and throwing up the entire night straight.. and couldn't eat for 2 days straight thereafter.

After being prompted by close friends and family to give the restaurant feedback, I went by the restaurant today to speak to the manager and let him know what happened. I politely explained what happened.

The restaurant manager took no responsibility for what happened. He did not offer even a simple apology, and proceeded to tell me that he couldn't do anything about it, and next time to contact the Health inspector directly since Le Select doesn't have a health lab on site to run food quality checks.

Needless to say I am disappointed by the event itself... but even more so by the restaurant manager's lack of concern or responsiveness.
Kia / March 30, 2013 at 08:16 pm
We went there for brunch today and it was NOT good at all. Worst part was the service! Our waitress who was a young girl was really rude. When i asked her for some water, she actually told me " She's taking care of million things!"
Coffe was cold and all items were over priced. Restaurants like Le Sélect Bistro MUST come to a realization that it's not old good days any more! Their low quality and over priced menu items can't hide under their location and label anymore. The management also must tell the employees that they are not doing customers favor.
JoQ / July 29, 2013 at 10:02 pm
Great food, amazing outdoor seating... But long wait on the weekend. Which is a bit of a buzz kill.
Michael / March 14, 2014 at 05:47 pm
Love Le Select. I honestly can't believe all the whining here. Authentic French brasserie food in a lovely atmosphere. And I love the BYOW policy.
Justin / June 2, 2014 at 02:08 pm
I love this place and have been going since it was on Queen W. It's comfortable, delicious, and fun. The wait staff are excellent, the wine list is to die for and meals are always well prepared. In the years I have been going, I always had good experiences. Le Select gives you French Bistro done right. It is fun to go on a Friday or Saturday night with friends or clients - in grand bistro style, it always gets just a little rowdy later in the evening.
Mary Beaty / October 7, 2014 at 02:55 pm
We had a wonderful birthday dinner here. Whitefish mousse, beef marrow just perfect, bouillabaisse and a great boudin noir with little rosti. Nice tarte au citron for dessert. Some champagne, and a bordeaux (house red!). Really nice staff, friendly and attentive, a very memorable night. At one point I looked out the window and forgot I was in Toronto, surrounded by looming condos. Nice in summer on the patio, but great in the fall. yum.
MY / February 14, 2015 at 03:45 pm
i went here earlier today to try the croque Monsieur and French onion soup. Soup was tasty but the croque Monsieur was kind of small and the bread was tough.
Service wasn't the best. The waiter didn't check up on us or refill our water. Sad to say I won't be coming back again.
Iliana & Serg / August 6, 2015 at 09:00 am
“From the outside, Le Select Bistro advertises itself with a hard-to-miss patio tucked away in the shade, surrounded by greens and flowers - it speaks of serenity on Wellington.”
“If you are looking to work on your French dish pronunciation, Le Select is definitely the place to visit for your practice. Our waitress didn't leave a dish we pronounced un-corrected."
“As we dug in, we were surprised to find out that the duck meat did not fall off the bone as we imagined and craved. As a matter of fact, the meat was a bit on the dry side. The crispy skin made up for this short-coming. “

A few bites from our full experience:

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