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The Best Steak Tartare in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / May 31, 2013

Tartare TorontoThe best steak tartare in Toronto is a true-blue carnivore's treat. Served at bistros, steakhouses and upscale dining rooms, the iconic dish is typically composed of raw, finely chopped steak, though elk, venison and horse all make the cut here.

Here is where to find the best steak tartare in Toronto.

See also:

The Best French Restaurants in Toronto
The Best Steakhouses in Toronto
The Best Steak Frites in Toronto

Photo of the tartare at Ursa by Paul S. Manson. Photo of La Palette from deliriousmxviii in the BlogTO flickr pool

416 Snack Bar

416 Snack Bar

It’s hard to keep up with the ever changing offerings at this boisterous Bathurst and Queen snack bar, but the steak tartare is on the menu pretty regularly. Served atop two crostini per order, the $6 tartare toasts are excellent value and hard to resist when available. More »

La Palette

La Palette

This French bistro made its name in Kensington Market before resettling at its current Queen West address. On the menu the tartare is served with crostini and offered as appetizers or mains ($17-45) in a choice of beef, venison or horse. More »

Ursa

Ursa

Situated on West Queen West, Ursa does beautifully presented quenelles of elk tartare ($18). Served with pine bark, fresh greens and strips of elk charqui (South American style jerky). The artful plate comes garnished with a swoosh of orange preserve, pickled mustard seeds, sumac and orange zest. More »

Union

Union

At Union on Lower Ossington the sublime steak tartare is ground from lean cuts of inside or outside round and is delicately mixed with dijon, fine olive oil and soy sauce. On the plate it’s served with gluten free corn bread that’s seared in duck fat and accompanied by habanero bread and butter pickles. More »

La Societe

La Societe

Situated in Yorkville, overlooking the Mink Mile, the style and ambition of this posh French bistro echos the 1920’s. Here, the steak tartare ($29) is served with a pile of thin frites and crostini, and, dressed with mustard, caper vinaigrette and topped with a quail egg. More »

Bestellen

Bestellen

This meat-centric College Street restaurant, changes up the steak tartare ($14) seasonally, taking creative license with variations like crushed hazelnuts and crispy guanciale mixed into hand-chopped meat before finishing with mirco greens, shaved padano cheese and a quail egg. Each order comes with thin, crisp rustic toasts generously buttered. More »

Scaramouche

Scaramouche

The spicy steak tartare ($19) at this 30 year old, Avenue Road restaurant owes its heat to the addition of fresh hot peppers blended into hand-cut filet mignon with house-made mayo. It’s presented as a sculpted tower, topped with garlic crostini and fresh picked watercress. More »

Ici Bistro

Ici Bistro

Ici Bistro on Harbord St. does tartare three ways, Au Naturel, Savoyard or the ultra luxe Bordelaise that comes topped with raw oysters and caviar. Each order comes with accoutrements like potatoes gratin, crispy frites or potato beignets, but if selecting just one becomes a challenge, try all three in a trio ($24-32). More »

Campagnolo

Campagnolo

While the menu tends to vary frequently, the tartare ($14) at Campagnolo on Dundas West makes pretty regular appearances. Preparations vary from time to time but the most popular version takes advantage of 60 day aged beef tossed in a classic gribiche (hard cook eggs, mustard, gherkins, parsley, chives and capers) before serving and sauced with a sour cream-based truffle sauce. More »

Discussion

24 Comments

commoncents / May 31, 2013 at 03:21 pm
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ewwwwww! this is the best way to get food poisoning! do you have any idea what a meat processing plant looks like. cook your meat please.
citygirl replying to a comment from commoncents / May 31, 2013 at 03:27 pm
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Do you even know what tartare is? They don't make tartare at a meat processing plant...the meat would be coming straight from a butcher.
Michael replying to a comment from citygirl / May 31, 2013 at 03:28 pm
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Don't feed the troll!
mar / May 31, 2013 at 03:35 pm
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ewww
sw replying to a comment from citygirl / May 31, 2013 at 03:58 pm
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Ignore the morons. Let's be honest, they're not the ones even eating at places that serve steak tartare.
David / May 31, 2013 at 03:59 pm
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I'll always remember being out with friends at a Montreal restaurant, one of whom ordered steak tartare medium-well.
Matt / May 31, 2013 at 04:19 pm
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How is Le Select's Bison tartare with pistachios not on this list?
Spacer replying to a comment from David / May 31, 2013 at 04:22 pm
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Actually many bistros in Paris offer a slight grill on the tartare - they even have a word for it but I forget right now (but it ain't "medium-well"). I don't know why though, it kills the texture.

Another thing - close to 30 bucks is silly, it is generally one of the cheaper items in France. Maybe its expensive here because you need to go out of your way to source beef nice enough to eat raw. Kinda scary if true.
shelley / May 31, 2013 at 04:24 pm
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GUSTO101 has AMAZING steak tartare as well!
get real / May 31, 2013 at 05:31 pm
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this is not the 1800s! all meat is is butchered and process at the same place. raw is just f*cking dirty! btw, the first pick looks like dog food.
BH replying to a comment from get real / May 31, 2013 at 06:19 pm
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Just keep putting on a show of your ignorance for the entertainment of the rest of us. Next thing you'll be telling us is a McDonalds burger is the same as a sirloin steak. Just stick with your tofu and veggies which is no problem because it means more tartare for the rest of us.
torontodude replying to a comment from get real / May 31, 2013 at 06:29 pm
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i'm gonna go out on a limb and say you r not a fan of carpaccio either.....damn that stuff is good
ewww / May 31, 2013 at 06:57 pm
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Really...ewwwsh...all prepared by a dirt nail $8 cooking helper...Go Toronto Go
BS replying to a comment from BH / May 31, 2013 at 07:31 pm
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Aren't you a pretentious hipster! I guess you enjoy foie gras too?
BH replying to a comment from BS / May 31, 2013 at 07:34 pm
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I'm too old and practical to be a hipster, but you aren't too young and inexperienced to be a douche. ;-)
Brock / June 1, 2013 at 08:02 am
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Great list.

Snack Bar has amazing tartare! I didn't like Ici! Bistro as much but it was still good.
BY replying to a comment from BH / June 1, 2013 at 04:10 pm
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Old and practical? More like dimwitted and imbecilic.
BO replying to a comment from BH / June 1, 2013 at 11:42 pm
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Sorry, "douche" is totally a hipster term. I'll bet you use "troll" a lot too. Enjoy your tartare and foie gras, hipster.
GL replying to a comment from Spacer / June 2, 2013 at 04:40 pm
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That's a variation originally thought to have been created for those who could/would not eat raw meat.
It's called Tartare Aller-retour
LMIH / June 2, 2013 at 05:00 pm
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I second the fact le Select has a great steak tartare
Skyler replying to a comment from commoncents / June 3, 2013 at 12:31 pm
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Unless you know farmers or hunters! Not everyone waits for their food to be delivered to a grocery store before they eat.
Eric j. / June 5, 2013 at 12:08 pm
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More like the only 9 places that serve tartare in toronto
josh josephson / June 19, 2013 at 04:19 pm
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the vast majority of food selctive people that i know vote chef didier leroy's beef tartar the best classsic beef tartar in the gta.
Jessica Baker / February 27, 2014 at 03:11 pm
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I have to say, The Chase has the best tartar I've had in the city, and I've tried a lot of them!

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