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499 Church St.,
Toronto, Ontario M4Y 2C6
43.665318 -79.380598
Despite calling itself the “grand matriarch of the gay village” on its website, Byzantium has seen better days, judging by the dated (if massive) list of ’90s cocktails and the faded decor, which doubtless looks better when the lights go down and the place becomes a club. At its best, the place turns out competent renditions of classics, like an expertly seared, cowboy-spiced steak in a complex blackberry-malbec jus. But that plate is sided with the same perfunctory boiled vegetables—carrot slices, broccoli—that adorn most of the others, like a salmon fillet in a flavourless tandoori rub. Kudos is due to the kitchen, however, for coming up with an actually novel take on poutine: an onion blossom deep-fried and smothered in rich beef gravy with good cheese curds.


Neighbourhood: Church-Wellesley Village

Wheelchair accessible: Yes

Vegetarian options: Yes

Licensed: Yes

Bring your own bottle: No

Kitchen open late: No

Outdoor dining: Yes

Private/bookable room: No

Delivery: No

Take out: No

Takes reservations: Yes

Caters: No

Free Wi-Fi: Yes

Good for: Groups

Serves: Dinner

Payment methods: Visa, Amex, MasterCard, Interac, Cash

Days Closed: Holidays