Bistro 990 Restaurant
990 Bay Street, Toronto, ON, M5S 3A8
A star-studded cast supports the role of this mid-town French eatery.
|Cuisine Type |||French|
|Ambiance |||Bistro, Patio Dining, Star Sightings, Fine Dining|
|Meals Served |||Lunch, Dinner|
|Amenities |||Full Bar, Prix Fixe Menus, Wheelchair Accessible|
|Pricing |||$31 - $40|
|Payment |||Diner's Club En Route, MasterCard, American Express, Visa|
|Getting There |||Bay bus to Wellesley Street|
|Cross Street |||Bay and Wellesley|
|Lunch: Mon-Fri: 12-3PM; Dinner: Mon-Sat: 5:30-11PM, Sun: 5:30-10PM|
Profile Last Updated: April 28, 2008
One of Toronto’s more renowned restaurants (possibly more so for its clientele than its equally-impressive menu), Bistro 990 serves country French cuisine with daily specials incorporating fresh market produce. Over the years, the establishment has become quite popular—especially when the Toronto International Film Festival rolls around—with a long list of celebrity patrons. Boasting regulars such as Meg Ryan, Norman Jewison and Graham Greene, Bistro 990 strives to maintain its reputation as the boite to the stars by accommodating special requests and making every effort to cater to specific allergies/diets. Lest one feel Bistro 990 is solely for the glamorous though, even those not expecting to see their mug on the silver screen are welcomed by indiscriminately accommodating staff.
Residing between Toronto’s casual nightlife-based downtown and more formal uptown, Bistro 990 lends itself perfectly to either side of the fence. Still, reservations are highly recommended when coming from either end of the spectrum. Decorated in honour of its menu, Bistro 990 is festooned in a warm French country feel set by wheat-gold walls, high vaulted ceilings and cozy banquettes. Abstract murals and French posters please the eye as clients nosh on homemade snacks at the dark-stained wooden bar inside of this restaurant housed in a century building.
Bistro 990 rotates its menu seasonally in order to achieve freshness and diversity. However, a strong list of classic mains are omnipresent including roasted half chicken, Black Angus steak served with thin-cut fries and calf’s liver sautéed in shallot wine sauce. Appetizers range from the simple (French onion soup) to fusion (shrimp cocktail with wasabi aioli), and the breads are baked fresh every day. Like the dinner chef, Bistro 990’s in-house dessert chef constantly alternates options. Those looking for a soft capper might opt for the wine and cheese platters. Bottles range in price from $23 to $2,300 per bottle and some selections are available by the glass.
Tips: Reservations strongly recommended