We're open for brunch every Saturday (starting at 11:00am) and Sunday (at 10:30am). All eggs used in our cooking are “fresh air”, collected from “pastured” hens which roam freely on Mennonite farms.
Chef Ponzo's Brunch menu is popular. Reservations are a good idea, but since we keep a few tables open for guests walking in without reservations there should always be room for you should you decide to make tracks to us on the spur of the moment.
Save yourself from present-buying stress: offer a gift card from Le Sélect Bistro. Choose the value and order it online, and we will send it straight to you or the recipient, or drop by and we'll have ready in no time.
We offer complimentary parking in our rear private lot at all times. On week nights and weekends we also offer complimentary parking in the back and front of our neighbour’s property, immediately to the east of us. Kindly indicate to the reception that you parked there.
On-street parking is also usually plentiful but one needs to feed the meter as enforcers are on the lookout. On Sundays, street parking is free until 1:00pm. There is also a large number of hoops to lock a bicycle.
We are located at 432 Wellington St West, just west of Spadina and a block south of King, in Toronto’s historic Garment and Warehouse District. It's a spacious, tree-lined boulevard with plenty of parking and the perfect location for our summer terrasse and our private rear jardin.
We are conveniently located downtown, but pleasantly situated off the beaten track. No noise but birds in the trees and Ella on the soundtrack. Chef Albert Ponzo is cooking up a storm in his state-of-the-art open kitchen and receiving great feedback from customers and critics. His resolutely authentic Bistro menu summarizes the best of his research trips.
The rear garden is equipped with infra red heaters, making it possible to lunch or dine longer on a cool evening. This is particularly helpful for private functions if guests wish to have a drink outside before coming in for dinner.
Meanwhile, as proprietor Jean-Jacques Quinsac remains busy cellaring his new discoveries of hard-to-find regional products of great value and organic wines, Chef Albert Ponzo is at the stove, back from visiting new suppliers. The direction he is giving the menu is exciting as most –but not all– of the ingredients he uses are now organic or products from traditional farming, certified by Local Food Plus.
Most Fish and seafood come from fisheries or aquaculture farms certified sustainable by Ocean Wise, and red meat from grassfed animals. It costs Chef Ponzo a lot more, but prices at Le Sélect remain largely unchanged from when we moved from overcrowded Queen Street West to spacious Wellington street. Read more about it.
The critics are unanimous: Le Sélect Bistro is the most authentic Parisian bistro this side of the Atlantic, with great Bistro food, a traditional zinc bar, jazz on the soundtrack, friendly and attentive service, and the best winelist in the city: just close your eyes and you could be in the City of Light… except that the service is more gracious.
Best of Award of Excellence
WINE SPECTATOR MAGAZINE
Best French Restaurant
Best French Restaurant
Favourite Restaurant Wine List
Best Wine List
Downstairs in the wine cellar, there are 1,200 different labels and 95 beers from all parts of the globe. We buy our wines en primeur as soon as they've been released, and cellar them in ideal conditions. This allows us to keep our prices very fair.
If you've got a special wine of your own, then you're very welcome to bring it to Le Sélect - just let us know in advance. We charge a modest corkage fee which varies depending on the level of service required.
Read what reviewers say about Le Sélect, and before you visit, check the map, which includes parking info. If you're interested in organizing a special private function, we can create a customized menu, and host your event in one of our private dining rooms.
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