Byzantium (Closed Permanently)

89% love it
GayCities Members report that Byzantium has closed
Paul & Pierre invite you to their exotic French fusion retro-lounge
This swanky yet casual bar/restaurant (and the city's first official martini bar) is a great place to bring someone you want to impress. Fun decor and creative menu make Byzantium a hit.


    • saminpitt
      saminpitt Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Hot, thuggy crowd, excellent DJ !!!!!
      Probably the most attractive crowd of any of the places I went bar hopping last Saturday night on Church St. I stropped in shortly after midnight and thought I'd have one and then go on..., BUT...the crowd started getting better and better by the minute. Super attractive, stylish, thuggy types, not what I expected to see in Toronto - different from any other venue. Everyone was having a really good time, excellent vibe, music was awesome. This is one of the few places I've been in many years where I felt totally connected to the scene. But, make sure you dress sharply, but super casual and urban. Polo/Ralph Lauren and button down shirts would be way too clenched-butt in this venue. If I were a casting director and wanted to find attractive, masculine types for a new show, this club would be ground zero.

    • rikard
      rikard Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Interesting and varied menu
      If you want something modern yet different. Try this. A range of steak, fish and salads that are quite good.

    • nohointo
      nohointo Over a year ago
      Loves it

      can't go wrong
      upscale resto and lounge. Very good food/menu and weekends turn into lounge with dj. Great place to meet/mix with 30-50 year old professionals. Mostly a good looking crowd, some ladies, pretty good vibe. Gets packed at times, get there before 11pm. Recommended!

    • eheming1042
      eheming1042 Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Never Eat at Bar
      Being alone, was pushed to dine at the bar. Horrible! Was pushed, drink spilled on me by some really drunk women, food was great, but who could enjoy it! Had dinner with a friend recently and everything was very good. I was right as long as your not alone this is a very good stop. will be back dec. 17 and expect that all will be perfect.

    • needsome1
      needsome1 Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Great Place
      The music was great and we had a lot of fun there.a VERY hot crowd and good times.The price. However i still think it is worth the time.

    • jetset27
      jetset27 Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Martini's and Mayhem
      Byzantium has a great atmosphere and a hip-crowd. Sometimes it gets too crowded, as the venue is long and narrow. Drinks are pricey and the food is mediocre. But the DJs keep Byzantium one of the livelier venues on the strip, with a strong crowd of regulars returning. Great wine and martini selection --- if you don't mind navigating the crowd to get the bartenders attention.

    • gregorygeorge
      gregorygeorge Over a year ago
      Hates it

      Good Food, Good Service...NOT great
      Byzantium was the at the top of our list when visited Toronto last weekend. The food and service was good but NOT great. Had a better meal at Fuzion and The Keg. I would recommend this restaurant for the cute wait staff though.

    • kyledee
      kyledee Over a year ago
      Hates it

      Fascinated with the BAR LIST ... Nice drinks, cozy crowd... But not too warm BARTENDER... gee

    • changez17
      changez17 Over a year ago

      Good DJ on Saturday night : Cajjmere Wray and the best Mojitos in town !

    • italsub
      italsub Over a year ago

      worth a visit
      In the hearth of the gay village, very crowdy at weekends, you can eat and chat with friends and have a taste of good food. I prefere to go there weekdays, in the too crowdy weekends the staff is not everytime gentle.

    • Joshua
      Joshua Over a year ago
      Loves it

      great food
      I love this rest....the food is fantastic....I have my B day party there for many years....the ceaser sal is amazing and the fish is always delicious.....the service is first rate,,,,a real dining it....Joshua

    • kittykat
      kittykat Over a year ago
      Hates it

      Slick, sexy, techno beats, the mood was chill,few people dancing a lot more people watching.

    • Steff
      Steff Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Good Food, Great Atmosphire
      My friends and I went to Byzantium on Saturday night, right in the middle of Church Street, and loved the food, great presentation, taste and they have fabulous martini bar with a list that goes on and on.