Jacques Bistro du Parc: The Charm of Yorkville

Cynthia Cheng

Jacques Bistro du Parc is one of Yorkville’s hidden gems.  Not often mentioned by Toronto’s lifestyle magazines, this restaurant is a great place to stop by for lunch while shopping downtown or for a quiet dinner for two. 

The French restaurant, located at 126A Cumberland Street, is a smaller, cozy venue compared to the typical Yorkville eatery.  In addition, prices are more reasonable.  A three course dinner, not including drinks, will cost a diner under $50, while neighbouring restaurants would be closer to $60. 


Jacques Bistro’s Soupe d’oignon au gratin (French Onion Soup – $8.95) is highly recommended.  Served piping hot, the soup is very rich with its gooey cheese layer.  Another appetizer I was able to try was their Salade du Bistro (also $8.95).  A salad which includes apples and tomatoes on a bed of Boston bib and radicchio. The taste was good, but it was not as good of an appetizer as the soup, especially if you are not a fan of creamier salad dressings.


There are several main courses to choose from, including a daily fish which varies in price.  The veal at $27.95, is an amazing choice.  Portions are at a moderate size, which is great, especially if you are having a three course meal.  Sauces can be a little on the heavier side at times, but you can always ask for it on the side. 

There are a variety of desserts to choose from, including pies and cakes.   All desserts are priced at $8.95.

Jacques Bistro is open Monday to Saturday from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm for lunch and dinner is served seven days a week, from 5 pm to 10:30 pm.