#60 Barque Smokehouse

Barque Smokehouse

Leading the Roncy renaissance, both Barque’s cooking and welcome have become increasingly assured. The world is beating a path to Barque’s door, thanks to chef and BBQ-meister David Neinstein. There are always crowds waiting outside, even though they take reservations. The ribs are fall-off-the-bone tender and smoky, thanks to the gargantuan smoker in the open kitchen. BBQ wings also come tender and smoky/sweet, as do dry rubbed baby back ribs. But my kingdom for Barque’s brisket! Twelve hours in the huge smoker turn briskets into moist, tender just-sweet-enough hunks of carnivore heaven. Sides are credible (especially the Cuban corn with cheese butter). Barque’s edible charms are enhanced by its distressed concrete ’n’ brick cool looks.


  • Barque Smokehouse
  • 299 Roncesvalles Ave., Toronto (map)
  • 416-532-7700
  • www.barque.ca

  • Chef: David Neinstein
  • Sous Chef: Bryan Birch
  • Cuisine: BBQ
  • Cost of dinner for two: $75
  • Hours: Mon. to Thurs. 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Fri. 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Sat. 10:00 a.m. to 2 p.m., 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Sun. 10:00 a.m. to 2 p.m., 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • Reservations: Yes
  • Meals served: Brunch, lunch, dinner
  • Veggie-friendly: No
  • Wines available: 20+
  • BYOB?: Yes
  • Corkage fee: $15
  • Patio: Yes
  • Private party area: Patio can be booked
  • Wheelchair accessible: Yes
  • CC accepted: Yes
  • Parking: Street parking available
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