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A bodega is a place of comfort, custom, and satisfaction. It is a Spanish word that commonly refers to a wine cellar, while the word also applies to a wine store, a winery, or the market or corner store where you buy snacks and, of course, wine.
In keeping with the saying, "Location, location, location," Bodega is situated in the heart of Baldwin Village in downtown Toronto. Voted one of the top 10 restaurants in Canada by Vogue Magazine, Bodega has been owned and operated by Chef Paul Biggs since 2003. Paul's background is primarily in French cuisine, having worked nearly two decades as the Executive Chef at Le Select Bistro before becoming the owner of Bodega.
The restaurant is housed in a century-old Victorian home along Baldwin St. and its neighbours include the University of Toronto, Chinatown, Kensington Market, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and the Ontario College of Art and Design. They are also a short walk from the Eaton Centre and the various Theatres along Yonge St. and King St. West.
As both the history of the restaurant and Paul's career attest to, a good deal of our inspiration comes from the casual, market-fresh menus of the Parisian bistro. And just as our name prompts us to be eclectic in our menus, the different connotations of bodega keep us focused on providing guests with dishes that have become standards in North American dining. Above all, Paul's mission is to offer his patrons a place where they can feel unintimidated, balancing a sense of adventure with an experience of local and European traditions.
True to its name, Bodega is also home to a diverse cellar of it's own, with a wine list that boasts a broad range of new and old world selections. An additional perk is that, as part of their license, Bodega offers guests the opportunity to bring their own special bottle with a small corkage fee.
Check out our vlog of Bodega's delicious brunch menu: