Bar Mercurio Toronto

4.2
349 reviews
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Italian
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  • Cozy
  • Neighbourhood Gem
Dear Patron,

Welcome to bar MERCURIO. We are a quaint Italian restaurant that serves fresh pasta, a fish of the day, classic antipasti, and not - like our artichoke au gratin appitizer. With our salads you will find an anchovy partial cesar salad to a healthy dandelion salad with shaved crotonese cheese.

And what stands out are our pizzas. Our pizza dough has been a family recipe for over 100 years and not compromised. We don't do any of the new soft dough stuff that is trendy and etc etc

We serve classic pizzas like buffola and prosciutto to "crazy" stuff like pistacchio and fennel sausage.

Our gluten free crust is uncompromising.

In addition, we are pleased to be able to offer an interesting selection of wines by the glass with our Enomatic dispensing machine.

We look forward to seeing you.


Yours Truly,
Giuseppe Mercurio,
Proprietor
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LB
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We enjoyed our meal a lot. Unfortunately I left my brown fedora hat behind. I hope that I can retrieve it. We will definitely be going back to taste their pepperoni pizza.

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 5Ambience 5

Great spot / ambience - excellent service.
Unfortunately, food was horrible - pizza was tasteless / left Half of it. And for $21. Barely any cheese.
Le Pizzaiole - one gourmet slice there for $6 is bigger and tastier..

Caesar salad was miniscule - maybe 8 leaves? Overdressed and $16.

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TB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food and service in a Genuine Italian restaurant in the heart of Toronto!

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PM
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Excellent regular and gluten free pizza as well as gluten free deserts(2) ! A great resto ! All other dishes good also as I have been back more than a few times!

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TC
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 2Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Hair in girlfriends food, had to return meal twice

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k
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A neighbourhood favourite. Roberto is a fantastic server. Great food .

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LW
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 1

Because we had a baby with us we were shoved in a corner by the front door on one side and the window behind us. It was very cold and every time the door opened it was a wind storm even with the makeshift drape. The food was mediocre and the service was poor. We reminded the server after dessert was served about the coffee he forgot. Long wait for mediocre food. Will not return or recommend to anyone. Poor Italian food and I’m Italian.

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LH
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

First visit and hopefully, not my last. My friend and I had dinner last Friday at this lovely Italian restaurant. I had the Rigatoni Ragu which was absolutely delicious, one of the best I've tasted ever. My friend had the steak which was one of the specials and she also, thoroughly enjoyed her dinner. Steak was cooked perfectly and was served with a medley of mushrooms. Clean plates all around. Good wine menu too. Great atmosphere, good service and not too noisy. Perfect.

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k
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

This is our "go to" neighbourhood restaurant. Great ambiance and warm attentive staff. Always fresh, delicious and authentic modern Italian food.

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TP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Reservations on time. Service and food was excellent. Chef's choice was great!
Got us out in plenty of time for the SoundCrowd Concert. Will be back!

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LD
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Everything was cooked to perfection . Liked the intimacy of the place and warmth of the servers and host.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We reserved at Bar Mercurio as it was convenient to our hotel, Kimpton St. George. We were warmly greeted at the door by the owner and seated at a lovely table at the back. The restaurant has such a warm, inviting ambience with beautiful decor.
Excellent staff guided us regarding choices for wine,appetizers and main. The tapenade that accompanied fresh bread was delicious with just a bit of spice.
Appetizers were excellent! Left me wishing I had ordered more, until my main ( rigatoni) arrived. Perfection!
Everyone was very pleased with their choices. Too full for desert which says a lot.
Bar Mercurio provided a lovely evening and we will definitely return.

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DM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

An excellent lunch at Mercurio, a small bistro with a simple but excellent menu and impeccable service. What’s not to like?

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S
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Women tip poorly because the service we get is poor. When will this sink in? When will restaurant owners stop seating us behind a clattering stainless steel fridge? That was just one insult. We were ignored once the food was served. We had to ask for more water. The salad was an abomination; red cabbage leaves with a dash of oil for $18. Excuse me? Yes, $18. The goat cheese was invisible. The last straw was cash set down on the table with a crumpled up invoice. I also caught a glimpse of the kitchen on my way to the coat cupboard. It was awfully filthy. I will never go back.

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EB
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 3

I normally like going to Bar Mercurio ordering pasta or pizza but this time the pizza was not good. I had the rappini pizza. It was burnt, hard, dry with very little cheese and no sun dried tomatoes. Did you change the menu for the pizza because before it was light with lots of cheese and very tasty. I am sorry to say but this pizza was worse than pizza pizza. Our service was also poor because we waited almost 45 minutes to get our pizza. One waiter totally ignored us when we brought our concerns. Another informed us there was a delay because they were waiting for us to finished our salad. This is after we told three people that we like to eat our pizza with our salad. It was nice of you to not charge for our pizza because it was missing the tomatoes but my intent was to enjoy a delicious pizza, not to get a poorly made free pizza. I am sorry but our experience was not very good and we will not be coming again.

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OT
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Fresh, tasty meal with good portions; open kitchen, busy and fun bistro ambiance. Worked well for a business lunch and apparently it becomes a white-table cloth dinner and wine place after 5 -- will try it again.

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M
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very friendly service , community atmosphere, delicious food

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DG
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

I had the specials, sweet potato soup followed by veal scallopini, both totally delicious! My best dining experience in Toronto to date.

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R
London
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

The food is consistently high quality, without compromise. The menu stick to time honoured tradtional tastes and aromas, yet include new combinations and adaptations. There is a subtle energy to the place without rushing patrons and the service is informed and attentive without being intrusive. I enjoy returning to this cafe for lunch, whether for casual dining with friends and family or for a business meeting. It has the right essential balance that makes this one of the best Italian cafe that I've been to outside of Italy.

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C
Toronto
46 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We went for a pre concert meal. Location was perfect for an event at Koerner Hall and parking was easy. We both had the radicchio salad to start which was disappointing however the special main courses were superb. The halibut was flavourful and perfectly cooked with a lovely presentation and my husband thoroughly enjoyed his veal chop. The wine selection was good ( if a bit pricey). It was nice to find a restaurant that maintains it’s charm in the midst of the city.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

Limited menu, greatly overpriced, even by Toronto standards. No draft beer and bottles at $12. A small pizza for almost $20??

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CM
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We love this place - someone always lets the chef decide - the surprise is always worth it!

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AA
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was delicious and service was impeccable and outstanding.

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DM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We really enjoy coming here! Great service and the fact that grass fed and organic options are available is amazing! Always a wonderful experience staff very friendly and capable

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VF
Toronto
32 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great find after visiting Bata Shoe Museum for philanthropic event. Best pepperoni pizza ever. Grilled calamari was to die for. Very friendly staff and amazing service.

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CG
Western NC
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We were expecting a nice bistro but got really outstanding food! We were seated at the back and able to have a conversation with our friends. Would recommend to friends and return.

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TF
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Was a great place to go after a Rotman event as it is close by.

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JD
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant. Staff are so caring and attentive and food is excellent.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 4

Food was too greasy, oily. Service was a bit sloppy. Space is cozy, pleasant.

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G
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Pizza was delicious. Warm ambience. Servers were friendly, helpful. Great location.

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JF
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

The food was barely warm when brought to the table and the quality, especially the pizza, was way below what one should expect for the price.

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MA
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Noise level was too much maybe Saturday night this happens so when I recommend the restaurant I would suggest another night

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TP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

Waited way too long for very average food.Waiters were friendly

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DM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had the calamari appetizer, different pizzas, and dessert. All of the pizzas were innovative, the grilled calamari outstanding, and the service and ambiance perfect. A small family run Italian bistro that knows the virtues of top quality and local ingredients.

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NB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Good overall but not the best value for money. $30 cheese/meat board had 2 very small pieces of cheese on it and just overall very small. Appropriate price would be $15 or the quantity provided.

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KB
Charleston
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

Overpriced and self-indulgent menu. Nonna never cooked these meals! They actually have a table jammed against back of kitchen equipment. Not sure why anyone pays these prices for subpar cooking. The wine, however, was excellent.

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AA
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love coming to this restaurant! The food and the service is consistently great.

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FA
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 2Ambience 3

We found the food very poor in taste & presentation. The restaurant was completely empty & yet we were seated at a table next to the washroom with the smell of bleach coming from it.
One of the specials had pasta that was grey on colour & not well cooked (tough& chewy) wilth peas that were not cooked enough. The other special was Ravioli that was too sweet with a biscuit & squash filling.
Dessert was 2 scoops of ice cream in a bowl. No sauce, no garnish & $9:50 for each dish.
When we left st 7:30 on a Saturday night there was no other one dining. Understsndsbly.

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MO
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 2

Ideal location for dinner if attending Koerner hall. Pizza was delicious-thin crust with quality ingrediants. Wine list was too pricey. There were no Ontario wines on offer just expensive imports. The dining area could be seen as cozy or a little cramped. Servers were pleasant and attentive. Overall a good rating.

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OT
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very warm ambiance, genuine welcoming, excellent cuisine

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