Blu Ristorante

4.5
1299 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Italian
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  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romance
Top 100 Italian restaurants in Canada 2017
Top 100 restaurants in Canada and 50 Most romantic restaurants also in Canada on Open Table 2016
On the quiet eastern front of Yorkville, set back behind a brick façade, Blu is an Italian restaurant based on authentic classic cuisine, yet, contemporary created by executive Chef; Eric Bucher and his team


Warmly lit stone walls and grand mirrors surround cozy leather seating and white table cloths. Enter through a casual wine bar, which then leads to a upscale dining room with an inviting ambiance.

Dinner is enhanced by the soothing live music Friday to Saturday. Pianist/singer, guitarrist/singer. Enjoy impeccable service for intimate dining or for large private parties up to 110 guests. Private rooms also available. One will remember Blu as a true memorable dining experience.
Blu has become a staple restaurant in Toronto over the last ten years
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Modern European, Contemporary Italian
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday: Dinner 5:00pm - 10:30m,
Saturday: Dinner 5:00pm - 10:30m
Sunday: Dinner 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(416) 921-1471
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Eric Bucher
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Neighbourhood
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Parking Details
Public parking 6 doors west on the same side of the street (Yorkville Avenue).
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Public Transit
Minute walk from Yonge/Bloor Subway Station.
6 minute walk from Bay/Bloor Subway Station.
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Entertainment
Live music Friday and Saturday. Soft contemporary music with a jazz feel. Allowing diners to enjoy live music and dinner conversation. Varied artists. Please visit our website for more detailed information www.bluristorante.com
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

Private Dining

Conveniently located in stylish Yorkville, Blu Ristorante offers a selection of specialized amenities to suit your specific event needs, whether it’s enjoying cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in our spacious wine bar or intimate dining in the main dining room.

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Special Offers

1,000-Point Tables

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Sun - Thu 5:00PM - 6:00PM

What 1299 People Are Saying
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Food
4.5
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.1
Value
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Really great evening. Appreciated the extra attention and the veal chop was amazing!

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4.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Great service; great cocktails especially the old fashioned. Food was very good though not remarkable.
Back area is larger and much nosier than the front area where we happily remained.
The guitarist was very good and we heard clearly from front area.

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4.0Dined on June 15, 2018

This was an excellent place to come and dine - within easy walking distance of Bloor-Yonge station. Since my date and I came at a time when it was not busy at all, it was a very relaxing meal. The servers were attentive and prompt about bringing both menus and food at the appropriate times, and were very friendly. I especially appreciated the soft jazz that was playing on the speakers as we ate our dinner. The two of us shared the beef carpaccio, which was peppery and delicious; I had the halibut with zucchini pasta, and he had the gnocchi, both of which were flavorful and pronounced excellent by the both of us.
This place also had an extensive wine list; we had a red to go with our meal. Given the chance, we would choose to come to Blu Ristorante again. Thanks so much for making a great meal for us!

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5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

Great service paired with some of the best Italian food you can find in the city makes for a memorable occasion. Price point is on target for the area.

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4.0Dined on June 12, 2018

The evening was a success and everyone enjoyed the food. Staff were attentive and professional. Well done Blu! We will return and recommend you.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Amazing food helpful and friendly staff who were able to recommend and help us as we were from the UK not locals

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

We got seated right away we had a reservation. Ordered the seafood pasta it was ok nothing spectacular would not order it again , portions are small . Friend has the salmon just ok .
Atmosphere is great lots of people in the restaurant .
I felt like our meal was rushed , food came out with in 5 min of ordering , which concerned me when eating fish .
I found it to be very pricey .

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4.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Food and service were very good.
The only thing we didn’t enjoy was the entertainment. It sounded like screeching.

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

Delicious food, friendly staff and very good atmosphere..Highly recommend.

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3.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Food was great...but spoiled by a very unprofessional server.

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4.0Dined on June 3, 2018

It was our 1 year wedding anniversary night and had a dinner there. Overall, this restaurants service was good, but except that we kinda felt our waiter pushed us out at the end of our meal. After having our dessert, he gave us the bill without us asking him first, then right after, while we were still having a conversation, he brought a credit card machine and asking if we’d like to pay. We felt rushed out from there and didn’t really get to see the bill and was almost going to pay. But my husband quickly realized that the waiter charged us about $80 more than what is supposed to be. He had double charged us on 2 menus we had. He took the receipt back and quickly fixed it but was very surprised to see those kind of mistakes, not even in 1 menu but 2. And this restaurant is very very loud and almost impossible to have a conversation unless you casually just shout at each other. We couldn’t have any deep conversation of us for our special evening. Will not recommend for someone who’s planning to visit for their special day.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Great atmosphere and yummy food! Catered to my gluten free needs as well. Highly recommend this place!

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

The food and service was excellent
And they make a great martini!

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Amazing place! Celebrated our anniversary and it was amazing. It was our first time there, very live place, great live music , great food and overall atmosphere. Will def go back

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Excellent service, menu and live music. Worth the money

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Service was great

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3.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Lamb chops were fantastic!!! Girlfriends steak came out cold and had to be sent back!

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4.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Very good food and service, but little too crowded and simple staging

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Had an amazing time for my boyfriend’s birthday. The service was exceptionally good and the food was amazing. Especially the steak, he won’t stop raving about it. We’ll definitely be back!

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3.0Dined on May 17, 2018

Okay but overpriced .certainly not best italian place as advertised

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

Was my daughters birthday, the service was excellent and the food outstanding. Highly recommend this restaurant

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Three of us had dinner. Some reasonable wines that complimented an excellent bolognese pasta, rack of lamb and filet mignon. Food was excellent and very tasty. My only complaint is that it's very pricey. We eat out all the time in many excellent Toronto restaurants and prices here are a bit high.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

I had a lovely brunch at Blu Ristorante. The staff was naturally pleasant and helpful without being too overbearing. They checked in at the right times and had great customer service, from the host who seated us to the table runner to our server. The ambiance was soothing and not so posh that it felt fake. The guitarist was a nice touch to a special occasion. The food portions were great and the taste of everything from the appetizer to the dessert was delicious. I would definitely come back and obviously would recommend this place without hesitation. Great job everyone!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

This is one of our favourite restaurants for a special evening. The service is always outstanding. As a vegetarian I appreciate that there are three entrees that I can choose from - in upscale restaurants there is often only one - and I find them to be creative. We had a lovely time.

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Wonderful service. From reservation to qrrival to departure (Alfredo even called for a cab for us! :) personable charming waitstaff. Yhe carpaccio was divine (although I preferred the bread to the crustini (too noisy to chew :) and the salmon w farro salad and vegetables and puree combination was delectable!!!
Recommendimg to friends to try. Only suggestion is we found the main portions were small for the price (ie beet risotto). A lovely experience. I would go back again. Cheers!

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Outstanding meal!!! Can’t wait to return!!! Thank you for excellent evening!!! 👨🏼‍🍳👍🏻 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️😋

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Quaint place! The service was outstanding! Had the pasta special it was just ok. Not a super flavourful sauce. Priced reasonably and they even gave me a free dessert as it was my birthday!

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Excellent quality food, Great ambiance, Overall we had a very good time.

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4.0Dined on April 30, 2018

Nice Italian restaurant with excellent food. Big portions of well crafted dishes. Pleasant service and overall atmosphere. Recommend for any occasion.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Great restaurant! Bradly was fantastic as entertainment.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Delicious food and fantastic service to celebrate my mom’s birthday. The staff were very accommodating when our plans changed last minute and we showed up with extra people.

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3.0Dined on April 22, 2018

It was just ok.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

BLU is the perfect place for celebrations or just a quiet meal with friends and family.
The menu offers meat, fish or vegan dishes. There is something for everyone.
Service is excellent and the live music adds the perfect touch.
BLU is one of my favourite places to eat in Yorkville.

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4.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Blu was great! From when we entered, we were treated so well. We also had to change our reservation to make it earlier and despite a busy night, accommodations were made for us. From the bread and the chili-infused olive oil dip + bread to the end of the meal, my partner and I were quite happy. A cocktail can also make or break a dinner - all cocktails we ordered from simple mojitos to fancier margaritas were 11/10. The serving sizes were perfect and the rack of lamb was cooked to perfection. If I had one thing for Blu to improve upon, it would be to use a little less sauce on the rack of lamb so that the flavour of the meat itself could be savoured more. Overall, a 9/10 experience and I am quite picky with my food.

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

I made a reservation the morning of the day we came in and had my fingers crossed. I had read a couple of reviews that made me feel a bit wary but I'd say 90% of the reviews were phenomenal and I hoped our experience was part of the 90%.

My mind was blown to say the least. Right when we walked in, although it seemed like they were a bit unprepared for our reservation, they took into consideration we would want our own spot to ourselves and we were seated against a wall with a divider between the party guests in the room over. Their conversation carried over, but we could easily hear one another without speaking loudly.

The service was impeccable, we had a couple of servers swing by to see how we were doing and it really felt like they were genuinely interested in if we enjoyed our time and meal. Holly was our main server and she was fantastic. She was so sweet and attentive, doing such a wonderful job in ensuring we enjoyed every aspect of our time there.

I was honestly expecting the food to be small portions especially from the reviews, but both parties' orders were ginormous compared to our expectations. I actually didn't finish mine and had to pass it off to my significant other. The food tasted amazing and both of us were thoroughly pleased. I can't entirely remember what we ordered, but according to my date it was authentic and really well put together!

Side note:
It was my significant other's birthday and I had made a note on the reservation to please bring out a tiramisu dessert that said Happy Birthday. I had just asked if she had seen my note and she said she would check.

The surprise came out as a success with a cute little candle on top. There was no singing (thankfully), and it was such a sweet presentation. Thank you, Holly and the team at Blu for making my surprise a success.

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

It was excellent. The McManus Chardonnay was a bit pricy for an 8oz glass.

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

Great service. Wonderful food. Great value. Highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Great experience at Blu from moment we walked in! We requested an extra seat and were accomodated without any issues. Food was excellent and had some unique combinations. Loved the carpaccio and the wild boar gnocchi. Wait staff were was very attentive and really helped to make it a great experience. Would definitely dine at Blu again!

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3.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Waiter was intrusive. No idea how to wait on a table. We suspect he may have been stoned

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

It never disappoints, great friendly service.
Good for business meetings

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