AGO Bistro

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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Comfort Food
One of the Frank Gehry-designed spaces, AGO Bistro is conveniently located on the first floor with access from Dundas Street. The restaurant is casual chic: modern Danish furnishings are paired with acrylic tabletops in a multitude of vibrant colours. Etched glass and vertical-grain Douglas fir also accent the space. With a dedication to using the best local produce, menus reflect seasonal changes and availability. Ingredients are sourced from the finest suppliers and farms, and are cooked simply to showcase the natural flavours of the food.

Private Dining

Gallery-style rooms in a Frank Gehry-designed space hung with original art work. Available for seated events up to 50 guests and receptions up to 80 guests.

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4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
Food
4.6
Service
4.3
Ambience
4.1
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IV
Toronto
26 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Good experience

SA
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Have been several times and menu remains consistently interesting and delicious. Staff efficient and courteous.
Strongly recommend.

SR
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Meal was different and delicious . Great presentation
Noise level is high

EB
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Always great service and love the atmosphere. Food was adequate but nothing remarkable. Perhaps I should not have ordered special. Most of the time we are happy with food.

AC
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

The food was creative AND delicious. Although the restaurant was very busy, service was very good.

SS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food and service, a bit pricey but not over the top and it's convenient to the gallery of course!

P
Toronto
27 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall3Food1Service3Ambience3

VERY unappealing menu choices! Would not go back.

B
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

It's a nice place to relax and eat after doing the gallery rounds at the AGO.

BR
Toronto
41 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of my favourite restraints in the GTA, they never disappoint.

AS
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

New year day brunch

A
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The scones were delicious and warm, just as expected. The seafood platter was the right portion, I would decrease the amount of parsley added though. Mussels were right on point! The main course was also well portioned but the additional side dishes that are included were probably not needed and by the time we were done, there was no place for dessert. The berry pavlova was too sweet and the meringue quite eggy. One thing I noticed was that other tables had their dishes being described each time they were served, but the same waiter did not bother with us.

JR
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing! Great food. Lovely service. We couldn’t have asked for a better spot to celebrate the new year

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Meal was delicious, our server was spectacular.

s
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We met friends for a new year’s get together. Service was very attentive especially to one of our group with a food allergy.

The space is very pleasant and the food beautifully presented. The menu varies with the exhibit subjects at the Art Gallery of Ontario. We are frequent visitors.

OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food and service was very good. I always look forward to eating here.

JO
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Had a lovely brunch and our waiter Marc was AMAZING!

DG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

A great - and convenient - way to end time at the AGO. We weren't rushed, and the server was very attentive and accommodating.

SM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Three for Brunch at the AGO Bistro. Nice Room, nice ambiance. Seated right away with a reservation. Server was new, very nice and personable backed up by a silent fantastic experienced professional server who returned with what you needed before you blinked. The cheapest bottle of wine was $50 which I think is expensive for Saturday Brunch ...I picked the Sauvignon Blanc from France which was excellent but I would suggest the addition of a few cheaper bottles to the wine list so that all snack brackets are served. Everything else was terrific ...my party enjoyed their delicious eggs Benedict brunch and I had the steak and frites special ...with an egg (not really necessary) and the three of us shared two desserts the bread pudding and the tart both with ice cream and three cappuccinos ...very yummy...with tax and tip $200...I would definitely go again.

OV
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

All aspects of our visit to AGO Bistro were wonderful. The service and cuisine were superb. The atmosphere was delightful. Thank you AGO!

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A special Christmas girls lunch ( followed by a gallery tour.). Lunch was just perfect & fantastic, we did not want to leave! One of us was a vegan and found her menu choices to be absolutely spectacular. The regular menu was equally as delicious. Elegant, beautiful and mouth wateringly scrumptious food. We have already decided to bring some other friends for dinner. Rare to find such high quality and inventive food. We were knocked out. You have 3 new fans.

MK
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Good food and good service, as well a convenient for a night out.

DW
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

We ate steak, pasta and seafood, all well prepared and delicious. The a candle on a great dessert plate!

IM
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The food was good, as was the service, but, during a one hour meal, we were asked four times, How's everything. Nice to know that you care, but that's a little excessive. It starts to feel less like customer service and more like 'interruption'.

DN
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had an INCREDIBLE lunch at the AGO bistro. Thank you for accommodating vegetarian Prix Fare options. I will be dreaming of those mushrooms with beluga lentils until I return. Thank you.

W
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Delicious food. We had such a good waiter. He suggested several items we could share. It was correct with each choice. He came by several times to check ad it was all done wit such humor and experience. As a matter of fact when I told my daughter about this wonderful waiter she described him. She had also had him as her waiter ad thought he was great.

NC
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent food, very good and attentive service. A bit noisier and busier than we older folks prefer, but we would certainly go again next time we’re at the AGO.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

I had the prix fixe menu. Soup and dessert were outstanding. The steak was excellent meat. But why is it so difficult in Canada to get a "rare" (what I ordered) that is rare more or less throughout the meat? The default option in Canada seems to be "medium rare" even though I explicitly ordered "rare". The fries were simply inadequate; not quite soggy, but getting there, and way overcooked so that most were black-dark brown.

The wine is simply overpriced for what you get: $ 18 for an 8 oz. glass of competent wine? Outrageous! Too many Toronto restaurants are making easy money off "competent but nothing special" wines.

SG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food, as always, was exceptional and our waitress was really thoughtful, helpful and made our experience special.

B
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Nice environment and good food.

JG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We had a very good time on Sunday brunch with tasty food and great service from the staff. We’re welcomed in a warm environment and enjoyed family time together

H
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience3

Nice for after gallery - a bit expensive considering food is ok

JN
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really enjoy dining at the AGO Bistro. They have a changing menu and the quality of the food and presentation is always wonderful. We had brunch on Sunday and the eggs Benedict was delicious, the eggs cooked perfectly and the croissant was flaky. Service was prompt but not rushed. Coffee and water refills arrived without having to be requested. Overall a great way to start or end a visit to the AGO.

B
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Service was great and food was generally quite good. Steaks were a disappointment. Very undercooked ‘medium’ that was really just seared on the outside and mostly very rare.

VD
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Elaine was our server and she was outstanding — made some great recommendations for lunch and drinks. Went out of her way by arranging for someone to go down to the cafeteria to get us a vegan cookie for dessert. She really made our lunch extra special!

TB
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We enjoyed the wine which was suggested and the meal was delicious!

LT
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience2

My experience was mixed. The convenience of being in the AGO is a great feature.
The menu is limited, but the food is excellent.
To substantiate a meal, an appetizer would be necessary as the portions are extremely small. Perhaps that is 'bistro' appropriate? The dish I ordered (grilled mushroom) was sublime.
I may have been happier with the ambience had I been seated elsewhere.
We were adjacent to the kitchen. Interesting, but certainly not intimate.
Though the server did originally serve the wrong meal, he was personally delightful.
Also, he glossed over the decline of my initial attempt to pay the bill with a humorous reference; an extremely appreciated offset to my embarrassment.

DO
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Following a visit to the art gallery we took our friend to the AGO Bistro for dinner to celebrate her birthday. From the moment that we entered the restaurant we found the service to be professional, warm and very, very good. Our waitress, with her knowledge, attentiveness, suggestions and personality really added to our enjoyment of the evening. The selection and preparation of the meals was very good. Initially we ordered from the Happy Hour menu and enjoyed the excellent cocktail of the day. For the mains two of us had the braised beef cheeks which were delicious. We will return.

S
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent food, interesting menu, attentive service.

BG
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I just love going to the Bistro at the AGO for lunch and on occasion, dinner. The food is delicious, the service wonderful, and the ambience great. I work nearby so it’s a perfect place to go for lunch with a colleague when you want to get away from the gazillion restaurants in the area that serve so-so food. It’s a real treat and I’m glad it’s here!

CS
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience3

Food selection was very limited and there wasn't much there that was very appealing. It felt as if the menu was trying too hard to be "in".

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