AGO Bistro

4.4
3429 reviews
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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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Toronto
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Host was a bit pretentious
Menu very limited

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CJ
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

If you are looking for a nice meal close to the Art Gallery, you can't find a better place.

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SJ
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Very friendly and quick service without making us feel rushed. The food was delicious and the flavours well balanced. We will eating there again.

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SL
Toronto
28 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Very nice spot if you are planning a visit to the Art Gallery of Ontario.
The service was nice and the food was reasonably good. I would return.

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DB
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A great treat on our birthdays. We will return soon.
Thank you.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Good experience at this Bistro. The waiter was extremely nice and the food was amazing!

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A
London
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

Nice decor, comfortable seating; food expensive for what it is. The menu described lovely food but the cooking did not live up to it. The waiter was somewhat bossy with us. It wasn’t busy so it wasn’t as if he was ‘rushed off his feet’, with customers. He forgot to bring us part of our order, but we could never get his attention to let him know. Don’t think we will go again.

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KB
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

EVERYTHING about this restaurant is outstanding ! Th ambiance is exquisite, the food is delicious, the price point is perfect. Most importantly, our server, Sean, is their BIGGEST asset ! He made the whole experience that more enriched ! Look forward to doing it again and again !

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B
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Whether for a glass of wine and some cheese/dessert, a drink one one's own or with a friend/spouse sitting at the bar, the AGO Bistro is relaxing, high quality, and definitely not pretentious. However, I urge one to enjoy lunch or dinner - whether going to the AGO or not (my wife and I are members) - for the full experience. You will not be disappointed.

Re: seating, one can opt for the bar, the ground floor near the bar or on the other side of the restaurant, or an upper level at the top.

Highly recommended. (p.s. ask the bartender for a cocktail recommendation based on your tastes... you will enjoy!)

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f
Toronto
14 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I've never had a bad meal here. I used to go often when it was called Frank, and am happy to see that the quality has not suffered from the change of management, or whatever happened. This brunch was as lovely as expected, with great, friendly service and an absolutely delicious truffled mushroom benny.

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Q
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 1Ambience 2

The waiter was kind of rushing me. I didn't feel comfortable. He asked me if I finished my soup, I said no. And then I was just checking my phone, he took away my soup.from appetizer to main course to desert he was rushing it through as if he wanted to make it finish already I didn't feel like I was enjoying my time

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CC
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous lunch, as always. Servers are friendly and know their menus. Just the right amount of attention and as always - great food. One of our party is a vegan and she was delighted with her meal too.

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a
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Service was top-notch and food very enjoyable. Thanks

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DB
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Lovely server who was personable & efficient! Enjoyed 2 appetizers & dessert! All delicious, especially the pate. My friend bought a cookbook & the chef was very friendly & chatted with us & signed the book. My friend, from England, was pleased!

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KR
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Our server was one of the best servers I have encountered. Truly a super star of the service industry. The food was also delicious.

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S
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful, clean restaurant with delicious food and friendly service. I felt awkward going in with a reservation for one (plus giant backpack, lol), but I didn’t feel out of place. I’ll definitely be back.

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RS
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We particularly liked the appetizer option 3 items for a set price
We had truffle fries, escargot and olivesAll. Ery good and a nice startr

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LB
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our experience at AGO Bistro was phenomenal! The service we received was excellent, from the time we walked in to the time we left. The food was delicious, cooked to perfection, and beautifully plated. We will definitely be returning in the future!

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FG
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We sat at the bar and had a lovely time. Starting with drinks and appetizers and then moving on to dinner and dessert. The bar man was efficient and professional, kept a considerate distance to attend when needed and left us to our visit when not. Food is excellent and a good value. I really like this venue from top to bottom.

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M
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great for a special occasion. The Mothers Day Prix Fixe was fabulous and very affordable.

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H
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 1

The restaurant itself is bland, and resembles a cafeteria - not at all what I expected for the "AGO Bistro." The food was okay, nothing exceptional or delicious. For dessert there was only one option and it wasn't my taste. The americano's were not rich. Lastly, the service was awful. Our server seemed like we were bothering him. He was not attentive and every time he did come by the table he would rush us and walk away before we were done placing an order. My family and I won't be back.

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SM
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Prix Fixe is a great value and perfect to share. Server was helpful to my mother-in-law, and knowledgeable. First time for brunch, but the food was excellent, as it always is when we go later. Would go again, and would bring the mother-in-law.

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D
Toronto
27 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Very good food and excellent service. Limited by very good menu. Recommended.

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SN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

It was a great way to end a great day. I would recommend the AGO Bistro.

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EB
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Very nice place with a gourmet food. Will come again.

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T
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Had dinner before seeing an exhibit. Overall my friend and I enjoyed our meal except the PEI mussels. They just were not as flavourful as expected. Kind of blah.
The duck confit sal ad was very nice and light and fresh. My friend had the cid which she liked and the fennel with it was very good. Overall it was good but would not get the mussels again.

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BA
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Great place for apéros lunch or dinner after a visit to the AGO. Room is cool and funky - love the wood and glass wine rack wall . Food is yummy from the bistro burger to the delicate Fogo Island Cod and the super delicious flank steak ...oh did I mention the pasta - it’s scrumptious too!!

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PO
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely end to a great day at the AGO. Knowing we could have lunch after the exhibition viewing allowed more time at the AGO and take it in fully.

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KF
Toronto
52 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service by Marc, as always. Food was also very good, just like usual

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LC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely vibe, great service and awesome food. What else do you need?

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p
Toronto
92 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

You can not go wrong eating here while visiting the AGO!
Exhibit inspire menu, always well prepared and plated!

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DC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Menu is limited but there is something that should suit everyone's taste. Interesting and a wonderful opportunity to try something different. Even the burger looks amazing!

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f
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 3

Generally just fine, its reasonably quick and it is the most convenient place to eat when you have timed tickets. Prices are questionable at time. Overall a good experience and our waitress was clever and funny.

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SW
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Creative menu. Our goat cheese soufflés were moist yet somewhat like a savoury cake. Delicious!! Nice selection of wine by the glass. Lovely prelude to an afternoon at the AGO. We’re coming back.

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JR
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

Service was professional and very cordial. Both our host and server were happy making it a very nice atmosphere in which to enjoy lunch. My negative comments have to do with the wine list. Bottles of white wine started at $50.00 and worked their way up. The ambiance is one of efficiency not romance thereby not warranting the prices. If there were linen table cloths and a quieter area where someone felt they could linger over a meal maybe you could ask $70.00 for a bottle of wine that costs $20.00 at the LCBO but not the sterile environment where I ate lunch. Your servers made my experience enjoyable. The menu had a nice cross section of light lunch choices. The serving sizes were standard for a set menu. The presentation for dessert was lovely. I would suggest your venue to anyone visiting the AGO. I do not think I would recommend it for a leisurely lunch however.

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K
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

We had a great lunch -- interesting variety of veggies and meat -- plus very tasty and good service! Also great cocktails.

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DD
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lunch was delicious and just enough! Also had room for dessert.

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OT
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was lovely. The food was excellent and the service was very good. They even had a Birthday candle for my sister for dessert.

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OT
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

AGO Bistro is a lovely spot for a drink, lunch or dinner and if you're visiting the gallery, it's a perfect before or after stop.

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j
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The food and service were excellent - I think the wine was more expensive than most places I go.

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