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.
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- Surfaces sanitised between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
- Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
- Contactless payment available
- Sealed or wrapped utensils used
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Contact tracing information collected
- Staff is vaccinated
- Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
Two poached eggs, smoked salmon, arugula, bernaise, fries or salad
Flourless Chocolate Cake
White chocolate cream, cookie crumb, chocolate sauce
6 oz beef patty, aged cheddar, potato bun, Old Bay aioli, bibb lettuce, tomato, pickles, fries or salad
Great place for brunch in between browsing the great art. Ambience can’t be beat!
We came for the price fixe on January 1. Although the reservations was for after 1 pm, the menu was limited and more suitable for an earlier brunch.
I had the one vegetarian choice, a rice dish with two eggs, all of which was a bit cold. It would be nice if the vegan/vegeterian options were a bit more interesting, and some were without dairy.
I also ordered a drink when we sat down, but drinking wine with the starter, a yogourt parfait was an odd combo. We were also given coffee right away, but I was having a glass of wine, so it got cold.
Amazing service and super nice staff but the noise level was way too high.
The scones were delicious. The tourtiere was excellent as well. It is worth going for the January 1 meal. Last year was takeout and it was lox and bagels and all of the fixings with orange juice. I have trouble digesting orange juice. I wish there was an alternative. Maybe, something to think about if you do take out on January 1st again.
The menu is very poor, the place does not offer a place to eat in the museum especially considering that it is the only place at the moment
A good option when visiting the gallery. Would have liked more than on vegetarian option.
We were glad to find a nice cosy place to celebrate a birthday on December 27th, especially now... but little did we know how wonderful it would be. The staff was most welcoming and our server Stephen suggested we try his egg nog creation: although we are not fans of egg nog, his was most delicious and a must try. Then their version of Eggs Benedict was incredible. To finish we had their flourless chocolate cake... heaven !
Also we appreciated their safe dining room layout whereas each table was properly distanced.
Thank you for a great experience - will be back for sure.
Fantastic meal - the burger was delicious. Good service and overall casual atmosphere. The coffee is not bad, but perhaps a variety of roasts could be made a available (e.g. a dark roast). Thanks for keeping the restaurant open - it is a relaxing place to reflect on a visit to the art exhibits.
More gluten free options please!
We like the place very much, the service was great and the food too.
Friendly and efficient service and tasty food! I will definitely go back again!
Very safe space well distant tables and unobtrusive servers. Appreciated additional dessert choices.
The restaurant has changed to be less upscale since before the pandemic. Servers are no longer smartly dressed in black and white but are dressed in a variety of everyday clothes. Food is not as nicely plated as it was. Music is pop music rather than jazz or classical. We weren’t offered additional coffee or water and we were not offered dessert. It has the ambiance of a casual diner rather than an art gallery restaurant. We hope that eventually it’s image is restored. It used to be very very pleasant.
Wonderful. Great Meal and Service. I'll come back
Great way to start an afternoon visit to AGO. Our whole group enjoyed the meal and the service.
Wonderful food - traditional dishes with a twist (e.g. falafel burger with grilled beets). Great service!
The flank steak was one of the best in the city. However, I thought it needed a little more sauce. I ordered a salad with it and is always delicious. I had strawberry shortcake ice cream for dessert. It was an absolute ten of of ten. You could tell what it was from the look of it. A great experience over all.
Met with friends to celebrate a birthday. Checking in and being seated was smooth and fast and the staff were very friendly and welcoming. Although the menu selection is limited, everything was very delicious. The service was excellent. We didn’t feel rushed.
Waiter Mark was fantastic. Food very good as always.
Always a great experience dining at the AGO Bistro
Beautifully prepared plates with delicious food. Excellent service.
After visiting the AGO it was so easy to lunch at the Bistro. Being Covid aware, we felt totally safe with social distancing of the tables, the room we were in was quiet, our server was efficient and pleasant, the food was delicious (awesome frites!). We enjoyed the visit and would definitely to that again on our next visit to the AGO.
Great space and great service. Perfect to end a day at the gallery.
Luxury fries were worth every penny! Although I enjoyed watching the passing crowds and streetcars on Dundas St., my daughters felt we were in a children’s playroom. One didn’t like her blue curacao cocktail at all. She said it could have used some sparkling water. She was too shy to tell the waiter. Overall, food and service were very good! I especially liked the delicious tomato-fennel soup with miniature grilled cheese on top, although it could have used a touch more fresh fennel, IMHO! It was good to get out and feel almost normal during the darn, seemingly never-ending pandemic. Well done, AGO!!
Nice place to eat and drink après/avant going to see the art. good service, good food and wines.
date night at the AGO. Loved the food, wine, service. Can't wait to go again. I just wish the gallery and bistro were open until at least 9pm.
Very good food! Nice surprise how good it was. Only thing would be good is more ice cream flavors , but in general excellent
Superb service excellent food accommodated our time limit and food arrived quickly.
Overall great experience. Food tasted great. I had the eggs Benny and my date had the grilled cheese.
The meal, service and ambiance were perfect for a holiday treat with a friend.
Dope af overall :)))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))
Enjoyed an excellent lunch at AGO Bistro - a relaxing break from the galleries. Food was delish and beautifully presented (esp the flourless chocolate cake - a masterpiece). Airey spaced surroundings felt safe and comfortable, with friendly helpful service. We look forward to doing this again!
We went on a Wednesday because the bistro offers half price bottles of wine. We were provided a list of wine by the waitress and told bottles of wine were in fact half price. So, we purchased a bottle but were not given the discount. I did not notice until I checked the receipt the next morning and now I can’t seem to find a way to contact the restaurant (their phone number does not lead to an actual person).
So convenient to stop after your visit to the AGO. Must need reservations
Great to be back at the Bistro. I had booked in advance, as required, but arrived early and they kindly seated me without delay. The waitress was friendly and easy-going, and was great in going over the menu with us. The food itself was yummy and fulsome so, if the price for a burger or sandwich ($17-$19) seems pricey, you are getting much more than the ordinary fare in both quality and quantity. And while you're there, try the parsnip-apple soup, and that chocolate pie is a perfect way to end the meal, along with an americano. Then, on to the gallery. We felt no need to have dinner when we returned home after a wonderful afternoon at the AGO.
Great place to eat after attending AGO. Also adjacent to lovely gift shop
Excelent service ,great food , the staff is so friendly and helpful
I had eggs Benedict and fries. The eggs were runny and very tasty. The fries are some of the best in Toronto served with an aioli. I had a slice of Yule log made with maple instead of chocolate. It was light and airy and not too sweet. Overall, an excellent meal.
The menu needs to be expanded. The side salad is poor, as is the acrid, vinegar dressing.
The flourless chocolate cake was excellent.
Not my first time eating there and certainly will not be my last. My dinner was excellent (rainbow trout), the service was on point and our waitress did a really good job of making sure we had what we needed and enjoyed our meal.
AGO Bistro does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. AGO Bistro also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (416) 979-6688.
AGO Bistro is rated 4.4 stars by 3423 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.