AGO Bistro

4.4
3423 reviews
CAN$30 and under
Comfort Food
Please note: If you are booking a table between December 26th and January 1st, please be aware that we are running special holiday menus. Our regular menu will not be available.

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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • 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
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
  • Staff is vaccinated
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 3423 People Are Saying
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4.3
Food
4.6
Service
4.1
Ambience
4.2
Value
Noise · Moderate
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Juneplum
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Great place for brunch in between browsing the great art. Ambience can’t be beat!

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AlisonC
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience3

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.

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FoodieAS
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience2

Amazing service and super nice staff but the noise level was way too high.

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AnneH
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

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RotemS
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience3

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

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Lindsey
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience3

A good option when visiting the gallery. Would have liked more than on vegetarian option.

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LiveToronto
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

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Tatyana
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

More gluten free options please!

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Andrea
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

We like the place very much, the service was great and the food too.

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York
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Friendly and efficient service and tasty food! I will definitely go back again!

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MelanieM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Very safe space well distant tables and unobtrusive servers. Appreciated additional dessert choices.

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sf109
Toronto
14 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience2

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.

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KarenL
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful. Great Meal and Service. I'll come back

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BrianC
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great way to start an afternoon visit to AGO. Our whole group enjoyed the meal and the service.

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EmmalineY
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Wonderful food - traditional dishes with a twist (e.g. falafel burger with grilled beets). Great service!

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AnneH
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

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MaureenK
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

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.

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KarenB
Montreal
6 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Waiter Mark was fantastic. Food very good as always.

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Winkie
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a great experience dining at the AGO Bistro

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OpenTable Diner
Montreal
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautifully prepared plates with delicious food. Excellent service.

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AGOFan
London
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great space and great service. Perfect to end a day at the gallery.

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vipSavourer
Toronto
15 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

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!!

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ritasob
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Nice place to eat and drink après/avant going to see the art. good service, good food and wines.

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SimoneB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

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vipadrianam
Orlando
27 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very good food! Nice surprise how good it was. Only thing would be good is more ice cream flavors , but in general excellent

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joycez
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Superb service excellent food accommodated our time limit and food arrived quickly.

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HermanN
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Overall great experience. Food tasted great. I had the eggs Benny and my date had the grilled cheese.

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Kristine
Montreal
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

The meal, service and ambiance were perfect for a holiday treat with a friend.

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BrianB
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Dope af overall :)))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))

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Anne
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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!

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience3

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).

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LeslieM
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

So convenient to stop after your visit to the AGO. Must need reservations

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wjwayne
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

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TheDame001
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience3

Great place to eat after attending AGO. Also adjacent to lovely gift shop

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Guill
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excelent service ,great food , the staff is so friendly and helpful

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AnneH
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

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JillP
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

The menu needs to be expanded. The side salad is poor, as is the acrid, vinegar dressing.

The flourless chocolate cake was excellent.

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ScottB
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

FAQs

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.

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