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AGO Bistro

4.4
4.4
3255 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
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.

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 9 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Comfort Food, Contemporary American, Global, International

  • Hours of Operation

    Take out Tue–Sun 10:30 am–5:30 pm Daytime Menu Tue–Fri 11:30 am–5:30 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:30 am–5:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (416) 979-6688

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Renee Bellefeuille

  • Private party facilities

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

  • Private party contact

    AGO Bistro - Events & Group Dining: (844) 840-0614

  • Neighbourhood

    Downtown / Financial District

  • Cross Street

    McCaul Street

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Public Transit

    St. Patrick Subway Station on the University line. 2 blocks west of University on south side of Dundas Street (at the intersection of McCaul St. and Dundas).

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 3,255 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Toronto / Ontario

    Comfort Food

  • Old Toronto

    Brunch

  • Old Toronto

    Healthy

  • Old Toronto

    Lunch

  • Old Toronto

    Good Vegetarian Options

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  1. A

    Audrey

    Toronto

    19 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Our sever was lovely but I had made dinner reservations a week before thinking we could have dinner (my mistake) as part of summerlicious 2022. The hostess called me 1/2 an hour prior to my reservation to inform me they were not part of this gastronomic festival. While I appreciated her call, I would have appreciated it a few days in advance as one of our guests was coming straight from the airport from Vancouver. We ordered appetizers & drinks while we pondered options and our lovely sever suggested a great spot on Baldwin that was able to accommodate us on Friday evening in TO. Again, the staff were great, we just would have appreciated knowing well in advance that a snack food menu is offered 3 nights of the week half an hour before our reservation when everyone in our group is en route :)
  2. M

    Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good kids menu. Simple choices, but the food was made well.
  3. AH

    AnneH

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The hamburger was great but there was a little too much onion added to the burger. The fries are some of the best in the city. The aioli that goes with is a beautiful pairing.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    We were surprised to find out that when we arrived for our 6 PM reservation all we could have to eat with snacks and that the “real food” was only served until 5:30! So we had a cheeseboard and a charcuterie board and a veggie side all of which were very good but not the meal we had been hoping for
  5. VL

    VickiL

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had the rainbow trout which was delicious. special fries could have been a little more special though. Makes a very nice day to eat and see the AGO.
  6. CM

    CaroleM

    Vancouver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Always enjoy eating at the AGO Bistro. The food is excellent and the service very efficient and friendly.
  7. FK

    FloraK

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    The main dish, ie., Filipino special Breakfast was not worthy of praise. The cook doused his dishes with powdered garlic instead of fresh garlic! It taste too strong of artificial garlic taste that overpowered the whole meal especially the rice and the the vinegar sauce. Otherwise, the starters,( yogurt parfait and pate) were yummy!
  8. AH

    AHGonOT

    Toronto

    93 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    93 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A modern warm environment with polite courteous service and well prepared simple dishes / great prelude to an afternoon at the AGO !
  9. AH

    AnneH

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The pancakes with strawberries, raspberries and blueberries were delicious. I wish they came with bacon. The fruit sauce mixed with real maple syrup added a tart sweetness. Overall, a very good meal.
  10. J

    Jane

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The bistro provides a restful, lovely dining experience. The service is excellent, the drink choices very nice, and the space is clean, comfortable, interesting, and spacious. Having eaten there a few times this summer, I find the food a little inconsistent. The trout and smoked salmon entrees are my family’s favorites.
  11. R

    Ryan

    Toronto

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great service, and food was tasty, well prepared and well presented. The noise level was out of control. We could barely hear each other across a small table. Make sure to ask for a table on the main level, avoid the upper level as the noise was absolutely overwhelming!
  12. T

    Thilok

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic service from the staff there, they were very friendly and helpful. We ordered 5 mains and a starter to be shared. Eggs Benedict, Green Goddess, Pancakes, and their special dish that day (Filipino garlic fried rice), everything was delicious. I really recommend the Eggs Benedict and the Pancakes.
  13. J

    Judy

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience3
    Lovely but a little dark in the lower section . Would have preferred upstairs via ramp if we had known
  14. RC

    RandomClient

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Very good, just wish the menus had more formality. The whole bistro theme could have been substantiated by cutlery with black handles. A paper menu is just not appropriate for a bistro.
  15. G

    Gigi

    Toronto

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We have always enjoyed the creative menu choices. However, the last 2 visits we didn’t enjoy our selection as much as usual. This won’t deter us from returning
  16. CL

    ChristinaL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was such a lovely experience at the Bistro. The service is super and the food is really good. We will definitely be there again.
  17. FB

    FredelleB

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff were welcoming and the food and service was great. No hurrying people along.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The server did and excellent job. He was pleasant and helpful throughout the meal. We loved the food: the trout dish was exceptional as was the felafel dish. Thank you.
  19. J

    Jane

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Oh how to sum it up?! Our lunch was well served and the most delicious creative dishes we could have hoped for. Smoked salmon the best I’ve ever had, maybe similar to fresh smoked salmon at one bed and breakfast in rural Scotland. Delicious rainbow trout roasted perfectly. Accompanying fresh vegetables were prepared perfectly with many different seasonings and fresh herbs. Our white bean soup with fennel fronds was creamy comfort food. The building is by Gehry, so of course also creative and fresh.
  20. IS

    IanS

    Toronto

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    As usual, we enjoyed sharing our lunch with each other at the AGO Bistro last Friday, the last event in our 2-day “away” before heading for the train station. Two tasty vegetarian choices were our selections today- carefully prepared and quite satisfying, giving us energy for our travel afternoon.
  21. M

    Makar

    Toronto

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Delicious food and ambience. A little pricey but I will return
  22. AR

    AnnaR

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    I loved the ambiance but my mushroom tarting was almost inedible apart from the egg and salad. The toast was burnt and the mushrooms were way too salty. I didn’t want to ruin the experience for my friend so I didn’t complain. Very disappointed in the food.
  23. PM

    PhillipM

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    Adequate but not as good as I was expecting. . .too bad. It will be awhile before I try again.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience5
    Creturnee mt c
  25. a

    artlover

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Fresh, great service, nice return to indoor dining.
  26. m

    marietje

    Toronto

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    At this point, AGO Bistro does not serve real meals. We had a cheese platter and a platter of crudites. Both were excellent! I always love eating in this beautiful space, that is never loud!
  27. MS

    MatthewS

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    It was ok. Few gluten free options- not amazing service. Great mimosas.
  28. LG

    LyndaG

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Caught up with a friend at the Bistro over lunch and enjoyed the usual gracious service and excellent menu. You can't go wrong. And the gallery awaits afterwards.
  29. JL

    JonathanL

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience2
    Good food but a rather limited menu. The service was good, everything came quite quickly. The only issue was the noise level - very noisy private party next door.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    A very enjoyable lunch with a friend before touring the gallery.
  31. LM

    LindaM

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The overall experience was good but we were disappointed that the bar could not make us a Martini, our favorite cocktail.
  32. R

    Romsaw

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous! A lovely way to end a gorgeous stroll through the gallery!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Server didn’t ask us for dessert before the kitchen closed
  34. Y

    York

    Toronto

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tasty and fresh ingredients, friendly and efficient service. Discount for AGO members. Good spot to eat and to catch up with friend, and to visit the museum.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic Canada

    7 reviews

    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    The food was honestly terrible. I ordered the eggs Benedict and the English muffin part was just cold and there was absolutely no flavour at all. I also asked for fries as the side, and the server still got it wrong and brought me a salad.
  36. F

    Freddie

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    We enjoyed the food. The mushroom tarting was a bit gooey for my taste but the flavour of the mushrooms was excellent. We very enjoyed being able to sit for a long time and chat with no feeling of being rushed. Service was a bit uneven but I think it was being worked! It is a lovely place to go and the new menu offers a good selection. Wine by glass also good. We were celebrating a birthday and it was very nice. Coffee was not great. I think we were expected to order An espresso type coffee and we were hoping for brewed. Small thing! Overall very good and I will return
  37. F

    Friends

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to meet up with out of town friends for a relaxed catching up get together. Good service and was not rushed. Friends were impressed by a stroll through the galleries afterwards too!
  38. D

    Downtowner

    Toronto

    29 reviews

    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Was not aware that only Brunch menu was available at dinner time. Was told that dinner menu only available Wednesday and Friday. Although the food was very good I was disappointed that the full menu was not available
  39. S

    Suzanne

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Comfortable, bright and well appointed venue with friendly, well informed staff. A very positive vibe.
  40. n

    none

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    still missing the steak-frites and hoping they'll bring it back as a classic rather than seasonal dish

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • 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

    • Staff is vaccinated

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 3255 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 9 times today
Google Map for AGO Bistro

317 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON M5T

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    McCaul Street

  • Neighbourhood

    Downtown / Financial District

  • Hours of Operation

    Take out Tue–Sun 10:30 am–5:30 pm Daytime Menu Tue–Fri 11:30 am–5:30 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:30 am–5:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Comfort Food, Contemporary American, Global, International

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Public Transit

    St. Patrick Subway Station on the University line. 2 blocks west of University on south side of Dundas Street (at the intersection of McCaul St. and Dundas).

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Renee Bellefeuille

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (416) 979-6688

  • Private party facilities

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

  • Private party contact

    AGO Bistro - Events & Group Dining: (844) 840-0614

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