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AGO Bistro

4.4
4.4
3269 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 12 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

    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 3,269 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
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Old Toronto

    Brunch

  • Old Toronto

    Lunch

  • Old Toronto

    Neighbourhood Gem

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  1. S

    Susan

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    A very pleasant experience with very good service and food. We were able to have a long leisurely brunch with no pressure to leave. It was a quiet and spacious venue.
  2. HE

    HobbyEater

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Ambience of Bistro was lacking. Sat in booth on lower level seating. Felt like we were sitting in a waiting room or hallway. Stark tables in stark, dark, tiled area with low lighting. Nothing cozy or bistro like about it. Very disappointing atmosphere.
  3. CT

    CathyT

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just met up with a close friend, a long overdue visit. The food was exemplary as always! Adore your server Stephanie too, she is a real gem.
  4. JW

    JWhoo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best falafel I've ever tasted. Also recommend the fancy fries for those who love savoury. Server was attentive, quick, and very personable. Took family from out of town out for lunch. They were impressed and and enjoyed the food immensely.
  5. AR

    AndrewR

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent brunch and really good value. Was in Toronto and drizzly day so opted to visit AGO. Managed to book a table for 3 at 1pm for a break whilst exploring the galleries. Welcoming, friendly and efficient service. Great simple food enjoyed by all three. Chicken liver pate and burger with extra pea meal bacon for me, very tasty. Grapefruit salads, eggs benny and waffles loved by other two. Definitely recommended
  6. WS

    WilliamS

    Toronto

    28 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Gate keeping of reservations leaves a lot to be desired ... showed up 30 minutes early for reservation and was denied access "because of other reservations" ... when there were many empty seats/tables obviously available AND which were still unoccupied when I returned ...
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We love coming to the Ago bistro for brunch or dinner. Always great food!
  8. h

    helen

    Toronto

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best place to go before a show at the AGO, always great service. Fave food are the truffle fries and pate, goes down perfectly with a glass of bubbly.
  9. DM

    DennisM

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    A good choice of brunch items and attentive service.
  10. PO

    PaulaO

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience5
    We had lunch on a Saturday and were very disappointed at the menu options. For a fixed price of $30? Most museums offer a simple soup or quiche or light sandwich. Aside from the mult-course offering, the menu on Saturday had only a hamburger that was a smaller portion size - which was delicious but not at all what we wanted. The server told us to come back on a week day for the normal menu - not practical for a tourist who has a limited time to spend. This was very disappointing and just plain weird. BTW we go to a lot of art museums when we travel so have a lot of experience to pull from.
  11. f

    firstratediner

    Toronto

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    At first the salmon was undercooked but it was replaced and largely discounted on my bill. Excellent service.
  12. TK

    ToniK

    Vancouver

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Had a lovely visit with friends service was grest and we loved our food.
  13. R

    Raven

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Brunch was good. Wish that there were more choices.
  14. MF

    ModeFanGnosher

    Vancouver

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    On a recent visit to the AGO, we decided to try Brunch at their Bistro. Wow! Truly a hidden gem in the city. The staff and ambiance were superior and the food was delicious. Fresh, quality ingredients and paired with the best coffee in Toronto, from Pilot Roasters. Highly Recommend!!! Had the yogurt parfait and pancake stack and both were heavenly decadent. They don't skimp on the berries and again I stress, fresh ingredients!!!
  15. EY

    EliY

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    One of our meals came out with the wrong side but they quickly corrected it. The fries were delicious. AGO burger was great, eggs benedict was less so. Server was friendly.
  16. TS

    TracyS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The mushroom soup was divine, organic salmon delicious, and the plate presentation superb. Chocolate cake decadent and tasty. A delight for the taste sensory experience. The service was thoughtful and high-vibe. Ambience lovely. Great to be back at the AGO Bistro. Planning to return again soon. Five star review.
  17. s

    sunor

    Montreal

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food here really exceeded my expectations. I had the burger and my friend the grilled cheese. We both thought our meals were excellent. Service was super :we didn’t feel rushed to move on as we spent a couple hours chatting .
  18. PG

    PennyG

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A memorable lunch of grilled salmon, beautifully presented.
  19. JC

    JimC

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    If you have to tune an instrument please don’t do it in the dining room. It’s very annoying.
  20. E

    Erik

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our lunches were delicious and artfully presented. Our waitress was friendly and attentive. We were very pleased with everything. We were glad we made a reservation as tables filled up fairly quickly.
  21. AK

    AKHA

    Toronto

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    We ordered 2 eggs benny from the pre-fix menue. They got the order wrong (1 eggs benny and 1 burger). We shared the first eggs benny but by the time the replacement eggs benny came, it was too long and our appetites were gone. While they were very pleasant, the service was very slow! Not a terribly good experience but the food was good.
  22. NM

    NatashaM

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Impressed with the atmosphere, service and food. Everything was delicious and amazingly artistic presentation. Can't wait to go back!
  23. RK

    RoxanneK

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the ambience here and always a good meal. Will be back over and over.
  24. A

    Audrey

    Toronto

    21 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    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 :)
  25. M

    Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good kids menu. Simple choices, but the food was made well.
  26. 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.
  27. 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
  28. 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.
  29. 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.
  30. 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!
  31. 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 !
  32. 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.
  33. J

    Jane

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 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.
  34. LD

    LisaD

    Toronto

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Normally I love going to the AGO Bistro, but when the seat in the corner by the wine rack was not available, instead of recommending a more secluded place in the restaurant to dine, we were given a noisy seat by the washroom. This was no way to really enjoy a date with my husband.
  35. R

    Ryan

    Toronto

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 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!
  36. 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.
  37. j

    joanne

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 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
  38. 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.
  39. G

    Gigi

    Toronto

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 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
  40. 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.

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 3269 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 12 times today
Google Map for AGO Bistro

317 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON M5T

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    McCaul Street

  • Neighbourhood

    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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