Library Bar - Fairmont Royal York

4.6
383 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
CAN$31 to CAN$50
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Contemporary American
Top tags:
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Lunch
  • Cozy
Located adjacent to the famous Imperial Room in the iconic Fairmont Royal York, the Library Bar is the ideal venue for pre-event beverages, business lunches or evening cocktails. Our cocktail list includes classic favorites, creative concoctions and our famous martini, voted number 1 in the city for several years running. Featuring Afternoon Tea every Saturday and Sunday, there is no better place to indulge in savoury sandwiches and delicate pastries in the classic Fairmont Royal York tradition.

Special Offers

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Experience our new seasonal Mother's Day Afternoon Tea service all weekend long! Indulge in homemade scones with Devonshire cream, delectable sandwiches and pastries, complemented by a wide selection of our Fairmont LOT 35 teas.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

What 383 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.6based on recent ratings
4.4
Food
4.6
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.0
Value
Noise · Moderate
99% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Newest
Filters
KM
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Never disappoints. Has the same comfortable ambience that I’ve become used too over 30 years of popping in for drinks and nibbles. Always pleasantly greeted! Service is always excellent! Great location.

Library Bar - Fairmont Royal York
Responded 5 hours ago

Thank you for sharing your review, Karen. It is truly wonderful to learn you have been a loyal guest of ours for 30 years. We look forward to continuing to welcome you for many years to come. Thank you so much and we hope to see you soon! - Meaghan, Guest Experience Specialist

Report
Helpful
EP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was delightful. I will definitely be back. Thank you.

Library Bar - Fairmont Royal York
Responded on April 15, 2019

Thank you for sharing your review. We are pleased to know you had a wonderful experience and look forward to welcoming you back in the future! - Meaghan, Guest Experience Specialist

Report
Helpful
SJ
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 5

I love the Library Bar but my most recent experience was poor value for money. I shared the charcuterie platter with a friend and asked for a couple of slices of cheese to be added. The charge was almost the full price of the charcuterie plus a full cheese platter (and the charcuterie platter did not even include the pate as cited). Huge overcharge for what we received.

Report
Helpful
GT
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service in a space that is refined but still feels comfortable. The newspapers were an option I wasn't expecting. The only disappointment wasn't with the restaurant at all, but with my unfortunate timing that the hotel lobby wasn't available to see due to being closed for renovations.

Library Bar - Fairmont Royal York
Responded on April 15, 2019

Thank you for sharing your review, Gregory. We are delighted to know you had a comfortable experience and overall enjoyed your visit. We are sorry to learn of the disappointment with the lobby closure, but we do hope to welcome you back this summer when it is open again! - Meaghan, Guest Experience Specialist

Report
Helpful
z
Toronto
16 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Very attentive service. Good quality food. An enjoyable place to meet a friend and to have a conversation while enjoying a nice meal.

Library Bar - Fairmont Royal York
Responded on April 15, 2019

Thank you for sharing your review. We are delighted to know you received attentive service and enjoyed a very tasty meal. We hope to welcome you back soon for another exceptional experience. - Meaghan, Guest Experience Specialist

Report
Helpful
U
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was the best Experience we had in a long time. The Service was impeccable, friendly not intrusive but also informative of the Items that were on the plates.
Definitely, I will return for the next Birthday celebration

Library Bar - Fairmont Royal York
Responded on April 15, 2019

Thank you for sharing your review, Ursula. We are delighted to know you had an amazing experience and received impeccable service from our team. We look forward to welcoming you again in the future! - Meaghan, Guest Experience Specialist

Report
Helpful
OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Very attentive staff. Always a treat

Library Bar - Fairmont Royal York
Responded on April 8, 2019

Thank you for the five star rating! We hope to welcome you again soon! - Meaghan, Guest Experience Specialist

Report
Helpful
A
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

The occasion was my birthday. We’ve been here multiple times to have ladies tea, as this is one of our favourite places. The only thing that was a bit different this time was that we weren’t seated until the majority of our party arrived. It was raining that day, so a few people were running late, but we had to stand outside. During previous occasions we have visited, we were always allowed to sit inside and wait for the rest of the party before the tea presentation. Not a huge deal, but we had presents we were holding, so it was a bit inconvenient to be standing outside holding them.

We also noticed the scones and butter have changed! We loved the old scones!!!

Other than that, the staff was amazing as usual, and we had the best time! We’ll definitely be back again.

Library Bar - Fairmont Royal York
Responded on April 5, 2019

Thank you for sharing your feedback, Angelica. While we appreciate knowing overall you had a fantastic experience with us, we are sorry to learn of the minor inconvenience. In the special case of Afternoon Tea we do wait to seat the entire party for ensure flow of service is exceptional, however we certainly could have made efforts to make you more comfortable as you waited and we truly apologize. We look forward to welcoming you again in the future! - Meaghan, Guest Experience Specialist

Report
Helpful
DS
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 3Food 1Service 3Ambience 5

Great ambiance and feel. Food was terrible. Ordered the club and Caesar salad. Both were terrible and not what I would expect from the Fairmont.

Library Bar - Fairmont Royal York
Responded on April 1, 2019

Thank you for sharing your review, Dev. We are sorry to learn you were disappointed with your meal. We can assure you this is certainly not indicative of the quality we are known to provide and we are truly sorry for the negative impact this had on your experience. We have shared your comments with the Director of Food and Beverage for internal follow-up on what have transpired. We sincerely hope for a future opportunity to welcome you again. - Meaghan, Guest Experience Specialist

Report
Helpful
OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great location. Food was fab. Service incredible.

Library Bar - Fairmont Royal York
Responded on April 1, 2019

Thank you for the five star rating! We hope to welcome you again soon! - Meaghan, Guest Experience Specialist

Report
Helpful
S
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Our first time experience is great and the service is exceptional. Definitely would recommend this to everyone.

Library Bar - Fairmont Royal York
Responded on March 26, 2019

Thank you for sharing your review. We are delighted to know you had an exceptional experience at Library Bar. We hope to welcome you back soon! - Meaghan, Guest Experience Specialist

Report
Helpful
JH
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A great experience as always. I was entertaining a friend on the occasion of his retirement and it was made all the more special by the attention paid to us by Marina the hostess and Gordie the server. Excellent and very attentive service. I will be returning on April 18th with a party of 4.

Library Bar - Fairmont Royal York
Responded on March 26, 2019

Thank you for sharing your review, Joseph. We are so delighted to learn you had a wonderful experience and we look forward to hopefully welcoming you on April 18th! - Meaghan, Guest Experience Specialist

Report
Helpful
BN
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Diverse lunch menu selection and excellent choice of beverages. Friendly, efficient service. Great ambience. A real classic Toronto meeting place.

Library Bar - Fairmont Royal York
Responded on March 26, 2019

Thank you for your five star rating, Bill! We are delighted to know you had a delicious lunch with us. We hope to welcome you back soon! - Meaghan, Guest Experience Specialist

Report
Helpful
M
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place for lunch. But come early gets packed and a little noisy around 1 PM.

Library Bar - Fairmont Royal York
Responded on March 26, 2019

Thank you for your five star rating, Meghan! We are delighted to know you had a delicious meal at lunch. We hope to welcome you back soon! - Meaghan, Guest Experience Specialist

Report
Helpful
DM
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The Library Bar is the perfect location for an afternoon meeting. The noise level is low, the service and food are exceptional. Clients are impressed every time!

Library Bar - Fairmont Royal York
Responded on March 26, 2019

Thank you for your five star rating! We hope to welcome you back soon! - Meaghan, Guest Experience Specialist

Report
Helpful
CS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Can’t beat the prime rib sandwich. Melt in your mouth. Cozy and elegant atmosphere.

Library Bar - Fairmont Royal York
Responded on March 18, 2019

Thank you for sharing your review, Cathy. We are delighted to know you enjoyed the prime rib sandwich! We hope to welcome you again! - Meaghan, Guest Experience Specialist

Report
Helpful
OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

Extremely horribly disappointed that we weren’t advised that the entire Royal York Hotel lobby is blocked off for renovations. I was taking my aunt for her first afternoon tea ever - and her birthday which I checked off on the reservation though they did nothing despite them bringing candles and pieces of dessert to other guests- and we went early because she was excited to take pictures in the lovely lobby. Instead we had to kill an hour and a half in the dingy basement concourse. The Library Bar wouldn’t even let us have a cocktail at the bar (they said they had no bartender and brusquely said to go to a pub in the concourse which was dark and pricy; there were no coffee shops open). Tea was fine, but very small table, harsh lighting (photos are horrendous despite my excellent camera) and the experience was no comparison to other afternoon teas in Toronto (ie King Edward, Shangri-La, Ritz Carlton - or other Fairmonts like Ottawa’s Chateau Laurier which has a brighter larger space with a large tea cart and you can purchase most of the tea flavours). Cute quaint room and my aunt was pleased but I know the difference and I know how much happier she would have been if we had been advised that the hotel was under construction. One positive- valet parking staff was good.

Library Bar - Fairmont Royal York
Responded on March 15, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to share feedback from your recent experience. It is disappointing to learn of our failure to exceed expectations. Without detracting my concern for what has been shared, rest assured your feedback is taken seriously and has been reviewed by our management team for internal follow-up. profusely apologize and deeply regret the impact this had on your visit. Once again, thank you for your feedback. It is truly appreciated.- Meaghan, Guest Experience Specialist

Report
Helpful
ED
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding ambiance, quality and service. We will return in the future and would recommend to anyone who values quality and service.

Library Bar - Fairmont Royal York
Responded on March 12, 2019

Thank you for sharing your review, Eric. We are delighted to know you had an outstanding experience. Thank you for your recommendation and we hope to welcome you back soon! - Meaghan, Guest Experience Specialist

Report
Helpful
R
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

Lovely old world space. Very good food. A bit on the expensive side. Only negative was the wait for the meal and several attempts required to get the server’s attention to pay.

Library Bar - Fairmont Royal York
Responded on March 8, 2019

Thank you for sharing your review. While we appreciate knowing you had a delicious meal, we are sorry for the atypical wait times you experienced. Thank you for bringing this to our attention and we have shared your comments with our Library Bar Manager for internal follow-up on what had transpired. It is our sincere hope to have a future opportunity to welcome you again for an exceptional experience. - Meaghan, Guest Experience Specialist

Report
Helpful
BM
Naples
8 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Cozy ambience, terrific food and excellent service.

Library Bar - Fairmont Royal York
Responded on March 1, 2019

Thank you for sharing your review, Bill. We are pleased to know you enjoyed our cozy ambiance and had a delicious meal. We hope to welcome you back soon! - Meaghan, Guest Experience Specialist

Report
Helpful
JC
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful experience! Great food and beautiful ambiance and decor

Library Bar - Fairmont Royal York
Responded on March 1, 2019

Thank you for sharing your review, Jessica. We are delighted to know you had a wonderful experience. We hope to welcome you back soon! - Meaghan, Guest Experience Specialist

Report
Helpful
B
Toronto
17 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Nice experience. Very good service and the sweets, especially the chocolate truffle cake is quite impressive

Library Bar - Fairmont Royal York
Responded on March 1, 2019

Thank you for sharing your review. We are delighted to know you received wonderful service and enjoyed a sweet treat! We hope to welcome you back soon! - Meaghan, Guest Experience Specialist

Report
Helpful
OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

The food was disappointing - the tea sandwiches were very dry and bland. The one savoury item was cold, as were the scones.

Library Bar - Fairmont Royal York
Responded on March 1, 2019

Thank you for sharing your review. We are sorry to learn of the disappointing experience you had at Afternoon Tea in regards to the quality of items. We can assure you this is certainly not indicative of the quality we are known to provide and we have shared your comments with our Executive Chef for internal follow-up. It is our sincere hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back in the future for an exceptional experience. - Meaghan, Guest Experience Specialist

Report
Helpful
CX
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

My guest and I spent more than 3 hours eating lunch and visiting. It was a pleasant experience.

Library Bar - Fairmont Royal York
Responded on March 1, 2019

Thank you for sharing your review Carol, We are delighted to know you had a pleasant experience and enjoyed your lunch. We hope to welcome you back soon!

Report
Helpful
y
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great ambience

Library Bar - Fairmont Royal York
Responded on March 1, 2019

Thank you for sharing your review. We are delighted to know you had a wonderful experience. We hope to welcome you back soon! - Meaghan, Guest Experience Specialist

Report
Helpful
JH
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As always a pleasure for me and the perfect entity to entertain an out-of-town friend. Marina the hostess always make one feel so welcome and our server Majid was excellent. I will return.

Library Bar - Fairmont Royal York
Responded on March 1, 2019

Thank you for sharing your review, Joseph. We are delighted to know you had an exceptional experience and received friendly and accommodating service from our Colleagues. We hope to welcome you back soon! - Meaghan, Guest Experience Specialist

Report
Helpful
SS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 3

Horribly overpriced without notice
Been going over 25 years
Got sick with $17 Caesar salad $15 extra salmon
Never going vacky

Library Bar - Fairmont Royal York
Responded on March 1, 2019

Thank you for sharing your feedback on your recent visit. We are sorry to learn you did not have an exceptional experience with us. Rest assured your comments have been shared with our Director of Food and Beverage for internal review. It is our sincere hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back in the future. - Meaghan, Guest Experience Specialist

Report
Helpful
PF
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great location for a quiet business breakfast. Great service and top drawer food.

Library Bar - Fairmont Royal York
Responded on March 1, 2019

Thank you for sharing your review, Paul. We are delighted to know you received great service and enjoyed our convenient location. We hope to welcome you back soon! - Meaghan, Guest Experience Specialist

Report
Helpful
OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The waitress was very nice and accommodating. The service reflects the Fairmont brand impeccably. I would highly recommend for informal business gatherings and one-on-one talks including coffee chats.

Library Bar - Fairmont Royal York
Responded on March 1, 2019

Thank you for sharing your review. We are delighted to know you had a wonderful experience and received accommodating service from your server. We hope to welcome you back soon! - Meaghan, Guest Experience Specialist

Report
Helpful
KQ
Manitoba
3 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent location for a business meeting and very close to union station.

Library Bar - Fairmont Royal York
Responded on March 1, 2019

Thank you for sharing your review, Karen. We are pleased to know you enjoyed our convenient location and close proximity to Union Station. We hope to welcome you back soon! - Meaghan, Guest Experience Specialist

Report
Helpful
MR
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved the experience. Food and mamosa were great. Would definitely return.

Report
Helpful
JP
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food was very tasty and the service was impeccable. My server was extra kind to accommodate the mixing of my bulletproof coffee!

Report
Helpful
P
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 4Ambience 3

I had a club house and side salad.

The sandwich was so dry it was not edible. I took two bites looking for the mayonnaise or sauce. Nothing.

The salad was colourful. No dressing.

I won’t go back after being a casual client for 30 years.

Report
Helpful
VG
Ottawa
10 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

I met an old friend for lunch and a good chat. The atmosphere is homey and the service welcoming. The server respected our wish for a long relaxed lunch. The wine choices were good and the serving sizes generous. I had the signature chowder and it was rich and filling. Highly recommended.

Report
Helpful
OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Wait staff is excellent. We were here for a business function and would use this bar again.

Report
Helpful
PR
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We went here for my wife’s 50th birthday lunch. The service was great and the food was too. We were very impressed with the birthday dessert that was made especially for my wife to celebrate her 50th.
We have been here several times before and will continue to come back, thanks for a great lunch on our special day!

Report
Helpful
MM
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Was there for afternoon tea and found it a little bit noisy because of the number of large parties.

Report
Helpful
QT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food.

Report
Helpful
S
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

My go to. Centrally located. A bit pricey. Great service.

Report
Helpful
c
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Quiet and nice. Good food attentive. Good location

Report
Helpful
1
2
3
10