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Library Bar - Fairmont Royal York, Toronto, ON

Library Bar - Fairmont Royal York

4.8
4.8
445 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Contemporary Canadian

Literary greats are famous for reinvention. Experience the next golden age of cocktail culture.

A timeless meeting place that remains the undercurrent of Toronto's metropolitan character, Library Bar returns as the famed cocktail den cloaked beyond a secret corner of the illustrious Fairmont Royal York hotel.

Throughout the bar's evolution as the city's coveted martini institution, Library Bar encapsulates the fabled legacy as the electric space where such walls can divulge tales from the night we met to the fervent thrill in closing the deal.

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Booked 12 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Canadian, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

  • Hours of Operation

    Tue–Sat 12:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Phone number

    (416) 368-2511

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive Chef

    jW Foster

  • Neighbourhood

    Downtown / Financial District

  • Cross Street

    Front St. and Bay St.

  • Parking Details

    Valet parking is available at a fee.

  • Public Transit

    The Library Bar is located directly across from Union Station. Easily accessed by TTC Subway or GO Transit.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

Open-Faced Sandwiches

Choice of Three – Accompanied with Greens $28 (Available 12 PM to 3 PM)

  • Beef Tartare

    tarragon aioli, cornichon, capers, onion rings, crispy potato

    • Fogo Island Shrimp

      tabasco aioli, pickled serrano peppers, scallion, radish

      • Heirloom Beetroot

        smoked ricotta, pickled beet crudité, rocket

        • Sea Salt Potato Salad

          double cut bacon, remoulade, scallion, heart of palm

          • Torched Albacore Tuna

            olives, egg, pickled peppers, tomato, fingerlings

            Main

            • Chowder$23.00

              corn, prawn, smoked scallop, maple pork belly, chive scone

              • Burrata$25.00

                arugula, beetroot, cucumber, radish, olive oil, basil, orange

                • Mushroom Toast$24.00

                  truffle butter, rosemary, caramelized onion, scamorza, greens

                  • Green Goddess Cobb$24.00

                    smoked chicken, avocado, bacon, tomato, radishes, scallion

                    • Bay Street$28.00

                      shaved prime rib, tobacco onion, horseradish aioli, pretzel roll, frites

                      • Chicken Vol-Au-Vent$32.00

                        peas & carrots, puff pastry, greens

                        • Steak Locke$46.00

                          striploin, béarnaise, frites, red wine jus

                          • Agnolotti$32.00

                            charred maitake, scallion-pistachio butter, garlic-chili baguette crumbs

                            • Roasted Halibut$39.00

                              PEI mussel, beurre blanc, potato mousseline, braised leeks

                              Last updated: February 2, 2022

                              What 445 people are saying

                              Overall ratings and reviews

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

                              4.8
                              4.8 based on recent ratings
                              • 4.6Food
                              • 4.8Service
                              • 4.8Ambience
                              • 4.3Value

                              NoiseModerate

                              Loved For

                              • Toronto

                                Contemporary Canadian

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                              1. H

                                Hungry1

                                Toronto

                                1 review

                                3.0

                                1 review

                                Dined 1 day ago

                                overall3food4service4ambience5

                                Attentive service and great ambience. Menu could use more options, especially more affordable and more healthy ones. The open-faced sandwich selection is odd...a potato salad sandwich?

                              2. SD

                                StevenD

                                1 review

                                4.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on May 17, 2022

                                overall4food4service5ambience5

                                Great restaurant bar with a clubby, comfortable atmosphere. I had not been back for over 2 years due to the pandemic. Nice to see a refreshed interior in line with changes to the main lobby of the hotel. Unfortunately the menu is missing a few old fav’s including fish and chips, butter chicken and beers on tap.

                              3. MB

                                MeaghanB

                                New York Area

                                6 reviews

                                vip
                                5.0

                                6 reviews

                                Dined on May 13, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Great meal and drinks! Always stop in when in Toronto!

                              4. B

                                Bernie

                                Toronto

                                4 reviews

                                5.0

                                4 reviews

                                Dined on April 30, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Majid was a fantastic waiter with our needs and wants.

                              5. KS

                                KatS

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on April 29, 2022

                                overall5food4service5ambience5

                                CJ, our server made our experience wonderful - very attentive, professional and humourous!

                              6. JH

                                JasonH

                                Montreal

                                2 reviews

                                5.0

                                2 reviews

                                Dined on April 26, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Great place with awesome food and desserts.

                              7. P

                                Peter

                                1 review

                                4.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on April 21, 2022

                                overall4food5service5ambience4

                                Excellent food quality and supreme service. I suggest opening a couple minutes early to accommodate early arrivals to avoid a crowded entrance prior to stated opening time at noon.

                              8. TM

                                TrishM

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on April 19, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Excellent. Had a great meal and great service, highly recommend.

                              9. S

                                Sammy

                                Toronto

                                105 reviews

                                vip
                                5.0

                                105 reviews

                                Dined on March 30, 2022

                                overall5food4service5ambience4

                                The Library bar is a little oasis. CJ our server was outstanding! And the food Delish. Try the “select 3” option it was wonderful. Can’t wait to go back!

                              10. A

                                Anonymous

                                Toronto

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on March 30, 2022

                                overall5food3service4ambience5

                                Steak was very very fatty and server did not attend often, had to ask bus person for receipt.

                              11. CK

                                CarlyK

                                Toronto

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on March 29, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                The service was amazing. Our waiter was spectacular!

                              12. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                Toronto

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on March 19, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Oysters were amazing!

                              13. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                Toronto

                                4 reviews

                                5.0

                                4 reviews

                                Dined on March 19, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Amazing experience and atmosphere!

                              14. JH

                                JanisH

                                Toronto

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on March 4, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Wonderful service. Attentive Great food with a lovely ambiance. Would highly recommend it.

                              15. s

                                seasidediner

                                Toronto

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on February 23, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                i was lunching with a friend i hadn't seem for a long while (covid). she was between trains and we caught the chance. the whole experience was so lovely. the food was delicious, as one would expect. but further, from being given a window seat to the waiters patience with our delays over ordering and our dallying over coffee it was perfect. thank you

                              16. TP

                                TinaP

                                Las Vegas

                                2 reviews

                                vip
                                5.0

                                2 reviews

                                Dined on February 18, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                This was our first time back since the remodel. It looks fantastic- kept the classic feel but brightened it up. Food was even better than I remember. Service was FANTASTIC as always.

                              17. GC

                                GeorgeC

                                Toronto

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on February 16, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                excellent for a client get together or quiet gathering

                              18. FL

                                FromLyttonPark

                                Toronto

                                6 reviews

                                5.0

                                6 reviews

                                Dined on February 8, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Great staff, and the decor refresh is great! Can't wait for normalcy to return.

                              19. MY

                                MyYawning

                                Toronto

                                2 reviews

                                5.0

                                2 reviews

                                Dined on January 1, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                the Library Bar is the place for me to go with friends since Day 1 of my arrival in Toronto. I like the ambiance, the decor, the service and the food. Even though now they changed the old Menu I used to like, such as French Onion Soup, Fish and Chips and the curry, I still feel the new Menu also added excitement and novelty to its existing standards. I shall always love this place and will go there whenever I could. Such elegance and charm. Marie

                              20. JC

                                JohnC

                                Toronto

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on December 31, 2021

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                New Eve 2022!

                              21. CM

                                CindyM

                                Toronto

                                1 review

                                4.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on December 31, 2021

                                overall4food5service4ambience5

                                I have already recommended the Library Bar to friends and family. What an amazing experience. They made the best of a new year's eve celebration during current covid restrictions.

                              22. MR

                                MekRose

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on December 29, 2021

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Worth the price, but definitely costly. Service and ambiance here are phenomenal!

                              23. T

                                Tornative

                                Toronto

                                75 reviews

                                vip
                                4.0

                                75 reviews

                                Dined on December 25, 2021

                                overall4food3service5ambience5

                                My 2nd lunch at the Library Bar since the renovation was finished. Our Christmas Day friends' lunch was great thanks to the incredible service. All the staff, especially our darling waiter, were great. There was also a couple of surprise visits from Santa. The lunch menu is quite small, but there is something for everyone on it. The cocktail list is creative and fun and we all started lunch off with cocktails. All 3 of us shared the Storytime Dessert and finished off the lunch with cappuccinos. Thanks to the RYH staff for making every visit special!

                              24. CS

                                ChiefScout

                                Toronto

                                7 reviews

                                5.0

                                7 reviews

                                Dined on December 23, 2021

                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                An elegant spot for a good martini and some nice bites for lunch. Attentive service.

                              25. KK

                                KristinaK

                                Toronto

                                2 reviews

                                4.0

                                2 reviews

                                Dined on December 21, 2021

                                overall4food4service5ambience5

                                The drinks and food is very expensive but it what was expected dining and drinking at Fairmont Royal York Hotel. The ambiance was wonderful and the service was impeccable. 30$ for a drink that comes in a small glass and half with ice was hard to swallow. Metaphorically speaking.

                              26. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                Chicago

                                9 reviews

                                5.0

                                9 reviews

                                Dined on December 17, 2021

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                The room is beautiful- very luxurious feel. Service was exceptional- thank you to our server Vanessa! She was knowledgeable, kind and funny! Food was great and they were able to accommodate our gluten free diet requirements. The birdbath Gin martini is a must try. Can’t wait to go back again. This would be a great place to take clients for lunch/drink!

                              27. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                Washington DC

                                3 reviews

                                5.0

                                3 reviews

                                Dined on December 15, 2021

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Fabulous! The whole way through.

                              28. k

                                kdcmac

                                New York Area

                                20 reviews

                                vip
                                5.0

                                20 reviews

                                Dined on December 15, 2021

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Christmas celebration

                              29. SB

                                ShortyBear

                                1 review

                                3.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on December 10, 2021

                                overall3food2service2ambience3

                                Library Bar has a nice ambiance and a cozy feel. The service was average; very polite but did not show up enough and would not make the effort to accommodate special requests.

                              30. SD

                                SandraD

                                Toronto

                                2 reviews

                                5.0

                                2 reviews

                                Dined on December 10, 2021

                                overall5food4service5ambience5

                                We really enjoyed our lunch and the complementary dessert for my friend's birthday. We wish the chowder had a bit more seafood in it, but still was very good.

                              31. RB

                                RobertB

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on December 9, 2021

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                My wife and I always go to the Library Bar especially at Christmas time. It's a tradition. My only wish is that the wine list includes local wine from anywhere in Canada. We want to support the domestic wineries.

                              32. T

                                Tornative

                                Toronto

                                75 reviews

                                vip
                                3.0

                                75 reviews

                                Dined on December 7, 2021

                                overall3food3service5ambience4

                                The renovation is lovely and the bar looks beautiful and sophisticated. I reserved a 'standard table' for lunch, but the table we were seated at was a coffee table which made it difficult to eat, especially for my elderly guests. I wish I would have been warned. However, the couch and chairs were very comfortable for a leisurely meal. Our server Vanessa should be cloned as her service was impeccable. I'll be back next week for another group lunch. I hope we are not seated next to a group of shrieking women ordering bottles of champagne next time.

                              33. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                Montreal

                                3 reviews

                                5.0

                                3 reviews

                                Dined on December 7, 2021

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Lovely greeting by the hostess. Club-like atmosphere, where you immediately feel comfortable and at home! Prompt, unobtrusive service and interesting food options. Be sure to get a reservation because it does book up.

                              34. EP

                                EvelineP

                                Toronto

                                4 reviews

                                5.0

                                4 reviews

                                Dined on December 7, 2021

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Overall very good. Was concerned from a public health point of view with did not screen for symptoms of Covid nor did they ask for ID after showing vaccination status. I was concerned about this lack of attention to Public Health Guidelines.

                              35. GC

                                GregC

                                Toronto

                                2 reviews

                                4.0

                                2 reviews

                                Dined on November 27, 2021

                                overall4food4service4ambience5

                                Great service always, our favourite Toronto cocktail bar, always busy and fun atmosphere

                              36. RT

                                RandallT

                                1 review

                                4.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on November 26, 2021

                                overall4food4service4ambience5

                                We enjoyed our visit. The renovations did not diminish the original charm of the Library Bar.

                              37. LV

                                LaVerneH

                                Toronto

                                3 reviews

                                4.0

                                3 reviews

                                Dined on November 25, 2021

                                overall4food5service5ambience4

                                Tables were a little too close. Water for the tea was not hot.

                              38. S

                                Sunbeam

                                Toronto

                                3 reviews

                                4.0

                                3 reviews

                                Dined on November 24, 2021

                                overall4food5service4ambience4

                                A birthday lunch was made memorable by great staff, wonderful food and a very pleasing atmosphere. We enjoyed ourselves and look forward to returning. Our waiter was very, very good.

                              39. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                Toronto

                                22 reviews

                                vip
                                5.0

                                22 reviews

                                Dined on November 24, 2021

                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                Kitchen delivered an excellent customer pleasing execution …

                              40. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                Toronto

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on November 20, 2021

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Amazing vibe, perfect cold sparkling and exceptional service!

                              Safety precautions

                              • Cleaning & sanitising

                                • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
                                • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
                                • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                                • Contactless payment available
                              • Protective equipment

                                • Waitstaff wear masks
                              • Screening

                                • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

                              FAQs

                              Library Bar - Fairmont Royal York is rated 4.8 stars by 445 OpenTable diners.

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

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                              Booked 12 times today
                              Google Map for Library Bar - Fairmont Royal York

                              100 Front St. West Toronto, ON M5J 1E3

                              Additional information

                              • Cross Street

                                Front St. and Bay St.

                              • Neighbourhood

                                Downtown / Financial District

                              • Hours of Operation

                                Tue–Sat 12:00 pm–12:00 am

                              • Cuisines

                                Contemporary Canadian, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

                              • Dining style

                                Casual Elegant

                              • Dress Code

                                Smart Casual

                              • Parking Details

                                Valet parking is available at a fee.

                              • Public Transit

                                The Library Bar is located directly across from Union Station. Easily accessed by TTC Subway or GO Transit.

                              • Payment Options

                                AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

                              • Executive Chef

                                jW Foster

                              • Additional

                                Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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