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Library Bar - Fairmont Royal York, Toronto, ON

Library Bar - Fairmont Royal York

4.7
4.7
632 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
Unspecified
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 is a 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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2 people

11:30 p.m.


Booked 2 times today

Additional information

  • Neighbourhood
    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

What 632 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Toronto / Ontario

    Unspecified

  • Old Toronto

    Best Service

  • Old Toronto

    Best Ambience

  • Old Toronto

    Great for creative cocktails

632 Reviews
  1. JoeG

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I made a poor selection, the “choice of three” open face sandwiches. The toppings were rather insipid, the bread heavy, damp and indigestible. I had the impression that they had been prepared early and had been waiting too long. The accompanying salad was very good. I wish I had stuck to my original choice, the falafel. I enjoyed the ambience enough that I will go back some time and try it.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Decent food, creqt ambiance, slow service. Sat at the table for more than 10mins before the server came to greet us

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  3. PelinS

    West Palm Beach

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We spent a leisurely afternoon at Library Fairmont. Great food and ambience, attentive service, highly recommend the experience!

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  4. Anna

    New York City

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Intimate, elegant, yet comfortable room serving creative takes on familiar standards which are executed to perfection. The only thing that could best all that was our server, CJ. He was attentive, but not intrusive, with a warmth that invites you to stay. Had we not had plans, we would have lingered longer.

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  5. WicWic

    Phoenix

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Classic, old New York vibe. Heck, I wish they'd reopen The Imperial Room with a dress code and amazing live entertainment! And please bring back Louis Janetta.

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  6. ChrisandRicH

    Toronto

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service, food, ambience was great. Even with 5 people at a table nearby, noise was OK. It was our birthdays and we got a free drink - nice touch.

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  7. dinov

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always, great food and gracious service. The atmosphere is lively and there is a stylish yet relaxed vibe.

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  8. VivianL

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food. Bay Street prime rib sandwich was so delicious. I like the ambiance, casual yet classy and elegant. Service was excellent! Very attentive and accommodating. Our server was so nice to split on separate plates the sandwich and caesar salad for me and my girlfriend. He was so kind to offer us a free dessert (chocolate cigar which was yummy) upon knowledge that we were celebrating our common birthday. I'll be back!

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  9. trevorh

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My favoriite downtown luncheon location has been the Library Bar for the past 35 years. I don't get there quite as often as I used to back in the day but the quality of food and the service have maintained their 5 star rating all these years. I shall be back. Regards, Trevor Hibbs

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  10. Chinapooks1

    Toronto

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Relaxed ambiance, the only drawback…the AC was on full force and it felt so cold, I had to ask my winter coat back from coat check. The server said it would take 2 hrs to get it up to the right temperature?? Regardless my friend and I had a great time, it was her birthday and they brought her a complimentary delicious dessert. We loved our lunch there. Thank you everyone for the excellent service!

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  11. DianneM

    Toronto

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, classy bar. Perfect for a special celebration.

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  12. George

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Much better than my last visit. Service was prompt and courteous, food was good, cocktails were excellent, bar was relatively quiet.

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  13. WestSideLisa

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    From start to finish, The Library Bar was exceptionally good. Great cocktails, delicious food and just the most wonderfully warm/stylish vibe. We'll be back. ;)

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  14. CarolynT

    Central Coast

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The beet salad is extremely small and quite tasteless. The Storytime chocolate meringue dessert was burned. Food was very disappointing and expensive. Everything else was great.

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  15. KellyL

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cobb salad was amazing and the service exemplary! The atmosphere was so lovely too.

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  16. JulieS

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Front hostess who seated us was very accommodating to us when we added another person to our table. We really appreciated the flexibility.

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  17. George

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was good and the drinks were awesome. It was quite noisy. Not cheap but I didn't expect it to be. Cocktail order was slow to come. On a couple of occasions I found myself wondering when our waiter was coming back. Ended up getting our food shortly after we received out cocktails which was not ideal.

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  18. RobinB

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really nice, old school bar with great service, food and cocktails

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  19. KevinD

    Toronto

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great venue with thoughtful attentive service. Excellent wine recommendation. Food not up to expectation. Open faced sandwiches were ok - too much bread to topping and beef dip baguette had a jus that was too thick resulting in a slightly gummy texture.

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  20. MelissaG

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The cocktails are unique and superb!! Great service and food is top notch. I will return. Thank you!

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  21. anonymous

    Toronto

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best Cobb Salad in town; Outstanding service where they remember your preferences. Hard to beat!!!

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  22. WilliamS

    Toronto

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The “dead zone” of the days after New Years Day and the work week restart is always intimidating… a delightful semi-empty Library, an attentive wait staff and a truly appreciative maître d made this brief event memorable

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  23. MeganI

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely old world luxury vibe. Excellent food. Try the creme brule.

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  24. BeccaK

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous in every way. Poetic food experience and pleasure.

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  25. AnneK

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful New Years Eve . Delightful food Generous portion - the renowned Birdbath Martini is a must have

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  26. MatthewF

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went for the NYE six course. It was fantastic. It really it a lot of food so don't eat ANYTHING before you arrive. Every single plate was out of this world top tier delicious. I stay at this hotel multiple times through out the year, so I've frequented all the restaurants in the hotel. The Library Bar has it's own vibe different from the rest. It can be a date-type personal experience, or you can let loose and create your own vibe with the surrounding guests. It can turn into a fancy-type club in some cases.

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  27. MegLew10

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really enjoyed it. Good tasted great. Thank you!

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  28. KamL

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We visited the Library Bar during our NYE 2023 stay at the Royal York. We had guests that joined us for lunch and we were all happy with the food and service. Our waiter was very pleasant and knowledgeable of the menu. There were many options for food and drinks. The restaurant is designed to be a cocktail bar so seating is more compact and intimate but still comfortable. The rest of the staff was very friendly and welcoming. I would recommend this bar for any casual get together but not necessarily for large groups. My only complaint was getting my drink took an unusually long time, even though it didn't seem like it was particularly busy. I ordered the Cobb salad, which was excellent!

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  29. Bernie

    Toronto

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Library Bar has impeccable service and food. We enjoy this place every time we visit.

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  30. GitaC

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was excellent - we were seated as soon as we arrived for our 1:30 appointment and waited on soon after. The onion soup was delicious - just as I remembered it. This is the first time I've been to the Library Bar since it re-opened. Will be back to try some of the other items on the lunch menu.

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  31. AnnieJ

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We requested a table that is quite special to us and they were able to accommodate. Staff are friendly, knowledgeable and attentivethe. Dishes & cocktails were delightful as always. Great way to unwind after busy family get-togethers and shopping.

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  32. MaryM

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The temperature of the Library Bar was quite cold. My daughter and I had to keep our coats over our shoulders. Notice the women at next table had her coat over her shoulders as well. We will return and I would recommend it to others. My husband said he would not order the burger again (not enough flavour) but would go back again.

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  33. LouiseG

    Toronto

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing atmosphere on Christmas Day. Great food, service and a wonderful way to spend an afternoon. Never felt rushed and Terry provided very professional and friendly service.

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  34. HOLLYW

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Children at a bar… not a fan. Would prefer non age limits at the Library Bar.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is the 2nd time I’ve ordered the dessert “Storytime” and it never fails! Delicious!

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  36. FranciscoM

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Server was attentive and kind. Food and drinks superb

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  37. KristenR

    Montreal

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Library Bar never disappoints but the washroom and other adjacent areas should be cleaned hourly given volume of people and to maintain the high standards of Fairmount brand.

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  38. JaneK

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a family tradition and especially at Christmas! Wonderful special place with delicious food and smashing drinks. Desserts are creative and so interesting.

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  39. 0916

    Vancouver

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love coming to The Library Bar and try to come a few times a year. It’s lovely in there.

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  40. HeatherM

    Toronto

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Library Bar will always be famous for its gorgeous setting and first rate staff who make everyone feel like a millionaire! And I haven’t been to this little spot in many years as I live outside of Toronto now. But it turned out to be the perfect location for a multi-gen brunch with family members young and old. Just 6 folks. Well the ambiance, great selection of classic and modern cocktails and scrumptious brunch food choices hit the right note! Even for the nephew who arrived late lol. Thanks to the Library Bar for a wonderful Xmas get together!!

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Library Bar - Fairmont Royal York is rated 4.7 stars by 632 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

11:30 p.m.


Booked 2 times today
Google Map for Library Bar - Fairmont Royal York

100 Front Street W., Toronto, ON M5J 1E3

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Front St. and Bay St.
  • Neighbourhood
    Financial District
  • Hours of Operation
    Daily 12:00 pm–12:00 am
  • Price
    CAN$30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Unspecified
  • 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
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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