Library Bar - Fairmont Royal York

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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Contemporary American
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

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

A classic dinner at Toronto's favourite classic bar. Library Bar is offering special à la carte menu items on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Velvety squash & apple bisque soup, traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings, and a sweet, chocolatey, clementine sacher torte to finish.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

A classic dinner at Toronto's favourite classic bar. Library Bar is offering special à la carte menu items on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Velvety squash & apple bisque soup, traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings, and a sweet, chocolatey, clementine sacher torte to finish.

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.5
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Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent service. Great food. My favorite downtown meeting spot.

Library Bar - Fairmont Royal York
Responded 3 days ago

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

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Food was very good. Seating was a little cramped.

Library Bar - Fairmont Royal York
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you for sharing your review. We are pleased to know you had a delicious meal and appreciate your feedback on the seating arrangements. We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you again in the future. -Meaghan, Guest Experience Specialist

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S
Toronto
78 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Library Bar never disappoints! With all the fabulous renovations just done at the Royal York Fairmont the little hidden gem Library Bar stayed charming and consistently lovely food and service!

Library Bar - Fairmont Royal York
Responded 3 days ago

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

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N
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our waiter, CJ, was incredibly friendly and attentive. Food was delicious and wine was excellent!

Library Bar - Fairmont Royal York
Responded on November 22, 2019

Thank you for sharing your review, Nata. We are delighted to know you received friendly and attentive service from our colleague and had a delicious meal. Thank you for your kind words and we have shared your comments with our Management Team to recognize this individual. We hope to welcome you again soon! - Meaghan, Guest Experience Specialist

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BN
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Consistent high level of service, food quality and ambience.
Menu choice is limited, however.

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

Thank you for sharing your review, Bill. We are delighted to know once again you received a high level of service and enjoyed the quality of food. Thank you for your feedback and we hope to welcome you again soon! - Meaghan, Guest Experience Specialist

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JH
Toronto
14 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

always exceptional and made to feel most welcome. I applaud Marina the hostess who always has my favorite table waiting without asking. Also the server CJ (Chris) was very attentive and professional. An added and pleasant touch was a personalized reserved card with my name on it. That touched me. Will be back on the 28th for another visit.

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

Thank you for sharing your review, Joseph. It is truly wonderful to learn of the fabulous experience you once again had with us. We appreciate your kind words and have shared your comments with our Management Team to recognize these individuals. We look forward to welcoming you at the end of the month on the day of our tree lighting ceremony! - Meaghan, Guest Experience Specialist

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WM
Toronto
32 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our group of three grew to five - we were accommodated seamlessly and with grace. Place was busy yet service remained stellar and unruffled.

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

Thank you for sharing your review. We are delighted to know our Team was able to accommodate your growing group (more fun for all) and that you had a wonderful experience! We hope to welcome you again soon! - Meaghan, Guest Experience Specialist

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b
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

I have been a big supporter of Library Bar since 2005. I recommend it to every colleague looking for a suitable venue for a business meal. And I personally continue to visit, every chance I get.

On this occasion, I was dining with and introducing The Library Bar to a colleague who had never dined here and I was excited to create yet another fan.

Unfortunately, as we were walking back after the meal, she told me that the Falafel sandwich she chose, was really lacking in any flavour. I myself have never tried it...I am loyal to the Prime Rib.

I felt terrible that she didn’t enjoy her meal but as always, mine was great and the service and ambiance, excellent!

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

Thank you for sharing your review. While we are pleased to learn once again you had a fabulous visit and delicious meal, we are sorry to learn your Colleague did not feel the same way. We appreciate you providing this feedback and we have shared your comments with the Executive Chef for internal review on this dish. We hope to have the opportunity to welcome your Colleague again in the future for the exceptional experience we are known to provide. - Meaghan, Guest Experience Specialist

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EG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Yes I would ,,,Our server was very accommodating,
Cosy ambience on a cold rainy lunchtime,

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

Thank you for sharing your review, Elizabeth. We are delighted to know you received accommodating service and enjoyed the cozy atmosphere on these recent gloomy days in the city. We hope to welcome you again soon! - Meaghan, Guest Experience Specialist

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AV
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

The Library bar is pretty standard for Fairmont. The location is on the first floor so you’re not privy to any spectacular view but the interior definitely does give off an old timey library feel. Service was good and volume was pretty low considering the place had quite a few high tea reservations. The sandwiches tasted good for the most part (I personally don’t like the queens favourite sandwich). All in all a great time but my only qualm is that I always wish the scones were just a tad bit bigger! They used to be but now they’re just tiny little bite sizes portions.

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

Thank you for sharing your review, Anne. We are pleased to know overall you had a wonderful experience and enjoyed the atmosphere. We appreciate your feedback regarding the scones and we have shared your comments with the Executive Chef for internal review. We hope to welcome you again in the future! - Meaghan, Guest Experience Specialist

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S
Naples
5 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Frequented for years. Love it! Terrific service....good food.

Library Bar - Fairmont Royal York
Responded on October 25, 2019

Thank you for sharing your review, Sharon. We are delighted to learn you are a loyal guest and pleased to know we keep delivering on terrific service and overall a great experience. We look forward to welcoming you again soon! - Meaghan, Guest Experience Specialist

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b
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience3

This used to be our favorite restaurant, until the menu totally changed. I looked it up on the web before we went, and there were so many things I was looking forward to eating, I thought I'd have problems deciding. Then, we discovered the menu was not the same. The food we ordered was disgusting. We left more than half uneaten. The place was still packed because the atmosphere is lovely, but that was the last time we are eating there. Get a new menu and chef!

Library Bar - Fairmont Royal York
Responded on October 21, 2019

Thank you for sharing your review. We are sorry to learn this experience was not what you have come to expect from Library Bar. We are concerned to learn there are menu changes you are disappointed with. Our last menu change was Spring 2019 and the website reflects what is being served in the restaurant. We are truly sorry to know you were unsatisfied with your meal and we ask to please reach out directly so we can further investigate. We look forward to connecting with you.

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HT
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

The Library Room was a beautiful place to have high tea.
The staff looked after us. Very friendly and helpful.
Food was lovely.

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

Thank you for sharing your review, Helen. We are delighted to know you were well looked after and enjoyed your Afternoon Tea experience! We hope to welcome you again soon! - Meaghan, Guest Experience Specialist

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T
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

My favorite venue . Great service and quality food.

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

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

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M
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Vanessa our server was amazing. The food was very nice. All round a lovely experience. Love the ambience. Very nice old fashioned feel to it without being snooty or precious.

Library Bar - Fairmont Royal York
Responded on October 4, 2019

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

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f
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

Went to the afternoon tea and didn't find it that wonderful. It's very little food for $55 per person. I have had afternoon tea elsewhere and you get better value at other places. I would skip this one unless you don't mind spending $$$$$ for 4 super small finger sandwiches and 2 tiny scones and 4 tiny desserts and a pot of tea. Just a little underwhelming. I was definitely not impressed.

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

Thank you for sharing your review. We are sorry to learn you did not have a pleasant experience with us. We truly appreciate your detailed feedback and we have shared your comments with the Director of Food and Beverage for internal review. It is our sincere hope to have an opportunity to welcome you again in the future. - Meaghan, Guest Experience Specialist

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LG
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service and food were excellent. Our server was Christopher and he did an excellent job. My two friends and I arrived in Canada 52 years ago, and on the ship coming over the talk was all about the Royal York - hence the choice of venue for our celebratory lunch! We were presented with a complimentary dessert - much appreciated - thank you!

Library Bar - Fairmont Royal York
Responded on August 30, 2019

Thank you for sharing your review, Liz. We are delighted to learn of this very special celebration and that your server provided wonderful service. We hope to welcome you again in the future! - Meaghan, Guest Experience Specialist

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Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience1

The server was really really nice. The sandwiches and dessert were stale. They brought my tea out luke warm, and the tea leaves couldnt steep properly. The service was extremly slow, took me 10 mins to waive someone down to add hot water to my teapot. The ambience smelled like mold - not appealing at all. Way over priced for what it's worth. Much better places in Toronto for high tea. This place did not live up to luxury standards, more like a hole in the wall.

Library Bar - Fairmont Royal York
Responded on August 22, 2019

Thank you for sharing your review on your recent visit. While we are pleased to know you received friendly service from your server, we are truly sorry to learn of the reported concerns. We can assure you this is certainly not indicative of the quality experience we are known to provide and we have shared your feedback with the Executive Chef for internal review. We truly hope to have the opportunity to welcome you again in the future. - Meaghan, Guest Experience Specialist

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OT
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Beautiful and delightful! ‘High’ tea expectations! Wonderful service and lovely atmosphere! I could eat scones and cream all day!

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

Thank you for sharing your review. We are delighted to know you had an exceptional experience at Afternoon Tea and received wonderful service. We hope to welcome you again soon! - Meaghan, Guest Experience Specialist

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OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My mom and her two friends had an absolute blast have ranted and raved about the level of service of all of the staff.
Their waiter was very attentive and friendly. They especially enjoyed speaking with Ilda who was part of the staff.

The food was fresh, and beautifully presented- and the quality was top notch.

Noteworthy mentions are the burata and the crab cakes.

Thank you for providing a beautiful desert tray for Jill’s birthday - the little touches truly go a long way in making a dining experience memorable.

I am told that they now want to make the library bar a monthly event.

Library Bar - Fairmont Royal York
Responded on August 7, 2019

Thank you for sharing your review. We are absolutely thrilled to learn of the wonderful experience your mom and company had with us. It was our pleasure to add a special touch to make a memorable celebration and we certainly do hope to welcome them monthly! Thank you for the kind words, we have passed this along to our team. - Meaghan, Guest Experience Specialist

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JH
Toronto
15 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a pleasure at the Library Bar and that is why we return. Always graciously greeted by Marina "the hostess with the mostest" and the service provided by Christopher (CJ) was excellent and very attentive. Food was excellent and did not feel rushed. An enjoyable 3 hours. Will be back at the end of the month and next month to celebrate my birthday.

Library Bar - Fairmont Royal York
Responded on August 7, 2019

Thank you for sharing your review, Joseph. We are thrilled to know you had an exceptional experience and received wonderful service from our team. We look forward to welcoming you at the end of the month for your birthday celebration! - Meaghan, Guest Experience Specialist

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k
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Staying at the Fairmont Royal York is a special occasion in itself but when you’re needing extra special treatment you must dine at the Library Bar with a glass of Prosecco to top it off. Thank you Marina, Ilda and all the staff for making this stay a memorable one 🍾♥️♥️

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

Thank you for sharing your review. We are delighted to know our Library Bar Team ensured your special occasion was extra special! Thank you for sharing this wonderful experience and we hope to welcome you again soon! - Meaghan, Guest Experience Specialist

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UT
Calgary
14 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall3Food2Service1Ambience3

Afternoon tea

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

Thank you for sharing your review. We are sorry to learn you did not have an exceptional experience with us. We truly hope to have a future opportunity to welcome you again. - Meaghan, Guest Experience Specialist

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H
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall3Food1Service5Ambience5

Excellent service. But the food at high tea was unimaginative & some pastries were dry.

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

Thank you for sharing your review Holly. While we appreciate knowing you received excellent service, we are sorry to learn you were unsatisfied with food offering. We truly appreciate your feedback and have shared your comments with the Executive Chef for internal review. It is our sincere hope to have the opportunity to welcome you again in the future for an exceptional experience. - Meaghan, Guest Experience Specialist

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k
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

When you’re greeted by a hostess like Marina there’s nothing else to say except amazing. She’s a Huge bonus to a great welcome. Thank you @Fairmont Royal York and thank You Marina for a warm Royal welcome... as always!! ♥️♥️

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

Thank you for sharing your review. We are delighted to know you had a wonderful experience and outstanding service from our Colleagues. Positive feedback is always appreciated and we have shared your comments with our Management Team. We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you again! - Meaghan, Guest Experience Specialist

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BD
London
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Brilliant - all round excellence; highly recommended. Would go time and time again

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

Thank you for the five star rating, Bruce! We look forward to welcoming you again soon! - Meaghan, Guest Experience Specialist

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AC
Toronto
89 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent atmosphere, specially for business meetings. I enjoyed the food and overall price was reasonable. I had the onion soup and I was absolutely top-notch.

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

Thank you for sharing your review, Alex. We are delighted to know you had a wonderful experience and enjoyed the french onion soup! We hope to welcome you again in the future! - Meaghan, Guest Experience Specialist

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EF
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience4

Yes but only for the service and ambiance. Otherwise, the food was average unfortunately. For $55 and the status that the Royal York holds, one would expect a higher grade and more abundant offering of savoury items. Sweets were nice but also average.

Library Bar - Fairmont Royal York
Responded on June 13, 2019

Thank you for sharing your review, Emily. While we are pleased to know you enjoyed the ambiance and service from our team, we are sorry to learn you did not have an exceptional experience with us. We appreciate your feedback and have shared your comments with our Executive Chef for internal review. It is our sincere hope to have the opportunity to welcome you again in the future. - Meaghan, Guest Experience Specialist

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AH
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We needed a quiet time with our friend and were able to have that. Our waiter was unobtrusive and yet we had everything at our fingertips. Will go back again and again.

Library Bar - Fairmont Royal York
Responded on June 13, 2019

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

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CP
Hong Kong
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Update: Today I was contacted by a Mr. Rejeant on behalf of the Library Bar. Mr. Rejeant kindly apologised to myself and the rest of the ladies in our party for our unfortunate champagne bath. He recognised that not enough was done at the time of the incident, apologised and amends for the situation. Very classy indeed! I was happy with the way that he followed up and will return to the Library Bar in the future.


I hosted a small baby shower for my cousin this past weekend. Service was good up until the Champaign from that table behind us sprayed all of us. My hair was drenched, my pregnant cousin had champagne all down her back. We were told sorry and given a few napkins. This was not sufficient. In addition the price we paid for the amount of food given was not worth it. I was not pleased to have to pay 18% gratuity when I now need to pay to dry clean my champagne drenched coat.
I have had high tea multiple times at the Peninsula hotel in Hong Kong, the Grand Hyatt in Tokyo, and Four Season’s Hotel in HK. All were better value for money and service.

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

Thank you for sharing your review, Cara. We appreciate you taking the time to notify us of your experience and are delighted to know that our Assistant Manager followed-up with you, and was able to turn an unfortunate situation around. We are truly grateful to have you as a customer and we look forward to welcoming you again in the future. We have shared your praise to our Management Team and will recognize this individual accordingly. - Meaghan, Guest Experience Specialist

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RK
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Used to be my haven decades ago. Returned recently to find it hasn't changed although the Hotel itself has changed a lot. Comfortable spot to meet friends or clients.

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

Thank you for sharing your review, Roy. We are delighted to know once again you had a comfortable experience and we appreciate that you stopped in. We hope to welcome you again soon! - Meaghan, Guest Experience Specialist

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JH
Toronto
15 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a pleasure and that is why we keep coming back. Marina as always greets us royally and Dina, our server was excellent. Looking forward to the June 11th grand opening of the new lobby.

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

Thank you for sharing your review, Joseph. We are delighted to know you had a wonderful experience and received outstanding service from our team. We hope to welcome you again soon! - Meaghan, Guest Experience Specialist

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AT
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

The overall experience was very positive as the service was impeccable and the food quality was great. I was there for lunch and previously noted the occasion was for a celebration of a friend's promotion. When I arrived, they led me to a great spot where and towards the end, actually brought out a complimentary dessert for my friend. This exceeded my expectations. The food was great too and if you are looking for a place around the core, check this place out.

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

Thank you for sharing your review, Alvin. We are delighted to know of the overall wonderful experience you had with us. We have shared your kind words with our Management Team! We hope to welcome you again soon! - Meaghan, Guest Experience Specialist

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DT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

Please do not bring cheque if not asked. Ok value but there should be cheaper lunch solutions/combo.

Library Bar - Fairmont Royal York
Responded on May 21, 2019

Thank you for sharing your review, Daniela. We appreciate you're feedback and have shared your comments with the Director of Food and Beverage for internal follow-up. We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you again in the future for an exceptional experience. - Meaghan, Guest Experience Specialist

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DL
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very pleasant experience and excellent service and all in our business breakfast enjoyed their meals.

Library Bar - Fairmont Royal York
Responded on May 21, 2019

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

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food and atmosphere. Old school elegance. Really quite enjoyable.

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

Thank you for the five star rating! We are delighted to know you enjoyed your experience. We hope to welcome you again soon! - Meaghan, Guest Experience Specialist

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R
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Pre-requested wingback chairs and did not get them.
Food was good, tea nice. Servers nice.

O
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Delicious but too many sweets. A few more savoury treats to balance out menu would be delicious

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

Thank you for sharing your review. We are delighted to know you had a pleasant experience and thank you for your feedback on adding more savoury items to the menu, we have shared you comments with our Executive Chef. We hope to welcome you again soon! - Meaghan, Guest Experience Specialist

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MF
Toronto
16 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

I haven’t been back to Library Bar in over 25 years and now remember why i hadn’t returned While the over ambience of the Royal York and Library Bar is one of opulence, the Library Bar remains the same. Dated, old leather chairs give the restaurant a feeling of comfort. But the menu prices for a lunch are outrageous, $85 for two clubhouse sandwiches, decaf coffee and orange juice.

Library Bar - Fairmont Royal York
Responded on May 6, 2019

Thank you for sharing your review. We are sorry to learn you did not have an exceptional experience with us. We thank you for your feedback and have shared your comments with the Director of Food and Beverage for internal review. We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back in the future for a a visit indicative of the quality experience we are known to provide. - Meaghan, Guest Experience Specialist

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JH
Toronto
15 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent as always and have just made another reservation for the 29th.

Library Bar - Fairmont Royal York
Responded on May 6, 2019

Thank you for sharing your review, Joseph. We are delighted to know you had another excellent experience and we look forward to welcoming you on the 29th! - Meaghan, Guest Experience Specialist

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