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.
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LG
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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!

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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
Overall 2Food 1Service 2Ambience 1

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.

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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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Miami
7 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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.

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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
13 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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 🍾♥️♥️

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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
13 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 1Ambience 3

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
Overall 3Food 1Service 5Ambience 5

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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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!! ♥️♥️

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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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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.

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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
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

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.

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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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

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
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

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
14 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

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
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

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

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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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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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
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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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
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

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
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

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
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

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.

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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
14 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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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b
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

The Library Bar has been a favourite of mine for 15 years. And I often refer many people to dine here. The service is great, the ambience is great and the food is delicious.

On this particular occasion, I decided to break tradition and ordered the Korean Beef Short Rib instead of my usual Prime Rib Sandwich.

I have to say that it wasn’t as good as I’d hoped. It was a little on the tough side for my liking and difficult to eat as a result.

I will be sure to stick with my 15 year fave in the future!!

Library Bar - Fairmont Royal York
Responded on April 29, 2019

Thank you for sharing your review. We are delighted to know you have been a loyal guest of ours for 15 years! It is wonderful to know the prime rib sandwich is a favourite and while we appreciate knowing you tried to be a little adventurous, we are sorry to learn the short rib did not satisfy your taste buds. We have shared your feedback with the Executive Chef. We look forward to welcoming you again in the future! - Meaghan, Guest Experience Specialist

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JH
Toronto
14 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As always a wonderful experience for us. Made to feel very welcome by the wonderful hostess Marina and our server Rene. The table we requested was ready for us and since we were entertaining friends from England it was a memorable experience for them as well.

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

Thank you for sharing your review, Joseph. We are delighted to know you had a wonderful experience and felt very welcomed by our team. We hope to welcome you again soon! - Meaghan, Guest Experience Specialist

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KM
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
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 on April 23, 2019

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

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EP
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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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

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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.

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Responded on April 26, 2019

Thank you for sharing your review, Susan. While we are delighted to know that Library Bar is a favourite spot of yours, we are truly sorry to learn your recent experience is not what you've come to expect. We appreciate you bringing this to our attention and we have shared your feedback with the Director of Food and Beverage and our Executive Chef to review the pricing structure for additional items. It is our sincere hope to welcome you again in the future for an exceptional experience.

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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.

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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

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z
Toronto
18 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.

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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

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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

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

Very attentive staff. Always a treat

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Responded on April 8, 2019

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

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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.

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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

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DS
New York Area
2 reviews
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.

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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

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OT
Toronto
3 reviews
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

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S
Toronto
8 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.

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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

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JH
Toronto
14 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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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