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Bar Vespa
Bar Vespa

Bar Vespa Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.barvespa.ca
  • Phone: (416) 533-8377
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30 am - 5:00 pm

    Dinner: Sunday - Tuesday: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm; Wednesday - Thursday: 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm; Friday - Saturday: 5:00 pm - 1:00 am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizzeria
  • Executive Chef: Biljana Radovanovic
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Hanna
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Bar Vespa
A casual Italian tavern where people gather to enjoy antipasti with wine, a plate of pasta or Italian feast, all served with the warmth and hospitality of family. Located in Liberty Village, this rustic, casual Italian bar brings with it a philosophy of fresh ingredients and friendly staff accompanied by booming laughter and flowing wine.
Bar Vespa's menu is inspired by classic Italian cuisine that showcases seasonal ingredients, new creations and every one's favourites. Featuring house made pastas, homemade gelato, traditional Neapolitan thin crust pizza and comforting, traditional meals.
Our wine list focuses on hidden gems from various regions of Italy plus some new world wines. Italian brews flow from the taps as well as our Birra Sophia brewed especially for us by Mill Street Brewery and some unique Italian bottled beers.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Having a reservation here means absolutely nothing! We had dinner this evening before a concert nearby and got the bum's rush without being asked if we wanted dessert or coffee because they were "busy" and one of the servers hadn't shown up for their shift. The food is nothing to write home about and we'll be trying a new resto called LOCAL when we want to dine in the area again."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "it was our 1 year wedding anniversary, we waited 30 after getting seated to have our orders taken, then 30 min after that for the food to come. I believe they said they was under staffed, but unfortunately that's not my problem :/"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Went to Bar Vespa before TFC game(specifically wanting Summerlicious).It was especially busy due to game &World Cup match. I made reservations 2 hours before kickoff time! We were seated fairly quickly once we arrived as we had reservations. Our server informed us the kitchen was backed up &could not do Summerlicious menu in time for game so we ordered off the "TFC game" menu. Thinking time was an issue we only ordered mains which came out 5 mins later? Faster than McDees! My pasta was ok my husbands was horrible. The server only returned once we had finished, plates cleared by busboy to state "your mains are taking a long time I'll check with kitchen." She didn't even know we had gotten food &eaten it!Don't recommend &will never return"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We had gone to Bar Vespa to sample Summerlicious lunch. They have the best olive oil dip and spice. Different every time we go. This time it was a little spicy with chilli flakes. The dessert was delicious!"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "We went to Bar Vespa during FIFA game and before a TFC game. The weather was perfect. The place was packed. Service was great. I had the Kale and Spinach Salad and loved it. My husband had the Pasta Nachos and the wings. He said the wings were "ok" but the nachos were really good. The atmosphere was really nice. We sat outside. The place was full. Some families with kids too. Inside was also packed with people watching the game. Prices were reasonable. I would highly recommend this place."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We returned to Vespa after a year long hiatus in hopes that the food improved. It was a hit and miss. My pizza was very good as was my husbands salmon but the mushroom side dish was horrible. Too vinegary. Thanks to our very nice server, we did not have to pay for it. We would return again but I am still hoping that the food improves."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "I would definitely go back to Bar Vespa? We were a large group and our waitress and hostess was attentive and accommodating? Consider the World Cup was on and the restaurant was very busy, it did not interfere with the excellent service we received. We will definitely be going back again! Thank you!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "I am writing to complain about the unacceptable treatment that our group received in your restaurant on Saturday, June 14th. The party arrived for their 12:30 p.m. reservation only to be told “there is no reservation.” As you can see below, the reservation was booked on May 28th through Open Table. 1:00 p.m. when finally seated, the group ordered lunch and told the staff they needed to leave quickly for the game. 1:45 p.m. still no food , the group cancelled the lunch order and again, requested the bill for the drinks. Waited around until 1:55 p.m. to pay the bill – no one showed up with the bill. Terrible service!!! Bar Vespa will not be on our listing of venues to frequent going forward."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Went for the chicken special. Was dry with next to no sides with it. Not great. Stick to the pizza and pasta."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Great place to go after TFC game. Took a group of 10 people for dinner and everyone enjoyed their meals and the 'vibe'."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We got together as a group for dinner & enjoyed the ambience, food & location of the restaurant. A good selection of items to choose from on the menu; nice house wine & selection of wines. Overall an enjoyable evening. "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "They have a great patio at this Liberty Village resto.It is quiet , unlike some of the patios that are very lively put just too noisy. You can have a nice lunch or dinner here. The only issue we had was the main course we ordered. It was the special that day , chicken with sausage and figs, it was the figs the caught our attention. When the meal came, it was not all that hot, and no Figs to be found. We thought that was strange, as it was why we ordered it .We told the waitress and she brought us some sliced figs after our meal was almost finished. I think I would have handled that situation differently. It seemed like she thought, Oh well that is too bad but what can we do now?? "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Our waitress was very attentive and offered us some wines that were not on the menu. We ended up ordering one of those. I had a salad topped with chicken and it was fantastic. The soup was cauliflower and it was good as well. Overall, I would definitely come back to Bar Vespa as I think the menu has some of the healthiest options for the area."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Food was amazing and very reasonable pricing. Definitely recommend. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Good food. The atmosphere was great. The restaurant presents itself very well. It was over priced for what we got (89.00 lunch)."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "I came to Bar Vespa because the $10 pizza on Mondays and $10 pasta on Wednesdays is a great deal. However the service is very friendly and delightful and that is what keeps me returning and bringing others. As a visitor to Bar Vespa, I think it reflected well on Liberty Village and Toronto in General. Special kudos to the bartenders and serving staff who were personable and upbeat, and knew their Italian cuisine, making very good recommendations. i especially liked the extra touches (bread with herbs and oil, spicy oil for pizza, hand grated parmesan cheese, sparkling water). it was great and I will come back next time I am in Toronto."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "First time at this place right in liberty village and it was good! I'd like to check it out during the evening when it's more lively. Bartender and service was friendly and really attentive. Great new place for dinner and lunch :)"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "We had a great evening at Bar Vespa. We were well looked after by the staff. The food was well prepared, served hot, and no waiting and wondering when it would arrive. We'll definitely go back for another dinner."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Good was amazing. Great atmosphere and pleasant servers."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We had a large party and everyone in the group was extremely happy with the experience Bar Vespa gave us! Our server Christina was amazing. She was patient, attentive and friendly! Management was very nice as well! The food was delicious all around! I definitely can see us coming back again!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "I took my girlfriend there for our first valentines day together and we were very disappointed. For a restaurant filled with couples they played rock and punk music instead of soft slow songs, the food wasn't cooked well.. The starters were the best part of the meal. Servers were decent except one that seemed to be rushing us out. I wouldn't go there for a date. It's more of a place to have a drink that's it."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The pacing of the food was too quick. It felt too rushed and that they wanted us in and out within 30 minutes. I was 3 bites into my appetizer and my entree was already out. I couldn't even enjoy my glass of wine because the food was coming so quickly. The spices in the oil with the bread service had been burnt or something was off with the spice mix. I've been here several times before and unfortunately would not go back for a special occasion or valentines day."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Took my girlfriend to this restaurant for Valentine's Day and was pleased with the service. The food was very tasty and food was served relatively quickly. The only critique I have is that our table was by the door, and when I asked to be moved away from the door, the hostess mentioned that the other tables were reserved. I can understand that, but the restaurant was not busy at all, and when we left there were plenty of tables available elsewhere. This restaurant was not full, so I didn't understand why we could not be moved."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The food was amazing and the wait staff was friendly. Not a lot of parking"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Went for Winterlicious, menu was good. Food was tasty."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "We've been to Bar Vespa three times and have never been disappointed. Their chef takes great pride in the food she creates and each time it is just wonderful! It looks lovely on the plate, cooked perfectly with interesting ingredients. We've never been disappointed."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "Great flavours. Very nice presentation. Great service!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Great menu. Soup was particularly delicious. Servers were very friendly and efficient."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "The restaurant is never full when I go, but the food is fantastic and the prices are reasonable. They took the clam linguini off the menu, which was my favourite. They said nobody else ordered it. I think it's their name and the random vespa in front of the restaurant that makes people second guess that the food and ambiance is really nice."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "I came here with 10 friends to celebrate my birthday and I must say we were all unanimously appalled at the horrible service. One word encapsualtes it perfectly: S L O W. It took 45 minutes to have our drinks served to us from the time we sat down. Another 20 minutes from that point to receive some bread on the table. The restaurant was not even close to busy which is why were baffled. On top of that, 2 out of the 10 orders were screwed up. The manager, location and the decor of the establishment were wonderful. I truly hope they are able to straighten out their service issues. Until then none of us will be returning and will encourage others not to go. Best fo luck."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "I never leave here disappointed! The service is always wonderful; friendly and helpful. The food is always super fresh and delicious. The meatballs to die for!"
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "Although I gave the restaurant a good review, I wasn't totally satisfied. I recommended the restaurant to friends a few weeks ago and they also weren't totally satisfied. Just okay, they said. The menu heavy on pastas and pizza, lacked what I came for and what I recommended, the veal marsala, replaced sometime ago my a very subpar veal piccata like dinner. The pizza is out of this world and a great price at that. The pasta is also excellent, but the portions are somewhat small. The cost for a few extra noodles to fill the plate is not cost breaking to the restauranteur. On many a day, I just want a plate of pasta and a glass wine. Their portions would not satisfy that. Overall I'll highly recommend the pizzas."
    Dined on 12/19/2013
  • "Brought a group of 6 to the restaurant, and we were served in record time, with all menu substitutions accomodated. We'd definately come back!!"
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "I wouldn't go back. With so much competition in the area, this place will not last long. The food was horrible."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "I made a reservation at this restaurant for 11:30 am in hopes to have some good food and drinks in a nice venue, while avoiding the wait lines and crowds that I knew would be gathering for the rugby match at BMO field later that day. Our party was heading to the game too. We arrived on time, but there were no staff to receive us or escort us to a table (dissapointment #1 -why did I make a reservation?!?!?). When we sat at the table, we waited 20 minutes without service (disappointment #2). We counted only two staff members on hand -one at the bar and one between tables (disappointment #3 -two staff for the day of a NATIONAL rugby match?!?! REALLY?!?!). Eventually, we left. Bar Vespa lost out on A LOT of customers that day."
    Dined on 11/3/2013
  • "We were a group of nine on a Saturday evening. The service was great, made sure everything was okay. I had the Salmon with quinoa which was delicious. Reasonably priced, I would recommend Bar Vaspa for a group gathering or dinner outing."
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "Table was way too small for dinner. Out of many of the wines. I had a pasta dish with chicken...flavourless and the meat was overcooked. Wine tasted off. Overall was a subpar experience."
    Dined on 9/28/2013
  • "Went on a Thursday night and had their dinner and wine for $40 special where you get 2 entrees and 2 glasses of house wine. Great deal. The food was amazing. I had the steak and my girl had the spaghetti and meatballs...Were both very impressed and will definitely be back"
    Dined on 9/19/2013
  • "From the daily beer special to the delicious Italian panini, to sopping up the sauce with the gnocchi, everything was delicious. Great to sit outside but still be warm. Excellent lunch spot to meet for business or with friends."
    Dined on 9/17/2013
  • "Tried Bar Vespa for a casual Sunday dinner, and for our first visit to Liberty village. For a Sunday afternoon dinner at 5pm the locale was fairly empty, yet seating us took some time and there appeared to be delays with our ordering and then receiving our meal. I had a linguine a la vodka, that was OK, while my hubby enjoyed his biftecca that was to his liking. I had order the sangria, which again was just OK. i have to say the one wow for me was the Tiramisu! Coming back again to have the tiramisu and an espresso or cappuccino, i would do! The biggest concern was the lack lustre service and delay in receiving our meal/dessert, almost felt like they might be under staffed yet no one indicated this, so i may just be assuming wrongly!"
    Dined on 9/1/2013