Bar Vespa
Bar Vespa

Bar Vespa

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.barvespa.ca/
  • Phone: 4165338377
  • 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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Bar Vespa reviews from OpenTable diners
28 reviews since July 4, 2014
Overall Rating3.4
  • Food3.8
    Service3.4
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (12)neighborhood gem (12)fit for foodies (7)vibrant bar scene (7)good for groups (7)great for lunch (6)hot spot (5)late-night find (4)kid-friendly (4)special occasion (3)romantic (2)scenic view (2)great for brunch (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Interesting with Open Table
    StephVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Booked table for Monday at 5:15 pm. Accidentally booked for Saturday so then went on the app and changed it to Monday after realization. Received email on Sunday that Bar Vespa cancelled my reservation on Open Table. Called them and they denied cancelling it. I have the email to prove it. I certainly didn't cancel it myself. Person who picked up offered to make the reservation through him. I guess he doesn't want to pay Open Table $1. I said I wanted the points and then reserved again on Open Table. Got my points.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Overall excellentt food,atmosphere
    Ferrari
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The service was very attentive and really made our evening enjoyable
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • yikes
    shoegal
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • maybe they had a bad day?
    libvill
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    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 :/
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never again
    foodieWITHattitude
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good lunch spot
    TOPSVIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great place
    luv2trynewrestosVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mixed reviews
    WolfieVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 20 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service3.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 61 reviews are from the Bar Vespa reviews archive.
  • Excellent Food and Service
    JoAnn
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible Service - do not visit
    Thompson1
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Avoid the Chicken
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Went for the chicken special. Was dry with next to no sides with it. Not great. Stick to the pizza and pasta.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • fromTO
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Great place to go after TFC game. Took a group of 10 people for dinner and everyone enjoyed their meals and the 'vibe'.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A nice spot
    Happy
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Relaxinng Patio
    HeathyVIP
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    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??
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lunch
    tvdiner
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Food was amazing and very reasonable pricing. Definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch at bar Vespa
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Good food. The atmosphere was great. The restaurant presents itself very well. It was over priced for what we got (89.00 lunch).
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service and food deals
    Daniel
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A 3p afternoon visit
    EatsWell
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    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 :)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Give It a Try
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good was amazing. Great atmosphere
    LibertyGhirly
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Good was amazing. Great atmosphere and pleasant servers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Pleased!
    DisappointedVIP
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not what I expected
    Jg14
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • The pacing of the food was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Valentine's Day Experience
    Proclaimer
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good time
    Jamcanbeauty1
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    The food was amazing and the wait staff was friendly. Not a lot of parking
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Went for Winterlicious, menu
    Kiesh
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    Went for Winterlicious, menu was good. Food was tasty.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic food
    NewTOFoodie
    Dined on 2/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Winterlicious Dinner
    3Foodies
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Great flavours. Very nice presentation. Great service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Winterlicious
    MaryK
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    Great menu. Soup was particularly delicious. Servers were very friendly and efficient.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Undiscovered gem in Liberty Village
    juenology
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disapointed guest
    disappointedguest
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    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.
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  • Amazing Service & Food
    Hanrahan
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not totally satisfied
    tvdine
    Dined on 12/19/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing meal
    Pahuligan
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    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!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Go somewhere else
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Rugby match day
    dissapointedrugbyfan
    Dined on 11/3/2013
    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.
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  • Great service, great food
    culinaryseeker
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Table was way too small for
    ivanatinkle
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    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.
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  • Fantastic Food and Value
    JoeC
    Dined on 9/19/2013
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.