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Blu Ristorante
Blu Ristorante

Blu Ristorante Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bluristorante.com
  • Email: info@bluristorante.com
  • Phone: (416) 921-1471
  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday: Lunch 11:30am - 3:00pm Dinner 5:00pm - 11:00pm,
    Saturday: Dinner 5:00pm - 11:00pm
    Sunday: Dinner 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Massimo Callovini
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Entertainment: Live music Friday and Saturday. Soft contemporary music with a jazz feel. Allowing diners to enjoy live music and dinner conversation. Varied artists throughout the week. Please visit our website for more detailed information www.bluristorante.com
  • Special Events & Promotions: We specialize in all types of private functions such as: weddings, corporate functions, presentations, product launches, fashion shows, etc. We provide our clients with professional AV system. Menus can be created in coordination with Massimo Callovini
    Blu has private rooms that accommodate tables of eight up to thirty two.

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Minute walk from Yonge/Bloor Subway Station.
    6 minute walk from Bay/Bloor Subway Station.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Public parking 6 doors west on the same side of the street (Yorkville Avenue).
A word from Blu Ristorante
On the quiet eastern front of Yorkville, set back behind a brick façade, Blu is an Italian restaurant based on authentic classic cuisine, yet, contemporary created by executive Chef; Massimo Callovini and Chef de Cuisine; Eric Bucher

Warmly lit stone walls and grand mirrors surround cozy leather seating and dark wood tables. Enter through a casual wine bar, which then leads to a hip, upscale dining room with an inviting ambiance.

Dinner is enhanced by the soothing live music Friday to Saturday. Pianist/singer, guitarrist/singer. Enjoy impeccable service for intimate dining or for large private parties up to 110 guests. Private rooms also available. One will remember Blu as a true memorable dining experience.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Diner Reviews
  • "No one gets "five stars" but if Open Table allowed half stars Blü would get extra half's on food and service. Not much more can or need to be said. If you want a pleasant dining experience with that rare balance of food and service, this is a place worthy of your consideration."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "A special birthday was indeed made special at Blu. We shared fantastic tuna tartare, then my husband enjoyed the duck and I loved the osso bucco. Our server was attentive and knowledgeable with a nice sense of humour. The tiramisu cake was a tasty treat too!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Really good restaurant!!! I am very sutisfied with food, service and embience! Ideal for a romantic date!!!"
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Blu Ristorante was a fantastic place mixed with ambiance, food and service. Slightly pricey but worth every penny. I was there on my first date and it was a perfect choice. No regrets. Service was exemplary. They were prompt and very accommodating. Unlike other restaurants, we had 2 servers. There wasnt a a policy of 1 table 1 server. I did miss the live music, may b coz i was there on a weekday. I feel they should have more vegetarian variety becoz my date was a vegan and the choices were very limited. Would definitely rate 4.5/5. For the complete experience. Worth a visit."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "I organized a birthday party for a friend and it turned out great. Great food with great people."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Very good food, excellent service, and good ambiance makes for a great restaurant. Very nicely designed as well."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I enjoyed dinner with my Mom-in-Law at Blu on a Tuesday night. Blu is an all-round excellent dining experience that starts the moment you enter. Guests receive a warm greeting and coat check, are exposed to lovely surroundings, and enjoy many delicious flavour combinations that delight the palate. Staff members clearly love what they do and it resonates into a memorable dining experience. Will definitely return with my husband!"
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "From the moment you walk in you know you are in a place where no detail is overlooked Great and friendly service, amazing food combinations. I really enjoyed it"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Had a phenomenal evening at Blu. Appetizer special was off the charts (tuna tartare on a leek fonduta with truffled aioli)! Mushroom risotto was absolutely perfect! Really attentive and knowledgeable waiting staff. Good wine selection and excellent 'pace' of the meal progression. Cannot wait to return the next time I'm in Toronto!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "The best Carpaccio i have ever had. Scallops melt in your mouth! Pasta perfectly cooked!"
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "This was our first time coming here and it won't be our last. We loved the atmosphere, exposed stone walls, live music and very welcoming staff. It was a nice elegant restaurant without being pretentious or stuffy. The food was really good too. We each tried something different and all our meals were great. Good variety on the menu and really nice food combinations. The olive oil cake was great and so were the scallops."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "We went here thinking this is an Italian restaurant... there's a hint of of but it is more like fusion ala French-Nouveau!!! They're in Yorkville so why try hard to be pretentious? What's up with a very tiny portions given out as 'on-the house' appetizer? We've dined in real "nouveau" French restaurants in Paris and all over the world but never yet presented with microscopic food. (Even Susur's teasers are bigger) Just drop it.. stop trying hard!! More to their fusion experimentation... why ruin a nice delicate Chilean Sea bass with tongue-numbing kale accompaniment? This restaurant is definitely has a major identity crisis. The only salvation is their atmosphere - nice and quite."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Don't get me wrong, it's a nice restaurant, but you can find quite a few better alternatives for $300 (dinner for 2)"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Delicious food in a lovely room with perfect service, attentive yet discreet. The resto website noted a pianist, but a guitarist played. Although initially disappointed, it was delightful music. My adult daughters raved about the yummy food, but it's definitely not for the budget conscious. Go for the bass, skip the seafood pasta."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "We found this restaurant by chance, since it is in Yorkville but not in the most popular area. It had very good comments on Open Table and we decided to give it a try. Tha ambiance was elegant and classy. There was a musician playing the guitar and singing, but it never became a nuisance, on the contrary. Service was not specially quick, but always very attentive and helpful. The owner, Alfredo Rodriguez, made us feel at home with his welcoming comments. The food was very enjoyable, with special mention of the main courses. The saltimbocca was flavorful and rich, and the Chilean sea bass was probably one of the best pieces of fish I have ever eaten - and I come from Spain where eating fish is close to a religion. A great find!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "This is a restaurant that will do everything you want it to do for you: Great Food, Great Wine List, Competant Servers and a wonderful ambiance!"
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Food was good but not worth it unfortunately, since our service was disappointingly poor for a place which seemed to be trying to be of good quality. Our server was abrasive and unfriendly, took my friend's dinner plate away clearly before she was done without even asking, forgot one order altogether and then didn't even apologize."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "Excellent atmosphere! Really positive for my valentine day! Warm environment!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Good atmosphere, service, and wine selection. I got the muscles/clams app and the rack of lamb for an entrée. Both dishes were decent but not good enough to make up for the price or the portion size. But, I have to admit that the Blu chocolate molten cake for dessert is a must have."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "My wife and I went for Valentines Day. We went on Saturday instead of Friday so we could be more relaxed. We booked the 5:45 reservation spot. Paid Parking was within steps. Food was amazing and tantalizing on your tastebuds. I can't remember the name of my salad but it was the best salad I have ever had. Im not even fond of salads. It was with shave pear, walnuts etc. in case you want to try. We also had the veal marsala and the Sea Bass. Both were out of this world better and different than anything I have ever had. Wine was fantastic. Cant remember the name but from Italy. I make it a habit to ask the waiter what they recommend whenever I am in a restaurant I have never been to."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Getting into Blu was a little difficult; entering the foyer, the light level drops significantly while the actual entry door into the restaurant is camouflaged. Inside it was warm, cozy, & relaxed. Piped-in music at an appropriate level & barely registered the start of the live music.Cheese & chacuterie to start - enough to share. Beef Carpaccio and Seared Scallop appetizers excellent, although another crostini or 2 would've been welcome. Beef tenderloin & Lobster/Crab Fettucine - big chunks of Lobster & Crab, & just the right amount of pasta. Perfect dessert idea, a selection of truffles, poached pear, biscotti, choc-covered strawberries, tiramisu, & baileys creme brulee. Server friendly not intrusive, & good timing. Will be back very soon"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Staff were friendly and the restaurant had a nice atmosphere. This is definitely a place to go with friends, or for a date - Good food and presentation. Best cooked chicken I've ever had!"
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Everything was very good. The appetizer pricing was a little outrageous. For a Caprese salad $18..was good but not that good"
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Blu is our favorite spot in Yorkville and visit frequently - Sunday night was a family birthday celebration - and it was the perfect choice! Alfredo greets you and you're off to a great start. The ambiance is so beautiful and the food as always was fabulous! The service was amazing -Tanya could not of been sweeter or more thoughtful. Thanks for making the evening so special!"
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "Decided to try out the winterlicious menu at a restaurant downtown Toronto. We loved the menu items at Blu and decided to give it a try. We were absolutely blown away with the service, choices and ultimately the whole experience. We will definitely be coming back again and recommending to our friends and family! Thanks Blu!"
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "The environment is good. The food is tasty. we will be back definitely."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "This restaurant has a great ambiance and feel. It was quite busy but not very noisy which was nice. The music was not too loud either so we could hear ourselves talk. Our waitress was fantastic and very attentive and made some great recommendations for our meal and especially our wine. We chose the Winterlicious menu and I had the salmon dish and I was amazed, so delicious. My friend does not really like salmon but I asked him to try it and he couldn't believe how delicious it was. He ordered the chicken dish which he said was fantastic as well. The only disappointing item was my dessert which was poached pears. Other than that, I was very happy with my dining experience at Blu and would definitely return."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Great place, food was great, service great, overall a great experience"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Living and working in the neighbor hood, yet for some reason never visited before. Always noticed the beautiful decor walking by. Not disappointed, inside is beautiful. Very busy due to Winterlicious. Had to wait for booked table. Apologies accepted, we enjoyed a beautiful dinner. Waiter Don was knowledgeable and fun. Osso- bucco was very good and everyone enjoyed their meal. Family thoroughly enjoyed our special meal. Wines can be a little expensive. Overall a great night. Will definitely return."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Went with a group of friends on Saturday night. Everything we ordered from the Negroni off the cocktail menu right through to the dessert was delicious! We all tried different appetizers but we all ordered but the stuffed acorn squash as our main. Even the non-vegetarians were impressed! For dessert we shared one of everything. The best one was the tiramisu. We would definitely go back to this restaurant."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "We went during winterlicious, the food was very good but the only complaint I would have is the Portion size. I had the salmon which came with a tiny salad, a couple a pieces of fennel and One potato wedge, also choice of dessert. I guess for $35.00, I can't complain. I will definitely go Back but at another time besides winterlicious."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Unfortunately was assign to sit beside a group of six table and that group of ppl were very noisy. Tables set up was little be too close of each other. Food was great except the desert. The reason to try the winterlicious was to find out their food quality and it's atmosphere. But this experience wasn't good of the above reasons."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "We went for Winterlicious and were impressed overall with the food, ambience and service. Portions were a bit small, but likely more generous on regular menu. Quiet and romantic spot."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "The food and atmosphere were impeccable, we loved every moment we were there. I had the arugula salad as an antipasto, the stuffed chicken as my main course and poached pear for dessert. The serving portions are perfect and the good fantastic, the different spices used all play on your taste buds. I call it taste bud heaven! Great wine list. The evening we ate dinner they had an incredibly talented guitarist singing which definitely set a perfect romantic atmosphere for my fiancée and I. There were bigger groups around us who were also enjoying the atmosphere. I would return to Blu ristorante again and I've already recommended them to all of my family and friends."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Food was too salty.... the service was great and I love the decor very romantic"
    Dined on 5/12/2013
  • "It was amazing! Our party of 8 themselves and the food so much we closed the restaurant down that night!! Thanks for a great experience!"
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "The menu was varied enough for meat/fish/vegetarian options. Presentation was very good. Quality of meals was high and of course the price was very fair."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "We were four diners. The appetizers were well displayed, the food was very good. We had many different dishes all were presented in a artistic way. My salmon was very good. Vegetables were delicious. My pear salad was very good. My husband pasta was good, he said he would not order it again. Deserts were also presented well and were quite delicious. We were not rushed and felt the service was quite good. dinner about $300 for two with wine, coffee and one desert."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "I went out with my friend on her 50th birthday. This was a perfect evening, beautiful ambience and the food was excellent. I had the seafood pasta and it was soooo good! We were in the restaurant for 4 hrs. Excellent service. Will definitely go back!"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Our Toronto favorite! Just continues to get better and better!"
    Dined on 1/18/2014