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Blu Ristorante
Blu Ristorante

Blu Ristorante Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.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 WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Diner Reviews
  • "my friend and I enjoyed lunch with a welcome quiet atmosphere, great service and wonderful food. Will definitely return."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "I have been to Blu a number of times and each time the food, service is constant. Never disappointing. I have introduced friends to Blu, brought collegues, and family without hesitation. Aiesome place"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Food was okay, nothing special but the service was fantastic!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Excellent in so many ways. Take someone special to impress. I've never had a mediocre meal. Great tasting menu and top notch wine selection."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Meal, service, menu choices were some of the best we have experienced in a very long time. The calamari was superb. but friendly atmosphere."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Food and service were perfect. Ambiance and wine list were great."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Restaurant was very busy and the kitchen was very slow. Took an hour before we got our starters. We were seated directly in front of the guitarist/singer and it was almost impossible to hold a conversation while he was playing."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We enjoyed it very much. Atmosphere was wonderful. The food was delicious, however some of the meals were small for the amount charged, specifically the osso bucco. The rest of our meals were fantastic and our waiter was charming. The pastas were outstanding. The guitar player was a bonus. Yes we will return."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We had a wonderful experience in you restaurant. It is quiet and the environment is elegant. Excellent! I believe will see you late. Thanks "
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "My first fine dining experience and it was fantastic !!! Excellent food. Excellent service. Steak was cooked perfectly. I ordered an appetizer which I wasn't too crazy about and the waiter took it back / no charge / no fuss . Waited on hand & foot. Overall , a great experience - especially being able to listen to love piano right next to us! "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Beautiful layout and decor. Love the rock walls, lighting and use of curtains etc. to provide an intimate dining experience. We were there on a weekend so there was live piano player. He was very good, but both my wife and I commented that pure instrumental would have suited the atmosphere more than the vocals. Food was good and our server was great. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Excellent from start to finish. We all loved the atmosphere, dark, candlelight, and very relaxing. Food was incredible, service was excellent. I could have done without the piano guy singing...I love the idea of a piano and someone playing it, but not singing while I am having dinner...it didn't seem to fit with the elegance of the restaurant. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "I have always loved BLU and have been going for many years, but I was disappointed with the Mothers Day brunch menu selection, portion sizes. After spending $250+ for 4 people, I was left with utter disappointment to say the least"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "This is my second time here , they have a best service, food are great, all of them are very attentive. I definitely recommend this place . "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "what we were looking for was good food, good personable service, a nice atmosphere and fair prices (you get what you pay for type prices...) What we got a Blu was decent food, not very good service - we tried to strike up conversation or small talk with the waiter but he seemed anxious to leave as soon as he approached any table. Portions were modest - However - we ordered the octopus for a starter to share and for $19 we expected far more than a portion of one tentacle. That was hugely over priced. All in all - not a completely terrible experience, just not what we were looking for. We wouldn't recommend others go there for the reasons mentioned above, and its some place we definitely will not go back to. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Loved the ambiance, the entertainment was excellent. The food was very good (the pear salad and the beef tenderloin were excellent) as was the service. Would recommend to anyone. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Food.... fantasic! Service... wonderful! Crowd is a little chatty so don't expect a quiet romantic evening. BUT... no regrets. I can't wait to go back. It's my new favourite place. "
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Was an excellent lunch at Blu who just recently opened for lunch. We had an amazing salad with calamari, shrimp, capers, peppers... it was a full meal. There is a good selection and choice if you want more from pasta to protein. The service was prompt, friendly and attentive. It was the perfect place for lunch. The noise level was quiet so good for a business lunch and the tables were far enough apart that you could actual discuss things in private. I will be back."
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "BLU haf a very elegant feel. Esp live music makes it so much more romantic. The singer was also engaging. The food was flavorful and portions were also good. Was a bit confusing being served by 3 different waiters tho. But it was definitely a restaurant I would go back to again n again; beautiful ambiance. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "We dined at Blu to celebrate a Birthday. We were blown away by the food and the service was fantastic. They made the evening special. Will definitely return."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Great italian food - we will definitely return. Very attentive servers and discreet"
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "I really thought this was one of the top restaurants I have been to in this city. The ambiance great and the curtains around our table made us feel as if we had a private room. Live music added to the scene with a great piano player The service was impeccable and above expectations. The food was delicious and perfectly cooked with flavour and served hot. I do think that portion sizes were a tad on the reserved size and that prices were very high but perhaps this should not be unexpected for a restaurant of this caliber. Our bill was $420 including an 18% gratuity for 4 people which included one bottle of very reasonably priced wine+3 appetizers+4 entres+3 desserts. Overall my recommendation would be very high for this restaurant."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "We went for our First anniversary, we had good experience."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Had the tasting menu. Most was delicious, however the ravioli was watery and weird. The duck was not cooked to my request and was somewhat tough. My 2 companions had no complaints and overall the food was very good."
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "It was my first time been to this restaurant. I had no idea what to order so I asked for recommendations and my waitress she was so friendly, nice and explained us with calm and easily understand. And all services was really great and foods were amazing. It's a bit expensive but services and foods are worth it!! I would go back there again !"
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "Nice romantic place. Great food and ambience. Over all a great place. Would be nice to have a live music playing on a weekday also."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "Excellent service, food and wine! Great discovery!"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "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