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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
  • "Went on a Saturday evening to celibrate our 40th anniversary. Larger inside that it apprears, very lively and every table full. Food was excellent except for the special crumble dessert (taken off the bill). Waiter and service support were a bit distracted by the large group at the next table with sporatic service glitches. Well worth the price and would come again."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "To be honest, when I saw the small entrance from the outside I was a bit worried about what we'd dragged ourselves into, but other than the bathrooms being at the end of the world, this restaurant was fantastic. The food was great, the servers were very attentive, and the ambiance was really classy and romantic. A great experience overall."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "Everything about Blu was wonderful. The ambiance was amazing, our server provided us with detail of every course's components while serving us. We did the tasting menu ($60) and it was awesome. Standouts were the risotto and the carpaccio. Both were delicate and delicious. Also, the dessert (Lime, Coconut and Mascarpone Cannoli atop Torched Mango with Coconut Brittle) was absolutely INCREDIBLE! Contrasting island flavours with crispy and smooth textures, and a delicate filling. Simply outstanding. We loved everything about our meal and will definitely be returning soon."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "Wonderful dinner, best octopus ever. Professional staff, overall a great dining experience."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Service was wonderful, restaurant was a little dark but the live music really set the mood. Went Herr with my girlfriends for my birthday and the food was great. The beef carpaccio was flavourful and not chewy, sliced thinly and melts in your mouth. The rissoto was seasoned well and cooked thoroughly. The only dish we did not enjoy were the zucchini frites, they let my mouth feeling oily and did not have much flavour and due to the moisture, they were very soggy rather than crunchy. The seafood spicy linguini had a really good kick to it but the spiciness took over the dish, the calamari in the dish were cooked to perfection, easy to chew and melted in your mouth."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Great food, service and experience! Definitely worth multiple visits! Well deserved upscale status!"
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Absolutely enjoyed my evening dining at Blu. The restaurant went above and beyond what I expected in order to make a special birthday meal for my boyfiend. They confirmed my reservation and inquired about my special request and fulfilled them. I will definetely come back to dine here. Staff are quick with service and friendly. Compliments to Massimo! The food here is fantastic! Thank you so much for making our evening memorable!!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Kevin was a fantastic server, he was professional and a funny guy. Food was great although portions were slightly too small. The live music was very faint and dull. (guitar player) Overall great place to eat and I will be coming in for the Monday no corking fee evening in the near future."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Took my girlfriend for her birthday dinner and the atmosphere was very romantic and quiet. She ordered the lobster and prawn fettuccine pasta and we were surprised by the large amount of lobster and prawn provided. I ordered the stuffed chicken breast which was equally amazing, the chicken was very moist and stuffed perfectly. I would definitely return back for dinner and would recommend this place to others."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "My husband and I were visiting Toronto for a romantic getaway. This dinner topped our night perfectly! Every thing we ordered was beautiful in appearance and absolutely delicious, right down to the loose leaf green tea. The staff was so perfectly intuitive! No one hovered, but appeared to clear plates and refill glasses without us even noticing. They were more than willing to make subtle variations to our order, and offered excellent suggestions. The only issue for my husband was that it was a little dark; great for the romantic dining portion of our evening, but difficult for reading the menu."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "I arranged a birthday dinner for my special friend at this restaurant where I have never been. Can't imagine that I was served respectfully from the beginning til the end of the dinner. All my special requests are perfectly arranged by the servers! And the food are very delicious that can be compared with those famous restaurant! I definitely recommend the people who would like to have perfect dinning experience to try this restaurant! The food and services are both with very high quality!!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "As always, Alfredo and his staff were amazing. The service is impeccable and the food was perfect. This truly is a neighbourhood gem."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "The feel of this restaurant was so neat -- even though it was "energetic" it was still so intimate and romantic. The food was fantastic and we loved our waiter. Go there!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "I had my birthday for a table of 8, my company and had a great time. The service was awesome and the food was very tasty. We were well comfy wasn't rush and our waiter was attentive, I will definitely recommend."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Very enjoyable evening with good selection to experience this restaurant ! The arugula beet salad was excellent, the chicken breast with a spicy chick pea sauce and crusted layer was uniquely flavorful and the short rib agnolotti got thumbs up from our table. Pleasant servers and timely. All 4 of us agreed we would be back and recommend to others."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "They had a nice cocktail list, but they were all quite expensive. The food was good and nicely presented, but slightly overpriced for the portion size. Overall it was a good experience and I would return!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "A great Summerlicious find! The menu was innovative and fresh. Great staff and ambiance. Will definitely be going back for a nice meal out."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Great place to dine somewhere romantic. Although a bit pricey, i would recommend to anyone celebrating any special occasion."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "My first time in Toronto and Blu was a top recommendation. The food is delicious. We tried the calamari - cooked to perfection, seafood linguine - fabulous sauce and the freshest seafood, beef carpaccio, arugula salad - the lemon dressing is so light and a perfect compliment. For dessert the canelloni and gelato were perfect. The decor is stunning. The waiters were so attentive but not intrusive. Fabulous time at a MUST restaurant."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "I went to try Blu Ristorante with a few friends to try their Summerlicious dinner menu. We went on a late Friday night and the place was quite packed. There was live music by a singer who also played the piano. This restaurant is excellent for romantic dates since there are screens between every two or three tables to provide more privacy. The service was excellent. My friends and I tried to order different things from the menu so we can try them all. The appetizers and mains were okay but the desserts blew up all away. Everything on the dessert menu was soooooooooooo good. Everyone agreed the dessert was the highlight of the evening. I would definitely come back to Blu.. just for the dessert."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Consistently a great experience Service you could expect of a 5 star restaurant Refined food Great for groups( partitions) Nice piano music to make for a great night Thank you"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Can't say enough about it in the space allowed. Awesome and would certainly return and recommend"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "This was my second time going to Blu and indeed the food is amazing, and I would highly recommend it. I preferred what I had last winterlicious over this summerlicious but I have to say, it's the best dinner I've had for all the winter/summerlicious. However, I sometimes felt like the service is sometimes abrupt and a little impromptu, although the waiters/watresses were nice."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "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
  • "The food and presentation was exceptional. The service was attentive, but not intrusive and we never felt rushed. Some might view it as a bit over priced. However, given the quality of the meal and service, I would say that the price was appropriate."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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