Blu Ristorante
Blu Ristorante

Blu Ristorante

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bluristorante.com/
  • Phone: 4169211471x
  • 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: 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 WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Blu Ristorante reviews from OpenTable diners
121 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (84)special occasion (76)fit for foodies (61)neighborhood gem (34)good for groups (31)notable wine list (30)great for lunch (15)late-night find (11)hot spot (9)vibrant bar scene (7)great for brunch (3)great for outdoor dining (3)kid-friendly (2)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Simply amazing
    CarmenVIP
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Service was outstanding, decor is cozy yet elegant. We had the tuna tartar and the duck confit arancini they were perfectly done. Great flavour combinations. I will return to this restaurant and recommend to friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice spot, room for improvement
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Very nice restaurants, the service was very good, friendly waiter. Food portions was on the small side, but good. Pork belly on the scallop was over cooked and dry. $32.00 for a pasta special was a bit pricey for the portion size. Over all not bad.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it
    yamimomiVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Great night with very good food , great attentive service , great live music . Great atmosphere. Decor is a bit on the oldish side , but did not take away anything from our great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food was surprisingly disapointing
    TTRKVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Great space, but the food was only average. Wanted to like it more but my wife's beet tenderloin was tasteless and tough and my pasta was mediocre. Oh well. Likely won't go back. Gave it a shot.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Romantic Ambience at Blu
    buongusto
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We decided to celebrate our wedding anniversary at Blu. The maitre d' led us to a private romantic spot. Our waitperson was attentive, knowledgeable, and professional. The food was good. Wine was very good but a bit pricy. I would recommend Blu to a friend for that special occasion where ambiance is important.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Little Interruptive
    Ditus
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The coat check is a good touch. A pianist began playing music and singing, however he was singing 'Titanium' (yes, the dance tune) in a classical style. Honestly, his singing just added to the noise level and I think something more classical would have been more appropriate to the restaurants ambiance. The food was awesome. But we were often interrupted.you don't have one server, you seem to have everyone. It's good that they keep the water glasses full, but it seemed there was always someone at our table, either asking us questions, filling the glasses, or taking things away and so we couldn't catch up as friends. Table was reserved, but they kept wanting to move us to accommodate a larger party and kept bringing that up!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Waiters behaving too familiar
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    If you are not a tourist but speak in a foreign language, you get judged and staff is disrespectful
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect
    Braeden
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I took my wife here for her birthday looking for a special night out. My wife was talking about the meal all day yesterday. We will definitely be returning to try some of the other dishes that we had our eye on.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Business Dinner
    Jackie21
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Made a reservation based on other reviews. Really glad I did. Needed a spot where we could have a discussion without yelling over ourselves. Services was wonderful, always there when needed but never noticed. Food was outstanding and the wine list is wonderful. Would like to come back again with my wife for a very nice evening out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We had a great dinner! Superb service, wonderful food. We're going back tomorrow. The only negative was the level of noise (Saturday night) with the live music and loud talking.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful food, service and music
    JessieJess
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Blu is one of the only restaurants that is not only consistently excellent, but also perfect for pretty much any occasion, from a romantic evening to a large celebration. They are one of the very few places that has perfected live dinner music - not too loud, though loud enough to appreciate knowingly. As always, the food is top notch (their Salmon is always done to perfection), as is the wine list. I also find the staff not only incredibly attentive and professional, but also very warm and personable. The staff also genuinely care about your dining experience, and their efforts of aiming to ensure an enjoyable experience are always realized. Bravo to Blu once again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special Evening
    luv2trynew
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    It provided an opportunity for me to take my daughter out for a beautiful dinner and evening downtown. She is only 15 and i wanted a special place that she would remember. We enjoyed our dinner and the ambiance was great for a mother daughter evening. She just didn't like the stairs to the bathroom in her heels. I would go again - more on a date evening though.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Blu Ristorante review
    Friend4dine
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Staff is very friendly. Beautiful live music. Romantic atmosphere. Food is great and perfect portions size. restaurant location is amazing, heart of Yorkville area and closed to public transports. A bit crowdie on weekend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • *SPECTACULAR*
    TasteAndSip
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Love, love, love Blū! Tuna tartare was so fresh and velvety. A delightful Braised Octopus w/blk kale pesto was so flavorful healthy and tender! My husband, the biggest steak lover, raved about his beef tenderloin. My Veal Osso Bucco w/cauliflower purée was off the charts and so beautifly prepared. Our biggest challenge is always narrowing dwn our choices as we jst want to order everything on the menu! The cherry on top...is the soulful and romantic live performance of John Campbell at the piano....it's perfection! Thank you Blū! The service, wait staff, kitchen and owners, you all keep making it sparkle and shine while we dine!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • memorable visit, returning foresur
    nickarr
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Amazing food very tasty, plenty portion, service was perfect according to my request booked through "OpenTable", ambience was cozy, very modern, and very comfortable! The "tiramisu" desert was to die for, excellent! I definitely will be returning and already highly recommending to friends and family. Thank you Blu Ristorante and OpenTable for an unforgettable experience.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • see below
    safti
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Great service and delicious food! We originally came in because of the "no corkage" on Monday night but we will return because the food was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Blu Ristorante
    Mary
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Blu Ristorante is elegant and delicious. The service was superb and I can't wait tio return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Blu is the Color of Love
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I have probably dined in several thousand restaurants and all over the world. Blu is one of the most visually beautiful restaurants in which I have dined. Added to that, the service was impeccable and the food was the best Italian I have had, maybe even the best food I have had, since my trip to Venice last Fall. It is not inexpensive but I do feel it was worth the cost. My only complaint is the cost of an after dinner drink relative to its size--notably the Grand Marnier. It took 3 glasses t $13 each (!) to get 1 reasonable drink. Also, most restaurants, even high end ones, offer some measure of a complimentary food or drink item when one's bill veers into the $300 range. Nothing like that here but still worth the visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • amazing
    mylove
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    we had an waiter name Brian a short guy,who was the best ever. He helped me a pregnant woman out on choice of food best for me to eat and not to est and designed my husband and i dessert in the words Happy Anniversary.Beautiful
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Neither the food nor the music were very good. The service was excellent but the menu overpriced.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Worth the visit
    Barney
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Was supposed to take my wife to Blu for her 40th birthday but had to cancel. Two years later we came with a friend and absolutely loved the food, piano player/singer and service. Will come back in the future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never disapoints
    Honey
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Have had many enjoyable dinners here. It is also perfect for a business lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special dinner
    Gary
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious!
    LebaneseCanadian
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic
    foodfrenzy
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • filippo47VIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Wonderful dinner, best octopus ever. Professional staff, overall a great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • delicious meal with good friends
    kchan295
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazed
    Hyulk
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Great food, service and experience! Definitely worth multiple visits! Well deserved upscale status!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Success!
    HeatherB
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    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!!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food, Better Live Music
    BTown
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • An amazing evening
    TOfoodie
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect food and services!!!
    JuneW0
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    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!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great spot in Yorkville
    GBBG
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cozy and delicious
    gr8foodVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great service
    Luv2din
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Summerlicious dinner
    SavorEachBite
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice ambience
    thirdwave
    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!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Summer find!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    A great Summerlicious find! The menu was innovative and fresh. Great staff and ambiance. Will definitely be going back for a nice meal out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place to dine!
    Rocky
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Great place to dine somewhere romantic. Although a bit pricey, i would recommend to anyone celebrating any special occasion.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.