Ciao Wine Bar
Ciao Wine Bar

Ciao Wine Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.ciaowinebar.com/
  • Phone: 4169252143
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday - Wednesday 11.30 am -12.00 am (Kitchen Open until 11.00pm)
    Thursday - Saturday 11.30 am - 2.00 am (Kitchen Open until 1.00am)
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Saverio Macri
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Special Events: Italian Bubbles and Brunch. Every weekend Saturday and Sunday. $35/person includes bottle of prosecco or rose wine. Tax and Gratuity not included.

    Lobster Tuesdays. Every Tuesday After 4pm enjoy Linguini with Whole Lobster for $21. Tax and Gratuity not included.

    Quattro-Sette Thursdays. Every Thursday 4pm-7pm. Features and Specials on classic and signature cocktails, domestic beers, wines by the glass or by the bottle.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Yorkville / Avenue Road
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Ciao Wine Bar
Ciao Wine Bar offers a truly authentic Italian experience in a contemporary yet soulful environment in the heart of Toronto’s Yorkville District. This new Italian eatery and wine bar, created by the Liberty Entertainment Group, offers traditional Italian fare in a relaxed and inviting atmosphere.

While Ciao encompasses over 8,000 sq. ft. over three different levels and seats 250, the space remains warm and inviting. The lower level has been transformed into an underground “rustic cellar” with arched brick walls, vaulted ceilings and vintage viewing wine racks. The focal point of the lower level is the alabaster pizza bar. The mezzanine level, with stone + glass walls, rustic wood finishes and butcher block table tops make Ciao ideal for a casual relaxed meal yet elegant enough for a special night out. Street level seating opens onto Yorkville Avenue where diners can linger over a glass of wine late into the evening.
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Ciao Wine Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
172 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating3.5
  • Food3.6
    Service3.3
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
71% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (61)notable wine list (61)romantic (61)good for groups (54)neighborhood gem (41)fit for foodies (40)great for lunch (40)hot spot (37)great for outdoor dining (37)vibrant bar scene (25)late-night find (19)great for brunch (17)scenic view (12)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Food was fantastic, service was a bit lacking and slow.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food too noisy
    TheBestorNeverAgain
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Innovative flavours!!!! We enjoyed the food that was perfectly prepared. Very good wine list. It was busy so hard to get waiter' s attention but he was very attentive when came over himself.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Italianfoodlovr
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The food was just OK. The Caesar salad was bland as was the lobster cannelloni, which contained very little shredded lobster (no chunks). The rigatoni bolognese was too al dente for the diner's taste and bland.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good area, good ambient bad food
    manel4ever
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    I was impressed with the atmosphere and interior design of the restaurant. The service was poor and lack of real customer service started with the hostess and the tattoo server. The food was too salted and poor presentation. And the server was more concerned about how much tips he will receive. It was very disappointed and more because it was my anniversary and I wanted to impress my husband.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ciao
    carryout
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The service was really great over-all. Attentive and friendly staff. Our waiter, John, was really nice. My date and I shared the Funghi which was outstanding. The couple next to us arrived just as our appetizer arrived and the aroma floating over made them order it as well. We have been searching the internet for the recipe. As the main meal my date order the Pollo Mattone which was generous and prepared very well - tender, juicy and tasty. The only disappointment was my Lasagna. It was heavy and a bit bland. The wine selection is plentiful. We had a 2xhalf bottle of Valpolicella Classico DOC Ripasso ‘Bosan’ Cesari Veneto Italy 2010. Shoulda ordered a full bottle. We will certainly go back but won't have the Lasagna.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice casual dinner
    Eliz008
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    I have been to Ciao Wine Bar a few times after work for dinner and drinks. Nice ambience and food is good. My friend and I had the grilled calamari - I had the trout and she had the seafood risotto. All were enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Major FOH fail
    TOdiner
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Atmosphere and food were above average. Service was brutal! From the second we sat down in our broken chairs it couldn't have been worse. No server came around at all. Waived a manager down to note the chair and ask for someone to take a drink order. Manager was rebuffed right in front of us by another server which was particularly rude and amateurish. Even after the manager decided to serve us herself it was a little ridiculous how little enthusiasm she showed in doing so. And she demonstrated as much by not ensuring someone would take care of us from there on! At $150+ for 2 people and almost 3hours to complete the dinner i defiantly would not go back or recommend. I am a guest not a number served (or not served)
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Post work fun
    DateNiteDiner
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Great place to go after work, especially on Thursdays, to unwind and catch up with the girl friends or co-workers or even an impromptu date night with the hubby. Good energy from the servers and fellow diners, the cheese and meat plates never disappoint and the wine selection is perfection. What more could you ask for?
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Some misses but a lot of hits!
    NadiaMtlVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I wanted to give this restaurant a 5* review but due to the poor customer service I was unable to. Thank god the food was so delicious that I will be definatly going back! The polenta fries are amazing. The veal Milanese at $35 is HUGE and worth every penny. Get the baci bomb as a dessert. The drink are way way way too overpriced for what the served but still delicious. The only thing was the bad service. When I came here 2 years ago the device was amazing. This time it was lacking. Our waiter (Blake) was a bit on the rude side. We had to ask 3 people for forks/knives/napkins. So that was a bit annoying. The amazing food that is recognized by the Italian government as being authentic was SUPERB!! From beginning to end. Will be going back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very enjoyable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We loved it, and was an excellent venue for our celebration
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A lot of room
    Excellent
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Great place to meet, Good Food, the service was very professional and the price could not be beat. Perhaps some more advertising would bring out a larger Lunch crowd.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I wasn't impressed with the food. Took over 30 min to get seated at a table with a reservation. They wouldn't let us sit downstairs. Extremely noisy and difficult to carry on a conversation. Wine list not that great for an Italian restaurant. Luckily my company was great so the night was not completely ruined.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Romantic Night Out
    Lingling
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Amazing experience! First time eating at Ciao Wine Bar and will definitely be back again!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    Ac89
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Great pizza. The waitress seemed very scattered although the restaurant was not busy at all. She kept forgetting about our table. Overall, good meal.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Everything was great!
    Smac
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We shared four entres and all were delicious. The pizza was good, the pasta was amazing, the risotto was fantastic, and dessert was to die for! No complaints from any of us!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Elegant and Tasty
    RedRobin
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    I have eaten at Ciao on 4 separate occasions now and have found the food to be delightful every time. The staff are attentive, the wines are very good and they care about the freshness of the food that they serve. The atmosphere is elegant and lively. I look forward to my next visit.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • foody1
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    enjoyed the atmosphere and food. great wait staff. unfriendly hostess.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor service
    iceman
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Food was ok. Was a lot better last time we went. Was never asked once for our drinks to be re-filled. Our app was finished before we even received our drinks and the empty app plae just sat on the table the entire meal (table isn't that big).
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Easterbunny46VIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Great dinner with a view of the city scene. Nice wine list with all types of food
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just okay
    Robin
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Very nice staff, great location, lovely inside but the food was just okay. Salad was overdressed, prosciutto too hard, waiter kindly took it off our bill but even our mains were disappointing.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Sit inside inside of side patio
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    outdoor seating was poor... hard to go in and out because the tables stuck right into your stomach and sitting on those benches with your feet dangling is annoying and uncomfortable.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad food, decent ambience
    Swishy
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Main risotto was very undercooked, seafood linguine was not good. Basically every dish was sub par and not worth the money. Been here before few years ago and it was decent. I dont know what happened to the restaurant. Will not go back.
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  • Great meeting spot with friends
    Numnum
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We were afforded to opportunity to have a leisurely lunch (almost 3 hours). The staff were very accommodating and the variety of meal options addressed everyone's needs and preferences.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great find
    hbalter
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Wonderful dinner with terrific and attentive staff. The appetizers in particular were amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had hoped it would be better
    zeedee
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    My friend and I went to Ciao for a girl's night out. Our original table was on the upper level restaurant area. We were so close to the kitchen that we were worried we would be knocked over by passing staff. We couldn't move the table as other tables were too close by plus it was very noisy. We finally realized that there was the lower lounge with high bar tables and asked to be moved. This area had the right ambiance for a girls night out. We ordered the calamari which was quite good however the pinot grigio that I ordered left a lot to be desired and I switched to the riesling which was better. The service that night was lacking. It was slow and the staff seemed a bit inexperienced. Not what I would expect in Yorkville wine bar.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a great experience
    Foodisgreat
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The food was delicious. The atmosphere was a little loud.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Food
    Foodie18
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    It was an amazing restaurant with exceptional service. The food was delectable, from the appetizers to dessert. Definitely a place I will go to again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Restaurant
    Foodie
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    I was very pleased with the Grilled Calamari Appetizer, at Ciao. The portion was quite large, delicious and well presented. I also had a salad, which was relatively plain and could have been more flavourful, hence the reason for a "3 star" rating, for the food. If I had been rating the Calamari, alone, I would have given it a "4 star" rating.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    It was my first time at ciao restaurent my friend had recommended. It was ok. However, the service was not good we had to wait half an hour to get our drinks, then we had to ask for bread it wasn't offered to us, the food took forever to come out. Overall the service wasn't that great!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and wine
    SashaVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Dinner was perfect, bread awesome, wine fantastic. Thursday 1/2 price wine makes it even better.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slow service at lunch time
    Katie591
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Caio has fantastic food - great salads and entrees for lunch. We like to go once a week but the service is too slow for those of us who actually work for a living.The wait is ruining our experience and becomes stressful. Last week I waited 50 minutes for a salad even though i asked the waitress when we arrived if we could be in and out in an hour. When they have a large party - other patrons get bumped and even a salad takes forever. I ended up wolfing down my salad in 10 minutes. Its unfortunate but i won't be coming back for lunch- I will miss the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Pasta Entrees
    TdineVIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Although the appetizer we had were not memorable the entrees more than made up for them. The fried squid rings were tough the lobster ravioli was just okay and the prices for each of them were close to the entree prices. However the lobster cannelloni and the shrimp tagliatelle were great. Plus Ciao is located in a great area perfect for an outdoor summer meal. I would definitely recommend it.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not your first choice!
    luv2dine
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    The food was alright, nothing wow at all. The main dish was very simple, dessert was not good, and it took them an awful amount of time to prepare our table and get our orders, even though we had a reservation. The place has a nice decor, so if you are looking for the look, the inside is good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyed my dining experience!
    Eloise
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    I booked a reservation for my family of 12 to have Summerlicious lunch at Ciao for my brother's birthday. We didn't know what to expect because we don't dine in Toronto often (we're from Mississauga) but took a chance because the menu and the place looked good overall from photos online. So glad we chose Ciao because the servers were so friendly and down-to-earth, so understanding when half of our party was running quite late. She even offered to serve us bread while we were waiting. The food was absolutely amazing! Good portions, great flavours. Even if it was Summerlicious, it didn't feel like they cheaped out of anything. It was such a nice, comfortable, and relaxing dining experience for my family!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great ambiance - fair service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I joined a party of 5 ladies to celebrate our friend's bachelorette party. We had reservations for 9pm on a Saturday night and the place was hopping!! We were seated downstairs which was bit dark but it wasn't that big of a deal. The restaurant had a Summerlicious menu and we each ordered something from it. I had a caprese salad which was OK (the tomatoes tasted a bit off but the mozzo cheese was delicious) complete with ricotta and spinach-filled ravioli. I topped off my meal with a panacotta dessert which was tasty. Although the food was really good and the ambiance was fantastic, I gave my experience 3 stars because the service was really slow. Our server was friendly and knowledgeable but it took forever to get our meals.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    Great
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    With friends - all of us out-of-towners - my wife and I had a great dinner and drinker. Good service, wonderful food! Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Shari
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    After reading a few reviews, I was a bit nervous about the service....but I found the service to be great. We were going to a show, so we wanted to be efficient on time. The server understood this and accordingly the service was friendly, open, efficient but not at all rushed. We had the Summerlicious menu and it was very good!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Forgettable experience
    liveitoutbydiningout
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I went to this restaurant during Summerlicious (SL) and was expecting a good dining experience (at the minimum) since I attended another restaurant during SL two weeks earlier and had a great time. Our was okay but it was difficult to contact him when needed. The app was okay but bland. The main & dessert was a step up but it wasn't that great. I was also surprised that our server didn't come around with a pepper mill or asked if we wanted additional seasonings without prompt (there were none on the table). Overall, this dining experience was forgettable and wouldn't pay for these dishes at the normal price. SL is supposed to be a preview on what a restaurant has to offer outside of this time & if this what's offered, I won't be returning.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ciao wine bar yumyum
    chickiebentley
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The ambiance was great. The service was friendly and entertaining. The restaurant is very modern and had tons of seating. I am a vegetarian and enjoyed the menu. My husband had the veal and thoroughly enjoyed. I would definitely go back again. Thanks and Ciao.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Horrible Experience!
    LuvFood
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I dined with my family for summerlicious lunch and it was definitely the worst dininng experience. The service was horrible. Our waitress took such a long time to come. Most of the time, she didn't even look at our table. The food was just okay but the caprese salad and salmon were little bland. The dessert tasted awful. I would definitely not go back to this restaurant again and I would recommend my friends to avoid here
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic