FRANK @ The Art Gallery of Ontario
FRANK @ The Art Gallery of Ontario

FRANK @ The Art Gallery of Ontario

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ago.net/frank
  • Phone: 4169796688
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Comfort Food, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Jeff Dueck
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Private Room, Smoking Area, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: McCaul Street
  • Public Transit: St. Patrick Subway Station on the University line. 2 blocks east of University on south side of Dundas Street (at the intersection of McCaul St. and Dundas).
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from FRANK @ The Art Gallery of Ontario
One of the Frank Gehry-designed spaces, FRANK restaurant is conveniently located on the first floor with access from Dundas Street. The restaurant is casual chic: modern Danish furnishings are paired with acrylic tabletops in a multitude of vibrant colours. Etched glass and vertical-grain Douglas fir also accent the space. Jeff Dueck serves as executive chef at FRANK. Dueck’s passion and enthusiasm for all things food and wine mark him as one of the city’s most dedicated and creative chefs. With a dedication to using the best local produce, menus reflect seasonal changes and availability. Ingredients are sourced from the finest suppliers and farms, and are cooked simply to showcase the natural flavours of the food.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerComfort Food
FRANK @ The Art Gallery of Ontario reviews from OpenTable diners
197 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.8
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (96)fit for foodies (90)special occasion (74)great for brunch (51)good for groups (40)neighborhood gem (33)notable wine list (22)romantic (21)hot spot (12)kid-friendly (9)scenic view (8)late-night find (7)vibrant bar scene (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • The Perfect Start
    Elizabeth
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Our experience at FRANK was exceptional from start to finish. We were greeted by the very pleasant hostess and promptly shown to our seats. I had made a special seating request when reserving and was thrilled with the table they had chosen for us. We had the duck breast, the burger, and 2 glasses of red wine. Everything was absolutely delicious and the portions were substantial. Service was friendly and efficient. The room itself was beautiful and well-designed. There was so much attention to detail and those little touches were definitely noticed and appreciated. Lunch at FRANK was the perfect start to our afternoon at the AGO. We will definitely return for another visit and highly recommend it to others. :D
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Will definitely be coming again. Thouroughly enjoyed presentation, service and foold
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    A fantastic brunch experience. The food and locale were outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Be Aware !
    lisyir
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Since we were attending an AGO members' preview, Frank's was convenient. As members to the AGO we were excited to attend the Michelangelo preview with our friends and as such this was our treat to them. Dinner went well and the food was fine. However, everything was very disappointing from the moment I paid the bill. The bill had been fudged with an additional $14 (+ change) added to the total (before the tip). When I showed this to our server she mumbled something about the machine being faulty and then required the manager to override the "error". When I asked the manager how this error had happened, he was unable to provide an explanation, leaving me to assume that this had been an act of intention. ... Diners be aware.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Missing Lobster Rolls
    Bobbie
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We saw Frank's online Maritime special luncheon menu to support the AGO's current Alex Colville exhibit. Unfortunately, that luncheon special had been replaced. Happily, yummy lobster rolls were still available on the entree menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • "Pasta Disasta"
    Frankendinner
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    We were a party of four, and 4 different choices were made. Our friends seemed to have no complaints, my husband outright praised his meal, which happens rarely with restaurant meals, as he is, what I would describe as, a foodie. My pasta was a total disappointment. It did not look or taste fresh. It looked dull and warmed over and it tasted stuffy. A very unattractive pasta! But, we would still recommend Frank, since it was only one out of 4, that did not work out, and we had absolutely impeccable service with courtesy and a smile. This was not my first time at Frank, and previously my meals were quite satisfying. It is a convenient place to combine a Gallery visit with one's lunchtime needs, especially for out of town visitors.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • visitortoTO
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    It's great to have a fine quality dining room associated with the AGO. The lobster roll was delicious and wine prices reasonable for downtown Toronto. Service was friendly and personable. Lots of choices.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sufficient
    Udrokoos
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Food was decently good, it wasn't anything to write home about. The lower level is quite noisy so try to get seated in the upper level, its much quieter. Dinner for two people with apps and wine was $125 + Tip with our members discount. At that price point, the food could have been a little better. Its not that it was bad, it just wasn't something that would make you remember the place for. I would go back but only due to it's convenience of being really the only higher end dining establishment in the area.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Art and fine dining in one package
    foodfaddie
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Whenever I go to the gallery I include lunch at this favorite restaurant. The service is always friendly and efficient. I love the ambiance. The food is superb
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Consistently great....!
    artEditor
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    FRANK never disappoints. The menu is always changing, and the quality of the offerings is always excellent — seasonal, with a large nod to local producers. That would be reason enough to enjoy FRANK. But when you factor in a sophisticated space within a superlative art gallery PLUS knowledgeable and welcoming staff, you know you're going to have a memorable dining experience. Warmest thanks to everyone at FRANK!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favourite For Dining when at AGO
    EatTO2014
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Excellent food and presentation. Good wine list. Ambience is cool and modern. Service is usually very good. Choice of two levels for dining. Back room upper level is not a favourite as no source of natural light.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hip & Humble
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Food was very good, waiter was kind and patient, atmosphere was upbeat and yet not pretentious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A surprising destination restaurant
    Gima
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We were in line waiting for the concierge in our Toronto hotel when the person in front of us, who was very familiar with the city, told us to be sure to see the Art Gallery of Ontario and to eat at the restaurant there, Frank. Both were incredible recommendations. The menu reflected the season - we had a roasted pumpkin and goat cheese salad and salmon with roasted cauliflower polenta, spiced pumpkin purée, maple roasted apples, and crispy kale. Yum!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MiketheMaritimer
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Enjoy eating (if not, reading) your exhibition themed menus! Look forward to receiving your lobster/mac/cheese recipe!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • reliably excellent, again
    Sinjinsays
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    I get to Frank several times a year for lunch with a friend or a client. The service is always excellent and the food is always very good to excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious burger
    Annie
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    And quiet enough to have a conversation - a rare find. Our server was very helpful and attentive without being intrusive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great lunch
    SwissMiss
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    It was my first visit to the restaurant and I took the Swiss Ambassador and the Swiss Consul. The online booking was easy and efficient, the welcome was very warm and we were seated at a quieter table as requested. The service was great. The waitress understood that we only had one hour and she managed the table very efficiently and friendly. I would high recommend Frank.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Brunch
    farley
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    There were four of us in the birthday brunch party - we were greeted and seated promptly. Our server arrived at our table promptly and was very helpful in answering our queries regarding the menu, wine list, etc. The service was very good and the server was very attentive to our needs. The food was delicious and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • All bases covered
    GoRSNL
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Our experience was very good overall. Interesting menu, excellent presentation and execution, terrific service in a reasonably quiet atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lindast
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    The service was excellent. Sadly the food was disappointing. Lobster mac and cheese- pasta was very overcooked, the cheese sauce was bland. Corn beef- overcooked, dry, tough meat. Will likely not come back
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  • Not as good as usual.
    brandcVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Had the pickerel which was cooked nicely. Presentation was two small pieces, the smaller of the two having a few bones. The thinly sliced carrots seemed to be raw or at least undercooked. The lentils and chorizo were a nice accompaniment but overall the dish lacked flavour and cohesion. Steak was not medium-rare as ordered but tasty. Perhaps an off-night due to First Thursday/Nuit Blanche preview tonight. Excellent service provided by Mark.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of my all time faves
    Nancy
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    I've been enjoying Frank since it opened. There's nothing better that going to one of the AGO's excellent art exhibits and topping it off with the wonderful dining experience they offer with excellent ambiance, service, and last but not least, food. My only regret is that I don't live in Toronto so I haven't yet arranged to be there for dinner - but I'm working on it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • inconsistent service
    4dervishes
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    I always enjoy a lunch at Frank before a major show at the AGO. The special of the day was inventive...the white asparagus is a pesto rich omelette was delicious. Our server was friendly, but had a tendency to disappear....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • audacious
    BuckWasHere
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    This "fine dining" used produce that I would never buy at the store. The arugula was as good as from the through-out bin at the grocer's. What an embarrassment as we were entertaining an out of town guest. It was convenient as we were enjoying the AGO that day, but I know now that it is only for drinks and perhaps a coffee and desert. The desert was lovely, and the service was friendly. I would consider returning but only due to Frank's convenience being at the AGO.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Heartily disappointed
    foodlvr
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    I have happily dined at Frank many times and booked it this time for a birthday celebration. I requested a nice table for the occasion and we were seated at the bottom of a set of stairs. The food, highly recommended by the waiter, was on par with diner fare (fried clams and corned beef).
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Art of NOISE
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    The food was delicious, the service was excellent. The acoustic of the room are still WAY TO NOISY. I recommend you never sit in the upper level near the open kitchen where the noise from the lower level café wafts up from the lower level and fills the room.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very pleasant
    Notasgoodasexpected
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    A great place to take visitors before or after visiting the museum.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Diners who don't mind loud background noise would enjoy the good food and service at this restaurant. Decaf coffee was very good. Of course it's very convenient for AGO patrons.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    profemerita
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Frank has long been one of my favourite places. I've come here with family and friends, and on my own after a solo visit to the gallery. The food used to be exceptional. Then it got simpler but stayed quirky and inventive. The last few times it's been much more ordinary. The menu looks inviting, but the dishes don't live up to their names, or prices. The last two visits were disappointing. I've had much better lobster rolls in the Maritimes, for half the price. The prix fixe menu sounded interesting but tasted ordinary. The wild blueberry salad had so few berries, I could only taste the heavy grains. The "Halifax donair" was a poor imitation of the real thing. The blueberry pie was mostly crust. Dear Frank: this is a wakeup call!
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Being frank about "Frank"
    bentguru
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Being a regular diner-out and having lunched alone as well entertained a Good Friend at dinner at Frank I put it in the 5-star section of my downtown Toronto eateries. The beer list needs some extension; however the wine list is quite adequate. The food goes beyond excellent to superb and the service is at an equal level. Enjoy either alone or in company.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday lunch
    Bevart
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Thursday was a perfect day. We had a wonderful visit to the Colville exhibit which was followed by an equally wonderful lunch at Frank. The food was exceptional as was the service. My husband thoroughly enjoyed his birthday as did I. The Frank has become one of our favourite restaurants and we plan to visit often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner at Frank
    percytoo
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We ordered the fish tacos which were dry and tasteless because they left off the magic sauce - which when it arrived didn't help much.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 2nd and last time here
    Dannygirl
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    They forgot my food. I had to sit for 10 minutes while my friends ate (I refused to let them have their meals get cold waiting for me), then when it finally came it was without the side of bacon I had ordered. He forgot to bring the dessert menu which I had to request after waiting for him to offer it when he took our coffee orders so our coffee was cold by the time we actually got the menus and ordered. The food just as last time was nothing special. They charge fine dining prices but it isn't fine dining. I now view it as strictly a tourist type place, people are going to go there because of the AGO so mediocre should suffice I guess. The one positive is the atmosphere is nice and the hostess was very sweet.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding Food & Service
    FoodforLife
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    As we entered the restaurant after seeing the Alex Colville exhibit, we were greeted by the hostess who was energetic, friendly and truly hospitable. She recommended a few dishes off the brunch menu as I sat down. The server was just as amiable and helpful with the menu. My boyfriend ordered the benny and I ordered the brisket hash, which was not your typical diner dish. This one was a feast for the eyes and the stomach. The flavours married well and the texture from the crunchy potatoes made this dish unique and extra special. The coffee was a standout too. We will definitely be back when we next visit the AGO.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • dinner pre firsr thursday at ago
    Viperman125
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    What better a combination than a dinner right in the ago prior to a first Thursday. An added bonus was our seating in a corner seat, and much more romantic seating position.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    We came to the AGO/Frank to celebrate my wife's birthday. We enjoyed the Colville exhibit and our dining experience at Frank. I was particularly impressed by the attentive service and quality of food.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Unfriendly service
    Erika
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We always eat at Frank's when we visit the AGO. This time we greeted a waitress standing by the bar when we entered (as she was the only staff person on the floor) and she very rudely nodded towards the hostess desk as if we'd committed some incredible faux pas in greeting her. Later she came to our table as our waitress. She was competent but incredibly cold and unfriendly, which colored our whole lunch experience. I don't know her name but she has short, blond hair. If I ever eat at Frank's again I would likely ask to not be served by her. We had the brunch menu— french toast and eggs Benedict— food was fine but not exceptional.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic spot
    AYoung
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We always have dinner at FRANK before attending a galley opening. Great experience every visit. The desert menu is out of this world - you just know that every item is well thought of. Also, very consistent and good quality every time.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner at Frank
    QueenB
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Touring the gorgeous architecture of the Art Gallery of Ontario, taking in all the fantastic art, and having dinner or a quick bite at Frank is like a vacation from the everyday. A great experience. Take your time and savour every minute!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice venue, food just ok
    doctorjVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    While it is nice to eat at the AGO, for the price I thought the food was just ok.
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    • Noise LevelModerate