Library Bar- The Royal York Hotel
Library Bar- The Royal York Hotel
  • Address:
    100 Front St. West
    Toronto, ON M5J 1E3
    Neighborhood:
    Downtown/ Financial District
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: CAN$30 and under

Library Bar- The Royal York Hotel

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.fairmont.com/royalyork/GuestServices/Restaurants/LibraryBar.htm
  • Phone: 4163682511
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:30pm - 4:30pm;
    Afternoon Tea: Saturday: 12:30pm - 4:00pm , Sunday: 12:30pm - - 4:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 1:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Afternoon Tea, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: James West
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Entertainment, Full Bar, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Front St. and Bay St.
  • Public Transit: Union Station Subway Stop
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: The City of Toronto is completing major roadwork in the surrounding area. Please visit our website:

    http://www.fairmont.com/royal-york-toronto/map/mapanddirections/

    for the most up to date information for directions and closures, note that guests arriving by car must use our Front and East (Valet) entrances (West entrance is available for pedestrian access only).

    Underground parking as well as hotel valet parking is available for guests
A word from Library Bar- The Royal York Hotel
Afternoon Tea: Saturday: 12:30pm - 4:00pm , Sunday: 12:30pm - - 4:30pm

Located adjacent to the famous Imperial Room in The Fairmont Royal York, the Library Bar is the ideal venue for pre-dinner or theatre beverages, business lunches or evening cocktails. The atmosphere will transport you back to the era that saw the opening of the Library Bar. Rated the number one martinis in the city, the Library Bar will continue its well established reputation of serving Toronto"s best. Our new beverage list includes classic favorites along with creative new cocktails.

The City of Toronto is completing major roadwork in the surrounding area. Please visit our website:

http://www.fairmont.com/royal-york-toronto/map/mapanddirections/

for the most up to date information for directions and closures, note that guests arriving by car must use our Front and East (Valet) entrances (West entrance is available for pedestrian access only).
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Library Bar- The Royal York Hotel reviews from OpenTable diners
23 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.2
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (10)romantic (8)special occasion (8)neighborhood gem (7)fit for foodies (5)hot spot (4)good for groups (4)great for brunch (3)late-night find (3)notable wine list (2)kid-friendly (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Elegant and comfortable
    Therefinedpalate
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    The Library is unique in that it delivers very good food at resonable prices within an elegant, but nonpretentious atmosphere. It is a quiet oasis in a bustiling city for those who want to sit down and be able to hear themselves think. The clam chowder is probably one of the best you will find in Toronto. It is their signature soup and it is creamy with large pieces of clams and lobster. The roast beef sandwhich is tender and delicious enough for two people to share. The side salad was fresh. The signature cocktails are worth every penny. An excellent range of spirits and wine. The Library Bar stands out on the grounds of high quality food and drink, atmosphere, and above all, service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Relaxing Afternoon Tea
    yummm
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Food good, tea good, and environment good too. What more can you ask? Would definitely recommend this place. I have been there twice already!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Moon
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    3rd recent visit here in past 2 months. Hot Prime Rib Sandwich with dip is our favourite and met all of our expectations again! Ambiance is great, quiet, like an Oasis from the food courts. A pricier lunch for us (entrees $20-30per person approx) but our go-to place when we want a special lunch to celebrate or just treat ourselves!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classy establishment
    Clarin1985
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    A classic indeed. Great ambience. Perfect for a special occasion. Will certainly be back in the future.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • reunion lunch
    happy2reunite
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Annually, three of us who worked together for years but are now all retired meet in central Toronto for lunch. We chose the Royal York because it is so busy and alive. We had all been to the Library Bar in the past and decided to go there the first year we arranged our reunion. We love the comfortable table by the bookcase and and have been back five years now. Our request for that table has always been accommodated. The server has been there for many years and provides excellent service. We always leave full from the great food and looking forward to next year. We would never think to go anywhere else. Thanks
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our server was fantastic!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Our server made us feel 100% happy yesterday. It was our 1st anniversary and he made it memorable. Also the place was very classy and we will definitely reccomend this place to others. Thanks for the delicious cake!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing sandwich!
    Out4LunchVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    My friend and I stopped by the Library Bar for their famous Carved Prime Rib sandwich and they didn't disappoint. it is absolutely, mouth-smacking delicious! I think I've found my new addiction. A must try!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Oreo
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The service was lacking and they weren't attentive.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A disappointing afternoon tea
    FabforlifeVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    for 40 dollars per person and we were a family of 4, i expected a little bit more from this place. But i find the afternoon tea at the Windsor arms was way better in taste and in presentation. I have a sweet tooth and I didn't even find their dessert that good. The only good bonus was after the tea, the sous chef came and gave us a rooftop tour of the hotel. But I would rather prefer that they concentrate on the quality of the food than giving us a tour.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice service but very slow
    NameVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Was there on a business lunch and really had to skip coffee etc because the time to get food to the table was long (over 20 min)
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    I needed a nice place to meet some folks for a quick drink. It was perfect, had a nice cocktail menu.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Moon
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    We had a wonderful ladies lunch to celebrate a special birthday. Quiet, civilized and fantastic prime rib sandwich plate with dip! We asked in our on line reservation booking through Open Table if they could do a special birthday dessert to surprise our friend and they followed through without a flaw! A wonderful piece of chocolate mousse with berries served on a plate hand decorated with Happy Birthday done in chocolate! Superb! The service was spot on too!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 11 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4
    • Ambiance4.7
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 122 reviews are from the Library Bar- The Royal York Hotel reviews archive.
  • great for dinner and drinks
    clamorwhitehall
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    casual bar with a great ambiance. The service and bar tenders are really great. Drinks are not cheap, but that is par for the course in a hotel bar.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun
    Wenthrre2
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    It was fun and service was great. But very expensive.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A most enjoyable casual dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    A most enjoyable casual dining experience. Even though it was a very busy evening, the service was outstanding. Our waiter was exceptional. I will most definitely come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • celebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    very good, attentive, courteous service by all staff...was a great place to treat a special person on their retirement!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very noisy and loud when they
    zither
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Very noisy and loud when they first sat us at the table beside the serving area. Dishes, coffee maker, plates dropping, utensils etc. They should move this table or build a full wall to replace the half wall. The restaurant was less than half full. Why use this table? They relocated us and it was the best. Food was above average. Dish recommended by waiter was excellent.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slow service
    Wawwy
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    I chose the Library Bar to have a few pre-drinks with friends. We had 45 min. Service was lousy. We didn't order drinks that had to be prepared. They were all straight out of bottles, yet we waited over 15 min. Our server completely ignored us. We'd probably still be waiting if we hadn't flagged down the asst manager and complained. The asst manager was great. He came to our table and got the drinks himself (within a min.) & apologized. He brought some nibbles (something we should have had when we sat down) Awhile later the manager came over & profusely apologized to us for the trouble. She told us we wouldn't have to pay. The kindness the management showed my party eased my anger and I feel that this bad situation was handled very well.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely tea!
    NameVIP
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    I love the library bar and I dine there regularly at lunch. In this instance I went for a Sunday afternoon tea, and it was really lovely. I brought my sons with me ( under 10 ) and they had a great time as well. The ambience is calm but friendly and the food and service was excellent.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Afternoon Tea at the Library Bar
    MTravelling
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    A group of 5 of us went to celebrate a friend's birthday. The servers were friendly, knowledgable and kind enough to take photos of our group. The food was great, the perfect amount of food and went well with the teas. We went for the Traditional Service and came out to roughly $45 per person.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Library Bar was my second choice...
    NeoFoodie
    Dined on 2/10/2014
    ...But it's moved up to a first choice place for lunch. Great decor and atmosphere, fantastic service, incredible food, decent prices / value for a restaurant at the Royal York. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • High tea
    Foodforme
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    Nice traditional experience Sandwiches were great We left happy and full :)
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Library Bar - Royal York Hotel
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    Food and ambience were excellent, but the service was mediocre. After bringing our food our server ignored us. She did not stop to check on us and never topped up our water glasses. My companion's glass was visibly empty and she would have liked a refill to finish her lunch.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Lunch at Library Bar
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    Enjoyed a very nice lunch with an dear friend at the Library Bar. Food, service and ambience all very good. Even though everything was lovely, I found it a little too pricey for lunch. However, I would recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Time for Tea
    TeaForTwo
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    The Library Bar's afternoon tea was absolutely delicious and quitte filling. The ambience was relaxing and allowed us comfort and privacy.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Library bar for lunch
    FussyFeeder47
    Dined on 1/20/2014
    Good food in pleasant surroundings, generally quiet, and a very pleasant atmosphere. Salads and soup were excellent and all three of us had delicious main courses. Definitley somewhere to eat for a treat or a quiet business lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ordinary and Dull
    jackson
    Dined on 1/13/2014
    Ordered a bottle of wine from a limited list - no stock. Starters were good but mains very ordinary. Not value for money.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Afternoon Tea
    dnumgisVIP
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    My family and I had an amazing experience with afternoon tea at the Library Bar. We booked a last minute reservation and the staff was extremely accommodating. They even gave my sister (who has a peanut allergy) a completely different set of options from their standard menu. The live guitar soloist also created a peaceful relaxing atmosphere. All-in-all I highly recommend this experience for anyone that is looking to escape the tourist chaos that can be found in that part of town.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Well-Fed
    TheShuttleworths
    Dined on 12/3/2013
    Spectacular and fun experience; extensive wine menu, cute and quirky drink menu based on Canadian authors, excellent service, beautifully decorated! Lovely date night, would definitely go again & have already recommended to friends!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food at good prices,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/3/2013
    Good food at good prices, nice atmosphere and service.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old Boys Club
    Redbeardandre
    Dined on 11/26/2013
    Even with the limited bar menu and the slow service, I love the ambience of the Library Bar. It's like stepping back in time to and old boys club with rich dark panelling. Great for a quiet or private downtown lunch. Make reservations though as it fills up.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old Time Bar
    MPTB
    Dined on 11/3/2013
    The library bar is more for an older crowd staying at the hotel wherein it is located. It is more bar than library as well - not as well decorated as I had hoped. An extensive scotch list from different countries; you should drink scotch, or start doing so, after going here. Good, attentive, service.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Royal York "Library Bar"
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/30/2013
    Living & working downtown gives me access to the best restaurants & bars in Toronto and while I enjoy the eclectic nature of the F&B scene, the Library Bar is my most favorite watering hole. Greatt for a business lunch or a romantic rendevous. In this ever-changing world, this is one place that never does, a place where everybody knows your name. Cheers! Lucille Liu Avakian
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Afternoon Tea is Delightful
    lise
    Dined on 7/14/2013
    I went with a group for a friend's birthday celebration and had a great time. Afternoon tea is quite an experience. The selection of teas is amazing, the food was delicious and the service was excellent. One of my party had special dietary needs that were not known beforehand and the staff was great in helping us out. We were invited to join a tour of the rooftop garden and apiary after, which added to the special occasion. Loved it. Would go back in a heartbeat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We booked for the afternoon
    29Lily07
    Dined on 4/7/2013
    We booked for the afternoon tea to celebrate my husband's birthday. It was great venue for this intimate special occasion. The only downside was that there were multiple groups giving rise to noises. We otherwise enjoyed the setting, the tea and food. The waiter was so formal giving us an illusion that we were in London.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great for a cocktail (alcoholic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/6/2013
    Great for a cocktail (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) night with the girls. Some tasty and healthy food options, with a local flare.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Avoid if you possibly can
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/30/2013
    We had booked for Saturday lunch at 12:30. The restaurant was late in opening and, when we were finally allowed to enter, we discovered that lunch was not available. There was only "high tea." We had received no previous warning of this. The "high tea" was the dreariest I have ever had. "Tea sandwiches" included something purporting to be lobster salad, and there may possibly have been a shred of deracinated seafood somewhere in there among the mayonnaise and anonymous vegetables, but if so, it was impossible to identify. The "open faced" sandwich consisted of a lump of bland white cheese, a single watercress stem (no leaf), and three slices of long-dead strawberry. Absolutely wretched and, needless to say, expensive too.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • lounge is a bit dark and dimly
    PLFANVIP
    Dined on 3/24/2013
    lounge is a bit dark and dimly lit. I was shocked at the price for a burger/fries... so thought the food was overpriced - $23 for hamburger so by the time you add drink, tax and tip.... European prices! Obviously for the rich or someone not on respectable business travel.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The food was very overpriced
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 3/13/2013
    The food was very overpriced and was a meal that I would have gotten at a 500 person charity dinner. The steak was overcooked as were the veggies. The staff didn't bring cutlery/silverware when the food came, they never brought water
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  • restaurant overall was very
    nickel
    Dined on 3/4/2013
    restaurant overall was very nice, but it was very dark and extremely loud. The food was good, but never 100% perfect.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic