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Museum Tavern
Museum Tavern

Museum Tavern Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.museumtavern.ca
  • Phone: (416) 920-0110
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Daily: 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM;
    Dinner: Daily: 4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Comfort Food, International
  • Executive Chef: Stephen Gouzopoulos
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Please join our professional bartenders for specialty cocktails chilled to sub-zero temperatures with their expert use of liquid nitrogen.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Avenue Rd. & Bloor St. W.
  • Public Transit: Museum Tavern is located near two major TTC Subway Stops: Museum Station and St. George Station.
  • Parking: No
  • Parking Details: A public, "Green P" parking lot is located directly behind our restaurant. The lot may be accessed from Bedford Road, one block west of Museum Tavern. The lot is half a block north on the east side of the street. Street parking is also available on Bloor Street.
A word from Museum Tavern
Museum Tavern is a classic American styled tavern. We offer traditional fare with a focus on fresh local ingredients. Our ode to the great American bar is fully stocked with house-made, classic, and oak aged cocktails, as well as a lengthy list of single malt whiskeys. We are located at 208 Bloor St. W., on the 2nd floor, directly across from the Royal Ontario Museum and the Royal Conservatory of Music. Elevators may be accessed in the lobby of our building.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Great food, great price, and friendly service! We went for summerlicious dinner, which was $25 and had way more than enough to eat. The buttermilk fried chicken was delicious. The tuna burger was so flavourful and the fries made it a really filling meal. The seasonal cake was a brownie with ice cream, which was also great. It was the first summerlicious meal that was really worth its money! Definitely coming back here someday, perhaps for lunch."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "We ordered the french short rib dip and the fish and chips. The french dip was tasty but soggy and the fish was overcooked and encased in too-thick batter. The fries were lukewarm and limp. The desserts (sorbet and chocolate cake) were laughable at best. The sorbet had half melted and the "cake" was a tiny square of something hard and chewy with melted vanilla ice cream on top. The host was not at all friendly or welcoming. Our server, though nice, kept forgetting to bring us the basics such as cutlery and napkins. I understand that it's difficult to get a real feel for a restaurant during Summerlicious. However, if this restaurant was looking to attract new patrons, I can't say it succeeded with me. I wouldn't come back or recommend it."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Arrived 5 minutes in advance of our 6:30 reservation (2 people) and we were seated quickly. The two tables beside us were empty. After 20 minutes, another couple was seated at the table beside us. They were greeted by the server and given water. We were still waiting for any acknowledgment of our existence. Another 10 minutes pass by, another couple is seated right beside us. They receive service right away. We are STILL waiting. We try to flag down the server who seems to be purposely avoiding us (she would turn her body toward the couple beside us so as to "avoid" looking at us). After 35 minutes of no water, no greeting, no drink orders taken, we leave. I have been here in the past and LOVED the food. Shame that I won't be back."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Went to museum tavern for summerlicious. The food was fantastic especially the maple ribs.. Which I am sad I didn't get to have as my entre. Our server was great and very attentive. Will come back again."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Went for summerlicious 2014. $25 for a 3 course meal is amazing when you look at the pricing normally. Our waitress was great! Attentive but also fun and very personable. Food was great. My sister got the fried chicken, the ahi tuna burger, and the chocolate brownie. She was pretty full just from the starter which was a large (but delicious) portion. I had the tuna tartare tostadas (amazing!), the aztec bowl, and the blueberry pie. I wasn't big on the aztec bowl (not sure how they prepared the tofu, avocado, jalapenos and tomatillos, wasn't a fan) but I ended up having some of my sister's burger as she was full from her starter and it was delicious. I would highly recommend here during summerlicious, little too pricy otherwise."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "The waiter who took us (a large group) to our seats was not accommodating and had poor attitude (facial and verbal), even though there weren't that many people at the time when we arrived. I had a fork with food stuck (dry) between the prongs of the fork. Although the waiter was quick to switch it to a new one, there was nothing stellar with the restaurant overall. The food was passable. The fries were cold and too salty. There was nothing special with the burger. The pastry on the pie was hard and not puffy. The 'cake' was frozen. What stood out was that it was so loud that I could not hear the person sitting across from me. It was a poor pick to celebrate (any occasion)."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Guess we came late and I was so excited to checkout this place after seeing the great reviews that I was less than pleased after dining here. I came for the summerlicious, the duck was a bit dry from the duck buns, the mains were good, but nothing that stood out to mention. The brownie was frozen, I felt embarrased to eat it and the pastry on the pie was not fluffy."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "The buttermilk fried chicken appetizer and the steak & frites entree is a must try! Wine on the other hand was a disappointment... you'd be better off ordering cocktails."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Vibrant, modern pub with tasty savoury options. Desserts need some work and are a bit lack lustre, but would happily return if I'm in the neighbourhood. Good food, with generous portions for summerlicious. Fried buttermilk chicken is a must!"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Came to this lively and hip restaurant for Summerlicious 2014 dinner. Highly recommend the Seared Ahi Tuna Burger (rare); the fish was just so refreshing being paired with avocado. The coleslaw was the least of my favourite. The starters came quick, but we waited around 40 minutes for our main course which was surprisingly slow being 9pm on a Monday. Great service and attentive staff. Will definitely return."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "I went for summerlicious and the food was amazing. The service was friendly and genuine."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "We have been twice to the restaurant and both times the food was ok. This time we sat on the patio though which was great. Might be a better place for drinks than food."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "For the price ($25) it's overall a good place to dine (lunch or dinner). Good food, service and ambience. Not excellent, but that's to be expected based on what we paid. The Ahi tuna burger is great for the main and the fried chicken with the sauce is good for appetizer. The sauce is a must have as it is what makes the difference, or else it would just be regular fried chicken. Do NOT have the blubbery pie for dessert.. the consistency makes it seem like it came out from a tin can. The seasonal cake is ice cream with some kind of graham cracker at the bottom. It was good, although the graham cracker was a little hard to cut (easy to chew though). Still enjoyable. Hope this was useful."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "I go to Museum Tavern often, and my last visit, as pertains to this review, was unremarkable. The only available menu was the summerlicious menu, and I was not notified that there was no regular menu beforehand. Moreover, the food lacked the excellence that is characteristic of Museum Tavern. The server was friendly and competent but the food itself was the disappointment. My girlfriend's food, the aztec bowl, was not good at all, and it felt rushed and almost pre-made, as can be the case with summerlicious. On top of that, the desserts were both bland and hard - the blueberry pie's bottom crust was quite tough and stale, and the brownie was not so much as brownie but a chunk of icecream on a cracker."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "I went with my friend for the summerlicious lunch on a Saturday. The restaurant wasn't busy at all and my experience was wonderful up until the main course (the Albacore Tuna Tartare appetizer was good). I ordered the Tavern Chop salad (described to me as a cob salad) with dressing on the side. The first one came with dressing and I asked for another one, the second one came with dressing on the side, but the salad under delivered. The portion was good, but the plate was meant for a side salad. And the romaine wasn't fresh and I got 5 lettuce cores. The main course was the biggest disappointment, but other than that, it was a great deal for a $15 lunch. I got a refreshing peach sorbet for dessert that was really good."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "I walked in and the restaurant was very pleasing to the eye. The food came and I was sorely disappointed. The Tuna tartar was mushy and green color. It didn't look fresh and the taste was overpowered by its marinate. My entree, Steak salad, was presented very "displeasingly". It didn't look "good enough to eat". It looked like they had leftovers and just plopped it into a bowl and topped very small pieces of steak on top. My friends' "Tavern Chop" had maybe 2-4 pieces of chicken and WAY too many chunks of cheese. He was not fulfilled at all. My sorbet tasted awful. It felt like slush in a ball. The taste of the peach was more watery than anything. Our server was already in a bad mood which made my meal very unpleasant. Overall, BAD!!!!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Museum Tavern is an excellent choice for any occasion!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Had the tuna tostada as an appetizer. It was incredible! Melt in your mouth tuna. The tuna burger on the other hand was alright. Personally, i thought the avocado spread was a bit too much for the tuna burger. It would've been nice if they incorporated the slaw in the urger instead. The blueberry pie was delicious! Love the crumbly texture, and the blueberry inside wasn't overtly sweet - which is what i like at least."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Good service, appealing ambience, food aims for gastro pub, but doesn't always succeed."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "I was surprised at how un-organized the service was. We were served the wrong thing 3 times and had it whisked away once the error was noticed. quite a change from usual service--and our meal, ordered from the sumerlicious menu, was a long time coming..odd for a fixe prix meal..."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Great portions and very helpful/friendly staff. One of the better fixed price menus I have had as part of summerlicious"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "My fiance asked for a medium rare tuna burger but turned out to be too cooked, was not raw enough. Too much fries on the plates. Service was great (although they accidentally served the wrong food on our table). Appetizers were amazing."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "The service was awful and the food was cold. It was summerlicious and we were very excited about trying out this place as we have heard such positive things about it. However the service was awful, the waitress clearly hated her life and did not want to her there and kept using the excuse there is a big party inside. That is not my problem I still expect decent service. As well the food was cold and we didnt bother taking it back however it was good so that was a positive. Summerlicious is supposed to be result in my wanting to come back to the restaurant but this will not be the case."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Went here for summerlicious, and it was delicious! The portion sizes were huge! My friend got the buttermilk chicken and if that was paired with fries or salad it would have been enough for a meal and it was just the appetizer. I got the seared tuna burger, duck buns and blueberry pie which were all delicious. I would recommend though if you are ordering a steak to order it rarer than you would like (order rare if you want medium rare). Our server overall was very nice, constantly refilling drinks however she was in a bad mood at the beginning of dinner however that faded. Overall, I will definitely come back, probably only during Winterlicious/ Summerlicious as it is a bit pricely."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I had come here once before excited to dine for dinner after having read the many reviews. But being the late person I am, as I was a walk-in they told me it would have to be a two hour wait. SO after knowing that "Yes, this place really IS popular" I decided to make a reservation for Summerlicious Lunch (or Brunch ...) and of course I wasn't disappointed. GET THE PATIO. IT IS SUMMER AND LOVELY. Also definitely get a drink. And not, not just water. That's not fun right? As soon as we stepped into the restaurant , the servers were very charming and the food was AMAZING. Larger portions than I expected and I could barely finish dessert. I got the 12 Grain Salad to start (already filling) and the Southwestern Steak Salad as the main."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Visited during summerlicious, would avoid entirely during this period, food not up to standard, regular menu not an option, portions too small, very very noisy"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "All of the appetizers looked so good we ordered 5 from that list and never got to the mains. We'll have go back to try everything else. Food was excellent."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "The waiter was very knowledgeable and extremely kind and polite."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "A perfect neighbourhood spot. Yummy burgers, interesting cocktails."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "The museum tavern has a spectacular and regularly changing schedule of craft cocktails to suit any taste. Their menu of small plates and fuller meals are sure to please any foodie. The only thing that isn't superlative is the desert course."
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "Overall, our experience was fine. The food was well presented and had good flavor. This is in the rich neighborhood of Toronto, so when you buy a slab of ribs.. let me rephrase, when you buy the ribs you will pay for a slab and maybe a slab and a half at most places but you will receive half a rack at best. and don't ask for BBQ Sauce, they don't have it."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "I had an interesting experience at Museum Tavern. My brother and I both ordered the market fish - herb crusted halibut. Unfortunately, it was dry as saw dust and impossible to eat! With that said, everything else we ordered was absolutely delicious! The ahi tuna poke cones were a light tasty appetizer - with a crispy sesame cone, avocado and spicy mayo. The truffled mushroom perogies were enormous and basically perfect - panfried with caramelized onions, crisped lardons and sour cream. The chicken supreme was exploding with juice and deliciously tasty. All in all, the manager took our halibuts off the bill and provided free desserts (though they were very mediocre) and, regardless of the halibut and desserts, I would definitely return!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "The Museum Tavern provides a great central location with a small but tasty menu. It truly has an upscale tavern atmosphere; but unless you appreciate a boisterous atmosphere, try to avoid peak lunch hours since conversation may require shouting. "
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "Solid choice for comfort food - great fries. The staff are really friendly always have had very personable waiters."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Amazing food but noisy. Loved the burger, fries and fish and chips. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Many great choices -- You have to try the Tavern chop salad and soup."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "I took my mother here for lunch before a concert. She chose the soup and 1/2 Brie and peameal bacon sandwich and I chose the hearts of romaine with Confit. The soup was fine but the sandwich was pretty inedible: tough bread, and tougher meat that resembled an overcooked pork chop more than pea meal bacon. She struggled for a while before giving up. Mine was an overdressed caesar salad with very small but tasty duck bits. Ironically my husband had been at the restaurant with a friend a week earlier and had the same sandwich which he also found incredibly tough. We thought it was a fluke but maybe not. We enjoyed the wine. The waiter was very nice and the service was good. Will think twice about coming back for the food."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "Five of us dined here following a Hot Docs Film Festival Screening at the Elizabeth Bader Theatre, which is less than a 5 minute walk from the restaurant. It was a great place to unwind in between films and have a drink. They have a really nice selection of custom cocktails that you wouldn't find anywhere else. The Lobster Roll was divine!! It was absolutely stuffed with Lobster Meat. Very impressive. The rest of my party also enjoyed their meals. I would not hesitate to eat here again!"
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "We came for lunch with friends before Hot Docs. The soup was served cold and was reheated in a microwave. The fish and chips were not good. The fries were limp and cool and the fish, cornbread crusted, was tough and tasteless. It amazes me how restaurants and chefs take good food and turn it into inedible fodder. The prices do not reflect the quality and paying 50$ for two plates of fish and chips and tea was incredibly disheartening. A place like this is needed badly on Bloor across from so many art destinations. However, I will never return. Get your kitchen in order! "
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "I have found it inconsistent here. Sometimes great. Other times have encounteres screw ups. E.g. seizing sauces, slow service. Overall, worth trying though and a cool spot."
    Dined on 4/25/2014