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Permanently Closed - Bar Italia

3.9
112 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Italian
Top Tags:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Groups
  • Fit for Foodies

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About

This restaurant is permanently closed. Permanently Closed - A landmark of Little Italy since 1987, "the chic" Bar Italia (according to the New York Times) is a place for the best in fine dining, a casual pasta and a salad, outstanding wines by the glass and a diverse menu featuring classic Italian cuisine.
There’s also a lot of excitement upstairs at Bar Italia, overlooking College Street in one of Toronto's most colorful cityscapes, hosting some of the city's most exciting events. The Private Dining Room has seating for 40 guests. While the Upstairs Lounge features seating for over 50 or 110 mingling and possesses its own bar area with a stage for live music. These two spaces can work individually or combined for all kinds of special occasions and meetings. With events held here regularly, you never know who you're going to run into next at this popular hot spot!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Vegetarian, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
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Hours of operation
REGULAR HOURS
Lunch
Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday - Sunday: 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Dinner
Sunday - Thurday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 1:00am

Brunch
Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm

HOLIDAY HOURS
December 24th: 11:00am - 4:00pm
December 25th: CLOSED
December 26th: 11:00am - 10:00pm
December 31st: 11:00am - 2:00am
January 1st: CLOSED
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Phone number
(416) 535-3621
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Shah Alam
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Catering
We are proud to offer all of our Menus on a take-out basis, however small or large the order. Please contact us for more information.

Take-out is even easier now that we are also working with Foodora, to offer you Bar Italia at home.
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Cross street
Clinton
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Parking details
Local GREEN P Parking:
80 Clinton St. (Surface Lot)
157 Beatrice St. (Surface Lot)
74 Clinton St. (Garage)

Rates: $1.00/ Half Hour
Daily Max. $8.00, 7am – 6pm
Nightly Max.$4.00, 6pm – 7am
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Public transit
If travelling by Subway, exit at Bathurst station and take the streetcar southbound. Exit at College Street and transfer westbound to either Euclid or Clinton.
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Entertainment
SHUGGA - your favorite R&B, Hip Hop, Top 40 Band will be playing every Friday in our Upstairs Lounge as of January 20th!

Shugga takes the stage at 10:30pm with a $10 Cover starting at 9:30, unless you're joining us for dinner in which case cover is on us.

Stay tuned for other live music & DJs!
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Special events & promotions
We can host all kinds of special events, both private and public. Please contact us for further details.

Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.9based on all time ratings
3.9
food
3.9
service
3.6
ambience
4.0
value
Noise · Moderate
87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on June 30, 2017

Great neighborhood gem. Good was fantastic and very friendly atmosphere. Will definitely return.

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3.0Dined on June 10, 2017

Delicious food, great service if you're not picky about being where the crowds are

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2017

Went to Bar Italia to celebrate my graduation. The food was amazing and the service was great. There is a bit of a wait when its busy but I didn't mind that. Great place!

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2017

My friend and I just had lunch and drinks at bar Italia. As always, the service and food were stellar.

We started with the Antipasto Misto, and an amazing glass of amarone. We then shared a panini di pollo and the bistecca sandwich, with side caesars, of course (one of the best Caesar salads I've ever had, without a doubt). Our friendly and knowledgeable server made us a couple of craft cocktails to help wash them down :)

I've tried numerous items of the lunch and dinner menu throughout my multiple visits, but one thing you without a doubt have to save room for is the chocolate truffle cake. It is a perfect, melt in your mouth concoction that I have to order every time I stop in :)

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2017

Super friendly service!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2017

We went for Valentine's Day , and we're both extremely satisfied, possibly the best Chicken Parmesan dinner I have ever had.

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2017

We made a reservation for 8 for my husband's birthday.our waiter was very attentive to our needs, and patient while we settled in (we took a while to get our orders in) he was knowledgeable about the menu, and very helpful with everyone in our party. I would definitely come back.

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4.0Dined on February 4, 2017

I went to Bar Italia for some food and drinks with a couple friends. The food was delicious and portions were decent size, not too big but not small either. The winterlicous menu had a few appetizing choices, the desert was quite small though, smaller than I expected (I had the torta di ricotta). The place was quiet when we got there (7pm on a Sat) but around 8pm it did get louder. The waiter was attentive and entertaining, and the host seated us quickly.

Overall a good dinner and ambiance, I would return for sure.

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3.0Dined on December 31, 2016

Was here for New Year's Eve dinner. Our server was amazing...super friendly and attentive. They had a reasonably priced menu for NYE - which was refreshing compared to some of the exorbitant amounts other restaurants were asking for! Our calamari appetizer was quite tasty but our mains were very disappointing. I had the lamb which our server recommended. The meat was tender and fell off the bone, but it was very bland and lacked any flavour. The other people in our party felt the same way about their entrees...which was too bad because everything else was excellent up until that point.

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3.0Dined on December 31, 2016

Amazing service - owner was pleasure to meet and extremely welcoming. Typical Italian food.

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5.0Dined on November 25, 2016

Great service; amazing food. We will be back!

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2016

love this place. We go to Bar Italia to celebrate special occasions with warm and friendly staff, who remember us and treat us like family.

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5.0Dined on July 16, 2016

Great service! Great food! Outstanding! Would come back any day.

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5.0Dined on July 16, 2016

Bar Italia was 'Bene'. The service was friendly and attentive. The food was delicious and presented beautifully. The best tiramisu in the city. The restaurant is located conveniently in a Little Italy. I highly recommend this restaurant; a 'buono' experience

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1.0Dined on July 7, 2016

Device attempted to accommodate is but the food orders and content was not good.
The place was empty for a summer evening in Little Italy, now we know why.

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2016

2nd time at this restaurant - food and service were outstanding. Eris and staff are fabulous :)

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5.0Dined on June 4, 2016

Loved this place and the food. Definitely a must eat at place. Would come again

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3.0Dined on May 28, 2016

Service was friendly but slow. Sandwiches were good, but I found the accompaniment of a single stick each of celery and carrot and two block olives to be very odd. A handful of greens would have been more appropriate, but they charge $4 extra for that.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2016

We had a small family dinner here - 9 of us across three generations - and just really enjoyed the entire experience. The food, for sure, was the highlight as every dish was spot on and excellent, but the service was a close second - the servers were always on top of things and engaged with us in just the right way - attentive and friendly without be obsequious. The only small complaint is that this place is so popular that it got a bit noisy for our 70-something grandparents to hear all the conversation, so don't expect a quiet night out.

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2016

After a few back and forth likes on Instagram and seeing a pic of their parpadelle with lamb ragu, I knew I had to try this place. I eventually made it out to the restaurant with my family. None of us were disappointed with the service. The waiter was very attentive and the food was absolutely delicious. The chili oil was on point and added a delicious flavor to the food.

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2016

Started with the prosciutto & fico crostini - Must try! Also had the grilled octopus salad. Highly recommend. Shared both the linguini vongole (classic!) and the spaghetti al faro with tons of fresh veggies and evoo. We've travelled all over the world, including Italy, and the pasta at Bar Italia was as good (and fresh) as any we have ever eaten. Anywhere! For dessert we had the lemon tart. Delicious! Great bottle of Ripasso wine, too. Terrific energy in restaurant. Young lady server was very attentive and pleasant, and helped us choose our dishes. We will be back again and again! Perfect way to celebrate a special night out!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2016

Amazing service and food

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5.0Dined on February 12, 2016

I chose to have my 65th birthday dinner here with a friend. I had a vegetarian pasta dish. The vegetables included my favourite: eggplant and thank goodness no onion. The amount of garlic was just right. I could taste the olive oil. The pasta and veggies were cooked to perfection. Their tiramisu is the best in the city.

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2.0Dined on February 6, 2016

There were four of us dining last Saturday evening. We chose our meals from the Winterlicious $25 per person menu. The food portions were very, very small. More like samplings than a real meal. The server never asked us if we would like a drink. Noisy atmosphere. Hurried pace. Little value for the money. This was our third Winterlicious outing this year and the only one where there were no left-overs to take home. This was our first time at Bar Italia. We would not recommend going there for Winterlicious. With so many other restaurants to dine at in Toronto I don't think we will ever go back to Bar Italia.

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4.0Dined on February 6, 2016

My friends and I came here during Winterliscious. The food here wasn't exceptional but it was the service that was. A great place to catch up with some friends. The atmosphere is nice, I wasn't blown away by the food but I enjoyed it. The star of the scene though was our server Arnaldo. He is incredibly nice, catered to all our needs and most of all unbelievably attentive. So much so, that at one point we'd run out of bread and my friend whispered to me if we were allowed to have more. Next thing you know Arnaldo is back with some more bread for our table. That is my definition of excellent service: always being 100% attuned to your customers' needs even when they think you're not listening. The selection of food items is also great will have to return to try some other desserts! Fantastic afternoon spent at this restaurant!

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5.0Dined on January 30, 2016

We had a great dinner. Our first time at Bar Italia. We went for Winterlicious. It was a great deal. The food was excellent and very reasonable. We are very much looking forward to going back for the regular menu (which looks great).

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5.0Dined on January 28, 2016

Soup is healthy and in good portion with fresh greens

Bread was heated first time and cold when asked for more

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2015

If you want to break bread with a few other couples, I recommend BI. We shared two bottles of wine. We ordered a $48 Primitivo but the maitre d' told us they were out. He recommended the US version, a Zinfandel. A huge hit for the same price. We lingered and enjoyed our meals. The carpaccio is uber thin and delicious and the lamb ragu is chunky and tasty. All guests enjoyed their meals.

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2015

We went for New Years Eve, and ate early in order to make it to another party. Despite eating at 6:15, our service and food were great. Wait time was extremely short because we were the first ones to order, but others didn't seem to have to wait long either. Our waitress's name was Tammy, and she took great care of us. She recommended a great bottle of wine, was friendly and professional, and made sure to check in from time to time. If you eat at Bar Italia and are served by Tammy, you are in for a better dining experience than usual!

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2.0Dined on December 15, 2015

Average, in exciting food. Good size portions and attentive service. Will not be coming back.

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5.0Dined on October 1, 2015

This was a great place for dinner. The food was great especially the antipasto for two. Also our waiter was knowledgeable and the service was great. I would definitely go there again.

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4.0Dined on August 15, 2015

This place is a staple for a good brunch. We were able to sit outside and the patio was quite full. Fast service, easy comfort food - always consistent.

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2.0Dined on July 25, 2015

the lunch menu for summerlicious was really poor. variety was bad and food was less than average.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2015

Our group of four friends (multi generational) had an extremely fun evening last week at Bar Italia. Yummy food, super service, vibrant outdoor patio. Our server was fun, really attentive, informative, helpful and entertaining. I would recommend this for a fun evening with friends where you will feel relaxed and enjoy great food and wine !!!

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4.0Dined on June 26, 2015

Really good food. Second time there and really enjoyed lunch again.

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2.0Dined on May 23, 2015

From the moment we checked in I knew it was going to be one of those nights. It took about 10 minutes till someone greeted us. I finally had to say we have a reservation where I was told it will be a few minutes they are setting the table. The restaurant wasnt busy at the time so I don't know why the table wasn't even set.

Sat down we were brought menus and then for the next 20 min we waited till someone took our drink order. No water was brought to the table nothing. After ordering our drinks it took almost 15 min for our wine and beer to arrive. At that point we figured we better order or we would never see the waitress again.

We all ordered food came a significant amount of time later it was ok. The problem was the service nobody came to see how the food was if we needed anything. I definitely would never come back bc of the service you can get the food they serve at nearly any Italian restaurant nothing made them special or stand out.

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3.0Dined on May 10, 2015

Service was slow , waittress staff was not professional , we ate at 6 pm and many of the items on the main were all ready sold out ? Food was OK - not great

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4.0Dined on April 25, 2015

Went here for my husbands birthday dinner. Was upset that did not know about the 100 points or how i get them

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2015

Many friends had recommended Bar Italia to me, and I'm so happy I finally made it. Everything about the evening was enjoyable. Everything to the service to the scene to ambiance was lovely. The server was extremely knowledgeable and helpful and the food came promptly, considering how busy it was. My husband and I shared a Caprese salad and the grilled calamari which were both spectacular. For our entrees we had gnocchi gorgonzola, which was probably the best gnocchi I've ever had, as well as the alberta strip loin dish which was perfectly medium rare as asked for. The Tiramasu was to die for! Overall amazing experience, best experience I've had in a long time. Highly reccomend this college street staple!

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2015

We come every year for Valentine's Day.

Our server this year was terrible, she did not know the menu, was very inattentive, and really ruined the whole experience.

the food and ambience was excellent as usual

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