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Permanently Closed - Bar Italia

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

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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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Italian, Vegetarian, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
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Hours of operation
Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday - Sunday: 3:00pm - 5:00pm

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

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

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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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
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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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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.

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
What 112 People Are SayingWrite a review
Overall ratings and reviews
3.9  based on all time ratings
Noise · Moderate
87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipCitylights (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on June 30, 2017

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

OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
3.0  Dined on June 10, 2017

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

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 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!

janna (Toronto)
5.0  Dined 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 :)

RLmontreal (Montreal)
5.0  Dined on April 8, 2017

Super friendly service!

OpenTable Diner (Birmingham)
5.0  Dined 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.

OpenTable Diner (Birmingham)
5.0  Dined 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.

ems001 (Toronto)
4.0  Dined 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.

porkbelly (Toronto)
3.0  Dined 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.

ZMoney (Vancouver)
3.0  Dined on December 31, 2016

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