Bar Mercurio Toronto

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CAN$30 and under
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Italian
Dear Patron,

Welcome to bar MERCURIO. We are a quaint Italian restaurant that serves fresh pasta, a fish of the day, classic antipasti, and not - like our whole grilled artichoke. With our salads you will find an anchovy partial Caesar salad to a healthy kale salad with Pecorino cheese.

What stands out are our pizzas. Our pizza dough has been a family recipe for over 100 years and not compromised. We don't do any of the new soft dough stuff that is trendy and etc etc

We serve classic pizzas like buffola and prosciutto to "crazy" stuff like rapini and Grey Owl goat's cheese sausage.

Our gluten free crust is uncompromising, made entirely from rice flour.

In addition, we are pleased to be able to offer an interesting selection of wines and cocktails.

We look forward to hosting you.


Yours Truly,
Giuseppe Mercurio,
Proprietor
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K
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I think that the atmosphere was great and we have enjoyed dining at the restaurant greatly. Good pasta and the team has complemented the appetizers and entres. For the areas of improvement, those would be with the visual atmosphere -- there seems to be an opportunity to improve the visual appeal of this great place.

TB
Toronto
52 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The service is perfect, the surroundings are lovely and the food is always good. Lots of new faces (servers, bartenders, etc.) that are very welcoming.

Location is perfect for Koerner Hall concert attendees. Bar Mercurio is a neighbourhood gem.

DB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Lunch menu on their website lools fantastic. However the day we went it was not the same as the actual lunch menu (which didnt have any of the more interesting items appearing on the website). Seeing nothing but standard unimaginative pastas and similar that almost every italian place has and not particularly inspiring we (disappointingly) ended up getting individual sized pizzas each costing almost $30. Pizzas were pretty good but no more so than a $5 slice from pizzaiolo.

J
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always delicious food, wonderful wine. A great, really Italian, neighbourhood spot

LS
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Have eaten at Mercurio in the past, and enjoyed. Knew it would be busy, so made a res for 1pm. Arrived a few minutes early, was told to sit at the bar....offered no menu or bar service as we waited. A 2-table was empty. 10 min later asked about sitting there, and was told it was booked for 6. No sure how that was happening as the next table was also being used...yet we could not have the empty table. Told to wait...likely another 10 min. Turns out it was the owner seating and he said people came late for lunch (assume w/o reservation) .... basically making our reservation useless. When I asked him if 10 min additional wait is realistic, he said maybe 20. Showing total indifference to the reservation booking. I asked if we could eat at the bar, as he quickly walked away ignoring the question. Sat for a 5 more minutes and he came back and acknowledged us again, asking if we would like to sit at the bar. We then left. This restaurant has been around for many years and many holiday seasons, so there was no excuse for this to occur....plus the owner was condescending and dismissive. Definitely sensed there were 'regulars' in the restaurant. So, if you want to deal with a condescending and dismissive owner who does not recognize reservations, I recommend.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas dinner

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LM
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was so nice and friendly. We have came twice and loved it

ET
Toronto
33 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and our waiter, Roberto, is always fantastico!

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic spot with exceptional service. Delicious pasta and pizza and very nice ambience in the restaurant.

LB
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was incredible. The experience was a 10 from entering the restaurant to leaving. We have been to many fine restaurants but no doubt this one was right up there with them. We arrived with an inviting greeting and offered a seat at the bar where we ordered a cocktail. Both cocktails were made with fresh ingredients, no cheesy bar lime. Then we sat at a cozy seat for two. Our server was very knowledgeable and gave us great direction with our choices. Every bite from apps to desserts melted in our mouths and we savoured every flavour. We would definitely return on our next trip into Toronto

RM
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Very warm and inviting atmosphere, we felt like we weee in a upscale New York City restaurant.! The staff are very friendly, the owner was very welcoming. Great Italian food - service was a bit slow but I would happily go there again!

G
London
46 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We eat here frequently. This was the best meal we have had here in memory.

Thanks Joe! Great service and great food.

U
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Although I love the ambience and the location, the food and the value don’t compare favourably to other high end Italian restaurants.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Excellent food. Very good service. Prices for specials not communicated and a bit of a surprise.

W
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was yummy and their tiramisu was delicious!

AZ
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Great location. I thought the lunch was a bit over-priced. A non-descript small salad beside eggplant parmigiano for $25.00 . Tea was $6.00. Ambience is pleasant.

OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Sat at the front. Good table and good service. The trout was great as was the Prosecco.

OT
Toronto
17 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat at the bar which was nice

A
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This place has impeccable service. Highly recommend

d
Toronto
41 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice food in a pleasant atmosphere. Attentive service by experienced wait staff. Parking in the basement of the hotel next door is an added convenience.

AM
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Excellent friendly service. Good food, but lunch menu is a little pricey considering this is a casual bistro.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always

C
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Used to like it, but clearly others have given up on it. At 29 dollars for a pepperoni pizza and another 18 dollars for a beet salad at lunch it is no wonder that there were only two other people sitting down when we arrive at noon on a nice Friday. Was always a bit pricey, but the food was very good so it was tolerated. Just can’t bring myself to do that anymore. I hope the owners get this message and adjust before they have to close.

F
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. We’re looking forward to our next visit.

D
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Nice dinner with my family, great food, friendly bustling place right on Bloor. My pizza was outstanding

AH
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

I ate here three times on a recent visit to Toronto. The food is great. I had a different main dish every night, and they were all very good, though I liked the pasta with bolognese sauce and the amazing gnocchi with porcini mushrooms the best. The table was cramped two of the three nights, but staff helpfully take your coats. Our waitress the first night was brusque; we felt a little bit as if we were children who needed to be disciplined. The proprietor waited on us the other nights and was very congenial. I was disappointed in the house Prosecco; the Franciacorta was much better, but also much more expensive. I think they could improve on the one Prosecco they offer by the glass.

L
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Pre-concert at Koerner Hall so we didn’t have lots of time. Service accommodated our needs. I want to return for a more leisurely meal.

SM
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Love going there. One thing though. Asked the server if she knew where a nearby theatre was koerner Hall where we were to after dinner . She said nahhh and walked away. A better server would find out and tell us!

TB
Toronto
53 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

I am a long-time customer but noticed a few changes this time. All the old wait staff has disappeared and the new - and not as great - staff has taken over.

The pre-meal bread with white bean spread was fabulous as always. The wine list seemed updated and I liked the glass of Canadian pinot noir I chose. I love their Caesar salad (it is huge and perfect for sharing as well as the pizza. No interest in dessert and the Americano I had was ok but not as great as I would expect in an Italian restaurant.

G
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience1

Overpriced, inattentive service, mediocre food. For the prices charged, one would expect ALOT more. Our 2nd visit. And our last!

M
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I love Bar Mercurio and have been many times over the years. The last few times I feel the food is not as good and the price seems to get higher.
I don't want to give up on it but I think there are lots of other good places

w
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Bar Mercurio staff is always warm and welcoming, and very attentive. The food is fresh and authentic to its Italian roots, with bright flavours of simple ingredients. Nonetheless, the dishes are creative, but never contrived. It's a place you want to go back to time and time again.

SP
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place, the service team and la cucina have got it all Right! What a delightful experience.

OT
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful gluten free pizza. One of the best!

OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my boyfriends bday.

TF
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

my favorite restaurant in Toronto; ask the owner Joe for a plate of antipasto and you'll get a wild array of conventional and innovative delicacies; I've never had calamari so tender. the bread is sublime, served with a bean spread spiced just right for whatever wine they serve, and the list of whites is particularly diverse.

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always!

R
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall4food2service4ambience4

Such a wonderful place if only they could learn to cook meat.

p
Salt Lake City
4 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The nicest people greeted us. After being seated, the waitress asked if we would like to change tables to a more quiet location. Sure! Food good - the pizza crust was fantastic! I could use more tomato sauce, cheese and pepperoni on “the best pizza in Canada” which was delicious but shy on ingredients. Rigatoni was with mom’s homemade sauce and did not disappoint. Husband does not know tipping rules, yet, after all this time...he tipped 15% and when I realized, I was so embarrassed after how nice they were. Sooooory.

Bar Mercurio Toronto
Responded on August 28, 2019

Thank-you for your comments! Please come back to see us!

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K
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible restaurant! Great service, and delicious food highlighting seasonal ingredients. On my three day trip to Toronto, I went here twice! Would highly recommend.

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