Bar Mercurio Toronto
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.
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.
Excellent friendly service. Good food, but lunch menu is a little pricey considering this is a casual bistro.
Great as always
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.
Excellent food and service. We’re looking forward to our next visit.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Overpriced, inattentive service, mediocre food. For the prices charged, one would expect ALOT more. Our 2nd visit. And our last!
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
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.
This place, the service team and la cucina have got it all Right! What a delightful experience.
Wonderful gluten free pizza. One of the best!
Celebrated my boyfriends bday.
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.
Wonderful as always!
Such a wonderful place if only they could learn to cook meat.
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.
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Incredible restaurant! Great service, and delicious food highlighting seasonal ingredients. On my three day trip to Toronto, I went here twice! Would highly recommend.
Never going back again, checked their menu online, upon arriving the menu wasn’t the same and prices were much higher. $19 for an Octupus starter and the piece was the size for my pinky plus some chickpeas, so glad I added the $10 side Caesar, what a rip-off for two pieces of romaine.
Disappointing, overpriced, and slightly odd. Rigatoni Ragu tasted as if it had stew poured over it. Cornish hen was so overcooked it might have been on since the day before. Used to like this place, but not any longer.
I booked a reservation for myself and a group of coworkers for Monday August 5 and when we arrived at the restaurant it was closed.
I can understand being closed for the civic holiday but I would have appreciated being contacted when I made a reservation instead of having to scramble to find another restaurant to accomodate 8 people at the last minute.
Warm people, delicious food... always!
The pasta dish was more tomatoey than meatsaucey! Not the best we've had as far as pasta dishes. The surprise pasta dish was ok but nothing memorable.
Pleasant environment with knowledgeable and warm, homey service. Couldn't ask for more.
The atmosphere is nice but we have 4 or 5 different servers over the course of the evening which led to a lot of confusion. The pasta and meat were way overcooked. I was charged $40’for a boat chop that was past well done. If you want to charge Scaramouche entree prices or needs to be as good as Scaramouche. Pasta was cooked past al debate. Servers were nice but it was weird how many people attended us. We waited a long time for a dessert menu/list. It’s a very cool place but does not meet expectations for quality or value
Great interesting food. Lovely lunch!
Food is delicious, but be prepared to walk away hungry. Main courses are appetizer-sized.
We had another great evening at Bar Mercurio - Roberto took great care of us and we had a wonderful meal!
Excellent meal! Best rigatoni ragout bolognese I have ever had. Nice ambiance and attentive service. A definite A plus.
Food was good, the young lady assisting our waiter was excellent. Our waiter was very inattentive. My girlfriend had a glass of wine and would have liked a second but the waiter never checked on us and he never asked if we wanted to see a dessert menu. The place was very busy so I guess this was an isolated experience . I would go back.
Went for lunch with a friend. The owner was folding napkins behind us. It was obvious that this was not a place to come for lunch. You could hear and see all preparations for later in day. Too bad! Food was good but ambience was zero.
This charming family owned business is the real deal. If you are looking for a small restaurant with big flavor and attention to detail, this is. Their gluten free pizza crust and flourless chocolate cake are Celiac friendly. Definitely make a reservation because there are maybe 20 tables and a line out the door! Will definitely go back the next time in town!
Tables were set far enough apart so that you didn't feel crowded and had some privacy. Every part of the meal was different and very tasty. The Caesar salad was light yet very flavorful and light on the garlic. The combination of meats in the pasta sauce was interesting.
Lunch was very good. was out of stock of the wine we wanted but another selection was available and very nice
Convenient location for Annex'ers. Comfortable bistro feel, with primarily Italian cuisine. Decent food and ambience.
Superb service. The waiter was one of the best I have had. He knew exactly when to come to the table, didn't hover, was knowledgeable, had charisma and made a great evening excellent.
Excellent food and service made for an enjoyable evening. We will definitely be back
A bit crowded. A bit noisy. Had a 5:30 reservation and were told that they needed our table at 7pm for a group of six ...not acceptable. We were reminded several times. Food was very good.