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
What 416 People Are Saying
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d
Toronto
34 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

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

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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.

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
1 review
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
50 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
7 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

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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.

BL
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience5

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.

JG
Toronto
174 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

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.

KC
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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.

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Warm people, delicious food... always!

W
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

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.

r
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pleasant environment with knowledgeable and warm, homey service. Couldn't ask for more.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

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

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great interesting food. Lovely lunch!

FR
Toronto
27 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food is delicious, but be prepared to walk away hungry. Main courses are appetizer-sized.

g
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had another great evening at Bar Mercurio - Roberto took great care of us and we had a wonderful meal!

OT
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal! Best rigatoni ragout bolognese I have ever had. Nice ambiance and attentive service. A definite A plus.

DF
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

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.

T
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall2food4service3ambience1

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.

HP
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

RD
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

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.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Lunch was very good. was out of stock of the wine we wanted but another selection was available and very nice

HE
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Convenient location for Annex'ers. Comfortable bistro feel, with primarily Italian cuisine. Decent food and ambience.

PH
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

DD
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent food and service made for an enjoyable evening. We will definitely be back

N
Toronto
16 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

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.

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