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Permanently Closed - Bar Vespa

77 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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  • Neighborhood Gem (88)
  • Good for Groups (68)
  • Great for Outdoor Dining (48)

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Enjoy authentic Italian cuisine at Bar Vespa. Its setting features a rustic, trendy style with rich colors and exposed brick walls. Bar Vespa serves a variety of dishes that are made in-house from scratch. Tuscan fries with truffle aioli and parmesan, fried panko-crusted mozzarella or fontina-cheese stuffed crispy risotto balls with a arrabbiata sauce make for delicious starters. Guests can dine on a dish of wild boar ragu, veal marsala or seared salmon with a side of butternut squash mashed potatoes. This eatery also offers artisan-style pizza with gluten-free crust options, soups and paninis.

Bar Vespa offers wine, cocktails and other beverages to pair with meals. It has patio seating for guests to dine and a happy hour with specials.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Italian, Pizzeria
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Hours of operation

Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30 am - 5:00 pm

Dinner: Sunday - Tuesday: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm; Wednesday - Thursday: 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm; Friday - Saturday: 5:00 pm - 1:00 am
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Phone number
(416) 533-8377
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Rob Jackson
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Cross street
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.6  based on all time ratings
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NewTOFoodie (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2015

Bar Vespa consistently has wonderful food and great service. The food is always interesting, creative, and full of flavours! When people visit us this is the place we take them to for dinner. If you go for winterlicious , the ricotta starter is amazing. Crispy outside and soft and cheesy on the inside. Their regular menu changes on occasion and I've never been disappointed. I've had the simple spaghetti and meatballs, through to the pizzas, fish, and sharing plates. Seriously you can't go wrong. They also have craft beers and nice wines. They've recently added some very comfortable booths which makes it more cosy.

Dineouttoronto (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on January 22, 2015

I really enjoyed my meal. Pizza and pasta gluten free options too which were delicious.

OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
3.0  Dined on November 28, 2014

The restaurant decor and staff are great. We were there on a Friday night and apparently the "business" is hit and miss. Not having a good ambiance took away from the whole experience so the food needed to be great to help. Unfortunately the food was good but some dishes were a little bland otherwise could have been great. Not sure why it isn't constantly busy but with a constant crowd and a few food tweaks this place could be a hot spot.

vipOpenTable Diner (Toronto)
1.0  Dined on November 27, 2014

Not sure who the clientele is for this resto/bar. It has no identity ambiance or food wise. Trying to be Italian. Food took way too long and was fair at best. Likely gets the liberty village workers and habitants. Not us again!

MsToya (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on November 21, 2014

I stumbled upon Bar Vespa while looking online for restaurants in Liberty Village. The menu had a variety of foods that I thought my friends and I would enjoy so I booked a reservation for my birthday! We had a great time, with great service, good eats and yummy drinks. Not to mention they gave me a complimentary dessert and shots for all of us! Pick have already recommended Zbar Vespa to friends and family and will continue to. Thanks for the wonderful experience! :)

vipSteph (Vancouver)
3.0  Dined on August 11, 2014

Booked table for Monday at 5:15 pm. Accidentally booked for Saturday so then went on the app and changed it to Monday after realization. Received email on Sunday that Bar Vespa cancelled my reservation on Open Table. Called them and they denied cancelling it. I have the email to prove it. I certainly didn't cancel it myself. Person who picked up offered to make the reservation through him. I guess he doesn't want to pay Open Table $1. I said I wanted the points and then reserved again on Open Table. Got my points.

Ferrari (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on July 31, 2014

The service was very attentive and really made our evening enjoyable

vipshoegal (Toronto)
1.0  Dined on July 24, 2014

Having a reservation here means absolutely nothing! We had dinner this evening before a concert nearby and got the bum's rush without being asked if we wanted dessert or coffee because they were "busy" and one of the servers hadn't shown up for their shift. The food is nothing to write home about and we'll be trying a new resto called LOCAL when we want to dine in the area again.

libvill (Toronto)
1.0  Dined on July 20, 2014

it was our 1 year wedding anniversary, we waited 30 after getting seated to have our orders taken, then 30 min after that for the food to come.
I believe they said they was under staffed, but unfortunately that's not my problem :/

foodieWITHattitude (Toronto)
1.0  Dined on July 12, 2014

Went to Bar Vespa before TFC game(specifically wanting Summerlicious).It was especially busy due to game &World Cup match. I made reservations 2 hours before kickoff time! We were seated fairly quickly once we arrived as we had reservations. Our server informed us the kitchen was backed up &could not do Summerlicious menu in time for game so we ordered off the "TFC game" menu. Thinking time was an issue we only ordered mains which came out 5 mins later? Faster than McDees! My pasta was ok my husbands was horrible. The server only returned once we had finished, plates cleared by busboy to state "your mains are taking a long time I'll check with kitchen." She didn't even know we had gotten food &eaten it!Don't recommend &will never return