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About Blu Ristorante

Top 100 Italian restaurants in Canada 2017
Top 100 restaurants in Canada and 50 Most romantic restaurants also in Canada on Open Table 2016
On the quiet eastern front of Yorkville, set back behind a brick façade, Blu is an Italian restaurant based on authentic classic cuisine, yet, contemporary created by executive Chef; Eric Bucher and his team


Warmly lit stone walls and grand mirrors surround cozy leather seating and white table cloths. Enter through a casual wine bar, which then leads to a hip, upscale dining room with an inviting ambiance.

Dinner is enhanced by the soothing live music Friday to Saturday. Pianist/singer, guitarrist/singer. Enjoy impeccable service for intimate dining or for large private parties up to 110 guests. Private rooms also available. One will remember Blu as a true memorable dining experience.
Blu has become a staple restaurant in Toronto over the last ten years

17A Yorkville Avenue
Toronto, ON M4W 1L1
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday: Dinner 5:00pm - 11:00pm,
Saturday: Dinner 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Sunday: Dinner 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
CAN$31 to CAN$50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(416) 921-1471

Website:
http://www.bluristorante.com/

Entertainment:
Live music Friday and Saturday. Soft contemporary music with a jazz feel. Allowing diners to enjoy live music and dinner conversation. Varied artists throughout the week. Please visit our website for more detailed information www.bluristorante.com

Parking Details:
Public parking 6 doors west on the same side of the street (Yorkville Avenue).

Public Transit:
Minute walk from Yonge/Bloor Subway Station.
6 minute walk from Bay/Bloor Subway Station.

Executive Chef:
Eric Bucher

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
We specialize in all types of private functions such as: weddings, corporate functions, presentations, product launches, fashion shows, etc. We provide our clients with professional AV system. Menus can be created in coordination with Massimo Callovini
Blu has private rooms that accommodate tables of eight up to thirty two.

Specials

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

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Specials

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

Details

Blu will be open On December 24th for dinner
kitchen will close at 9:30 p.m. so Blu's staff can still go home and join their families
Regular menu will be offered

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

First seating $85.00 tables back by 8:30 p.m.
Second Seating $125.00 after 7:45 p.m. to late 2017
Bar Tables Menu Price $85.00 first and second seating NYE 2017 Blu Ristorante tax & gratuity not included 4 course Pre-Fixe Menu. Live Guitarist/Singer 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Live Pianist/Singer 8:00

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Details
Mon - Wed 5:30PM - 6:30PM

Blu Ristorante Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (38)
Romantic (34)
Special Occasion (32)
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Good for Anniversaries (29)
Quiet Conversation (23)
Good for Birthdays (23)
Notable Wine List (21)
Cozy (19)
Creative Cuisine (18)
Live Music (17)
Neighborhood Gem (17)
Business Meals (15)
Fit for Foodies (15)
Pre/post Theatre (11)
Worth the Drive (11)
Good for Groups (10)
Authentic (9)
Casual (7)
Fun (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Bar Seating (4)
People Watching (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Healthy (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Great Beer (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Seasonal (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Organic (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Scenic View (1)
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·Dined on December 11, 2017

The staff was friendly and provided good service. The food and ambiance were good but not out of the ordinary.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Great atmosphere, great food.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 10, 2017

We had a fabulous meal at Blu. As soon as we walked into this elegant but comfortable space, we were greeted warmly. The maitre d' took our coats (no hanging/checking them ourselves) and showed us to a lovely corner table. The service was discreet but attentive. Our water glasses were kept filled, without having to ask. Very nice menu, with something for everyone. We started with the grilled calamari and the beef carpaccio. Both absolutely delicious. The carpaccio was melt in your mouth. I have never been a caper fan, but I am now converted to roasted capers. Our mains were the saltimbocca and the rack of lamb. Again, both excellent, and served together at the proper temperature.The lamb is one of the pricier items on the menu but it was a very generous portion and well worth the cost. Desserts were to die for, particularly the lime, coconut cannoli. Overall, an excellent meal - this will be our new go-to restaurant.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (Montreal)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Blu is a great restaurant and highly recommended for all kinds of events from everyday dinning to special events. Food, service, ambience and more are top notch.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Romantic, Fun, Casual
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Great food, great service, great experience. Will be back.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Excellent restaurant. Ambience, menu, wine, service and value. Great experience and will be back. Thanks.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Live Music, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Healthy, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Romantic
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Great ambiance and good service. Food tasted good, however the portions were quite small for what you pay.
We chose the calamari for appetizers to share, for me and my husband, each one of us got one peice of squid.
The drinks were quite expensive too.
My husband had the lamb chops which he said was very good, portion wasn’t too bad.
I had the seafood pasta which was nothing special and the pasta was too little, again quite pricey for the amount of food you get.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Live Music, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy
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·Dined on November 29, 2017

Great service! Quick, fresh and delicious meals. Romantic , & simply perfect for a date. Overall, a lovely spot and will be back.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 26, 2017

The food was delicious. They had freshly baked focaccia and were generous when we asked for more. The servers were friendly and gave excellent recommendations. The dishes are expensive but worth the amount you spend. Portion sizes are just right. This was a Sunday evening so the ambience was quiet and mellow. Overall great experience. Highly recommended for a delicious dining experience.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

My fiance and I celebrated my 25th birthday at BLU. The food and service were both impeccable. We were fortunate to be seated at the front of the restaurant, as the main area was very noisy. We would definitely go back as we so enjoyed our meal.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Love, Love, Love! In our opinion, Toronto’s best restaurant! Gorgeous cuisine , spectacular service, amazing atmosphere, it’s absolutely phenomenal! We drive in an hour away to dine here.
My husband’s veal chop and my Ahi Tuna was off the chart DELICIOUS!!!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great Beer, People Watching, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Live Music, Fun, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Late-night Find, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Organic, Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Great ambiance, and friendly service. Came on a Saturday night and did feel a little rushed by the staff, as there is probably quick turnover for weekend dinners. Would’ve enjoyed more time with the menu, and more time to enjoy the wine. I ordered the saffron risotto with grilled calamari, which was flavourful and delicious. My partner ordered the seafood linguine, which was lacking. The sauce was essentially a bland and watery garlic broth, which didn’t hold to the pasta or seafood, and didn’t have any flavour. Disappointing for the price, and our expectation of a restaurant with Italian cuisine. Aside from that dish, it was a good experience.

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

When making our reservation we noted, that we were celebrating two Birthdays, and had requested a nice table to celebrate.

The evening was ruined upon arrival when we were seated at the rear of the restaurant, facing the washroom, signs, while having patrons heading to, and returning from the restaurant squeezeing past our table, not to mention every stafff member on route to the service area.

We were offered a table in the bar area, however this to would not have been conducive to our celebration.

In the end we ignored the wine list, and dined on a single course, with the intent of leaving as quickly is posdible.

We did enjoy the food and table service, we simply would have appreciated a call saying, that we could not honour the request for a table befitting the occasion.

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·Dined on November 17, 2017

Had our perfect 25th wedding anniversary dinner excellent food excellent service!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Excellent restaurant. Service (and the Nfld. waiter) was superb. when we asked for recommendations, he was very specific and guided us very well. relaxed atmosphere and we were not rushed in any way.
Definitely will return.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Very disappointed - in my reservation I advised it was my husbands 33 bday . Requested table near band player. Didn't get a table there was on the opposite side and no one even acknowledged his birthday. Very disappointed !

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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great food and atmosphere! I would definitely go back there again and recommend to my friends

Tags: Live Music, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Fabulous restaurant. I loved the piano music, it added a nice ambiance. We were celebrating our 25th Anniversary which I called ahead. They brought us a piece of cake at end but I do recommend that perhaps rather than cake they could have given us a complimentary glass of champagne since I told them it was our 25 Th Anniversary. That’s my only constructive criticism. Loved it otherwise!

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

-Nice Ambiance
-Food was very salty and the seafood lobster fettuccine was way over cooked making the lobster rubbery and not edible.
- Veal was very salty; had to leave the food
- Had told them about birthday celebration and the message to write on the plate however nothing was written but only a small candle placed on the tiramisu.
- overall very disappointed in the food because I was expecting his to be at a level of Buca or Canoe.
- would not recommend not would I go back. Not worth the money at all.

Tags: Romantic, Live Music
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 (Montreal)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Nice friendly place with great service, great food and great wines. We were sitting at the best table in front of the restaurant with our son.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Absolutely delicious food!!! I have been to Blu 3 times in the last 2 months. The beet risotto is outstanding as was the lamb!!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 1, 2017

We decided to try the tasting menu with wine pairing and it was fantastic. First time dining there but will definitely go back!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Restaurant was punctual and friendly. Food arrived quite hurriedly literally as the cocktails did. Antipasti and salad wine and cocktails all at once. I spoke to the servers and advised we did not want to feel time pressured. Things ok after that. Quite busy, quite loud. Staff and food very good though

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 28, 2017

This is our second time there and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Great spot for eating.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Montreal)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Restaurant plaisant à tous les points de vue.jamais déçu à chaque occasion.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Food was fantastic. Nice range of modern Italian. Not over done. Excellent wine list. Friendly service. Very attentive. There’s about ten dishes I want to try next time.

Tags: Notable Wine List, People Watching, Good for a Date, Authentic, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on October 18, 2017

A wonderful date night with my wife. Our first time to this place, and one will surely visit again.

Tags: Authentic, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on October 16, 2017

The food and service was excellent! We arrived, by mistaka, a day earlier than our booking but were received with no fuzz and were seated in no time.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on October 12, 2017

Great location, very inviting decor, fabulous service. The food was excellent. We had the swordfish, tuna and pasta special. The only item I wouldn't recommend was the creme brûlée which was okay. We would definitely come back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

Great staff and wonderful food at a reasonable price

Tags: Disabled Access, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 4, 2017

I came here with a friend on a week day. We had the soup du jour, zucchini fritters, and the veal saltimbocca.

Right after we ordered, we received some bread (about 2 slices) with some olive oil, I believe. The bread was very soft, but not warm. It was more like room temperature, which was fine.

I enjoyed the leek soup, but the fritters were a bit bland for my taste. My friend enjoyed the veal, not so much the sauteed cabbage that came with the dish.

The service was very good. The waiting staff were all very attentive to both my friend and I.

Overall, it was a good 'special-occasion' restaurant to go to.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Excellent restaurant. The food and service were outstanding.

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·Dined on October 1, 2017

This was an amazing experience. Live music really made the night.

Tags: Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Live Music, Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Great setting here for dinner. (only small complaint is it's too dark & hard to read menu) Service is super attentive even when it started getting dinner hour busy...Food is amazing! Red beet risotto was perfect. I had the Saffron risotto with grilled calamari...Both dishes were plentiful & full of flavor.. Well & properly cooked risotto made this a great meal for us both (Sorry another small complaint that the saffron risotto itself was pretty salty & not because of the calamari) Extensive wine list of just about everything anyone could want for a perfect meal....Tiramisu with expresso for dessert was a perfect ending to this meal...Overall was excellent dinner here & well worth the price for everything...Yes, a little expensive but well worth it all...Saw other meals being presented to others & all dishes looked amazing & plentiful...Great job Blu Ristorante, was our first time & will not be our last now that we've tried!

Tags: Cozy, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Had a great evening overall. Excellent service, amazing live music, good food and ambience.

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·Dined on September 29, 2017

Great Restaurant - our third time and everything remained consistent. Great food, excellent service and nice ambience. Live entertainment was good as well - one acoustic guitarist but right entertainment for this venue.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Fantastic meal in a very nice ambience. It's easy to actually talk because the background music is very subtle. The menu has a wonderful variety - it was hard to make a choice. So we ordered a few things and shared them. Our waiter Brian was a real pro. We had so much fun and he kept things nice and relaxed. He really knows what he's doing. Thanks for a great birthday evening!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals
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·Dined on September 22, 2017

The staff, ambiance the food and music was amazing. Our special occasion was very well accommodated. The whole thing was perfect from the minute we got there to the end when I proposed. (And she said yes!) Thanks to Tanya and the whole Blu staff again. Hope to see you soon again. Cheers!!!
Nick

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Live Music, Cozy, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Romantic
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·Dined on September 21, 2017

When my veal dish arrived I was disappointed at the presentation ( a indistinct pile of food covered in brown sauce). The sauce, although very good, overpowered everything on the plate. None of the side dishes could be distinguished or give the palette relief from the sauce. Appetizers were exceptional and other diners with me enjoyed their meals.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 21, 2017

I always dine at Blu, service are food are excellent. My last dinner the desert was not as usual I complained to waitress she came back with apologies from chef but nothing was done about it. In a restaurant like blu I the minimum is to wave it from bill.

Tags: Romantic, Business Meals
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