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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 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
Saturday: Dinner 5:00pm - 10:30m
Sunday: Dinner 5:00pm - 10:00pm
6 minute walk from Bay/Bloor Subway Station.
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Pretty good but given the price it should be better than pretty good.
Food and service are always excellent, my wife and I dine here many times and we are never disappointed.
Blu had a noisy group and we asked to be seated away. A niche was found and we were able to enjoy a lengthy conversation. However, if we'd come at a time when there was only one table left, next to the disturbers of the peace (!) we would not have had the great time that we did. I suggest that a sound engineer be consulted to advise you on controlling the sounds coming from people that are having a great (loud) time.
I found the service was exemplary and were a pleasure to deal with; they were attentive, intelligent and enjoyed humour. Delightful!
Everything about Blu was great. We were nearly 20 minutes late on a very busy Saturday night - not an issue!
Service was super quick. Food tasted delicious. Portions were just the right size to enjoy all 3 courses if you are hungry - no left overs.
The setting is great. Anything but casual, yet not at all chic. Most guests made an effort to dress up which is always so welcome!
It did get noisy, but a nice noisy - we were still able to enjoy a conversation, yet didn’t feel awkward laughing out loud!
Prices were slightly above average for the location and the type of establishment.
We would happily go back again!
We are frequent visitors to Toronto and usually go to Blu. In the Bloor-Yonge-Yorkville area it is the best restaurant, much better than the noisy Four Season's restaurants which we also frequent.
Great food and great ambiance! We loved the guy playing the piano on Saturday night and the food was absolutely amazing!!
We went as a group of 4 for dinner. Food was really good, the veal and risotto we ordered were fantastic. Service was great. It was a bit noisy, but overall comfortable environment. We did not know there would be live music, so that was a nice surprise.
Love the food and The atmosphere. Will visit again
Lovely service, nice romantic atmosphere, good food with sizeable plates- would recommend and come back!
Best food in Toronto. Period. The beef carpaccio was to die for, and the boar gnocchi was like elevated comfort food. Even the bread was great! A great place for a date! I saw a few large party birthday parties during our meal. It looked like they were having fun, but it didn’t impede our experience... Great time! Can’t wait to come again.
What can be said about an Italian restaurant that offers a homemade pasta special and serves it piled with meatballs trying to hide the lack of pasta ....THEY EVIDENTLY RAN OUT of one of very few homemade pastas?
We beckoned to our waiter, who had already noticed the issue, and asked if we could please get a side order of our pasta since there was very little to be found in our serving.
When he brought a large bowl of supermarket pasta over he apologized and confirmed that yes, the chef had run out but there was some similar sauce on this substitute.
Shame on the chef for not getting his kitchen in order but double shame on the chef for even thinking it was perfectly acceptable to pass off this sham‼️
Once was enough for us.
Everything is excellent and that’s not my first time to the restaurant. I have been there quite a few times and the quality of food is always great. The service is excellent but the wait for the chocolate cake last week was a bit long considering I ordered it before the dinner.
We had a girls night to celebrate a birthday. Service was incredible and all the staff are super friendly. The restaurant doesn't play loud music so you can actually have a conversation which we loved. The decor is elegant. Great place to enjoy a vegan meal as well. Will definitely go again.
Dined for a special occasion. Food was incredible and the atmosphere was so special. Live music really brought in the ambiance and the service was outstanding. Highly recommend for something special!
A wonderful birthday experience. The ambiance and the food was superb.
Our waiter Billy and our waitress Holly were very professional and outstanding accommodating servers.
We were all very happy with the entire experience and highly recommend this restaurant for any occasion.
Definitely a five star experience.
Food and service was great
Great food, good service, although main course took a little too long. Good experience overall
Second time here for my birthday dinner and they did not disappoint. Always the friendliest staff, food is delicious, great portion size and drinks. Absolutely loved the piano player they had that night, he was very good.
Will be visiting in the future,
Good food, good taste, good service. The only drawback is that around 9pm it started to get ready noisy around the bar area and even at the entrance door. People sitting near the bar (not just for drinking, some people were still eating and chatting) could not even hear what others were talking and had to yell at each other, which was a bit annoying.
Everything was awesome just the "orangy-red" hue in the lighting started to hurt my eyes half-way through the dinner for some reason...
Food is amazing! Service was excellent! I would definitely come back again
Food was delicious. Server and food runners were pleasant. Will definitely return!
Visiting Toronto and discovered this gem. Both of our meals and service were outstanding.
I have been going to Blu for years (back when they opened for lunch). The food is always fantastic, the staff are friendly. Blu is great for family events or corporate events. I would definitely recommend Blu
From food to service to ambience, outstanding as always! We sat in the window to people watch during TIFF.
Great vibe! Food was delicious. Great wine selection and the staff were AMAZING.
Beautiful place, incredible food, amazing service. Definitely nothing to complain about.
Our first time in Toronto and celebrating my husband's birthday. Reservation online was user friendly and quick. Service is outstanding and food is reasonably priced. We ordered the calamari as appetizer, let me tell you, I have to rethink the way I prepare and serve squid from now on. Every plate served on our table is delicious. The experience is definitely memorable.
Excellent food, great service, very fresh ingredients.
Absolutely terrible food, I’ve never had pasta that bad in my life, the seafood was totally over cooked, tasteless sauce.
Cozy, quiet restaurant. Not many people there but was before long weekend. Appetizers were great (beet salad, octopus). Service was very good. Clams linguine had great flavour but there was grit in the clams, which is a major faux pas. I told waiter and he said he would mention to chef, but nothing transpired. Perhaps I should have requested refund, but I didn’t. Probably wouldn’t eat here again because there are better Italian options in Toronto.
Good menu selection
As always wonderful experience at Blu. Our Favorite restaurant in Toronto. Top notch service and delicious food. Lovely ambiance with good live music. All staff are well trained and super nice. Perfect date as always 😊❤️
Great food and great atmosphere. Our waiter was very knowledgeable and even gave me a tiramisu for my birthday. Very thoughtful.
Great atmosphere. Delicious food. A bit pricey, but worth it.
Food was amazing, great portions and selections, staff amazing, atmosphere perfect.
Great food service and atmosphere. We will be back once a year simply because of the high price range - we consider it a 'special occassion'.
Food is excellent. Service is good. It will be great if Blu offer more selections of coffee.
This is becoming one of my favourite restaurants in the whole province of Ontario. If you go on a Friday or Saturday you will be treated to an incredible music performance during your meal. The music is the perfect volume that you can hear and enjoy it and still carry a conversation.
On to the service. There are a few waiters that have been at Blu for a number of years. One of them is Don, who in my opinion is one of the best waiters in the whole city. He is so friendly and helpful that you feel like you are dining at a friends home. His timing is also perfect, he doesn’t hover over you but when your wine glass is getting a little low....BAM.... he is right there to top it up. I truly appreciate the level of service that this gentleman provides.
The food was wonderful. We start with a small platter of cheese and salami to start off our wine . Then we both had a beef tenderloin that was so delicious words cannot describe. Please try there zucchini fritters they are little bites of heaven. Desert was the chocolate cake that helped us finish off the bottle of wine.
Also , the owner came by the table and introduced himself and he said if there were any issues to let him know. This is always a nice gesture and it does show that he is actively managing the restaurant unlike a lot of investor type owners that just hire a decent manager and hope they do a good job. Thank you Alfredo for keeping Blu running like a fine swiss watch.