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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.

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

Blu Ristorante Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (35)
Special Occasion (34)
Romantic (30)
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Good for Anniversaries (24)
Quiet Conversation (24)
Cozy (24)
Good for Birthdays (20)
Live Music (19)
Business Meals (18)
Neighborhood Gem (16)
Fit for Foodies (15)
Notable Wine List (14)
Creative Cuisine (13)
Good for Groups (9)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Worth the Drive (8)
Authentic (7)
Fun (7)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Comfort Food (5)
Healthy (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Casual (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
People Watching (3)
Seasonal (3)
Happy Hour (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Vegan (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Great Beer (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Organic (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Tapas (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined 17 hours ago

Great food, great service.
Thank you...

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 (Toronto)·Dined 4 days ago

Exceptional service and food!
Soft live music provided a beautiful ambiance

Tags: Live Music, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Great service, well executed dishes, beautiful cozy restaurant. Highly recommend this restaurant

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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Everything was great. The only complaint I have is the food was over salted.

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Live Music, Comfort Food, Late-night Find, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy
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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 10, 2018

We love this restaurant, it was our first time here and we were looking for a place to celebrate. The staff were kind And attentive, however the best was the food.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Live Music, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Had completed a search of highly rated restaurants prior to booking this. Therefore our expectations were high.

We arrived nearly 30 mins early for our reservation and were promptly seated.

Through the foccacia to the Italian doughnuts , we never sought after service. They were all very attentive and prompt.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 5, 2018

After hearing some good things about this restaurant I decided to try it during Winterlicious. The service and ambiance were good, however the food was poor. I ordered the beef carpaccio as my appetizer, it wasn't as flavourful as I expected it to be but it was still good. For dessert I ordered the blueberry panna cotta, it tasted just like any other panna cottas I've had in the past. For main I ordered the lamb shank, and it was one of the worst lamb shanks I've ever had. The meat was dry, bland, chewy and somewhat tasteless. The chef definitely slept through the cooking. It was not the kind of meat I was expecting at such a highly priced restaurant. Funny how the restaurant regards itself as one of the best Italian restaurants in Toronto. I will not recommend this restaurant to others nor will I return again.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 4, 2018

We enjoyed the Winterlicious menu this past weekend. The ambience in the restaurant is lovely. Very warm and welcoming atmosphere. Comfortable seating and cozy. The menu was excellent. Especially appreciated the gluten free and vegan options on the menu. Everything was delicious. Our server was great...very attentive, informative, friendly and professional.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Vegan, Cozy, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Excellent food, first class service, live music, what’s not to love about Blu?

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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Overall good experience; charcuterie platter was very good (all items suggested by our server). Wine selection very good, pricing as expected. I was disappointed with the flavours in my main dish (gnocchi), however; under seasoned and somewhat cold when it arrived. My sister's risotto dish was quite good, however.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 3, 2018

My friends and I got together to take advantage of Toronto's Winterlicious and try out a new restaurant. The restaurant is cozy - not too loud but loud enough to comfortably host small groups. The Zuppa Del Giorno was a butternut squash and carrot puree, which was really tasty. My vegan main, a panelle, was good but didn't wow me by any means. I got raspberry sorbet for dessert and it was surprisingly creamy. As a vegan, it would have been more worthwhile to order off the regular menu. I appreciate their attempt to be inclusive by offering vegan options but was disappointed that a restaurant of this caliber would offer an overpriced set menu. Service was excellent.

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion
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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 3, 2018

We went down for winterlicious very nice ambiance, food was excellent, just not enough, when a meal says it comes with brussel sprouts, you do expect more than four slices which didnt amount to one whole sprout. $17.50 for a 5oz glass of house red wine is rather steep as well as the automatic gratuity of 18%. I am a generous tipper but dislike being told how much to give

Tags: Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre, People Watching
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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Our waitress was phenomenal - attentive and personable.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 1, 2018

I've been to Blu before and it was quite good, but this time the food was not up to par at all. The swordfish was overcooked and lacking in flavour, the pasta swimming in oil. The tuna tartare was the one exception - delicious. Blueberry biscotti for dessert was stale and dry! This is an expensive restaurant that should really do much better. Are they under different management perhaps? Disappointing.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Our server was amazing and couldn't do enough for us. Unfortunately the noise levels were very loud due to 2 large parties in the back but that's out of their control. Overall great experience

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Based on reviews being “Best Italian” in Toronto, I didn’t see nearly enough on the menu to see that claim. Service was very good, food was good. Tables seemed to close together. Can’t say it was a great value.

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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Very nice. Best winterlicous dinner I had this year. Very large portion of food, friendly service and it’s delicious! Definitely will come back and recommend to friends. ❤️❤️❤️

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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Great live entertainment, seafood was great, salmon was cooked well taste was just ok.

Would go again but wouldn’t make a special trip

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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Disappointed. If the food (for the price) is not good value then why bother going there? Cesare salad was blaugh and saffron risotto was Ok. For the money, go somewhere else. On a positive note service was good and so was the ambiance

Tags: Casual
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Quiet street near subway. Warm welcome at door. Offer to hang coats near entrance. Encouraged to order at own pace, without hovering.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 17, 2018

Took staff out as a dinner gift for great performance. Great food, service and ambience.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Always a wonderful restaurant but extra-special on New Year's Eve! Food and service was fantastic. There was us and another couple and we all raved about our food. Couldn't have been a better way to end one year and begin the next!

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Service was slower than usual

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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Great food, lovely atmosphere, highly recommended!

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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Quality of food was inconsistent. Pasta in particular was very ordinary and over priced.

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 (México)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Muy buen servicio, excelente la comida.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 21, 2017

We had an enjoyable experience- great service, good food and great wine list. Prices are quite high, but average for the area. A great spot for a romantic dinner!

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Food and service were excellent; excellent lamb chop special; seafood pasta was tremendous ; great evening with attentive and responsive service staff; all round an excellent experience

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 (Miami)·Dined on December 10, 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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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Great atmosphere, great food.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 9, 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 8, 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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 (Toronto)·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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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 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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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 28, 2017

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

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vip
 (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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 (Atlantic Canada)·Dined on November 25, 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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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 25, 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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 (Toronto)·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.

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