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Church Aperitivo Bar

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201 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Italian
Perfect For:
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
Church Aperitivo Bar celebrates the occasion to gather with friends and family over delicious traditional italian foods paired with the perfect Aperitivo cocktail in a great atmosphere. Complimentary appetizers from Tues-Sat from 5-7pm with the purchase of a cocktail. DJ on Friday and Saturday night. Come for dinner and stay all night.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00 pm - 2:00 am
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Phone number
(416) 537-1090
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Payment options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party contact
Sandra Cassaro: (416) 537-1090
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Catering
Available for small or large gatherings, Church Aperitivo Bar is the perfect backdrop for your next function, With 2,500 square feet of event space, Church is equipped with audio visual capabilities, great sound system, coat check. We offer full catering capabilities as well and specialty cocktails with an extensive wine list.

Book your next function at Church Aperitivo Bar.

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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Queen St W & Dovercourt
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Entertainment
Join us Fridays and Saturday nights for live music by our DJs
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Special events & promotions

Complimentary Appetizers Tues - Fri from 5-6:30pm with the purchase of a cocktail. $5 Peroni and $5 Aperitifs.

Summerlicious Menu only from July 3rd - July 26th.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine
What 201 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Great service and food.

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Great private area for a double date. All other tables were for group bookings which looked great too. Lively spot later in the evenings. Drinks were ok; low on the alcohol in the cocktails. My salmon dish did not taste well; not proportional with the sides and sauces. Pasta meals tasted delicious. Beef stew didn’t look the most appealing but tasted good. Service was pretty standard; nothing out of the ordinary. I would return if I was in the area for a quick bite and drink by the bar.

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2.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Food is not very good at all, very bland. Not worth the price. The service was great.

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

This restaurant was recommended by my coworker. It was overall a fantastic experience, from the minute we walked in, to the outstanding service and delicious food. We will absolutely recommend this restaurant to our friends and will be back again for sure!

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

winterlicious menu offered great value, delicious options

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4.0Dined on January 6, 2018

Good, consistent quality food. Service is very good. the prices are reasonable for the most part.

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1.0Dined on December 16, 2017

They did not have our open table reservation on their end due to a "computer crash". Luckily I had proof of my reservation on the app. We were moved tables 3 times for larger parties. But the tables we moved from were never filled. Very disappointing.

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2.0Dined on October 14, 2017

The atmosphere was nice, but the server was slow and inattentive and the food was mediocre.

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5.0Dined on September 29, 2017

Food and service was excellent

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3.0Dined on September 15, 2017

Food was OK, nothing special. Came for dinner at 9pm on a Friday and the restaurant was pretty dead, but the music was quite loud. Asked the server to spread out the meal and bring each dish separately as we were sharing and wanted to take our time eating. Both appetizers were brought out at the same time and the main was brought out before we were even halfway through the first dishes. Felt like we were really rushed and were done the meal (including dessert) within 40 mins. Asked for the bill and went elsewhere for drinks. Won't be going back.

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4.0Dined on September 8, 2017

Loved the food especially the rice balls and my chicken supreme. The service was just ok, expected a little more.

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5.0Dined on August 18, 2017

Really good food! Lots of thought behind it.

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4.0Dined on July 27, 2017

Really enjoyed our meal and service, however two items were sold out.

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4.0Dined on July 7, 2017

Generally speaking the food quality service were fine. My issue was that I had booked after looking at their on line menu which looked interesting and wonderful, however, I learned upon arriving that only the Summerlicious menu was available which was nothing like the regular menu and quite restrictive. I had wished that they had both the Summerlicious menu and regular menu concurrently, but don't know if that is allowed by Summerlicious rules and regulations. From that standpoint, I was disappointed, but generally pleased. I will try it again when the Summerlicious menu is over on the 27th day of July.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2017

As always, great food and incredible service

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4.0Dined on June 16, 2017

Service was great, food was pretty filling, needed a bit more flavour but overall great dinner out

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2017

Amazing food and great service.

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4.0Dined on June 2, 2017

We were the first ones here at 8pm (awkward) and our server wouldn't let us pick our own table and was pretty rude about it. The food was good (try the sangria cocktail) but overpriced. I had heard good things about the ambiance but was underwhelmed!

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1.0Dined on April 22, 2017

Our waiter told us immediately as we sat down that we need to be out of there by 9 for the next seating. When booking my party of 8 for a birthday, there was no mention of 2 seating times. If I had known I would have chosen to reserve the later time, as we had hoped to stay for the remainder of the evening. Just before 9 a couple girls at our table ordered drinks, only to have our waiter come over and quickly have us settle the bill. Maybe he shouldn't have taken our order if he knew we had zero time left to sit and enjoy our drink. The food was great, but unfortunately we felt the service was more on the rude side.

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2.0Dined on April 8, 2017

We booked a reso a few days in advance and when we showed up we were interrupted 6 times to be told there is a strict 2 hour time slot and we had 1hr45 mins. we were continuously interrupted mid conversation to be reminded we need to leave soon. This completely took away from our night out. At one point staff stood behind us pointing saying 'they need to leave'. This was 1hr15 mins into or dinner. I reached out to the restaurant to be put in touch with someone to discuss my experience and did not receive any contact back. This completely ruined our experience.

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2017

Although the food was good, I'm not use to being told my departure time when walking in to a restaurant. I was given a 1.5 hour window to eat. We were a party of 6...timing doesn't add up.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2017

Great venue, great ambiance, atmosphere, food, hospitality, great job guys, oysters were great

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2017

Very nice spot, food and service good. Great cocktails

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2017

The best homemade Italian food in the city. Service is incredible and great place to celebrate events or have a nice intimate dinner.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2017

Very nice dining experience -- great service and excellent food quality. Spaghetti with lobster was amazing as was the Spigola fish filets. Desserts were perfect ending to a lovely meal.

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5.0Dined on December 29, 2016

Beautiful venue with good reasonably priced food.

Service is attentive and pleasent. I'd recommend for date night.

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5.0Dined on December 22, 2016

I always have a great experience when I go to Church! The food is delicious...especially the arancini, the meatballs, and the octopus! And the buck a shuck oysters and half price wine bottles on Thursday nights are a bonus! Our server Julia on my last visit was amazing! Definitely a good vibe at this place!

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2.0Dined on November 19, 2016

This is my second visit to this restaurant. I booked for7:30 and was told that it was a 2 hour sitting. The waiter came by every 15 minutes to ask if we were ready to order appetizers, main meal and desert. In addition to the waiter, another waitress also came by to ask the same question. Even though the food was good, we felt very rushed!!! Almost like we were being pushed out because they needed the table. After all that, we were out of there by 9:10pm-earlier than the 2 hour window and noticed that 3 other tables were empty.

Not sure if I would be going back anytime soon. The unfortunate part is that I raved about how good it was to my friends but they were not so impressed.

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1.0Dined on November 5, 2016

Be careful with open table reservations. They claimed I was not not booked despite showing them my reservation, not sure whose fault it was, but in the end I was loser, thanks.

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4.0Dined on October 22, 2016

I booked with Church for my birthday dinner and was really satisfied.
The atmosphere was very energetic and lively and the food was great.
Service was a bit slow as it did get busier through out the night, but friendly none the less.
Also, the level of noise was a bit high early in the evening.
I would suggest that while the kitchen is still open and dinner is being served, the music level be lowered slightly as it makes it difficult to communicate with guests across the table.
Otherwise our experience was very pleasant and I would definitely suggest this location to others and will be returning myself as well.

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4.0Dined on September 9, 2016

Octopus meal was scrumptious! Thank you

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2016

Great place! Amazing food! Overall a fun night out with great music!

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2016

Enjoyed food immensely. Waiter even let us try a couple of things, like samplers. Pleasing to a 26, 30, and 62 year olds. I not only would go back but I am very interested in going back very soon!

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2.0Dined on July 23, 2016

Cute restaurant but many fruit flies and very dusty everywhere I would not recommend unless they fix the cleaning problem

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4.0Dined on July 20, 2016

Tried Church Aperitivo for summerlious - great find and will definitely be back. Food was flavourful, great choice, great service and a very interesting venue. A wonderful addition to the neighborhood.

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1.0Dined on July 15, 2016

Arrived for our 7:30 reso AT 7:30 to be told that we were 30mins late and that our table had been given away. After much fuss from the hostess she sat us only because I showed her my reso confirmation email (rude)
Waited an hour for our mains after eating our apps... Pointless excuses were given. We saw tables that had arrived after us that all had received their meals.
I ordered the sea bass which was as thin as a slice of pizza and only one very small piece. When the waitress asked how it was I commented on how little the portion was... Her response "You ordered the Cannoli for dessert so that will fill you up" um really?? Ok thanks.
We were then approached by an older man who works there and I was then told not once but twice that I eat too much due to my comment on the fish (RUDE)
I asked for the manager and he apologized profusely and comped our bill 50%.
Regardless of the apologies I will never recommend this place or be returning. Toronto is too big of a city with other excellent restaurants for me to be bothered giving this place a second chance. For future diners... You have been warned.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2016

Pleasant service. Delicious food. Fantastic drinks.

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2.0Dined on July 9, 2016

Dined with a group of 6. The first thing that the waitress told us when half the group had arrived was that the restaurant had a reservation after us so we had a two hour seating. The waitress went on to repeat this again when the rest of our party arrived. It was very poor taste to do this given we were dining at 8 pm and we were celebrating a friend's birthday. We felt rushed and didn't need the information repeated to us over and over. Overall the food was good but the push to get us out of there from the moment we sat down left a poor impression on our entire group and tainted the meal and evening.

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3.0Dined on July 8, 2016

Did the summer-licious menu here, overall food was good. The only thing I would liked to have seen an improvement on is the wine by the glass list, not very extensive. I ended up purchasing a bottle which was more than the meal, and not that good. That said overall really enjoyed the meal and the overall look and feel is really cool.

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4.0Dined on June 25, 2016

I found Church via OpenTable earlier on Saturday evening. It can't believe this place isn't fully booked every night. The food was excellent... as it usually is at any place that serves a proper apperitivo! We started with a fresh kale and fruit salad and a burrata. The burrata was out of this world and paired with juicy, colorful heirloom tomatoes. We then split an entree - the parpadelle with wild boar ragu. The chef brought it to our table personally, which was a lovely touch. Our desserts (nutella profiteroles and caramel pana cotta) were both delicious. We walked all the way to the Molson Ampitheatre for the concert after dinner - we were stuffed, but it was so worth it!

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