AGO Bistro

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Comfort Food
One of the Frank Gehry-designed spaces, AGO Bistro is conveniently located on the first floor with access from Dundas Street. The restaurant is casual chic: modern Danish furnishings are paired with acrylic tabletops in a multitude of vibrant colours. Etched glass and vertical-grain Douglas fir also accent the space. With a dedication to using the best local produce, menus reflect seasonal changes and availability. Ingredients are sourced from the finest suppliers and farms, and are cooked simply to showcase the natural flavours of the food.
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Toronto
30 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

This time, the food taste was just okay, not special, as usual. I would say the service from Nicholas and our servers were excellent. I am willing to come again on a weekend, that isn't a long ome, so we have the regular chef.

g
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always have lunch at the Bistro when we see a new show. The food is always interesting and beautifully prepared and presented. The service is always impeccable.

CW
Las Vegas
25 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed the Flemish Fish Stew. Great Service as always.

n
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and a delicious fish soup for lunch. Very good.

RS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and ambience was perfect 😍😍
Servers were amazing 😍!!

A
Edmonton
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. The happy hour is nice for a quick snack.

EL
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We loved the new menu. The Eggs Bennie with Truffles were the best we have ever had.

K
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

While the prix fixe is a great value, there is a very limited menu; not even a basic mixed greens salad. My bad, I should have checked first. Root veg salad was interesting, but the dressing was overpowering and heavy, and the "root veg" content was mere slivers of a roasted or pickled beet. I'd come again and make different choices, unfortunately my guests, a teen and a senior, who are not a picky eaters, found it very limited and I'd have to agree. A simple mixed greens salad, an interesting veggie wrap or a chicken wrap would have saved the day without adding a ton of ingredients to your mis en place. Service was great.

EL
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The menu on the webpage was different than the actual menu when we arrived, which greatly
disappointed my guests.

MM
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great brunch! Thank you!

OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fast service, great food and very attentive. Highly recommended.

FL
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a wonderful server who I wish I got her name or was around when we left. Excellent customer service; we felt catered to which inspires more visits to come.

RC
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Worth a visit when you're at the AGO. Just wish they served draft beer.

DM
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

My 'go to' restaurant.
Super, delectable offerings.
The servers serve knowledgeably, they do not talk down at you, the interaction is mature and most significantly they don't have an (obnoxious) attitude.
And I can hear what my guest has to say, when I'm dining alone I can hear myself think.
The AGO Bistro is a rare gift to the city of Toronto.

A
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Through the OpenTable application I requested a well located table, and this was fulfilled by the host, I liked the attention. We went for the grilled aubergine and hen, outstanding dishes that I would recommend. Overall is a great place that I am looking forward to go back to; the noise could be reduced, but it really didn't bother us.

M
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

The food was very good but our server did ot take the time to engage with me or my son. He was efficient but not personable.

LS
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

the food felt like it was trying to hard and only managed to reach mediocre

p
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My guests were very pleased with their lunches. One raved and thought it was the best "liver and onions" she has even had, and it is her comfort dish. thanks!

B
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was one of the best dinner experiences we’ve had . The food was simply yummy.

WF
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service!

LC
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I took my daughter and granddaughter out for lunch at the Bistro last Thursday. I really enjoyed the buffalo meatloaf and potato leek soup and they ordered the soup and a salad. We all had different desserts that were delicious. The food was excellent as was the service. Lynn Clark, Grimsby, Ontario.

LS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 4

I really like the cafe but this time we didn't enjoy the choice we made - which was the grilled eggplant.
It was really not a tasty dish and neither my guest nor I enjoyed it. The eggplant was oily, the leek fritters overdone and dry and the pickled cranberries, while pleasant, didn't provide a sufficiently moist contrast either to the palate or the eye.

Interestingly the waitress, who was otherwise excellent, didn't ask us how we were enjoying our meal.

I feel sure that the Bistro could prepared a much more tasty vegetarian option than this is.

It's a lovely place and the service is attentive. Next time I will be sure to choose more carefully.

DA
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Corn soup and Ahi tuna salad were excellent. Fish and chips, mediocre. Expensive/

OT
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Another great meal, very nice ambiance and service.

MC
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Deliciously inventive dishes, excellent service and a great location. What’s not to like?

K
Toronto
16 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

Cost for food was fair in regards to the mains but not for the tapas style appetizers (these are the ones on a separate short menu). Would rather come to sit at the bar for a couple drinks after walking around the gallery but not for a meal. Atmosphere was pretty quiet on a Thursday late afternoon and seating is dim with a more intimate vibe.

LT
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I enjoyed lunch at the AGO’s Frank restaurant (I prefer the original name). The chicken liver pâté was especially good. I wish the menu selection had been wider. Service was excellent.

M
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot for brunch in Toronto. Service was top notch and food was excellent.

SA
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Impeccable service. Delicious cocktails. Creative and tasty dishes. Will definitely return.

c
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

One entre had to be returned because cold.
2 people ordered al a carte menu and not summerlicious or prix frei for dessert choice when then went to order dessert were advised by server that it was no longer available server knew at start of order they wanted the bread pudding but server made no arrangements to secure their choice they specifically ordered al a cart for this choice.
2 people ordered summerlicious had different salads one of the summerlicious diners and one of the al a cart diners had same salads but when served were served wrong salads the summerlicios diner got the portion size of the al a cart the server had to recover the plates and serve
I am member at gallery and never had a good experience dining here Toronto has great chefs you can and should do better.
I do not think I will dine here again unless hard pressed by a guest of mine.

CG
Toronto
24 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Good service, good wine ( A Tasmanian Pinot Noir). The navy bean soup was delicious as was the Cornish hen. The cheesecake trifle for dessert was to die for.

T
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AGO Bistro is a wonderful restaurant to enjoy a Summerlicious lunch with friends.

D
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything was great. Fries were a little overdone (burnt). Other than that everything was excellent.

k
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Host was a bit pretentious
Menu very limited

CJ
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

If you are looking for a nice meal close to the Art Gallery, you can't find a better place.

SJ
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very friendly and quick service without making us feel rushed. The food was delicious and the flavours well balanced. We will eating there again.

SL
Toronto
28 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Very nice spot if you are planning a visit to the Art Gallery of Ontario.
The service was nice and the food was reasonably good. I would return.

DB
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great treat on our birthdays. We will return soon.
Thank you.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good experience at this Bistro. The waiter was extremely nice and the food was amazing!

A
London
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Nice decor, comfortable seating; food expensive for what it is. The menu described lovely food but the cooking did not live up to it. The waiter was somewhat bossy with us. It wasn’t busy so it wasn’t as if he was ‘rushed off his feet’, with customers. He forgot to bring us part of our order, but we could never get his attention to let him know. Don’t think we will go again.

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