AGO Bistro

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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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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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RobinC
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there the last day before COVID shut everything down. We had a lovely time and our server, Kelly, was first class. Food wonderful, as always, lovely decor. My favourite Toronto spot.

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LynneY
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, great atmosphere and art. What more could you ask for?

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful brunch.

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JaneM
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The fried chicken dish was tasty by the chicken was overcooked and over fried.

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JacquieJ
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for my partner's birthday and we were treated SO WELL, nice table, food was excellent, very tasty and perfectly prepared. Would recommend this for a special lunch out anytime.

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StellaS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Delicious food and very professional service. The room has interesting and fun coloured tables

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Woody
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Birthday lunch!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food excellent and service over all was very good but it seemed that all the suggestions and recommendations from our server were for the most expensive items on the menu, whether it was food, or drinks.

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Foursome
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very nice dinner for 4 on a weekday night. Food and service were spot on with good vegetarian and meet choices.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasant experience. The food is delicious. The restaurant is clean, comfortable, and quiet. The service is excellent. The atmosphere is lovely.

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CathyandColleen
Toronto
14 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, the service was impeccable- friendly, capable plus a great wine suggestion. Food was terrific for 1 vegan and 2 normals.

We keep coming back because this is a great restaurant!

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vipEatTO2014
London
16 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very nice menu, food and excellent service. Great ambience.

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ElaineP
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Very welcoming maitre d'. Fast service. Good food but more choice would be nice. Excellent cappuccino. For an art gallery bistro it could be more nicely decorated.

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vipDavid
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food is much better than I’d expected and the service was fantastic. The vibe is a little sterile which is strange considering it’s housed in a great art gallery. Where is the art? Where is the colour?

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BobT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience3

My waiter brought me a coffee cup with lukewarm coffee and a pre-used spoon still dripping in honey. I pointed out that I thought the cup may have been used and brought to me in error. The waiter vehemently denied that this could be the case. He offered to bring me a new cup to which I replied that I didn't want any more coffee. He ignored my response and brought me a new cup of coffee instead. While I was paying the bill he once again went on how there was no possible way I could have received a dirty cup. After all this fuss, to my surprise I was still charged the $4.85 for coffee. Don't mind paying for the coffee under normal circumstances but considering the fact the cup was dirty to the point I asked it to be taken away, I was dismayed to see I was still charged for it.

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MykeM
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding experience right from being greeted at the front door upon our arrival, thru to the last bite of our dessert.
Looking forward to our next dining experience at Bistro!

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LauraS
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food4service3ambience1

AN ODD DINING EXPERIENCE: there were only one or two reservations available on OpenTable, which suggested that the restaurant was very busy. Instead, upon arriving at 7pm, we found a room that was 20% full. The food was very good, but the ambience was indifferent, at best. Staff overtly cleaning up around us (bar staff cleaning and closing and maitre'd left his post to do paperwork in the back). Finally, please do something about the music selection, which was some of the worst I have ever heard. Muzak (pseudo-jazz) slow, painful cover versions of pop songs. Not sure how to explain it -- some weird attempt to be ironic?

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great food at a reasonable price. Service is very good and the atmosphere is relaxed. Always a good experience.

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AndrewG
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I really enjoy the AGO bistro and would not hesitate to go back. The only constructive criticism that I would offer is that the prix fixe choices were a little limited. However, the food is really good and it is a nice atmosphere, with very pleasant service.

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York
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A nice place to eat and drink after a day of seeing great arts.

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ZoiM
Montreal
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent in every way. The mango sorbet was a burst of refreshing flavour. The pasta was outstanding! Prompt attentive service.

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MaryM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Greeting was excellent.Table was accessible as requested.Menu choices very limited.Disappointing. Price for bread excessive though it was good.Quality of food was good.Portions skimpy.
Servers pleasant but service was a bit slow.

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vipKiki
Cambridge
9 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

As museum restaurants go this one is of a high quality. There is an interesting drinks menu and a lot of the food sounded delicious in a modern space. However, I found the food we ordered to be mediocre and I expected more for the price range. I also have a pepper allergy so there were many things I couldn’t eat and the options I were given were simply dishes with items taken out instead of substitutes, which I have become accustomed to for this type of restaurant (ex. roasted vegetable salad came without roasted vegetables and nothing to replace it). That being said the service was great and my fellow guests enjoyed their meals so if you don’t have an allergies it seems like a great post museum option.

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vipInaV
Toronto
27 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Good experience

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SheilaA
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Have been several times and menu remains consistently interesting and delicious. Staff efficient and courteous.
Strongly recommend.

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EowyntheBrave
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Always great service and love the atmosphere. Food was adequate but nothing remarkable. Perhaps I should not have ordered special. Most of the time we are happy with food.

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vipSusanR
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Meal was different and delicious . Great presentation
Noise level is high

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AudreyC
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was creative AND delicious. Although the restaurant was very busy, service was very good.

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SandraS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food and service, a bit pricey but not over the top and it's convenient to the gallery of course!

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Patricia
Toronto
30 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall3food1service3ambience3

VERY unappealing menu choices! Would not go back.

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Billster
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

It's a nice place to relax and eat after doing the gallery rounds at the AGO.

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vipBRAC
Toronto
41 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favourite restraints in the GTA, they never disappoint.

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ArleneS
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New year day brunch

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Astha
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The scones were delicious and warm, just as expected. The seafood platter was the right portion, I would decrease the amount of parsley added though. Mussels were right on point! The main course was also well portioned but the additional side dishes that are included were probably not needed and by the time we were done, there was no place for dessert. The berry pavlova was too sweet and the meringue quite eggy. One thing I noticed was that other tables had their dishes being described each time they were served, but the same waiter did not bother with us.

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JuliaR
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Great food. Lovely service. We couldn’t have asked for a better spot to celebrate the new year

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Meal was delicious, our server was spectacular.

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sf109
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We met friends for a new year’s get together. Service was very attentive especially to one of our group with a food allergy.

The space is very pleasant and the food beautifully presented. The menu varies with the exhibit subjects at the Art Gallery of Ontario. We are frequent visitors.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was very good. I always look forward to eating here.

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JulieO
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a lovely brunch and our waiter Marc was AMAZING!

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DonnaG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A great - and convenient - way to end time at the AGO. We weren't rushed, and the server was very attentive and accommodating.

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