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About AGO Bistro
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.
Toronto, ON M5T
Comfort Food, Contemporary American, Global, International
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday, 12:00pm - 2:30pm
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday, 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Brunch: Saturday 11:00am - 2:30pm, Sunday 11:00am - 3:00pm
Cinq a Sept: Tuesday - Saturday, 4:00pm - 7:00pm
CAN$31 to CAN$50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
St. Patrick Subway Station on the University line. 2 blocks east of University on south side of Dundas Street (at the intersection of McCaul St. and Dundas).
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
For any celebration, including weddings, anniversaries, and birthdays, we invite you to create unforgettable moments at AGO Bistro @ The Art Gallery of Ontario.
AGO Bistro Ratings and Reviews
The food has high ambitions but falls flat. The bread plate at $7 seems, frankly, outrageous. The bread is good but the price is not. It came with a "herbacious spread" which was actually a bean paste, not herbacious at all. The French-Canadian Tourtière was a white-washed version, a bland excuse for what should be a dish with gusto. The pastry was a standard commercial pastry, or a facsimile thereof. Perhaps the filling was the same. The chili chocolate cake was a good idea, but very dry. The service was energetic and attentive but strangely theatrical, like an actor playing the part of a slightly irritating waiter. He was a master of the "we" word, as in "Have we had a chance to look at the menu yet?" The space is nice enough, clean and airy, and the tables have enough space between them for a private conversation. If the food had been delicious, the prices would have been just right. But in this case it felt over-priced. I expected better. Maybe it would be better to order classics here, like hamburgers and fries... not sure, but that's my guess.
The wait staff we had was terrific and able to answer questions about wine and explain details about some of our food choices. Service was quick without being pushy.
The tourtiere could have done with a few more spices, however the pastry was quite good and fork tender.
This is the first time we've been since it changed to the bistro and would go back again.
I was disappointed with the prix fixe menu. The duck breast was tough and the serving of vegetables was very small. The dessert though was very good. It did not correspond to the add shown on the gallery site. We sat in a quiet place which was good. We had a glass of Cava before our meal. I would have thought that they would have served a little nibbler to go with it or suggest something .... I had mentioned it was my husband's birthday but no attention was made to it. I don't think I will go back.
Went here for an anniversary dinner. Very interesting menu inspired by the Guillermo Del Toro exhibit. Chose it for the vegetarian options. Food was quite good. Service was nice. I liked the place because it was quiet (Wednesday evening) yet the restaurant had enough diners so it did not feel empty. Overall, the food is a bit pricey, but for an occasional meal, it was a lovely change. I'd go back if they had more vegetarian options on their regular menu.
The food was excellent and the service top-notch. I had the grilled chicken salad with a Thai dressing. The toasted pecans added a nice crunch. It was delicious!
My friend had the PEI mussels which were cooked in pale beer and had a few grape tomatoes . Unusual but tasty. Looking forward to our next visit to the Gallery and lunch at the Bistro.
I used to love Frank but my meal was average. Steamed mussels were tasty but the fries arrived cold. The portions for the price were also small for both my meal and my friend's, who ordered pasta. In addition to a juice, coffee, sorbet and a donut, the bill came with tip to just under $80 which was an absolute rip off.
Have been coming here since 2008 when it opened.
First time the food was below the standard you set with Frank. Menu was unimaginative.
How about a great salad with high quality fresh organic ingredients?
I had 3 charred spears of romaine for $14. Low value and taste appeal.
we arrived at the hostess desk at 130 pm. The restaurant was 1/2 empty
We were told by the woman working there that the restaurant was fully booked and no openings. We said we would only be 30 minutes and she said no. It was hard to believe that every single seat would be used in the next 30 minutes.
We then proceeded to book a seat on open table and walked back to the desk and told her we had just reserved on open table and she seated 2 of us at a table for 4....
It was so ridiculous. She should be fired. She has zero customer service ability!!!!! My friend and I were so angry at the treatment. Not a good way to treat customers if you are trying to run this as a business!
Absolutely LOVE the AGO Bistro (formerly Frank). The staff are knowledge and the service is excellent. The themed menus that tie into the exhibits at the gallery are a delight. The food is delicious and they offer wonderful wines by the glass. A must even if you are not going to the AGO!
I was with business colleagues and we had just 45 mins. I had made a reservation and we were seated right away. Our server, Laine was amazing. She was thoughtful, insightful and got us out on time. The food was delish- burgers all around.
Would be back in a second.
First visit since Frank's became AGO Bistro and we were disappointed. Prices were high and choices limited. The squash soup was excellent (but not quite hot enough) and the pots of tea were brought out lukewarm and had to be returned.
Burgers were good as was the chicken salad but $78 for this kind of meal (no alcohol and no dessert) was too steep. We noted but did not order that it was $7 for bread.
It would have been nice to be able to choose from a few smaller plates for a light lunch.
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