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AGO Bistro

4.4
3188 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Comfort Food
Perfect For:
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Great for Lunch
  • Quiet Conversation
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Comfort Food, Contemporary American, Global, International
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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, 3:00pm - 7:00pm
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Phone number
(416) 979-6688
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Renee Bellefeuille
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Cross street
McCaul Street
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Public transit
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).
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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.

Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Enjoy a delicious brunch at AGO Bistro with Mom and the family.
Featuring pastries and fruit, special seafood selections and delicious desert, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Space is limited, reserve today! $67/adult, $27/kids under 10 + taxes and gratuities

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 3188 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.6
service
4.2
ambience
3.9
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Service here is always incredible - professional and friendly. We had the prix fixe menu which had touches of the Infinity Mirrors exhibition. Very well done.

Not a big fan of the overall menu, which is 95% alcoholic beverages! Food menu is very limited and $21 burgers seem elitist.

Options for persons of typical income include the basement for overpriced snacks and casual food. A great deal if you have kids, who eat for free (well I guess the rest of us are subsidizing that - nothing is free). Interesting that AGO is promoting human breeding. Why not give free meals to those who choose not to overpopulate the planet???? Or seniors? Seems like discrimination to me!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

I was meeting my niece from Montreal for lunch before we took our tour in the gallery. The service was excellent, the food was superb and unique, and we were able to hear each other without effort! We were very impressed with the server who offered to give us a sample of the wine we ordered before committing to it. I had often ordered this wine in the past but there was a new provider..so when we tasted the sample, we agreed that it was too sweet and not to our liking. Thankfully the server was astute and we were able to order a more suitable wine. A-one all the way!

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Greeted warmly by hostess. Very attentive waiter. Delicious Blackbird bread and butter. Lovely wines by the glass. Unhurried chance to catch up with friends.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

We had a pleasant meal and very good service before going to Soulpepper. The wine was very expensive.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Very pricey for what you get. Not a huge variety of menu items. Twenty five dollars for a burger is over the top for a simple burger with a three bite salad. Service was excellent

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Went for AGO exhibition. Great lunch. And on time for the event.

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Good food, good service

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Excellent service and great food. Kusama themed menu was wonderful—especially the salmon.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

We reserved the AGO bistro before going to the Yayoi Kusama exhibition. We were pleasantly surprised to see the menu had a touch of Japanese and nice photo of the Kusama exhibition on the cover. This was a nice touch and good way to start the experience.

The waiter explained well the special items on the menu, which all seemed nice. But we all decided to get variations the Benny. It was delicious.

At the end, the waiter shared his experience of the exhibition and gave us tips. It was very nice of him.

Overall excellent food and service.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Truly outstanding staff. Great acoustics so voices from other tables did not intrude. Excellent, tasty, well presented food. The kids menu was a delight: they feasted quietly so we all had a great time...as did our table neighbours!

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

So convenient after visiting the AGO. They often have themed dishes complimenting the special exhibit at the AGO. Fun! Excellent food, beautifully presented, delicious and attentive service.
I love eating here!

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4.0Dined on March 14, 2018

I had the burger with fries. The fries were average similar to fries in many restaurants. The burger was not outstanding similar to burgers in many restaurants. Acceptable Bistro food.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

We reserved a quiet table for my birthday brunch. We got a very nice corner table. The eggs benedict were perfect and the service was timely and helpful. We are AGO members and we eat there often and then explore the exhibits upstairs.

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

Always high quality food beautifully prepared with a solid bar and wine list to back it up.

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3.0Dined on March 7, 2018

Had a reservation noting that we are celebrating a birthday. The food was just Ok for the price point. No birthday cake or anything to acknowledge that this was a special occasion. Why is the then the restaurant asking for reason for reservatioat time of booking - just to keep some stats for running the profit book?

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4.0Dined on March 7, 2018

Location is great for us AGO members. I did find the hamburger a tad pricey. That is the city.

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5.0Dined on March 6, 2018

Food was wonderful and Elaine our server was a delight and made the meal even more special

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3.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Although the service was excellent (i.e., the server replaced my soggy ff without comment) and was great at explaining the dishes, the food was rather ordinary and over priced for the portion size. I had the Benny which was basically two poached eggs on a piece of toast. The choice between pork belly and oyster mushrooms was creative, although pork was definitely overly represented on the available menu. The romaine salad had clearly been pre-mixed earlier and was more like a watered down Korean Kimchi by the time it reached our table. The Hot Pots were nicely spiced, but again they were more like 'cups' than 'bowls'. The setting is definitely kid-friendly although the kids around us were rather loud for our rather sedate birthday celebration. The highlight of our time at the Bistro was being together not the dining experience. Based on our experience, next time we'll reserve elsewhere for a Sunday Brunch.

Bill Ford

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1.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Disappointing meal. Asked for a “Sukiyaki” dish that was more like a tepid broth, and Panna Cota for dessert whose texture was not a Panna Cotta. Overpriced for the quality of the meal. Will NOT return.

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4.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Food was pretty good. Service was very poor. Waiter got our order wrong. Kitchen was very slow, and then when they had to re-do my daughters order, the wait was terrible. So overall, eh.....which is too bad because the food was quite good.

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1.0Dined on March 2, 2018

The worst meal I have eaten in Toronto. An incredible disappointment after Frank’s.

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4.0Dined on March 2, 2018

For the first time, there was a bit of a problem with the burgers not being cooked long enough. No other food complaints. As to the 'ambience' (decibel level), it would be nice if the place were quieter but I feel that way about most of the eating places I frequent!

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4.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Ideal for pre or post exhibit viewing - often themes to special exhibits incorporated in the menu which makes dishes interesting.

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4.0Dined on March 1, 2018

The bistro is a lively not quiet place but seems like quite a happening kind of place. Felt special. It is a bit pricey. Nice to combine with a great show at the AGO. Don’t think I would go there if we were not attending the AGO.

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

We had a great lunch at the AGO Bistro: the food was delicious and the service was attentive. We enjoyed the following items.
The bento box special and the tart one were exceptional and the burger was very good

The bistro is a great way to end (or start or continue) a visit to the AGO.

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2018

Would prefer quieter music during lunch. Light jazz was played after two. Vocal yelling music not good for socializing. Lovely meal. Great service.

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

The food and service was excellent. The menu changes with whatever major exhibit it taking place and this makes a meal at the AGO Bistro interesting. Highly recommended.

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4.0Dined on February 22, 2018

Interesting menu, friendly service, good wine selections. Food arrived nice and hot, and I love the environment. Nice music in the background, jazz, not overwhelming. It’s conistently good!

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5.0Dined on February 20, 2018

Very nice lunch only drawback was that the pasta we were looking forward to having with vegetables had changed that day to a meat sauce. Too bad we opted for soup and salad. Not filling enough if this is your big meal of the day.

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4.0Dined on February 20, 2018

The food was good. I appreciate the kids menu. I took my niece and nephew 6 yrs and 8 yrs. They didn't get bored waiting for their food and really found it tasty.

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4.0Dined on February 19, 2018

Service and food was excellent - little pricey but the staff tended to my family really well. Noisy because of family day activities.

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3.0Dined on February 17, 2018

We were celebrating a birthday and thought it would be nice to try the AGO Bistro for lunch. Our reservation was for 2:00pm. 3 people. I asked the lovely server for the Lunch menu she said " we only offer brunch on The weekends" Then she said the kitchen close at 2:30 so we need to order now. It would have been nice to know this ahead of time as we would have selected an earlier seating.

My friend and I both ordered the $22.00 AGO burger stuffed with smoked provolone .. Very disappointing could not find the smoked Provolone in mine as well it was lacking in flavor. Not worth the $22.00. Our other friend is a vegan...nothing on the menu for him. The server did offer him an open food plate of cooked vegetable ( the weekend roast).

The AGO BISTRO should have last booking at 1:30 give one enough time to place order and eat Without feeling like we were In the way .

I think I will give them one more try , this time for dinner. everyone deserves a second chance.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

AGO Bistro is a very attentive, competent, comfortable restaurant. The food was excellent, the hosting and wait staff were friendly and knowledgeable. It was a very lovely meal!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

My wife and I were celebrating Valentine's Day. We have been to the AGO Bistro many times and knew that the food, service, and ambience would all be excellent and make for a joyful celebration. We were not disappointed! Thanks for a wonderful lunch. We would definitely recommend the Bistro and certainly will come again!!!

After our lunch, we wandered through the AGO Store and made some wonderful purchases to remind us of our Valentine's Day celebration!

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2018

Fabulous food, innovative section and great service. Nice atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on February 6, 2018

It was my first time at the AGO Bistro (Winterlicious menu) and it was a great dinner / experience. I would recommend it to anyone that is looking for a unique spot to dine as well as enjoy the arts world as it is situated inside the AGO and close to several others galleries/art stores, etc.

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

My first time was during Winterlicious. Excellent service and atmosphere. I appreciate how it high class and gourmet without being pretentious at all. The food was great. Worth the price. If you tend to avoid high class places, you'll probably enjoy this one.

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Great food and service. Very friendly and helpful staff. They had a computer problem with the wireless machines for credit cards. I had the cash and paid by cash. Would go again for lunch or brunch. Nice ambience.

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Introduced via winterlicious program as a choice to try something different.
I was very pleasantly pleased with all aspects of the dining experience. Excellent service, very pleasant environment and the food was outstanding. Just the right amount of spices on everything we ordered as we were a party of six sharing different plates.
Although parking was a bit challenging it was well worth the trip and highly recommended.
Truly a great dining experience.

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4.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Came here for Winterlicious and had an absolutely wonderful time. Food was great. Very nice vegan options especially considering that out of 200 plus restaurants for Winterlicious only a handful cater to vegans for the full 3 course menu.

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