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For 2
Date
Thu, 2/22
Time
10:30 PM
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AGO Bistro

4.3
3160 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Comfort Food
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  • Great for Lunch (35)
  • Creative Cuisine (28)
  • Special Occasion (22)
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, 4:00pm - 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
What 3160 People Are Saying
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4.3  based on recent ratings
4.2
food
4.5
service
4.2
ambience
3.8
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Dolores (Toronto)
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

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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RosalynneC 
4.0  Dined 2 days ago

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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OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
4.0  Dined 3 days ago

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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Andreia (Toronto)
3.0  Dined 5 days ago

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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vipCalex1b (Toronto)
4.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
5.0  Dined 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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MLCA (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

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

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OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
5.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
5.0  Dined 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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harpman (Toronto)
5.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
5.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
4.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

We attended to try the winterlicious menu. The food was flavourful and nicely presented. The staff is pleasant and provided timely service. Much to our surprise we were able to carry on a conversation easily in a large open space.

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Yojec (Toronto)
2.0  Dined on February 1, 2018

A recent winterlicious meal at AGO Bistro was disappointing. The cod croquettes were crunchy but lacking in flavour. The duck breast was tasteless, needed a better sauce perhaps, but even the quality of the meat was poor, very gristly. The Chai cheesecake desert was the best. The meal was small and overpriced at $43. I have had better meals at Winterlicious 2018 for $33.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

Great brunch :) especially nice waitress. Will be back!

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OpenTable Diner (London)
3.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Awesome non alcoholic cocktails, food was good but limited for non dairy / gluten, but there were very knowledgeable about what was in the dishes so it made choosing a synch, we had the winterlissious menu but there was not much saving between a la carte and the promotion (at least for dinner anyway). That said we were treated very well.

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OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

We enjoyed the evening. Winterlicious was on but we dined from the regular menu. Desserts are not our favourite part of a meal so the special menu wasn't a choice. The waiting staff was very attentive.

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OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Pleasantly surprised the food and their service were excellent

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OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

We came here for brunch and we were pleasantly surprised by the delicious fresh bake scone, definitely return for brunch.

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Mercedes (Toronto)
4.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

The most enjoyable part is the the very good service by the staff. We had been to other
places where the staff were not friendly and this good friendly service means a lot to us.
The waitress was very happy to give recommendation for what item was good or better.
To us this kind of service is appreciated since we were all seniors. Everything was good.
We enjoyed the food. The presentation was very good.
The second part is the fact that the restaurant participated in the winterlicious event. For seniors this is great. Hahaha! We may go there for coffee after we see the work of Yayoi
Kusama.

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OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on January 21, 2018

Excellent!

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Cat55 (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

Great place for drinks, especially before or after visiting the AGO. The feature cocktail was fantastic, and apparently it changes every day. Service was friendly and the ambience is cozy. Try to hit Cinq a Sept for good value. I would recommend AGO Bistro for any occasion, really, from business drinks to date nights.

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fromthehood (Naples)
4.0  Dined on January 11, 2018

We had another lovely meal here at the AGO Bistro (used to be Frank). The service is great, and the food is consistently very good. It's an excellent place to take visitors from out of town.

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OpenTable Diner (London)
5.0  Dined on January 2, 2018

Enjoyed the meal. Service excellent from Marc. Only complaint we wanted 1 pm but kept showing 12.30. Notice there were tables at 1pm

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OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
4.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

Great service with server Elaine who made our visit fun. The food is very good, steak fries were excellent.

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OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
4.0  Dined on December 29, 2017

The setting allowed for a great visit before touring the gallery. Attentive service and nice meal. Would recommend having lunch at the bistro in combination with spending time in the gallery. Ideal outing on a frosty day!

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Donna (Miami)
5.0  Dined on December 28, 2017

Wonderful service and an incredible fixed price menu for the "Guillermo Del Toro: At Home with Monsters" show at the Art Gallery of Ontario. The food was amazing and incredibly matched! Wonderful experience.

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OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
2.0  Dined on December 27, 2017

While the seating was good and it was not too noisey at lunch time, I didn't think the food was better than fair. The tortiere was greasey(I have eaten many different versions of it) and the accompanying salad was lettuce thrown in a small bowl with an uninteresting dressing. The same could be said of the desserts. The server was very pleasant and attentive. I wouldn't go back or recommend it unless it was a matter of convenience. There are many good restaurants in the area and I was sorry I had not arranged to meet elsewhere. I gave overall rating as fair because the quality of food matters to me.

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OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on December 22, 2017

When our lunch seemed to take longer than expected by the restaurant staff they apologize d and brought us complimentary fries to nibble on and at the end offered complimentary coffee or tea..we had not even noticed that the food was taking very long,,,delicious ,interesting and nicely presented

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OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
4.0  Dined on December 19, 2017

First time back since the renaming and refreshning. Food is as good as ever. Perfect spot after a leisurely tour of the gallery. A Christmas tradition.

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