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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.

317 Dundas Street West
Toronto, ON M5T
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
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

Cross Street:
McCaul Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
CAN$31 to CAN$50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(416) 979-6688

Website:
http://ago.ca/ago-bistro

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).

Executive Chef:
Renee Bellefeuille

Additional:
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

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.1

service

4.5

ambience

4.1

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Lunch (30)
Creative Cuisine (26)
Good for a Date (15)
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Casual (15)
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Healthy (14)
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Cozy (11)
Fit for Foodies (11)
Business Meals (11)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Good Vegetarian Options (9)
Great for Brunch (9)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Seasonal (6)
Afternoon Coffee (5)
Authentic (5)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Disabled Access (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Afternoon Tea (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
People Watching (4)
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Romantic (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Vegan (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Fun (1)
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 (Toronto)·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.

Tags: Business Meals, Cozy, Happy Hour
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 (Naples)·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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (London)·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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·Dined on December 30, 2017

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

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Casual, Healthy
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·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!

Tags: Casual
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 (Miami)·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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, People Watching, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Healthy
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·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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 (Toronto)·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

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date
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 (Toronto)·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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on December 15, 2017

Love the booths by the window. Decent kids menu, could have a few more healthy options such as a small soup or salad. Nice touch with the little bowl of fruit for kids.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Quick Bite
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 15, 2017

We all ordered the Tortiere, and being good cooks wanted to do a comparison to our annual baking. Pastry was too heavy and the filling though well spiced was far too greasy. Great service and the wine was very good.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Wonderful pre Christmas lunch with a friend. The food was excellent and great service too.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Lunch
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Had the Quebec based tortière pie today. It's was marvellous!!

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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Great food and service. I found the chairs to be somewhat uncomfortable.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Seasonal
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 (London)·Dined on December 9, 2017

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.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Nice but nothing special and overpriced. I probably won’t go again.

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·Dined on December 7, 2017

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.
thanks

Tags: Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 7, 2017

We enjoyed our meal, tasty and well presented. Nice ambience

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Great for Lunch
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Our brunch was delicious. And the service was great. The room is modern and beautiful but not at all noisy.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Quick Bite, Casual, Afternoon Coffee
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Food not as special as it used to be. Similar menu, but not as carefully cooked and presented as before. Server could have taken more care in recommending the mousse desert as gluten free. I don't think it was! At this price, it's fair to expect more.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Everything was wonderful, both food and service. The only glitch was that they didn’t have any of the bottles we wanted to order, but they substituted them for better bottles at no extra cost... very nice 😎

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 30, 2017

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.

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·Dined on November 29, 2017

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Great service. Chicken was too salty, but presentation interesting. Pleasant atmosphere.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Thoroughly enjoyed the experience and the food... excellent waiter service as well...

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 24, 2017

The lamb on the luncheon plate was very dry and did not taste of lamb. The presentation was very good but the meat part was disappointing. The latte was excellent.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Enjoyable ambience.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Excellent all around. Service was efficient. Meal was good. Not noisy!
Would go again. Have been in the past and not disappointed.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 15, 2017

The food and service was very good.
The food was overpriced.
A hamburger and fries for $22? Bread $7?
You can do better than that.

Tags: Disabled Access, Casual, Good for a Date
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 15, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Authentic, Special Occasion, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Fun
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Our server was very helpful & attentive. The food was served in a timely fashion however the pulled chicken was a bit too salty for my palate. Loved the herbal tea selection.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual, Sunday Lunch
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Our male waiter was pleasant and looked after us very well. All three of our brunch items, appetizer smoked salmon, bostock - almond french toast and eggs florentine were nicely presented and delicious. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Beautiful restaurant
Noise level low.. even when fully booked
Good food, ur not a lot of choices

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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 9, 2017

A change for the better. Had been away from Canada for several months and upon my return was (more than) pleasantly surprised to see Frank@AGO in its new Avatar with a fine selection of delectables. Bravo...

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 8, 2017

Food is good quality, as is the service. But the resto is pricey. Young people cant afford this.

Would like to see larger wine list.

Tags: Happy Hour, Tapas, Cozy, Afternoon Tea
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

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.

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Weekend roast in pic...excellent flavour and cooked to perfection. Great service and atmosphere. Large wine selection. Awesome coffee. Beautiful art throughout restaurant of course:)

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Business Meals, Afternoon Coffee
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 2, 2017

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.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Food was great! Beautiful decor - excellent service!!

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 29, 2017

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!

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