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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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4.1

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.1

service

4.4

ambience

4.0

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Lunch (24)
Creative Cuisine (22)
Quiet Conversation (17)
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Fit for Foodies (17)
Special Occasion (16)
Good for a Date (13)
Healthy (13)
Sunday Lunch (12)
Casual (11)
Good Vegetarian Options (11)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Business Meals (9)
Local Ingredients (8)
Good for Groups (8)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Great for Brunch (7)
Fun (7)
Seasonal (7)
Disabled Access (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Authentic (5)
Bar Seating (5)
Cozy (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
People Watching (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Afternoon Coffee (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Organic (3)
Romantic (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Scenic View (2)
Tapas (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
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 (Toronto)·Dined 3 days ago

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 4 days ago

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 6 days ago

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

Tags: Casual
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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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·Dined on October 28, 2017

A marginal yes - less than great value for money especially if you have a drink

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 28, 2017

I asked for a quiet table and we were given a wonderful little corner table.
Thank you!

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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on October 27, 2017

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!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Seasonal
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Limited menu but quite good. Waiter recommendation in wine was excellent!

Tags: Casual, People Watching
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

The service at Frank is always exceptional. The specially themed menus are always inventive and delicious.

Tags: Disabled Access, Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Healthy
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 27, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Guillermo del Toro celebration dinner and wine pairing was spectacular. Great food and excellent "educational" opportunity

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 26, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 25, 2017

excellent service and when advised we were a little late and had a lecture to attend they made sure we had dinner in quick order and with much style.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Frank @ AGO is my go-to restaurant when seeing friends downtown. Perfect if you're considering a visit to the gallery -- (and you should!) Interesting menu, wine list with lots of options, servers who seem to care.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 19, 2017

Lovely spot for good food, service and a day at the AGO!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Afternoon Coffee
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 18, 2017

The bistro is a very good option pre or post AGO visit.
It would help is a limited menu was available between lunch and dinner times.

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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Excellent service; great ambiance; but the food was ordinary tasting - we ordered the steak and lamb and we don’t think they’re worth the high price.

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·Dined on September 24, 2017

My daughter and I both enjoyed our choices.
The service was excellent with an attentive but not invasive server who was knowledgeable about the offerings and honest about the quality.
We had a wonderfully quiet brunch and would return in a heartbeat.
Of course, we then went into the AGO shop to look around for unique gifts....two for one.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Healthy, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options
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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Our brunch experience at the AGO Bistro was PHENOMENAL!! I was blown away by the kind & knowledgable service. Every dish recommended by our server was impeccable - the quality, presentation & taste was so, so good. We can't wait to go back again! Thank you, AGO Bistro! :-D

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Great food and great service.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 7, 2017

AGO Bistro never disappoints!
Happy Hour a great value w delicious food and drink options. Good lounge area for casual dining in a cool gallery atmosphere.

Tags: Good for a Date, Tapas, People Watching, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on September 6, 2017

I wish the AGO had not rebranded Frank. It used to be a destination in itself. We would go for a meal even if we weren’t visiting the gallery. The new menu is so very average now, even if well prepared and presented. Even if we’re at the gallery we’ll seek another dining option next time.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on August 29, 2017

Menu was ok. Not very original.
Sevice was excellent

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Good for Groups
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Food and service were great, but we were the only table in the restaurant that had diners.....

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 (London)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Great food - nice ambiance

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 (Toronto)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Love the new look and the new menu based on local and seasonal ingredients.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Organic, Casual, Local Ingredients, Fun, Seasonal, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Healthy
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·Dined on August 24, 2017

Excellent atmosphere for a business lunch. Food and service were very good. Love the place

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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·Dined on August 23, 2017

Food was good but small portions for the money
I wish they would stay open in the afternoon. Often it is closed after viewing an exhibition and it would have been convient to go there.

Tags: Quick Bite, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Good for a Date
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·Dined on August 22, 2017

Fab service helped over-ride the imperfections in the steak frites. Frites excellent and better than the steak, the cut served improperly which made it chewy. Chef should have done slices not one chunk.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Quick Bite
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·Dined on August 22, 2017

The hostess was professional and pleasant and was able to seat my party of 3 quickly. The server was very knowledgeable and informative. She was able to suggest wine pairings for the food and was able to answer my questions about the menu.

There is an open kitchen in the back and you can see that everything is clean. The food presentation was on point, and the food was very tasty.

We had the Fresh Pappardelle, Moules-Frites, and Burger. The burger was cooked medium and was served with fresh thin fries. It was able to please all palates from young to old.

The Fresh Pappardelle took a sweeter note with the use of fresh tomatoes.

I'm a sucker for seafood so I had to try the mussels. The mussel broth was delicious and it was paired with a mini garlic baguette. The fresh thin fries paired really well with the mussels.

If you are looking for seasonal fresh food I would head here.

I was hoping there would be a South East Asian influence in one of their mains. I think that South East Asian food made with fresh ingredients would be a great addition to the menu.

Tags: Business Meals, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Disabled Access, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Organic
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·Dined on August 22, 2017

Price point is too high relative to food quality. Otherwise a good experience!

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·Dined on August 13, 2017

I love going there with my family, we always have so much fun

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Sunday Lunch
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 (Toronto)·Dined on August 12, 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed our evening. The food was delicious (a standing ovation for the brussel sprouts) and the service was impeccable.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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