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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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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