Renowned for sophisticated weekday lunch and Sunday brunch, Gallery Grill also serves as a stunning setting for private events and receptions. Unwind over signature cocktails by the fireplace, meet for a quick coffee in the cafe, or celebrate a special occasion in one of the University of Toronto's most beloved spaces.
My expectation was a bit high, I think, for winterlicious lunch 2019.
The bread which they serve with olive oil was baked in house and delicious.
The Chicken Liver Mousse - the top later was dark, which tells me that it was prepared way in advance. The layer beneath was pink. The triangle toasts, which they call is grilled brioche, were very tiny (2 inch triangle).
Gallery Grill Cassoulet (local) - duck confit was very dry, duck sausage, braised bacon - 3 inch sq cube. In the description of the menu, they missed mentioning along with baked beans (lots). My main dish was burnt and salty. Full of protein with no veggies.
Avocado and Smoked Arctic Char Toast - with poached egg, salmon caviar, yuzu hollandaise. This is a toast with layer of the above mentioned. I have had tastier than this one.
Warm Chickpea Flour Chocolate Cake (good invention) - with tiramisu crème
Fresh Pineapple Coconut Sorbet - charred pineapple (vegan) - tasty.
Exceptional, friendly and attentive service. Creative, fresh and delicious starters, entrees, and desserts using locally-sourced ingredients and beautifully presented. The inspired menu and elegant room — with vaulted ceiling and stained-glass windows in historic Hart House and overlooking the beautiful Great Hall — make for a unique dining experience. Adjacent bar/lounge can't be beat for cozy charm. Lunch only. Worth every penny.
When I saw the Winterlicious menu, I was excited and book the lunch with a friend right away.
However, I was very disappointed with the quality and size of the second dish - the Arctic Char.
The whole dish fitted the size of a burned square slice of bread. It was basically a piece of charcoal which was impossible to cut. I wish I took a picture of it. Besides, I barely could find any piece of Arctic Char among the green leaves. I wouldn't recommend this dish to anyone. The place's atmosphere and staff was good, but not the food this time.
Always a wonderful experience at the Gallery Grill - amazing service, food and ambience. The fact that it was Winterlicious was bonus!
Located in a historic university building, Gallery Grill is perfect for lunch-time meetings. The food is simple, tasty and creative. Tempting desserts. A nice wine list, with Canadian gems. Service is friendly.
Gallery Grill has been our favorite restaurant in Toronto. It is probably the best kept secret in town.
Excellent service with quality food. Fantastic Experience.
The Gallery Grill continues to excel. I have gone there mostly for small celebratory lunches. The menu is new daily, with an acceptable range of options. The ambiance is Gothic with charm. The food is amazing and the staff are fantastic. There is a very acceptable wine list and a wide variety of other options. Great spot, quiet and homey.
Love this place food is always delicious and so very festive at Christmas !
Excellent fresh inventive flavourful food. Fun sitting there looking at the old university gothicky architecture. Even with the din when it’s busy, it’s delightful.
We were very impressed with the soup, the special salad, the sauce on the fish, the gnocchi and a kind of custard dessert. Delicious! Service was efficient and good natured, worth a bigger than usual tip.
The place is clean, easily accesible and surrounded by history. The food is excellent and rather healthy. Ambiance is good but the noise level was a bit too high for my tastes. Cheers.
PS: Would it be possible to offer some kind of discounts to U of T alumni in the future?
Very enjoyable for Sunday brunch.
This place is a gem in the middle of our city! The food and service are excellent and the ambiance is very special.
AMAZING VENUE WITH OLD SCHOOL (LITERALLY!) CHARM.
FOOD WAS OUTSTANDING AND UNUSUAL - CRISPY LENTILS THAT ACCOMPANIED MY FISH WERE YUMMY. ORDER THE MAPLE CREME BRULEE - YOU WON'T REGRET IT
SERVER WAS WONDERFUL AND ATTENTIVE. NOISE WAS THE ONLY DOWN SIDE - NOT MUCH IN THE WAY OF SOUND ABSORPTION SO OUR TABLE FOUND IT HARD TO HEAR ONE ANOTHER BUT HONESTLY, THIS IS MINOR
As for the "noise" a concert pianist was rehearsing in the adjoing hall... it was loud but not at all unpleasant.
Always enjoy the Gallery Grill for the delicious, beautifully presented food and friendly service.
The food is simply fantastic, and the setting in Hart House is gorgeous. I ate there twice during a long visit to the University of Toronto, and both times was very impressed by the food, service, and ambiance.
Once again the Gallery Grill exceeded our expectations with a wonderful, autumnal brunch menu. Service was impeccable, food was creative and delicious and the setting was beautiful as always.
The spinach gnocci is amazing! Excellent friendly and efficient service in a historic setting.
This was the perfect location for a family reunion in a spectacular and cosy setting altogether. Good food, friendly service, very welcoming for little children, a hidden gem. And a concert rehearsal in the great hall, what a treat.
Original and delicious dishes, always.
Terrific food, this time including a wonderfully-flavorfull sea bream dish and a delightfully subtle cauliflour soup. The service, as always, was attentive and cheery. All this made for a perfect catch-up lunch with an old friend.
Nice customer service, my friend and I enjoy our gathering during our lunch hour. It's only a little bit hard to find out this place if you haven't been there before.
Excellent food, neat location, exquisite service and lots of gluten-free options. Definitely a go-to lunch place in the university neighbourhood.
A graceful experience from the beginning. I arrived early for lunch and was seated immediately and made comfortable by the friendly head waiter. Lovely food and drinks carefully curated, prepared and presented. Stately ambience. A wonderful experience.
Your waitstaff are incredible. And going to Hart House is to bring back many happy memories.
Fantastic as always. This is where we go when we want a really good lunch.
Our hosts were amazing! We were dining with a toddler and they recommended a table that gave us privacy and space away from other diners to ensure everyone enjoyed their meals in peace. We were really grateful!
The Gallery Grill offers delicious gourmet food and a warm, arty atmosphere. It never disappoints.
We took our son and his parents-in-law who are visiting from France for lunch and we all enjoyed the meal. However, when we arrived, I was very surprised to be told that our reservation had been cancelled. I certainly had not done so, but fortunately all was well as they had a table for us.
My friends and I enjoyed the Gallery Grill. The server was most attentive but not intrusive. Food was excellent. Will go again.
Restaurant in Hart House, which is quite old building. Not cafeteria fare for students !! Limited but interesting menu. Raspberry lemonade quite tangy. Had 2 !! Wine list OK. Great ambience and view of inner quad.
Lovely food. Old British ambiance.
Wish there were a few more women on the walls, but still lovely.
Love the creative menu and the staff of regulars who always make our visits special
Best kept secret of one of the most interesting locations for a restaurant in Toronto!
Somewhat limited menu but great food, fabulous ambiance (if you like English Gothic design), and good service. Not too loud, so good for conversation.
Excellent food, fast service - very accommodating space.
Very disappointing. Main was without flavour: cooking demonstrated no subtlety. Cassoulet legumes were undercooked and meat overdone.