Gallery Grill

4.6
87 reviews
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Contemporary Canadian
From tarte flambè with Arctic char to crème brulée sweetened with our famous maple syrup, Chef Suzanne Baby’s inspired menu has won her a devoted following among Toronto diners.

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.


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LF
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

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.

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DC
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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T
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

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.

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EE
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a wonderful experience at the Gallery Grill - amazing service, food and ambience. The fact that it was Winterlicious was bonus!

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GP
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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HW
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gallery Grill has been our favorite restaurant in Toronto. It is probably the best kept secret in town.

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TG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service with quality food. Fantastic Experience.

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N
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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BA
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place food is always delicious and so very festive at Christmas !

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L
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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KC
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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W
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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?

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Very enjoyable for Sunday brunch.

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JL
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is a gem in the middle of our city! The food and service are excellent and the ambiance is very special.

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AR
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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MV
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As for the "noise" a concert pianist was rehearsing in the adjoing hall... it was loud but not at all unpleasant.

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J
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy the Gallery Grill for the delicious, beautifully presented food and friendly service.

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KV
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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EE
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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TG
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The spinach gnocci is amazing! Excellent friendly and efficient service in a historic setting.

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DK
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

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L
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Original and delicious dishes, always.

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DR
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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BE
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

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D
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, neat location, exquisite service and lots of gluten-free options. Definitely a go-to lunch place in the university neighbourhood.

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MD
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

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e
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Your waitstaff are incredible. And going to Hart House is to bring back many happy memories.

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CR
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic as always. This is where we go when we want a really good lunch.

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S
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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CS
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Gallery Grill offers delicious gourmet food and a warm, arty atmosphere. It never disappoints.

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RK
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

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ER
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My friends and I enjoyed the Gallery Grill. The server was most attentive but not intrusive. Food was excellent. Will go again.

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P
Toronto
23 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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AP
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Lovely food. Old British ambiance.
Wish there were a few more women on the walls, but still lovely.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Meal.

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KJ
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Love the creative menu and the staff of regulars who always make our visits special

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SW
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Best kept secret of one of the most interesting locations for a restaurant in Toronto!

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MF
Toronto
33 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Somewhat limited menu but great food, fabulous ambiance (if you like English Gothic design), and good service. Not too loud, so good for conversation.

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c
Toronto
14 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, fast service - very accommodating space.

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O
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Very disappointing. Main was without flavour: cooking demonstrated no subtlety. Cassoulet legumes were undercooked and meat overdone.

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