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Library Bar - Fairmont Royal York

4.7
4.7
446 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
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Literary greats are famous for reinvention. Experience the next golden age of cocktail culture.

A timeless meeting place that remains the undercurrent of Toronto's metropolitan character, Library Bar returns as the famed cocktail den cloaked beyond a secret corner of the illustrious Fairmont Royal York hotel.

Throughout the bar's evolution as the city's coveted martini institution, Library Bar encapsulates the fabled legacy as the electric space where such walls can divulge tales from the night we met to the fervent thrill in closing the deal.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 8 times today

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Financial District

  • Cross street

    Front St. and Bay St.

  • Parking details

    Valet parking is available at a fee.

  • Public transit

    The Library Bar is located directly across from Union Station. Easily accessed by TTC Subway or GO Transit.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 446 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Old Toronto

    Best Ambiance

  • Old Toronto

    Unspecified

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Andy is the absolute best. Friendly, knowledgeable and a perfect bartender.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Table server was outstanding … kitchen delivered amazing dishes
  3. v

    vincentl

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Vanessa was very nice with us, its always a pleasure to come here to have a drink or Lunch. Never disappointed
  4. H

    Hungry1

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience5
    Attentive service and great ambience. Menu could use more options, especially more affordable and more healthy ones. The open-faced sandwich selection is odd...a potato salad sandwich?
  5. SD

    StevenD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great restaurant bar with a clubby, comfortable atmosphere. I had not been back for over 2 years due to the pandemic. Nice to see a refreshed interior in line with changes to the main lobby of the hotel. Unfortunately the menu is missing a few old fav’s including fish and chips, butter chicken and beers on tap.
  6. MB

    MeaghanB

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal and drinks! Always stop in when in Toronto!
  7. B

    Bernie

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Majid was a fantastic waiter with our needs and wants.
  8. KS

    KatS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    CJ, our server made our experience wonderful - very attentive, professional and humourous!
  9. JH

    JasonH

    Montreal

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place with awesome food and desserts.
  10. P

    Peter

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food quality and supreme service. I suggest opening a couple minutes early to accommodate early arrivals to avoid a crowded entrance prior to stated opening time at noon.
  11. TM

    TrishM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent. Had a great meal and great service, highly recommend.
  12. S

    Sammy

    Toronto

    105 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    105 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    The Library bar is a little oasis. CJ our server was outstanding! And the food Delish. Try the “select 3” option it was wonderful. Can’t wait to go back!
  13. A

    Anonymous

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 30, 2022

    overall5food3service4ambience5
    Steak was very very fatty and server did not attend often, had to ask bus person for receipt.
  14. CK

    CarlyK

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was amazing. Our waiter was spectacular!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Oysters were amazing!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience and atmosphere!
  17. JH

    JanisH

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful service. Attentive Great food with a lovely ambiance. Would highly recommend it.
  18. s

    seasidediner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    i was lunching with a friend i hadn't seem for a long while (covid). she was between trains and we caught the chance. the whole experience was so lovely. the food was delicious, as one would expect. but further, from being given a window seat to the waiters patience with our delays over ordering and our dallying over coffee it was perfect. thank you
  19. TP

    TinaP

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first time back since the remodel. It looks fantastic- kept the classic feel but brightened it up. Food was even better than I remember. Service was FANTASTIC as always.
  20. GC

    GeorgeC

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    excellent for a client get together or quiet gathering
  21. FL

    FromLyttonPark

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great staff, and the decor refresh is great! Can't wait for normalcy to return.
  22. MY

    MyYawning

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    the Library Bar is the place for me to go with friends since Day 1 of my arrival in Toronto. I like the ambiance, the decor, the service and the food. Even though now they changed the old Menu I used to like, such as French Onion Soup, Fish and Chips and the curry, I still feel the new Menu also added excitement and novelty to its existing standards. I shall always love this place and will go there whenever I could. Such elegance and charm. Marie
  23. JC

    JohnC

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    New Eve 2022!
  24. CM

    CindyM

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2021

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    I have already recommended the Library Bar to friends and family. What an amazing experience. They made the best of a new year's eve celebration during current covid restrictions.
  25. MR

    MekRose

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Worth the price, but definitely costly. Service and ambiance here are phenomenal!
  26. T

    Tornative

    Toronto

    78 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    78 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2021

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    My 2nd lunch at the Library Bar since the renovation was finished. Our Christmas Day friends' lunch was great thanks to the incredible service. All the staff, especially our darling waiter, were great. There was also a couple of surprise visits from Santa. The lunch menu is quite small, but there is something for everyone on it. The cocktail list is creative and fun and we all started lunch off with cocktails. All 3 of us shared the Storytime Dessert and finished off the lunch with cappuccinos. Thanks to the RYH staff for making every visit special!
  27. CS

    ChiefScout

    Toronto

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    An elegant spot for a good martini and some nice bites for lunch. Attentive service.
  28. KK

    KristinaK

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The drinks and food is very expensive but it what was expected dining and drinking at Fairmont Royal York Hotel. The ambiance was wonderful and the service was impeccable. 30$ for a drink that comes in a small glass and half with ice was hard to swallow. Metaphorically speaking.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The room is beautiful- very luxurious feel. Service was exceptional- thank you to our server Vanessa! She was knowledgeable, kind and funny! Food was great and they were able to accommodate our gluten free diet requirements. The birdbath Gin martini is a must try. Can’t wait to go back again. This would be a great place to take clients for lunch/drink!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous! The whole way through.
  31. k

    kdcmac

    New York Area

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Christmas celebration
  32. SB

    ShortyBear

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2021

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    Library Bar has a nice ambiance and a cozy feel. The service was average; very polite but did not show up enough and would not make the effort to accommodate special requests.
  33. SD

    SandraD

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We really enjoyed our lunch and the complementary dessert for my friend's birthday. We wish the chowder had a bit more seafood in it, but still was very good.
  34. RB

    RobertB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I always go to the Library Bar especially at Christmas time. It's a tradition. My only wish is that the wine list includes local wine from anywhere in Canada. We want to support the domestic wineries.
  35. T

    Tornative

    Toronto

    78 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    78 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2021

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    The renovation is lovely and the bar looks beautiful and sophisticated. I reserved a 'standard table' for lunch, but the table we were seated at was a coffee table which made it difficult to eat, especially for my elderly guests. I wish I would have been warned. However, the couch and chairs were very comfortable for a leisurely meal. Our server Vanessa should be cloned as her service was impeccable. I'll be back next week for another group lunch. I hope we are not seated next to a group of shrieking women ordering bottles of champagne next time.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Montreal

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely greeting by the hostess. Club-like atmosphere, where you immediately feel comfortable and at home! Prompt, unobtrusive service and interesting food options. Be sure to get a reservation because it does book up.
  37. EP

    EvelineP

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Overall very good. Was concerned from a public health point of view with did not screen for symptoms of Covid nor did they ask for ID after showing vaccination status. I was concerned about this lack of attention to Public Health Guidelines.
  38. GC

    GregC

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Great service always, our favourite Toronto cocktail bar, always busy and fun atmosphere
  39. RT

    RandallT

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    We enjoyed our visit. The renovations did not diminish the original charm of the Library Bar.
  40. LV

    LaVerneH

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Tables were a little too close. Water for the tea was not hot.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Library Bar - Fairmont Royal York is rated 4.7 stars by 446 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 8 times today
Google Map for Library Bar - Fairmont Royal York

100 Front Street W. Toronto, ON M5J 1E3

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Front St. and Bay St.

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Financial District

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Sat 12:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Unspecified

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Valet parking is available at a fee.

  • Public transit

    The Library Bar is located directly across from Union Station. Easily accessed by TTC Subway or GO Transit.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    jW Foster

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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