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About Library Bar - Fairmont Royal York

Located adjacent to the famous Imperial Room in the iconic Fairmont Royal York, the Library Bar is the ideal venue for pre-event beverages, business lunches or evening cocktails. Our cocktail list includes classic favorites, creative concoctions and our famous martini, voted number 1 in the city for several years running. Featuring Afternoon Tea every Saturday and Sunday, there is no better place to indulge in savoury sandwiches and delicate pastries in the classic Fairmont Royal York tradition.

100 Front St. West
Toronto, ON M5J 1E3
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Afternoon Tea

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am-5:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 1:00am
Afternoon Tea seating times:
Saturday: 12pm-2pm, 12:30pm - 2pm, 2:30pm -4:00pm
Sunday: 12pm-2pm, 12:30pm - 2pm, 2:30pm -4:00pm

Cross Street:
Front St. and Bay St.

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
CAN$31 to CAN$50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(416) 368-2511

Website:
http://www.fairmont.com/royal-york-toronto/dining/librarybar/

Parking Details:


http://www.fairmont.com/royal-york-toronto/map/mapanddirections/


Underground parking as well as hotel valet parking is available for guests

Public Transit:
Union Station Subway Stop

Executive Chef:
Robert Mills

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wine

Specials

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

Specials

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

Details

Library Bar is serving Holiday Tea every Saturday and Sunday from November 24 to January 1, 2018. Delight in a Festive Tea service inspired by the flavours and aromas of the season.

Library Bar - Fairmont Royal York Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.0

service

4.2

ambience

4.5

value

3.8

Noise

Quiet

80% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (6)
Cozy (4)
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Good for Birthdays (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
People Watching (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Authentic (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Casual (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Good for a Date (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Romantic (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Vegan (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Business Meals (1)
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 (Toronto)·Dined 2 days ago

I am 74 years of age and have always had place for the Library Bar in my heart. Lots of great memories going way back. On December 12 I had an annual Christmas lunch with former associates. I ordered the prime rib (?) sandwich ($26). I couldn't get past the first few bites. It was full of gristle and chunks of fat. I didn't complain to the nice waitress. She wrapped it up
for me to take home. On examination at home, it was awful, the amount of gristle and fat couldn't have been a kitchen accident. My first LB complaint in 40+ years.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 25, 2017

The high tea was OK, though I could have done with more sandwiches and less pastries. The service was not great-- brusque and borderline rude. Took an hour to get our order even though they had been previously advised of allergies and dietary restrictions. Then they tried to throw us out by 4pm despite serving us super late. Overall OK-wouldn't rush to do it again.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 19, 2017

We were booked for afternoon tea at the Library Bar, Fairmont Royal York. The entire experience was extremely disappointing. Upon arrival, the server was surly, and seemed huffy as we were a bit late due to the Santa Claus Parade road closures. She didn't make us feel welcome or appreciated, but was very business like in her manner. On top of that the food and tea were extremely underwhelming. The sandwiches were dry and flavourless, the tea was just bland, and the pastries were no better than a coffee shop. In addition, the seating was quite uncomfortable. The only bright spot was the server who provided us with hot water, as she was smiling and gracious. Having had afternoon tea at the Savoy in London which is a Fairmont property, I would have expected a much better experience. I would not recommend afternoon tea at the Library Bar, Fairmont Royal York.

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 (Dublin)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Fantastic afternoon tea, beautifully presented and the attention to detail was great. Afterwards we were brought on a guided tour of the hotel which was really special. We ll be back!

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Romantic, Afternoon Tea
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Enjoyed an afternoon tea with a great friend.
The sandwiches were tasty and sweets 👌🏻 Perfect!

This is our second time at the library at the Royal York hotel for high Tea and will be coming again ❤️

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Afternoon Coffee, Worth the Drive
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Fabulous food. Great value.
Loved the ambiance.
Attentive service but not intrusive.

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·Dined on October 17, 2017

I ordered the salad with tomatoes, arugula, bocconcino, etc. and added salmon. Although it was very tasty, I was disappointed with the portion of salad - it was way too little considering the cost. The salmon was tasty and a good size. There should have been a least double the amount of salad on my plate!

Tags: Cozy, Business Meals
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·Dined on October 16, 2017

Very pleased and such a beautiful table I was given. Thank you to everyone there who made me feel at home.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 13, 2017

The staff are extremely courteous and attentive and make you feel valued and welcomed.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Great atmosphere,everything I was hoping for, we had a great time!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Vegan
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Attended afternoon tea for my birthday. Followed by tour of rooftop gardens and bee apiary. Highly recommend the Ontario Icewine tea.

Tags: People Watching, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Really enjoyed the delicious mimosas, food, and the free tour of the rooftop beehives after.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Nice but initial service received from the hostess tinted my overall experience (so important to me as a diner). Our wait staff was excellent. The food and tea menu offered some nice choices. Not my favorite but would possibly do again in the future.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Beautiful room. Wonderful service. The food, though, was pretty but not as tasty as it could have been. I'd go again but it might not be my first choice.

Tags: Afternoon Tea
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·Dined on August 18, 2017

I was expecting great things from this place. I realized that it would be expensive but that wasn't a problem as it was a special occasion. And I love the service associated with upscale bars such at the American Bar in the Savoy London.
Unfortunately the service was average at best. I had to wait for someone to take my order and then my neighbor finally got her attention when I was trying to ask why I hadn't been given nibbles.
It just didn't have that extra something that I was happy to pay for.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on June 22, 2017

Excellent from start to finish. The only thing I'd change is the lighting...too low. Hard to read the menus.

Tags: Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Toronto)·Dined on June 20, 2017

Great roast beef sandwiches! Kid friendly. Terrific service.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Toronto)·Dined on June 13, 2017

Service was fast and friendly. Lunch food orders came up very quickly. Great place for a business lunch.

Tags: Happy Hour, Afternoon Coffee, Business Meals
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 (Toronto)·Dined on June 8, 2017

Good food and excellent service by our waitress. My only criticism was that the kitchen rushed out our main course when we had not finished our soup. As a result, our table was crowded with food which made it awkward to manage the dishes and I had to struggle with either letting my soup go cold or my main lunch going cold. As a result, service would have been a 5 solely based on our waitress, but this aspect brought the rating down.

Tags: Business Meals, Quiet Conversation
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 (Toronto)·Dined on May 15, 2017

I met a friend for lunch and the highlight was definitely meeting her after 50 years! I did like the decor though it is not modern. Majid provided us with very good service, offering some helpful suggestions. The food was average but the soup was excellent. Overall, it was a pleasant dining experience and I would go back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Toronto)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Be forewarned, if you're booking for Mother's day you will likely end up seated in the lobby and not in the bar. The lobby is very loud and the service and ambiance are not the same by a long shot. The mother's day set up in the lobby was so tacky, it was like being in a cafeteria. That being said, I've been here before on a regular day and the food and service are great. The actual library bar is a beautiful setting.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on May 5, 2017

Wait staff were very professional and pleasant, and, most particularly, non-intrusive. They allowed us to spend 3 hours w/o feeling at all hurried while my guest and I got caught up on conversation. The food was very good, especially the 'Cuban' (Cubano) sandwich, which was really tangy with lots of mustard, pickles and smokey bbq'ed pork as well as the usual ham and swiss - my only complaint? It was enormous, but so good I ate it all! Side salad was also good with lots of cherry tomatoes (maybe remove the stems next time?) and a very nice mustardy vinaigrette. Also, my dining companion's special requests (lactose intolerance) were acceded to cheerfully and, most importantly, were not forgotten. My only regret ? Too early in the day for me to enjoy one of The Library's classic martinis!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Cozy
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 (Toronto)·Dined on March 29, 2017

While the service was a bit off, like needing to hunt someone down for a coffee refill, it was a great place for an elegant meal and a quiet conversation.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Toronto)·Dined on March 19, 2017

Afternoon tea is always perfect. The servers are excellent and know exactly when to be at your table. We try to do tea at least twice a year and have made a point of introducing all of our daughters/nieces to this wonderful experience.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Toronto)·Dined on March 8, 2017

old library atmosphere, manhattans made properly lunch was very good - good portions, selection and tasty. noise level acceptable, could have a conversation with my guest without straining to hear. service prompt and courteous.

Tags: Casual
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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 15, 2017

The Library is a kind of lounge institution that all cities need and never have enough of---a comfortable place where you can have a long conversation in privacy -- the tables are well spaced-- and the servers are never intrusive but available when you need them. It is more a mens club kind of atmosphere that oes not overwhelm - deep amchairs ,wood paneling, an aura of books and contemplation, but one which women of years ago probably envied men for, when they retired with their port and cigars. Many of today's women would now equally enjoy it for the sense of connection and ease of communication that is so quickly established. There are no heavy rhythms or rock music that some seem to require because they have nothing fundamentally to give to each other. We always have a great deal to talk about and to laugh about as well as some deeper subjects that can only be approached in places of comfort, good food and drink, and this level of comfort and serenity. The range of food and prices is considerable and the meals are not complicated at lunch but the sandwiches I have had have been well above most lunch spots. and cooked to your preference. It is a most enjoyable experience for all ones senses.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Local Ingredients, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Great location but so-so food. Drinks were nice, and different to try.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 4, 2017

An experience at the Royal York is always exceptional! Incredible service and a lovely way to spend a birthday! Cannot wait to return!

Tags: Fun, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Outstanding Value, Organic, Afternoon Tea, Good for Birthdays
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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 3, 2017

Great service!

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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 20, 2017

The staff were extremely friendly and helpful. The waitress recommended me the onion soup and the triple bacon chicken sandwich. My friend and I had both and they were delicious! Also, they had brought the wrong dish (chicken instead of the sandwich) to me at the beginning but brought me the right one in less than 10 minutes. They had also given me an extra salad during the wait. Afterward, they waitress told me that the sandwich was on the house and that I didn't have to pay! I was so shocked and pleasantly surprised that I tipped even more! They had also packed our leftovers into a box and a nice little Fairmont fabric baggie. It looked really nice. From the food to the atmosphere to the people, this place was amazing. My friend and I left, exclaiming, "let's come back here next time". Yes, we liked it this much. (I also love library settings so this place has no become one of my favourite restaurants!)

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Fun, Great for Brunch, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 14, 2017

It was a nice treat and experience for my mom and I. Next time we will be inviting more of our friends to come. Thank you

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Afternoon Tea, Cozy
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 12, 2017

We were very slow to order - engrossed in conversation. Server never pressured us, although the place was packed (grateful for advanced reservations!). I ordered something that was not exactly on the menu and was accommodated beautifully. Love that!

Tags: Bar Seating, Casual, Great for Lunch, Cozy
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 6, 2017

The kitchen was not operating to capacity due to construction and as a result was unable to provide the one meal (soup) that the four of us were there to enjoy. We did not stay and went elsewhere for lunch. It is disappointing that we were not notified that the restaurant was under construction and that menu items would be limited when we booked the lunch. I would not recommend the Library Bar at this time although I expect that we will return when the restaurant is once again fully operational.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 1, 2017

Not worth my money

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 (Miami)·Dined on December 23, 2016

While located within an upscale venue the bar itself does not live up to the expectations. It seems more like a local bar, with the exception of some tables on the pedestal by the book shelves. Given it was a Friday before Christmas some festive mood decorations and menu additions were only expected, but it was all your regular comfort food with people stopping by for the 5 o'clock beer. It might be nice if you want a tiny bit cosier bar to have a beer with a friend in a more secluded location. Clearly not the place for a special occasion or date.

Tags: Bar Seating, Quick Bite, Comfort Food, Casual
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 21, 2016

A terrific find in the Royal York Hotel. Comfortable restaurant with good wine and food selections.

Tags: Business Meals, Cozy
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 19, 2016

I love the atmosphere at the Library Bar, it's a quiet little spot, and feels very homey and comfortable. It was freezing cold when we were there - I had walked underground and I wished I had my coat. I was so cold for most of the meal that it made it unpleasant. I found the menu had good selections for the type of restaurant that it is, but was extremely pricey for very basic options. A salad with chicken would have been about $26 which is outrageous for a simple salad. I know I'm at the Royal York but I still think it's too pricey for what you get.

Tags: Casual, Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 16, 2016

Always a favourite place to dine. good food, good service!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Outstanding Value, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 15, 2016

Meal quality and service is always good, and always dependable. Ate here twice this week.

Tags: Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Quick Bite
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 2, 2016

My friend and I have been attending the Library Bar once a year for the past 17 years for our Christmas "Martini Lunch". Their Birdbath Martini's are excellent. We always order the roast beef sandwich - beautiful prime rib on a bun - simple and delicious. The staff is lovely and treats us like old friends - we've had the same waitress for the past 17 years - we love her! The ambiance is old Bay Street bar - I keep expecting to see old faces walk in familiar to me when I worked on the street 25 years ago. A very civilized experience. Will keep coming back for our Christmas lunch as long as we are able.

Tags: Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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