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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.
Toronto, ON M5J 1E3
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
Front St. and Bay St.
CAN$31 to CAN$50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Underground parking as well as hotel valet parking is available for guests
Union Station Subway Stop
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wine
Library Bar - Fairmont Royal York Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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