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Museum Tavern

4.0
4
262 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Contemporary American
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If you are living in or traveling to Ontario, you will want to pay a visit to the impressive Museum Tavern. With views of Bloor Street and a panorama that takes in Philosopher's Walk, the Royal Conservatory of Music and the Royal Ontario Museum, it has a lot of atmosphere. Offering classic American tavern food, it is also a classic brasserie offering fantastic cocktails, wines and beer. The standard fare at Museum Tavern includes innovative salads, such as the ancient grains or the grilled halloumi choices. There are hefty sandwiches like the Mediterranean lamb and burgers that include a buttermilk chicken option.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    CAN$31 to CAN$50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Comfort Food, International
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch: Daily: 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM; Dinner: Daily: 4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
  • Phone number
    (416) 920-0110
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Stephen Gouzopoulos
  • Neighborhood
    The Annex
  • Cross street
    Avenue Rd. & Bloor St. W.
  • Parking details
    A public, "Green P" parking lot is located directly behind our restaurant. The lot may be accessed from Bedford Road, one block west of Museum Tavern. The lot is half a block north on the east side of the street. Street parking is also available on Bloor Street.
  • Public transit
    Museum Tavern is located near two major TTC Subway Stops: Museum Station and St. George Station.
  • Entertainment
    Please join our professional bartenders for specialty cocktails chilled to sub-zero temperatures with their expert use of liquid nitrogen.
  • Additional
    Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 262 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.0
4 based on all time ratings
  • 4Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 3.9Ambience

NoiseModerate

262 Reviews
  1. DavidJ

    Toronto

    31 reviews

    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2015

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had the soup of the day and a small main both of which were on the lunch prix fixe. The quantities were just right and they both tasted great. As with most prix fixes, there were no substitutions allowed. A great beer and wine list and typical pub atmosphere. I'd go again.

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  2. michele

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 25, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything we had was excellent,the lobster roll ,the sausage and the tofo burger.

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  3. 19PPLS34

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    This was our fourth visit, Food very good, nice atmosphere, courteous service. We love the steak and fritters and fish and chips. This time we had the raspberry and lemon custard for dessert it was fabulous.

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  4. ihateryanmat

    Toronto

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food, drinks and especially the service was absolutely incredible! Can't wait to come back!

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  5. Rarereview

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a great spot to grab a bite and/or enjoy some fine scotch/cocktails. Went there before a show at Koerner Hall based solely on a Google search of what was nearby and was very pleasantly surprised. Loved the ambiance - very intimate and they have a great bar area. The service was very good. I had the creole crab cakes for an appetizer and the house crafted game sausage with spaetzle for my main. Both dishes has a nice subtle heat to them. The spaetzle was cooked perfectly and paired very nicely with the sausage, caramelized onions and spinach. I would definitely recommend both. I also enjoyed two of their barrel aged cocktails - and Old Fashioned and a Sazerac (this was the only snafu of the the night as I had ordered a Negroni, but really who can complain about a barrel aged Sazerac). They also have an impressive list of scotches will I will have to enjoy next time. I hope to be back to this little gem many times.

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  6. Sufficientlysuffancified

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 31, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My group of four had a reservation for dinner after seeing an exhibit at the ROM. Our visit at the ROM finished earlier than expected and upon calling the restaurant to see if we could come earlier, Bill, the manager, was so helpfull and was able to seat us early. The food was great, PEI MUSSELS = YUMMY, service good, and ambiance lovely. We will visit again.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2015

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great cocktail menu. High-end "pub food"; chef-ly variants on well-loved classics. Always good service.

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  8. Calgirl

    Toronto

    14 reviews

    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2015

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We chose this restaurant as it is very close to the ROM where we visited that day. The food was good, typical pub food. Service was great.

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  9. Twamz

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2015

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I've been living in the neighborhood for years and didn't know about this gem of a restaurant. Dropped in last Saturday and the place was packed and couldn't get a table so I booked a reservation. It was a Wednesday and again, packed! Food was excellent. I had the Aztec Salad and a soup for starters. Both were delicious. The salad was a good size that I couldn't finish it was that big. Very tasty and perfect for vegetarians (I'm not a vegetarian but I thought it looked really good on the menu so decided to go with it...glad I did!). My friend had the tuna burger. We were drooling as the plate hit the table. Generous filet cooked to perfection accompanied by a ton of THE BEST fries and slaw. We both had a glass of wine...kind of pricey per glass considering you could probably buy the bottle at the LCBO for the a few bucks more but the prices were compatible to any other restaurant in Toronto. Service was excellent and timing good. Only not-so-positive was the noise level. It is loud there! If you like a good buzz the n its a good place to go.

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  10. West

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2015

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    We were completely ignored for close to 20 minutes. Our waiter disappeared and the other staff couldn't have cared less, including being surly to where I had to speak up about how poor it was once our waiter finally returned. I have been here in the past and had good service, this experience was so poor I won't be back. They acknowledged how bad our service was by taking 50% off the bill. I wanted a nice dinner, not a cheap one!

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  11. craveto8

    Toronto

    20 reviews

    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2015

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Had an alright dinner with a friend and a good conversation and dinner. The dinner was great in the last part of the evening. The time spent with the person was the best part. Good evening at the Museum Tavern. The server was attentive and good for the most part throughout the evening.

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  12. Nicole45

    Toronto

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2015

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We like the Museum Tavern because the food is good, service is reliable, and we can have a fine meal before we go to Koerner Hall to enjoy a concert!

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  13. Reggie

    Toronto

    35 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2015

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    This is a fun restaurant! Great menu - have had the lobster roll and the cheeseburger; both were awesome. Everything that others have ordered has looked amazing - and they said it was great.

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  14. IrishGal

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2014

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was stellar and the cocktails were yummy. However, the tables are WAY TOO CLOSE together making it awkward to have a conversation or in some cases to even sit comfortably without banging your chair into the next table or to get in-and-out of your seat at all even slightly gracefully. This truly is my biggest pet peeve with restaurants. Museum Tavern needs to stop trying to cram as many patrons in to the restaurant as possible and remove one table from each section to make dining more comfortable for their customers.

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  15. Jayjay

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2014

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I can not say enough good things about this place. It is my go-to spot for client lunches, after work drinks and meeting up for friends for dinner. The barrel aged cocktails are fantastic and any trip here almost screams out for a classic cocktail. Servers are wonderful, and very knowledgeable. Everything on the menu is good, but I personally can not get enough of the mushroom pierogies or the elk sliders. Both are phenomenal. The kitchen hand-grinds their mince to order, so the elk sliders can be done to your liking...get them medium at least. You'll thank me. ohhhhh how you'll thank me. The only thing this fine establishment should consider revamping is their wine list. With so much care and attention paid to everything else the wine list is lacking in comparison.

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  16. Jenn

    Toronto

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2014

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Had the vegan chop and it was delicious. Great atmosphere, servers were polite and adequately attentive. My friend brought her baby and they did accommodate us even though the dining room is tight for space in the winter.

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  17. Dedicatedfoodie

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2014

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love their specialty drinks. We especially love their sazerac made with their own barrel aged whiskey. The food is innovative and delicious. Great appetizers like crab cakes and duck buns.

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  18. Sarah

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2014

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    I've been to Museum Tavern a few times now - it's in a great location and it is a friendly, upbeat environment but can be a bit noisy. The food is always decent - not spectacular but good and something for everyone. The servers have always been friendly and helpful but it can be slow. I would recommend Museum Tavern for a small bite or drink with friends.

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  19. Chris

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 6, 2014

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Considering that we were there for lunch on Saturday, I found the music a bit loud and "wild" for this time of day. The servings are quite big - less fries (although extremely delicious) would mean less waste. On a previous visit, I had the "Game sausage with spatzle", unbeliveably good, but way too much for one person. Maybe cut down on the size of some entries... The "Hearts of romaine" is absolutely sinful, but again way too large for one person - luckily we shared this appetizer! Great food, great drinks!

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  20. dakarj36

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2014

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I booked on line a lunch for my sisters bday and asked to be seated away from the front door- of course that's where I was going to be seated until I said no- Service was good, food good, but nothing outstanding but I luv the restaurant and will be back

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  21. Edward

    New York City

    25 reviews

    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2014

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Museum Tavern was suggested by a friend in Toronto as a place to try. He was very right: excellent service and food. Museum's menu is unusual and varied - not huge - and both appetizer and entree were terrific: well spiced mushroom pirogi followed by wild game sausage. In addition recommended wines were delicious with each course. When I am back in Toronto I will return.

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  22. Lyds

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2014

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our group had a wonderful evening at the MT. The atmosphere is warm and convivial. Service was excellent. One caveat, food quality is uneven -- fish and chips arrived at the table overdone and had to be sent back.

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  23. susger

    Toronto

    24 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2014

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    A friendly, popular gastro-bar/resto with a great location, good service, but uneven quality in food prep. Not the same care taken, depending on who's in the kitchen, A little too reliant on mayo to fulfill the menu aspiration. Lousy coffee at premium orices. Very good drinks menu, although expensive. Any complaints quickly rectified.

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  24. Alia

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2014

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The four of us had lunch at the Museum Tavern. Our server was excellent - we arrived at separate times and had to order at different times because of other commitments. Our waiter dealt with everyone patiently and in a timely manner. Very impressive. The lunch specials were just the right size and delicious - most of us ultimately ordered the soup half sandwich combo. The shrimp pro' boy was particularly good - very light and not greasy. The wine list had quite a few choices for every budget and was much appreciated. We look forward to another opportunity to lunch there.

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  25. dihedron

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2014

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    MT will definitely be one of my go-tos in this neighbourhood in future. Our food was uniformly delicious. Service was very responsive and her recommendations were thoughtful. Interesting cocktail selection too. Thanks for a very pleasant Sunday evening!

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  26. BobinToronto

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2014

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The late beloved Bemelmans has been reincarnated as an upscale-casual gastropub, across the street from the ROM and the Royal Conservatory of Music/Koerner Hall. Deft takes on comfort & pubby classics, coupled with some fine seafood choices (oysters, lobster roll, shrimp po-boy) and a gorgeous bar. Servers are personable, bright and full of great recommendations. A welcome addition to the edge of the mink mile.

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  27. gorgeous

    Toronto

    11 reviews

    1.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2014

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    always love going to the Museum Tavern The food is consistently good, the servers, outstanding, and the place is the nearest to a New York bistro as we have in Toronto FUN! FUN! FUN!

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  28. Cimmaron

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2014

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Enjoyed tofu burger but French fries were old and wrinkled dry

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  29. Waterskier

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2014

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I have been to this restaurant a number of times and they never disappoint. The food is always fresh and good, the service attentive but not in your face and the seasonal drink selections delightful. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone that likes a non-chain approach to dining out.

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  30. craigar

    Toronto

    26 reviews

    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2014

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    And great atmosphere, service, and the drinks were very good.

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  31. PipW

    Toronto

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2014

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Noisy on a Saturday evening pre-concert at Koerner Hall, but great service from waiter David and very enjoyable food with some interesting options. We'll go back.

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  32. darcy275

    Montreal

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2014

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great night, good food, amazing service. Overall very enjoyable.

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  33. LeighM

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2014

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The Museum Tavern is a intimate cosy spot with warm classic european bar ambience. The food is delicious, consistent and fresh! The service is attentive but professional. Overall a very enjoyable experience. This is the perfect spot for locals and tourist alike. Great for an intimate dinner, or a fun get together with friends. This is definitely my new favourite local!

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  34. JaNine

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 3, 2014

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    For years we thought we were limited to the chain restaurant down the street when we visited the ROM or the Royal Conservatory of Music. One Sunday afternoon, before we visited the museum, we ventured up the stairs to the Museum Tavern and were pleasantly surprised with an ambience thankfully absent of big screen televisions and boring pub fare. The menu was creative and tasty with many healthy selections. The service was excellent without being invasive or pretentious. While a few more draft options would be nice, we were able select a foaming beverage suited to our individual tastes. The Museum Tavern is now our regular eatery whenever we are attending events in the University-Bloor area.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2014

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food and service very good but too noisy for good conversation.

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  36. GMPK

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 28, 2014

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Went for dinner with a friend on Sunday evening. I have heard about this restaurant for a long time and had never been. So glad I finally checked it out. Service was great, very patient and friendly. The food was delicious. We asked for a substitution and they did not hesitate to give it to us which was most appreciated and tasted great. They were also accommodating when we said we were in a rush to leave and brought us our bill right away. The atmosphere is great as well as the decor. Will definitely be back!

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  37. George

    Toronto

    13 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2014

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    We've been going to the Museum Tavern since it opened. It was great in the beginning, slightly mediocre a while ago, and so mediocre now that we will not go back. Albacore cones that fall apart with spicing that is identical to the spicing in the steak tartare (why not just give us a jar of sriracha to suck on?), a lobster roll that is so small that it's almost impossible to share, an overworked waitperson--and okay french fries. Unless we hear something has changed, it's off our list. Oh, and listening to the kitchen staff yelling at each other isn't exactly a positive experience either.

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  38. LAL1

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2014

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding - there's a reason it's known for the best lobster roll in Toronto - well deserved. Service was excellent - pleasant and timely. Would definitely make a return visit.

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  39. Travellingmax

    New York City

    152 reviews

    4.0

    152 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2014

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    They do a mean burger. Always attentive service. Excellent cocktail menu.

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  40. Dmat

    Montreal

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2014

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    good selection and good value, somewhere on the quality and price crossover between pub and bistro, restaurant is extremely nosiy, even partially full on an early mid-week evening

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Museum Tavern offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (416) 920-0110.

Museum Tavern is rated 4 stars by 262 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for Museum Tavern

208 Bloor St. W., Toronto, ON M5S 3B4

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Avenue Rd. & Bloor St. W.
  • Neighborhood
    The Annex
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch: Daily: 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM; Dinner: Daily: 4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
  • Price
    CAN$31 to CAN$50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Comfort Food, International
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    A public, "Green P" parking lot is located directly behind our restaurant. The lot may be accessed from Bedford Road, one block west of Museum Tavern. The lot is half a block north on the east side of the street. Street parking is also available on Bloor Street.
  • Public transit
    Museum Tavern is located near two major TTC Subway Stops: Museum Station and St. George Station.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Stephen Gouzopoulos
  • Entertainment
    Please join our professional bartenders for specialty cocktails chilled to sub-zero temperatures with their expert use of liquid nitrogen.
  • Additional
    Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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