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Museum Tavern

305 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Contemporary American
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  • Fit for Foodies (354)
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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.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Contemporary American, Comfort Food, International
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Daily: 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM;
Dinner: Daily: 4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
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Phone number
(416) 920-0110
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Stephen Gouzopoulos
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Cross street
Avenue Rd. & Bloor St. W.
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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.
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Public transit
Museum Tavern is located near two major TTC Subway Stops: Museum Station and St. George Station.
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Please join our professional bartenders for specialty cocktails chilled to sub-zero temperatures with their expert use of liquid nitrogen.
Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.0  based on all time ratings
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Jeff (Toronto)
4.0  Dined on May 1, 2015

Food was great and so was the service. I had the tofu burger and it was very good,and my wife had the tuna cones and enjoyed them as well. I would recommend to friends.

OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
4.0  Dined on April 27, 2015

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.

michele (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on April 25, 2015

Everything we had was excellent,the lobster roll ,the sausage and the tofo burger.

19PPLS34 (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on April 11, 2015

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.

AGMG (Toronto)
3.0  Dined on March 20, 2015

The flat iron steak was very good as was the hamburger. The fish and chips were greasy and the batter was not crisp - very disappointing.
The muskoka beer and the Guiness hit the spot. Very courteous and efficient staff. Close and well placed for those attending operas at Koerner Hall. Management appreciated the feedback and responded appropriately.

OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on March 13, 2015

Me and my GF celebrated our five year anniversary here. We wanted to have a fun night out centered around a great meal. Museum Tavern provided much more than that! Great service and phenomenal food! I'd highly recommend it for a great time!

ihateryanmat (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2015

The food, drinks and especially the service was absolutely incredible! Can't wait to come back!

Rarereview (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on February 7, 2015

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.

dougie12 (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2015

My wife is originally from Nova Scotia , the lobster roll is what caught her eye . I had never had one and also ordered the same . The meal was delicious and met her approval .

Sufficientlysuffancified (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on January 30, 2015

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.

OpenTable Diner 
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2015

Great cocktail menu. High-end "pub food"; chef-ly variants on well-loved classics. Always good service.

Calgirl (Toronto)
3.0  Dined on January 24, 2015

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.

Twamz (Toronto)
4.0  Dined on January 21, 2015

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.

West (Toronto)
1.0  Dined on January 20, 2015

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!

skooter (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on January 17, 2015

This was our third visit to the Museum Tavern on Bloor, and we were not disappointed. We had reservations for 6 p.m. and when we arrived, the place was already full! Food was excellent as was the service. Great martinis and a good wine list. We will go back again!