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Library Bar- The Royal York Hotel

#44 of 6,804 Restaurants in Toronto
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Neighbourhood:
Downtown West
Bar, Canadian, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
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100 Front St. West, Toronto, Ontario M5J 1E3, Canada (York Street)
(416) 368-2511 ext. 2839
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11:30 - 01:00
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:30 - 01:00
Sat - Sun 12:00 - 16:00
17:00 - 01:00
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20 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Michael helped us when we went to the library bar for a drink and dinner. He couldn't have been nicer or more helpful! No detail was too much! When I wasn't entirely happy with my dinner (entirely my own fault!) he was so accommodating. The martinis were amazing, the food incredible. If you like steak tartare or burgers you will... More 

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Thank Caroline J
Montreal
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145 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Recently we were in Toronto to attend a conference. We stayed 2 Nights at The Fairmont Royal York Hotel, and as our usual custom is in-room dining we did not change our habits! We ordered the famous pot pie Cobbelstone Stout Braised Short Rib Bourgonion and it was delicious, prepared and presented beautifully with salad or home cut fries! Would... More 

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Thank WindsNWaters
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Gerd took care of us and he was fantastic. The conversation was lovely and the service phenomenal. I couldn't have asked for anything better - and the food and wine was great! His recommendations were fantastic and he made sure we never ran out of snack. Ill be sure to sit in Gerd's section again. He made my first visit... More 

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Thank Cami P
Vancouver, Canada
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587 reviews
266 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 346 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Library Bar is a traditional old-style bar. It has the feel of a historic mens club. Stick to traditional cocktails - especially the dry martinis. There is a food menu if you're hungry, but it is pretty basic. Busy spot after work so get there early.

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Thank GVancouver
Kitchener, Canada
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We just had the best possible hospitality experience at the Royal York. Our server, Gerd was a consummate professional - something I used to love about servers at the Queen Elizabeth (I hope they bring them back after the reno.) He took it upon himself to make us feel welcome for about 3 hours, while we celebrated my mother's 88th... More 

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Thank JEM120
2 reviews
Reviewed 17 March 2017

Drinking a dining here made me feel like I was high class lounge during the prohibition era. Top notch drinks and drafts and service to match or better the hotel itself.

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Thank Jordan D
Hamilton, Michigan
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3 reviews
Reviewed 16 March 2017

Had a few drinks here at the end of a long day and the bartender was great. It will sound funny but the bar stools were super comfortable which made it easy to sit and enjoy 2-3 drinks with colleagues.

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Thank brad r
Oshawa, Canada
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12 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2017 via mobile

Visiting a girlfriend in TO, I convinced her to try the Library Bar for apps and drinks and we were not disappointed. I had fig goat cheese and prosciutto flat bread and a cocktail with honey foam and whiskey. The server was fantastic and the ambiance was pure class.

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Thank Bronwen H
Copenhagen, Denmark
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287 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017

A historic made legendary, for me, by the exquisite service. Amazing how much that added to the experience three nights in a row. Great atmosphere and delicious drinks.

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Thank Mikael C
Thunder Bay, Canada
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53 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2017

Great for the business lunch, or to meet with fellow guests. You can actually carry on a conversation over lunch. They serve real food, not bar style finger food.

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Thank Randy C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20 - US$40
Cuisine
Bar, Canadian, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 - 16:00
17:00 - 01:00
Monday
11:30 - 01:00
Tuesday
11:30 - 01:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 01:00
Thursday
11:30 - 01:00
Friday
11:30 - 01:00
Saturday
12:00 - 16:00
17:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 100 Front St. West, Toronto, Ontario M5J 1E3, Canada
    (York Street)
  • Public Transportation: Directly across the street from Union Station.
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Toronto>  > Downtown West
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown West
  • Phone Number: (416) 368-2511 ext. 2839

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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