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Library Bar- The Royal York Hotel

#51 of 6,763 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)
+1 416-368-2511 ext. 24
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Hours:
Tue - Thu 17:30 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 17:30 - 22:00
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London, Canada
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Ambience is wonderful. Charming and cozy bar in the lobby of the wonderful Royal York Hotel. When I was a little girl and visited Toronto, my aunt and uncle use to take me here after they met my train. When I was older I would meet them here for a drink. Such wonderful memories . Fifty years and the place... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It was like Going Back to the 1800, beautiful decor, great service, good drink menu Nice place to wind down after a long work or sightseeing day

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Hamilton, Canada
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The beauty of staying at the Fairmont Royal York is you never have to leave the building to have a great eating experience. The Library, elegant yet inviting, has a menu for all tastes. We had breakfast and were all very satisfied. It is a bit pricey, but worth the money. Service is impeccable, the food well-prepared and presentation four... More 

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United Kingdom
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54 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited the Library Bar in December during a few days stay at the Royal York. Excellent service, always a nice ambience and likely busier because of a number of Xmas parties in the hotel. The steak/beef pot pie was excellent. Somewhat expensive for a pie but very good and would definitely order again. Onion soup was also very good.

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Thank Broughton2014
Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
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156 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

A warm, cozy, charming and somewhat ornate bar in the lobby of the Royal York hotel. There was a lineup waiting to get a seat during happy hour. Great service, extensive bar and food menu. A bit loud when full. Not cheap, but a classic bar experience.

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Thank Craig C
London
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21 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

Went for a drink and a quick bite to eat last night. Told it would be 10 minutes for a table, despite there being five tables free. Manager said they needed to be prepared but would not prepare around us so we went to the bar to have a drink while we waited. She then sat about seven parties in... More 

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Thank SoapyJ
Toronto
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8 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016

Recently, I gathered with long-time friends for lunch at the Library Bar. Still there are, the warm greetings, cozy atmosphere, good bar, delicious food, and courteous staff. I recommend it for the over-30s crowd.

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Thank Guyanaman
Toronto, Canada
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95 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

Got the steak and it was amazing! The servers and host were polite and the atmosphere was really great. I would recommend.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

This wood panel and leather, elegant yet comfortable bar at the Royal York is the perfect place for a drink and a bite to eat. I highly recommend it.

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Thank WalterINDY
Ottawa, Canada
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46 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

This was our second restaurant meal in Toronto this trip and it was disappointing. We chose it because it is so close to the train station. Despite its high ratings, great reviews and $$ to $$$ price rating on Trip Advisor, we found our food expensive for what we got – which we found to be of mediocre quality. The... More 

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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, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Tuesday
17:30 - 21:30
Wednesday
17:30 - 21:30
Thursday
17:30 - 21:30
Friday
17:30 - 22:00
Saturday
17:30 - 22:00
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: +1 416-368-2511 ext. 24

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Downtown West
Downtown West is home to Toronto's gorgeous Inner Harbor, and is a must-visit for lovers of art and the outdoors. The area's rich cultural heritage is celebrated by a number of monuments and museums, giving the neighborhood a mature feel. As a premier destination for modern art, people here stroll through the cool contemporary pieces at the Power Plant, enjoy the outdoor installations along Queen's Quay and Canoe Landing, and picnic among the zany designs of the Toronto Music Garden. The waterfront itself is often suffused with bikers and joggers, and the harbor is always packed with classic ships with masts raised. The vintage boats and ferries to the Toronto Islands make for a charming contrast against Downtown West's backdrop of skyscrapers, condos, and food trucks serving up hot, fresh fare to locals on the go. The area has a peaceful energy, and is popular with tourists and Torontonians alike.
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