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Library Bar - The Royal York Hotel

Afternoon Tea: Saturday: 12:30pm - 4:00pm , Sunday: 12:30pm - - 4:30pm

Located adjacent to the famous Imperial Room in The Fairmont Royal York, the Library Bar is the ideal venue for pre-dinner or theatre beverages, business lunches or evening cocktails. The atmosphere will transport you back to the era that saw the opening of the Library Bar. Rated the number one martinis in the city, the Library Bar will continue its well established reputation of serving Toronto"s best. Our new beverage list includes classic favorites along with creative new cocktails.

The City of Toronto is completing major roadwork in the surrounding area. Please visit our website:

http://www.fairmont.com/royal-york-toronto/map/mapanddirections/

for the most up to date information for directions and closures, note that guests arriving by car must use our Front and East (Valet) entrances (West entrance is available for pedestrian access only).
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129 Current Reviews
Summary of Diner Ratings & Reviews
Overall 
4.3 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.3 / 5
(129 Reviews)
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Rating Breakdown 129 reviews
5 stars
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4 stars
(62)
3 stars
(10)
2 stars
(2)
1 star
(2)
Food 
4.2 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.2 / 5
Service 
4.2 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.2 / 5
Ambiance 
4.4 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.4 / 5
Noise Level
1.9 / 3
Moderate
Value 
3.7 / 5
(Very Good) 3.7 / 5
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Library Bar - The Royal York Hotel Reviews List
Review 1 for Library Bar - The Royal York Hotel
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 07/02/2016
 2010
Dined on 07/02/2016
 2010
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
Dined on 07/02/2016
 2010
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Review 2 for Library Bar - The Royal York Hotel
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 04/02/2016
 2014
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for brunch
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Review 3 for Library Bar - The Royal York Hotel
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 29/01/2016
 2015
Dined on 29/01/2016
 2015
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 29/01/2016
 2015
Special Features: great for lunch
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Review 4 for Library Bar - The Royal York Hotel
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Dependable and consistent

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
"This bar / restaurant never disappoints. Cozy atmosphere with good comfort type food."
Dined on 28/01/2016
 2014
Special Features: great for lunch
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Review 5 for Library Bar - The Royal York Hotel
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Excellent spot for a quiet, business lunch

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Dined on 19/01/2016
 2014
Dined on 19/01/2016
 2014
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"If you're looking for a spot downtown wherein the food and service are great - and where you can hold a reasonable conversation without struggling to hear, the Library Bar is the place. Have had the burgers, quiche and salads - all fantastic!"
Dined on 19/01/2016
 2014
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Review 6 for Library Bar - The Royal York Hotel
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 14/12/2015
 2011
Dined on 14/12/2015
 2011
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 14/12/2015
 2011
Special Features: great for lunch
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Review 7 for Library Bar - The Royal York Hotel
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 27/12/2015
 2015
Dined on 27/12/2015
 2015
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 27/12/2015
 2015
Special Features: special occasion
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Review 8 for Library Bar - The Royal York Hotel
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 31/12/2015
 2015
Dined on 31/12/2015
 2015
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 31/12/2015
 2015
Special Features: romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
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Review 9 for Library Bar - The Royal York Hotel
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 30/12/2015
 2012
Special Features: great for lunch
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Review 10 for Library Bar - The Royal York Hotel
Overall rating 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5

Booked afternoon tea but don't do afternoon tea

Food 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Service 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Ambiance 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
Value 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
"On Open table I searched for afternoon tea Toronto for Dec 30. It was a special occasion and I specifically wanted afternoon tea. Venues that were suggested were Windsor Arms and Fairmont Royal York. Booked Fairmont and headed down there with a very excited 6 yr old out for a special holiday treat. Get to the library bar only to be told 'did you book through OpenTable? We really need to get on to them as we don't do afternoon tea during the week only Saturday and Sunday' so I could basically take my 6 yr old into the library bar for a beverage.
How ridiculous. OpenTable: please rectify this on your options -
It didn't sound like we were the first to
Make this discovery. I had to leave with my sobbing 6 yr old. Not cool.
"
Dined on 30/12/2015
 2015
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Review 11 for Library Bar - The Royal York Hotel
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 30/12/2015
 2010
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Review 12 for Library Bar - The Royal York Hotel
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

I love the library bar

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"A unique setting with fabulous food and great service. A gem located in a grand hotel! A peaceful break when touring Toronto."
Dined on 30/12/2015
 2015
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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Review 13 for Library Bar - The Royal York Hotel
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 28/12/2015
 2007
Dined on 28/12/2015
 2007
Dined on 28/12/2015
 2007
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Review 14 for Library Bar - The Royal York Hotel
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 24/12/2015
 2006
Dined on 24/12/2015
 2006
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 24/12/2015
 2006
Special Features: great for lunch, special occasion
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Review 15 for Library Bar - The Royal York Hotel
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Afternoon Delight

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
"I was looking for a late lunch or high tea to share with a friend to celebrate the Christmas season. This is a very well appointed and cozy bar/ restaurant. The service ( by Michael) was impeccable. I would recommend this spot to those who enjoy an elegant ( high brow) but old fashioned ambiance. The library is after all in one of the oldest hotels in Toronto."
Dined on 21/12/2015
 2009
Special Features: great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
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Review 16 for Library Bar - The Royal York Hotel
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Great Ambience

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"The Library Bar has been a favourite for both myself and my friends for many, many years. The food is always delicious, the service just right and it is always a comfortable place to unwind and catch up with friends. People can actually talk to each other without yelling! I will always recommend this restaurant as a great place to have a meal or have a drink and relax."
Dined on 18/12/2015
 2015
Special Features: great for lunch, special occasion
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Review 17 for Library Bar - The Royal York Hotel
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Lunch December 2015

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 15/12/2015
 2015
Dined on 15/12/2015
 2015
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"The food was very good but the wait to receive the wine (15 minutes) and the food (40 minutes) was too long. It was annoying as there was no time for dessert and coffee as we had to get back to work as we had been there for 1 1/2 hours by then.
The server was professional and capable but was running around and not to adequately serve everyone. More servers are definitely needed! Lorna Ward"
Dined on 15/12/2015
 2015
Special Features: great for lunch
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Review 18 for Library Bar - The Royal York Hotel
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 15/12/2015
 2011
Dined on 15/12/2015
 2011
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 15/12/2015
 2011
Special Features: great for lunch
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Review 19 for Library Bar - The Royal York Hotel
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 11/12/2015
 2012
Dined on 11/12/2015
 2012
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Dined on 11/12/2015
 2012
Special Features: neighborhood gem
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Review 20 for Library Bar - The Royal York Hotel
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

It is a monthly staple in my life

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 05/12/2015
 2015
Dined on 05/12/2015
 2015
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Tea service is simply divine at the Royal York, they keep true to the traditional tea settings unlike many other tea services around the city (I am a bit of a high tea aficionado).
Service is always above and beyond, the staff are well versed on what they serve and have gluten free options available if asked in advance.
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Dined on 05/12/2015
 2015
Special Features: good for groups, special occasion
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Review 21 for Library Bar - The Royal York Hotel
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Dined on 08/12/2015
 2013
Special Features: great for lunch
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Review 22 for Library Bar - The Royal York Hotel
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 04/12/2015
 2012
Special Features: great for lunch, special occasion
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Review 23 for Library Bar - The Royal York Hotel
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 25/11/2015
 2013
Dined on 25/11/2015
 2013
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 25/11/2015
 2013
Special Features: great for lunch, special occasion, fit for foodies
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Review 24 for Library Bar - The Royal York Hotel
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Gluten free Clubhouse - Yeah!

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"What a treat to be able to find a clubhouse sandwich on gluten free bread that doesn't sacrifice on taste. This is one of my favourite lunch spots in the core where you can have a conversation with your companions without having to shout over the background noise.."
Dined on 23/11/2015
 2007
Special Features: great for lunch
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Review 25 for Library Bar - The Royal York Hotel
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 20/11/2015
 2015
Dined on 20/11/2015
 2015
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 20/11/2015
 2015
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Review 26 for Library Bar - The Royal York Hotel
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Lunch with the boss

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"I like to go here for special lunch when I want to have meaningful conversation and great food & great service! The new menu looks great and we tried the new 'pot' pies--beef and my guest had butter chichen. Both were delicious! Hearty, and we chose the side salad option, but fries or sweet potato fries alos available! Luscious puff pastry baked on the outside of the bowl, perfect for breaking off and putting into the saucy bowl contents to get all that flavour! Good size tender beef chunks(not miniscule, but not too large either). Wonderful! I can't wait to go back!"
Dined on 20/11/2015
 2012
Special Features: romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
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Review 27 for Library Bar - The Royal York Hotel
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

A cozy spot to meet friends

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Five of us enjoyed lunch recently. Food was good, portions large, noise level low enough that we could actually talk. I'd return."
Dined on 19/11/2015
 2014
Special Features: great for lunch
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Review 28 for Library Bar - The Royal York Hotel
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Dined on 20/11/2015
 2010
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Review 29 for Library Bar - The Royal York Hotel
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Afternoon tea disappointing and overpriced.

Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"If you like to wait 25 minutes for service; if you like a dark environment where you need to take a flashlight to read the menu and bill; if you like average food at extremely expensive prices; if you like casual places; then this place is for you. We booked afternoon tea for 4 people on a Saturday at 2:30PM. Arriving on time, first we had to wait 15 minutes for a table and then a further 10 minutes for a waiter, I was at the point of getting up and leaving. However, the waiter was very friendly and helpful. Our table had insufficient lighting to see anything, however, not all tables have this issue and one of our party liked the dark atmosphere. Place is casual and family oriented with babies in strollers. Sandwiches, I thought, were good, one of our party complained that they were too dry, another of our party complained that they had too little in them and how very little extra it would cost to do the sandwiches right; scones were average; cakes were uninspired - too rich, and very high in calories. Total bill with a bottle of sparkling wine between us and 14% tip was over $82 each. This was way overpriced. The King Edward Hotel does a much better afternoon tea at a lower price. The Royal York staff needs to visit the Fairmont Empress Hotel in Victoria, BC, to learn how to do an afternoon tea properly."
Dined on 14/11/2015
 2011
Special Features: kid-friendly
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Review 30 for Library Bar - The Royal York Hotel
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

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Dined on 11/11/2015
 2015
Dined on 11/11/2015
 2015
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 11/11/2015
 2015
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Review 31 for Library Bar - The Royal York Hotel
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 09/11/2015
 2010
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Review 32 for Library Bar - The Royal York Hotel
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 04/11/2015
 2007
Special Features: great for lunch
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Review 33 for Library Bar - The Royal York Hotel
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5

Slow and steady

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Our office is very close to the Hotel, hence we do visit the Library Bar. I was seated promptly at Noon and my friend arrived 10 mins later. Our drinks arrived within 10 mins of placing the order.
However it took a while to place our lunch order and the food arrived 25 mins later. I must admit that this is the slowest service that I have experienced at the Library. People around us were being served but we were waiting. We started eating at 1 PM.
Everyone is entitled to have an off day and hope to be back to the Library in the near future.
ps the food portions are large perhaps due to the menu prices. Its hard to finish all that food."
Dined on 29/10/2015
 2015
Special Features: special occasion
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Review 34 for Library Bar - The Royal York Hotel
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 31/10/2015
 2014
Dined on 31/10/2015
 2014
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 31/10/2015
 2014
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Review 35 for Library Bar - The Royal York Hotel
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 26/10/2015
 2013
Special Features: great for lunch
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Review 36 for Library Bar - The Royal York Hotel
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 15/10/2015
 2007
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Review 37 for Library Bar - The Royal York Hotel
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 21/10/2015
 2013
Dined on 21/10/2015
 2013
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 21/10/2015
 2013
Special Features: great for brunch
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Review 38 for Library Bar - The Royal York Hotel
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Very Jane Austen

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"I have been to high tea several times now and cannot express how wonderful it feels to treated to such (simple) opulence. The service, the venue (the Library Bar) the decor (to me) harkens back to a time when women were greet as Miss and men were called by their surnames. Obviously being a Jane Austen fan; it just makes me feel special. I cannot wait to book again; this time with my man."
Dined on 18/10/2015
 2015
Special Features: romantic, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion, fit for foodies
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Review 39 for Library Bar - The Royal York Hotel
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 26/09/2015
 2015
Dined on 26/09/2015
 2015
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 26/09/2015
 2015
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Review 40 for Library Bar - The Royal York Hotel
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5

The Library Restaurant is a Sham

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Dined on 07/10/2015
 2015
Dined on 07/10/2015
 2015
Food 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"The Library Restaurant was an early-carreer haunt of my brother. We were to have a rare Toronto visit there while he was here from San Francisco. No question, the ambiance is great and the staff courteous, friendly and professional. But the business model is a sham.
Reservation required online, not at the door. 6:30 OK at the door, 7:00 earliest online.
1929 feature exclusive craft beer not available.
Salmon served instead of special, unannounced.
Staff was great considering and would have got 5 stars but for snafus which appear to be management/kitchen issues.
The place has potential to be an outstanding, premium venue. Give it a test run before you take anybody there. There did not appear to be anything disruptive going on while we were there.
What a disappointment!"
Dined on 07/10/2015
 2015
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Review 41 for Library Bar - The Royal York Hotel
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Best French onion soup ever!"
Dined on 08/10/2015
 2009
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Review 42 for Library Bar - The Royal York Hotel
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 08/10/2015
 2010
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Review 43 for Library Bar - The Royal York Hotel
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 04/10/2015
 2015
Dined on 04/10/2015
 2015
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 04/10/2015
 2015
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for lunch, fit for foodies
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Review 44 for Library Bar - The Royal York Hotel
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 02/10/2015
 2014
Dined on 02/10/2015
 2014
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 02/10/2015
 2014
Special Features: great for lunch, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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Review 45 for Library Bar - The Royal York Hotel
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"I really liked the clotted cream and jam with scones. Cranberry and citrus scones were very tasty. Macarons were also delicious. The sandwich selection was also very good"
Dined on 04/10/2015
 2011
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Review 46 for Library Bar - The Royal York Hotel
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 29/12/2014
 2014
Dined on 29/12/2014
 2014
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
"Gorgeous bar, quiet and really elegant."
Dined on 29/12/2014
 2014
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Review 47 for Library Bar - The Royal York Hotel
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

business dinner

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"I loved the service, attention to detail, ambiance, drinks and food
never worry when I bring friends ,family or business clients to The Library Bar- Always a treat!
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Dined on 19/09/2015
 2014
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, late-night find
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Review 48 for Library Bar - The Royal York Hotel
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"This was our first time at the Library Bar. We really enjoyed Te decor and the ambiance (there was no music when we were there, and so conversations were actually possibly without resorting to screaming).
The French Onion Soup was outstanding.
No-refill juice or soft drinks was a bit disappointing.
Key Lime Pie was not what we expected (it was more like a Key Lime cheesecake with a chocolate cookie crust). We did not enjoy it.
Great alcohol selection. Wonderful place to meet for drinks and/or food, overall."
Dined on 18/09/2015
 2009
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Review 49 for Library Bar - The Royal York Hotel
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Lunch with friends

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"The food was excellent; very fresh and tasty, portions quite large.
The staff very friendly and approachable. Would deffinately go back for another occassion.
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Dined on 17/09/2015
 2010
Special Features: good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch
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Review 50 for Library Bar - The Royal York Hotel
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

lunch at the library

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Although none of us are in Toronto any more we reunite once a year and our choice is the library bar as it is central for all of to get to. The food is always excellent and the service is impeccable. The server we had located near the back bookcase has been there for many years and is cordial, attentive and smiles a lot.
We love getting together there and would recommend this venue to anyone visiting or living in Toronto.
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Dined on 15/09/2015
 2012
Special Features: great for lunch, special occasion
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