About Blu Ristorante
Toronto, ON M4W 1L1
On the quiet eastern front of Yorkville, set back behind a brick façade, Blu is an Italian restaurant based on authentic classic cuisine, yet, contemporary created by executive Chef; Eric Bucher and Chef de Cuisine; Andrew Harasti
Warmly lit stone walls and grand mirrors surround cozy leather seating and white table cloths. Enter through a casual wine bar, which then leads to a hip, upscale dining room with an inviting ambiance.
Dinner is enhanced by the soothing live music Friday to Saturday. Pianist/singer, guitarrist/singer. Enjoy impeccable service for intimate dining or for large private parties up to 110 guests. Private rooms also available. One will remember Blu as a true memorable dining experience.
Blu has become a staple restaurant in Toronto over the last ten years
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday: Dinner 5:00pm - 11:00pm,
Saturday: Dinner 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Sunday: Dinner 5:00pm - 10:00pm
CAN$31 to CAN$50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Live music Friday and Saturday. Soft contemporary music with a jazz feel. Allowing diners to enjoy live music and dinner conversation. Varied artists throughout the week. Please visit our website for more detailed information www.bluristorante.com
Public parking 6 doors west on the same side of the street (Yorkville Avenue).
Minute walk from Yonge/Bloor Subway Station.
6 minute walk from Bay/Bloor Subway Station.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
We specialize in all types of private functions such as: weddings, corporate functions, presentations, product launches, fashion shows, etc. We provide our clients with professional AV system. Menus can be created in coordination with Massimo Callovini
Blu has private rooms that accommodate tables of eight up to thirty two.
Conveniently located in stylish Yorkville, Blu Ristorante offers a selection of specialized amenities to suit your specific event needs, whether it’s enjoying cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in our spacious wine bar or intimate dining in the main dining room.
Blu Ristorante Ratings and Reviews
Came here with my girlfriend, she's vega ...
Came here with my girlfriend, she's vegan and due to that fact I'm more or less a vegetarian now. I just wanted to surprise her with somewhere different for once, as we've been to all of the cities few purely vegan haunts time and time again.
I had researched ahead, as well as called to confirm the vegan options I had read about online. There weren't many but it warranted a try due to my motivation described in the paragraph above. The place was nice and all - attentive wait staff, nice surroundings, but given the vast price of the meal I couldn't help but feel cheated with what we received in the end. I realize full and well that it comes with the territory of choosing to live the lifestyles we do (vegan and vegetarian), but when you pay the same price for a plate of quinoa and two mushrooms for a main as someone receiving a deliciously prepared sea bass, or steak, you start to wonder if you're getting your money's worth. In my opinion, we didn't.
Another example would be when We had to substitute the cheese portion of the appetizer: they kindly took our requests into consideration, and did so in a timely and efficient manner - but pear slices, no matter how well prepared or soaked in how nice of vinegarette, is NO replacement financially for a finely aged and prepared cheese board.
As well, the drinks were far more expensive for the quality. Don't get me wrong - everything was nice, the wait staff was great, the atmosphere was relaxing/romantic, but for $320+ I'd want more than nice. I'd want spectacular, mind blowing dishes.
I can't really speak for their meat dishes, I'm sure the meal would have been better if we hadn't gone in with our dietary handicaps so to say, and been able to experience a more well rounded menu, but for vegan/vegetarian individuals I'd have to say avoid: next time I'll book a table at Planta.
I booked this reservation and no where o ...
I booked this reservation and no where on the website did it mention a pre fix menu, and then once I arrived for dinner there was not even a price on the menu, just "tax and gratuity extra". I feel this is really sneaky and should have been specified.
I'd give it a 4 star and not 5 just beca ...
I'd give it a 4 star and not 5 just because we had a reservation and still had to wait for couple minutes and didn't get the table we wanted. Understandable that it was a Saturday night and a weekend before Valentine's day. Great ambiance, romantic, live music but not too loud, you can still have a conversation without yelling. I'd recommend this place for a date night and special occasions.
This was not our first time visiting Blu ...
This was not our first time visiting Blu, but now there is a reason for not returning.
The server kept emphasizing that the main dishes have huge portions and we have to share.
We found this strange because we ordered one dish per person during our previous visits.
We decided to share anyway since he suggested multiple times but everything was certainly not sharable.
When we asked how long it would take if we order another one, he asked back "How much time do you have left?"
It is understandable there is a certain time limit at a restaurant and it should be respected.
But you shouldn't be giving false information to your customers so they can leave early.
A delicious meal was served to us within ...
A delicious meal was served to us within a perfect amount of time and with exceptional service. The food was nothing short of amazing, the boar gnocchi was rich with sauce and had lots of flavour. They had a wide wine selection and the espresso we finished the night off with was great. Highly recommend this awesome place.
The food was good, ambiance nice. Only c ...
The food was good, ambiance nice. Only complaint is that our reservation was for 8:15pm, and we didn't get seated till 8:45pm, and I had requested originally for a table close to the live music and that didn't end up happening. If that had gone as planned, this restaurant would have absolutely sold me and got a full 5.
Picked the place because of live music.U ...
Picked the place because of live music.Unfortunately that place has absolutly no acustic(narrow place),stuffed with max tables ,patrons talking so loud I could not hear my wife across the table not to mention musician.
Wild boar Ravi was delicious. We brought ...
Wild boar Ravi was delicious. We brought two 4 year olds on a busy Saturday night, and they treated us wonderfully. The food was the best I've had in Toronto. Wine selection was also quite nice. Highly recommend.
We had an amazing experience celebrating ...
We had an amazing experience celebrating my boyfriends birthday. Excellent service, delicious food, good size portions, beatiful decor, live music, tables not too close together. They were nice enough to take my order back and not change me for it, because I ordered tuna without knowing that it's a raw fish dish. We will definatelly come back again!
Blu has become one of our favorite resta ...
Blu has become one of our favorite restaurants to dine at. The food never disappoints and the chefs are accommodating with menu changes. The service is excellent, attentive and friendly. We enjoyed the live guitarist/singer as well.
The Pork and Duck Terrine was delicious, ...
The Pork and Duck Terrine was delicious, as was the Beet and Burrata salad. My friend had the Wild Boar and Gnocchi entrée and said it was the best she ever had, I opted for the Seafood Linguine in olive oil and garlic and it was perfect, not too oily and not dry either, seafood was also cooked to perfection. Service was professional but also friendly. We will definitely be back, next time on the weekend to enjoy the live music.
Went there to celebrate our engagement. ...
Went there to celebrate our engagement. The service and food was excellent! We were seated 2 tables away from the acoustic piano and amplifier, so it made casual conversation difficult. Next time we attend we will request a table further from the piano, but overall it was superb!
I have been going to Blu for a few years ...
I have been going to Blu for a few years now. I used to be a regular when they had opened for lunch and continue to suggest they do so again (but I fully understand and accept the reasons for not offering lunch service).
The staff and management is very friendly and knowledgeable. I have enjoyed dinners with business colleagues / family / friends and neighbours, all have agreed that Blu offers great food and a great atmosphere. Definitely going back!
My first time there and i was very satis ...
My first time there and i was very satisfied. Going to give it a second shot to confirm it wasn't luck (which i doubt), there is experience running this place. The Host and the staff.kitchen got out the proper message and experience to the guests! Food was great! Everyone's plate went back empty! Staff was on target, very receptive and attentive (although the new guy kept interrupting our conversations) but i still give him a pass! AND the atmosphere was quite pleasant. Can't wait to try it again. Bravo to Blu...we can't wait to come see you again!!
The NSC crew.
It's a Italian restaurant, so we made a ...
It's a Italian restaurant, so we made a mistake that ordered a steak. Steak is not good as others especially seafoods and pastas. Fortunately, we ordered the grill calamari and seafood linguine. These two courses were outstanding. They left me deep impression. I highly recommend that people who want to go there order the grill calamari and a pasta since Blu is a Italian restaurant that seafood and pasta are they good at. It's a little bit noisy since it has live music, so people have to raise their indoor voice to talk. Bad or not.
I ordered the braised octopus as appetiz ...
I ordered the braised octopus as appetizer and apparently it is over seasoned. At the same time the lobster linguini tastes ok but is not mixed with the cream evenly. Over all a nice place to go but they really need to keep up with the food quality during busy times.
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