About Blu Ristorante
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
This was our second time at Blu. Previou ...
This was our second time at Blu. Previously there for New Years Eve. The menu is great. Lots of choices. The buratta salad was delicious . The Australian rack of lamb was cooked perfectly and the sea bass tender and tasty. Our waiter was fun and knowledgeable. The only thing that was less than excellent was that the wine we chose was priced at triple the purchase price. I don't mind paying double but triple is too much. Will definitely go back.
Went to Blu based on a recommendation fr ...
Went to Blu based on a recommendation from a social media site. They were named in the top 10 Italian restaurants in Toronto.
I honestly was not too impressed with the food which is one of the main reasons we visited Blu.
The appetizers were good, but everything was just so so. My guests complained of their seafood as overcooked. The food itself wasn't bad, but I had greater expectations.
Our server mixed up all 6 orders and gave the wrong food to each of us.
Loved the interior design. Very beautiful.
And the wine selection was amazing too.
Overall, great experience, but could have been better.
Had a fantastic time at Blu. My wife and ...
Had a fantastic time at Blu. My wife and I came once before and did not have the best experience, but we decided to give it another try. I came back with my wife and parents. We went on a Saturday night and we thoroughly enjoyed the live music (piano player). The appetizers were great and on time. Though the place was absolutely packed, it was Saturday before Thanksgiving after all, we came just a bit early for our reservation and the table was already set and waiting for us. We ordered two racks of lamb, the steak, a pasta and a salad along with appetizers. Everything was delicious. Some may say that the side and garnish for the rack of lamb does not suit the dish, and I admit I tasted a few ingredients for the first time, but the dish had a great balance and the meat was cooked just the way I asked for. The steak was absolutely superb and delicious, so no complaints there. All the meat dishes were immaculate and the Rigatoni Bolognese was to die for as well. The ambiance is a true gem. It's a cozy place for a dinner for two or a family dinner. Whatever the occasion, Blu has got you covered. Be prepared to leave a premium for the goodies, as the bill for 5 came out to $260 before tip, and that was without alcohol. But you get what you pay for. Premium location, premium ingredients with a spotless place and beautiful setting. Thank you to Blu for making it a special night.
We enjoyed our evening at Blu Ristorante ...
We enjoyed our evening at Blu Ristorante. The service was professional and welcoming.
We stared with the Tuna Tartar & Grilled Calamari, shared the Nova Scotia Lobster & Prawn
Fettuccine as a second course. For our main course we decided on the Sesame Crusted Ahi
Tuna & the AAA Angus Beef Tenerloin, both were delicious. Unfortunately we had no room
left to try dessert. We will be back very soon !
This is my favourite restaurant in Yorkv ...
This is my favourite restaurant in Yorkville, with a relaxing atmosphere. We had a wonderful dinner, we go here often and it gets better every time. The service is so detail oriented, ask and you shall receive here!!! They make dining here a smooth and enjoyable experience for all special occasions. Wonderful attention to detail, the food is divine with an amazing menu.
Exquisite cuisine and excellent service! ...
Exquisite cuisine and excellent service! My co-worker and I have been scouting several restaurants to host our annual Christmas party. Blu won our future reservation! We tried the scallops and carpaccio appetizers as recommended from our server. We both agreed they were the best we've ever had! For our main dishes we had the duck and lobster prawn fettucine. The duck was cooked a perfect med-rare, and melted in our mouths. The pasta dish had generous amounts of lobster and shrimp, and the sauce complemented the flavours of the seafood perfectly. Our server was friendly and professional, he was very knowledgeable of the wine and cuisine. It is such a beautiful restaurant and we booked our Christmas party that night with the manager. They also have a wide variety of gluten-free options which was a concern as some of our guests in the party have allergies. We are looking forward to having Blu host our Christmas party and can't wait to be back!
As you can see, I gave 1 star for overal ...
As you can see, I gave 1 star for overall and very high ratings for everything else. This is because they do a poor job with reservations and I don't think they appreciate Open Table bookings. When I arrived the hostess said my table wasn't ready but the current guests were wrapping up at a table which was probably the second worst in the restaurant. She suggested we have a drink at the bar and wait, so we said no problem. Luckily, there were two spots at the bar because the 2 guests didn't wrap up for another 45 minutes and the host didn't come to ask us to sit for 1 hr and 15 minutes after our Open Table scheduled reservation. If we didn't eat at the bar, we wouldn't have known how good the food was. Excellent food but like Seinfeld says they know how to take a reservation but don't know how to hold a reservation and that is the most important part!!!
The restaurant was nice. The food was ve ...
The restaurant was nice. The food was very good. Our server was rude and disappeared often, and that was reflected in his tip. The music was nice but a touch too loud, which made conversing difficult. Between the loud music and our server it ruined the ambiance of the restaurant. Based on our service I could not recommend this restaurant to anyone.
Our waiter was very rude. Our dinner was ...
Our waiter was very rude. Our dinner was late. The waiters set the wrong plates down in front of the wrong people, so some people didn't get what they ordered. The manager was very nice and offered us a lot of compensation. That was the only good thing about our night.
The restaurant was clean and nicely set. ...
The restaurant was clean and nicely set. The staff were friendly. The food and drinks were good and nicely done. The only thing is that I believe you can get far better food and drinks for the value the menu asks for. In my opinion the whole menu (food and drinks specially the wine menu) is over rated and over priced.
This is a great restaurant with an extre ...
This is a great restaurant with an extremely talented chef.
I had the sea bass. It was outstanding. Couldn't have been prepared any better.
Others had the rack of lamb that was excellent.
The veal was terrific along with the filet.
Try this place. You will go back.
We dined last evening expecting great th ...
We dined last evening expecting great things given the high prices and previous reviews. We arrived on time and were quickly seated. The service was very uneven. The food was just bad. My wife liked the kale salad. My octupus starter was previously cooked and not even warmed up properly. The fetuccine was tolerable. The sea bass was passable. The lamb was very greasy in some sort of unidentifiable sauce and puree. The pannacotta desert was factory made. The same with the creme brulee which was just a milk starch pudding not creamy and very cold. I would not recommend this restaurant when there are many in Toronto far less pricey with much better service and food. One to avoid.
The food was terrific and the service wa ...
The food was terrific and the service was attentive but not obtrusive. Being a holiday Monday it was relatively quiet which allowed for good conversation levels. I would definitely go back, it was thoroughly enjoyable.
I had a reservation for 8pm on Friday, S ...
I had a reservation for 8pm on Friday, September 2nd, 2016. On the Blu Ristorante website, it showed that a piano player/singer would be performing and I booked the restaurant precisely for that. However, when we came, there was a guitar player playing and the piano player was nowhere to be found. I asked one of the staff if the piano player would be playing, since that's what it said on the website. He said the musicians make their own schedule. In that case, the website was rather misleading, as it gave me incorrect and false information.
The ambiance in the restaurant was fantastic, however, our server, learning that we were there only for dessert, immediately came off as standoffish and took away our plate settings with a rather cold distaste and attitude. He didn't even comment, as I would expect in a restaurant of this class, on the dessert menu or make any suggestions. He simply took away our plates without a word and even a "no dinner?" surprise in his voice, when in the reservation note, I clearly indicated that my wife and I would be there only for dessert and the live music. Obviously, they don't read the comments for their reservations. Very disappointing.
Dessert was fair. Presentation was unique and eye catching. The tiramisu was ok, especially considering the $13 price tag, I've had much, much better for much, much less in other upscale restaurants.
I'll come back only for the ambiance and maybe the food. The service was on the disappointing side. I hope that will not affect anyone else's stay.
I am never disappointed with Blu. Best b ...
I am never disappointed with Blu. Best beef carpaccio in Toronto. Wonderful service, warm atmosphere and always something new and wonderful to try. This is my go to place to celebrate special occasions and to take out of town guests.
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