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; Massimo Callovini and Chef de Cuisine; Eric Bucher
Warmly lit stone walls and grand mirrors surround cozy leather seating and dark wood tables. 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.
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 Restaurant, Takeout, Wine, Wine Bar
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
Our evening at Blu Ristorante was exactl ...
Our evening at Blu Ristorante was exactly what we were looking for...great menu, lovely wine selection, beautiful decor and expert staff. We were visiting Toronto and looking for romantic Sunday evening "date night". The restaurant offered a Chef's tasting menu option which consisted of 5 courses and we added the wine pairing option. We enjoyed each course and the wine pairings were perfect. The courses were generous, delicious with a lovely presentation. We also had a choice of two options for the main course. Our dinner was paced perfectly, allowing us to chat, savour the wine and delicious food. The price was reasonable, particularly with the wine choices factored in. I strongly recommend ths restaurant.
I loved the vibe at this place. Ambianc ...
I loved the vibe at this place. Ambiance is beautiful and they even had live music, very very nice. Service was great from the entrance to the end. The food was nothing out of the common. I had a bolognese pasta and my friend has gnochi. Honestly for an authentic Italian restaurant, this was the type of food I could buy in the grocery store (and not even a gourmet grocery store). But, wine selection was very good and again, service and ambiance excellent.
Blu was recommended to us by a Toronto r ...
Blu was recommended to us by a Toronto resident, who joined us. Our dinners were outstanding. I ordered a chicken dish. Chicken usually isn't terribly exciting, but this dish was extraordinary. The service was impeccable.. I highly recommend Blu.
The risotto was very undercooked, there ...
The risotto was very undercooked, there were a few stand outs but the overall food experience was not great. Expect more from a Yorkville restaurant. This was part of the Summerlicious so not sure if that brought the quality down.
Was disappointed with both my appetizer ...
Was disappointed with both my appetizer and main. Had eaten at Blu a few times and loved the food and service. This time I ordered what was recommended which was the octopus appetizer and veal main. I found the octopus vinegary, which seemed odd. I also found my veal very salty and my mash cold.
I invited 4 people celebrating a birthday and no one else seemed to complain. Service was good.
Dinner was very good and Heidi, our serv ...
Dinner was very good and Heidi, our server, was amazing. We did feel a bit rushed when the food came out quickly and then busboys attempted to clean up plates in front of those who were done, while others at the table still were eating. Too expensive for that!!
Went there as part of Summerlicious and ...
Went there as part of Summerlicious and am glad I did. The carpaccio and steak I had was fantastic and I will definitely be back for those! The ambiance was very romantic and I enjoyed the piano player. I did not like the automatic 18% gratuity imposed as I feel tip should be based on service. The waiter we had seemed like he was in a bad mood, was a little abrupt when taking our order and seemed uninterested in us as customers. I have waitressed, so I always tip well, but sometimes an automatic gratuity makes some servers not bother to try as hard.
We had a fantastic meal in a vibrant roo ...
We had a fantastic meal in a vibrant room with great atmosphere. There were so many good choices on the menu, it was hard to decide. We both had the beef tenderloin, and it was one of the best we've ever had. The appetizers were Also amazing. Too many choices again. The service was fantastic, just right - our waitress was not too intrusive and made us feel very comfortable. Blu is great value, definitely on par with, or better than, a lot of more expensive restaurants (that shall remain nameless).
Food was exquisite. The ambience was abs ...
Food was exquisite. The ambience was absolutely energetic. The soft lighting created the right mood for any occasion. Service impeccable. I will definitely be recommending this restaurant to my colleagues and friends.
We having been coming to Blu for years a ...
We having been coming to Blu for years and it just keeps getting better! Chef Eric has created a lovely and complimentary menu of fresh and light appetizers and pastas, together with some tasty savoury mains. We sat at the bar this time and had excellent service with very good wine recommendations. The evening was a wonderful experience. Thanks to all!
My meal was excellent (beef carpaccio, c ...
My meal was excellent (beef carpaccio, calamari/risotto/panna cotta), my husband thought his was fair and did not enjoy the sauce on his flat iron steak (beef carpaccio, flat iron steak, tiramisu). Service was prompt and efficient, but not warm. It almost felt as if our server was looking down on us as we were there participating in Summerlicious. OUr server literally stood over my husband's shoulder watching while he was using the machine to pay/tip. Definitely didn't make an attempt to get to know us or develop a server/customer relationship. Overall a good experience, but could be made better.
We were there for Summerlicious and the ...
We were there for Summerlicious and the meal was excellent. We really enjoyed the Carpaccio, Hibiscus Poached Pear and Grilled Flat Iron Steak. My wife had the Grilled Calamari with Lemon Risotto which was truly excellent and probably the best part of our meal.
We have been back many times to Blu, foo ...
We have been back many times to Blu, food always consistent and the seasonal specials have never let us down. Our friends like their wine, so being able to bring your own makes it a terrific value. Service has always been exceptional, even for those with very picky requests.
We enjoyed the food even though the appe ...
We enjoyed the food even though the appetizer came with capers after I let the waiter know in advance that I was allergic to capers. Fortunately I only had a bite before I realized there were capers and did not have an allergic reaction. They offered another appetizer at no charge which was nice.
My girlfriend and I were celebrating our ...
My girlfriend and I were celebrating our 8 year anniversary and had a wonderful time overall.
I called ahead and let them know of the special occasion, which was referenced upon arrival. We were given a great table near the pianist (who was incredible!). The atmosphere and food was amazing and would highly recommend. Loved the duck, very delicious!
Unfortunately, our server was far from welcoming and quite rude at times. Not once did he introduce himself, nor did he address ourselves or our table properly (standing behind me and not to the side of the table, where there was ample room). My girlfriend asked for a few recommendations twice, first request wasn't even acknowledged and walked away while she was mid sentence and the second was curtly responded with "Everything is good". Approx. 35 minutes passed by from first sitting down to placing our appetizer orders. Our server barely came to check up on us and really left a bad mark on the evening... I ordered a scotch to start my meal and didn't even get the chance to order a glass of wine for my main. After we had paid our bill, our server approached us and claimed to have just been told about our special occasion - where he graciously offered a complimentary drink. For the final 10 minutes, he was quite pleasant. Even though we walked out without a 'goodbye' or 'thank you for coming' from anyone. Quite disappointing given how nice the restaurant is and our special occasion.
I do want to make note that all other staff members were beyond courteous and helpful - always visiting us with a smile and top class service.
It was a great evening but unfortunately have a sour after taste considering the service from our main server.
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