Gallery Grill

4.6
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159 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Contemporary Canadian
In keeping with the University of Toronto’s efforts to prioritize the safety of the community by encouraging social distancing to help disrupt the chain of transmission of COVID-19, and in compliance with the requirements of both local and provincial authorities, the Gallery Grill restaurant will remain closed until further notice.


From tarte flambè with Arctic char to crème brulée sweetened with our famous maple syrup, Chef Suzanne Baby’s inspired menu has won her a devoted following among Toronto diners.

Renowned for sophisticated weekday lunch and Sunday brunch, Gallery Grill also serves as a stunning setting for private events and receptions. Unwind over signature cocktails by the fireplace, meet for a quick coffee in the cafe, or celebrate a special occasion in one of the University of Toronto's most beloved spaces.


What 159 People Are Saying
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TimR
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our table for five was in the lounge area of the grill thereby affording us a quiet atmosphere in which to converse. Everyone very much enjoyed their choice for brunch. The steak (with eggs) was exceptionally tender and delicious.

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KathyB
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary over Sunday brunch at the University of Toronto's Gallery Grill...a lovely Hart House setting overlooking the Great Hall - the venue for our 1980 wedding reception! The dining experience was exceptional in terms of our menu selections as well as the impeccable and attentive service - fanatic attention to detail. We look forward to celebrating future family events at the Gallery Grill! Thanks so much.

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PlanetPal
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A beautiful meal, lovely decor and very good service, polite and friendly.
The only con - the portions are small, all of them. I had soup, mains and dessert and all were small. I'm not looking for large portions, but a little more of each would make the bill, >$100 without drinks, more reasonable.

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RobinR
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

This charming old place with high ceilings is a bit noisy.

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vipEPicurean
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A real gem in historic Hart House at University of Toronto. Very good Sunday brunch menu. Very good service.

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vipEECToronto
Toronto
25 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always a great experience at GG. The food is outstanding and the setting is lovely.

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GeoffS
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure with exceptional service. It did feel a bit hurried perhaps because of the midweek daytime reso and having two servers wait on you feels a bit unnecessary and confusing.

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CarolR
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a culinary treat and ambience so lovely! The servers are friendly and attentive.

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EstherA
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Waiter was very brash and a bit harried and was not accurate in describing a refreshment. So I felt too intimidated to tell anyone that my rainbow trout was not cooked at all in the middle.

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MrMorrison
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

The atmosphere cannot be beat. Hart House is a lovely building set smack in the middle of the U of T campus. It is a trifle noisy but that is due to the acoustics of this stone building, completed just after World War One. My only criticism deals with service - a server who promised a spoon and didn't deliver. Also promised bread and didn't deliver. But I would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a unique dining experience downtown.

Gallery Grill
Responded on 16 February 2020

Thanks for your recommendation MrMorrison! And please accept my apologies for the lapses in service you describe - we'll do better next time! Hope to see you again! Jerry Horton, manager

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christiner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on 10 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely table snug against the fireplace, rather than the noisier main dining room. Very attentive service and we both enjoyed our meals which were different from what we regularly cook at home. Look forward to visiting for brunch.

Gallery Grill
Responded on 16 February 2020

Thanks so much for your kind words, christiner! The bar room is definitely the place to be if you're in the mood for a quieter lunch/brunch - could be thanks to the timber ceiling. We appreciate your feedback and your support, and I hope we'll see you again soon! Jerry Horton, manager

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Leila
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always great to visit Gallery Grill. Service is attentive and the options are good and delicious. However, there was an error on the menu and felt this should have been mentioned when they were given to us not when the server took our order.

Gallery Grill
Responded on 12 February 2020

Thanks so much for your enthusiastic & positive review, Leila! I have to agree - the menu error should have been pointed out when you received the menu. (It was that darn lamb & chickpea soup, wasn't it? LOL) We'll do better next time. I hope we'll see you again soon! Jerry Horton, manager

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Anthony
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Brian was a greater sever. Excellent setting. Great value.

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Responded on 11 February 2020

Thanks for your review Anthony! We appreciate your patronage and your feedback. Hope to see you again soon! Jerry Horton, manager

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CarolJ
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food service and beauty of surroundings was all great. Only complaint is that the room is very noisy. Next time I would request a table in the bar which Is much quieter

Gallery Grill
Responded on 9 February 2020

Thanks so much for your kind words, CarolJ! You are correct, the bar room is much quieter - might be the timber ceiling. We appreciate your feedback and your support. I hope we'll see you again soon! Jerry Horton, manager

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MikeD
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Table service was OK, but perhaps a little slow and not attentive. maybe the university crowd is a little laissez-faire on this.

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Responded on 5 February 2020

Thanks for recommending Gallery Grill, MikeD! We appreciate your patronage and your feedback. We hope to see you again soon! Jerry Horton, manager

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JayB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stately academic quiet ambiance without being pretentious.

Food never disappoints.

Gallery Grill
Responded on 5 February 2020

Thanks so much for your kind words JayB! We appreciate your feedback and your support. I hope we'll see you again soon! Jerry Horton, manager

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CanadianVeg
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Went to Gallery Grill on a Sunday during Winterlicious for lunch. We sat in the front room, near the wood burning fireplace, listening to the live orchestra practice downstairs. The ambiance of the hidden space was absolutely superb. The food was also fantastic. From our two meals, the standouts were: Baked Chèvre salad, the Crispy rice cakes were outstanding, and would happily eat nothing but Lemon Blueberry Pavlova for a week. Great experience!

Gallery Grill
Responded on 6 February 2020

Thanks so much for your enthusiastic positive review, CanadianVeg! We have to agree - Hart House does provide a fantastic setting for our extra-talented chef Suzanne Baby and her menu of sophisticated comfort food. I hope we'll see you again soon! Jerry Horton, manager

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MauroM
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved the amazing ambience. The food was delicious. I saw an artist doing a portrait, an orquestra doing their rehearsal , one bridge in her big day. Uoft is a Canadian symbol...a perfect combination between the innovation and the traditional....

Gallery Grill
Responded on 5 February 2020

Hart House is a pretty amazing place, isn't it? Thanks so much for your enthusiastic review MauroM! We appreciate your feedback and your support, and we hope you'll return soon! Jerry Horton, manager

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SarenaK
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Was a very good lunch .. again. Enjoyed my Winterlicious visit.

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Responded on 4 February 2020

Thanks for taking the time to review Gallery Grill SarenaK! We appreciate your patronage and your feedback. Hope to see you again soon! Jerry Horton, manager

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CountryGirl
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Gallery Grill is a great place for lunch because it is consistently good.

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Responded on 2 February 2020

Thanks so much for your recommendation, CountryGirl! We appreciate your feedback and your support. I hope we'll see you again soon! Jerry Horton, manager

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vipDavo
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on 28 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Soup to sandwich to dessert, all awesome food experiences. Recommend the Arctic char and the creme brûlée!

Gallery Grill
Responded on 30 January 2020

Thanks so much for your enthusiastic recommendation Davo! We appreciate your feedback and support. I hope we'll see you again soon! Jerry Horton, manager

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GolfProf
Toronto
16 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gallery Grill is a hidden treasure. This fine restaurant is tucked away in an historic building at the University of Toronto. Great spot for meeting with friends and colleagues. An inventive, tasty menu using locally-sourced products. Very nice wine list too. The bar even has blazing fireplace to welcome you on a chilly day.

Gallery Grill
Responded on 26 January 2020

Thanks GolfProf! We really appreciate your support, patronage and positive feedback, and I hope we'll see you again soon! Jerry Horton, manager

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were three guys lunching after our swim. Every one of us was very happy with each and every food item. My cassoulet was delicious. The soups were good, the service was top-notch, and we can hardly wait to some again.

Gallery Grill
Responded on 26 January 2020

Thanks so much for your enthusiastic recommendation! We appreciate your feedback and support. I hope we'll see you again soon! Jerry Horton, manager

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NataliyaG
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I enjoyed very much the cuisine, wine and ambiance. Very beautiful place. Definitely I will be back to your restaurant during my next trip to Toronto. Thank you!

Gallery Grill
Responded on 26 January 2020

We're glad you enjoyed your visit to Gallery Grill and look forward to your return NataliyaG! Jerry Horton, manager

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ChrisD51
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere. A wonderful spot for lunch.

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JenniferH
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very intimate and special experience. I will definitely return.

Gallery Grill
Responded on 26 January 2020

Thanks for taking the time to review Gallery Grill, JenniferH! We appreciate your enthusiastic feedback. I hope we'll see you again soon! Jerry Horton, manager

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specialaunt
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

I found the food and atmosphere appropriate to the occasion which was brunch with family members. However I was disappointed with the waiter. He asked me to hang up my own coat, was in a hurry to take a place setting away before the other guests arrived and was stingy with information and suggestions about the meal. You'd think I was doing him a favour and this is an expensive place.

Gallery Grill
Responded on 26 January 2020

Thanks for taking the time to review Gallery Grill, specialaunt! We appreciate your feedback and will take up your criticisms with the team. I hope we'll see you again soon! Jerry Horton, manager

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JanetE
Toronto
28 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always a pleasure.
This is a very special place.
The decor of the restaurant is beautiful; both warm and welcoming.
Our waiter is a real professional, happy to answer any and all of our questions.
We go as a family every year just before Christmas and we have never been disappointed.

Gallery Grill
Responded on 26 January 2020

Thanks for the kind & thoughtful review JanetE! We appreciate your patronage and feedback. I hope we'll see you again soon! Jerry Horton, manager

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JimW
Miami
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience2

The food is excellent, but there's not much of it. I had the Sea Breem. Even for a light eater, it would have been a small portion. There were a few salad leaves, a table-spoon of lentils and a few roasted carrots. The highlight was the Crème Brule, but at $11 was over-priced compared to market.

Gallery Grill
Responded on 26 January 2020

Thanks for taking the time to review Gallery Grill! We appreciate your feedback and will take it under consideration . I hope we'll see you again soon! Jerry Horton, manager

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DonnaM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Elegantly casual. Amazing food. Service is personal, funny, efficient but not cloying.

Gallery Grill
Responded on 26 January 2020

Thanks for the lovely review DonnaM! We appreciate your feedback & support. I hope we'll see you again soon! Jerry Horton, manager

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a hidden gem in the heart of town.

Gallery Grill
Responded on 26 January 2020

Thanks for taking the time to review Gallery Grill! We appreciate the compliment! I hope we'll see you again soon! Jerry Horton, manager

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AzeenaJ
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb, high quality food every time. Gallery Grill NEVER dissapoints. Wehad the cheese starter with lavash which was very good. There are so many delicious sounding dishes that it was very hard to choose a main - i had the sea bream - delicate and very flavourful - loved the crispy lentils. This was followed by a classic Canuck dessert..... the maple creme brulee - out of this world!!! One of our group had the carrot cake dulce de leche - again, absolutely phenom. Our server was absolutely a delight and made very good rcommendations. Can't wait to return!

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Millie
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Everyone enjoyed their meals, though pricey. As a retiree of OISE/UT, we all remembered meals
while we could come over. Too far for most of us now. Please repair female washroom.Thank you
and most appreciated . Will try again next year. Cheers!

Gallery Grill
Responded on 26 January 2020

Thanks for taking the time to review Gallery Grill, Millie! We appreciate the feedback. I hope we'll see you again soon! (Washroom fixed!) Jerry Horton, manager

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DougM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 13 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An excellent place for lunch. My companions and I were very impressed with the service, food and location.

Gallery Grill
Responded on 26 January 2020

Thanks for the great review Doug! We appreciate your support and patronage and I hope we'll see you again soon! Jerry Horton, manager

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CarolH
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere, and food was delicious. Attentive, but not interruptive, service - appreciated when deep in conversation. A treat to dine here always.

Gallery Grill
Responded on 26 January 2020

Thanks for taking the time to review Gallery Grill! We appreciate your support and patronage!I hope we'll see you again soon! Jerry Horton, manager

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PeggyG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

You can't beat that room and the brunch was very nice. The waiters are pleasant and very professional (a cut above).

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Adele
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful, as always. An enticing menu. Pleasant ambience. Dedicated staff. A Toronto jewel.
Thank you.
Adèle

Gallery Grill
Responded on 26 January 2020

Thanks for taking the time to review Gallery Grill! We appreciate the feedback and your patronage! I hope we'll see you again soon! Jerry Horton, manager

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vipEECToronto
Toronto
26 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always such a wonderful place not only for regular lunch but for celebrations - thanks so much to Jerry and his team for making our son’s 21st birthday brunch so special!

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vipEECToronto
Toronto
26 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

ALWAYS a wonderful experience at the Gallery grill. Suzanne Baby's menu is incredible and celebrates in season foods and local fare. Jerry and the team are such wonderful ambassadors. Can't wait to return later this week!

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ddddd
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

consistently superb...( the key word being: ' consistency')...one knows what to expect and is always rewarded.. been coming for years

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Gallery Grill is rated 4.6 stars by 159 OpenTable diners.

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