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The Monkey Bar & Grill

#653 of 6,769 Restaurants in Toronto
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Neighborhood:
North End
International, Wine Bar, Canadian, Vegetarian Friendly
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3353 Yonge St, Toronto, Ontario M4N 2M6, Canada
+1 416-486-2288
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5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Toronto, Ontario
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317 reviews
148 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 189 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Went here for Winterlicious. I had the grilled calamari, rack of lamb and sticky toffee cake. Everything was delicious. Service was friendly. Place was very busy on a Saturday night. Also very noisy, but maybe because of the large table beside us.

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Thank ylc25
Melissa F, Owner at The Monkey Bar & Grill, responded to this review

Thank you very much! We are grateful for your positive comments and we look forward to seeing you again. More 

Toronto, Canada
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I walked by The Monkey Bar and Grill and it looked interesting so I booked a Friday night table during Winterlicious. The place was packed and hopping when we arrived but the staff are more than capable at handling their guests as it's a family run operation and this professionalism shows. The food is just delicious! And I'm so pleased... More 

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Thank tucker5871
Melissa F, Owner at The Monkey Bar & Grill, responded to this review

So glad you enjoyed your visit to The Monkey Bar. And very grateful that you shared your positive experience with the TripAdvisor community. We are all family here: mom, dad, kids. And the staff who aren't actually related we still think of as family. It was our pleasure to serve you and we hope you will be back soon, especially... More 

Toronto, Canada
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91 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went there for the first time during Winterlicious.the service was friendly.the food very good. It feels like a family run restaurant.very friendly service. We will visit again a later date to try different type of food This restaurant only open for dinner.

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Thank vandorlo
Melissa F, Owner at The Monkey Bar & Grill, responded to this review

Why that's very nice of you! We are indeed a family here at The Monkey Bar; even the staff who aren't actually "related" to us are still our family! We look forward to seeing you again very soon. More 

Toronto, Canada
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111 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a very nice surprise ar the Monkey Bar and Grill, which was not to find out that it was in the Winterlicious program (which was a good thing too), but that their food is truly very good. We ill certainly go back.

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Thank Eurtourist
Melissa F, Owner at The Monkey Bar & Grill, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your kind comments. We are always grateful when someone posts on TripAdvisor about their positive experience at The Monkey Bar. We hope to see you again very soon! More 

Toronto, Canada
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15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Judy and I went to try The Monkey Bar and Grill, based on reading reviews. Judy had the Soup of the Day/Potato Leek, Trout and Sticky Toffee Cake/Pudding while I had calamari, braised short beef ribs and a meringue fruit and whipped cream creation. Quality was excellent, all was tasty and well seasoned. The top off of the evening was... More 

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Melissa F, Owner at The Monkey Bar & Grill, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your kind comments and for taking the time to share your positive experience at The Monkey Bar on TripAdvisor. It was lovely to meet you and we hope to see you again very soon now that you have discovered us! More 

Toronto
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83 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2017 via mobile

It's been a little while since I've had the chance to come back but we finally did and it's still great! Be sure to call ahead & make reservations as the restaurant gets pretty busy for dinner. The service was excellent, the food was great and the evening itself was wonderful! We had: • Grilled calamari - two of us... More 

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Melissa F, Owner at The Monkey Bar & Grill, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your kind words, and for returning! We are always pleased to make new "regulars". We are also very grateful that you took the time to tell others on TripAdvisor about your experience at our restaurant. We look forward to seeing you again very soon. More 

Toronto, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2017

This is one of our favourite restaurants because of its varied and inventive menu, quality of food and wine, attentive service and location. The chef/owner and his family take pride in everything they do and they do it well. The calves’ liver was spectacular…as always it was done to perfection and accompanied by an array of delicious veggies. My husband... More 

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Melissa F, Owner at The Monkey Bar & Grill, responded to this review

Oh my goodness! Thank you for saying such nice things about us and, especially, for saying them out loud on Trip Advisor! You are very kind. It is always a pleasure to serve you and we look forward to seeing you again very soon. More 

Toronto, Canada
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2016

We went on a busy Saturday night and enjoyed sitting at the bar for dinner. The duck leg was classic. The sweetbread special was a treat too. Definitely one of our favourite restaurants.

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Thank canadianfamily2015
Melissa F, Owner at The Monkey Bar & Grill, responded to this review

Ha! I remember you! You were very nice too by the the way. Thank you for your kind comments and for letting everyone on Trip Advisor know about your positive experience at the Monkey Bar. Hope to see you again soon! More 

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119 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2016

Family owned and run, I found the food to be very good , reasonably priced and they allow corkage. I strongly recommend you try this and their prices are very reasonable, husband and wife team, the wife actually waites on the tables, and the husband is the head chef

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Melissa F, Owner at The Monkey Bar & Grill, responded to this review

Why thank you very much for taking the time to post such nice comments about us! We are very grateful. We hope to see you again very soon! More 

Toronto, Canada
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2016

The meal started reasonably well with nicely prepared calamari, albeit on fairly wilted greens. However the main course was over-cooked, heavily salted and completely lacking in any interesting flavour. The service was indifferent, and after receiving an awful cup of espresso to end the meal, we simply concluded we would never go back. Quite a disappointment, and a good lesson... More 

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Melissa F, Owner at The Monkey Bar & Grill, responded to this review

Cheryl, we take your complaint seriously. We don’t just get offended or self-righteous and then shrug it off. We review, investigate, consider and consult with our staff. We ask ourselves if we truly did something wrong that needs to be remedied, corrected or changed. Although, to be honest (and as I’ve said before), it’s really hard to know what to... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$8 - $23
Cuisine
International, Wine Bar, Canadian, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Open Hours
Monday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3353 Yonge St, Toronto, Ontario M4N 2M6, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Toronto>  > North End
  • Neighborhood: North End
  • Phone Number: +1 416-486-2288
Description
Now in its sixteenth year, The Monkey Bar continues to be praised by patrons and critics alike. Proprietor and classically-trained chef Richard Fox-Revett, formerly of Centro, Splendido and The Four Seasons Yorkville, offers a menu that is a flavourful fusion of Canadian, Italian, French and Asian influences, and includes seafood, game and vegetarian dishes. The atmosphere is inviting and the service is impeccable. Enjoy a pre-dinner drink from our martini menu, or a selection from our broad list of premium vodka and single malt scotch. An extensive wine list, featuring new and old world wines by the glass, half litre and bottle, complements your dining experience. In addition, all our desserts are made in-house. We even provide a children’s menu for the little ones. Our full menu is also available for takeout. The Monkey Bar offers upscale cuisine at affordable prices, all just steps from your front door. Come rediscover North Toronto’s favourite neighbourhood restaurant.

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North End
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