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The Monkey Bar & Grill

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PRICE RANGE
US$23 - US$39
CUISINES
Contemporary, Canadian, International
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Socially distanced dining tables
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
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Updated 20-09-09 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 20-09-09 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We’ve been going to the Monkey Bar for over 15 years and have never been disappointed. Other restaurants have their ups and downs. We love that we can always count on the Monkey Bar for a great dinner.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed June 15, 2022

This might be the best local restaurant in Toronto. Perfectly cooked food, great service and a nice atmosphere. Rack of lamb is great ( if you are lucky enough to be there when the bison burger is on special then you will get to try...Toronto's best burger. Don't miss this one, a great dining experienceMore

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed November 19, 2020

A favourite local restaurant, Monkey Bar manages to maintain its high quality even while restricted to take-out. Wednesday night "chicken dinner" is a great deal, and all the menu items we've tried -- braised short ribs, schnitzel, liver, panko-crusted egg plant, pasta and salads --...are as delicious as ever.More

Date of visit: November 2020
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RichardFoxRevett, Owner at The Monkey Bar & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded January 20, 2021

Thank you so much! We appreciate your patronage (especially now!) and your kind words. We hope to see you again very soon.

Reviewed September 6, 2020

We had heard about Monkey Bar & Grill through our Bridge Club newsletter and decided to give it a try. We did takeout and everything was delicious! Good portions and great sides included. We had the spring rolls, grilled calamari appetizers and from the mains...the crispy duck leg, pecan-crusted chicken breast, and the braised beef short ribs. Everything was so tender and flavourful! Highly recommend....we hope to “dine-in” in the near future. Definitely worth a visit!More

Date of visit: September 2020
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MelissaF444, Owner at The Monkey Bar & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded September 9, 2020

Well that's so nice to hear. Thank you so much. We are so grateful for the continued support of our regulars and are delighted to make new friends. We are open for dine in now (subject to strict Covid precautions you can read about on...More

Reviewed March 5, 2020

Monkey Bar is a hidden gem. It has been around for 20 years. It's menu is diverse. The house wine is exceptional. The service was reasonably good, but there ought to have been more wait staff. The food was superb. I started with the calamari,...which was good. My main, which I highly recommend, was the veal chop. It's not the highest priced veal chop in town, but it's right up there with the best.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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RichardFoxRevett, Owner at The Monkey Bar & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded January 20, 2021

Thanks Howard. It is our pleasure to serve you. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Reviewed February 12, 2020 via mobile

We went for Winterlicious with friends, had beet salads and panko Brie for appetizers. They were both very good. The rack of lamb was tender and done perfectly. My husband had the beef short ribs and he said they were delicious. The chicken was great....The chocolate cake and lemon curd for dessert was so good, first time I’ve had lemon curd and enjoyed a lovely light ending to a really great meal. Our server was very friendly and service was excellent. Our first time at The Monkey Bar, but definitely not the last.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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MelissaF444, Owner at The Monkey Bar & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded February 17, 2020

Wow! A rave review! We really appreciate your compliments. Thank you for posting on TripAdvisor. And thank you for visiting us. We hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed February 11, 2020

My wife andI along with another couple booked this restaurant for winterlicious 2020. Overall the service and dinner was excellent. My wife had the rack of lamb alongwith the other couple. I had the pecan crusted chicken breast. Dessert was very good. We would definitely...come again.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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MelissaF444, Owner at The Monkey Bar & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded February 17, 2020

Thank you so much for your kind comments and for taking the time to post on TripAdvisor. We are very pleased that you enjoyed our Winterlicious menu; we do try very hard to make it delicious and affordable. Hope to see you again very soon.

Reviewed February 9, 2020

My husband and I met friends here for dinner last night. Their Winterlicious menu offers many choices and the servings are generous and we all agreed all three courses were absolutely delicious! Service was prompt and attentive. A little crowded and noisy but we put...that down to the fact that it is such a popular spot. It was quite simply “Winterlicious “!More

Date of visit: February 2020
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MelissaF444, Owner at The Monkey Bar & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded February 17, 2020

Well that's very nice of you to say! Thank you for posting your kind comments on TripAdvisor. It can be especially busy during Winterlicious; we like to think of it as a party with friends you don't know yet. Hope to see you again very...More

Reviewed January 7, 2020

The chef takes the time to prepare and cook the meal perfectly! A dining experience to be cherished.

Date of visit: December 2019
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MelissaF444, Owner at The Monkey Bar & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded January 8, 2020

Thank you for your kind comments! We're delighted that you enjoyed your dinner, and thrilled that you took the time to post on TripAdvisor to let everyone know. We look forward to seeing you again very soon.

Reviewed December 17, 2019

It's one of those places we had been meaning to try for a long time so when relatives invited us to join them, we jumped at the chance. The Monkey Bar has been in the area for more than two decades and I now understand...why. There is something for everyone, and while this could be a sign of a restaurant that hasn't made up it's mind what it is, in the case of the Monkey Bar, it's one of its most important attributes--and all dishes are excellently prepared and presented with panache. There are traditional dishes--rack of lamb, calves' liver, veal chop, steak--as well as many fresh seafood offerings, vegetarian dishes (panko crusted eggplant, braised Puy lentils). There are dishes with an Asian touch and also lovely Italian style pastas. My partner had the fresh fish of the day, very impressive, crispy skin, and I tried the veal schnitzel, with tomato onion relish and sweet potato fries, also nice and crispy and perfectly prepared; my brother-in-law, who said he had been to the Monkey numerous times, ordered the liver, with roasted onions, vegetables and garlic mashed. He thought it was very tasty but would have liked a slightly larger portion. At the same time, my schnitzel was such an ample amount, I handed out tastes to those at our table. Service is helpful as to food choices and wine (waiter's choice turned out much better than the wine bottle I had my eye on) and the warm apple strudel with vanilla ice cream brought us back to our Ashkenazi forbears, bubbes who would have turned out the same dish with pride. The Monkey Bar is family-run, from the chef to the front of the house, and it shows. There is a warm friendly feeling that oh so few restaurants can reliably demonstrate. We definitely will be back.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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MelissaF444, Owner at The Monkey Bar & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded February 17, 2020

What a kind, detailed, and thoughtful review! We couldn't have said it better ourselves. We do try to make everyone happy and we are very glad that you agree. Thank you for taking the time to post your very nice comments on TripAdvisor. We certainly...More

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I was lucky and found parking on the street right in front of the restaurant, but like anywhere else around Yonge St. You may need to find a Green P lot, or drive around to find parking
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If I recall correctly, I think they did have gluten free options however to be sure, I would suggest you give them a call to confirm..
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The Monkey Bar & Grill is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4