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May 28, 2009 06:30 PM

Any good piano bars / restaurants in Toronto or GTA?

Hey all, I'm looking for a place that has a piano player (jazz, classical, whatever). Something not clubby nor crowded, just a relaxed atmosphere. Preferably that serves food, but if it's just a bar/lounge, that's fine as well. Anything in the Toronto area or GTA (Vaughn, Richmond Hill, Markham).


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  1. Ive had a good time at Reservoir Lounge. Its a really fun underground spot.. I havent eaten there, but the menu looks pretty good. Go before the music starts though if you want to eat, because the last time I went I got there at about 9pm on a friday night and there were no seats (had to stand and drink) so we obviously werent able to eat. Music is great though! Age of people really varies.. from mid 20s to late 40s for the most part. Let me know if you find any other places though, I'd love some more good music bars with a piano player.

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    1. re: hungryabbey

      Yes, I've been to reservoir lounge. It's a great choice for music. I ate there a while back and the food was mediocre, but I didn't go for food. This request is for my parents though, and RL is a bit too clubby. We're looking for something quieter, where you sit at a traditional table.

    2. I've had a great time at Casa Mendoza on Lakeshore in Etobicoke. Food is just ok Portuguese, but the piano player is amazing, very old school. Of course, we were a big drunken group that kept stuffing his tip jar, making requests, and singing loudly along to his songs. So maybe go on a night when there isn't a group like us there.

      Added bonus is one of the more underrated patios in Toronto - what a view.

      1. The School in Unionville has a piano lounge. I haven't been but there are positive comments elsewhere on the board.

        The School
        4121 14th Ave, Markham, ON L3R0J2, CA

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        1. re: JamieK

          Can't comment on the piano bar, but in my experience (admittedly a few years old, but this isn't the kind of place that seems likely to have changed anything recently) it's a pretty mediocre restaurant. Bland, boring, expensive food served primarily to people dining out with work colleagues for things like retirement parties and project completion celebrations.

          1. re: JamieK

            Well nix that suggestion then. J's dated experience is more relevant than my non-experience.. That's too bad -- an old converted schoolhouse has so much potential, what a waste.

          2. Le Saint Tropez in the tourist strip along King St. W. has a piano lounge on one floor. I've heard it variously described as "cheesy" and "fun" by different people. I haven't had the pleasure of being able to comment myself. The food there is passable.


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            1. re: Gary

              We just had dinner at Le Saint Tropez and were very disappointed. It took 2 hours to get the main dishes and they still got it wrong. And they charged the wrong price for the wine. Will never go back and strongly suggest you stay away. We found Urban two doors down much better.

            2. Maybe Sopra? (


              I think Jacob & Co also has a piano lounge, but I haven't been.

              The Rex showcase lots of different bands and if you check the schedule you might be able to confirm whether someone's playing piano. It's a bit grotty, food is roadhouse-y and definitely not excellent, but I love it in spite (so do my parents).

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              1. re: Rabbit

                Jacobs & Co ( indeed does have a piano player most evenings in the downstairs bar area. You can find out more info about the Piano Bar right on their website.

                However, if you're going for dinner, it can be quite the pricey experience but IMO, worth the cash.