Permanently Closed - Drake Mini Bar

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This restaurant is permanently closed. The Drake's most intimate space yet, Mini Bar pays homage to the classic hotel-bar experience with the unique Drake personality that you know and love. We're serving up bar-friendly bites, hand-crafted cocktails, and an eclectic list of wine, craft beers and non-alcoholic Temperance cocktails. Consider this your après work watering hole, pre or post theatre destination where every dish on the bar menu is a go-to and cocktails are top-drawer. We can’t wait to see how you experience Mini Bar. Closed Saturdays + Sundays for private event bookings.
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4.5
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MicheleS
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food!!! Such interesting, new and delicious flavors. Perfection!
Wonderful, attentive, knowledge and fun staff.
Interesting cocktails at a good price.

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BriB
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious!

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Lucy
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely dinner

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and great service!

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing meal in a cozy, chic, environment. The decor in the minibar is absolutely stunning and makes you feel tucked away in the heart of downtown. Perfect for lunchtime or after-work drinks or dinner with friends and/or colleagues. The food was great - we had the eggplant halloumi appetizer, the flat top burger, and the spatchcock cornish hen. So good!! We also had the Ginger Rogers cocktail that was absolutely delicious. Can't wait to go back and bring more friends.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great experience at Drake Mini Bar. Excellent food, service and the wine list is very good.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Nice vibe, clean, great decor and good service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our evening at the Drake Mini Bar was perfect. Our server , Mike, was very knowledgable about the menu and made outstanding recommendations. The baked scallops were so flavorful, the spinach and swiss chard dip some of the best i’ve had in the city and the fried chicken to die for. My guests and I we’re very impressed by the quality and price of the food dishes.

Amazing wine list, and the Rhyme and Riesling cocktail was creative and tasty. I would 100% recommend Mini bar for any kind of occasion!

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ValerieV
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall4food4service1ambience5

Even with a reservation the host rudely just told me we’d be added to a wait list of tables with a 1 hour wait. We were sat at a low table where we couldn’t properly have dinner to celebrate my girlfriends birthday -so we ended up only having apps. Throughout the last leg of the night nobody even came to us to even offer service so we only had one drink.

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SommerB
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Loved the atmosphere!

We had to wait inside for about 10 minutes past our reservation, but were taken to our table in no time.

Looking forward to coming back!

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vipJazzy
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience4

We were having a great time and after racking up a $600 bill, one of us got cut off for no reason (truly) and without an explanation. They delayed bringing her the drink she ordered for 25 minutes pretending they were busy instead of discussing the potential issue with her like grown ups. This resulted in the rest of sitting around our empty glasses as well. Unnecessary humiliation that could have been avoided if the bar tender and bar manager had done their job aka customer service. The bar manager's ego got in the way and made it a bad experience for everyone. We asked for our bill (which included the drink we never got!) and got out of there. Too bad, this was going to be added to our summer rotation. Next!

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food.

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AlexisZ
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

everything was OK, just the burger there is not good, disappointed about the burger.

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JessicaS
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, food portions were fantastic for the pricing as well!

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RobinW
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service, and ambience! Check this place out for a cool spot to grab dinner or snacks.

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Juliette
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Drake Mini Bar is a very nice place and the service was very good. We didn't eat that evening because the only snack I wanted to order was unavailable (olives). However the cocktails were really tasty and good-looking. The place was very noisy so I wouldn't recommend it for a first date! I think that if you request to have one of the tables outside of the mini bar, it should be much better.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bartender was attentive informative, polite and made great rapport with us. Ambiance was beautiful and drinks were made perfectly - will definitely be coming back with friends

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NCrawford
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The Drake Mini bar is an almost hole in the wall style bar. The outside is very misleading and at first looks like the outside of an airport cafe, BUT inside is absolutely gorgeous. The ambiance is trendy and casual. The food is good but pricy and there are limited vegetarian/vegan options but the staff are very accommodating! I'd go to the drake bar again but more for a fun night of bar hopping then anything else.

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peony
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Pretty good food and amazing service. food portion was a bit small tho.

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skylar1218
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Me and two other friends went there for dinner tonight. It was a good experience overall. However for the price it charges, I expected a higher quality and quantity of food. The service was really nice, the waiter was friendly. It was a bit noisy, after all it is a place for socializing. But I don't think I will go there again.

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AmandaL
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food! Don’t get me started on the cocktails, top shelf! Quieter than the Drake 150 next door, very much enjoyed. Will be back:)

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AncaV
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Food selection for lunch was surprisingly limited. Very few (if any) sensible options. In fact both myself and my guest were disappointed. In an era when people are more conscious of their food and the impact it has on their health, this isn’t anywhere close to a good place that I would recommend.

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Mila
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service and ambiance was great but the volume level was a bit high so difficult to have conversations

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TomTom
Naples
5 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Despite a bit of a bizarre set-up and location, Drake mini-bar comes through in all respects, greetings, service, handcrafted cocktails, great wine by the glass options, and every bite of food tasty, creative and well executed even if a little pricey for a regular occasion, although all well worth it . More refined than its big brother across the hall.

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LuthE
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We requested patio sitting and they gladly accommodated. The cocktail drink, maharaja we had was perfect. Food was great and the dessert was amazing, chiffon cake with lemon meregue filling with pineapple.

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vipCourt
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent venue, well located to the Royal Alexandra Theatre for a nice dinner and glass of wine before the show. The service was wonderful and our server was very knowledgeable about the wine list. Will definitely be back again!

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JoelR
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great birthday lunch here with work colleagues. The food and service were excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent light dinner. The wedges were perfection. (Crispy outside, creamy inside). Relaxed, handsome atmosphere. There was a DJ, but they were playing music of our era, and it was the perfect volume. Will go again.

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vipRomanK
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Good ambiance, cozy feel. Food is a bit over-seasoned (stake tartar and salmon ceviche), wine list is large and reasonably priced. Great cocktails, also reasonably priced. Worth a visit for an after work drink. Will not return to eat.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Great drinks.

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Cheapdate
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really lovely service!

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GailM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great wine selection and delicious food. Everyone from the hostess to the servers were just delightful.

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TeeO
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic.

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Obione
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had the most amazing experience. Our friend has a (new/major) food allergy and the team was incredible. Kind, compassionate and diligent. Best service!!

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vipPearlT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service as always was excellent. The manager Melissa and Ashley are wonderful and always ready to help!

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BeckyM
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The server was great, attentive but not in our faces. We stayed a long time and they didn't rush us out.
Food was delicious
Only comment on price was the Burrowing owl wine price per glass. Pricey and it's a BC wine not a wine from a far away country( we didn't order it)
Otherwise a tasty lunch shared with a good friend
She loved her meal too
Small portion, but just enough for lunch

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vipMSUT
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The “baked bay scallops” served on a seashell with gruyere cheese and unsalted butter / cream sauce was to literally die for. The second dish mussels with chimichurri and white wine broth was tangy, and the mussels were cooked to perfection. The third dish, charred asparagus, came with a delightful miso glaze and sesame seed coating, which personally reflected a close vibe to Turkish/Mediterranean kitchen and the additional garlic butter mayo, is simply a spread that I want on all my sandwiches moving on. Final dish octopus a la plancha was a love child of a shakshuka and octopus. My partner and I have been going at multiple octopus dishes as it is the “hype” for the summer in multiple restaurants, yet this vibrant, tangy, and perfectly charred version, with fresh bell peppers and a bright tomato sauce was simply delightful. Final notes; my gluten-free partner made me order sourdough bread, just so that I can mop up all the sauces from these different dishes. Delightful surprise 4.5/5

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CarlyW
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall4food3service4ambience5

The atmosphere is very nice and the decor is really stunning. The service was great as well. However, I found the menu is really lacking for pregnant customers. There is a lot of raw, unpasteurized food (cheese, oysters, raw egg, cured meat) that left a lot to be desired for safe food options. Keeping a few pasteurized cheeses on hand and having more variety for snacks beyond these options would be appreciated, in particular, the fries from Drake 150, a few more dips or spreads and some crudites would be ideal. The variety of mocktails is great and really satisfying. The eggplant hummus is delicious too.

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vipClaudia
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Overall it was great. The wait for the drinks was compensated by the good service. I’d love to go back

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Permanently Closed - Drake Mini Bar is rated 4.5 stars by 39 OpenTable diners.