Great beer selection in top condition. Every time I visited in August ’08 (about 4 times) There were always different draught beers on the list. Their choices were generally ver good. The bottle menu is amazing, though it will cost you. Food is good but I found it very pricey. Local cheese board was grat, though. Monday night is $5 pint nightI recommend it.
Beershine (850) VANCOUVER, British Columbia | September 18, 2008| Updated June 10, 2012
Impressive beer bar, quality selection includes local focus on draught, cask ales, and hard-to-find bottles. Knowledgeable staff and friendly owner. Pleasant outdoor patio and cozy inside. Good food. House-cured olives. Excellent grilled calamari. By far the best beer bar in Toronto. RERATE!! Now it’s a brewpub, so menu is more limited but still quality offerings of charcuterie, etc. Beers are great. Love the Volo.
My wife and I had all of thirty minutes to spend here before they closed on a Sunday evening, and I thought about staying in town an extra night just to go back. Great, chill bar on Yonge St. with tons of beer-related decor, friendly lighting, English pub touches, and the best beer selection in Toronto. We went to Beer Bistro first, and left without ordering anything. Here, we could subsist for weeks. Tons of local Canadian beers represented on tap and in bottles (Church Key, Grand River, Denisons, etc.). Long bottle menu with lots of vintage beers available, plus tons of excellent taps. A must-see beer destination in Toronto.
As it’s been said, this place has to be made your number 1 priority when visiting Toronto. Efficient, friendly and quick service accompanies a classy outfit with a large and pleasant terrace. I don’t expect to find a better beer place in Ontario. Every beer tried was in pristine condition and the bottle selection, while not as large as Smokeless, is much more impressive with the likes of HOTD being represented. The food is above average Italian cuisine with a certain personality, though perhaps a bit expensive considering the small servings.
Volo Cafe is the best beer bar in Toronto, and the best I’ve visited in Ontario. I try to visit as regularly as I can. Like most locations, visiting in the afternoon is best as it is less busy and there is time to talk to the knowledgeable and attentive staff. Order a cheese board cheese is their specialty as much as beer, and few foods pair better! Special events here, Cask days are a must. Draught and bottles rotate frequently. The patio is comfortable in summer and the bar is a warm and toasty visit in winter weather. Denison’s Weiss tastes wonderful here, and bottle selection includes excellent US and Belgian brews. Service here is the key: the best I’ve encountered, with fantastic beer selection to boot!
Great bottle selection, and a wonderful tap selection of almost all Ontario micros. Nice little patio, and the food is quite good. The only problem i have with Cafe Volo is the service. I find that it’s often a little lacking, when i 1st started going the servers knew ALOT about beer, now I find their knowledge lacking.
Quevillon (291) Boisbriand, Quebec | July 15, 2008| Updated October 20, 2014
Visited for the first time on 9 jullet, 2008, visited three times on vacation in TO. As I read that it was small here, they are right, but comfortable and warm and I was lucky because it was not as crowded. Very good selection of bottled and was therefore Denison, Southern Tier, Hair of the Dog and more. Met two local (jerc and Mabel) plus the owner, Ralph, very good guy. Negative side and they can not do anything at the moment, is that you can not have separate bill. Six years later, it got worse because now they don’t have table service. For beer you go to the bar and ask for something, you can pay now or get a tab. For food, the counter next to the bar where they give a number so some guy looks for you with your food. If it wasn’t for the great beer selection, this place would suck big time!
Terrific place! Somewhat swank and clean. Much like a wine bar, just with about 100 beers or so. The beer list lists brewer, abv, city and state as well as style of beer. Very comprehensive tasting notes, too. Service was attentive and cared about the beer, though they shouldn’t have given me a hard time about the green apple beer (if it’s so bad, don’t put it on the menu). They shouldn’t presume to know what I’d like since they don’t know me. Food was pretty good, too. All in all, this was top notch.
A cozy place, good for people watching near the big windows on Yonge Street. Service was much better than on my last trip and the owner, Ralph is always around to chat with the customers. The main reason you go to Volo is to try beers you can’t get anywhere else in Toronto. The Italian style food is very good.
yarry (2) Waterdown, Ontario | February 4, 2008| Updated February 6, 2008
The place itself was very beautiful although it would benefit with more street visablity. Service was both good and overworked. He was full of great stories and was able to converse with us as well as all patrons readily. He was occasionally swamped and unable to get to us sometimes, this I now understand. The beer selection is great, and I imagine that EVERYONE will find a beer or two theyve never had there. Food was delicious though the pizza was a somewhat smaller portion then I had anticipated. Overall however Volo was very good, the beers were amazing, the food was very good (although maybe not the best fit for a beer place such as this)
To sum it up however, I will be back, and hopefully soon. (Cheers Lawrence -) )
garthicus (64) Dublin, Ireland | January 8, 2008| Updated August 29, 2010
I thought it was about time that I updated my rating of Volo. What can I say that hasn’t already been said here? I love this place, I love the decor, I love the staff and I love the beer. Ralph, Thomas & Julian make this place worth visiting (along with the rest of the staff of course!) The staff are knowledgeable, courteous and friendly. The food is excellent (try the Volo burger) and the beer is outstanding in both selection and condition. There’s always rotating casks and tons of bottles on hand. Monday night is $5 pint night. Throughout the year they host countless beer events but their jewel in their crown is ’Cask Days’, you gotta see it to believe it. This is an absolute must visit if you’re in Toronto. If you don’t, you’ll regret it.