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37 Elm St, Toronto, ON M5G 1H1
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Rates:

  • $11 to $25,
The romantic street lights of ELM street, just off the rush of Yonge and Dundas is a quaint Italian restaurant, Donatello.

Opening Hours

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday

Restaurant type

  • Steakhouse,
  • Fine dining,

Cuisine type

  • Italian,
  • American cuisine,

Dishes

  • Seafood,
  • Pasta,
  • Hamburger,
  • Pizza,

Features

  • Extensive wine list,
  • Restaurant with party services,
  • Restaurant with terrace,
  • Restaurant with private rooms,
  • Prix fixe menu,
  • Wheelchair-accessible restaurant,

Atmosphere

  • Casual,
  • Romantic,

Products and Services

  • Italian cuisine,

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  • Food: 4.1/5
  • Atmosphere: 3.8/5
  • Service: 3.4/5
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Jerowe R
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Good Quality

Love the food here, tasy and good portion. A bit on the expensive side.

Food: 5/5
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Restaurantica12
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A horrible experience all around

I once visited Donatello years ago for a work Christmas party. The meal was a la carte. I dismissed the underwhelming cuisine as just being the nature of the beast when you have a large party during a busy time of year and day....sadly this wasn't an isolated incident. Some friends from out of town came in and saw positive reviews for Donatello, so we decided to give it a shot. The restaurant wasn't very busy, but the waitress still got out order wrong. I had butternut squash ravioli, which was undercooked and over-salted. It was practically inedible. The service was equally awful. At every stage in the evening, one of the wait staff was rushing us, seemingly hurrying us to get out of our table and get out of the restaurant. Honestly, I felt like I was getting the bum's rush. After paying our bill we raised our concerns with the Maitre'D who seemed almost indifferent and assured us there was no rushing. This place hardly deserves a place on Elm St. and is the farthest thing from fine Italian dining I can imagine. Toronto has plenty of other great options...check them out and stay away from this place.

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Restaurantica12
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Great Food, Great Atmosphere

My favourite restaurant downtown and won't break the bank. Food is delicious and the service is friendly and attentive. Personable owners that make you feel like guests not customers. Always an enjoyable visit and always a must when I visit downtown Toronto. The homemade ravioli is phenomenal.

Atmosphere: 4/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 4/5
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Restaurantica12
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Unimpressed

Poor attention to detail all around. Service was amiable but very inattentive: Water came long after wine was served. Balsamic Vinegar & Oil, served it attractive containers with bread, were insipid quality. Food was uninspired and not very authentic Italian. Carpccio was attractively plated but near tasteless. Veal was over-floured and somewhat over-cooked. Flavors were lacking.

Atmosphere: 3/5
Food: 3/5
Service: 2/5
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The glass of house wine was diluted with water...

The glass of house wine was diluted with water. The Minestrone soup was decent. A bit too salty. The lamb chops were fresh but were overdone. Asked for medium rare, came medium. The service was poor considering the price of the entire meal ($55). The waitress was polite but unhelpful. A party of 3 came after me but were seated first. Neither of us had a reservation.

Atmosphere: 3/5
Food: 3/5
Service: 2/5
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Everything was delicious, my only criticism would...

Everything was delicious, my only criticism would be that it was WAY too salty. And that applies to salad as well as the main dishes/sauces.

Atmosphere: 4/5
Food: 4/5
Service: 4/5
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March 24, 2017

We had a great time and enjoyed everything from the appetizers to dessert! The Grilled Goat Cheese was such a taste explosion! I'd go back just for that but the Veal Marsala was also amazing!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 23, 2017

Couldn't have been more impressed, the service, the ambience! Perfect! We will be back!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 23, 2017

I will definitely come back here for dinner. No also recommend it to friends

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 19, 2017

Absolutely excellent food and service!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 19, 2017

Everything was amazing!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 18, 2017

It was a very nice lunch. Atmosphere is great, service was prompt and attentive and the good excellent - chicken was perfect, and my friend's seafood pasta was apparently very good also. Tiramisu made for a very nice dessert.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 18, 2017

We went for our anniversary dinner and everything was absolutely perfect! The food was delicious and service was amazing!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 16, 2017

Could not have been more pleased with our experience at Donatello's. Had a wonderful dinner.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 12, 2017

it was really good except waiting kk but it was okay I made a reservation too late. that's why they couldn't arrange our seat. Food are really good and service was excellent. I hope to go there again. We had a blast.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 9, 2017

Food was great. Our waiter was excellent - he had great recommendations, split dishes for us on separate plates without us asking etc. We will be back again!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 8, 2017

It was a bit difficult to maneuver around the tables and to find the restroom, but the service and food more than made up for it. It was a wonderful evening, with great wine and a knowledgable staff.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 6, 2017

Excellent as usual Wish we lived closer so we could visit more often

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 5, 2017

Food was great, atmosphere good, service was poor. But I would definitely go back.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 2/5

March 5, 2017

First time at this restaurant. We were in Toronto for my wife's Birthday for dinner and a show at the Mirvish theater. The servers very pleasent. We realy enjoyed our meal and visit to the restaurant. We will be back next time we are in Toronto.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

March 6, 2017

This was our first, and won't be our last visit! Everything was wonderful, and a great start to our dinner and theater evening! Thank you!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 6, 2017

Fantastic. Service, food and the window seat I had asked for, was perfect. A great meal at Donatello's, yet once again. We WILL return!! Cheers!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 6, 2017

Food and service was very very good, however we were rushed to order and leave due to line up at door and or up coming reservations. We made reservations 2 weeks prior, and we all came in from out of town and wanted to enjoy a nice meal out chatting with friends, we were told within 15 minutes we had to order our food and were out the door in less than 1 hour, all that prep, work to come, pay for parking and out the door in less than 1 hour.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 5/5

March 6, 2017

We were upstairs, again, and being full on a Saturday night made the noise level EXTREMELY high. We all found our portions very meagre, especially the vegetables.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 4/5

March 5, 2017

Had scallops and shrimp - amazing. The cream sauce that was on the linguine was bland And I had a large lump of the roux ( flour/butter) that was as large as a loony. Unusual for them. Have eaten here for years and was dismayed!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 5/5

February 26, 2017

This is our favorite place to eat whenever we visit Toronto. The staff is great and the food is always excellent. Authentic Italian food at an affordable price in a charming neighborhood.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

February 26, 2017

Food was excellent. Service was attentive and friendly. Food came warm and in good time. Price was fair. Restaurant was cute and had neat little glassware for oil and balsamic. We both really enjoyed our meal and couldn't decide which part of the meal we enjoyed most. It was all great and we'd definitely go back. Enjoy.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 25, 2017

Seems to cater to tourists and theatre goers. So not a culinary destination, but food well prepared and tasty. Good service in a quaint dining space.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

February 26, 2017

Great service and excellent meal, we had the crab stuffed ravioli and it was fresh and cooked perfectly. No complaints at all.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 25, 2017

Delicious seafood pasta. I'd go back and have the same meal. Friendly ,attentive service. Parking across the street. A short walk to the Ed Mirvish theatre.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 20, 2017

Fantastic night out for our anniversary. Food was great. Service was awesome. Walked to theatre after dinner. Great night!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 21, 2017

Donatello was all you could ask for and some! The atmosphere was perfect, great for a romantic dinner. It was a little crowded considering it was Valentines day long weekend, but every good restaurant should be a little busy at that time of year. Marco our waiter was awesome, he had all the answers about the menu and made every dish sound like a million dollar meal. We ended up getting the Crab ravioli and an order of the chicken breast served with Penne. Both dishes were amazing, and didn't take long at all. Overall it was a great experience and I will definitely be visiting again soon

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 19, 2017

We attended before theatre and was able to enjoy our meal and not feel rushed. Food was exceptional, but a loud group dining near us made it hard to communicate.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 19, 2017

Our survey was honestly amazing , he made sure we were ok and taken care of. Unfortunately I ate before I came so I couldn't eat as much as I wanted. He kept asking if we needed anything else. I would for sure go back

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 16, 2017

This is the second time I've been to Donatello and I am completely in love with it. Food is wonderful, ambience is lovely (we had a round table for 6, which was great for conversation). Service is fantastic. Highly recommend.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 16, 2017

Everytime I go there it's always the best experience and most importantly the most delicious food! Many thanks!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

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