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37 Elm St, Toronto, ON M5G 1H1
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open now 11:30 am - 2:30 pm4:30 pm - 11:00 pm

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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  • Atmosphere: 3.8/5
  • Food: 4.1/5
  • 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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May 23, 2017

You confirmed my reservation on May 22 and yet your restaurant is CLOSED on that day!!!!!!and now you ask for my comment?! Get your act together I want to put no star but the message cannot be sent

Ambiance: 1/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 1/5

May 20, 2017

The hype for this restaurant is over rated. Initially I wrote on my reservation that this was for a birthday and they did nothing. Second the new server was horrible, he had no guidance and so many times we just sat there menus closed waiting. He didn't know key signs of knowing when a customer is really to order. The pasta sauce was watery and didn't have much flavor it was like the mushrooms came out of a can, and the flour in the alfredo sauce was not cooked enough. There are several other Italian restaurants I would rather spend my money at. Drinks were the only positive thing about our experience.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 2/5

May 20, 2017

Excellent service. Great meal.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

May 14, 2017

I was quite disappointed that our appetizer never arrived. They offered to bring it but we already had our mains.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 2/5

May 13, 2017

I highly recommend the ravioli squash! It's truly remarkable!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 13, 2017

one of the worst steaks I have ever had in my life and subpar service .. would not recommend this restaurant to anyone

Ambiance: 2/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 2/5

May 10, 2017

we had a superb lunch ( we all had the same thing - baked/broiled salmon; with pasta or vegetables + arugula salad) and are looking forward to a return visit soon

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 7, 2017

Excellent dinner

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 7, 2017

We always enjoy dining at Donatello's. It is a nice intimate atmosphere and the food is terrific. We have been dining her for about 20 years now.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 4, 2017

Poor table near the door which when open made it cold enough to wear coats. Tables too close together. The room too noisy for us to converse easily.

Ambiance: 2/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

May 4, 2017

Understated and attentive service. Excellent food - all of the appetizers and entrees we had were excellent. We did not have dessert but the espresso was good. Highly recommended.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 4, 2017

A thoroughly wonderful meal. Service was excellent

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 3, 2017

Great spot. Just go you will enjoy it. Lots of specials in addition to a great menu.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 2, 2017

A fabulous meal, from beginning to end - and we had everything. Appetizers, main, wine, and dessert. Was a great birthday celebration for our son. It was our first visit, but it definitely won't be our last - fantastic.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 1, 2017

Excellent food and service - Never disappoints. Wonderful experience. Would highly recommend.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 30, 2017

Really great Italian food and Marco was a great host.Glad I discover this place I will be going back soon.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 26, 2017

This is the best restaurant meal that I have had in a very long time. Service was impeccable. I will return.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 23, 2017

Nice quiet restaurant for a romantic Anniversary dinner. Great place, great food , great service, moderately priced.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 20, 2017

This was our first visit. The food and service were superior, however, our table for 2 was 6 inches from both tables beside us. Not my idea of a dinner for 2! The conversation around us was so loud we couldn't hear the waitress. For these reasons we won't be back!!

Ambiance: 1/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

April 19, 2017

First visit and loved it!! Looking forward to going back! Outstanding food, service was excellent and a cozy atmosphere.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 19, 2017

A Vacant hostess desk and two doors to choose from had us confused at first. Both led to the restaruant. We were graciously and swiftly seated. Introduced to our waiter, who then quickly took our drink orders. We were comforted by a candle and fresh bread for our table. Market entrees were well explained. The white salmon pan seared with capers and pasta side was delicious and exactly what I had dreamed it would be. My wife also enjoyed the chef prepared crab ravioli in a tomato cream sauce. Thank You for a wonderful and Intimate dinning experience. Americans from Syracuse, NY

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 16, 2017

We went for dinner after taking in a musical at the Princess of Wales Theatre. It's about a 10min walk or a 3min subway ride from King St. The food was fantastic, service was great, and the price point was reasonable. A little squishy inside. I felt a bit squeezed in but other than that everything was great.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 13, 2017

All great a little expensive tho.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 11, 2017

Awesome restaurant. Only place I know that remembers what you ordered last time you visited Pasta was the best.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 10, 2017

Very nice waitress

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 10, 2017

Great food and service :)

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 8, 2017

We were well taken care of thank you!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 9, 2017

Good food nice table at the back of the restaurant, will visit again!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

April 7, 2017

Amazing !!!! Everyone must try atleast once !

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 6, 2017

Absolutely fantastic. The staff was amazing in every way. They made a great meal better! A gold star to the kitchen as well!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

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