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37 Elm St, Toronto, ON M5G 1H1
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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,

Languages Spoken

  • English,

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  • Atmosphere: 3.8/5
  • Food: 4.1/5
  • Service: 3.4/5
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fait4449
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We enjoyed everything about our visit here. Beautiful street, the best service we have ever had and we are out All the time, and our food was very good. We have no complaints....will definitely return again!!! Our server was very attentive, knowledgeable and interesting...unfortunately...we did not remember his name, but he is from Bangladesh...that may help?? Haha...

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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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Restaurantica12
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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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October 15, 2017

Penne Arriabata was just ok.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 5/5

October 13, 2017

Booking on line was simple and efficient. Service was excellent, our server was polite and entertaining. Most importantly the food was delicious

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 10, 2017

We really enjoyed our lunch here at this restaurant - good food, excellent service, and very reasonable price.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 5, 2017

Was generally ok, but overpriced

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 4/5

September 28, 2017

Less salt in food. Extra salt can be added at the table if required

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

September 27, 2017

Disappointing night overall, especially as this was a celebration on the day my girlfriend and I were engaged, which I had let the restaurant know in advance. The venue is nice but tables a bit too tight which means I wasn't comfortable when someone was sitting behind me. The food was the main disappointment, I ordered a steak, medium with sauce on the side. First it was served covered in the sauce, they took this away after a few comments, the side of veg was left so I had to eat this separately, the second attempt at the steak was essentially burnt so I had a few bites and no more. They did offer to make a third attempt but we called it quits and settled for taking the steak off the bill. My girlfriends food was ok but nothing special. The dessert came with a congratulations message but I didn't feel like they made a big effort. Could have been a lot better if more care had been taken.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 3/5

September 26, 2017

Donatello Ristorante continues to be a hidden gem among overpriced downtown Toronto restaurants. Wonderful patio, old world decor and ambiance, and an amazing private dining space on the second floor (with its own bar).

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 23, 2017

Thank you for making our family's celebration of a birthday so enjoyable!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 20, 2017

Love it here food soooo good and everyone so friendly

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 18, 2017

Came here for my Nineteenth Birthday Dinner with Friends. Everyone was so kind! The food was absolutely amazing! Thank You so much for making my night so special. Will definitely be coming back!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 16, 2017

Exceeded my expectations. Food and ambiance are excellent

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 9, 2017

My husband and I recently dined at Donatello's for our Wedding Anniversary. The staff knew it was our anniversary. When we ordered our dessert, they wrote Happy Anniversary which was nice but they could of comped at least one of our desserts. For a high end restaurant, they should of comped something for our anniversary. That was a bit disappointing.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 3/5

September 5, 2017

Beautiful surroundings everything was delightful and everyone was Delightful ,Would recommend to family and friends

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 3, 2017

Excellent first experience that was warm and personable. The restaurant had an old world cozy feel. Our waiter was very knowledgeable in wines and was attentive to our ever need. The food was fresh and expertly prepared with delectable flavours. It was a wonderful anniversary dinner!! We will definitely return.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 2, 2017

My family has lived in Toronto for more than 60 years and your restaurant and its friendly and helpful staff remind us of what is so special about the city. Whether return customers or first timers, you are always treated well, with good comfort food dishes and tantalizing specials. Thank you!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

September 2, 2017

We had a lovely dinner, and everything was just great! I especially appreciated the tilapia which was so flavourful and perfectly cooked.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 1, 2017

Nice restaurant off Dundas Square. Primary complaint is lack of children's menu. We were advised any meal would be half the price for a child, however we were advised we needed to pay a full meal price for a child's meal simply because we requested plain buttered pasta instead of the rose sauce pasta. Seems like a hefty charge for a simple change. Service and food were both good.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

August 31, 2017

Great location. Sat on the patio. Great atmosphere. Food was outstanding.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

August 31, 2017

Excellent as always. U can never go wrong with this restaurant !!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 27, 2017

Almost 1h30 wait for some pasta is ridiculous

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 1/5

August 26, 2017

Excellent as always!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 20, 2017

Loved the rooftop patio, food was amazing. Service was quick.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 20, 2017

It was our first time at Donatello, but not our last. From the fine service, warm, elegant ambiance, and absolutely fantastic food--this place might become one of our favourites in Toronto for Italian.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 19, 2017

Very good wines. Very good Tiramisu.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 19, 2017

A wonderful evening on the rooftop. Food was very good. Service is was outstanding. Highly Recommended

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

August 16, 2017

This is a great little Italian place tucked into the street. We have come as a couple and enjoyed it so much we brought our friends. The food is amazing every single time, it definitely has that home cooking feel ....and the service is nice and welcoming. Shout out to Dewan - a great waiter and host. It is a little dark in there but it adds to the charm. Can't wait for the next visit!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 15, 2017

Almost everything is loaded with garlic. Few gluten-free choices. The smoked salmon appetizer and caprese salad were good, but these were the only things on the menu that I could eat, so I probably won't go back.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 3/5

August 15, 2017

we always choose Donatello for at least one meal when visiting Toronto......and you never fail to impress. Thanks again

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 11, 2017

Unfortunately our second visit to this establishment, our experience was spoiled by a lack of communication. Upon arriving for a 6:15 reservation, we informed the hostess that we had tickets to a musical at 8:00. Owe were told lots of time. Service was very slow, left alone for 15 minutes before we could order wine. Appetizers arrived in good time but at 7:10 we had yet to get our main course. We were told staff did not know about our time constraints and that we would be served shortly. It arrived at 7:30. We asked for our bill at that time. 10 minutes later we were presented with our bills. Indicated that we were paying by credit card. 5 minutes later without having a machine presented to us, we left cash and ran to the show. Not sure we will return.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 2/5

August 7, 2017

Good as always!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

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