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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,

Ratings & Reviews - Donatello Restaurant

How would you rate this business?
  • Atmosphere: 4/5
  • Food: 4.3/5
  • Service: 3.6/5
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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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February 24, 2018

Lovely Italian restaurant.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

February 24, 2018

Food and service superb. We were getting together with people from out of country, we had not seen for months and will not for months. So it was a long lunch, and we never felt rushed. It was a lovely event and a great meal to share to catch up with each other.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 18, 2018

Excellent service - we didn’t have to wait for anything we needed! The food was ah-mazing! Great flavours Good wine selection also

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

February 18, 2018

A grand time was had by all. Excellent atmosphere for a lovely romantic evening. Wonderful food expertly prepared. Our waiter was swamped with customers yet still attentive and charming. He recommended a wonderful wine that complimented our dinner. A fantastic place tucked away in the heart of the downtown core.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

February 18, 2018

Great Italian food restaurant. Great atmosphere and good service. Only criticism is that they slightly overcooked the lamb.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

February 19, 2018

Fabulous dinner in a quaint, intimate setting!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 19, 2018

Excellent evening from beginning to the end - I will remember it as one of the TOP highlights of my trip to Toronto.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 17, 2018

I'm not too sure who our waiters were, but my girlfriend and I had 2 on the upper floor on Thursday February 15, 2018 at about 7:20pm. They were amazing waiters, very funny and friendly. It was the best tortellini and ravioli we've ever eaten as well. Definitely gonna find an excuse to come back whenever we get the chance.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 16, 2018

Was amazing. The food was amazing and service was perfect

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 16, 2018

Very tasty and portion size, was just right.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

February 15, 2018

Service was fast and friendly. Food was presented tastefully. Only area of concern was that the appetizer we ordered (shrimp cocktail) was priced way too high for the amount served. Overall the experience was great and the atmosphere was perfect for a romantic lunch date.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

February 15, 2018

We had a half decent time, but I wouldn't recommend anyone to go here.

Ambiance: 1/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 2/5

February 15, 2018

I choose this restaurant because of its rank on TripAdvisor as one of the best romantic restaurant in Toronto, especially for Valentine's day. We have been very disapointed : - It was noisy - Waiters were always checking the table, like every two minutes, to check if we were done (probably to give the table to next customer) - There was only 2 or 3 musics playing in loop - The food was good (not excellent) and the presentation was very very simple. What a shame for our first Valentine's day in Canada :(

Ambiance: 2/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 1/5

February 15, 2018

Delicious food, great service, although a bit crowded table setting.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 11, 2018

Wait staff were excellent, very nice experience.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 6, 2018

Good restaurant. Great service!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 4, 2018

We shared the carpaccio and it was fabulous. My veal and shrimp americano was amazing! The service was excellent and the food was superb. I can’t wait to return. They have been on Elm street for more than 37 years, that speaks for itself.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 3, 2018

My favourite restaurant when I visit Toronto. Consistently fabulous service and food!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 30, 2018

We enjoyed our experience here

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 29, 2018

We had a great dinner and the food and service was good. The noise level on a Friday upstairs was quite loud and hard to hear conversations.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

January 29, 2018

Excellent service, food, atmosphere. Will definitely recommend and be back to support this gem.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 27, 2018

I want to thank our waiter for the service . He was lovely and very patient with my elderly grandmother.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 28, 2018

Great place for a quiet relaxed but sophisticed experience

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

January 21, 2018

Travel to Toronto from Timmins and we make it a point to go to Donatello’s every time. LOVE everything about this place!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 21, 2018

This is a favourite! When I’m in Toronto this is where I’ll eat. This is my second time and I just love everything about this restaurant! I highly recommend!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 14, 2018

Our second visit after a memorable evening a number of years ago when we visited Toronto. Enjoyed ourselves again. Great service, good food. Thank you!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 14, 2018

1st time for my husband & our guest and they both raved about the total experience. Look forward to coming again next time we are in the city

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 7, 2018

Amazing dinner. Bartender and waitress were fantastic dinner was out of the world.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 7, 2018

Delicious authentic Italian food, exceeded my expectation ! Great service and very personable staff. We’ll be back.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 7, 2018

Reasonable prices for the quality and service. Romaric setting.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

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