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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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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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June 24, 2017

Great find on a great little street in Toronto. The food was very good. My grandson and I were there for dinner and we enjoyed everything about the place. We sat on the upstairs balcony. It was perfect.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

June 21, 2017

Love the crab ravioli - always hoping it will be one of the specials!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 21, 2017

Took my fiancee for her birthday and they did a wonderful job. The veal marsala is melt-in-your mouth and the tortellini is just delicious.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 20, 2017

Visited with my parents and grandparents. I had made a reservation which was confirmed, my parents arrived first and they asked my parents to move to a different table. As soon as I arrived with my grandparents about 15 minutes later before I could even enter the restaurant I was immediately told that we had to move tables YET AGAIN! My grandmother walks with a walker and it was a grave inconvenience. They did serve us bruschetta and salami (compliments of the house) which was considerate and appreciated but they definately need to get their seating arrangements in order. The food, to say was mediocre is a gross understatement. The tortellini with "sausage" mushrooms and peas was anything but. There was about a teaspoon of minced sausage on an enormous plate full of pasta and the mushrooms I believe are from a can because they definately were not fresh! I had the supposedly "grilled" shrimp and scallops. Nothing grilled about either scallop nor shrimp which doesn't surprise me because you needed a microscope to see them they were so small and definately not fresh either! Service was slow and disorganized the waiter wasn't really listening and we felt very rushed to order. Overall, not a great first impression would not consider going in every again and wouldn't recommend the place to anyone which is a shame because the actualy location and building is rather cozy and nice feeling but poorly managed and THEY HAVE TO CHANGE THEIR CHEF!!!

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 3/5

June 19, 2017

The food is very unimaginative and drowning in sauces. I couldn't even see the raviolis on my plate for all the sauce. The menu is very old school and not interesting. Disappointing dinner.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 3/5

June 18, 2017

Lovely evening. My friend and I have food restrictions and the menu was excellent.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 19, 2017

A nice evening. The carrot cake was a little dry but otherwise the food was Excellent.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

June 17, 2017

Real Italian food. Delicious.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 15, 2017

The restaurant is fabulous. The lamb chops terrific. The beef tenderloin to die for. The service stellar. Fantastic all around!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 15, 2017

The restaurant got extremely busy all at once when we got there; which made the job obviously challenging for the wait staff and the kitchen. Despite this, service was still good and the food was incredible (I am sure if we were there during a less busy time, the service would have been perfect). The interior is very cozy and romantic, plenty noisy enough (from the customers) so that we could converse at a normal tone and have a private conversation. The decor was a bit out of date in some respects, but not enough to take away from the experience. We visited for our anniversary, and though we made a note of it on the reservation, no mention of this was made during our visit (not a requirement, but would have been a nice touch). Absolutely enjoyed our experience and the price made going back again worth while.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

June 14, 2017

Excellent service and good food!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

June 15, 2017

Had a superb lunch with excellent service! Everyone loved what they ordered and we will definitely return!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 14, 2017

Very nice evening. Great service, excellent food.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 13, 2017

The appertize we ordered was not served.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 2/5

June 13, 2017

the food was delicious and the atmosphere was great, I was just not pleased with the service, one bit. For starters I was trying to make an adjustment to an order based on dietary needs (I am a vegetarian) but the waiter just kept repeating what the menu said, and did not answer my question. When this happened, I gave him the benefit of the doubt and assumed it had to do with a language barrier and just let it pass. Next, when it came down to paying our bill, what was initially planned by our party is to have one of the group members pay for 3 members of the 5, while the other 2 members pay separately for their own dishes. When we asked our waiter to split the bill, he said he cant. To me this made no sense, because I work as a waitress at a restaurant and am always able to split the bills, and do think I should make this adjustment, because we are paying for for a service via gratuity fee. Secondly, he just assumed we were all on one bill before even asking us, and when we told him that we wanted to separate the bills he said he cant? I just personally don't understand how that change could not have been made, especially considering he is providing us a service and there is a gratuity fee placed on the bill. Other than the service, the food was delicious, I was just very disappointed with the service, and dont think I will be coming again as a result of it.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 1/5

June 12, 2017

Very quant and romantic! Great food and service.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 11, 2017

Little hidden gem.... a new favourite spot when in Toronto.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 10, 2017

Great lamb chops.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 11, 2017

One of our favorite restaurants

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 10, 2017

Donatello never disappoints. This is one of our long-time favourites.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 7, 2017

Good location for a business meeting as it is a smaller restaurant and less noisy than other places in the area. Service was sort of low key but attentive.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 3/5

June 6, 2017

Superb food, individualized service, polite and efficient. Clearly an experience to repeat.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 4, 2017

Very nice music and cozy restaurant. Good food and service

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

June 2, 2017

Our meal was fantastic. Great first visit to your restaurant

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 31, 2017

We had a great diner yesterday,the food was excellent,everything we ordered met our expectations and I had asked for a quiet table for a romantic diner and they have been very kind and responded to our request.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

May 31, 2017

Best rack of lamb ever!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 29, 2017

Great ambiance, amazing food and service. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 28, 2017

as delicious a veal marsala as i have enjoyed anywhere; service was great. cute restaurant. a bit noisy and clientele is largely tourists and old folks-so not a "hip" scene; but certainly fine and delicious dining @ reasonable prices.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 27, 2017

I made the reservation online. There seemed to be a bit of confusion when we arrived but they quickly seated us although upstairs by ourselves. It turned out to be the best decision. We had the upstairs to ourselves for most of our dinner so allowed us to have great conversations and able to hear each other and talk about anything. The waiter was great. The meal and food was great. We had the tomato salad with black olives, etc. (fabulous and fresh) and the arbarriata (spelled wrong sorry!) pasta and it was great too. Thank you for a great experience

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 28, 2017

Great experience and meal. Very friendly staff and good food.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

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