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

Methods of Payment:

  • visa
  • masterCard
  • cash
  • interac
  • amex

Rates:

  • $11 To $25,

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

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  • 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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Restaurantica12
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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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August 12, 2018

Nice place for dinner. Recommand 2nd floor terrace

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 12, 2018

Food and atmosphere were great. However, there was mold in the balsamic vinegar container that was blocking the balsamic from getting out. What I didn’t like is that they didn’t even bother to say sorry and replaced the container as if nothing happened or as if this is normal!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 1/5

August 12, 2018

We celebrated our 40th anniversary here for dinner Sat Aug 11 We ordered a couple of the specials for the day and found them to be exquisite. Veal chop and rack of lamb. Both dishes were excellent. With a bottle of Chianti what could go wrong? Nothing! Well done .

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

August 10, 2018

From out of town and was a really nice private quiet spot to get away from the busy city

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 8, 2018

All was good but. The cost of the wines was too high, there were few choices under $100.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

August 6, 2018

every staff we have encountered at this restaurant was very courteous and friendly. our server was very helpful in understanding menu selections. I would definitely look forward to come back to this place in the near future oh and most importantly the food was, of course, amazing. the quality and flavour of the dishes we ordered were on point!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 6, 2018

The food quality was great, our waiter was soft spoken, precise with his knowledge on a long list of specials of the day, which I would recommend a small chalkboard or print out of daily specials displayed with menus or at the table already as to not have the waiter stand for a 5min speech on the daily specials. The price seemed to be on par with other local restaurants but the quantity of food delivered for the price was less then expected however made up for it in quality and flavour. This restaurant is a hidden delight tucked away off the busy street. Definitely recommend this lovely restaurant

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

August 3, 2018

45 minutes of waiting without a waiter even taking our order. We left to a nice pub down the road after non-existent service. We arrived 45 minutes before our reservation and asked if we could be seated early. There were no seats inside but we were fine with a seat outside. At this point our group was too hungry to care where we sat. While outside the waiter came outside multiple times without greeting us let alone taking our orders. Another customer was seated next to us and his order was taken within minutes of being seated. Our table of 4 still was still waiting to be acknowledged. 15 minutes late the table of 1 seating next to us was given his food while our table had still not been served. After a grand total of 45 minutes of waiting we got fed up and left for a nice pub down the road. Horrible service.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 1/5

July 31, 2018

It was very enjoyable the veal and lamb chops were very very good

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 19, 2018

Great Place - will return

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 16, 2018

Food was quite good but it took a long time for our mains to arrive. Will visit again in the future.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 3/5

July 16, 2018

Very friendly service, plus the food was incredible, 10/10 will go back

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 14, 2018

Great service and great setting on the upstairs patio. Food was ok, could have been better.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 5/5

July 9, 2018

Love it!!! Very cozy and romantic restaurant!Excellent service, delicious food and good prices!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 9, 2018

First time at this restaurant f . The best Italian restaurant I’ve been to in the city so far . Food was great service was spectacular .. definitely going back again ..

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 9, 2018

This is our favorite Italian Restaurant in Toronto. We make reservations every time we are in Toronto. We love everything about Donatello's.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 5, 2018

The server was very knowledgeable. The food was excellent. We would come here again

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 30, 2018

Wonderful service and food

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 25, 2018

We regularly travel to Toronto to go see a play and we select a restaurant situated at a walking distance from the theater. For our recent visit, we went to dine at Donatello. We considered that the cost to eat there is slightly above average for a Toronto restaurant but it was worth every penny; we were extremely pleased with the service and food (including a very good selection of wines). The restaurant is very cozy and situated on a reasonably quiet city street, yet close to several of Toronto's main interesting points. We plan to repeat the experience soon.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 23, 2018

Staff were very accommodating as our group straggled in. Food was very tasty. Would recommend this restaurant.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

June 17, 2018

I reserved online and the had no record of it. Still got a table fairly quickly. Food was good but the desserts salad was disappointing. Had to ask for lemon, was not offered Parmesan cheese, no bacon at all and it lacked any kind of pepper or zip. Expected better. Everything else was delicious.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 5/5

June 16, 2018

We had dinner here for my grandmother's 85th birthday celebration. The food was spectacular and the service impeccable. They treated my grandmother like a queen, it was perfect. Thank you!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 13, 2018

I really enjoyed my visit. The food was excellent! However, our table asked for regular water and the waitress did not even ask if we wanted bottles or not. She just continued to bring out bottles of water until we got the check and found out there was a charge for every bottle. I would have appreciated being asked if we needed more rather than just bringing out bottles, which is not very nice.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 3/5

June 12, 2018

Place was noisy and you'll need to include birthday specials in your restaurant. Told the guy on the phone it was my wife's birthday but I guess you guys don't have any such policies. Overall 3 on 5.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 4/5

June 12, 2018

very good

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 6, 2018

Very cozy environment and a good portion of high-quality food. Raymond

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 4/5

June 2, 2018

The waiter was very friendly and very knowledgeable ......extremely detailed with the specials and made it clear that they would be happy to make any changes to accommodate tastes. The service was excellent. Always a nice experience!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 31, 2018

We have been here in the past and will continue to visit when in Toronto.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 31, 2018

Service started out really well but once food was served he disappeared!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

May 26, 2018

Very very disappointing. Mediocre food at best Tried to upsell the wine. Tried to uptip Awful service. Will never go back. This was a special evening. My daughter received her PhD. What a let down. Over priced.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 1/5

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