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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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November 17, 2017

Very attentive service, excellent authentic Italian cuisine. Will define be back

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 15, 2017

Absolutely fantastic. I would highly recommend it.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 14, 2017

As always, an amazing taste and experience time. Great food, engaging wait staff, and wonderful venue!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 12, 2017

A bit loud upstairs but a lovely dinner. Fantastic food and excellent server. Thank you.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 12, 2017

The food was excellent, and the atmosphere is perfect for couples looking for a cute Italian restaurant.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 11, 2017

It was our first time at the restaurant and it was a lovely experience. Also, the house wine tastes great! :)

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 5, 2017

We would be happy to visit for dinner again.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 5, 2017

Too much noise. Food prepared before and then reheated.

Ambiance: 2/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 2/5

November 5, 2017

The owner, Jack, was amazing to our family. We had never been to the restaurant before and he was incredibly helpful in helping us order, and made us feel very special. We will definitely be returning!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 4, 2017

AMAZING EVERYTHING BEST DINNER EVER THANK YOU THE SERVICE WAS AMAZING

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 5, 2017

Great busy Italian restaurant You are made to feel special in the crowd of diners Highly recommend and will return!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 3, 2017

Great meal and service!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 3, 2017

First time there- we enjoyed it

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

November 3, 2017

A bit chilly sitting by the door but otherwise everything was excellent. Will be back again!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 29, 2017

very busy restaurant with good food and reasonable service.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

October 30, 2017

Tables are too close upstairs and if you are having groups you should only have groups upstairs as it was extremely loud.

Ambiance: 1/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 29, 2017

My sister and I have come to Donatello's a number of times and have loved everything we've had -but our absolute favourite is the crab ravioli, which I have had all but once (and only because it wasn't available then!) and we will continue to return. Thanks so much!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 29, 2017

We very much enjoyed our evening. Waiter and staff work well together. Food dishes were classic Italian.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

October 26, 2017

Fairly small portions than expected but overall a nice experience and we would go there again and recommend it.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

October 26, 2017

Wonderful restaurant! Just a little noisy, the place is nice!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 25, 2017

Never disappointed - quality food, with quality service!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 21, 2017

Excellent on all accounts. Something you have no control over but was noticeable is that it was quite noisy.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

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

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