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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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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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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

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 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 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

August 7, 2017

I treated my wife for her birthday to a dinner at Donatello Restaurant followed by a musical at the Mirvish theatre. The food was excellent and the staff was friendly and attentive. I give the restaurant very high marks, this was our first visit and we intend on going back. I would definitely recommend Donatello to anyone.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 6, 2017

We Will be back Excellent!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 5, 2017

We were seated outside on the front patio upon request and it was beautiful. Service was excellent - attentive and courteous. The only disappointment was that we were not told of the dinner specials (we had also seen a fixed price menu on the website but we were advised by our waiter that these were for large groups only) and didn't realize there were specials until we heard them being offered to another table - after our dinners had arrived (we had 5:45 pm reservations). Our dinner was delicious none-the-less. We will return and will be sure to ask about the dinner specials.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

August 5, 2017

Excellent place, we loved it!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 2, 2017

Always great!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 31, 2017

Excellent Service and food. Waiter explained day's special well. Enjoyed the décor. Will surely come again.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 27, 2017

A good evening out. Pleasant dining atmosphere and good food and service. Reasonable pricing.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 25, 2017

Awesome experience for everyone... meals were delicious, service was friendly, attentive, and accommodating to our requests. Thank you for a great evening.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 23, 2017

A best friend birthday dinner was perfect, thanks to Donatello's chef and staff! From the caprese salad and bruschetta, to the lamb chops (unbelievable) and the veal piccata, the food was wonderful! And we were glad we left room for dessert! Tartufo and creme brûlée were the perfect end to a fab meal! Thanks for the terrific service!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 20, 2017

Great as always

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 18, 2017

Donatello is one of my "Go To restaurants" in GTA. It is small and intimate which can be noisy when they are busy. Service and food are always excellent.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 16, 2017

I frequentl Donatello before the Theatre. Always excellent!!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

July 14, 2017

This is our regular spot for special occasions; it never disappoints!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 14, 2017

We went for dinner before seeing a show. Everything was great. The gnocchi was delicious! Would definitely return.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

July 13, 2017

Nice place to dine before heading to the theatre!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

July 10, 2017

We had an amazing time thanks to everyone at Donatello's. The food, atmosphere and service are second to none! I highly recommend it for any occasion!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 4, 2017

This was a most romantic, evening with wonderful food and the best staff ever! Dewan was extraordinary and made my husband and I feel as if we were appreciated and welcomed. We have already referred friends and others that we met in Toronto during our weekend stay. We live in Ohio and we will continue to tell others about your exceptional restaurant.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 2, 2017

Our waiter didn't know the price of specials, didn't know the vegetable that came with entrees, and didn't know how much it cost to add meatballs to a dish. He had to check for all of them, which was frustrating because he seemed annoyed that we were asking questions. Also, my food was served cold. I didn't say anything because I felt like I annoyed our waiter enough already. It was an okay experience. Could definitely be improved.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 3/5

July 2, 2017

I had made the reservation for our 10th Wedding Anniversary and mentioned it. I was told I would have a table next to the window. When we arrived there was one table available which was not reserved. The hostess gave us that table. She came to us 2 minutes later to tell us our reservation was for 6:00 pm not 7:00as we had made it for. We ordered our meal appetizer each with main courses of Grilles Shrimp and Pasta Vongole. Both meals were awful. No mention of our anniversary and felt like we were being rushed out. We sat at a table for two almost on top of another couple sitting next to us. It had mentioned on the website semi formal attire and people were dressed much less than that. If your looking for a romantic and exquisite restaurant Donatello IS NOT THE PLACE. Very disappointed and will never go back.

Ambiance: 2/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 2/5

July 2, 2017

We sat on tbe upper outside patio. The night was perfect ! Food was exceptional wine was paired perfectly & server was attentive and engaging. It was a real great first experience.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 1, 2017

We were ending a tour of baseball parks and Toronto was our last stop. We wanted to have a nice "last" dinner. We found Donatello online. It was a beautiful evening - we ate out on the upstairs patio. Service was fabulous. Our server explained the specials / which both my husband and I enjoyed! I had butternut squash ravioli and my husband had spaghetti with a variety of seafood in a tomatoe sauce. The wine was also delicious. We were surrounded by beautiful flower boxes in a very cozy atmosphere. If you are looking for Italian food at reasonable (moderate) prices with a cozy atmosphere - Donatellos is perfect.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

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