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

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Rates:

  • $11 To $25,

Opening Hours *Holiday 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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December 15, 2018

Great service and meal. Accommodated special food request. Overall very enjoyable experience.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 15, 2018

Authentic Italian atmosphere with the most amazing food. Service always impeccable. Highly recommend-fresh pasta and great wine selection!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 15, 2018

Great food...great service as always.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 15, 2018

Great little restaurant. We go there every time we come to Toronto..We love it.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

December 13, 2018

Food and service was good. We booked online 2 hours in advance the restaurant had no record of it, after a short wait they accommodated us. Food and service was excellent, we will go again. Unlike Tre Ristorante in Peterborough where we ordered food online via YP over a month ago, still waiting.... for food, and apology.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

December 12, 2018

Great evening out excellent food and service

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 11, 2018

Excellent as always! We will be back

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 10, 2018

We Enjoyed the food and had a great time dining.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 10, 2018

Excellent food and service.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 8, 2018

Service was impeccable. Server / sommelier / wine manager was respectful, listened, offered choices, knew the menu choices (including specials) inside-out and backwards. Offered supurb sounding options and at the end of all that, the food was nothing short of fantastic. Wine suggestion hit the mark from a budget and taste perspective along with how it paired (with lamb). The team also managed to get us out to the theatre when we didn't properly plan enough time. Would have loved to have spent longer and next time we will. We will recommend Donatello highly and speak of this meal far into the future.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 7, 2018

Everything was superb. Can't wait to go back.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 7, 2018

Great location, great food. Caprese salad was to die for. Extensive wine list. Service was stellar!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

December 6, 2018

The food was terrific. Excellent tilapia and pasta of the day. Starter bread was warm. They forgot our appetizer but were very generous with a gratis tiramasu. A really nice first time there. Would definitely return!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 4, 2018

Quality of dishes served was very high.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

December 2, 2018

My second visit in a month....always after the theatre. Last time I commented on the great food but this time would like to commend the staff. Friendly and attentive but not hovering. When you say thank you to them they respond with "you're welcome" NOT "no problem" or "no worry" like in most restaurants. It's a very enjoyable spot to dine. Will be back next theatre night.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 2, 2018

The Team at Donatello’s never ceases to amaze! Some of the best Italian food ever, combined with amazing staff and this place is our favourite!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 1, 2018

Amazing service and food. I have recommended your restaurant to everyone I have spoken to since I left :). I will definitely return when I come back to the city.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 1, 2018

Fabulous food and ambiance. Attentive staff too

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 27, 2018

Fabulous food! Excellent service. Thank you! We all had a wonderful time.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 27, 2018

Literally the best Italian restaurant in Toronto. We eat here every time we are in town for a conference, and it never disappoints. Always great service and amazing food!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 26, 2018

Usually love this place. Ate there 3 days prior and everything was fine. Seems like the two tops are generally ignored in favor of larger parties. Evening started out OK, but as soon as other tables were seated forget it. Waited for main course for over 35 minutes while a table of 7 woman paid w individual checks, they had no alcohol and brought in their own birthday cake, but had excellent service. Two other sixes were also receiving their food without any delay. Finally we started asking what was going on and the food came right out. wrong and just bad. Yu could tell by how hot the plates were, and dried out the food was, that they were sitting under the heat lamps a long time I was looking forward for a year for the grilled lamb chops used to be a favorites, what came out was over cooked rack of lamb. Partner has veal marsella, same as the first night. this was dry tasting even though in a sauce that tasted like grain alcohol . They didn't charge for the food( good thing we couldn't eat it and didn't want to wait another 45 minutes) but the evening was ruined. If you are couple and want to eat there you better bring 4 friends other wise you will be ignored. Had cocktails and a very expensive bottle of wine unlike the others who were getting service while drinking waters and hot teas.

Ambiance: 2/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 1/5

November 24, 2018

So our waiter insisted the calamari was amazing. Simply put... it wasn’t. Unless you want to be amazed at how burnt one side and how raw the other side a piece of squid can be. One bite of at-once too chewy and too burnt later, we were done. The waiter noticed we took one bit and offered no condolences or surprise.

Ambiance: 1/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 1/5

November 20, 2018

My boyfriend and I went here for our first anniversary and it was such a classy, comfortable place to be! We loved all the waiters/waitresses, and the hostess was even kind enough to compliment my outfit. The food was amazing. Needless to say, we will definitely be returning to Donatello Restaurant!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 21, 2018

Excellent food & service from very friendly staff.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

November 21, 2018

Outstanding evening with my Mom....very romantic and top rate service....nice change from the trendy noisy restaurants....

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

November 18, 2018

Food was great. Great pasta portions! Service was not good. We waited 20 minutes for menus and had to ask our waiter 3 times to bring them out. The food also came out at different times...about a 10 minute time difference between everyones food coming out. Overall good experience.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 2/5

November 13, 2018

Rhe food was delicious. Definitly will be going bacj and recommending the restuarant!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 4, 2018

This was our first visit. We arrived at the time of our reservation and were told we would have to wait for our table. The waiter then said there was a table. The restaurant was very busy. Our table was fine and the service was good but a little rushed. The food came quickly after it was ordered. Both my wife and I found the food to be salty. We don’t often experience that when we eat out. The wines are marked up too much. We would classify our experience as “OK”. It was more expensive than similar restaurants and we weren’t wowed.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 4/5

November 3, 2018

Perfect evening so hard to get positive review from Michael he is still talking about it

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 2, 2018

Dinner after a matinee theatre. We arrived as the staff was preparing for the evening dinner hours. We were welcomed and treated wonderfully. The service was exceptional as was the food. The veal Picatta and veal Marsella were so tender, knives were not required. Make sure you have the Bruschetta. We will definitely come back. Told our friends they must dine at Donatello's. Wish we lived closer. We came by Go train from Oshawa but we will be back.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

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