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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,
Location
37 Elm St, Toronto, ON M5G 1H1
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Opening Hours *Holiday hours

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday

Rates:

  • $11 To $25,

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Ratings & Reviews - Donatello Restaurant

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mviscount
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Seriously, best restaurant i have been to! Donatello on Elm in Toronto - the service was sooo good - made very special by our knowlwedgable server! The food - sublime! I highly recommend it! What a night!!! The lamb was perfect, and the seafood pasta in a pernod cream sauce to die for. Such wondeful hosts! OMG!They even wrote Happy Birthday Michelle in chocolate around my tiramisu. Such a special night!

Atmosphere: 5/5
Food: 5/5
Service: 5/5
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Allie Bell
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If there was an option for negative stars regarding service, food and experience. I would offer a negative 10 star review. The service staff are extremely rude. Food is not made in house and the pasta is clearly frozen. But waiting over an hour for just mains while watching other tables who arrived after our small table of 5 receive their food before us is just dispicable. Avoid at all costs.

Atmosphere: 1/5
Food: 1/5
Service: 1/5
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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 17, 2019

awesome!! great food, drinks and service. Highly recommend.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 17, 2019

I had an amazing time there. The food was spectacular. The service was extraordinary. Extraordinary. The person serving us was efficient fast and so kind. He provided us with everything we needed and was very friendly. The environment was pleasant as well. However, the thing that stood out the most was our server. I would definitely go again !

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 16, 2019

Polite, attentive service in a restaurant with - in the nicest of ways - a very old world Italian atmosphere. Informal, but also a good environment in which to do business.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 17, 2019

Amazing service and such large portions.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 13, 2019

I visit this restaurant with all of my business partners for meetings, so I'm there quite often. The service is incredible, the food fantastic, the atmosphere perfect - especially if you can find some space on the outdoor patio. I'll keep going back with my team.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 13, 2019

great evening, great place

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 13, 2019

Amazing food and great service.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 13, 2019

Love this place

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

August 12, 2019

Extremely slow service, by the time all 8 of us received our food and begain eating some of us had to eat cold food. It was interesting to see that two people who came after us, were served earlier then us and completed and left before us.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 1/5

August 11, 2019

Great!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 5/5

August 5, 2019

The out door patio upstairs provided a perfect atmosphere.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 3, 2019

Always love to go to Donatello when we’re in Toronto! The best Italian in the city :)

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 1, 2019

Great Evening!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 1, 2019

Love it !

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 30, 2019

Food and service were outstanding!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 21, 2019

Exceptional old school service that we do not find very often these days, even in top restaurants.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 21, 2019

Was absolutely fabulous. Can’t wait until next time. Thanks. Gary Prezio

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 19, 2019

Excellent meal and service

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

July 17, 2019

Awesome as per usual. We have never been disappointed at Donatello!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 16, 2019

Whenever I am in Toronto, I have to go to Donatello's. So much of the food is made in house ( pasta, sausage, etc.) it's all wonderful. The service is friendly and prompt, and the atmosphere on this small little street is perfect, especially the outside dining. I enjoy this restaurant so much, I went there back to back nights during my most recent visit to Toronto.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 16, 2019

A special evening dining on the second floor deck. Food was excellent ( veal piccata and the arugula prosciutto salad). The staff was friendly, knowledgeable, and attentive. I had not mentioned when I booked the reservation that we were celebrating my wife’s birthday but the waiter overheard me wishing my wife a happy birthday. At the end of the meal he presented her a slice cake with a candle. Totally unplanned but greatly appreciated.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 15, 2019

Great Food and Service We had a blast as ways !!!!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 14, 2019

My veal rib was excellent. My wife's vitello was less tasty. She said that on a blind tasting it would not be possible to determine it as veal. The only flavour being the lemon based sauce. Service was very pleasant and courteous. I would g again when in Toronto.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

July 14, 2019

We Rey much enjoyed our food and our experience

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 11, 2019

Wonderful time all round, we will be back!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 9, 2019

The service was perfect and the food was exceptionally....keep up the amazing work.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 7, 2019

One of the best restaurants in the city by far. I am a regular and Dewan will give the best service of your life! Food is always perfect and the owners are always making sure you enjoy your visit. Couldn’t recommend a better restaurant!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 5, 2019

We had a wonderful meal, the salmon was perfect and the tiramisu so lovely we took some home. Our wait staff was very accommodating, pleasant, most cheerful to converse with. It isn't like that we'll visit again because we were on vacation, but I highly recommend the experience of Donatello's. Thank you again for the very lovely evening.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 4, 2019

Third time here & has met expectations every time. Excellent Food & Service!!! 5 Stars!!!!!!!!!!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 2, 2019

Pasta was fabulous. Service was terrific.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

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