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37 Elm St, Toronto, ON M5G 1H1
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Opening at 4:30 pm - 12:00 am

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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,

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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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February 22, 2019

Excellent service and very friendly staff. Atmosphere was very elegant and Italian themed. Food was very tasty and portion to price was very good! Would definitely dine at this location in the future.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 19, 2019

My first visit here and it was amazing. Service was excellent, food was even better. Will definitely be coming back.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 16, 2019

I loved the food, service and the restaurant I recommend sitting upstairs it’s so comfortable.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 15, 2019

Everything at Donatello is done perfectly... the food, the wine, the ambiance and especially the service! The whole crew from owners Jack and Filomena to all the servers, particularly Dewan, is focused on your satisfaction. You definitely will not be disappointed in choosing Donatello for your next special event or simply for a great time.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 15, 2019

Honestly was not pleased with this resteraunt at all. Took my girlfriend here for valentines and was not informed via phone or online that it was a "set" menu with very little options. To top it waiter said its a quick in and out.... if im paying $200 for dinner i think im entitled to sit down awhile and enjoy. Food was very mediocre, and famous shrimp they continued to go on about was disgustingly dry and rubbery. Wouldnt go back again for the reason that there are plenty better italian options.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 3/5

February 15, 2019

Met some friends for the matinee showing of "Come from Away" this week. We wanted somewhere close and not too big.so we could chat and catch up, Donatello's came up on TripAdvisor as a favourable choice. We were so happy that it did! Great ambience and the food and service was "top notch" We all had different meals and all were equally delicious, the plates were emptied. Incredible wine selection as well. I highly recommend this restaurant and will be back again sometime. Steve D,

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 8, 2019

Bronson was an attentive server. Their carpaccio was amazing and I loved their bruschetta and veal piccata. The dessert menu looked tempting but we were too full. I love the traditional Italian atmosphere. It was a perfect dinner for our 30th anniversary celebration.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 2, 2019

The atmosphere, friendly service and food was fantastic. Giacomo the owner, was there to greet us and always happy. I recommend this place to everyone.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 30, 2019

Great place food terrific atmosphere warm and you can hear yourself talk!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 30, 2019

Very professional waiter. Old school in the best possible way.food was delicious on a cold, wintry Canadian night. Great Manhattan properly served.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 27, 2019

Amazing food!!! The service was out of this world!! Our waiter explained every plate to us in detail, he also took the time to ask us how every plate was. There was never a time our wine glasses were empty and when my wifes fork slid into her pasta he reacted instantly provided new utensils.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 27, 2019

Excellent little Italian restaurant! The smaller size of it was a great feel and the food was DELICIOUS!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 27, 2019

Amazing service and amazing food. You did a great job at making us feel welcome and the food was fantastic.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 27, 2019

A regular spot for us and it's always a pleasure. Great people, warm, welcoming atmosphere and the for is top shelf!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 27, 2019

Perfect spot for lunch. Service was excellent and the food was fresh and delicious. Didn’t feel rushed to leave either as in some TO restaurants. Would definitely recommend.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 27, 2019

Attentive service in a cozy atmosphere. All selections were tasty and fresh. Will definitely return.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

January 13, 2019

After reading other reviews we were expecting to have a very nice evening. That is exactly what we had. The ambiance is lovely...cozy and warm. The noise level was low enough to allow for a normal conversation. The service was first class...friendly, attentive, professional and efficient. An extensive wine list with reasonable prices. The food was tasty and the portions generous. We had tomato salads and calamari to start. As mains we had grilled shrimp which were prepared like scampi we used to enjoy in Montreal (less the garlic and butter). Other dishes were liguini vongole and grilled lamb chops cut from the rack...both excellent. For desert we shared a carrot cake and a spumoni ice cream (the real thing). Both were good. All in all a very enjoyable evening. Definitely worth a return visit.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

January 14, 2019

Continues to be a must destination for dinner when we come to Toronto.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 24, 2018

Had an excellent time. Service was wonderful and attendant. And the food was so delicious. Restaurant had a cozy and pretty atmosphere with a sophisticated feel. Would definitely return and recommend to others.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 20, 2018

fantastic food, atmosphere and service!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 19, 2018

Our server Charles was excellent! Food delicious!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 19, 2018

Great food at reasonable price and outstanding service. I would recommend this restaurant to friends and family.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 16, 2018

This place is beyond amazing. I wish they were open today so I can order my spaghetti and shrimp for dinner again.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 17, 2018

It was a little too loud within the restaurant that it became hard to hear my colleague in front of me. Because it was really busy, the servers seemed to be all over the place and not take our order all at once, but rather, took a couple of orders then walked away and then eventually came back to take a couple of more orders from our table and so on. I found that a bit odd. The food, however, was delicious!

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 3/5

December 17, 2018

The service was outstanding. Thank you.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

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

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