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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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  • $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
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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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May 14, 2022

Really great service and food. Atmosphere outside was a bit loud but otherwise nice. Our server was friendly and showed us around the restaurant. Will definitely bring more friends here

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 8, 2022

Thank you for such a wonderful dinner. We will definitely be back!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 9, 2022

Fantastic night!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 8, 2022

This is my all time favourite Italian restaurant in Toronto! The service is over the top they remember who you are and what you like and the food is impeccable. Never a bad meal here always consistently excellent food ! The owners come and say hello and treat everyone so welcoming. This is my regular go to place just love it ❤️❤️

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 8, 2022

My friends and i loved this place!! Super kind staff and the food was delicious! Would love to come back next time I’m in Toronto!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 6, 2022

Whenever I travel to Toronto for work I make it a point to go to Donatello’s. The food is amazing, the atmosphere is great and the service is second to none. It’s a must do when you’re in Toronto.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 5, 2022

Perfect for our needs. Simple dinner, exquisite taste, yummy tiramisu (and I’m fussy) and amazing wine. Service was excellent too.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 6, 2022

Attentive service and very good food.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 28, 2022

Wonderful atmosphere and food. Made us feel right at home :)

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 17, 2022

Excellent food and service! Came for a late dinner with a friend and our waiter was great, food was great and atmosphere was exactly what we were looking for! Will definitely come back when I’m in town.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 15, 2022

Service was horrible. People that came 30 minutes after us, received their food 20 minutes before us. We didn’t get our main an hour and 10 minutes into our dinner. Will never go back.

Ambiance: 2/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 1/5

April 14, 2022

Excellent service and tasty food

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 5/5

April 12, 2022

We just love the food there and the atmosphere is great.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

April 9, 2022

Always amazing never disappointed in anything friendly efficient and food always on point!!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 9, 2022

An old favourite that doesn’t disappoint. Friendly staff and great food.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 6, 2022

Terrific service and food

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 4, 2022

Always amazing service and food. I recommend Donatello for any business dinners, celebration with friends or any event where you're feeling like Italian.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 3, 2022

Great food and good atmosphere.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

March 28, 2022

Very nice expérience charming atmosphère excellent food nice wine sélection priced accordonnally

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 27, 2022

Always great! Friendly Service food always on point!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 26, 2022

Food was not authentic and for a high end price ticket we would have expected at least one fresh pasta dish on the menu. Steak was 6.5 out of 10 if the keg is an 8.5.

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 3/5

March 21, 2022

Amazing food, friendly staff, and beautiful atmosphere. Donatello Restaurant was the perfect place to celebrate my birthday. Thank you!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 20, 2022

Great food Great service

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 20, 2022

I went to donatellas with my date on Friday evening and had a wonderful evening. We started with a couple of appetizers on Friday plus a couple of glasses of wine. Are main courses consisted of lamb and the gnocchi pasta which were delicious and very plentiful. To finish off our evening with the dessert of cheesecake and a couple of cocktails made our evening very fulfilling. Thank you for all hospitality and service was excellent.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 19, 2022

Amazing service! Was attended to and made confortable. Would recommend this place to anyone wanting Italian food.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 15, 2022

Very disappointed - it’s not an Italian restaurant anymore. Over priced and the food quality is terrible.

Ambiance: 2/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 3/5

March 13, 2022

The service and the food was phenomenal. I will definitely be coming back with friends and family!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 11, 2022

First time to visit this restaurant. Staff made us feel like we were regulars. Food was awesome, and the atmosphere was very warm and welcoming. Cant wait to go back.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 8, 2022

We were taken care of by William who did a fantastic job in surpassing my very demanding wife's every wish. The food from salads through to main courses were perfection. William picked my wine selections (not driving) and each was a delight. In fact the service was so great we returned the following night and I am writing this while we way to order.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 27, 2022

Thanks Donatello for making the dinner a special and memorable one! Its our first time at the restaurant and it was perfect from start to end. The staffs are extremely friendly and knowledgeable and even showed us the traditional way to dip breads with the amazing mussles sauce! We ordered the seafood risotto, lamb chop and salmon, calamari and mussles as appetizers and tiramisu and cheese cake along with cappucino as desserts. All of which were delicious, well served. Its our first but certainly wont be the last! ♡ Keep up the great work Donatello!!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

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