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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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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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December 24, 2019

Layla was great... even after spilling my drink...she looked after everything and very pleasant.... Service food was enjoyed by all...

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 23, 2019

Exceptional food & service. Never fails.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 24, 2019

Excellent meal! Great service!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 22, 2019

The ambiance was lovely, the staff was attentative and helpful and the food was flavourful and delicious.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 22, 2019

Love the diverse staff! Amazing food, and fabulous atmosphere! Will be coming again!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 23, 2019

very good as usual

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

December 23, 2019

Stunning place and service!! We had a great night and we will come back for sure!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 21, 2019

Always enjoy coming to this restaurant - service is excellent and the food is always very very good. It was a bit noisier than usual but to be expected the week before Christmas

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 19, 2019

Was there 2 evenings in a row with my guests. BEST restaurant in Toronto. Outstanding service!!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 18, 2019

Absolutely awesome meal.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 15, 2019

Lovely dinner! Great food and service.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 15, 2019

very nice service and amazing food!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 15, 2019

Excellent meal and service. Would highly recommend.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 15, 2019

Fantastic everything

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 15, 2019

One of the best restaurants in Toronto --an excellent menu, friendly staff, well-informed responses to questions about menu items, a relaxed vibe. Excellent choice for a visit with friends!. All this in a lovely dining room!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 13, 2019

Staff were friendly, courteous and prompt with their service. The food was delicious and the atmosphere was very nice.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 12, 2019

Best Italian restaurant downtown

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 11, 2019

Waiter was superb and food was fantastic!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 11, 2019

Enjoyed a great dinner before the theatre.... food, staff and ambiance all excellent.....

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 10, 2019

Excellent lunch. Great service and food.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 9, 2019

Amazing food!!!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 7, 2019

Wish I could remember our servers name as he was above and beyond. Thank you for accommodating our growing crowd and last but not least, food was amazing. I'll be back!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 6, 2019

Good on all fronts. The tiramisu was exceptional.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 7, 2019

This has been our favorite restaurant in Toronto since I introduced my wife to Rack of Lamb her 25 years ago.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 1, 2019

Probably one of the best restaurants I have eaten at in the last few years. My partner and I were there for our anniversary and it was nothing less than amazing!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 1, 2019

My second time to restaurant, and second excellent meal/atmosphere. Love the place!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 2, 2019

Had an outstanding evening there. Even though we're from out of town and only get to Toronto once a year, the staff is always warm and welcoming as if we were regulars. Food was great, the wine list is stellar. Highly recommend to anyone.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 30, 2019

Easily one of best meals I’ve ever had.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 29, 2019

Great Food , great service, expensive though $$$

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 28, 2019

Delicious food and great service

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

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