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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Upon the recommendation of the staff at the Marriott at Eaton Centre, who made reservations for us, we had dinner at Donatello, an outstanding Italian restaurant on Elm Street in Toronto. When we arrived - three of us - we were warmly greeted and given...an excellent table. The food was delicious and the service friendly and attentive. This was a thoroughly enjoyable dining experience.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed September 17, 2022 via mobile

Been 2 nighs in a row, was so disappointed with the food in downtown Toronto, places selling 130 dollars steaks etc, staff outstanding and the food amazing service 2nd to none

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed September 3, 2022 via mobile

I just live going to this restaurant. Hidden away on Elm St it’s truly a gem. I usually find parking on the street but there’s paid underground parking across the street. The food is amazing and I my favourite is the lamb chops. I sometimes...try the new specials which the chef often creates. I suggest you reserve the second floor outdoor terrace. The patio a dining room is also nice. It has a large wine list. The service is great and I often take the waiters recommendations.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 6, 2022 via mobile

The ambiance is fantastic staff were super attentive food was fabulous lovely tree lined street and quiet would recommend booking in advance very popular

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed July 7, 2022 via mobile

We were recommended this restaurant from our Marriott Hotel : which was about 7 minutes away. There is our side dining (with heaters) and lovely indoor dining that we choose. We had Vince as our server. He was funny: , knew menu and efficient !...Our selections were all very tasty: sea bass (a special of the night) chicken in vodka sauce, and scallops. Atmosphere was lively but not loud. Definitely a wise choice!More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 23, 2022 via mobile

We arrived here shortly after arriving into Toronto from the UK, we were tired and hungry. This place was close to our hotel. We sat on the outside tables on the street and soaked up the atmosphere - a Lamborghini drivers poor parking providing some...entertainment. The staff were attentive and engaging, the food was delicious and freshly prepared. We arrived late in their service but we weren’t rushed. Decent hospitality, thank you!More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 19, 2022

On the recommendation of another traveller we visited this restaurant as we were looking for a nice Italian meal. We were not disappointed! From the nice wine to the food and presentation as well as the cheery wait staff, all was perfect. We had a...window seat looking out onto the patio which was great as it was very warm outside. Mussels were a treat and the pasta and sauces very good. Tartuffo put an extra topping on the experience. Will return in future.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 18, 2022 via mobile

It was a busy night for them, on the Wednesday night. The lady who looks like the owner of the restaurant was kind enough to squeeze us (8 people) in to sit down outdoor seating. The waiter was very friendly, trying to do the best...he could under the busy circumstances. Two of our members spoke Hungarian, so did our waiter, so nice to ask his opinion to eat Hungarian restaurants in Toronto. Meanwhile we waited our food for two hours. Good thing was that our friendship and conversation kept entertaining us, so when finally the food came, we cheered! I ordered grilled scallops, shrimps and vegetables. It would have been nicer if they gave a little more food for the price of almost $40, or I was too hungry. The waiter was very nice and gave him 20% tip. Maybe try another night to have a better experience.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 12, 2022

Traveling to Toronto, decided to eat at Donatello as it was around the corner from the hotel. What a fantastic surprise! The food was amazing and the service was excellent. The pasta was cooked perfectly and the sauce was amazing! I had already ordered dessert,...but upon finding out it was my birthday, they brought a second one! It was so good, we made reservations for the following night on the way out. The waiter came up and told them to give a good table by the window when we came back. To our surprise, there was a reserved sign on the table by the window when we returned. Dinner the second night was equally as fantastic!More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 12, 2022 via mobile

After checking Tripadvisor, we decided to come to Donatello to celebrate our anniversary. I’ll start with this first. This was the best experience we have ever had together dining out the past 31 years, anywhere. We’re parked at the Atrium underground parking garage (entrance is...on the south side of Edward Street just east of Bay Street - Donatello is one small block north of Edward Street, a 2 minute walk outside). This lot is cleaner and without the shady characters you will find closer to the parking lots just east of Yonge Street. We were greeted by a young man out front of the restaurant and told him of our reservation. He guided us to a table on the second floor patio facing Elm Street. Beautiful. Our main server was Khalid, with William and others assisting. We started with a cocktail then Prosecco. Complementary bread (sourdough i believe) with butter came and there was a bottle of oil and vinegar on the table. For an appetizer, we chose their special of the day, clams in garlic butter. Now this was NOT a plain garlic butter. This was much more flavourful. I could see there were diced tomatoes and green onions in the garlic butter. It was so good, we were brought more bread to soak up the garlic butter sauce. Upon my request, Khalid recommended the Meiomi Pinot Noir which was an excellent recommendation. Fruity with a slight smokiness and low tannins. A smooth finish which we like. For entrees, my wife ordered the Vitelli Marsala (Veal with mushrooms and sweet sherry sauce with pasta on the side). I order another special of the day, a whole sea bass with a side of vegetables. I have never had sea bass before and wanted to try it. We both loved out entrees. Khalid introduced us to a man ( I didn’t get his title but I believe he was the owner or if not, the manager or other person in authority) and he congratulated us on our anniversary. A nice touch. Khalid also congratulated us and offered to take a photo of the two of us which we gladly accepted. For dessert, I chose the Tiramisu and my wife had the chocolate raspberry Tartufo. It was hard to choose these as 3-4 other desserts on the menu are items I know I would have liked also. I requested a decaffeinated version of their Italian coffee. The desserts, just like everything else here, were delicious. The food here was quality and perfect. Yes we have been to some other restaurants with food equally as excellent but the service here from Khalid, William and others who assisted us was easily the best we have ever experienced. Service was very friendly, attentive without being intrusive, professional and NOT pretentious. Thank you Khalid and others for making this special evening, the best experience we have ever had in any restaurant!More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 3, 2022

The service was excellent. The food was good. We had bruschetta, Caesar salad and seafood with pasta. They were all very good. Then our dessert - lemon sherbet was very good - especially the presentation. We really enjoyed our time there.

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed April 2, 2022 via mobile

Food was fantastic and staff were exceptional. Offered guidance on the menu without being pushy. We will return the next time we’re in Toronto. Highly recommend.

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed April 1, 2022 via mobile

The restaurant is a nice little Italian restaurant in the centre of Toronto. The service was very good and the food was very good. You won’t be disappointed with the quality of the food and ambiance of the restaurant.

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed November 14, 2021 via mobile

Night out on a special occasion. Dinner was perfect. Service was right on. The place was full with patrons. I enjoyed the sea bass and my wife enjoyed the veal chop. Well worth a return visit.

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed October 16, 2021 via mobile

The cozy patio with heaters in October made this dining experience very unique. The food was delicious and the server Willian was very friendly and pleasant! Would definitely recommend this authentic Italian restaurant!

Date of visit: October 2021
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It varies depending on menu. We usually do right off menu. Lots of variety
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yes, they have a room for that...or you simy take over the restaurant. call them to reserve !
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