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Donatello Restaurant

#97 of 6,693 Restaurants in Toronto
#105 of 7,217 Places to Eat in Toronto
Certificate of Excellence
$$$
Neighborhood:
Downtown
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37 Elm Street, Toronto, Ontario M5G 1H1, Canada
416.595.5001
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4:30 pm - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
4:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Fri - Sat 4:30 pm - 12:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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    Very good
  • 25
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  • 11
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  • 10
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Good food

Nice outdoor setting, very nice waitstaff, relaxing with excellent food. Reasonably priced and worth a stop.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
Laura A
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Arlington
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
  • Doing business
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Arlington
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Nice outdoor setting, very nice waitstaff, relaxing with excellent food. Reasonably priced and worth a stop.

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Woodbridge, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

I asked Giacomo, the owner to suggest a good meal for us...so he asked us to try spaghetti a frutta di mare (spaghetti seafood) and lamb chops. My wife chose the spaghetti seafood an I the lamb. We started with a seafood salad embedded in radicchio calabrese bread which we dipped in olive oil and balsamic vinegar, Italian antipasto which... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

In such an enormous city it was nice to find a quaint place like this opposite our hotel. We sat outside in the small patio area and really enjoyed our visit. I had pasta and my partner had steak. Both beautifully cooked. We were too full for desert but managed

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Hainesport, New Jersey
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

We were visiting the area and the hotel (DoubleTree) recommended this restaurant. It was absolutely delicious! The staff was very friendly and took care of all of our needs. Would definitely go back if we visit the area again.

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Cincinnati, OH
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58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

This dining experience was underwhelming at best. The outdoor dining setting us in. But our choice was a mistake. The watery margarita with celery salt on the rim was the first sign things were not quite right. The service was annoying. There were more servers than necessary in a small patio space but ironically we were ignored. It took 15... More 

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Ancaster, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015 via mobile

My daughters and I were looking for a good Italian restaurant downtown Toronto and we can across Donatello restaurant, upon walking in I noticed two gentlemen eating this wonderful fresh while fish and I thought wow that's exactly what I want!! Love fresh fish after we were seated our sever cans by and he was friendly knowledgable and passionate about... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

My husband and I were in the mood for Italian and this restaurant was within walking distance of our hotel (DoubleTree). The food (linguini w/clams and penne entrée) was delicious. Lovely ambiance but it is a small place. On the down side, it took a long time (30 minutes) to get our meals and the server never told us the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Love this restaurant with their unique menu overloads of daily specials and a friendly atmosphere. Great for a romantic dinner for two. Try it I know you won't be dissappointed. Oh and there is way more to the menu than pasta. My husband has had the lamb and veal and both were delicious.

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Oshawa, ON
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

I just had a visit to Donatella with a group of 6. I must admit that the service was very good, fast and friendly. Four people in my group ordered and enjoyed the freshly made pasta. The 2 others ordered seafood, without any pasta, but were not as impressed by the food. The surprise happened when the bill had a... More 

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Highlands, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

My wife and I were directed there by our hotel. We sat outside and had a great dinner. The staff was most helpful and both of our entrees were very, very good. While it is not cheap, the food and ambience is outstanding. It is not fancy but the food is worth it. You will not be disappointed.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 37 Elm Street, Toronto, Ontario M5G 1H1, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Toronto>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: 416.595.5001

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 to 50
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, Doing business
Open Hours
Monday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
4:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
4:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
4:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
4:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
4:30 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday
4:30 pm - 12:00 am

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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