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Il Fornello on King

214 King St. West, Toronto, Ontario M5H 3S6, Canada (Downtown Toronto)
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Price range: $40 - $60
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Downtown Toronto
Cross street: King and University
Transit: St Andrews Subway station or if traveling by Street Car, get off at King and Simcoe Streets.
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135 reviews from our community

61% Recommend
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Waterloo, Canada
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39 reviews 39 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

Went there for a post-theatre at the Royal Alex dinner, with another couple. We were quickly and competently seated, in a very crowded room. This is not the place for an intimate, romantic dinner. The waiter was competent, and knowledgeable about the food, but, alas, the food is what might be called Italian pretentious. Fancy names, fancy prices, ordinary ingredients.... More

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Barrie, Canada
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33 reviews 33 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

Had not been by for a decade and remembered the great Italian food. Fine service for sure but the meal was nothing to write home about. Travelled 150km and came away disappointed in the dry chicken and rather unappealing bruschetta. May be another decade or two before the next venture to Fornello land.

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Birmingham, Alabama
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77 reviews 77 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

My sister recommended this for our first night in Toronto. The food was very good. Nothing outstanding. The server was excellent. The atmosphere was very nice. The wine selection was good. Some of the entrées were excellent. Other people were not as-pleased with theirs. My pasta dish was very good. My wife's dish was too spicy. One of my kid's... More

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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We go here all the time before the show and have never been dissatisfied. My only observation that I insist on sharing is that when I looked around at the packed house, with wait staff rushing around the tables, the people sitting at them were all thoroughly enjoying themselves.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

When we arrived it was obvious that the restaurant smells. The odor was not pleasant as though there was a gas leak somewhere inside. It took quite a while for a waiter to get as drinks. You would expect that your drinks should be poured in glasses by the waiter. Forget it, you will have to do it yourself this... More

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Top Contributor
73 reviews 73 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

A local favourite, always great food and service. A little loud due to the cavernous acoustics, but so what! Easily recommendable.

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North Bay
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Il Fornello's on King provided my wife and I the perfect location to dine before our show. The antipasto was fresh and delicious, the entre exquisite. The atmosphere and wine selection made for a wonderfully authentic Italian experience. Thank you all at Il Fornello's!!!

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San Jose
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139 reviews 139 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Enjoyed a lovely dinner at Il Fornello with 49 colleagues. We had arranged a 4 course, 4 main course choice set menu. The food was hot and very tasty. Most plates were leaving the table empty! The service was great even for a big group. Not sure if it is wheelchair accessible as we had to walk up a short... More

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Toronto, Canada
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44 reviews 44 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

I have always like Il Fornello and have had dinners and lunches at several of their locations, Beaches, King and even Ajax. The food has not changed much and they have engaging staff. I went with work colleagues who were in Canada for a business conference. They found the food light and tastefully refreshing, having had the soup and the... More

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San Antonio, Texas
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41 reviews 41 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

This is a must for some of the very best Italian food in Toronto. Everything was beautifully presented, the service was great and the food...something to remember for a long time. The Lasagna and the Braised Beef Ribs were very special and the hand made pasta was some of the best I have ever had.

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