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1012 Queen Street East. | Leslieville, Toronto, Ontario M4M1K1, Canada
+1 416-849-1233
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11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Description: Baldini: a true Italian cuisine. A simple sub shop was bought and turned...
Baldini: a true Italian cuisine. A simple sub shop was bought and turned into a popular fine-dining restaurant, and since 2006 it has been an appealing addition to the Trendy Leslieville Gem. Baldini presents guests with a pan-regional selection of dishes from Northern and Southern Italy, along with home-made pastas, breads and sauces.Executive Chef Sal, the sole owner, with over 20 years of experience, ensures that ingredients are fresh from local markets and are prepared only in the finest Italian tradition to ensure the best possible flavour. Followed by homemade gnocchi and other savoury pastas, risotto, whole-wheat thin crust pizza, along with meat and seafood dishes; Baldini has a wide range of full-flavours of the herbs and spices, that creates the full-Italian experience.Gentle jazz sets the mood, as our diners unwind casually on the classic brick wall and the cozy dining atmosphere, enjoying their meals at the heart of the Leslieville Gem. Experience a rich selection of the best Italian wines, complemented by the soothing ambience along with our friendly staff, which makes your visit at Baldini, a memorable one!
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  • 22
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  • 18
    Very good
  • 5
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  • 6
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  • 3
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Cozy and intimate.

We were looking for a lunch stop between the Beach and Riverdale, so Leslieville won the toss. Entering Baldini's we were immediately struck by its coziness. It is small, and intimate, and the food smelled great. I ordered the chicken parm sandwich lunch special and it was generous in size, and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 via mobile

I came here with my girlfriend last Friday night. The place was completely packed and I did not have a reservation. The welcoming servers were very nice and accommodating and managed to fit us in and added an extra table for us, between two larger tables! We ordered a Grilled Calamari to share, and let me tell you, it was... More 

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5 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

I went to Baldini's last night for my wife's birthday. I should have believed in the other bad reviews. Very poor quality and I regret that I took my wife there for her birthday. The food was not fresh, it was tasteless, the music was on and off all the time. The waiter Patrick was very nice tough. What did... More 

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Baldini R, Manager at Baldini's, responded to this review

Hello Bernard, We are so sorry that you had to go through this experience. I inquired about this and I found that no complaints were made. It seems surprising that you had a problem with every single little thing for every single meal course, without any complaints made towards the servers, management or the world-class chefs. These issues that you... More 

Toronto, Canada
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148 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Previously gave it a five star rating a few years ago, but since a change over in ownership, my rating has dropped. Previous owner worked full time in the restaurant and he provided excellent service and ensured quality. His personal touches and great memory of patrons, their likes and favorites made it a great experience. My first experience after the... More 

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Baldini R, Manager at Baldini's, responded to this review

Hello there, We sincerely apologize for your recent experience. We would just like to clarify some of the confusions that you might be experiencing. Baldini Restaurant has had the same owner as it did when it first opened back in 2006, and has continued to carry the Baldini vision, ever since. There have been no previous owners or changeovers, as... More 

Bangkok
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24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Had walked past this place dozens of times and never given it a second look until my friend and I fancied some Italian food and we decided to try it. Glad I did. Lovely food and great service. I will go back!

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Baldini R, Manager at Baldini's, responded to this review

Dear Rincairo, Thank you for taking your time to review on TripAdvisor. I am really glad you enjoyed your meal at Baldini and appreciated the service. It was a pleasure having you over, and we look forward to serving you to the absolute best in the future. Cheers, Baldini Management More 

Toronto
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548 reviews
331 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 284 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

We were looking for a lunch stop between the Beach and Riverdale, so Leslieville won the toss. Entering Baldini's we were immediately struck by its coziness. It is small, and intimate, and the food smelled great. I ordered the chicken parm sandwich lunch special and it was generous in size, and VERY tasty. Service is super attentive, and there are... More 

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Baldini R, Manager at Baldini's, responded to this review

Hello Mara! We are so glad that you decided to stop by Leslieville! We are so happy that you enjoyed your sandwich and the wine! We take pride in our unique atmosphere and service, and we are glad that you were happy with it! We at Baldini are looking forward to your return and intend to serve you even better,... More 

Toronto, Canada
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21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

We live in Leslieville, and Baldini's is - by far and wide - our favourite restaurant to eat at. We try to eat here at least once a month. The food is always exceptional and the service is fantastic - Kyle is simply amazing. It's a very small and intimate restaurant on Queen East (contrary to what TripAdvisor says, this... More 

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Baldini R, Manager at Baldini's, responded to this review

Hello there! We at Baldini, could not be any more honoured by having Baldini as your favourite restaurant and we appreciate your continued support! We are very happy that you enjoyed the food and service, and Kyle never disappoints! Very intelligent recommendations, you have provided! We look forward to your return and providing you even better food and service, next... More 

Toronto, Canada
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

I booked a table at this little Italian diner for our 19th anniversary. I only read the first review which was favourable. The day of the reservation I read other reviews that were less than favourable and considered re-considering the reservation. The atmosphere was warm and cozy and there was a young family celebrating a birthday of one of their... More 

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New York City, New York
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123 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

my first experience of eating Italian in Toronto was at Baldini's. Nice location on Queen Street, cozy interior, very attentive service, excellent food and very reasonable prices (compared to NYC!) Varied menu and nice wine list.

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Waterloo, Canada
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

My partner and I enjoyed a lovely meal with great service. We purchased a Groupon (which wasn't as good of a deal as advertised based on our menu selections), but we both loved our meals (we highly recommend the Al forno fromaggio di capri and the penne with spicy sausage and chicken). We will be returning! We're looking forward to... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

My wife and I had a Groupon which we always use with some trepidation but this time we hit a winner. For appetizers my wife had the grilled calamari and I had the baked cheese, both excellent. Entrees were veal marsala and veal piccata, again both excellent. The sides, potatoes and vegetables were also nicely done. Service was pleasant and... More 

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Additional Information about Baldini's

Address: 1012 Queen Street East. | Leslieville, Toronto, Ontario M4M1K1, Canada
Phone Number: +1 416-849-1233
Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Toronto>  > The Beaches
Open Hours:
Sunday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 12 - 24
Cuisine: Italian

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1012 Queen Street East. | Leslieville, Toronto, Ontario M4M1K1, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Toronto>  > The Beaches
  • Neighborhood: The Beaches
  • Phone Number: +1 416-849-1233

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 12 - 24
  • Cuisine: Italian

Description

Baldini: a true Italian cuisine. A simple sub shop was bought and turned into a popular fine-dining restaurant, and since 2006 it has been an appealing addition to the Trendy Leslieville Gem. Baldini presents guests with a pan-regional selection of dishes from Northern and Southern Italy, along with home-made pastas, breads and sauces.Executive Chef Sal, the sole owner, with over 20 years of experience, ensures that ingredients are fresh from local markets and are prepared only in the finest Italian tradition to ensure the best possible flavour. Followed by homemade gnocchi and other savoury pastas, risotto, whole-wheat thin crust pizza, along with meat and seafood dishes; Baldini has a wide range of full-flavours of the herbs and spices, that creates the full-Italian experience.Gentle jazz sets the mood, as our diners unwind casually on the classic brick wall and the cozy dining atmosphere, enjoying their meals at the heart of the Leslieville Gem. Experience a rich selection of the best Italian wines, complemented by the soothing ambience along with our friendly staff, which makes your visit at Baldini, a memorable one!
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?