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Donatello Restaurant

#37 of 6,708 Restaurants in Toronto
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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37 Elm St, Toronto, Ontario M5G 1H1, Canada
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
4:30 pm - 12:00 am
Closed now
All 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
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This is an amazing mix of an upscale feel, with the cuisine that your grandmother might have treated you to at Sunday dinner, if you were lucky. This is a family operation where you feel a part of the family, from the female co-owner who greets and seats you, treating you like family, to the comfort foods it serves.

Thank Kathryn M
Boca Raton, FL
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Hate to trash a place that has fantastic food at a fair price but 1 1/4 hour wait and an inattentive waiter are totally unacceptable.

Thank FrankBocaRaton_FL
Ottawa, Canada
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15 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The setting, service and traditional Italian cuisine were very good. However, our otherwise pleasant dining experience was sullied by our waiter's dishonesty. I ordered a bottle of wine priced at $120. The waiter reported that my choice was out of stock but he could provide a similar bottle of wine for the same price, to which I agreed. The wine... More 

Thank Zingho
Lincoln, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a very nice little Italian restaurant. Situated just off Yonge Street, it is popular with tourists and locals. It would probably be sensible to book as it is quite busy. Good service, an extensive menu and well presented, but not cheap. Had a thoroughly enjoyable evening when we visited.

Thank Dave L
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18 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went on a recommendation from a friend and wasn't disappointed. The atmosphere was great, the service was fantastic and the food was plentiful. Enjoyed the meal very much and would definitely return. Great value for your money.

Thank Tuffkarebear
Toronto, Canada
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16 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had dinner at Donatello on September 24, 2016 with two of our friends. i would recommend making reservations if you plan to go for dinner on the weekend, we walked right in and the friendly host took us to our table. The restaurant has two levels, we were on the upper level, very well decoder and cozy. The waiter... More 

Thank Michael W
Brighton, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2016 via mobile

Having decided to eat at one of the restaurants near our hotel in Elm Street we were very impressed with Donatello. On a warm September evening when the temperature was comfortable enough to sit outside we were able to sit on the first floor terrace close to the twinkling fairy lights in the trees on the sidewalk. The food and... More 

Thank Mattraveller1
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2016 via mobile

Fruti dimare octopus calamari No octopus cold no taste Carppachio still frosen no olive oil Whife type 1 diabetic 15 minutes to Find new place to eat far from Impressed

Thank Daniel R
London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2016 via mobile

It all started so well. Friendly welcome and historic warm bread. We ordered a round of starters and then waited an unbelievable 1 hour and ten minutes. When asked why the wait we were told that there was one table ahead of us- as if misery shared was somehow ok. We were just about to walk out when the rather... More 

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Toronto, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016

Came upon this by chance on a three day visit on our way to Vancouver. So good we went twice. Lovely decor, great service and the food and wine were delicious. Thoroughly recommended.

Thank patwillmore

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$20 - $50
Italian, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children
Open Hours
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
4:30 pm - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
4:30 pm - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
4:30 pm - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
4:30 pm - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
4:30 pm - 12:00 am
4:30 pm - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 37 Elm St, Toronto, Ontario M5G 1H1, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Toronto>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: 416.595.5001

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Downtown

Neighborhood Profile
At the heart of Toronto, Downtown is the destination for cheap eats and fast fashion. Cut through by hip and trendy Yonge Street, the vibe here is young, with a strong student influence from the Ryerson University Campus. As a result, the Downtown area is always in flux: undergoing the construction of new facilities, with fresh retail spaces and pop-up cafes. Home to Toronto's largest indoor shopping mall, a number of vintage cinemas, and a healthy nightlife centered on the area's Distillery District bar and clubs near the East End, it's both an easygoing daytime spot and a popular party place after sunset. It also features some of Toronto's best outdoor landmarks, including Yonge-Dundas Square and the Nathan Phillips Square: perfect for a concert, a skate, or a relaxing sit-down.
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