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Il Fornello on King

Downtown West
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214 King St. West, Toronto, Ontario M5H 3S6, Canada (King and University)
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Vancouver, Canada
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99 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Been thinking about a Margherita pizza for a few days now, and today passion took me to Il Fornello. Note: Don't let the indifference of the podium person turn you away. I am a paying customer, I have all my clothes on and I had a shower so I will stand here until one of us gives in. Or I'm... More 

Thank westcoastfoodee
Ontario, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had previous reservations and fully aware of their luncheon specials. However, upon being seated we were told that these specials would not be honoured as the restaurant was full?! We asked our waitress to check again as we knew it was still advertised. She came back again and told us they could offer something else in place and was... More 

Thank Jeanne V
Boston, Massachusetts
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188 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 210 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

They say it got a top 10 restaurant in Toronto. That's hard to believe, as it is not a high end restaurant. It has better than average Italian comfort food, nothing fancy or out of the ordinary. It is what it is, and it's good at that. The decor is a bit nicer than your average trattoria, but not fancy.... More 

Thank Dutch Brother
St. Catharines, Canada
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59 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

For whatever reason, I have not been to this restaurant franchise in a least a decade. So I was glad that circumstance put me back in a window seat again. Server Matthew led the way with a “surprise me” gin (Tanqueray, as it happened) martini whose inner warmth matched the outside temperature. (The side of bread was fresh and chewy.)... More 

Thank S. James W
North Tonawanda, New York
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21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016 via mobile

We came across this by chance but we are glad we did. We have 10 in our group and they sat us without a reservation almost immediately. The waitress was awesome and the food was even better. The atmosphere was cozy and it was very clean. Would make sure to go there on the next trip.

Thank Marc H
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54 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2016 via mobile

Frequent this location quite often for high end quick lunches. Restaurant environment and sound levels are good for business dialogue that may require privacy. Service has always been good. Only reason I don't rate it a 5 star is that I have yet to see how they differentiator themselves from other similar spots in the financial district.

Thank Mike D
Sydney, Australia
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425 reviews
202 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 227 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2016

The food is good, especially the fish. The servers are friendly and helpful. This is a good Italian restaurant for a casual meal.

Thank DerAlteBach
Montreal, Canada
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42 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2016 via mobile

Small and good selection that's reasonably executed . We were in the pre theatre rush. The service was good. The food was good and reasonably priced. But it did not rise to above average in the limited selection we had, a soup a pasta and a pizza. The pasta (Norma) was well executed. The pizza could have done with a... More 

Thank fmeffe
Lima, Peru
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28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2016

Obviously a great location for anyone looking for some dinner before a show or concert but our first visit in many years makes me feel that it is really much more than that. Our food was very good and the service was excellent (this being noteworthy as the restaurant quickly became VERY busy.) Two of our party had the Pappardelle... More 

Thank David B
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530 reviews
416 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2016 via mobile

Once again, arriving 45 minutes before the Toronto symphony orchestra performance the place was packed. In spite of that we were served within minutes from ordering and we had a good roast pepper soup, a salad and two excellent pizza (one prosciutto, the other Italian sausage and sweet onions) and we were out in 30 minutes. Not one of the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$40 - $60
Italian, Pizza, Gluten Free
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Families with children, Large groups
Open Hours
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 214 King St. West, Toronto, Ontario M5H 3S6, Canada
    (King and University)
  • Public Transportation: St Andrews Subway station or if traveling by Street Car, get off at King and Simcoe Streets.
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Toronto>  > Downtown West
  • Neighborhood: Downtown West
  • Phone Number: 4169772855

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Downtown West
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