We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

“Absolutely delightful!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Carisma

Carisma
Reserve with OpenTable
Carisma is not available for your requested time. Choose another time, or search restaurants with availability.
The time you selected has already passed.
Ranked #21 of 8,405 Restaurants in Toronto
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Business meetings
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighborhood: Downtown
London, Ontario
Level Contributor
78 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Absolutely delightful!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2011

A friend recommended we try Carisma and as we were staying at a downtown hotel, we wanted to try a restaurant within walking distance and this was only 15 mins. from our hotel. We attempted a reservation at one other high profile restaurant but the online res site stated it was filled from 5 pm to closing. So we secured a 6:30 reservation at Carisma thinking it would be a bit busy but we arrived to an empty restaurant - but that didn't last long. We were met with smiles and greetings by the owner/host and he escorted us to - what I think was - the best seat in the house. We were immediately attended to by a server who outlined the daily specials, and then another server who took our drink orders. The owner was wandering the 120 seat restaurant and we chatted with him when he was near our table. He was a very congenial host and he made some suggestions but finally he said ' do you like meat or fish?' We told him seafood would be our choice and he said 'let me select for you.' Brought us an antipasta platter that had heirloom tomatoes topped with bufala mozzarella cheese, arugula wrapped with prosciutto and asiago, sauteed tiny mushrooms and olives, and sauteed calamari with shrimp - all seasoned to perfection. For the entree(s), we were each served a plate that had seared ahi tuna, grilled halibut (also the fish of the day) nestled on top of hot vegetable melange consisting of roasted baby potatoes, parsnips, beets and string beans, and a fabulous piece of sea bass wrapped around a fat scallop. All done to absolute perfection! Throughout the meal the host subtly checked on us and his wife was very friendly and charming. Our server was knowledgeable and attentive which added to the evening's dining experience. The martini's were delicious and a glass of Amarone wine completed this wonderful meal chosen for us by an astute owner/host who has that natural ability to look after his guests as if they were in his home. We'll be back!

  • Visited September 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
Thank Watergal75
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

461 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    306
    111
    25
    7
    12
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Korean first
  • Norwegian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
Sydney, Australia
Level Contributor
101 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Best Italian”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2011

I was introduced to Carisma by a friend, and went back twice within a week. The food is imaginative, beautifully cooked, and the portions are eminently reasonable. The service is little short of superb. Finally, the prices are reasonable and well below what I would have expected for food of this quality.

  • Visited July 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
Thank MartinBplus
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Ontario, Canada
Level Contributor
18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Loved it! Highly recommend!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2011

We visited Charsima with alarge group last week. Thislovely Italian based restaurant is top notch. The food was fabulous - I had a halibut special cooked to perfection with unique flavourings including strawberries ! My husband had lemon veal scallopini which he loved and being Italian, it is a complement! The appetizers were smallish but tasty and extremely filling so I am glad not to have had more. Dessert was delicious and the wine list is very extensive. Service was great with no glass left empty. The waiter's were very professional and attentive. I would definately visit again!

  • Visited June 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
1 Thank KellyAnneC
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Toronto, Canada
Level Contributor
8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Pompous Waiter was the Best part of dinner”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2011

This place ruined my friend's birthday! our waiter was rude and seemed very annoyed with us. The food was really expensive for very little portions. I paid 24 dollars for 16 ravioli! and they weren't that great. When the bill came, all our drinks were doubled and he felt that it was fair that we give him a $75.00 tip. I do not recommend this place and will never go back

  • Visited May 2011
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
3 Thank gbuda
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“If you are in Toronto, you must visit this restaurant!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 9, 2011

We were in Toronto on business, preparing to open new retail stores for a US based retail chain. Needless to say, we travel... a lot! That means we eat out... a lot! Carisma is one of the best restaurants I have had the pleasure of visiting. The atmosphere is comfortable and personal, like visiting in a welcomed home. Michael and his lovely wife Margi are nothing short of amazing! They are the icing on the cake! Genuine. Caring for their customers. Passionate for their business. If you want a great expeerience, with great food and great people, you have to go to Carisma. You won't regret it!

    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
1 Thank ggumisnki
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Carisma also viewed

 

Been to Carisma? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing