Carisma

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1001 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Italian
Steps away from the King Edward Hotel, Toronto’s financial, business, theatre, shopping and culinary districts. Carisma offers something a little different.

With a long history of being in the business, including restaurants such as Il Mulino and Barolo, Carisma prides itself on offering impeccable real Italian food and quality service.

Carisma epitomizes the overall dining experience. Whether it is a drink at the bar, or a culinary journey where you enjoy food with your senses first. It is a place where you feel at home and coming for years, even if its your first time.
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I ordered the grilled Mediterranean Sea bass, whole fish, while my friend had it filleted. We ordered the burrata to share. Delicious food, good service. The wine was also quite good. It was a bit noisy but overall nice ambiance. It was my second time there. Would return.

LE
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff, service and food is always excellent. Great attention to watching the drinks and food consumption and timing the next course perfectly. From being greeted warmly at the door to appreciative good-byes at the end, I always have a memorable dining experience.

MM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

The ambiance was really nice, very elegant. The food was amazing, specifically the lamp chops that I had was the best and the pasta my husband had (but portions were quite small). However, the waiter sharing the specials at the beginning and continually pointing out how "expensive" the menu was to us was a HUGE turn off, kind of ruined our night. Not sure if its because we looked young or because we are people of colour or that's just how he shared the special but it was not something we took lightly. Hope the restaurant can use this information to prevent this from happening to others in the future.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful!!

SH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Pasta dishes very good
Stay away from veal
No taste on lemon or mushroom veal dish
Also tiramisu very dry pasty Tate with no rum flavor

I
Chicago
55 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous pasta. Great veal dishes and friendly staff. If we lived in Toronto, we’d be there often!

ML
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The server was magnifico attending to our every need!

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, classy place but low key and just perfect for after work meeting. Italian flavour was good fun and made me smile

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The tuna tartare was lacking tonight.... used to be one of the best..... disappointed. Rest was good. Love the service!!

WP
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Portions a bit small for the price, but if its a corporate lunch where your not paying the bill, then its ok.

BD
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 7 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The most reliable restaurant for exquisite food and impeccable service.

KP
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place, brilliant staff, child friendly, one of the best restaurants downtown.

BR
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, great service and even the wine by the glass was a nice aged Amarone that paired up with the wild boar ragu. Accommodating to my food restrictions and attention to detail made it a great first experience. I’ll be back for sure. B.

J
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and excellent food

SI
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was good and overall well prepared, but I thought it was quite overpriced. Everything I had was made from very ordinary ingredients and nothing very special about them. In fact I think everything I had was a little under seasoned. Slightly above average food and premium prices.

KS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I have been there twice , once for the shrimp pasta and once for the lemon veal. Both were excellent!

CD
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great experience as usual. A perfect place for special occasions!

GH
Charleston
22 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

This new location is loud and impersonal. Despite rejecting a glass of wine and telling our server of a tough and unsatisfying entree, we were charged for both. Unlikely to return.

KE
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a delightful, tasty dinner outside. The service was amazing, the wine selection fantastic and the food preparation and presentation over-the-top!

MN
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an excellent experience!

KS
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Party of five. We all enjoyed the experience and will definitely return.

AO
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great Restaurant! The food was so tasty and fresh! Delicious! The service was impeccable! We will definitely be visiting this restaurant in the future. It’s a gem! The spigola was delicious! The aperol spritz perfect!

v
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The best part of the Carisma experience was the ambiance and the warm attentive service

KT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my second time dining at Carisma. I love the atmosphere, good food and service. Felt so good that the waiter remembered me from last time. Love it here.

PD
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A busy Saturday night and, even though we where a little late, we were treated very well. Friendly team and owner. Excellent food, hot a timely. The Lamb was delicious.

K
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

I went to Carisma on a Saturday night at 5:00 right when they opened. I asked to be seated outside and was seated right away as there was no one else in the place. I was disappointed to open up the menu and find that the prices were much higher and the menu was different than what had been advertised on Opentable. If I had seen the correct menu prior to arriving at the restaurant, I probably would have just gone somewhere else for dinner. The options advertised online were much more interesting and seemed to be a much better value than those that they actually had when I arrived at the restaurant. They had appetizer and entree portions of all of the main dishes avialable, which is a great feature to have, but i ordered a main portion and was expecting to get more than 6-7 large raviolis. i didn't find it to be a sufficient portion of food especially for the price I paid. Personally, I felt that there should have been a salad or some kind of healthier option included with the main dishes rather than a full loaf of bread or in addition to the bread. The reason I rated the service 2/5 stars was because the waitress I had was not very attentive. I felt that I was forgotten about because I was sitting outside. She did not even mention any specials to me or ask if I might be interested in hearing about them. She also took 20-25 minutes to bring out the check after I requested that she bring it to me, which I thought was quite excessive. I understand the restaurant was quite busy as it was a Saturday evening but the service was noticeably slow and caused me to be late for the concert I was attending later that evening.

P
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely wonderful evening celebration of 30th anniversary and it was a meal that was to die for. Service and the staff were outstanding. Knew it was pricey but got the value for money spent and memories.

j
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

The pasta dishes were tasteless and we felt rushed to finish our food. The quality didn’t match the price.

LC
London
5 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We were very well looked after by Luis. Great service. Ambience was lovely. Good quality food but not outstanding

FS
Toronto
16 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Carisma is a nice Italian restaurant in the heart of downtown Toronto. The staff are friendly, as you'd expect, the food tastes excellent - not heavy, tangy, and filling. Beautifully prepared dishes and the restaurant seats the business crowd very well. The service is prompt and the desserts are good too. I really enjoy going there and I hope you will too.

SQ
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great lunch here. Specials were tasty and service was excellent. Good venue for a business lunch!

M
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great!

OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Okay nice place but a bit noisy

F
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The key to good italian food to me is simple ingredients. The pasta special at Carisma with the truffles fits this to a T. So delicious. So simple in execution. yet the flavor was outstanding. great job

OT
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best pasta of Toronto!

MP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really nice food and place. The attendance was great and I'll come back for sure.

CB
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would highly recommend Carisma. The food was delicious and our waiter was outstanding.

KW
Toronto
14 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Dinner with friends in a beautiful setting. Elegant and comfortable. Friends had the scallop risotto special which they said was excellent. My roasted chicken was a little dry and deep fried tasting. The pastas that went by our table looked amazing.

PT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was awesome. Amazing food and beautiful atmosphere

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Out I’d town. Not only is the food outstanding but this is a rare and very special restaurant. The owners make you feel as if you are part of their family and they treat everyone like they are there special guests. I have travelled extensively And have had the pleasure I’ve dining in many five star restaurantsand will say without a doubt this was among my favourite dining experience s

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