Carisma

4.7
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1028 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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4.7
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BB
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was outstanding and the service was excellent. Beautiful atmosphere. But like all restaurants with hard surface flooring, it got quite noisy as it filled up.

DS
Toronto
14 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carisma is always phenomenal. I have been here many times for business and personal dining. The food is top notch. The mood is energetic. If you want to have an excellent dining experience with owners that welcome you at the door go to Carisma.

DH
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Only negative comment is about the noise level - very hgh. Nice to see guests enjoying themselves but the tables are very close, the restauant is very popular and the noise level is HIGH!
Everything els wa very nce.
Would go,again (maybe with earphones)
Nice they were open on a Mnday.

JV
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and good food. Chicks were excellent as well, with a nice bar at which to wait for your table. Will go back.

SB
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Last night for my husand's birthday dinner, I was very disappointed to receive a bill of over $800 for 5 people. The waiter misled us about the antipasti plate, he described one plate with everything on it for everyone and the proceeded to serve each person a tray ($24 each) of antipasti. We only ordered one bottle of wine and one bottle of San Pelligrino sparking water. However, we received two additional (not ordered by us) bottles of wine. No one at the table ordered the wine. I thought someone else ordered from our table, but that was not the case. There was non-stop San Pelligrino water brought to our table on a regular basis, again, I thought other people had ordered it. This shady behaviour, taking advantage of people at the table who were in deep conversations, and no one checked in with me from the beginning of the evening. The wait bull-dozed us into more food and drink that we could have ever imagined. It was deceitful and shady for such a so-called high class restaurant. High class means treating your guests with respect, asking if they need anything else, not just bringing things to the table. My guests were horrified that they had to pay about $189 per person for this excessive meal and wine. Very disappointing - we were essentially sucked into more than we asked for. I will say the food is excellent, but I think the way we felt when we left was very upsetting to all of us. We were gobsmacked! I will not go to this restaurant or recommend it to anyone because of their tactics. They are bullies!

y
Montreal
4 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Food was very good. Friendly staff although we felt very rushed. Didn’t have much privacy (someone was constantly hovering over us) or time to enjoy our food which was disappointing.

OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Service great food❣️

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. I proposed to my girlfriend without giving heads up to restaurant but they brought two glass of Champaign and an sparkler candle. The servers were amazing

KP
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

We were quite underwhelmed by our meals. Although the truffle appetizer was delicious, our entrees were very disappointing, especially for the price. The risotto was undercooked, and the lamb and halibut were over cooked. Our server never asked us how our meals were, or why we didn't eat much off our plates. Seemed more interested in other customers. We won't be back.

OT
Montreal
6 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best service and best food! Never disappoints!

RR
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We felt so welcomed at carisma. The host referred to us by name all night and made sure we were well taken care of. The food was absolutely delicious!

ND
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Thoroughly enjoyed our evening at Carisma! We were greeted at the door by the owner. Ambience is very warm and elegant. I had the spaghetti with shrimp...seems simple enough but everything was perfectly cooked and it had a lovely flavour. My husband loved the lamb and raved about it.
Desserts were delicious.
Overall, we thought it was good value for what we experienced.

L
Toronto
20 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went inclined to enjoy ourselves so it would have taken an unfortunate series of events to derail us. Fortunately that did not occur.
Right from the get go service was impeccable. We started with flutes of prosecco, the ticklish bubbles of which foretold good things.
The wine steward and I had a short discussion on the merits of their selection of wines of the Piedmont and we decided on a nice ‘15 Barbera and a couple of glasses of Arneis to go with our salad and calamari appetizers.
We had the pasta special which consisted of home made tagliolini caccia e pepe with white truffles generously shaved on top.
She had the halibut special while I went more traditional with veal and porcini.
Coffee, amaro and limoncello, and a torte di noce finished us off and we tottered off into the night, fully satisfied.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter Joey was exceptional - full of the perfect amount of energy, knowledge and professionalism. The food was outstanding as was the atmosphere.
Looking forward to our return!

MF
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visit Toronto a couple of times a year and had not been to Carisma since they moved. Very glad we went again, some of the same staff are still there and it is much brighter on the inside. The good and service as always was great,

OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great staff!

AL
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious we loved everything we had. Service was excellent. Glad to have found this great spot, we will be back!

B
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food wonderful service

CV
Toronto
26 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an amazing dining experience - great food and service.

PH
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent pasta and dessert and excellent service. ( spaghettini with prawns and pappardelle with wild boar and cream brûlée’s.

JA
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious dinner and the service was impeccable!

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place

M
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service, high quality food. The espresso was bitter.

MD
New England
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Friendly greeting as soon as we arrived for a late lunch. Our waiter was great and the food was amazing! Service was very fast, but we certainly did not feel rushed. Would definitely return!

SA
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The food was excellent! It was my boyfriends birthday and the waiter was informed. They were bringing out sparkler deserts so I was hopeful they would do something for him. Nope! Was offered the desert menu. Extremely disappointed. Especially seeing everyone around us with birthday deserts.

OT
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was extremely hurried, before we knew it we had the main in front of us which we did not appreciate. We had to ask them to give us a minute to finish our bottle of wine before ordering dessert lol

Apart from the fast food turn out, it was a good experience. Absolutely delicious from the start to finish.

Note to self: book for pre theatre dinners or anytime a quick dinner is in order.

HM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

We had a really good time to be honest at Carisma. Service was great, Amadeo was great. Only problem was price. The bottle of wine while good was not worth 65$. The pasta di giorno was a white truffle pasta was good but not worth $80. We also had the 34 ounce t-bone, probably the best value at $140 (came with veg and mashed potatoes). We also had the gnocchi and a nutella creme brulee (not great). In all our bill was about $430 for 6 people (3 adults, 3 kids).

OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 on 17 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food5service2ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful!!

SH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

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
58 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The server was magnifico attending to our every need!

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

WP
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most reliable restaurant for exquisite food and impeccable service.

KP
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

BR
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.