Don Alfonso 1890

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Contemporary Italian
The city’s most internationally acclaimed restaurant, Don Alfonso 1890 Toronto has been named as the 2nd Best Italian Restaurant in the World by 50 Top Italy. Don Alfonso 1890 Toronto is the first North American location of world renowned Michelin Star Chefs Alfonso and Ernesto Iaccarino’s Don Alfonso 1890. Showcasing the incredible cuisine of Chef Ernesto Iaccarino and the wonderful fresh flavors of the Amalfi coast, Don Alfonso 1890 is an internationally recognized award-winning concept. Since opening, Don Alfonso 1890 Toronto has also been recognized with a number of prolific national and international awards and honours, including Gambero Rosso’s ‘Best New Restaurant in the World’ and Tre Forchette (3 Forks), La Liste Best Italian Restaurant in Canada and in the Top Ten of Restaurants in Canada, Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants, the DiRoNA - Distinguished Restaurants of North America, OpenTable’s Top 100 Restaurants in Canada and the Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence.

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We will be exclusively offering a set tasting menu at $200 ++ per person. In order to confirm their reservation guests would be required to prepay in advance.

Tuesday, 31 December, 2019

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RM
Toronto
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and amazing food!
The staff was friendly and helpful !!

GM
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's worrisome when one's expectations are so high wondering if the experience will match up. Without any question, the experience at Don Alfonso 1890 was remarkable. The "Classic" 8-course tasting menu was amazing from start to finish. Each dish was beautifully presented on the plate, described by our servers with knowledge and understanding of what the chef set out to achieve , and tasted just as good as it looked. The staff were simply excellent; we did have one main server throughout the night but other servers made sure that our food was not left on the kitchen counter, delivering to our table without delay. Dish of the night for both of us was Vermicelli Di Gragnano Mackerel in Carpone Style ( with Sicilian pine nuts and caramelized onions and Alalunga tuna puree sauce); this I could eat every day! The decor of the restaurant is elegant and, in my opinion, slightly understated - it doesn't need to compete with the presentation of the food. Following dinner and coffee, we were given a tour of the kitchen and the wine cellar - a really nice touch. All in all, this was a truly great culinary experience from start to finish. And, talking of finish, even the young man who brought our car to the curbside continued to add to the entire experience by informing us that, now we had dined at Don Alfonso 1890, we would be delighted to return and experience the chef's Secret Menu. Shameless marketing ... not on your life; just an understanding of the brand! Do go; I can't imagine you'd be disappointed.

W
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The tasting menu and wine pairing are a culinary experience I have never had before. It was amazing, it is expensive, but definitely worth the money.

IB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect, very memorable food and service was exceptional.

j
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful experience. The people in my party could not stop talking about our experience. Each course was a visual and gastronomic surprise.

MT
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

A supposed Michelin calibre restaurant it is NOT! We had the a la carte menu in the lounge yesterday and while we were very excited about visiting this restaurant for the first time, that enthusiasm quickly waned by the end of the meal. Saw our server at the beginning of our meal and not at all during the meal service. I really hate being asked after all the plates are cleared if my meal was okay. This should have been asked shortly after the meal arrived and after we had had a few bites. I had to ask for refills of my bottled still water and most of the time I had to pour our own wine. To demonstrate that our water was so seldom filled, when a server came to refill our glasses, after being asked, he turned back and opened a new bottle as the first one opened had become to warm from just sitting.

While I don't expect huge portions I expect value for the money being spent. My Colarado lamb entree was decently sized, 4 ribs for $48, but my wife's lobster risotto dish, while tasty, was not worth the money spent. A small portion of risotto in the middle of a huge plate and not a whole lobster tail but half of a very small lobster tail. This entree was one of the more pricey items at $40.00.

Needless to say our experience was very lack lustre here and not worth all the hype.

Unfortunately, we won't be back as there are much better restaurants in Toronto worth the hype!

OT
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

The food portions are extremely small. Eat before you go! Basically left this higher end restaurant still hungry. Service is also terrible. Disorganized and waited so long for everything. Only received the tasting menu and had to ask if there was a regular menu and only half the table received it. Wine markups are also very high. With a restaurant of this caliber charging those prices, I expected more. Will never go back.

JX
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best Italian restaurant all over GTA area.

HD
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

At the price point for a chef’s tasting menu (classic) everything needs to be spot on. It wasn’t. Service was generally good but there was a slip up ordering our pre-dinner cocktails that placed them within the meal instead of before it. We should have cancelled but we didn't. That was the wrong decision because the enjoyment of the cocktail was entirely wasted. Also they were far too pricy for what they were (modern vodka martinis).

The meal started off strongly. The bread was lovely, so were the canapés. From there it was spotty. We were appreciative that the chef substituted fish for the two meat dishes but....Great yellowtail substitution for the duck however the lobster risotto substitution for the bison was 100% underwhelming. The lobster was tough and so was the risotto, instead of being soft and creamy. The taste was just okay.

As part of the regular classic menu a mackerel pasta was way too saucy, rich and heavy rather than delicate. The dessert was nothing other than the presentation. At least end with a spectacular flavour delight rather than ice smoke. All taken together the meal had a few great courses but overall was entirely unsatisfying. I wonder if it was an off night. Otherwise how could they survive. Will I try it again? It was a special occasion that comes but once a year.

SG
Chicago
58 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We were looking forward to dining here, as the reviews were extremely positive. Of course, there was also the matter of the recent ranking at #2 of the worlds best Italian restaurants. In this respect, we were not disappointed! The food was simply incredible, and some of the courses (the uni/tartar/ceviche canapés, the pasta dish and the crusted bison,...all easily come to mind) were the best I have ever had...anywhere! I would be remiss if I didn’t mention how spot on the wine pairings were, as well. Probably the best wine pairings in a taster menu we have ever had, the selections were simply perfect to compliment the specific food items flavour and texture. We have had wine pairings in the best fine dining restos across the world, and at far higher price points, but this was our favourite to date. The service was equally good, very personable and not too intrusive.
The only thing that prevented a 5 star rating, and my only criticism, was the ambience of the restaurant. The decor was quite cold and spartan, although certainly elegant in a minimalist way. This seems to be the current trend, so perhaps our tastes in this regard are a bit old fashioned? The noise level in the main dining area was also quite loud, making intimate conversation difficult.
This was probably due to the choice of wall coverings and lack of proper sound deadening, as most of the patrons weren’t too loud or boisterous.
What bothered me the most was the complete lack of an appropriate dress code for the guests that were present. I am certainly not a prude, and wouldn’t bat an eye at anyone dressed in a decent pair of jeans and a dress shirt, but some of the patrons were allowed in wearing baggy sweat pants, loud T-shirts..even saw a few with sandals. Not to mention, puffy winter jackets slung over the backs of chairs, when there was a complimentary coat check upon arrival. I was somewhat taken aback at the complete lack of a decent standard of dress, and this has to be addressed, IMO.

ES
Toronto
14 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

I have to be honest. At first I wanted to give the restaurant a $0.00 tip to show my displeasure with the serving staff.

It was not my first time there and last time was a very different experience.

The kitchen saved the serving staff period...

Food is amazing, but here Is my key, if you want me to spend $250 per person and I need to ask 3 times for water.... You suck...period. FULL STOP.

Lucky for you the kitchen and food is among to save your tip.

BS
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was fun. The food and service were great. Beautiful venue.

D
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience2

The food was very good though I didn't love the dessert. Felt like it kind of fell flat there. There were some issues with our waitress and missing our courses at the outset but the manager was honest and brought us over champagne as an apology so that was very professional and good service. The main thing was the lack of atmosphere. The room was large and the setup of a big lobby area with flourescent lighting (because of proximity to open kitchen, I suppose) took away from the intimacy/quiet of the dining experience. Then delineation between this area and the actual dining area was awkward with what seemed like alot of servers gathered near a wine station and kitchen area. There was also a busy restroom right in the main diningroom. Despite the odd high backed booth designs, my husband was facing the bathroom door swinging open and shut all evening, watching people waiting their turn for the toilet. There were also no candles on the tables which was really odd to me. So much care obviously went into decor and it almost felt like someone forgot to put them out. Usually there are at least little tea lights for ambient lighting and mood. Though the mini-vases were pretty, the lack of candles, to me, really contributed to a lack of intimacy and "quiet" that usually accompanies an upscale dining experience. I actually found it cold and dark, rather than warm and intimate. Overall food was quite good, service picked up, but the weird atmosphere really took away from the overall experience for me.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular feast for the eyes and tastes buds

MG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exquisite experience. Exceeded expectations. Bravo!

L
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We decided to dine at Don Alfonso before our 8pm show at the Elgin & Winter Garden Theatre. Our reservation was for 6pm, which made the pre-theatre menu unattainable since it is about an hour and a half service. We dined a la carte and enjoyed the bison tartare + chili crisp & lobster zeppole (both a must try!) for appetizers. I ordered the vermicelli di gragnano mackerel in carpione & my partner ordered the bison in rustic bread crust for our entrees. Everything was plated beautifully and the service was exceptional. We will definitely be back to enjoy the full classic/contemporary menus when time is more giving. Thank you!

Don Alfonso 1890
Responded on 27 November 2019

Hi Lesley, Thank you for your positive feedback. We are thrilled you enjoyed your dining experience at Don Alfonso 1890 Toronto. We look forward to seeing you again very soon! Best, Sarah K. Marketing Coordinator Liberty Entertainment Group

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EC
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We went for the tasting menu. It was a great experience but we spent a ton of money and could only get through three courses (even after preparing with only a small meal early in the day). We had the caviar to start, which in retrospect was too filling and the least expensive of which was $250, so not money well spent considering our appetites. I suggest skipping on the bread as well.. maybe have one bite just to try their amazing homemade butter.. one of the highlights for us.

C
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Daniele makes stupendous food. He is so approachable. The staff is knowledgeable and very pleasant. The wine list is outstanding.

Don Alfonso 1890
Responded on 27 November 2019

Hi Coral, Thank you for your positive feedback. Daniele is a vital part of our team! I have forwarded your comments to him, as I am sure he will be thrilled to hear you enjoyed your dining experience at Don Alfonso 1890 Toronto. We look forward to seeing you again very soon! Best, Sarah K. Marketing Coordinator Liberty Entertainment Group

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d
Montreal
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very sophisticated food up a notch in all of there products

r
Toronto
33 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Forgot to write happy birthday on dessert plate. Had to mention it after dessert arrived

R
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food / incredible friendly service. Definitely going back.

RD
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible experience
We had the tasting menu however I would have been happy with the vermicelli pasta and pistachio dessert only.
I will definitely be back

RX
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the tasting menu and it was delicious. Each dish was superb and the vegetarian menu was amazing. We celebrated my wife's birthday and anniversary there and we were given an extra dessert and a take home gift as well.

Don Alfonso 1890
Responded on 27 November 2019

Thank you for your positive feedback. We are thrilled you enjoyed your dining experience at Don Alfonso 1890 Toronto. We look forward to seeing you again very soon! Best, Sarah K. Marketing Coordinator Liberty Entertainment Group

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LJ
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

I’m vegan and my wife isn’t. They had trouble accommodating me and the server kept making mistakes and coming back. We both felt they were a bit snotty - maybe because we didn’t order the tasting menu? It’s the former Rosedale Supper Club and is a beautiful restaurant but what you get for what you pay isn’t worth it. Thumbs down.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall1food2service2ambience3

We did not enjoy the food. The portion sizes were inconsistent, the lamb main course was huge, the risotto main was a few tablespoons. The lamb was old, and lacked seasoning, the risotto was at least edible.

Don Alfonso 1890
Responded on 27 November 2019

Hello, We are very sorry to hear that you had a negative experience and appreciate you taking the time to provide feedback. Don Alfonso 1890 Toronto takes reviews very seriously as it is our priority to ensure all guests receive an outstanding dining experience, while in a safe and welcoming environment. We would like to learn more about your experience. We have sent you a private message with our contact information. We look forward to hearing from you. Best, Sarah K.

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SW
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the classic tasting menu and it was delicious. The staff are excellent and very knowledgeable. Would be a very romantic place for a date. Upstairs is more quiet, downstairs has more atmosphere. Will go again!

Don Alfonso 1890
Responded on 27 November 2019

Thank you for your positive feedback. We are thrilled you enjoyed your dining experience at Don Alfonso 1890 Toronto. We look forward to seeing you again very soon! Best, Sarah K. Marketing Coordinator Liberty Entertainment Group

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R
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Service was slow - we sat down at 9 didn't get our first drink or food until 9:45. No special effort was marked for the birthday we were celebrating and the booth seats are very low had to get two cushions to help support me while I ate dinner. Tasting menu was lovely was a little over priced for what we had but good. Beautiful plating and interesting dishes. Staff was knowledgeable when presenting each course and very kind.

Don Alfonso 1890
Responded on 27 November 2019

Hello Ruby, We are very sorry to hear that you had a negative experience and appreciate you taking the time to provide feedback. Don Alfonso 1890 Toronto takes reviews very seriously as it is our priority to ensure all guests receive an outstanding dining experience, while in a safe and welcoming environment. We would like to learn more about your experience. We have sent you a private message with our contact information. We look forward to hearing from you. Best, Sarah K.

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MG
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing. We can't wait to go back again. Food and services was wonderful.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My Fiancé and I enjoyed the beautiful cocktails, it was nicely presented in there quiet upstairs lounge. Our bartender server was friendly and helpful, we will be back regularly.

PB
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Don Alphonso is a superior dinning experience. I can't express how much I enjoyed myself.

HE
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food , ambiance and service

TU
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful experience and truly first class. Everything was perfect.

R
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

White truffle risotto was even better than the regular truffle risotto.
Buffalo tenderloin was very tender.
The petite four was lovely, but the dessert feature was too adventurous:
"MEDITERRANEO
PISTACCHIO RAVIOLI, FRESH SICILIAN ORANGE, BASIL AND LEMON GELATINA, BUFFALO RICOTTA, BLACK LIQUORICE"
The liquorice sauce ran over the subtle flavours of the orange and lemon like a fully loaded dump truck fully of gravel with no brakes on a steep incline.

AC
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Impeccable service and food. We had a wonderful experience!

Don Alfonso 1890
Responded on 5 November 2019

Thank you for your positive feedback. We are thrilled you enjoyed your dining experience at Don Alfonso 1890 Toronto. We look forward to seeing you again very soon! Best, Sarah K. Marketing Coordinator Liberty Entertainment Group

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l
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The food was very good. We had a great server. The manager gave us a tour of the kitchen and wine cellar. Overall, the experience was great. Considering the quality of the food and drink and what our total bill was, I found the value to be excellent. I'd come back again.

Don Alfonso 1890
Responded on 5 November 2019

Hi Linds, Thank you for your positive feedback. We are thrilled you enjoyed your dining experience at Don Alfonso 1890 Toronto. We look forward to seeing you again very soon! Best, Sarah K. Marketing Coordinator Liberty Entertainment Group

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ML
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Please get the Michelin star system to Canada... this is in my top 5 restaurants ever. You want Michelin star service? This is the place! The head sommelier was impressive. The service was impeccable. The food was amazing. It was an experience. The wine pairing made justice to every plate.

Don Alfonso 1890
Responded on 4 November 2019

Thank you for your positive feedback. We are thrilled you enjoyed your dining experience at Don Alfonso 1890 Toronto. We look forward to seeing you again very soon! Best, Sarah K. Marketing Coordinator Liberty Entertainment Group

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Q
Toronto
53 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We dined at Don Alfonso 1890 on October 30, 2019. The restaurant decor was lovely and chic. The staff (from the moment we walked into the restaurant right until the moment we left) we superb. Our servers were attentive yet not in your face, the recommendations given were wonderful and the wine sommelier was most informative and knew exactly what wine I would enjoy. The creativity of the food presentation was beautiful and the portions were more than adequate. You definitely did not leave the restaurant hungry. The chef made changes to the menu items as required by our preferences. We will definitely come back to dine at this wonderful place again. It is definitely worth it.

Don Alfonso 1890
Responded on 4 November 2019

Thank you for your positive feedback. We are thrilled you enjoyed your dining experience at Don Alfonso 1890 Toronto. We look forward to seeing you again very soon! Best, Sarah K. Marketing Coordinator Liberty Entertainment Group

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SP
Toronto
14 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding service and food. We did both tasting menus and they graciously subbed in the duck and bison on the Contemporary menu. Food was beautifully plated, delicious and the wine pairings did not disappoint. My only real criticism is the noise level as the noise does carry in the restaurant and when we arrived there was some sort of event happening in the bar area. I also really enjoyed the full view of the kitchen, almost like a chefs table experience.

S
Toronto
24 reviews
Dined on 29 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! One of the best meals I’ve ever had! Everything was perfect. Don’t even know what to say as it was just perfect!!

Don Alfonso 1890
Responded on 5 November 2019

Hi Shan, Thank you for your positive feedback. We are thrilled you enjoyed your dining experience at Don Alfonso 1890 Toronto. We look forward to seeing you again very soon! Best, Sarah K. Marketing Coordinator Liberty Entertainment Group

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NB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Probably the best meal & experience I have ever had at a restaurant. The food, service, ambience & attention to detail were incredible. I look forward to my next visit.

Don Alfonso 1890
Responded on 4 November 2019

Hi NiallB, Thank you for your positive feedback. We are thrilled you enjoyed your dining experience at Don Alfonso 1890 Toronto. We look forward to seeing you again very soon! Best, Sarah K. Marketing Coordinator Liberty Entertainment Group

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