Don Alfonso 1890

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Contemporary Italian
Don Alfonso 1890 features two dining experiences: the mezzanine lounge (BAR seating in OpenTable) offers a full dining experience where guests may order from our a la carte menu in a more casual setting. In the formal dining room (STANDARD seating in OpenTable) guests will experience our eight course tasting menus.

Created in partnership with hospitality icon Nick Di Donato of the Liberty Entertainment Group, Don Alfonso 1890 Toronto is the first North American location of world renowned Michelin Star Chefs Alfonso and Ernesto Iaccarino’s Don Alfonso 1890. It is located in the historic Consumer’s Gas Building of 1852 on Toronto Street; in the heart of the Financial District in downtown Toronto. 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 with locations in Italy, New Zealand and China.


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What 256 People Are Saying
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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional service from the whole team at Don Alfonso! We had an amazing time from the moment we entered the restaurant to the last step we took leaving the place. Throughout the meal, the staff were attentive, every plate was immaculately presented and above all every dish was finely curated for the palette to enjoy! The final parting gift along with a tour of the restaurant made every dollar spent at this restaurant worthwhile!

VN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our engagement there. The experience was amazing and they even gave us a tour of the restaurant and the wine cellar

C
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Dave horrible service we received peak over when we are paying and commented “no tips” when we are tying it down. When asked what was recommended on the menu he said he was told we were ready to order and that he doesn’t know what we like he can’t recommande anything etc horrible though out the whole time

a
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Ivy was a delight. She made our dining experience better than what we were anticipating. The place is vibrant, dim lit, and impeccable service is at the heart of this restaurant. My wife and I were started off with some bread and oil. We ordered a Seedlip mocktail with dehydrated apple and a cinnamon stick. Absolutely exquisite. We then ordered the Chef's Veggie selection alongwith the Coal Crisp. The veggie selection was good but the Horseradish ice cream was breath-taking. The coal crisp was a brand new experience for us which we enjoyed.

We then ordered the Ravioli and the Croccante. Each dish was unique and truly worth the visit. We finished it all off with a pot of Strawberry-Orange tea and the Naif Di Frutta. This dessert was familiar yet brand new. I am not a fan of coconut in desserts but this coconut foam was subtle and truly fit the dish. Overall, despite the visual lack of quantity, my wife and I shared all the dishes and we were still full at the end of the meal. Being vegetarian, this place sure made it easy to dine and finish with a full stomach. A great place for a special occasion, Don Alfonso is a place we will surely visit again.

KA
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

If you want the best of the best, then this is your best choice in Toronto. Do not go here if you like budget eating though

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

From the moment we walked in the door, our night was amazing. The hospitality was phenominal, the food made our night and they accommodated my wife's dietary issues without batting an eye.

EC
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Amazing service. Bison welington is a must try. Great ambiance.

JJ
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience. Amazing food. Amazing staff. Amazing vibe. Amazing service.

HD
Toronto
26 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had both tasting menus. The first few courses were the best. I love the plating. We took a tour afterwards and the staff was so kind and made us feel special. We really enjoyed the dessert with the dry ice effect. The soup inside the mushroom shaped crust was so inventive and taste really good too.

OT
Toronto
248 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, excellent service and sommelier, gorgeous environment. Highly recommend.

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

Absolutely brilliant time during our 30th wedding anniversary- brilliant food, brilliant wine and the walk around afterwards was excellent

AM
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had an excellent time...the décor, service, presentation, and most importantly, the food...was outstanding...we were there for my wife's birthday and the staff went out of there way in making our night memorable...looking forward in dining at Don Alfonso's restaurant in the very near future...thank you Daniel for your hospitality during our time at the restaurant...

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

Was not impressed with my food and appetizer at all .. was too salty! Our server was okay!! .. but thats about it! Was not worth the price and the fuss!

b
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was exceptional,as well as the atmosphere. Highly recommended

FR
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience.
Food, service and atmosphere an absolute 10/10.
It is a high end restaurant, so it is pricey, but worth the experience.
Ivy and Bay were amazing to deal with. They did an exceptional job!!
Thank you.

c
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good service and good food, highly recommended.

GW
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 3

While the service was very good, I thought the food was very mediocre for the price.
Very disappointed and would not recommend others going to this venue.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. Great atmosphere. The restaurant is beautiful!! Service was on point, however the Sommelier was lacking in presence.

OL
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing, presentation second to non, service was impeccable, very enjoyable evening.

DC
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Brought a party of 9 out and I think the venue is fabulous. The service excellent. The food is very good but as a comparison to other fine dining experiences my guests and I have experienced around the world, it was missing something. We all agreed to similar reviews days afterwards when we compared notes.

It's not that Don Alfonso 1890 isn't great, it's that our experiences and expectations are different. We do expect nothing but the best if this restaurant wants to compete at that level.

In all honesty, the dinner the prior night at another great Toronto restaurant topped it easily in all facets, from service, wine choices, food and desserts.

PR
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow, mic drop. It was incredible

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

A true culinary experience. Excellent wine pairing. Every dish was interesting and taste bud opening. We had Pistachio 5 ways!

GA
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In the world of fine dining experiences,
Don Alfonso has set the standard .

Don Alfonso 1890
Responded on 16 September 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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OT
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Dinner , amazing atmosphere , great for business meeting or special occasion

D
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was an anniversary dinner for us and the staff at Don Alfonso helped make it a special day. They were very attentive in helping us choose wine and offered detailed description of the dishes before we ordered. My wife had had a medley of carrots and amazing lobster risotto. My Rock fish ceviche was perfect and the bison was so tender, you barely needed a fork. Overall service was EXCELLENT including a personal tour of the kitchen and wine cellar.

WB
Toronto
14 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic tasting menu!

NN
Toronto
17 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing time ! Food was on point as well as service. This is a Michelin class restaurant. You will not be disappointed. Service is impeccable. Staff is very friendly and welcoming. Tables are well spaced out. It was our anniversary and we were gifted a cookbook and olive oil! Very thoughtful!
Bon Apetito

Don Alfonso 1890
Responded on 16 September 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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J
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, presentation and service ! Delicious from start to the end. Cocktail choice incredible.

SV
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful decor, art and layout, amazing food, a la carte menu enjoyed reasonably priced for a restaurant of this calibre. Most impressive, this was not in any way a “stuffy” experience...Manger even took the time to take us through the kitchen, meet Chef and allowed us to view the wine cellar.
This is a must visit in Toronto if you enjoy a dining “experience”.

ET
Miami
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my first time and I am glad I chose the restaurant

VC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very impressive with everything from food, cocktail, services, environment, everything! Pricy but good value.

MM
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an amazing Culinary experience thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere and the food both Chef Saverio and Chef Daniele are a number one class act when it comes to the best in italian cuisine .
Loved it orgogliosi do essere italiani

Don Alfonso 1890
Responded on 15 August 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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S
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about Don Alfonso is first class and first rate. The experience is worth every penny and if you want to experience culinary excellence go no futher. Historic Toronto, elegant surroundings and memories to share with friends or family abound in this chic restaurant. Kudos to the staff.

Don Alfonso 1890
Responded on 15 August 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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OT
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

The two fictitious stars don’t justify the non-life altering meal. Food was good, but far better meals in the city for 1/3 of the price. Waiters was passively rude probably due to the fact I didn’t look like a 65 year old sugar daddy. Ageist establishment, you guys should change as your current target market is (literally) dying out. Inside was very pleasant though, wish I had taken an insta picture. Truffle butter knocked my socks off by the way.

OT
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing venue and absolutely delicious food, but VERY expensive! Would still go again though!

Don Alfonso 1890
Responded on 15 August 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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OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian restaurant

Don Alfonso 1890
Responded on 15 August 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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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

food and service have room for improvements
Bread was excellent
Duck breast was on the tough side
staffs ask for food feedback but got your order wrong

Don Alfonso 1890
Responded on 15 August 2019

Hello, We are 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. Please contact General Manager Paul Cowlishaw at (416) 214-5888 to discuss this matter further. Thank you. Best, Sarah K.

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m
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Amazed with a tour in kitchen and the wine cellar.

F
Toronto
15 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Server, sommelier, manager and the chef were all very friendly and professional. My daughter and I had a wonderful time. The appetizers, entree and dessert were all nice. We definitely plan on returning for the tasting menu with pairing when we have more time. The place as nicely decorated though someone might find it too clean looking :))) (all white decor). Overall, highly recommended for any occasions.

Don Alfonso 1890
Responded on 15 August 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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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went to celebrate my birthday with my husband. We had a great experience here. Fantastic restaurant. Professional service. Foods are amazing. Will go back again. Highly recommended!

Don Alfonso 1890
Responded on 23 July 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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