La Fenice

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La Fenice, located in the entertainment district of Toronto, serves hearty Italian dishes and pasta that stick to your ribs and give you a reason to return. The classy restaurant prides itself on its fresh ingredients and pasta, and the daily chef’s specials creatively redefine Italian cuisine. Pasta at La Fenice cover all of the bases, offering a veal ragu, linguini with fresh clams, and vegetarian dishes with olives, goat cheese, and anchovies. Rounding out the selection are gnocchi and risotto dishes, each bringing a new flavor to the traditional recipes. For Italian food that elevates the appetite, head to La Fenice before a night on the town.
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JY
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food and service, close to theatres

GS
St. Louis
9 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Mediocre food thought this party of three. Service and atmosphere were excellent.

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

The food and atmosphere were good but would have liked friendlier service. The waiter was good but the support staff not overly friendly.

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

What an incredible experience! Every dish we ordered was absolutely delicious in every way - cooked to perfection and undoubtedly the best meal I have had in a long time! Fantastic. Highly recommend.

t
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service. The steaks were very good.

TG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Italian cuisine and great service! This is our second visit to the restaurant and we were not disappointed!

SB
2 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Atmosphere, food, and service was above par! We will return the next time we’re in Toronto

FL
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food. We will be back.

CB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been to La Fenice before. This time their menu was expanded, and it was wonderful. I had a great filet, but my wife's ravioli in a rose/gorganzola sauce made me regret my choice. They call it agnotelli(??), I believe, and it is TREMENDOUS. For dessert I had an old favorite, Zagilabone, which was as usual, "to die for".

EB
Galway
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 5

The fish was over cooked but our waitress was very good.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious. I normally do not like risotto but had the mushroom risotto and it was delicious. Our waiter Tristan was very helpful and friendly.

KP
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service, the food was so delicious and hot at delivery. Amazing restaurant

PK
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

This is a bit of a tired restaurant. It's been around a long time but not necessarily the best quality

DK
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As good as ever. We were there 20+ years ago and standards for all aspects of this restaurant remain top notch. La Fenice will now be our restaurant of choice for Italian dinners in Toronto

VG
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time coming here and this restaurant exceeded our expectations! The food was amazing every one was extremely pleased with their dishes. The presentation was very well done and the portions were great. This is definitely a place we will be back!!

OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was awesome.

B
Chicago
59 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Summerlicious dinner. All our meals were delicious

TD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Part of summerlicios - 4 of us had different meals- all excellent!

MC
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The staff was very helpful when an unexpected guest arrived making a party of five.
All our Summerlicious meals were excellent and enjoyed by everyone. Thanks.

JS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Seafood linguine was unbelievable! Packed with mussels, clams, squid and shrimp. Overall we were really happy with our experience here.

AR
New England
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place with great food

L
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nothing bad to say at all. Wonderful experience too to bottom. Food was probably the best I have had in as long as I can remember

SW
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have always enjoyed dining at La Fenice and consider it one of the top Italian dining rooms in the kitchen. The antipasto is a superb and selection, and the pastas generous and flavourful. Now they have a new addition with a charcoal grill. As a steak lover, I was thrilled with this AAA Canadian rib eye, 14 oz. with chimi churri sauce. Perfectly done to my request, tender and simply delicious. And here is the kicker: $30. for the 14 oz steak. I thought it was a mistake on the menu. I have paid three times that amount for a comparable steak in this city. No, they explained, it is an introduction to their new grill menu. Go right now! Before they stop giving it away.

t
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

very friendly server, nice place for dinning, good food

PA
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The food at La Fenice was excellent. I enjoyed every bit of it. I will definitely be going back!!!!

CJ
Detroit
54 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Italian food with very excellent service!

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Ate there before the symphony concert. My pork steak was perfectly cooked and an Arrugula salad was the perfect balance

J
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent and portion sizes were great. I had the fettuccine with salmone and light cream sauce. I don’t like heavy cream or a lot of cream and I’m glad I tried this because the cream was light and the dish was delicious! The tiramisu and creme brûlée were fresh, light and the best I’ve ever tasted. Service was attentive but not annoying. We also enjoyed the free bruschetta and bread with butter. I will definitely go again.

JW
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice Italian restaurant in the heart of theater district. Great place for pre/post theater dinner outing. Business casual attire.

J
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Surprisingly fairly priced wine, I recommend the seafood risotto.

IS
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, delicious food in a beautiful restaurant. One of our faves in Toronto.

DJ
Toronto
21 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoy going to La Fenice whenever we’re attending a show, and this visit was just as enjoyable as previous ones. An excellent menu (though, surprisingly, we did not see a steak entree), and terrific service (thanks, Sydney!). The portions were generous and beautifully cooked. Thanks again!!

BF
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took colleagues to dinner at La Finece while in Toronto for work. The food was outstanding, however it was trumped by the service. Danielle was an amazing waitress; eloquent, knowledgable and incredibly friendly. Her co-server was also absolutely great.

DP
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 4

Chef needs to learn how to season food. My veal with mushrooms was so bland it was almost tasteless.
Our server was indifferent. He did not offer any specials but we heard him recite them to a nearby table after we had ordered. We had to ask for the bill and then wait for the machine, then he promptly disappeared. Overall a very disappointing experience.

RB
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food. Great wines. Great service. Highly recommend. Been there multiple time.

La Fenice
Responded on 3 June 2019

Thank you, Robert, for the five stars! and for taking the time to share your experience on Open Table. We're so glad you enjoy dining with us, and we hope to see you again soon. Cheers!

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k
Toronto
34 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great spot to dine before heading to a show in the area. Service was outstanding and the menu had many options to choose from. Wines selection was also very nice and affordable. Will keep on list for future shows to come back. Loved it!

W
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food and amazing service. We will return!

La Fenice
Responded on 3 June 2019

Thank you for the five stars! We're so glad you enjoyed your experience at La Fenice! Hope to see you again soon. Cheers!

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CC
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Server used our corporate dinner to run-up the tab by suggesting “off menu” items. Apps and mains. Had to plead with him to share the menu for our mains. $144 for (2) appetizer platters (melon, prosciutto, shrimp and a few calamari) were ridiculous. Glad we ordered the mains off the menu. The “family style” meat lovers platter he suggested sounding great for a tailgate but not a business dinner. A little too pushy for my liking. Food was great!

La Fenice
Responded on 3 June 2019

I'm sorry, Mr. C if the server was being too pushy. He may have been overzealous in his delivery, but I can assure you that the intention is not to run up the tab; this is not our style at La Fenice, and we don't encourage this practice. Chef Rocco prepares many off-menu specials every day, and our servers do get very excited about the Chef's specialties. We are glad you enjoyed the meal! We thank you for your feedback and hope you will dine with us again soon. Sincerely - Rita F.

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L
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

I have been going to La Fenice almost since it opened. I was not impressed. The service was spotty. The food was not as good as it used to be. They have become complacent. Wake up, guys! You have a lot of competition.

La Fenice
Responded on 3 June 2019

I'm sorry you experienced spotty service, this certainly is not our standard. We all work very hard to maintain the high standards our customers have come to expect. Working hard to please our customers is the reason we have been in business for 35 years. There is no complacency here, and it troubles me that you view us this way. We are, in fact, a very humble hard-working family and are thankful every day for the support we get from our loyal customers and community. Sincerely Rita F.

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TM
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Serving sizes were excellent and food was exceptional!

La Fenice
Responded on 3 June 2019

Thank you, Theresa, for taking the time to rate us on OpenTable. We're so glad you enjoyed your experience at La Fenice. Cheers!

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