Il Fornello on King
Il Fornello on King

Il Fornello on King

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.ilfornello.com/
  • Phone: 4169772855
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30 am - 4:00 pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Sunday: 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Ryan Kowalyk
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: King and University
  • Public Transit: St Andrews Subway station or if traveling by Street Car, get off at King and Simcoe Streets.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Several parking lots within a block of the restaurant as well as parking on King St. after 6.00 pm.
A word from Il Fornello on King
Located in the very heart of the entertainment District, Il FORNELLO is directly across the street from Roy Thompson Hall and just steps from both the Princes of Wales and Royal Alexander Theatre. It's the perfect spot for pre-theatre dinning and is also close to The Rogers Centre.
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Il Fornello on King reviews from OpenTable diners
96 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.8
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.5
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (38)great for lunch (29)special occasion (27)fit for foodies (24)neighborhood gem (24)kid-friendly (11)notable wine list (9)romantic (7)hot spot (7)great for brunch (5)late-night find (3)scenic view (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Typical chain restaurant. Food was average, service friendly, ambience so so. Would go back as the price was right.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    My husband and I visited the restaurant before seeing a show at the Princess of Wales theatre. Service was very friendly, food and drinks arrived quickly and everything we had was delicious! Ambience was just what we were looking for. Wonderful and filling choice before seeing a show! We will return again when visiting Toronto and will suggest this restaurant to our friends and family. Thanks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stay away from the back room!
    LocalSocializer
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I've been to the King location several times and the food is reliable good - the features specials were particularly good this last visit... Our only problem was the seating - they have opened up 'back room' beside the bathrooms that few like a basement makeover and it horrible... The rest of my party arrived before me and were already seated so I was quite surprised to walk past many empty tables in the main dining room (which is quite lovely) to squeeze into the jam packed basement-feeling back room - and it affected our experience for sure... And we had a reservation so this was not a walk-in... We will likely go back but all future reservations will definitely specify 'main dining room'!
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  • Pre-show dinner
    mayner3
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Great, reliable and fresh food. Perfect spot before the theatre. The Royal Alex is right next door.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    After an expensive meal - a no complementary soft drink refill policy cheapened the experience. I won't come back.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It used to be really good
    LovingfoodVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Il Fornello has gone down hill over the years. The food is still good but the space needs a major update. When we walked in on Friday, there was a very foul smell in the air....like rotten olives. Not a nice smell to have over lunch...especially with a client.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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  • Pre theatre dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Service was fast so no problem getting to the theatre on time.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I think we expected something more.
    WineAndDine
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    The service was OUTSTANDING. Our server was prompt, friendly and efficient. The food however was bland despite it's beautiful presentation. Fresh and flavorful ingredients go a long way and sadly was exactly what our Pesce and Lamb Shank lacked. We ran up a $200 dollar bill and had a great evening but with other great restaurants nearby I don't think we will return.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Slow-Cooked Food Served Quickly!
    MrMarkMemphis
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    In the heart of the theatre district, this restaurant is the perfect choice for pre-theatre dining. Our waitress was all over need for speed and was extremely attentive (filling water glasses, refilling wine glasses, bringing the bill, etc.). We had chicken parm and asiago stuffed chicken and both were exquisite. They both tasted like they had been slowly baked. Delicious. The sides were fresh and hot. We shared a charcuterie board. Again, very nice and right-sized as it turned out. Tables were a bit close together, but that's my only complaint. Il Fornello on King is now is my permanent pre-threatre dinner auto-choice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • eightfromhamilton
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We had a very friendly good server. We were a table of 8 and everyone raved about their dinner. Delicious
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great for pre-theatre dinner
    Quinby44
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    There was 8 of us for dinner and everyone left very satisfied with food and the service. The server was great!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    My husband and I brought our mothers here for dinner before seeing Wicked for their birthdays. It was just perfect for the occasion. The service was amazing and the food from start to finish was enjoyed by all four of us. We all ordered very different meals and everyone enjoyed the food. The atmosphere was lively and fun; we will certainly be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Stever
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Good food at decent prices. Have rarely been disappointed. Service was pretty good considering how busy the place was. King street location was a little loud, but the place was full
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SeptemberStinky
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Love this place - always predictable food (GOOD) and service is really very good. ONLY ISSUE...odd smell in the building I think - not just the restaurant and unfortunately, the day my colleagues and I chose to entertain a Broker and client the smell was particularly strong and the staff were trying to perform some repair to the pipes almost directly at the entrance to the table settings. I think they actually recognized the restaurant was becoming busier and thankfully ceased all the banging. Can't wait for the smell to be gone - that said, I can manage it because the food and service are stellar!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bland
    sandy1
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    The sauce was very bland - we had chicken marinara, pasta and seafood pasta. The pizza was also not spicy enough. From previous visits (not in a while) I remember the sauce as chunkier and more vibrant and what we had tasted like it came out of a can. Sorry
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • average food
    downtowner
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    good for non-discerning groups who need a place for lunch. OK pizza and pasta, but nothing special. Decent service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First time disappointed
    Firstdisapointment
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Ordered steak medium rare but it came medium well. Our waiter was great to try and make me happy. Bought me desert and discounted meal. Been here many times...first time I am disappointed with my meal. Also, the last two times, there was a funky smell when you walk in. Could be parmesan cheese but it smells worse then that. You have to fix this cause it's a real turn off.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great design but poor food.
    ksds
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    The restaurant had a very nicely designed interior and feel to it. However, the food was not very good. I had the grilled calamari and it was practically tasteless. My friend had a pear and gorgonzola pizza which was tasty but it was served burnt.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Summer Lunch
    Vanessa
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Went during the Summer Prix Fixe menu offering. The food was fantastic and the service was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great GF Pizza
    GFfriendly
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Il Fornello has great options for people with a gluten/nut allergy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • alley
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    I had great linguine, 3 others enjoved their pizzas and beer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Functional
    Eatoutalot
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Took the family before a Jays' game and it was fine. Food was passable but not notable. One had the Summerlicious menu. Others didn't. Service was okay but not exceptional. If you need a quick meal before something it works ....
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  • Odd smell in foyer, pizzas are good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Menu looks good, but an average italian restaurant. No homemade pasta or bread, pizzas were tasty. Service was quick.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sal30
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The quality of food continues to be outstanding, and I think that is mainly what keeps me coming back. If I am dining downtown, noon or evening, it is the first restaurant I consider. The chicken asiago entree I had was excellent - tops. Our waiter was also excellent, serving us well in a very busy situation, including excellent handling of separate checks at our table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food with a flare
    luvtor
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We have been going to IlFornellos for years and now that we live in London, Ontario look forward to dining on our trips back to Toronto - food is always great and the staff serves with pride! Seasonings are delicate and memorable always prepared with perfection.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • niceexperience
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Timely service for our dinner as we were going to a concert.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • perfect before theatre dining
    Gronk
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    If you're headed for the theatre on King St., this is the perfect dining experience. The food is consistently good. Staff are aware of the need of patrons who have limited time and are friendly and efficient. My cocktail was made to my liking - less sweet. The salads were huge and pasta was yummy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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  • Great Pre-Theatre Dining
    HappyDiner
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    We were here before a TSO concert. Only complaint was that the gentleman at the front desk tried to give us a table beside the cash/service table (maybe because there were 2 women?) but when we asked for another, we were seated at a better located table immediately. It's crowded but that is what you expect pre-theatre. Food and service here are consistently good. Had the daily feature of spaghetti with asparagus and smoked salmon which was delicious as was the grilled calamari for an appetizer. Love going here and will go again.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service poor, not going back.
    Jule
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    I was not impressed by the service at this restaurant. While the food was good, it is simply not enough to have me return to the restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service was average
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    The good was good and service was average. Server did okay just not at the level that you would expect of this restaurant based on previous reviews and quality of food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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  • Washrooms need help
    Outandabout
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Everything was great, food, service etc. The washrooms however, were very dingy, not what one would expect after looking at the dining room. Way nicer washrooms at East Side Mario's
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great service
    Dinewithme
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Went there right before a show at the princess of Wales theater. We let the staff know and we were able to get in and out of the restaurant within the hour, without compromising service or food quality. Gnocchi was delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fanatastic server
    Fred
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We were a group and there were food allergies, vegetarians and kids among us. The server was fantastic with splitting orders and remembering who split what order - especially since we ended up playing musical chairs! We chose Il Fornello because it catered to everyone's tastes in the group, but the server made it the best choice yet.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always reliable
    wonkyknees
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Il Fornello on King offers good food, service and an adequate wine selection all at reasonable prices and a short walk from Roy Thompson Hall and theatres. Never startling. Rarely disappointing. Always reliable.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dining experience
    Sukie
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    The staff were very helpful and friendly, the food was delicious and we really appreciated the gluten free menu options.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Good
    TimdVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    I have been to this location a few times and the food is always good. It is not the outstanding of Terroni or Mercatto, but quite good. This time the service was excellent, attentive and pleasant. I will be back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fast and easy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    We arrived late due to traffic and were concerned that we could finish dinner and still get to the theatre on time to see the Lion King. Our server brought our food out within 5 minutes and the pressure was immediately off. The pastas were excellent.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very busy, but food reliable
    susger
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Handy location for entertainment district, but very busy and noisy pre-theatre. Reliable casual Italian standards, especially good Pizza. Service attentive. Alcohol mediocre and over-priced.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jared was perfect!
    weloveTO2
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Loved loved loved it here. So close to our venue. Employees were quick attentative and experienced. We had apps, dinner dessert and drinks!! Thank you for a great time Jared!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    Happyplace
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Had dinner before going to Roy Thomson Hall. Food was excellent, location excellent. It was a perfect evening.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.