Il Fornello on King
Il Fornello on King

Il Fornello on King

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.ilfornello.com/
  • Phone: (416) 977-2855
  • 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
203 reviews since August 1, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.8
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelEnergetic
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (85)fit for foodies (52)special occasion (48)great for lunch (48)neighborhood gem (44)kid-friendly (20)notable wine list (18)hot spot (17)romantic (12)great for brunch (7)late-night find (5)scenic view (4)vibrant bar scene (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/25/2014
    Good and fast service. Great for before the theatre. Food all came together and was nice and hot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect spot for dinner before theatre or symphony
    Music
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Il Fornello is one of my favourite spots to catch dinner before theatre or the symphony. Fast and friendly service, consistently good food, reasonable pricing, they make sure they get you out in time for your show. It's noisy but not ridiculously so.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Close to theatres
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    If you are looking to be close to the theatre or are in a hurry, Il Fornello is a good choice. Good food, reasonable price and quick service. However it is very busy and at times frenetic so not a leisurely meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good place for pre theatre dinner
    MonaLisa
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    this location is geared to meet the demands of theatre and concert goers, and they know how and when to move, but there is so much pressure and such a hectic pace that servers are running, but missing patron`s trying to catch their eye. Food is fresh and well prepared. Perfect place for a pizza and salad, so you won`t sleep through the show.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NONE
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    Are you kidding?!?! It's not enough that i took the time to complete your survey but in order to submit my feedback i must submit a review at least 50 characters in length?! This field should not be mandatory!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good for theatre crowd, business lunch and groups
    moandmavens
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Only complaint is slower than normal service. Have been there before and never had this problem prior. Normal Italian type cuisine. Like the pizzas. Great ice cream deserts
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Pizza!
    TORONTOGAL
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Had dinner with some friends at Il Fornello on King before a show. The pizza was excellent (the one with figs). My friend had Pasta and it was also very good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Acceptable but not exciting
    Jane
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Three of us visited the restaurant for a 5:45 reservation on a Thursday with a 5:45pm reservation. The restaurant is well located for the King St. theatres. Our waitress came to our table with alomost no wait and brought us glasses of water and offered us drinks. We ordered a 1/2 litre of house wine which was quite acceptable for a quick meal. Two of us ordered the Penne Capri and one the Cannelloni Formaggio . The Penne contained a good number of small vegetables and plenty of chicken but lacked any depth of flavour. The sauce was watery and tasteless. Our friend said that the Cannelloni was bland and very heavy. We were disappointed with our meals and would rather have paid a little more to have a more flavourful meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect pre-theatre spot
    MissDinesOutalot
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Excellent food. Quick and efficient service. A well-run restaurant that caters to the theatre crowd. Never felt rushed. Very accommodating when we called to say we were stuck in traffic. Seated immediately. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistent and Reliable
    lillian
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    We can always count on Il Fornello before the symphony or a play...good food and reliable service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mainstay of entertainment district
    Donnasnumber1host
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Welcome civil; not overly friendly. Requested window table but was one row away -- still OK but not close enough to gaze at theatre throngs. Still nice view of bright lights and streetcars. Speaking of lights, one was too bright, shining in from stairs outside and detracting from dinner enjoyment. Tables rather close together. Another patron removed his coat above our bread plate, dropping unknown small objects. Close encounters with server's behind as that table was taken care of. Server friendly, efficient, knowledgeable. Cocktails a bit slow in arriving while food plates arrived too fast. Impression they wanted us out. Food quite good but a bit too much oily sauce in the pasta. Also too much meat; should only be 25% of plate.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner at Il Fornello
    theatredinersdodinner
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    The service was fantastic! Very quick and accurate - the waitress was quite attentive. Upon entering, though, there was a horrendous smell - we almost turned around to leave! Stinky cheese perhaps? It dissipated as the meal went on, thankfully. A great experience overall, especially for those trying to catch a show.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Pre-Show Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    We enjoyed our dinner before the show at this restaurant. Service was fabulous and our food arrived very quickly. Our dishes were hot and very tasty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pretty good!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Everything was excellent, but the waiter was a little too attentive. Felt a bit like hovering, but nothing to bother me or effect the tip. Pizza was great!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • kimmyd
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Food was delicious and the service was great. The perfect place to go before the theatre.....so close.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food/service
    Downtowner
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    We arrived the restaurant an hour early and they were fine and seated us right away. The server was nice but she could use a little bit more smile at the beginning until almost the end of our dinner my husband started to joke with her and she was a little relax. Dinner was good, food were very fresh and delicious. The glutin free pasta was very cooked perfectly.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner
    Kahoona5
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Well organized service staff, our server especially was nice, knowledgeable and all around great. The Arctic char was terribly bland, tasted like a baseball glove the risotto was also tasteless
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Concert night
    Partof9
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We arrived early. About an hour before our reservation. They were kind enough to seat us since the restaurant was pretty empty at the time. Since our waitress had not started her shift it was harder than usual to get served drinks but eventually we got what we wanted. Once our party had arrived the restaurant was very busy. Our waitress did her best to serve us. The wine was excellent, the food also very good. The appetizer with crustini and raw beef was outstanding. There is always room for improvement for desserts in all restaurants. All in all, a very nice evening before going to Roy Thomson hall. I'll go to this restaurant again before a concert.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great service and great food
    SueM
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    perfect for pre or post theatre dining, service was quick but not rushed
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    CIndyVIP
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Had a wonderful meal and great service before heading to the theatre. Portion sizes were perfect and everything way very fresh.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kai4mckie
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Six of us ladies went to the theatre and to Il Fornello for an early dinner. Everything from the service to the food to the table was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Long in the tooth
    Fun4all
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    We have eaten here many times and each time the food gets worse. The pizza was dry,with little cheese and over cooked. The chicken tetrazzini had enough garlic for three people and the potatoes were inedible. This once fine restaurant has fallen a long way. We won't be back.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • fair at best
    MrGoodcat
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Food was cold and the beer wasn't. The sound of the servers and bussers putting the dishes away at the wait station was deafening and made me jump each time it seemed they threw them in. Our server was polite but wasn't very helpful as far as suggestions. Chocolate cake for dessert was dry and boring. Not worth the $175 price tag for the 4 of us. Not the "after a show downtown" experience i had hoped for.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ooooops, Bad choice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Service in general was excellent, but unfortunately the culinary skills lack passion and quality. The Lamb shank was dry, I understand that shank have to be prepared before hand 24 hours prior to service, with this said. My product looked and taste like it was wrapped in plastic wrap upon storing, then left in the plastic throw into a micro wave the bone and meat clearly showed signs of micro wave use. Furthermore the meat was dry and tasted of age, stored longer the 72 hour period or has been frozen.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Before Theatre
    Doodle
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    My husband and I had tickets to the Princess of Wales theatre and wanted a place nearby to have dinner beforehand. Il Fornello fit the bill for us. Good food and great location. It was packed with people and there was a line up at the door, so clearly a popular spot. It was a bit noisy but otherwise a good experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We fell into a winner!
    Jewels
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    My boyfriend and I had dinner at Il Fornello on King on Friday night, Oct 24th at 6:30. We had a very nice table by the window. We told our waitress, Kathleen, we had theater tickets & had to be out by a certain time. She was fantastic. Knowledgeable of the menu, very friendly, but still very professional. My salmon was terrific, my boyfriend said his chicken parmigian was pretty good, but the fabulous waitress & ambiance of the restaurant made it a really wonderful experience. I recommend this restaurant & I'd ask for Kathleen's section.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Theatre dining
    hondagingerale
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Great location and very good food. We had tickets for a performance down the street. The staff was respective of our time constraints but still provided a very pleasurable dining experience. We were given great menu advise and both thoroughly enjoyed our dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great business lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Great food! Took my team out to Il Fornello for lunch - everyone really enjoyed the food. I will go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great before a show!
    WuliNuChem
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We chose Il Fornello because we were going to see a show at The Princess of Wales. Our dinner was served quickly and it was delicious. They also have a large selection for my Daughter who must eat gluten free.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Early Sunday Dinner
    Mormondiner
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Fully enjoyed our meals. Our food was served quickly and tasted very good. My Fettuccine Alfredo with chicken was the best I have ever had.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tawny
    Luv2eat
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Awesome food, wonderful service & great atmosphere. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Going to the theatre
    Tonbridge
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    A good sized restaurant that caters to theatre goes. When I asked if we would be out in time for the theatre the waitress said " the whole restaurant is going to the theatres". The food was okay but the whole place was so noisy you could barely hear above the din. We were out in plenty of time. I wouldn't go there again.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    PaulNewman
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    From the plastic take out style butter packages, to the rough (and LOUD) waitress, to the extremely over-garlicy entree, I would not recommend nor return to this restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • twojays
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    excellent traditional Italian food, cooked fresh/to order. service is efficient and personal; good teamwork. noise level, conversation, is high, but ok.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Does what says on the tin
    Britfoodie
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Efficient and friendly. Pizzas are good and starters ok. Wine options pretty limited.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding service and food
    lovegoodfood
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    We had come for lunch prior to going to the nearby concert, because the location was so convenient. Our waiter was absolutely tops - fast, friendly, efficient. And the food was tops as well. Delicious! We would come back just for the dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Ou dinner on Tues evening was excellent. The noise level was quite high, higher than we would like. I have requested seating in the back room when I do my on-line res, but haven't been seated there.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lovetoeatout
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Had a wonderful waiter, were seated promptly. food came in a timely manner.I had pasta in meat sauce. the portion was small and it kept repeating on me all night which made me wonder if the meat was all that fresh. My friend had the salmon and she enjoyed her dish very much and it looked very fresh. It is better on King then at Bayview Village where the menu has been reduced in selection choices.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful as always!
    Bryandines
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I always enjoy Il Fornello, and have eaten in most if not all of its branches. This location (King St West) is perfect for before-theatre dining, and that is why I was there recently. I almost always have the same thing: the pollo pesto on pasta, though their other chicken dishes, such as chicken asiago, are also excellent. A delightful pino grigio accompanied this meal, and a small salad served as an appetizer. This was more than enough food, and my guest ordered similarly, not even having a salad. All in all it was a pleasant start to our evening, and I will certainly eat there again in future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for before the theatre
    Susaben
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The waitress asked if we were going to a play in order to ensure that our food arrived on time without our feeling rushed. Service was prompt and staff was pleasant. Our meals were delicious. Prices are reasonable for the Entertainment District. I would highly recommend Il Fornello.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate