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Il Fornello on King
Il Fornello on King
  • Address:
    214 King St. West
    Toronto, ON M5H 3S6
    Downtown/ Financial District
  • Cuisine:
    Price: CAN$31 to CAN$50

Il Fornello on King Details

  • 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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Diner Reviews
  • "Went during the Summer Prix Fixe menu offering. The food was fantastic and the service was great!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Il Fornello has great options for people with a gluten/nut allergy."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "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 ...."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Menu looks good, but an average italian restaurant. No homemade pasta or bread, pizzas were tasty. Service was quick."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Timely service for our dinner as we were going to a concert."
    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."
    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."
    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."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "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"
    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!"
    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."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "The staff were very helpful and friendly, the food was delicious and we really appreciated the gluten free menu options. "
    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."
    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."
    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."
    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!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Had dinner before going to Roy Thomson Hall. Food was excellent, location excellent. It was a perfect evening."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Quite enjoyable...ambiance was nice...server was very good...enjoyable time...will go back"
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "The food was great, but we were disappointed that we had paper napkins instead of linen and we had to keep our cutlery from our appetizers for our main courses, it made it seem like it was not a fine dining restaurant because of this "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "We arrived to a packed restaurant because of an event at Roy Thomson Hall, but this did not deter the experience. Our server was awesome, food arrived hot & we got out of there on time to enjoy our event."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "Great food great service. Noisy, but still able to carry a conversation."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Both the serving and kitchen staff are trained to meet the needs of theatre-goers and persons attending events at Roy Thomson Hall. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Waitress was outstanding and the food was good. Got us out in good time fit the T SO"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We enjoyed dinner before the theatre on Friday night but were very happy we had reserved a table. The restaurant was very noisy, hard to have a quiet conversation but the food was good and the service was good."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Excellent as usual - been there many times. The only reason I did not rate the food outstanding was that the calamari in the linguini di mare was exceptionally tough. We had one of the best waiters I have had there: he was friendly, smiling, without overdoing it."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "We dine @ Il Fornello everytime we attend a concert @ RTH. The location is perfect, & we can make a reservation . We enjoy the food & the wine list. The only complaint is the stairs to get in as we have my 87 yr old mother with us. I doubt there is anything you can do about this, but since the restaurant is patronized by many theatre & concert goers, who tend to be older, perhaps better accessibiliy could be explored. "
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "I am so glad we reserved....I picked Il Fornello mostly on location...just a few steps to the theatre. It was Wednesday, matinee day....the restaurant was packed but our table was ready. Service was great..we both had a caesar salad with grilled salmon. Service was excellent. I would definitely go back."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "The food here is good but not great. Chicken Parm was very good. Veal Marsala was tough and plain. Service was ok but ambiance was basic. Paper tablecloths and paper napkins seemed a little cheesey. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "I usually dine at Il Fornello before going to the theatre in the evening and, without exception, the restaurant never lets me down."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "We were a party of six and we had a great dining experience...from the seating to the food to the exceptional and friendly service...we couldn't ask for more."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "I've used Il Fornello for a group event and I brought my daughter here today for her birthday. Excellent food and service. Loud crowd but everyone seems to be enjoying themselves regardless. The food is worth it!"
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "For the first time we were in the back dining room. Service staff was awesome but the room was CRAZY HOT! My favorite pasta (the funghi) has been taken off the menu which made me sad. "
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "We had a wonderful dinner and our server was amazing! "
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "We've gone here many times over recent years when we've gone into Toronto for theatre or other event; and will undoubtedly go again. Service is predictably good, as is food. It is always noise & crowded before theatre because it is packed and everyone is 'high' in anticipation of forthcoming entertainment. This is not a 'slow food' locale. Last night, everyone in our group enjoyed their meal, but no one was effusive in their praise."
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "The staff was attentive and helpful. Our meals arrived quickly and were tasty."
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "My mom wanted to have pasta so I picked Il Fornello. For the price we paid, the portions were quite small. But the items were tasty enough and we got some complimentary bread. It is very easy to spend $50 for lunch with ordering just two entrees, tax and tip. Our server was very friendly and polite. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014