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Paese Ristorante King St.
Paese Ristorante King St.
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Paese Ristorante King St. Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.paeseristorante.com
  • Phone: (416) 599-6585
  • Hours of Operation: Daily: 11:30am - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Catering: Please contact directly at 416.631.9226

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Paese Ristorante King St.
Described by our patrons as their "kitchen away from home," Paese offers a newly renovated, contemporary, relaxed environment, where you can enjoy a sumptuous meal or a drink at the bar.
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Diner Reviews
  • "The service was outstanding. All the severs worked together making it very efficient. Our dinner was timely and everything was very good. This is going to be one of our favorite places to eat in toronto."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "My sisters and best friend (6 people) went there for dinner before our show. We were greeted and seated quickly. We felt at home and were treated very well. Excellent service. Excellent Food. We brought our own wine and they served it to us no problem, no charge. Overall great place to go before you catch a show at one of the close by theatres."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Checked this restaurant out with a group of 4. Beautiful decor but the lighting was just a little too bright. Two of us ordered the ravioli, which was good but nothing special. The two who ordered pizzas really enjoyed their meal. We had ordered the polenta fries to start. We were told several times that they were on their way. They arrived on the table after everyone had finished their mains and were already full. That being said - they were awful so we were glad we didn't have the appetite for them."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Had the veal in lemon sauce. Delicious Great place before a show"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "very attentive service; food was well presented and prepared; this is a good pre-theatre spot; the meals are lighter but still inventive and very tasteful. We were given the attention necessary to ensure we were not late for our event, and yet we did not feel rushed. It was overall a great experience."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Felt rushed. . Didn't feel that we were welcomed guests. We forgot to wear our canada goose jackets!"
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Appetizers were excellent! (Both the octopus and the caprese salad) Main courses were hit and miss. Their mushroom pizza was really good, however the spaghetti and meatballs dinner wasn't that good (meatballs were chewy and very disappointing), and the "steak and poutine", while a good concept in theory, really missed the mark. It probably didn't help that the steak was greatly undercooked. Overall, food was average, although the ambience was nice."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "We went to Paese for the first time, prior to a movie at the TIFF Lightbox. The service was fantastic and the food was *incredible*!! We had the following starters: -Polenta Fries -Clams, Bacon and Beer -Grilled Octopus Our main dishes were: -Turkey Bolognese -Ricotta Gnocchi -Veal Scaloppini And we had the following side dishes: -Brussel sprouts -Heirloom carrots My only negative comments are that the side dishes could have been larger and the other comments I've seen here about the volume of the music are quite correct. There were points during the meal where we couldn't talk to each other without speaking VERY loudly to each other. The management should take note of this and really tone it down....."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Paese was a wonderful dining experience for my girlfriend and I. The food was fantastic and the service was attentive and helpful."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We went for Valentines day expecting it to be a quiet and romantic but the music (rock primarily) was so loud it was difficult to talk which sort of defeated the experience. The food was okay, the wine I chose from the list wasn't available so ended up having to choose a much more expensive bottle...."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Mediocre food. Service was alright.... Lack of ambiance. Over priced for the food you get---no flavours, nothing was super delicious."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "Winterlicious menu was quite dissappointing. Restaurant seems to use it as a cash grab offering poor - ok food and not wowing people so they would want to go back. The coffee was great."
    Dined on 2/2/2014
  • "Food was lackluster for the pricing. Staff unattentive."
    Dined on 11/12/2013
  • "the day i went the service was really slow and 2 of my dishes were over done while my 3 other friends dishes were fine"
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "GreAt new addition to the neighbourhood. Give it a try you will like it"
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Amazing pasta - the Veal and Spinach Ravioli was obviously my meal choice. So good! The calamari was amazing too...loved that it is grilled and seasoned so nicely! Service was wonderful, atmosphere bustling but elegant and cozy, full wine list. Will definitely return!"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Food well prepared. Extensive and good wine list of Italian wines. Not cheap. Service young , helpful, enthusiastic. On the last point, we only need to be queried ONCE during dinner "how are things going"."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "We arrived as the theatre crowd was leaving and it wasn't busy, thus noise level and ambiance were very good. All the dishes were very tasty, each with a special twist beyond the usual. The sommelier was great in understanding what we like and our price point and pairing something different for us to try, enabling us to sample and confirm we liked it. We like the Bathurst location too, but the King st location takes every aspect up a notch or two."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "The food was delicious and the service was great! We had a nice romantic dinner, I got the Caprese Salad and the Pollo Pizza."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "We were looking for a good place for dinner before seeing Les Mis at the Princess of Wales. After looking at the reviews online, thought we would give Paese a try. The food was excellent, a wine list a mile long, and very good service."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "really good food.....unfrotunately the service we received, although friendly, was very slow! It didn't seem like they had enough wait staff working on a Saturday night. Also, i was quite amazed that i had mentioned that it was my wife's 50th birthday and the restaurant didn't even acknowledge it. Not exactly the surprise i was going for!!"
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "Really enjoyed the food here and the wine list was exceptional."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "This was a great place for us before seeing Once at the Royal Alexandra Theatre. I have dietary restrictions, and the manager addressed them right away once seating us. The food was so tasty, and the cocktails were yummy and traditional. It was a two second walk to the theatre, which was such a plus given the wild winter weather that night!"
    Dined on 1/5/2014
  • "Service was very slow. Wine service was done wrong (which is an insult to the person who ordered the wine). Our food was brought to the wrong table. We didn't receive our bread. The server never came back to top up our water or wine. A very poor experience overall."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "Got there at 5:30 for a 7:30 show. One person in our party didn't get dinner until 7 - the apologized and did not charge me however that shouldn't happen and did stress us out."
    Dined on 12/30/2013
  • "Service good, one or two more menue choices might improve, meals were above average but not hot, daily fish was excellent. Was very noisy when first arrived but once turned down (Upon request) it was much better and easier to toalk with friends. Would return"
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Loved the overall design of the restaurant. Surprised at the spaciousness once I got inside. Front door is cool but a little bit confusing but when I got in, I was awed by the high ceilings and loved the look. My only issue really was the music. Although busy, it wasn't the conversations around us that were disturbing. We did ask about lowering the volume and the answer was that it was going to be full and noisy anyway. Some nice moody jazz would have been appropriate to the time (it was early evening) and would have made the experience a little bit nicer. However, the menu is lovely and dinner was nice. Given that this a restaurant catering to a somewhat "sophisticated crowd", lowering the volume would probably be appreciated by most."
    Dined on 12/19/2013
  • "Our reservation was for 5:45 our order was placed at 6:15 and our entrees were served at 7:25, even though we mentioned when being seated that we had concert tickets for 8:00 PM. While the food prices were reasonable, the wine prices were astronomical. What a wasted opportunity, especially since the food itself was superb."
    Dined on 12/18/2013
  • "Good selection of appetizers and the mains were excellent - great veal. Wine list was extensive, and the sommelier was quite knowledgeable and recommended an excellent bottle. Also has a "corkage" service, if you want to bring your own, which is convenient."
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "Our Revlon VIP guests from Latin America had a FANTASTIC time during their dinner - feedback was that the ambience, food and service were all outstanding. Thank you."
    Dined on 12/4/2013
  • "The servers were pleasant even though we were the only ones in the restaurant, we wii go back."
    Dined on 12/1/2013
  • "We (party of 2) showed up on tome for our reservation on time (5:30). All the staff we encountered gave us a warm welcome. The food we ordered was great but the table-service was spotty. We had to ask for a few things twice as they where missed and had other be re-entered and rush ordered. While the food was good we could not help but feel we where being rushed. I have had lunch here very often and the experience is much better then."
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "Food was very fresh and service was good. Was recommended a white wine and it was fantastic. Would definitely go again. Only thing was they brought us the check thinking we were part of the theatre crowd and needed to get to the show, which we weren't. Even if we were, I think that's up to us to be on top of that, and they could've just asked. Can't wait to try more of their extensive wine collection."
    Dined on 11/26/2013
  • "The food was underseasoned and overpriced. It has so much potential, and the bar is lovely. The cocktails were good and the wait staff and bartender were very nice but a bit slow. The most disappointing part was the food - the concepts were not well executed. Way too much butter on the ravioli, extremely salty caesar salad and the chicken cacciatore was underseasoned with a bland tomato sauce."
    Dined on 11/24/2013
  • "I have been to this location of Pease 3 times and it never fails to impress. The pasta is yummy as are the meatballs. If you are going to see a play, I would definitely come here first!"
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "Good place to go to before a show. Good food, not excellent. Great atmosphere and good service. Reasonable priced."
    Dined on 11/19/2013
  • "This was the second time we dined at Paese on King within the past month. Once again, every aspect of the evening was perfect. The service was particularly attentive with excellent suggestions for menu choices."
    Dined on 11/18/2013
  • "So nice to find a good restaurant open for Sunday dinner. It is a challenge to go out for anything other than brunch that day. Very creative and well crafted food. I will be back."
    Dined on 11/17/2013
  • "We were celebrating a major achievement (my partner received her PdD) with a group of 8. The service, food, drinks, and atmosphere at Paese were all top notch. A few members of our party used to live in Italy and raved about the meatballs, octopus, and veal. The highlight for me were the cocktails, especially the cask cocktails."
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "My cousin and I attend went to Paese this wednesday before seeing Les Miserables. I had been there before just for drinks (which are amazing and designed by their bartender). This time I had the ravioli and she had the gnocci. The food was amazing and the wine selection we fabulous. Our service was excellent, they were quick to seat us, take our coat and very attentive throughout. Of course they made sure we made it out in time to get to the theatre and get in our seats. Overall great experience, I will recommend and go back!"
    Dined on 11/13/2013