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Paese Ristorante King St.
Paese Ristorante King St.

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
  • "We were the only people there, so it was very quiet and hard to say what it might have been like had it been busy. On the up side, we had very attentive service!"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Best pizza and pasta. Service was terrific. Enjoyable atmosphere."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Service was very good but Portion Sizes were very small for the price you are paying. For example 15 dollars or only gets you 2 medium size meatballs."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "While I enjoyed my meal here, the restaurant of the same name at Bathurst and Wilson, is in my view a little better.. Still love it but I have my faves. "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "We were running to a movie and popped in here for a fast dinner before. As a result, we only ordered from the appetizer menu and everything we tried was delicious. Will definitely return to try some mains too! I thought it was a much better option than many of the other theatre row restaurants I have been to in the past."
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "Lobster bisk was delicious, portions are generous, wine selection was excellent, menu choice was very good and service was friendly, not pushy and knowledgeable. My partner has the ravioli and I had the sausage pizza. I will certainly be returning. Love it!! "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Paese is such a great place. The service is so amazing and they go the extra mile for you to feel special. I would definitely recommend this place to friends and for private parties!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "One unique offering that is greatly appreciated is that there is no corkage charge on the first bottle of wine that you bring with you. The second bottle is charged at $25.00. As to the food, our group had veal, fish, pasta, as well as rapini, polenta, and salads. All of the dishes were quite good and we agreed that we would visit again soon. Be sure to make a reservation as we noticed several walkins turned away at the door (and this with a dozen competitors just steps away). A tip: if you attending a show be sure to let your server know so that you get away on time. "
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "Food was great. Service not so good. Our initial waiter seemed to forget about us. We had to flag someone else down to refill our water. Never got the great focaccia that our waiter told us he was bringing to our table. Again we asked for it three times. It arrived as we were finishing our dinner. All the food - salads and several pizzas - was excellent. Too bad about the poor service. "
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "Loved the food here! A bit pricey and portions were on the small side but overall an excellent experience (and quality over quantity)! Will hope to return soon!"
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "The pizza was the best I have had in a long time and the extra sauces so flavourful. I truly enjoyed it. Yje fish was also excellent. Our waitress was exceptional the service at a an excellent level. I have come here many times for the incredible food and service and plan to come again and often. It made my birthday weekend memorable."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Still friendly attenitve service, yummy eats, selcetion of wine by the glass"
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "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