Paese Ristorante King St.
Paese Ristorante King St.

Paese Ristorante King St.

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.paeseristorante.com/
  • Phone: 4165996585x
  • 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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Paese Ristorante King St. reviews from OpenTable diners
65 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food3.9
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
78% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (27)romantic (23)special occasion (23)neighborhood gem (20)good for groups (17)notable wine list (15)great for lunch (10)hot spot (6)great for brunch (6)great for outdoor dining (4)late-night find (4)kid-friendly (3)vibrant bar scene (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    This was our first experience dining at Paese and we went there for a midweek dinner to celebrate our wedding anniversary. The service was excellent with helpful, engaging and friendly staff. There was no pressure to place orders or to finish a coarse - the server was there when you needed him. The recommended dark chocolate terrina dolce was a perfect way to end the evening. Paese offers a very extensive wine list with knowledgeable sommeliers to help you with your selection. The very generous BYOW approach with no corkage fee also allows you to enjoy your own favourite wine with the meal. Truly an experience to remember!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Paese was Fabulous!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    I was a party of 3 that dined here prior to a show at the Princess of Wales theatre. We all enjoyed our dishes. The server was very knowledgeable and efficient and the manager (owner?) was also present to answer any questions or to refill our glasses. We had the stuffed olives which were fantastic and unique (focaccia-crusted! - I am craving them 2 days later! My one friend had the rainbow trout and she loved it, my other friend had the house-made gnocchi and he raved about it and I ordered the Orecchiette with wild boar and mushrooms. For dessert there was gelato, Corretto Affogatto and just a plain old (read: awesome!) Corretto for me. All three of us would gladly go back again. The high quality of food is extremely well priced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best funghi pizza in Toronto
    eatingzenVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Best funghi pizza period full stop. Went three times during TIFF and my partner ordered it every time. Never got tired of it! It's about the crust and truffle oil! The pollo pizza is a close second.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • foodieforlifeVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Ok food, nothing to rave about...dessert was the best part
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing
    baronG
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We got there around 10:45 the staff was unreal, were super funny and helpful with choosing what to eat and picking drinks. The food was amazing, the cocktails were top notched as well. Shot right to the top of my favorite places to eat.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dinner with my mom
    TOwish
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We both walked away still talking about our pasta meals and were still talking about it two days later! Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum
    AlexLh
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    A great ambiance and dining experience. The waiters were helpful and more importantly everything we ate was delicious, with good portion sizes. Oh and they have bring your own wine with the first bottle having no uncorking fee and the second bottle only 25 dollars ( except Saturdays I think)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014VIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Server was very friendly and the food was good. Veal scallopini very tasty. Only problem (and a minor one) was that the original server left without notifying us, causing a small confusion. Otherwise lovely evening.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good!
    sandrac148
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We went for Summerlicious. I started with the meatballs, which were delicious, very nice quality. We all had the striploin and we all agreed it was absolutely mouth watering...mixed reviews on the dessert.. 2 of our party had the cookie plate which was a bit disappointing.. I had the lemon semifreddo - it was ok. Refreshing but not exciting. Service was great, and the restaurant has a nice ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great find!
    Jennydoodle11
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Excellent choice for brunch or dinner, I've tried both. :) Summerlicious menu was great with a lot of options and everything I had was delicious. Fun atmosphere, good service and a great time was had by our group of 5. :)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great place/poor food
    JoPo
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Went there for Summerlicious.. Great place for a date in terms of service, ambiance and a good wine selection. The appetizer came smelling awful, made me disgusted to the point that I really didn't want to eat it. Entree was quite small and not the best for dollar worth. I must include that all their desserts are brilliant. If they made more of an effort to do as well as with their desserts on everything else, they'd have me back...
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Summerlicious 2014
    Jose
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We visited again for dinner and enjoyed the summerlicious menu very much. Food was fantastic and service was great. Haven't been disappointed yet.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AnnieJ
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I arrived early and was made to feel very welcome. The staff was attentive while I waited for my dinner companion. We had some catching up to do and felt that we were able to converse in private and the wait staff was able to see to our needs without interruptions, a fine balance. The food was presented and was almost too pretty to eat. The steak was cooked perfect, moist, juicy and so tender. The sauce complimented the dish rather than overpower it - so wonderful.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 30th Birthday
    wildone
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We booked two tables of 4 for our Daughters 30th Birthday. We adults had another couple join us at our table, and the "kids" sat together at the other table. We enjoyed the food, the serving staff were knowledgeable and witty. My Son, who is also in the service industry, was very pleased with the overall experience. My Daughter was very excited for this experience, and she revealed to us that they had just gotten engaged! So, a double celebration, followed by a Blue Jay game. A great time.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretty Nice
    Someone
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Visited Paese for Summerlicios. The service and attentive. The menu selection was great. Food tasted good, just that a couple of dishes were on the salty side.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wouldn't go back
    TOfoodie
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Food was cold and waiter did not ask once how the meal was
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Paese has nice ambiance
    Grace
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    This was my first time at Paese and I was celebrating my birthday but it just so happens that Summerlicious was on. The staff was accomodating when I realized I had more people in my group than I made reservations for. The service was good and I loved the ambiance. The food I ordered from the Summerlicious menu was creative and well prepared. My artichoke ravioli lacked flavour but I enjoyed the Chilled Sweet Pea and Crab Soup and the Lemon Semifreddo. I heard that the steak was good, and I got a taste of the trout & the Cioccolato cake and they were delicious. Thanks Paese for a lovely birthday dinner evening!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yummy
    Jenjoys
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    As expected from previous enjoyment here: friendly, attentive service; yummy eats. Will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Summerlicious at Paese Ristorante
    CCL1208
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    I went to Paese Ristorante King St for lunch during Summerlicious. I am always skeptical on what they offer for summerlicious as I feel it is harder for restaurants to control the quality of the food as more people go to the restaurants. I thought the price and portionsare reasonable for the quality of the food they gave us. I was full and satisfied with my meal . I had a goat cheese salad, vegetarian lasagna and lemon semifreddo. The waiters are very nice and ensure that everything is fine for us. The atmosphere is a great place for eating and socializing. I would definitely say this restaurant exceeded my expectations as I feel the quality of the food meets my expectations. I would not mind going here again.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • late2opera
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy
    Delicious
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Best pizza and pasta. Service was terrific. Enjoyable atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Italian Fare
    Travel2EatVIP
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great fast dinner
    BmanVIP
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 41 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 345 reviews are from the Paese Ristorante King St. reviews archive.
  • Pre-show dinner
    carryout
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    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!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food, Service and Atmosphere!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SplashVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Interesting Menu Well Executed
    RDSMRS
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A great night at Paese!
    Cheesefac3
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • michaelVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Second time
    Jenjoys
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    Still friendly attenitve service, yummy eats, selcetion of wine by the glass
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • yummy
    yummy
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Received our app after dinner!
    sabrina
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Paese Far From Passe
    Sudzer
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and good service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    Had the veal in lemon sauce. Delicious Great place before a show
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very attentive service; food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Felt rushed. . Didn't feel
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    Felt rushed. . Didn't feel that we were welcomed guests. We forgot to wear our canada goose jackets!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Just ok..
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    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.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic Meal!
    Barbara
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    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.....
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too loud!
    TW41VIP
    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....
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