We were very impressed with our server, Katy. She was very friendly and informative. She handled each of us in the manner she was treated by that person. One of our group is a real joker and she responded that way to him and with the more reserved person in our group she responded in kind. She also addressed our allergies and special food concerns and informed the kitchen staff of thee concerns. A big thank you to Katy.
6/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
They make it from scratch
Anytime a restaurant makes their own garlicky Caesar salad dressing, things start off right.
The entrees - Tuscan Penne and seafood fetucinne - were just so fresh and vibrant.
The food looked great and tasted fantastic!
I loved that they had two sizes for most of the pasta dishes - small or large. The small was so generous I was able to take some home for lunch the next day. (Tasted great then too :))
Definitely a great date location. We will be going back.
6/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
A busy Tuesday night
An unusual busy Tuesday night. The place was on the noisy side. Love the lamb sirloin. The new drink from the bar was excellent. It is an orange based non alcoholic drink with pineapple and cranberry juice. Doesn't have a name yet but I have told it is going to be available in the summer when the new menu is available.
6/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
I would rate Del Dentes as
I would rate Del Dentes as one of the best out of the Charcoal Group!
6/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent food and service, we always enjoy coming to Del Dente's and have never had a bad meal.
6/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Pasta and Dessert
My two friends from Toronto were very pleased with the quality of food and service. Especially the pasta and dessert. They had Fettucine Gamberetto and Chicken Tetrazzini. Orange Caramel Swirl Cheesecake and Chocolate Mousse Cake for dessert. It was a busy Saturday night plus a large group at the back of the restaurant. The place was pretty much full. The kitchen still manage to maintain the same quality of food and the service was quick consider all that.
The comments my two friends put on the comment card was "Open a location closer to home (Toronto) :-)".
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Dente was a recommendation from a friend. The food was great, Loved everything about the restaurant. the price was good. would go back again.
6/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
food was delicious. service was perfect. what a great experince.
7/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
great birthday treat
For our guests it was a first time experience. we have been many times before. The food is great, service is fun and fast, and everyone had a great time. Staff brought out a complimentary cake for our grown son's birthday which we all shared. Loved the surprise from the restaurant.
We will come again.
7/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Consistently excellent dining!
We love going to Del Dente's. The food & service are always excellent, and the restaurant has a really great energy & vibe!
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Summer Menu
Just tried their summer menu. Love their watermelon salad and the Great Lake White Fish.
7/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
Always great service
Every time we go to del Dente, we are always super-impressed with the service. Even if the "try something different" menu choice wasn't as satisfying as hoped, the level of attention and care by the serving staff always makes it a great experience.
It has become our "go-to" spot when we are taking guests with us, and want to ensure our dining experience is top-notch.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Summer Menu is Excellent
The Chilled Grape Cucumber soup was so good I have to had two bowls. It was so good I can drink is as cocktail. The Charcuterie Pizza was just right for the summer. I hope they would offer the summer menu till the end of August.
7/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
Relaxed dining in Kitchener
My wife and I celebrated our 36th wedding anniversary on July 24th with dinner at del Dente and we had a wonderful evening. We very much enjoy taking our time over dinner and del Dente provided the perfect venue for us to eat, talk and enjoy each other's company in an unhurried fashion that one seldom finds outside of Europe. The food was excellent and our server was attentive without being intrusive. If you enjoy good Italian food and a comfortable atmosphere this is the place for you.
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Enjoyed a Great Time
Very good meal and excellent service. Very nice to have the ?manager, ?one of the owners come by to ask if everything was satisfactory....really nice. This group of the Charcoal Group is superb and is ALWAYS on their mark in striving to be the best and better. Very impressive.
DelDante was very enjoyable from all aspects and we will certainly return!
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
First time ever going here, and my girlfriend and myself were extremely impressed. Amazing food, great service and a beautiful dining area.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had an amazing time at Del Dante! My husband and I went to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary with our daughter and were amazed! The food was great, apps came out super quickly (and we were pretty fully after we finished them). Del Dante also provides their own unique bread with yummy spreads. Our mains were delicious and big and we even got to take some home. The wine was very well priced, along with their cocktails. Would definitely recommend this restaurant for anyone!
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Service was outstanding, accommodat
Service was outstanding, accommodating several changes to the menu. Several guest had a restricted diet, to which there was no problem amending the menu. Everyone enjoyed their meal, pricing was average. Would certainly return.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
A great restaurant. We felt important because the manager came over to check how our food and experience were. Server was attentive without being too intrusive.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
A must try...
The Charcoal Group has met expectations once again. Del Dente has a lovely atmosphere. A very positive experience from the friendly staff to the wonderful food experience. It was nice to have the options of size of serving. The small was more than enough, and if you're really hungry, go for the large. Pricing was very reasonable. Highly recommend the experience.
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
6 months since the first time
Tonight is the 6th month since the first time I have dined at del Dente on an average of once a week. Dining alone and brought friends and families with me during the period. People from regular folks to someone who really enjoy food and wine, to cook books writer and other restaurant chefs. Everyone have something nice to say about this place. Food were always fresh, well prepare and taste good, drinks were excellent and the service is always great. Everyone has a smile on their face no matter how busy it is. The managers always take their time to come by your table to make sure everything is right. Look forward to many 6 months to come in the future.
8/4/2013 5:00:00 PM
Outstanding service! Great menu!
I enjoyed my first visit to Del Dente's very much! I was very impressed with the attentiveness of the server, her knowledge of the menu, and our extra visit from the store manager to see how our meal was and if we needed anything else. The food was extremely delicious, and it was nice to know that the pasta is made fresh at the restaurant, so you know you're getting top quality food!
I really enjoyed the ambiance as well. It is the perfect location for a romantic dinner or a classy place to go out with friends.
8/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
I don't say this lightly. They apparently have been experimenting with different flour ratios and a wood fired oven. Results are
Outstanding ... Crisp but chewy. Good atmosphere. Dull dessert.. A not flaky crust on a nondescript almond pie. 3 course deal was great value. Recommended for casual dining. best pizza I've eaten of in thousands in my life.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
great meal but too spicy
we had the prix fixe special "al diavolo" pasta and while we love spicy food, the dish was too hot and almost inedible. We should have complained but did not until the end. Kitchen needs to back off on the heat on this dish.....
8/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Favourite Birthday Spot
Del Dente has become a favourite birthday spot for our family as it easily accommodates small groups, has a good menu that is varied regularly, and offers a warm atmosphere. We appreciate that you do not make a big fuss and sing when you acknowledge the birthday, although saying happy birthday to the special guest might be a nice touch to add a bit more to the moment. The setting is lovely and this has become our family tradition now. Thanks for another great evening.
8/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Gluten Free Friendly!!!!
I want to comment on the extensive gluten free choices that were offered to me, including bread, soup, pasta and chocolate cake yum and more than one choice of each. Thank you for taking the extra steps to make the experience a great one. It's always a challenge to go to a restaurant and ask what do they have to offer and they look at you as if you have two heads. the waitress quickly checked on what was available and they were very good choices.
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Mac and Cheese
I have the Mac and Cheese with sausage the second time and it was as good as the first time. The Mozzarella Frico was superb. After 6 months, average of once a week dinning at del Dente their Flower Pot bread is still to die for.
After a while you will develop multiple ways to eat the Flower Pot bread. Depending on whether you want to keep it warm or cool it down. That part alone is entertaining enough.
8/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
My wife and I enjoyed the atmosphere and the service was great. We had salad, pasta dish and pizza. Salad and pasta was excellent, however a bit disapointment on the pizza. But overall good food and nice atmosphere.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
We luv going to Del Dante's for a great dinner
The pasta is all made homemade daily
Yummy!! We always love the bread in the
clay pots. There is a great variety of food to choose
from. They also have glutene food for people
with special diets. The staff is always friendly.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food. Excellent service. Definitely coming here again!
8/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Small size salad was very generous portion ~ enough to share!! Flavour and presentation of food was excellent!! Server was attentive but not overbearing and appeared knowledgeable on wine list. Well done!!
8/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Selected Del Dente for my birthday dinner and loved the salmon. Dad and brother said it was their second favourite pasta - after a restaurant in Venice. I wish that the bread was better because the butter was so great but it just tasted like bread maker bread, if that makes sense. Some lovely sourdough or artisan bread and the meal would have been exceptional.
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were very pleased with the service and the food. We will definately be back!
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Del Dante's Restaurant
The ambiance of the setting is very nice. It's perfect for a romantic evening with someone, as well as to meet with friends.
I noticed they added gluten-free choice to the menu which is great because a lovely Italian restaurant like this should offer gluten free choices to suit more customers.
The San Marzano tomatoes that they use to make all their sauces and garnish their dishes keep us coming back and asking for extra! They change their menu often, but were happy to make us our favourite appetizer that was no longer on the menu.
They also have delicious evening specials!
The prices are comparable to Boston Pizza or Kelsey's, but the food is real and freshly prepared... Nothing out of a box or a can or a bag.
I definitely recommend!
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food, lacking romance
Del Dante's has fabulous food and an appealing ambiance however when I wanted to surprise my bf with a romantic dinner for his birthday I was left a little disappointed with our table. I requested a private table and provided the reasoning behind it one week i. Advance. Upon arrival we were seated in a booth beside a large party (looked like a family gathering) it was loud and very unromantic to say the least. Thankfully the food was delicious and the wine and spirits were good. If you are going to offer special requests when booking a reservation please think about the guest and if it is not something you can accommodate let them know prior to arrival.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
As always, it was a favourite
I loved my birthday dinner. Good food, excellent service and a wonderful memories. We appreciate the special attention to our group - I prefer the square table set up, so I can see and hear everyone at the table. I also appreciated the attention by the wait staff. Thank you.
9/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food and great service
Del Dente reproduces flavours of Italy with ingredients from Ontario. The meat and cheese board is fantastic. We tried both the pasta and pizza to sample more of the menu. Both are packed with zesty flavours. Gluten-free options made dining convenient. Would dine again for sure!
9/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
From the moment we were greeted, to when we left, the staff was great. Our table for 6 + a baby was set up perfectly, our server was very personable and recommended certain dishes, and was very attentive without being intrusive. The manager checked with us several times to make sure everything was satisfactory and seemed to really care that we were enjoying ourselves. All of us were very impressed with the taste and quality of the food, and it was a perfect evening celebrating a first wedding anniversary. If you want to celebrate a special occasion, Del Dente is the place to go. You'll have great service and be treated to an amazing dinner!
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great first time...
Upon entering the restaurant we were warmly greeted. The staff was amazing and all of the food was to die for. I cant wait to go back!
9/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Del Dente was a fun atypical Italian restaurant in a neat little complex. The pasta is amazing and according to our waitress is made fresh each week. This was a fun atmosphere to go to with a friend to catch up and relax.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent Service All-Around
Not only was my service excellent and speedy, but I noticed that the other tables, as soon as a group left the tables was cleaned and more people were coming in to take their seats.
The food was absolutely fantastic. I was very impressed. I will definitely be coming back.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
My New Fav Italian Restaurant
We have been going to another Italian restaurant for years and frankly forgot about Del Dente's until we couldn't get a reservation at our regular one. What a great re-find! The food was fresh and perfectly done and the service was wonderful. The prices were quite good as well.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
great date spot
My fiancée and I go here whenever we are in the mood for good food, at a great price, where you can go in jeans and fit in or dress up a bit and not feel out of place. One of our favourites to be sure!
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Have been dining at this location for many years with many different occasions from Birthdays to Business. The wait staff are friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. The menu has changed a couple of times but the quality has not. I like the chef's interest with the local food content and will continue to enjoy dining here. Highly recommended!
10/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
An excellent night out
I took my family for a nice quiet dinner on Halloween. As usuall Del Dente delivered a fantastic perfectly plrtions meal. We will always come back for any special occasion or just when we don't want to cook.
10/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good prices, good food
This was my first time in this restaurant, we liked the salad, and that we could split it. The chicken parmigian was moist, really good, my canelonni was just ok, not bad. The bread and butters that they give you are so good, I almost asked for several of them, but I restrained myself, The bruchetta was really tasty, and good selection of wines. Overall was a great experience, I have to go again and see if the experience is consistent.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Tasty food; good value
I hadn't been to Del Dente in several years. The last experience wasn't great; this time I was pleasantly surprised.
The quality and selection of food has improved. I like the emphasis on fresh, including their own cured meats.
Good value for the price.
They could use some refreshing of the décor as it is a bit dated/cheesy. Also, the signage is not great. If you come down from the top level, it is hard to know where the Host station is.
11/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Returned for More
We had won a contest thru the Waterloo Tourist Board for a progressive dinner for 6, which we enjoyed in September 2013. Del Dente was the first restaurant we visited that evening, where we were served hors d'oeuvres--delicious!! as was the food, drinks, service at all 5 locations. So the six of us decided that we had to revisit these restaurants to have a complete meal at each one.
Del Dente didn't let us down. The food and service were excellent; our waiter was friendly, knowledgable, efficient and attentive, despite it being very busy. We asked to see the Manager, just to let her know that we had returned; she came right over and chatted with us for a few minutes. Thanks for living up to our expectations.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Service and food was great,
Service and food was great, we had a show at the Aud to get to and the staff was considerate about the time. It aims for a noisy busy atmosphere which was great for our fairly large group before a show. It has a more sedate sister restaurant upstairs Charcoal for a more formal affairs. Wine and beer lists are not huge, but have a nice selection. It is good for large groups. It is fine for kids, the staff is ok with kids and the noise level no too much but the kids will not disturb people.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
All around great time!
Great food, great service, great atmosphere. Would definitely go again
12/3/2013 4:00:00 PM