Very interesting spot
I am a big fan of this restaurant. They've taken advantage of the existing architectural features of the old church that was once here and it creates a strangely fun and formal environment. The food was shared among our table of 4 so we ordered a variety of items, most of which were outstanding.
11/30/2012 4:00:00 PM
Everything we ordered was
Everything we ordered was delicious and the atmosphere was great - very upbeat without being so overwhelming that you can't carry on a conversation.
3/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
First time out after hearing
First time out after hearing lots of good things about Church, and they were all true! Great vibe, awesome menu, the four of us will definitely be back!
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
only bad thing was my Ribeye
only bad thing was my Ribeye which I ordered medium rare arrived medium well and the waitress never came to check up on us after so it required me getting up and having the hostess go find her. To her credit she was also hadling with a party of 20 in back of us and another table of 6. Overall the food is great and the service good. Would definitely go back.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
We were a party of 4 for an
We were a party of 4 for an early dinner before the theater on Saturday.
Food was excellent, so was the service. We liked the place a lot, for sure we will be back. Appetizers (free!!!!) were amazing, especially the risotto balls! Hanna
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Lovely modern but quiet restaurant
We came to Church Aperitivo hoping to find a bit more of a bar scene and instead found a lovely modern but quiet restaurant. The pasta and gnocci were absolutely delicious and because it was between 5-7 we enjoyed a platter of free appetizers. Much appreciated, thank you.
5/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food - Superb Service
Church defines "hospitality" - the experience you try and provide when people dine in your home. Sadly, a rare experience...
5/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent food. Too many different
Excellent food. Too many different servers attending to us got a bit confusing. Prefer one server all evening - kind of builds a relationship. Different people seems less intimate and mechanical. But everyone was very professional and friendly - just a preference.
A wonderful dinner - well prepared and delicious. Can't wait to go back.
5/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food and service
From 5-7 pm there is a free appetizer - we were dreading garlic bread or french fries. Imagine a lovely platter of meats, cheeses, olives and bread - fantastico! and the red dipping sauce was lick-the-bowl-clean good.
The seafood stew (zuppa di pesce) was excellent, as were the lamb chops. Excellent service and recommendations by our waiter gave us a wonderful evening.
6/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was great and the atmosphere was perfect. Fun. Not too loud-can totally have a conversation with your friend. great place that we will definitely go to again. Gluten free pasta was cooked perfectly. Prices are very reasonable for the quality.
6/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
would definetly go back!
food and service awesome!/
must have the polenta fries
6/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Stellar service and Food
Dined there on the 28th of July with my wife and were very pleased with all aspects...great service and free bonus apps between 5-7pm.
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
delicious but uncomfortable
My boyfriend and I had a wonderful time at church appertivo in terms of service and food. My only complaint would be that the tall chairs are uncomfortable due to the low back. Also our table placement was a bit strange being between the bat and the front door. The hostess constantly had her back to us.
7/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Amazing food, spectacular attentive service and the perfect atmosphere. Would highly recommend.
7/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Went for summerlicious, it was my first time going there. Food and drinks were delicious, I also enjoyed the atmosphere
7/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a gem
Food was delicious,,,service was on point. Atmosphere hip and classy!
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everything was lovely, the app and desert were spectacular. The entree was subpar unfortunately. The gnocchi was mushy and tasteless. But the apancini and desert were delicious!
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Came here for a farewell dinner with work colleagues. The place was not very busy but given the weather conditions outside, I'm not surprised. The portions are fairly large for both the regular and summerlicious menu. Made it there during the period where they serve free appetizers with a drink order so that was a nice treat. Would definitely go there again.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food is spectacular, service is on point and atmosphere is classy and mature. Highly recommend to any groups or couples looking for a place with amazing food in a great setting.
8/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of the best
Absolutely love this place. The food is outstanding always and the service if you get Noah is impeccable. He's amazingly knowledgeable on his wines and food. Doesn't hover or lurk but knows when to come by and times the food to come out at the right time. Brought a couple of friends for their first time and they were blown away. A definite must for any foodies list.
8/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Impecable food, service and atmosphere. A must go!!
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Service, Cool Setting
Church really did a great job of creating an environment that's new and fresh while also respecting the history and architecture of the building.
The service was really good. Our server Noah was on top of things all night and took great care of us. He was knowledgeable and personable and also very attentive.
We had a pasta dish which was good. I felt it could have been better (a little bland) but our appetizer was delicious and we've heard their food is typically quite good.
9/12/2013 5:00:00 PM
I had a great birthday dinner with my two best friends the other night. The servers are sweet and thoughtful, the ambience and architecture was very nice - romantic candles, dark walls and wood beam ceilings were really cool. A little pricey, but totally acceptable for a special occassion or fancy date you want to impress. I had the lamb chops with red peppers and eggplant which was amazing. They surprised me with the best tiramisu I have ever had in my life for dessert. So fresh and topped with raspberries. Definetly worth a visit and a great addition to the stretch on West Queen West.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
My experience overall was great! The server was friendly and social, the atmosphere was cool and the food was good. My only negative feedback is for the busboys. I understand that Saturday nights are busy, however, reaching over your clients as they eat without excusing yourself or taking plates of food without asking the client If they have finished, is very frustrating and irritating from a client's perspective.
All in all, it was a great experience!
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fantastic food, good atmosphere,
Fantastic food, good atmosphere, great service, welcoming atmosphere, wine was wonderful
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfect Evening out!
Food is bang on, service was exceptional, the restaurant is beautiful!
9/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
I've been wanting to try Church for a while but it's typically fully booked on my previous attempts. I can see why.... Great service thanks to Enzo, super atmosphere and good food. Eager to try out the regional Italian menus they offer on alternating Wednesdays!
10/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Authentic Italian Cuisine
Food was authentic. Pasta and sauce was homemade and extremely good. Wait staff was knowledgeable of food and wine pairings and assisted with making menu decisions. I am looking forward to attending their bi-monthly tasting menu which specializes in italian regional cuisine. Would highly recommend, overall an outstanding experience.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Holy experience at Church
Food and service at Church Apperitivo were amazing! Polenta fries could've used a more flavourful dipping sauce BUT were cooked perfectly! Amazing meatballs! Gnocchi so soft and fresh they felt like marshmellows! And the best rice balls (arancini) I've ever had!
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great decor and good food!
I love the decor of this resto. It's posh, cinematic, and modern with a historical twist. This place was quiet on a rainy Thursday evening, but it was just perfect for us. The cocktails and the complimentary crostini & cheeses were great. I enjoyed the braised octopus and the polenta fries very much. The Linguine frutta di mare, however, was a little bit lacklustre. There were not too many choices for dessert. But overall, the food and service were pretty good. Will come back to try more dishes.
10/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Tasting menu is superb.
This was a gem of a place. Would have been great if more people visit this place (there were only 3 tables when we were there on a Wednesday night) because the service was excellent and food is definitely a foodie's heaven except for the pasta that came with the tasting menu. It was filled with olives and a bit pedestrian. The rest was wonderful though. Our server knew how to pair our meal with a clean, floral white wine. I've not been here on a regular menu day but the 4 course tasting menu we had was wonderful.
10/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
Nice place for dinner
We went with some friends for dinner. Our waiter was very friendly and helpful with our menu suggestions. We ordered some the polenta fries which came with 2 dipping sauces, the one with gorgonzola was nice very good, as well as yellow fin tuna salad (very good) as appetizers. The striploin steak was requested to be cooked rare and it was cooked perfectly! The fish soup was also very good with a good variety of seafood. The mushroom tagliatelle was delicious as well. For dessert we had the millefeule which wasn't as good as the rest of the food. Overall everyone enjoyed their meals very much - we would visit again in the future!
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Neighbourhood GEM indeed
Will be visiting this place again, probably on a Tuesday as they have a $5.00 corkage fee!! :)
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
First off the restaurant is lovely inside.
From our first taste to our last everything was delicious.
Service was friendly while still being professional.
Will be back for more appetitzers. Meatballs are fantastic! Can't say enough about all the food we shared,it was all perfectly made.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Trendy Vibe, Great Food!
A groupf of 8 went for a 7pm dinner on a Sat night. As noted on OpenTable, on Fri + Sat nights, seating is limited to 2-hours (assuming the next party is on time). Everyone was pleased with their meals. Grilled octopus and salumi plate for apps. Kale salad looked fantastic. Everyone loved the seabass. The lamb chops were also excellent. DJ comes around 10pm and it get a nice loungy-vibe so you can stay after your meal. Would recommend!
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fantastic place. Definitely
Fantastic place. Definitely something different and unique in Toronto.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
The restaurant is stunning!
The restaurant is stunning! The food is incredible! Very impressed with how the octopus was cooked!! Dessert was simply divine!!
Enzo Campisi is a wonderful host!
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Took my mom out for dins before attending a play and fell in Love with this place. The service was amazing! Combined with the ambiance of this restored church with exposed wooden beams and exposed brick which added the quaint feeling of being in a hidden gem. The food was incredible! We were pleased with everything from appetizers to dessert, especially the Tagliatelle with truffle cream sauce (yummmm!!)
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM