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Vagabondo Italian  Ristorante & Lounge
Vagabondo Italian Ristorante & Lounge
  • Address:
    32 Wellington Street East
    Toronto, ON M5E 1C6
    Neighborhood:
    Downtown/ Financial District
  • Cuisine:
    Italian
    Price: CAN$30 and under

Vagabondo Italian Ristorante & Lounge Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.vagabondo.ca
  • Phone: (416) 862-1999
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm, Saturday & Sunday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Davide Concas
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Catering with Vagabondo is easy.

    We take the thinking out of it and allow you to select the items you want to please your crowd. As long as you have 10 or more people to feed, it's as easy as knowing your budget per person, then selecting the flavours that fit into your budget. Really, it's that simple.
  • Entertainment: Enjoy the sounds of our live DJ spinning downtempo dinner beats every Friday & Saturday in the dining lounge from 6pm to 2am.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Yonge Street
  • Public Transit: By subway, King street station is the closest walk to Vagabondo. Go south to Wellington and one block East to Vagabondo.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Vagabondo is located at 32 Wellington Street East. We are one block East of Yonge street on the North side of Wellington. We offer Validated Parking (2hours for lunch & 3 hours for dinner) at Imperial Parking lot (26 Wellington) located on Colborne Street. Colborne is one street North of Wellington and runs East to West. The best way onto Colborne is from Church Street. The parking lot is underground, with an elevator coming up to the front courtyard were the restaurant is located.
A word from Vagabondo Italian Ristorante & Lounge
Vagabondo is serving up some of the best traditional Italian dishes in a modern and contemporary environment. The fusion of traditional Italian flavours served with the warm sounds of down-tempo beats and world music is the perfect combination. Come and experience the way we do it at Vagabondo.
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Diner Reviews
  • "I wish I could have given this a better rating, but I found the service was slow even though there were no other diners on the patio. We opted to eat outside because the restaurant was catering to soccer fans and it was quite loud inside the restaurant. The appetizers we ordered came to us frozen in the middle and had to be sent back - - not a good second impression. The food was okay, but again, having receiving cold-frozen food was not a good sign."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Great local restaurant with amazing pizza. Lounge is a great part of the restaurant. Definitely will go back!"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Tried this place again after a bad first experience. The food (we had grilled calamari and pizzas) was good, service was okay but notably ut was the server's first night there but ambience was poor. On a Fri night this place is totally empty. There were maybe 10 other diners there total. I guess it's more of a lunch spot. We felt like we were eating in a cafeteria. Wouldn't return but wasn't terrible. Be sure to note that you are parking underground before your meal or they won't be able to validate yourparking."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Not much to recommend it, at least at lunch. Perhaps better at dinner."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "It was quiet on a Friday night - Perfect for dinner before theatre - which is just across the road. Should have taken advantage of free parking offered. But very execellent service - very attentive and informative staff."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I visited Vagabondo on Saturday night. The place wasn't packed, but it was busy. Our server was wonderful. He was very attentive and helped us with our choices. The chef had an amazing Filet Mignon special. It was perfectly done with very delicious peppercorn sauce on top. We had rice balls for appetizer, and dolce vita for desert (to die for). All in all we had a great experience. Will be back for sure! Going to recommend this place to everyone we know."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Food (particular the pizzas) was great and they bring a huge piece of cake if it's someone's birthday but the service overall is poor and inattentive. I made a reservation for a special occasion and they sat us up front in the bar area meaning we were virtually ignored."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The minute we walked through the door we knew we were in for a treat. Great food, great service, great atmosphere. And the best part is that it wasn't too busy! How?!?!? I'll tell everyone I know!! Thanks for a great night, Vagabondo."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "I've been here 2 years in a row for their Fixe Price Valentine's day meal. Always a lovely experience, good food, big portions. The tables are placed close to each other though."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "My girlfriend and I went there on Valentine's day for dinner. We had a reservation for 8:45 and were sitted right on time. Restaurant was very busy as expected and tables were very close to each other which made it even hard for their staff to navigate through them. It took 25 minutes for our waitress to come to our table. She was nice and friendly and apologised for the delay; it looked like they were under staffed for such a busy night. They had a pre-fixe menu for that night and we had to wait for a long time for each course of our meal to arrive. The quality of the food was very good though so if you don't mind the long waits, I would recommend this place."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "My girlfriend and I went to Vagabondo this past valentines day. We had the 4 course set, she had the chicken while I had the heart shaped pasta. Food was decent, portion size could have used some work (main was way too big). Service was great, atmosphere was alright, a little too crowded but that's Valentines day for you. Overall would recommend."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The appetizers and main dishes are well done. Great big portions, great presentation, super flavors. The service, from the waitress to the manager, was excellent. They were both honest and clear which is refreshing. (they advised us we had originally ordered too much food)."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Classy, excellent food. I had the salmon fillet and loved it. Will go back again."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "Had tickets to the Venus in Fur play at the Berkely Theater a few minutes drive away on the Friday night between X-mass and New Years. Originally made reservations for an early Dinner before the show, but had to change it that afternoon to a Post Theater supper. No problems with changing the reservation over the phone, for 9:30 PM that night. Service was very good, food was excellant (we both had the Chicken Parmagiana with Spagetti, followed by Tiramasu and coffee for desert). Food was prepared and served very quickly and arrived hot and fresh, but it was very quiet in the resturant when we arrived (maybe a dozen diners tops)."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "Not sure if this is always the case, but on the day we went we were the only party in the restaurant. The food was great, portions are huge, and waitstaff are polite and helpful. Would go again"
    Dined on 12/23/2013
  • "The sesame salmon and halibut was cooked very well. Service was warm, attentive. I can't remember the wine, but it had a sleek shape to it - it had a fresh crispy-ness to it and easy to take down. Will come back again."
    Dined on 12/17/2013
  • "Excellent food and very attentive service. Sun shining through window directly in my face made it a bit hard to see but otherwise our seats were good. Pizza was delicious and so was the tea."
    Dined on 12/17/2013
  • "The feedback I received on others in our party was that the pizza and caesar salad were good. The Tuesday lunch special, meat lasagna, is a favourite for two from our party - whew! what a serving size! Perfect gnocchi dumplings for the Gnocchi Pomodoro I had :-) We attended Vagabondo as it was the favourite go-to place for one in our party. He was quite happy as he often enjoys the very reasonably priced express bar items. Overall, we all enjoyed our lunch. I will probably be returning with other colleagues on occasion as well as my spouse next time she needs to be downtown for appointments."
    Dined on 12/3/2013
  • "We advised our server at the beginning of the meal that we had to be wrapped up in an hour and a half to get somewhere. We ordered our food right away - two bowls of soup and two main courses. Our soup arrived after more than half an hour. I had never before waited that long to have something pre-prepared (i.e. ladled from a vat into a bowl) delivered to my table. It took another hour for our mains to arrive. Our chicken and fish were over-cooked and quite tough. The chicken was so dry that it was difficult to swallow. We were now running late and asked for the bill. Our server dropped it off and ran away without taking the credit card we tried to give her. Another 30 minutes passed before the transaction was complete. Will not return."
    Dined on 9/28/2013
  • "I attended this venue with my girlfriend before a show at the St. Lawrence Centre. We were seated at the lower lounge area which honestly isn't the best (Way too close to the bar), but they do have seating at a higher level that is probably a lot better. The service was incredible. Staff helped each other with tables and we were definitely taken care of. The food was outstanding! I'd definitely recommend this place to food lovers looking to grab a quick bite in the city."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "Best you order out from Vagabondo. The food really is good, but noise levels high and service is quite slow."
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "I just love the pastas! I enjoyed it so much I am going for the third time in a month and I don't dine out that much."
    Dined on 10/7/2013
  • "The place was almost empty and while the staff was friendly enough the food was mediocre and the empty space meant zero ambience"
    Dined on 9/27/2013
  • "Outstanding freshly-made bread. Great patio. Excellent service. Food was above average."
    Dined on 8/30/2013
  • "excellent food, great service and very good atmosphere"
    Dined on 8/27/2013
  • "I found the restaurant very pleasant. Nice outdoor patio and the indoors is very nice too. I got the Bruschetta and lemon veal. The Bruschetta was nice, although a little more tomato would have been nice. My veal was well cooked, and the sauce was ok, but it was a weird almost fluorescent yellow. The pasta on the side was ok, but I would have liked for it to be freshly made and not dried. The tomato sauce on the pasta was good. For dessert I had lemon sorbet served in a frozen lemon. The presentation was nice, but I found there wasn't enough sorbet, and when I got to the bottom, it was pretty sour because the pith had not been removed. Besides that, the sorbet was good."
    Dined on 8/16/2013
  • "The waitress seated us quickly, there weren't many diners. Although we never asked for bread, the waitress kept on telling us it was on the way. Turns out, the bread was the highlight of the meal. Our appetizer (risotto rice balls) was over fried , and both the lasagna and pizza, while having Italian names, did not have italan flavor. There was a think layer of low quality, tasteless mozzarella on everything."
    Dined on 8/17/2013
  • "Staff was extremely friendly and attentive. Food was great. Overall had a great time here, you will not be disappointed."
    Dined on 8/4/2013
  • "Delicious mushroom risotto, very fresh trout prepared perfectly. Outdoor fountain makes summer eating a pleasure! Very nice, attentive, knowledgeable servers."
    Dined on 8/3/2013
  • "We rarely go out for dinner so we were excited to meet downtown and go out as our children are away at this time of summer. As the maitre de took our name, we were pleasantly surprised with a quiet atmosphere and nice ambience. The waitress who served us was very courteous, humourous and catered to our every need. The only exception while dining, was we were sitting in the small secion for @ 18 and an employee who was facing our table in the long hallway was chatting on his cellphone, so I could not hear my husband. We didn't say anytihing, but if he had not left, I was ready to ask the waitress to ask him to talk quietly or move away. Other than that, I feel we will return and enjoyed our visit."
    Dined on 7/18/2013
  • "Came back after a pleasant romantic first time... this time we hit the patio as the weather was beautiful! Couldn't ask for a more pleasant experience; the staff is always so friendly and the food is spot on. Can't wait for for the third time!"
    Dined on 7/4/2013
  • "I had a great time here. I threw my girlfriend's bachelorette dinner here and everyone seemed to love the food and the drinks. I had a pizza. It was big! It was kind of cool that we had our own area of just us girls. It wasn't a busy night in their restaurant so they were able to do it. Our server was so sweet. She did her quality checks with us and was overall really pleasant. Overall the experience was good. I'd recommend this place for some yummy Italian."
    Dined on 7/4/2013
  • "The food is great but the thing that you will fall in love with the most is the fresh loaf of bread that they bake. In all my years of dining or,never have I enjoyed bread so much that I asked for seconds. Great food and friendly service but the ambiance is a bit too plain."
    Dined on 6/28/2013
  • "Food was moderate. Vegies were undercooked, not able to cut with knives provided. Overpriced for this quality. No "italian" feeling in the atmosphere or in the food. Probably it's just our expectations to blame. We had much higher expectations for evening dine considering the price level and location."
    Dined on 6/21/2013
  • "Vagabondo is in a good location near the King Edward Hotel and the Sony Centre. I had the fettucine Vagabondo which was covered with chicken pieces, sun-dried tomatoes, mushrooms and tomato sauce. Very tasty! My wife had the veal piccata which came with a variety of vegetables. We enjoyed the gelato topped with blueberries and raspberries and whipped cream. We were well served by Steve. I was glad when they turned off the hip-hop music and turned on the Italy-Japan soccer game. The restaurant had a European atmosphere. We were happy to find a quality restaurant downtown."
    Dined on 6/19/2013
  • "Although the food was very good (I had lamb and my girlfriend had a pasta dish) the service was not as great as I expected. When entering I usually expect to be seated by a hostess, yet there was none to be found and we had to wait a couple minutes for someone to see us waiting. I understand it was a sunday, but I still expect service. The waitress was friendly and knowledgable of the menu making for a pleasant night. I would feel happy recommending the Vagabondo to anyone looking for a nice night out wether for drinks at the bar or for a quite date."
    Dined on 6/2/2013
  • "I'm not one for posting reviews but this place was a pleasant surprise. It was a random pick for dinner because we needed to be in the area. The food was fantastic & we're picky about Italian. The meal started with warm fresh made bread & continued with superb quality & satisfying quantity... get Antipasto Misto. The service was excellent. Prices were reasonable. Unfortunately we had to run to pick up our kids before we were able to enjoy a nice espresso & dessert ... the server was attentive enough to notice and gave us a Tiramisu to go...REALLY NICE TOUCH!"
    Dined on 5/31/2013
  • "This was a great romantic spot for my GF and I. Staff was friendly and polite, the food was FANTASTIC! (Lasagna + Rigatoni a la Vodka). Highly recommended!!!"
    Dined on 5/28/2013
  • "Looked for a spot during our travel through the city. Delicious food, and good service. It was an early evening meal, so very quiet in the restaurant."
    Dined on 5/14/2013
  • "There is an extensive menu available. the staff is helpful and conscientious. We will definitely return"
    Dined on 5/6/2013