About Aria Ristorante

Aria offers genuine Italian fine dining in a contemporary urban setting. Aria is owned by Guido Saldini and Elena Morelli the proprietors of Noce Restaurant, which for almost 20 years has helped set the standard for Italian cuisine in Toronto. Just as he did in the kitchen at Noce, Aria’s Executive Chef Eron Novalski spares no expense in sourcing the freshest, highest quality ingredients to create dishes of elegant simplicity.

25 York St.
Toronto, ON M5J 2V5
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday:
Lunch 11:30am - 2:30pm
Dinner 5:00pm - 10pm
Saturday:
Dinner: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Event Sunday: Open for Concerts/ Games at Air Canada Centre

Cross Street:
York and Bremner

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
CAN$31 to CAN$50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(416) 363-2742

Website:
http://ariaristorante.ca/

Entertainment:
Located directly beside the Air Canada Centre and walking distance from the Rogers Centre, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Roy Thompson Hall and the Sony Theatre.

Catering:
Catering available for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Parking Details:
Underground parking is conveniently located in the Telus Building, 25 York St. Aria is located on the ground level.

Public Transit:
We are directly connected to the PATH system, Union Station, TTC, Go Station and UPExpress.

Executive Chef:
Eron Novalski

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine

Aria Ristorante Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

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·Dined a day ago

Hosted several clients for a business lunch, very convenient location and fantastic ambiance for an event, great wine list, good service, tasty food and noise level perfect for conversing.

Highly recommend.

Matt

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch
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 (Toronto)·Dined 3 days ago

I liked the restaurant. There were not many vegetarian options. Another guest was looking for either chicken or beef but they didn't have anything on the menu. That said everyone was happy with the meal they got.

We went prior to a Leafs game so it was busy, but it was still a nice place.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Excellent authentic Italian food, great wine list, professional service, would go back

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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined 6 days ago

Regular at this restaurant.
Was seated at table by kitchen door and bar. Very high traffic area. When I asked if we could move to another table was told they were all reserved for larger parties. A few minutes later another couple was seated by the window at a table that had been set for four!

Staff were incredibly rude.

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 (Toronto)·Dined 6 days ago

There for dinner before a Raptors' game. Our friends were delayed but the servers ensured we all had great meals and a great experience, AND got us out in time for the game. Excellent menu, simple, enough variety to satisfy all types of eaters. Looking forward to returning.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, People Watching, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for a Date, Live Sports, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

We had a very sweet server who was helpful with the menu. In addition, other servers were also very attentive when filling up water, taking plates and etc. We had the reservation for 8:30 and left at 9:00, their service was quick but not in haste, the food was good but not plentiful. The rose cocktail was amazing! The atmosphere of the restaurant was nice and elegant with dim lighting and spacious. The complimentary bread was dry, however and getting seated was a bit confusing because we were standing there a little confused waiting for the server. But the servers and everyone were very nice.

Tags: Quick Bite, Authentic, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Quiet Conversation
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Love the ambience with greet tasting food and portions were perfect.
Great place for a date night or to enjoy an evening out with friends ... love the atmosphere and decor and not too loud .
Love music playing in the foreground

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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great Birthday celebration dinner with friends - food, wine and service were all great. Great drinks - I tried The Rose and loved it.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Perfectly timed as a pre-event meal with clients

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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Very slow event though we booked a 5pm dinner to have plenty of time before the game. Waited 30 mins to get a server. Then another 15 to get the drinks. Furthermore they failed to bring our appetizer. Missed the first period. Their apologies simply blamed other people for their failings. Truly disappointing as we were entertaining people from out of town.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 5, 2017

We were looking for a good restaurant before the Raptors game. Aria was recommended to us. Food and service were excellent.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Casual
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

Loved the restaurant decor. Was quite annoyed about the washroom situation which you probably get quite often.

Food was good and fast service.

Big fan of being super close to acc - didn't have to stress about missing our concert that night!

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We were well attended, however I would not ask for a table near the kitchen entry.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Healthy, Fit for Foodies
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Online Reservation process very easy and without issue. Service outstanding as always. Food selection good.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals
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·Dined on October 18, 2017

The space is open and full of natural light. Easy to hear conversations at your own table. Food is original and noticeably creatively done on a daily basis. Service is outstanding. Attention to little things.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

This is just a convenient place close to ACC. Food was subpar and grossly overpriced. I ordered risotto only to get a soupy undercooked rice that cost me $36 .....so yea.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 15, 2017

The location is incredibly convenient to the ACC. We went there for dinner before a concert. The server was pleasant but seemed busy so we waited a while for our order to be taken. The food came out pretty quickly though. We were a party of two and one of us had the gnocchi which was amazing, but I had the seafood spaghetti which had the potential to be good, however, it was served at room temperature, so all the grease settled to the bottom. I would give it a second chance just for the convenient location and ambiance.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Booked before a concert and was extremely impressed. Go to many concerts in the area and will definitely go again!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Good for Groups, Disabled Access
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·Dined on October 9, 2017

The pasta which I ordered was small portion and filled with salt. Expensive for that small portion. Small white bread.. not worth it

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·Dined on September 19, 2017

Celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary and when we made the reservation we were asked if we were celebrating a special occasion. I typed in 25th Wedding Anniversary, thought someone at the restaurant would acknowledge it to us and they never did. Oh well 25 years married is no big deal....who knew?
That aside delicious meals, drinks and dessert would eat there again.

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies, Live Sports
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·Dined on September 13, 2017

Accessibility re: Union Station, ACC, Rogers Centre
Great location, Good Food, Nice Staff, Great Wine list/Bar

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Scenic View, People Watching, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Casual, Notable Wine List
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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Adequate. Aria is always adequate, never really astounding or amazing. Service is somewhat inattentive but if you assert yourself they most certainly respond.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Service was great. Beautiful place ... Surprisingly it wasn't very busy.

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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on August 29, 2017

Even though there was plenty of room in the restaurant, we were put in a terrible spot close to the kitchen. We should have asked to be moved. Server was inattentive. Food was excellent thought

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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on August 29, 2017

We picked it because it was on OpenTable and close to the Rogers Centre and the menu looked good! The food surpassed our expectations and honestly everything we had was unreal! We would highly recommend

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 (Toronto)·Dined on August 27, 2017

During my last two experiences, I made reservations in advance but was still made to wait almost 20 mins for my table.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Excellent service and food, very nice décor and well situated next to Union Station and Air Canada centre. Also easy to find for out-of-town visitors. Enjoyed restaurant on my last visit to Toronto in December and very happy to return during my recent visit. Very busy evening, but with my reservation, I got a table very quickly and the service was excellent. Thank you.

Tags: Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Toronto)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Have been there a number of times and am always content with the food and atmosphere. Super convenient for watching shows at the ACC. Will gladly return.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (Toronto)·Dined on August 24, 2017

For such a beautiful restaurant, the food quality and service should be improved. It wouldn't be hard to pay a little more attention to the details of the food including portion size, taste and training of staff. We chose the restaurant due to its proximity to the Acc, but would not go out of my way to return.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on August 9, 2017

Menu on open table was outdated so our expectations were not met.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Afternoon Tea
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 26, 2017

My husband and I had an early dinner. The hostess/waitress was warm and charming. Our experience was wonderful from the beginning. I enjoyed the sea bream. My husband loved the rack of lamb.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Healthy
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·Dined on July 23, 2017

This is our second visit with a large group (14+) in as many months - both for birthdays. Our service the first time was 4/5 with a mild bit of attitude which is common is higher end downtown restaurants. But this visit the lady server was very blunt and dismissive for a very polite an quiet table. She refused to come back for a mains order, and told multiple people "no" she wouldn't come back to them as they weren't ready. The food was great, but Service dictates the feeling you leave with, and her attitude reflects the star level given. I'd like to note that the table still tipped above 15% as a courtesy to the amazing kitchen staff.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Gluten Free Options
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 (Toronto)·Dined on July 21, 2017

This restaurant is a beautiful place. Its conveniently located right outside of the Air Canada Centre. The seating was comfortable and the space was bright and tastefully decorated. Perfect place if you need to make a good impression on someone.
It is a little pricey, so wouldn't recommend for a casual outing as the feel of the place is more formal and higher end. The portions range from moderate to small. If you have a big appetite, you may want to order more than 1 thing.
over all good experience.
our waitress ( i want to say her name was Kelly, but i could be wrong ) was very polite, well put together and knowledgeable. She had good menu suggestions and always approached the table with a smile.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on July 20, 2017

Overall a great dining experience for a business lunch. Only (small) issue was that the noise level was quite loud, making it difficult to carry a conversation without almost yelling.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 19, 2017

The patio is nice and the interior is gorgeous, but we were less than impressed with the service and food. The bread was hard and burnt black on the edges so we asked for fresh bread. The waiter was rude and argued with us before bringing us fresh bread (which was noticeable superior both in looks and taste to the first serving). The burata special was good but the mains were mediocre in taste and because of that, felt overpriced. I had high hopes based on Aria's looks but we all left feeling pretty disappointed. Will not return or recommend.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Toronto)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Both presentation and taste were average for the price. Portions were small but expected for a fine restaurant.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Toronto)·Dined on July 17, 2017

We found the Aria Restaurant very worth eating at. The service, ambiance and noise level was excellent. The food was very tasty. We recommend that you include the cost of tea or coffee into the Summerliscious price, by adding a few dollars to the original cost.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Toronto)·Dined on July 15, 2017

I made reservations almost 2 weeks in advance, once we arrived they told us to sit in the back among a group of ppl right where the door was as ppl coming and going + wait staff? In my reservation I specified birthday so would love a window seat private . Then they said oh you can have this table BUT pls be out by 8PM? FYI no mention of my wife`s birthday !! I felt rushed and was not happy from arrival to exit of this place and we will never be back.!!

Tags: Late-night Find
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 (Toronto)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Uninspired food. Not worth the price. Preoccupied servers, but friendly.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Aria had good food and drinks however over priced. I would not likely return.

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