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About Carisma

Steps away from the King Edward Hotel, Toronto’s financial, business, theatre, shopping and culinary districts. Carisma offers something a little different.

With a long history of being in the business, including restaurants such as Il Mulino and Barolo, Carisma prides itself on offering impeccable real Italian food and quality service.

Carisma epitomizes the overall dining experience. Whether it is a drink at the bar, or a culinary journey where you enjoy food with your senses first. It is a place where you feel at home and coming for years, even if its your first time.

73 King St. East
Toronto, ON M5C 1G3
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:


Lunch:

Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 2:30pm


Dinner:

Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm


Sunday: Closed

Cross Street:
Yonge St.

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
CAN$31 to CAN$50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(416) 864-7373

Website:
http://www.carismarestaurant.com/

Catering:
Please contact CARISMA directly or email us at info@carismarestaurant.com for details on Catering.

Parking Details:
Parking is available on the street as well as next door in a public lot.

Public Transit:
King St. Subway Station

Executive Chef:
Allan Hilario & Andy Szeto

Additional:
Bar Dining, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Wine

Carisma Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.7

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (37)
Good for a Date (35)
Romantic (33)
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Authentic (28)
Notable Wine List (25)
Good for Anniversaries (24)
Good for Birthdays (24)
Business Meals (22)
Neighborhood Gem (22)
Fit for Foodies (15)
Creative Cuisine (15)
Cozy (13)
Pre/post Theatre (12)
Fun (10)
Great for Lunch (10)
Casual (9)
Good for Groups (9)
Hot Spot (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Late-night Find (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
People Watching (4)
Happy Hour (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Healthy (2)
Organic (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Seasonal (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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 (Toronto)·Dined 3 days ago

Our waiter was phenomenal!!

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 (Toronto)·Dined 4 days ago

What a pleasant surprise. The food was sublime. The service was jovial, entertaining and oh so professional. The waiters take great pride in what they do. None of the usual “ I just am doing this until I find what I want to do” My wife and I will go back again for sure.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined 4 days ago

Good food. Attentive service. Convenient location. Friendly atmosphere.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu
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 (Atlantic Canada)·Dined 6 days ago

Another fantastic Carisma experience. I have had the pleasure of dining at Carisma four times and have never been disappointed. The food, service, atmosphere are always amazing. We enjoyed the Carisma salad and the pasta and clams. Both were excellent.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 14, 2018

I absolutely love Carisma. It’s my favourite Italian restaurant in town. The service, the food, the ambiance are incomparable.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Considering it was our first time at Carisma, we didn’t know what to expect but were inevitably blown away by the food and service. Definitely the hot, new Italian spot in the city and well worth the drive. Make your reservations in advance and try to make it before the end of truffle season!

Tags: Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Authentic
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·Dined on January 13, 2018

Carisma is always amazing. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable and make you feel instantly welcome. It's a small place (vs. a big chain restaurant) so is much more intimate. The food was delicious as always - burrata, scallops, lamb, sea bass, monkfish and osso buco were all consumed - every last bite! I would recommend Carisma to anyone, anytime!

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 12, 2018

The pasta was fresh and the service was excellent. Overall a great meal and experience.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Amazing service, very friendly staff, very accommodating to children, great specials menu...highly recommend

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Toronto)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Amazing service

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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Everything was excellent!

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·Dined on January 4, 2018

Amazing food and great service! I definitely would return to this place.

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We have spent our time on New Years Eve at Carisma and it was amazing at every point! Great food, great service and very personal!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

The waitress got our apetizers wrong but we didn't say anything. The mushroom soup was ok. The pasta with the lobster was fine too. I liked the ambiance. Maybe it wasn't a lucky evening, try it out yourself!

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 29, 2017

The whole experience was amazing as soon as stepped in the front door. The food, the service was absolutely amazing. This was my 3rd time there. All 3 were perfect!

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 28, 2017

Food was excellent and service was also very good. True Italian waitress that was very informative with the menu and the atmosphere was lovely . My only complaint would be that we felt very rushed throughout our entire time there. The servers were constantly watching over us from a short distance away and returning to our table to the point of feeling uncomfortable, although they were all very pleasant. The food was served very quickly which is great if you are in a rush, but if you have lots of time it's too fast. This is a place you want to take some time to enjoy.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Fabulous. Thank you.

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·Dined on December 22, 2017

The food was exquisite and the service was excellent. We truly enjoyed our experience.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 20, 2017

Lunch was for our annual Christmas party. Having never been here before I was very impressed with the staff and the meal. The appetizer and the meal were delicious. My go to is always the tomato and mozzarella salad which did not fail to impress me. The orechiette meal was amazing. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who appreciates Italian.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Much, much too noisy with too many people crammed into too small a space...ruined what is a beautiful space by greed

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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Excellent attentive service, delicious fresh food and well presented, dessert - warm walnut tart was tasty! I would definitely recommend the restaurant for business meetings and friend get-togethers.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Special Occasion, Healthy, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Bar Seating, Fun, Romantic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Always a great experience

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2017

We showed up with a last-minute reservation, and asked for a tasting menu. They were incredibly busy, absolutely packed, and you could see that the waiter was a bit nervous about telling us yes – because they do not normally offer a tasting menu.

And yet, after talking to the chef, they delivered! And it was a wonderful meal. Every pasta dish was fantastic. The final course was a mixed grill with duck and lamb, it arrived hot and perfectly seasoned.

The manager checked in on us several times to make sure that everything was going fine. Overall, I was really impressed at the quality of service and the quality of food at a time when the restaurant was fully packed with customers.

I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who enjoys Italian cuisine.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, People Watching
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 17, 2017

This was the worst experience dining ever. The noise was deafening. The waiter had to screen the specials. A waitress stood between two tables,flicked her hair which went over my shoulders and on my plate. I had to ask her to move. What a horrible evening. It was to be a special evening for my wife's birthday. I will never return and will advise everyone I know of my experience. This is a classless restaurant. It is e pensive but I was ready for that but not what I encountered. We were staying at the King Edward and told them of our horrible evening.

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·Dined on December 17, 2017

Took my wife here for her birthday. We arrived at 7 and were essentially thrown out by 7:45. We felt rushed right from the beginning. We sat down, menus were put in front of us and within 3 minutes the server came by asking us what we wanted. My wife had to remind her she never even asked if we wanted a drink. Cocktail arrived and the server again asked us for our order. I told her to relax and we don't want to rush. She comes back in 5 minutes and again asks. We give her our order. At this point I was turned off and wanted to leave but I didn't want to ruin the evening. Starters arrive in 3 minutes and as soon as we took the last bite, the mains arrive. We didn't even have time to breath. We finished our mains and the dessert menu was placed on the table and our server asked us immediately after what we want. We both declined, paid the bill and left. Food was ok, nothing spectacular. My wifes meal was luke warm at best. There are way better Italian places than this. We will not return.

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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on December 13, 2017

As expected, our evening at Carisma was amazing. The food exceeded our expectations and the service made the night. We hope to be back before the end of the year!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Absolutely amazing. I mean this was right up there with my all time favorite meals - globally. Food was impeccable. Service, delightful. Wait staff and sommelier very charming. It was a great experience. Thanks!

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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Service is impeccable and the food is very good. The lunch crowd was predominately businessmen, but even our table of 3 women was very well taken care of.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals
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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Birthday dinner

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·Dined on December 9, 2017

Great place for a fun dinner; entertaining and attentive staff and hearty meals. Great place for veal in several different dishes. Pricy but good value. A little loud but you can still have a conversation (just don't talk about anything too private). Delicious food. I will certainly return.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Romantic, Paleo Friendly, Fun
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Food was extremely under whelming. The service was the part that killed the whole experience. There is a difference between attentive vs. hovering like hawks. To make matter worse, they had to move our tables twice just to adjust the thermostat. We couldn’t relax, couldn’t take our time because the bill was delivered promptly. Will definitely not return for food and definitely not recommend to colleagues and friends.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Mother daughter trip to Toronto and we went to Carisma. Food was delicious and the service was perfect. Felt very welcome like family and left with hugs. We had the buffalo mozzarella salad, seared scallops, and veal stuffed ravioli. All was very good. The wine list was extensive and had something for everyone and in every budget. We will come back when we are in Toronto again.

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Carisma, wow.
My friends and I were celebrating a birthday and at the last minute selected Carisma for a late dinner. I have to say they did not disappoint. Food was amazing the staff was very attentive. Treated us like family. Most certainly will be going back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Organic, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Casual, Authentic, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on December 1, 2017

It was very special. Will never forget the night and the wild boar was delicious. Took the gnocchi to go, both excellent choices.

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·Dined on November 30, 2017

Had a great experience with a great meal..Service was good, food was great..Not the cheapest place to eat in town, but the value and quality was worth the spend for sure...

Tags: Tasting Menu, Special Occasion
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Excellent service and ambience.Very busy and lively.Main cours was disappointing with fish slightly undercooked and veal special was a bit tough.Aps and deserts were very good.As most places in Toronto,wine list was extensive but overpriced.
Would not rate it 12 in the city.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Fun
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 29, 2017

The tasting menu that was suggested was fantastic along with the wine pairing.
Well done!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Amazing...as always. Not cheap...but great food and a wonderful wine list. 5 stars everytime!

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on November 28, 2017

I randomly googled a place downtown and picked this is my first finding...and I couldn’t be happier! The food was unbelievable and the ENTIRE staff was charming and can charismatic ;) they all instantly made you feel at home.

Highly, highly recommended

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Casual
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

Dinning at Carisma's was a very enjoyable experience. I would recommend Carisma's to anyone looking for great Italian food.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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