Both the food and the service were impeccable. We will definitely be back!
The veal was over cooked quite badly. Shoe leather. The food was not hot when served. The service was excellent. The place was full of office party groups on a Thursday night and was quite noisy. Wine was excellent but overpriced.
Excellemt😊. Best lamb I have ever had. My wife had the chicken and it was fabulous.
Would recommend to friends
Excellent food and accompanying wine list. The service is old world - there is a lot of attention to detail, care and pride in ensuring the diners enjoy their meal and experience fully while in their care.
We had a recommended wine that was a bit light for what we were eating and so we decided to order a new bottle (our choice nothing wrong with the one we had). The owner/host saw our server give us the wine list and immediately said they would replace the wine which was excellent service. The fresh bread was excellent and drizzled with oil, our food was delicious, the ambience very Italian and authentic. We will return next time we are in Toronto.
first time guest with a friend, server was great, follow turning was excellent, meal was quick and portion was excellent as well. everything tasted fantastic. will for sure come again!
I brought my out of town guests for a special night out. We had a delicious meal and good wine. It would have been a perfect evening if we had not felt so rushed! We were prompted to order right away and never offered the specials of the night. The bill was pretty much delivered at the same time as dessert. The water kept giving me a look that said it was time to go. I have never had this happen before and we all felt uncomfortable. We had planned on ordering after dinner drinks but when the bill arrived gathered we were not welcome to. Yes there were people waiting at the door but I could see other diners who were there when we arrived who were still chatting drinks empty. It was not like we just dropped by. We had reservations and arrived on time. Not sure what the issue was but we had after drinks at the hotel bar next door. They were happy to serve us!
As good as the food was, I can find the equivalent elsewhere.
As usual carisma food quality was supreme will always be our go to place for a great meal. Service also always great ! One of our favs.
Fabulous Food and Terrific Service in a Sophisticated Setting
This was our first time dining at Carisma and all four of us can’t wait to go back. The dishes we ordered were beautifully presented and delicious. When we arrived we were presented with some warm bread that had oil drizzled over it. It was so delicious we knew that we were going to enjoy what was to come next. For our appetizers, two of us ordered the pasta with a truffle cream sauce and we agreed that we could have ordered this as our main because it was so amazing. Two of our party shared the Insalata Di Bufala and they too enjoyed this beautifully presented and fresh dish. For our mains, one person ordered the Seared Tuna and it was not only fresh, but also creatively presented. Two of us ordered the perfectly Grilled Branzino and it was a delight to eat. It was prepared with Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Lemon which enhanced the flavour of the fish. Another member of our party had the Raviolini Alla Salvia and again this dish did not disappoint. They have an extensive wine list that compliments the food. For dessert we ordered the Pear Strudel which was excellent too. Besides the food being wonderful so is the staff. The wait staff is knowledgeable, professional and attentive. We look forward to our next dining experience at Carisma. If you are looking for an excellent Italian restaurant Carisma should be on your list.
Food was excellent. Ambience was great. Noise level very acceptable.
I have been to Carisma a few times over the years but hadn't been in a while. The service and attention to detail was outstanding. The soup of the day and the ricotta gnocchi were spectacular. Overall, an excellent lunch, with sufficient privacy to have a business-related discussion.
Regular for a reason. Best Italian restaurant in the city.
Great atmosphere with a real buzz. The service was friendly and attentive. Food good quality and well timed with an excellent wine list. Recommend it for a good reliable relaxed dining experience
Charming atmosphere, great food and service. Would definitely recommend
Slightly tight tables, otherwise very good. Food very good.
Great food, service and atmosphere. I would definitely return!
My favorite Italian restaurant. Very noisy and cramped but I think that’s a prerequisite for good Italian and the food never disappoints.
Excellent service and very friendly staffs
We really enjoyed the food and the staff. Our waitress was the best. This restaurant made us feel like we were dining with family. One of the best spots in Toronto. The ambiance and the food was out of this world.
Friendly staff, delicious food, excellent service!
We loved Carisma -- beautiful food, attentive service. I wish there were more restaurants like this one.
After reading some reviews, I almost cancelled the reservation since people mentioned that they felt they were rushed. Very glad I didn't. The service was terrific - very proper and old school, but friendly and fun as well. The food was very good, and when I couldn't decide between two pastas, they arranged both on a plate. My only criticism would be a shortage of clams in the vongole, but it was more than made up for by the linguine with truffle butter and shaved truffles. Desserts were terrific. I'd go back in second.
Had a very nice dinner with friends. We all enjoyed our choices , both food and drink. Our server was very good. Our only issue was that the restaurant is quite noisy. Even though we had one of the best tables in the restaurant, it makes it a little difficult to have a nice conversation.
Fantastic place. Will do custom orders to try multiple things. Get adventurous with the pasta. It’s definitely worth it.
Fabulous and cosy Italian food. Servers were outstanding.
One of Toronto’s best restaurants. Food and service always excellent. And we’ve enjoyed food service around the world. Carisma is our go-to place in Toronto.
Excellent reliable Italian classics with a wonderful staff
Amazing Ambiance! Very good service! Excellent alcohol choices!
Awesome service, fantastic food! Highly recommend for all occassions
Over priced, average food, rushed service.
Most amazing italian dining experience, the server was outstanding.
Wonderful dining experience. Delicious food, friendly and amusing service. Will definitely recommend to others and look forward to coming back!
The place was very nice and the staff were incredibly kind and attentive. The pasta dishes we had were outstanding, but the real gem was the carpaccio that we had to start. would certainly come back.
This place is fantastic. Burrata cheese as silky, Papardella with will boar , scallops, truffle pasta...all perfect. Service was amazing. I love this restaurant.
Amazing place!! Owners are the sweetest, very welcoming. He shared his olives with us!! Love you guys!
Very good service, great food, a perfect fit for a business meal downtown Toronto. I will definitely come back.
We had a wonderful time; the food and service was superb. Our waitress (Debbie) was very friendly and attentive and the few dishes she recommended was spit on! We would definitely go back there again.
Found Carisma in a Trip Advisor search, then had it recommended by a friend so we made a reservation. Seated by the owner, our waiter was a delight, meals were interesting and delicious. (filet and chicken dishes) We really liked the atmosphere for a nice evening out for two. When the quality of the food, the service and the atmosphere are consistent and well matched a restaurant makes sense and provides value. Not a budget restaurant but we felt it was one off the most enjoyable we tried in years and therefore was good value - will return when back in Toronto.
One of our old standbys. Always good authentic food delivered by competent staff