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Enoteca Sociale

4.3
789 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Italian
Perfect For:
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Notable Wine List

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About

Enoteca Sociale continues to dazzle its patrons on a daily and nightly basis. It's a well-maintained virtue to keep a simple yet elegant wine list that captures the flavors of vineyards across the globe. Enoteca Sociale hand-selects the perfect wines, pairing them with Italian delicacies that arouse the senses and the appetite. Enoteca Sociale can't stay a secret, not with the raucous buzz the patrons and nightlife aficionados in the good city of Toronto have been making. Make an evening of it and find out for yourself.

Let the cool air kiss your cheek on the patio, while you pair provocative wines with traditional and innovative dishes alike, from the seared branzino to the lamb ragu pasta. Enoteca Sociale is in the business of collaboration, working with top notch wine and food in addition to the most important ingredient of all: you.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Nightly: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(416) 534-1200
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Kris Schlotzhauer
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Private party facilities
Our private wine cellar is a beautiful setting for any intimate event. The space is perfect for groups of 8-12 people. Menu options range from $45 to $60 per person and include items such as salumi and formaggi, antipasti, pasta a main course and dolci. Allow Chef Kris and the rest of the Enoteca kitchen team to playfully craft, reinvent and re-imagine an Italian family dinner with classic Roman cuisine and a dash of local influence.
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Private party contact
Raffaele Posteraro: (416) 534-1200
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Cross street
Coolmine Road
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Parking details
There is street parking available, as well as a "Green P" parking lot on Harrison, just north of Dundas off Dovercourt.
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Public transit
The #505 Dundas Streetcar stops at Dundas & Dovercourt, less than a 1 minute walk from our front door.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
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4.3based on all time ratings
4.4
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4.4
service
4.0
ambience
4.5
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5.0Dined on May 22, 2015

One of my favourite restaurants in the city

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2015

Enoteca sociale always gives you a reason to come back. The service is attentive, yet not overbearing. The staff is knowledgeable but not pretentious. The food has always been delicious and nothing on the menu has ever disappointed. This place is great if you want to spend a little more for a lovely evening. At the same time, the pastas are affordable and certainly worth the price. Highly recommended.

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2015

Love the quality of the food and the freshness of the ingredients.

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4.0Dined on May 2, 2015

Food was delicious a little noisy. One tip when ordering wine they have a taste size and a glass size I really meant to order the taste size and said glass without knowing this and ended up spending $38 on 2 glasses of wine when I thought it was $12 each, so watch out.

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5.0Dined on May 1, 2015

Enoteca Sociale is a gem. Not in your typical downtown location, it is worth finding as it is terrific on a number of fronts - quality of menu, efficient and knowledgeable service, energy/ambiance that is fun and friendly, and a good value for your dollar. Its definitely a "two thumbs up" experience.

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5.0Dined on April 24, 2015

We love this restaurant. The food is great and the service is wonderful - friendly and knowledgeable. The best thing in the world is to just let the chef feed you. You get the best of the best and its like they can read your minds - not too much just the right amount and at a nice pace that does not overwhelm.

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3.0Dined on April 21, 2015

I've come here several times over many years when I'm in Toronto but it seems to have become quite mediocre. In the beginning, it was a very special Italian wine bar but it has reverted to the mean.

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2015

Rather unassuming setting does well to keep the focus on the fantastic food. The team was accomodating and figured out a way to fit in a last minute 5th to our 4 person reso.
Well designed menu ensured there's something for everyone.
Cheese platter starter was delicious, generous and offered a range of cheeses that complemented each other, it just didn't feel very "Italian". The preserved tuna is not to be missed.
Smoked pasta and braised rabbit rigatoni were a hit at our table, we were still talking about it the next morning.
Will be going back very soon!

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4.0Dined on April 12, 2015

I enjoyed so much my diner at Enoteca!
Great people and great food!
I'll definitely go back soon!

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4.0Dined on April 11, 2015

Great food and ambience...we were in a group and shared the salumi, tuna and sausage, all of which were delicious. I had the bucatini for my main and I would definitely go back for it.

I would love to see them change up the menu more frequently and/or have some features but otherwise everything was great.

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4.0Dined on April 9, 2015

i loved this restaurant I went with a couple of family members the food was Devine and a waitress was lovely

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2015

The food was delicious, especially the raw beef/marrow. The pasta dishes were made perfectly and the rapini was an exceptional side. A friend picked the wine this time, but I normally like to ask the server to pair with the meals.
The service was outstanding even after putting up with our crazy requests.
Without hesitation would I recommend Enoteca Sociale for a wonderful dinner out.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2015

Incredible tuna conserva!! I would offer it 100x more!

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4.0Dined on March 23, 2015

Pasta was cooked perfectly. They make their own house-made/cured meats.

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2015

One of the best restaurants I've been to in Toronto. Their food is absolutely delicious. The service is amazing! They take great care of you there - very warm people. I can't wait to go back. Never disappoints.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2015

Everything was terrific when I went. Service, food, and wine. Decor is really nice, as well. The bread basket we got before the meal was unreal. That Red Fife sourdough bread could make a meal in itself. My appetizer special was delicious, and the striploin was perfectly cooked. I look forward to my next visit.

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4.0Dined on February 15, 2015

We had an excellent meal and wine, and our server was excellent. The apps were excellent (arancini, albacore tune conserva), the gnocci was superb (light clouds in an excellent sauce), and the steak, except for an inedible/uncuttable bit running through it, was very good.

As for the ambiance: We were in a cold spot next to the large windows on one of the coldest days of the year - not very comfortable. We asked to be moved between courses and there was no hesitation - all of our items were moved over quickly and we were warm again!

All things considered it was an excellent meal.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2015

This is my 7th or 8th time at Enoteca and each time it gets better. Fantastic food and excellent service. Top Italian restaurant in the city.

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5.0Dined on February 6, 2015

by far the best service I have received at a restaurant. Every restaurant has friendly wait staff and the service is good, but here, it is exceptional. They have a good ratio of wait staff to the number of tables. I never got a chance to pour my own water or wine. The food is delicious as well. A great combination.

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4.0Dined on February 5, 2015

Enoteca always has amazing food, great service and a wonderful wine list including wines from Ontario! I have been there for dinner with friends, as well as enjoyed there beautiful room downstairs for larger parties!
This is my favourite place to go, have a great glass of wine and a yummy bowl of pasta. Never disappointed!

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5.0Dined on February 1, 2015

We moved to Toronto a few months ago from NYC, and we have been searching for a favorite Italian spot that rivals some of our beloved spots at home. We found it! From the bread and olive oil, to the salads, to the heavenly pastas...the food was perfect in every way. Simple dishes with the best ingredients, and our service was so warm and genuine.
Brava!!! We'll be back often.

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5.0Dined on January 17, 2015

The food is excellent here. Cheese platter had a great assortment of delicious cheeses along with fun accoutrements. Nothing better than fresh pasta and I highly recommend the dish with pecorino and pepper, simple yet delectable.

This restaurant is busy, we made a reservation and our table wasn't available until almost 30 minutes later. This is understandable as the meal is served slowly so that you can savour every bit of it. The wait staff is knowledgeable and never made us feel hurried. The great food is well worth the wait anyhow.

Only one complaint is the noise level. It's so loud when the restaurant is full (which is pretty much most of the time) that you can really only chat with the person next to you or yell loudly across the table.

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5.0Dined on January 17, 2015

Okay I loved the vibe and reception and superb attention to detail. Amazing food… solid wine list and superb coffee… Couldn't manage dessert… everything else was so satisfying who needs it right.
Things were perfect until the place filled up with a great crowd of enthusiastic diners… but with that came a noise level where conversation became … well… quite challenging and we needed to raise our voices far too much and a lot of extreme leaning toward one another to be effectively heard…
I find this to be exhausting after a couple of hours… such a shame given all else was amazing…
would I go back… yes… but as early as possible in the evening for an early dinner to avoid the sound intensity...

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2014

Food was spot on, perfect portions . Great pasta especially the agnolotti. Wonderful wine selection and we rarely eat desserts at restaurants but we couldn't say no to their sticky toffee.

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3.0Dined on December 28, 2014

The least expensive wine on the menu was 45 $. Given the location and the reasonably priced food, there should have been very good wines at 30 $ and perhaps, less. The appetizer of cured beef was sensational. Everything ordered was very good, although the squid-based pasta was largely pasta and very good spices with a shade of squid here and there. We expected several decent sized pieces of squid. That being said, we have recently spent a good deal of time in Italy so our scale of sea-food appreciation may be rather high. The service was superb.

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5.0Dined on December 21, 2014

One of Toronto's best restaurants. Simple, effective and great taste.

Knowledgeable staff with good understanding of the wine list, recommended the perfect wine for our budget. Food was amazing with the pasta cooked perfectly. Great vegetarian selection.

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3.0Dined on December 20, 2014

I was excited to try Enoteca as it's hugely popular and the sister restaurant to the famed Pizza Libretto. I will say, the lighting is perfect, that was nice.

But the decor is almost family diner-ish (but probably cost $1M to make it look that way), the food was salty for my pallet, and the service, while friendly, was a bit odd. The server did make a good wine recommendation and the wine list was very affordable for decent wine.

I think just given the buzz about this place, I expected more. Nothing "wrong" with it, just not that special.

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5.0Dined on December 13, 2014

Enoteca Sociale is a fantastic restaurant. The food is unpretentious, servers are knowledgeable, and the cheese-cave family dining experience is NOT to be missed by anyone who wants a lovely dining experience.

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3.0Dined on December 6, 2014

The food portions were too small, more like a lunch rather than a dinner.

Not enough space between tables and the tables for 2 were small, making it a challenge to accommodate the food/beverage items.

No tablecloths, bare wood, and not an elegant décor.

Wildly expensive wine selection, and who ever heard of charging $6 for a taste?? It was obvious that this restaurant relies on liquor profits and keeps entrée prices down by serving undersize portions.

Would not recommend or return.

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5.0Dined on December 3, 2014

A model of what a local neighbourhood trattoria should be. Solid service underpinned by authentic regional italian dishes with premium ingredients. Very reasonable and consistently good. Well done.

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2.0Dined on November 24, 2014

Disinterested service. Sea Bream good, Pasta tiny portions. Steak nondescript. Not worth a return visit

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5.0Dined on November 22, 2014

Always impressed with the very friendly staff. A great option for vegetarians like me and by far they have the best cheeseboard of any place in Toronto

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5.0Dined on November 21, 2014

The atmosphere was so cool, rustic and romantic. I can't pronounce the Italian names of our food, but we ordered the fried rice balls, amazing, the pine nut dressing salad, we shared it, food thing because it was huge. Then we shares gnocchi and bolognese for dinner and those were both amazing. Everything was so good!

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4.0Dined on November 21, 2014

We would go back for sure! Wonderful Italian food with a twist and impeccable service!

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4.0Dined on November 19, 2014

Nice dining experience, but must say I was disappointed in the food, perhaps because my expectations were very high. I had the hen on braised cabbage and a pumpkin puree. Not sure if the combo worked, and the portion size of the de-boned hen was very small. The side dish of rapine was so bitter and tough that I couldn't eat it. Service was fine, atmosphere very nice. Maybe I just ordered the wrong dish?

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5.0Dined on November 15, 2014

Our food was so delicious. My husband had the escarole and apple salad which came piled high and was delicious. I had the selection of cheeses. Together with the bread, that could've been my meal. It was soooo good. The pecorino sausage and the arancini were also delicious. We all had pasta. Loved the gnocchi. The rigatoni and the squid were also excellent. We will definitely return.

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5.0Dined on November 11, 2014

This is my fourth visit to this restaurant, and every time it was wonderful, but this time around everything was absolutely perfect. The evening started with a friendly, smiling host calling me by my name and discussing with me my favourite item in the menu, which wasn't available that evening, and recommending me an alternative: the home made Squash Agnolotti. Both these, and thea accompanying Barolo were wonderful!! We finished off with a delicious chocolate marquise, and apple ice cream (i did not like that much the ice cream), and the waitress noticed the gift with "Happy Birthday" and brought a candle for my friend with the dessert. Altogether a MAGNIFICENT dining experience. I cannot recommend this place enough

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4.0Dined on October 29, 2014

We loved the food especially the appetizers and the best of all was the sticky pudding warm caked - to die for!

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5.0Dined on October 20, 2014

Fantastic homemade pasta. Truly outstanding service. Everything was delicious.

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4.0Dined on October 18, 2014

Des plats savoureux à prix abordables. Une belle découverte. J'y retournerais assurément !

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