Il Ponte

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CAN$30 and under
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Italian
Join us Tuesdays for half price bottles of wine.
Ponte opens its doors in one of Toronto’s fastest growing, and most diverse neighbourhoods with a simple mission: To be a dependable local establishment that serves and grows with the families, businesses and residents of Riverside and Toronto proper. We invite you to join us in celebrating great food and culture at our new home at the eastern foot of the Queen St. Bridge. Our belief is that great service and delicious food is paramount to the dining experience. We hope to exceed your expectations. Il Ponte offers both a fast casual encounter as well as a leisurely affair.

Our fresh thinking on Italian cuisine is present in our seasonal menu dishes as well as in our many fresh made daily specials. By using local ingredients and importing authentic Italian products Il Ponte achieves our unique brand of ‘La Cucina Italiana’. Every dish aims to provide inspiration and palatial pleasure.

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Thu - Sat 5:00PM - 6:00PM

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BG
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great atmosphere. Great owner. A great experience.

j
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and amazing service! The restaurant has so many gluten-free options as well :)

D
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I have been to this restaurant 3 times now and have never been disappointed with the food, service, ambience ..anything.. I will be back.

MA
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had the arugula salad followed by the seafood stew. Both were excellent. The space is open and airy, service lovely and attentive.

OT
Toronto
17 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place, especially their care with gluten free dishes.

MF
Toronto
43 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a nice restaurant! The ambiance is modern and clean. We asked for “some type of vegetarian pasta” and what they prepared was absolutely excellent. The service was great and the noise was surprisingly... not bad - even though the place was pretty full on a Saturday evening. Parking is easy on a side street or on queen st.

OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was an exceptional experience!!! We were first greeted very warmly by Giancarlo, the owner. It is obvious that he is very passionate about food and has a real gift.

The food was phenomenal, starting with the bread and olives, burrata salad, outstanding pasta and topped off with an incredible tiramisu.

I highly recommend it!!!

w
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

o
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

It's a bit too expensive I would like to come back if they have more affordable prices

S
Toronto
87 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a fabulous Christmas lunch at this special neighbourhood gem! The owner is outstanding and the food Delish! We will be back!

AR
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A most attractive restaurant.The starter and main course were very good, though the dessert was disappointing.

j
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely one of my favourite restaurants in the city !

MK
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

The noise level made conversation difficult. Although I had indicated that we were there to celebrate a birthday and other tables got a birthday song with dessert, our birthday celebration was ignored which was disappointing.

MF
Toronto
44 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very nice place - I asked for a vegetarian pasta meal and what they made was very, very good - one of the best restaurant meals I've had in a long time. The salad I had was excellent as well. Service was attentive and accurate. The decor of the restaurant is modern and new. Parking is surprisingly easy on Queen street.

M
Toronto
20 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The first time we visited Il Ponte everything was perfect. This time the service was very slow. The food was great.

S
Montreal
7 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gréât food and service!

RC
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

One of us is Celiac, so gluten free isn't a choice, it's a condition. The gluten free food selection was large, and very good and really tasty.
We will definitely return.

CL
Atlantic Canada
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food. The complimentary half glass of prosecco, bread and olives was a very nice touch! Great salads, pasta. Good wine list per glass, and bottles.

MF
Toronto
44 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very nice great food and good service; easy parking on Queen street; not too louad

OT
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Epic fail
Food was cold
Waiter brought bottle wine for me to taste test and when I looked at him to approve he was chatting away with colleagues. And never poured our first glasses.
Very disappointed. He started off very attentive. Then I guess the regulars showed up. Then we were ignored. My kids 22/16/13 even noticed. Took over 2 hours to get through and no dessert was had ... also never asked how our meals were.
$340 later it was very poor value for $
Meals were average. The Caesar salad was best thing to eat.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

First time customers for dinner and our experience was great, food was excellent, and ambiance was very very authentic old school Italian.

JY
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was very good, but the service was slow and rather inattentive/impersonal.

D
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Always a pleasure to dine at Il Ponte, the service is always great and welcoming.
The Caprese salad was very fresh and delicious, and the pasta was excellent.
My business colleague enjoyed it as well. Best of all I forgot it was tuesday and a bottle of wine was half price .
Thank you

TW
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience5

It was great until we took a break outside and our server came running out looking for us like we had committed a crime. Food is good but not criminally good. We were the only black people there lol, maybe that’s why.

C
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious. The staff were very friendly, helpful and attentive.

CB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am so happy I bookwd my boyfriend's birthday dinner there! The food was so yummy, and everything came super quick. The dishes were just the right amount of food, and they gave us a ton of fresh bread.

OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

It’s a beautiful spot. It’s late September and harvest season for tomatoes in Ontario and we ordered a caprese salad with heirloom tomatoes. You’d expect brilliance - but no, not: chilled, hard, blah grocery tomatoes. Sorry that’s not cool. Pizza very good with awesome crust but most of food nothing special. Atmosphere is better than the food. Can’t recommend given how amazing some Italian eateries nearby are.

C
Toronto
31 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Make sure to try their private label wine from Vineland Estates.

JG
Toronto
176 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

This is a lovely restaurant. The pastas were excellent, the Caesar salad crisp and tasty. The owner was alsop pleasant and talked about the (lovely) art on his walls. Well worth a visit.

MS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Italian food with a focus on natural foods (organic), wild fish, and great service

NH
Las Vegas
14 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

The restaurant was great.
The food was fantastic.
The servers were very engaging.
My only negative comment was that I felt we weren’t serviced enough. For example: we had to retrieve our wine from the bucket and pour it ourselves.
We needed to ask for more water.
Other than that, a fantastic experience.

DN
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A beautiful place for dinner with a lovely outdoor patio. The service was wonderful and we had a great evening. We will be returning soon.

SS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

By far, one of my finest dining experiences. The flavours will resonate in my dreams! Such wonderful combinations that make for incredible dishes. Staff is welcoming, attentive, but not overbearing. Roomy and tastefully decorated, with a trendy vibe. Everything carefully selected- from the fresh ingredients and comfortable seating, to the lovely bud vases with fresh orchids, made for a highly enjoyable evening! Thanks and accolades to all!

BC
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience3

The food is good and the wine list is expansive. The noise level is moderate (fine to carry on a conversation) and each time I've been, the place has not been too busy. I thought I'd finally found a neighbourhood spot to take friends and clients having dropped by at least once a week for a month now - always with a guest or two. We always order a full meal with wine and leave a decent tip. However, it astonishes me that never once have I heard a "nice to see you again" or even "ah you're back" from staff/servers. The service is often little more than perfunctorily polite. Yet if I'm spending this much time at an establishment, it would be nice to not be treated as a complete stranger. I'm not suggesting sycophantic attention or even a conversation, but a friendly greeting makes guests/clients feel welcome. And when that warmth is lacking, it diminishes its appeal and its Italian authenticity since Italian hospitality goes hand in hand with the cuisine. It makes me wonder if they don't even care that we keep returning to try their dishes which are very good. And if that's the case, it makes me also wonder why I'd care about a place that doesn't seem to value its regular customers.

VH
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Summerlicious menu had amazing choices our group of 4 tried different appetizers ,mains and desserts and they were all excellent and very authentically Italian. Will return for dinner soon. Service was also excellent. Thank you

A
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was very tasty but lacking in creative presentation.

M
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience4

Ordered the pricey $33 Scoglio pasta; taste of the food was decent, but lacked the al dente texture I would have expected from “fresh homemade” pasta, and sadly texture was akin to mushy udon. When the point was raised to the staff, I was challenged and was given the “maybe it’s just you” off the cuff comment which was not appreciated. Unfortunately for the server, our table shared plates for tasting, and I was not the only one that felt the same about the texture for my plate. The other dishes my table ordered was nice and al dente (albeit different pastas) to which I extended praise but the server was unwilling to listen to the customer and insisted that “it is probably you... maybe the pasta is not right for you.” When my table provided supportive comments, the server resorted to blaming the “newbie chef in training”. The disappointment from the food couple with the attitude and remarks were not only unprofessional, but unacceptable. Would not recommend.

JB
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our new favourite restaurant!!!

t
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was fantastic! We had the zucchini pasta and it was so fresh and light. Waiter was great as well. Unfortunately we couldn't sit on the patio because of the weather. Wine selection was very good, the waiter actually suggested a comparable, cheaper option for us.

ES
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We keep coming back to Il Ponte. For celebrations, with friends or just a quiet evening out as a couple. It feels like a family restaurant with all the modern touches and spaciousness. And delicious, delicious food of course, with excellent options for those of us who have a gluten allergy.