Ascari King Street

4.4
334 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Italian
Important things to note before joining us:

- All guests must wear a mask if entering the building, until seated at their table.
- We do not have a covered patio. In the case of unfavourable weather you may cancel without any penalty/charges. Please note that we cannot guarantee you a table inside should it rain during your reservation time.
- At this time, we do not accept cash.
- If you are joining us with young children who require a stroller or high chair, please call us ahead of time as we are limited in our seating abilities & capacities.

**For indoor dining, please select STANDARD/HIGH-TOP, for outdoor seating, please select OUTDOOR.

Ascari King West is the second outpost of Ascari Enoteca, bringing the simple philosophy of simplicity to the city’s west end. The hyper-seasonal menu offers modern interpretations of classic Italian plates and house-made pastas with a focus on quality ingredients, and a selection of unique, seasonal beers and interesting wines to match.

Support Ascari King Street during COVID-19

Experiences

  • Groth Wine Dinner

    CA$175.00 per personPrepaid

    Oct 21, 2021 only

    Join us at Ascari King to enjoy this exciting menu paired with a tasting of Groth Vineyards wines. Blair Bouchard, Wine Director for Ascari Hospitality Group will be on-site to engage in conversation about the Groth Winery, a story of artists, family, and pedigreed vines. C1 MUSHROOM AGNOLOTTI roasted hen of the woods mushroom / fennel and leek broth / wilted chicory w: 2019 CHARDONNAY, HILLVIEW VINEYARD, NAPA VALLEY C2 DUCK CONFIT lentils du puy / spiced jus / roasted celeriac / poached quince ROASTED ACORN SQUASH (VEGETARIAN OPTION) lentils du puys / roasted celeriac / poached quince / sherry gastrique / fried sage w: 2017 CABERNET SAUVIGNON, OAKVILLE DESSERT CHERRY + PISTACHIO TART cherry jam / pistascio mousse / isomalt touille

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 334 people are saying
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MissExpat
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined 13 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch: REALLY great experience, great coffee, good beer, yummy steak and eggs. Perfect service. Attentive, but not too much 👍🏻

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vipMikeA
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delish, our server was excellent (I wish I remembered her name 👍🏻), and the vibe was fun, energetic, very much alive! Just what we needed, as we all try to come out of pandemic-life.

Definitely hope you’re able to open 100% ASAP! (the staff was careful and thorough in checking us in, checking id and vax status. Thanks, that’s just made us enjoy our time there even more).

We’ll be back again!

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BobM
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We chose this place for a birthday gathering, The staff and management are very friendly and helpful with always a smile on their faces ( wearing masks is not easy to spot). We had a good time and the only negative was the menu on their website was not same as their menu they offered us and on top of that NO PIZZA ( Oven Broken).
Overall good wine menu and though the food menu was limited it was all very delicious. Kudo's to the staff for trying to light the birthday candle with a BBQ Lighter.......It did not work...But the desert made it up for it.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional! The service, food and ambiance were perfect for a business dinner.

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NittiS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A good place to indulge in unpretentious Italian fare. Authentic taste with a hint of creativity.

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vipyvang
Montreal
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Plusieurs produits non disponibles …

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JessicaG
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience2

I usually pick ascari cause the cocktails and food are amazing! This was a sad delivery of that. We made a reservation and were 5 minutes late (and called to give the heads up) only to have to wait 30 mins outside. People with later Reservations were being seated first and I asked to speak to the manager to ask why - no explanation.

We got to our table and no one checked to see if we were double vaccinated. The manager came over to apologize about the wait and I asked about the double vaccination and he goes “oh sure I’ll have to see that now”.

The waiter was sassy and very disinterested in serving us. The drinks we got were super sweet and not on par with the usual cocktails I’d get.

This was my first time taking friends here and very disappointing experience for them and embarrassing for me.

Ascari King Street
Responded on October 4, 2021

Thank you for your honest feedback Jessica, you did not receive the experience that we can be proud of. For that i am extremely sorry. We have a rigorous check of the vaccines upon check in, we clearly missed that step with your group. I am sadden that your drinks and service were not up to par, there is no excuse for this. We are hoping that you would be willing to place trust in us one more time and allow us to make up for your experience, please email me andres@ascari.ca to book your dinner

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Arrived 845pm for 900pm reservation ..let front desk know we were here …they told us to wait on the side and said they would let us know when table was ready …we did not get our table until 920 …people that came after us were getting seated … also people that had a 9pm reservation arrived 905 and were sat immediately. When I went to ask what was happening with our table they were confused and forgot our name ..the very people that greeted me ..the waiter was good the food was good but the scallops were off .. we were to tired to say anything …need to do a better job on the overall experience ..otherwise it will impact you ..third time at your restaurant in last two months and brought and recommended to friends but I will update them on what happened

Ascari King Street
Responded on October 4, 2021

Thank you for your feedback Anonymous, we are disappointed to read about your unfortunate experience with us. Our team failed to deliver the experience we are known for. There were keys failures on our part and i apologize for not providing you with a less than stellar experience. We would love to invite you back at your convenience for a meal on us where we can properly look after you the way we are known for. You may reach me andres@ascari.ca to book your meal, i look forward to hearing from u

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Jason
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and great service! A nice addition to King W!

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AlieD
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed our evening, the service was excellent, the waitstaff was very knowledgeable. The presentation of our pasta meal was amazing, very impressive. My only complaint, Ascari could do with some kind of partition down the left side, our table looked out into the ally, and the ally was busy, including cars dropping of people

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great evening! Service was second to none.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From star to finish it was an fantastic dining experience. We had such an amazing time we forgot to leave and eventually had to kick ourselves out because the staff was so incredibly accommodating.

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Ltkt
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great spot and great food. The fresh pasta could be a bit better quality wise but still very good. The only negative thing was the hosting staff as they tried to shift us back outside because they overbooked the bar area and had to argue with them. However, they accommodated and provided another seating.

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JessieM
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Ambiance was nice, its a very pretty restaurant. Burrata and zucchini was very good. Otherwise, horrible dinner. Service was slow, 30 ish minutes to get a drink. Pasta dishes were super small portions and not tasty. Server never came around, left us waiting on everything, at one point just didn't come back and left us at the table drinkless for an hour then had an attitude about us asking the bartender to get us the bills. 7:30 dinner reservation on a not very busy Saturday and we didn't leave until after 10:45....Wont be returning.

Ascari King Street
Responded on October 4, 2021

Thank you for your feedback Jessie, i am sadden to read that we did not provide you with the type of experience that we strive for. We aim to have higher standards that the ones you experienced. I would love to invite you and your guest for a meal on us to make up for your experience with us. We failed you and we would love to have the opportunity to make up for that. You may reach me at Andres@ascari.ca to book your dinner

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AlM1234
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We went on a busy Friday night. Service was slow to start but got better as the food and drink started to come. Every appetizer and main course was exceptionally tasty, and they nailed the traditional tiramisu dessert. It's King Street West, so you shouldn't expect a "deal", but it was a big bill - all in all a great place to go for special occasions.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great service. Beautiful interior

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RyanM
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Disappointing first visit to the King West location considering I hold the original Queen location with such high regard. Service was slow and server wasn’t very knowledgeable, one of our guests ordered mock tails and was charged full cocktail rate (check your receipts) , and the one giant anello misses the mark bigtime, trying to get fancy with pasta isn’t a thing.

Ascari King Street
Responded on September 20, 2021

Hello Ryan, first of all thank you for loyalty to the brand. We value your input and are sadden that we missed the opportunity to live up to the standards and reputation of our sister restaurant. We strive to deliver amazing dinning experiences and this was clearly not the case when you came in. I would love to invite you and a friend for a dinner on the house at your convenience so we can make up for the experience. My email is andres@ascari.ca

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is at another level! Amazing food, worth every dollar spent and the service was great!

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vipMichelleT
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Ordered only 2 cocktails that were served after our food. Only came when we asked the server how come we did not receive our drinks. The cocktails also did not taste like the doubles we ordered.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Overpriced experience. Very short menu with options a bit in the expensive side. For example their carbonara are ok but definitely not so much pancetta. You expect more.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The food was pretty good, one of the members of our party had a mistake in the dish twice. The service was amazing because they were very apologetic and comped us for the food that was redone. Would go back

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Food was good but arrived lukewarm and the service was very slow. For a $180 meal (including drinks) I was very disappointed. Easy to see why there were many open reservations on a Friday night.

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OpenTable Diner
Montreal
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, even better service!

Ascari King Street
Responded on September 8, 2021

Thank you so much! glad you had a good time with us. We look forward to hosting you again :)

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nanoo
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

not much choice on the menu, except pizza and pasta. No ambiance at all. Meant for the tourist crowd

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Stop normalizing bad food, this city deserves better than pretenders. The food was sub-par and lackluster, to say the least. $28 for a piece of Burrata and some lettuce with no flavor? Give me a break. Chitarra al pomodoro was served lukewarm which begs the question : was it re-heated or stayed on the pass long before being run to our table? Either way, it's unacceptable on a Tuesday night where there's only four tables and 8 staff on the floor. To add to the insult, the option of adding meatballs (blasphemy) didn't improve the soggy spaghetti-tomato concoction, as it suffered the same fate, temperature-wise. The Funghi pizza, other than being oddly shaped, (never seen a true Italian pizza being anything other than a circle) was mostly gooey cheese and lots of garlic that make your stomach feel it for hours after. Filetto di maiale, the pork tenderloin was criminally undercooked, (i hear you could go to jail for that in Venezuela, but I can't confirm). To top it all off, the tiramisu, yet another shape-challenged classic, didn't taste or look like a tiramisu, or whatever dessert it was trying be. Overall, at over $100 a person, I can think of 10 other ways to waste a rainy afternoon.

Ascari King Street
Responded on September 8, 2021

We are disappointed that we failed you anonymous. We strive to deliver unique experiences, great food and friendly service. It is evident that we did not present that experience to you. For that i apologize profusely, I appreciate your critique of our offerings and will pass on your feedback to our chef and team. I would like to extend an invitation for us to offer you a make up dinner on the house, an opportunity where we can showcase our offerings at their best. My email is andres@ascari.ca

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience4

The food is excellent, although the service was quite poor. It took 45 minutes for just drinks to come, and an hour and a half for food. They were out of half of their menu and their menu only had limited options as is.

Ascari King Street
Responded on September 8, 2021

Thank you Anonymous, I'm glad you enjoyed the food, we take great pride in offering excellent food. It is unfortunate that your experience was disappointing. The team faced an unexpected busy night and we clearly where not prepared for it. As it showed in our short comings of running out of food and extended waiting. It is not how we like to operate and we are eager to invite you back to a dinner on us where we can make up for the short comings of the night. You may reach me at Andres@ascari.ca

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very trendy place,waiter was very friendly and the service was great! I would recommend this restaurant.

Ascari King Street
Responded on September 8, 2021

Thank you very much, our service team is attentive and friendly and we are always eager to please and deliver amazing food, drink and cordial service!

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MichelleS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Nice food and atmosphere on the patio. They forgot our pizza (part of a large order) but we're very accommodating and offered to throw in a free dessert or drinks for their error. Would recommend

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
17 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great drinks and attentive service, rare during the pandemic recovery where there is a shortage of staff. Focused menu with beautiful branzino and pork tenderloin with plum sauce. Lemon lanello Pasta and burrata was well made. Will be back.

Ascari King Street
Responded on September 8, 2021

Thank you very much, we are very fortunate that we have very friendly and attentive service team. We are elated that you enjoyed our food. We look forward to seeing you again, we will be launching our fall menu very soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience1

Food was good so the drinks but pathetic host and seating was really atrocious. We have booked in advance even getting an additional chair was an impossible task. I have to hang my purse to my on my shoulder while sitting on a small stool and eat my food. The worst part was the first server she said she will get back to us but never get back. I won’t recommend for a good night out. Be watchful of the host she is a mood spoiler.

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Veevo
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

As a group we tried most of the appetizers. The burrata is a definite highlight, as is the funghi pizza. Will definitely come back for the pasta.

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HollyP
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and drinks, service was great and every staff member was super friendly. Would definitely recommend this restaurant and I will absolutely return!

Ascari King Street
Responded on September 8, 2021

Thank you so much Holly! we are so happy that you had a lovely time with us. We look forward to having you come back again soon!

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AmandaH
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place to stop, very high quality food, excellent wine list and beautiful, friendly staff. Great spot!

Ascari King Street
Responded on September 8, 2021

Thank you so much Amanda! We look forward to seeing you again very soon :)

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vipRayW
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fabulous as always. Great service and food and a neat space.

Ascari King Street
Responded on September 8, 2021

Thank you so much Ray, it is always a lovely treat to have you in our space. We always have lambrusco ready for you. Andres

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sandy
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed our visit. The food was delicious. Great service. Lovely restaurant.

Thank you so much for a lovely evening

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BrightO
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect service , great food
Will definitely be goi g back

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BryanP
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So fun. So delicious. Went for date night. Lively crowd. EXCELLENT music service and ambiance. Food A1 - we had sea bass and a nice pasta. I’d highly recommend it as a go to in this area which is otherwise a little “night-clubby”

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat outside on a warm August night, for a perfect meal. The food was excellent, thanks to new chef Troy; service was excellent thanks to Allie. Looking forward to returning soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was very pleasant and professional. Our food was very tasty! Overall, we had a great experience, we would go back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great place, pastas and branzino were delicious! My group of 7 enjoyed it overall.

FAQs

Ascari King Street offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (416) 366-3673.

Ascari King Street is rated 4.4 stars by 334 OpenTable diners.

Ascari King Street does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://app.tableup.com/r/1070/home.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.