Carisma

4.6
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Italian
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.
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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food3service1ambience5

The waiter gave us faces when we didn’t order drinks in the beginning. Terrible attitude !

JZ
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific food and excellent service all in a most enjoyable room. You could not ask for more!

KS
Toronto
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my parents and my aunt here for a lovely night out before a show in Toronto, without really knowing much about the restaurant and was absolutely astounded (I do not use that word lightly), but the entire experience at Carisma. From the moment I walked through the door and was greeted basically like I was their friend, to the dish recommendations and the extremely fun, knowledgeable, and approachable. A mere two days later and I've already recommended this restaurant (and specifically our server Astrit), to multiple people. It's certainly a special occasion restaurant for me, but I wish I could go there every Saturday. OBSESSED. P.S. I never write reviews - I think this is the first time I've ever written one. YAY!

MA
Vancouver
13 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best lamb chops I’ve ever had

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant. Food, service and ambience all superb

OT
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We enjoyed our evening. Service very good. Had a little difficulty hearing across the table, but then again we’re old!
Food well done but not exceptional.

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience4

I had been to Carisma before the move to their new space at 15 Toronto St. and I enjoyed my experience a lot. The new space looked fantastic so I was excited to visit for NYE, however the food was a big disappointment.

For $85.00 per person it was very disappointing. Although it started off great with the warm rosemary bread, the salad was basic mixed greens with room temp (the menu advertised warm) mushrooms, a dollop of goat cheese and some balsamic. Not extraordinary at all.

The tenderloin was incredibly gummy and cold in the middle (I asked for a medium rare and felt like I got a blue). The mash was just OK, and the vegetables (sliced zuchinni and peppers) were again -- nothing extraordinary. It was edible.

The dessert was nice, although there was no knife to cut the tough panettone so we all struggled with our forks, which seems like such an oversight for such a high-class restaurant. On top of that, my friends both ordered the Tiramisu but were given the panettone. We could have asked for the right dessert but at this point I think we were over our experience.

The saving grace was the sommelier who offered us a fantastic bottle of Shiraz at a great price. Thank you to him!

Overall, I am quite disappointed that this is how I'll have to remember the last dinner of the decade, especially when the bill was so high. I can expect this kind of food and experience at Kit Kat, but not at Carisma.

I am sorry to say that I will not return.

All the best to you in the future.

LP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

We have enjoyed Carisma on New Years Eve for the last 4 years and loved the full menu. This year, however, we didn’t realize until we sat down that there was a fixed menu. We were very disappointed at the limited choices and neither of us would have chosen any of the options. While food quality was good, portions felt quite skimpy. Probably because of limited menu, we were in and out within an hour, including pre-dinner cocktail, appetizer, dinner and dessert! Certainly not the experience we were looking for on New Years Eve for a price tag of $300! In the past we have enjoyed ourselves immensely at Charisma... this time we walked away feeling very disappointed.

OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food, expensive dinner though the food was delicious.

MM
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Outstanding dining experience...atmosphere, food and service. We had a party of five and we each had different appetizers, entrees and deserts and each rated each course 5 stars.

b
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Expensive, too noisy for comfortable conversation, surprised at the final bill

F
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience4

The menu prices online were substantially lower then the prices on the menu in the restaurant. Classic bait and switch. Fool me once but never again.

JK
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience2

Overall we had a good evening, and found the service to be efficient if somewhat impersonal and perhaps even rushed. Someone even tried to take away our plates before we'd finished, even without asking! The vibe was a bit too busy, the tables a little too close together because the room felt a bit squeezed and lacking in that relaxed feeling. The food, however, was excellent and worth the expense.

CB
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

fantastic food and amazing service!! would go back again and again and again...

OT
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Great mussels and fabulous lamb.

CV
Toronto
29 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always! Great food - never disappoints!

AR
Toronto
20 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal food and service. Thank you Michael and Silva, my clients really enjoyed the evening.

LS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful lunch. It was a great location for our friendly get-together. Thank you!

CD
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The dinner was exquisite. The wait staff was extremely helpful, friendly, and tentative to our needs. I highly recommend the dining experience.

BB
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was outstanding and the service was excellent. Beautiful atmosphere. But like all restaurants with hard surface flooring, it got quite noisy as it filled up.

DS
Toronto
14 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carisma is always phenomenal. I have been here many times for business and personal dining. The food is top notch. The mood is energetic. If you want to have an excellent dining experience with owners that welcome you at the door go to Carisma.

DH
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Only negative comment is about the noise level - very hgh. Nice to see guests enjoying themselves but the tables are very close, the restauant is very popular and the noise level is HIGH!
Everything els wa very nce.
Would go,again (maybe with earphones)
Nice they were open on a Mnday.

JV
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and good food. Chicks were excellent as well, with a nice bar at which to wait for your table. Will go back.

SB
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Last night for my husand's birthday dinner, I was very disappointed to receive a bill of over $800 for 5 people. The waiter misled us about the antipasti plate, he described one plate with everything on it for everyone and the proceeded to serve each person a tray ($24 each) of antipasti. We only ordered one bottle of wine and one bottle of San Pelligrino sparking water. However, we received two additional (not ordered by us) bottles of wine. No one at the table ordered the wine. I thought someone else ordered from our table, but that was not the case. There was non-stop San Pelligrino water brought to our table on a regular basis, again, I thought other people had ordered it. This shady behaviour, taking advantage of people at the table who were in deep conversations, and no one checked in with me from the beginning of the evening. The wait bull-dozed us into more food and drink that we could have ever imagined. It was deceitful and shady for such a so-called high class restaurant. High class means treating your guests with respect, asking if they need anything else, not just bringing things to the table. My guests were horrified that they had to pay about $189 per person for this excessive meal and wine. Very disappointing - we were essentially sucked into more than we asked for. I will say the food is excellent, but I think the way we felt when we left was very upsetting to all of us. We were gobsmacked! I will not go to this restaurant or recommend it to anyone because of their tactics. They are bullies!

y
Montreal
5 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Food was very good. Friendly staff although we felt very rushed. Didn’t have much privacy (someone was constantly hovering over us) or time to enjoy our food which was disappointing.

OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Service great food❣️

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. I proposed to my girlfriend without giving heads up to restaurant but they brought two glass of Champaign and an sparkler candle. The servers were amazing

KP
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

We were quite underwhelmed by our meals. Although the truffle appetizer was delicious, our entrees were very disappointing, especially for the price. The risotto was undercooked, and the lamb and halibut were over cooked. Our server never asked us how our meals were, or why we didn't eat much off our plates. Seemed more interested in other customers. We won't be back.

OT
Montreal
6 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best service and best food! Never disappoints!

RR
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We felt so welcomed at carisma. The host referred to us by name all night and made sure we were well taken care of. The food was absolutely delicious!

JO
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had an excellent dinner at Carisma. I was alone so encouraged to sit at the bar. The restaurant was totally full and more guest kept coming in. There is nowhere to stand while waiting. Aside from that minor challenge they face
The food was absolutely exceptional. Every bite of every course was exquisite.
I will go back on my next visit to Totonto

ND
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Thoroughly enjoyed our evening at Carisma! We were greeted at the door by the owner. Ambience is very warm and elegant. I had the spaghetti with shrimp...seems simple enough but everything was perfectly cooked and it had a lovely flavour. My husband loved the lamb and raved about it.
Desserts were delicious.
Overall, we thought it was good value for what we experienced.

L
Toronto
20 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went inclined to enjoy ourselves so it would have taken an unfortunate series of events to derail us. Fortunately that did not occur.
Right from the get go service was impeccable. We started with flutes of prosecco, the ticklish bubbles of which foretold good things.
The wine steward and I had a short discussion on the merits of their selection of wines of the Piedmont and we decided on a nice ‘15 Barbera and a couple of glasses of Arneis to go with our salad and calamari appetizers.
We had the pasta special which consisted of home made tagliolini caccia e pepe with white truffles generously shaved on top.
She had the halibut special while I went more traditional with veal and porcini.
Coffee, amaro and limoncello, and a torte di noce finished us off and we tottered off into the night, fully satisfied.

OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter Joey was exceptional - full of the perfect amount of energy, knowledge and professionalism. The food was outstanding as was the atmosphere.
Looking forward to our return!

MF
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visit Toronto a couple of times a year and had not been to Carisma since they moved. Very glad we went again, some of the same staff are still there and it is much brighter on the inside. The good and service as always was great,

OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great staff!

AL
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious we loved everything we had. Service was excellent. Glad to have found this great spot, we will be back!

B
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food wonderful service

CV
Toronto
29 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an amazing dining experience - great food and service.

PH
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent pasta and dessert and excellent service. ( spaghettini with prawns and pappardelle with wild boar and cream brûlée’s.