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Carisma, Toronto, ON

Carisma

4.7
4.7
1692 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 45 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Tue–Fri 12:00 pm–2:00 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (416) 864-7373

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Allan Hilario & Andy Szeto

  • Catering

    Please contact CARISMA directly or email us at info@carismarestaurant.com for details on Catering.

  • Private party facilities

    Corporate Meeting or Family Affair? Lunch or Dinner? Set Menu or A La Carte? We have you covered. This cozy space can accommodate two separate groups of 20, or one group of 40. With access to our bar for cocktails, a gorgeous view of our wine cellar, separate coat check and more!

  • Private party contact

    Monica: (416) 864-7373

  • Neighborhood

    Financial District

  • Cross street

    Adelaide & Church

  • Parking details

    Parking is available on the street.

  • Public transit

    King St. Subway Station

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Wine

What 1,692 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Old Toronto

    Best Food

  • Old Toronto

    Best Service

  • Old Toronto

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Old Toronto

    Notable Wine List

  • Old Toronto

    Italian

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    10 reviews

    1.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Last night we had a reservation to carisma to celebrate our anniversary. Our reservation was for 8pm. When we arrived the restaurant was packed .. very busy . It took a few minutes before somebody greeted us at the door and told us that they were very busy and we would have to wait about 15 min . In the meantime the host offered us a drink at the bar until our table was ready . We were ok with that as it’s understandable they were busy. However, what is not ok is when you are waiting almost half an hour and two other couples that came into the restaurant after us were seated within 10 min. I got up immediately and asked the host why they were seated while we came in first and we also had reservations. His answer was I will give you and your husband a better table , they don’t have nice tables. I was very upset but decided to wait . The kicker came when our so called nice table was right in front of the waiters station. So at that point I was extremely upset and asked the host “ you made me wait for half an hour , let two other couples before us get seated and then you give us the worst table in front of a waiters station? “ and his response was “ come on” as if I was unreasonable. So we got up and left immediately. Never ever have I experienced this disrespectful behaviour and ruined our anniversary night. My husband and I go out every weekend to dinner and never have we experienced such disgrace ..we left immediately and will never recommend or be back to this place. I never write reviews because frankly I don’t have time . But clearly I was so upset by this experience..I made the time to write this review so that others are aware and cannot stress how important service is . It is part of the whole dining experience.
  2. KM

    KariM

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A beautiful, classy and friendly dining experience! We’ve never been taken care of quite like this…amazing! We will be back again!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely loved our meal and service! One of our favorite places during our visit to Toronto!
  4. B

    Blair

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, food was great. Particularly liked the seared scallops
  5. DK

    DouglasK

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Getting the bill was slow, busy and the waiter had moved on
  6. RK

    RonK

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Overall quite enjoyable. It would help if acoustic dampeners were used to reduce the noise level.
  7. FB

    FuzzyBeaver

    Toronto

    186 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    186 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience1
    The restaurant was full and the noise level exceedingly high. It was very hard to carry on a conversation or to hear the waiter. The mains were lasagne and the pasta with wild boar ragu. The lasagne was extremely good. The wild board was quite tasty but could have benefited from a bit more tomato sauce. The sommelier recommended an outstanding Barolo bottle of wine to match the food. Service was OK. Unfortunately the noise level detracted materially from the meal enjoyment.
  8. MD

    MarkD

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best restaurant in the city. The owners care more about their restaurant than anyone in the city and treat their staff as family. The food is exceptional and the service matches in every way.
  9. AJ

    AmanJ

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    I had an amazing romantic dinner there with my partner, the food was superb and delicious, and the atmosphere was great! It's perfect for romantic dinners. A little bit noisy (the table next to us were a bit loud) but otherwise a super experience at Carisma. Highly recommend, will gladly go again 😊
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Walking in at first the vibe is incredible. Very welcoming and the owner was there right away to seat you. The waiter we had was absolutely fantastic. Funny, kind, welcoming. The food was delicious, I’ve gone to so many Italian restaurants and nothing compares. Being Italian myself it tasted like nonnas kitchen. They did not rush you out even after paying. I went for a small birthday party and reservations were at 7 we did not leave until 1:30 am. The owners were so nice and kind and even after paying we were asked if we wanted water. 1000/10 would recommend to anyone looking for great Italian food in Toronto.
  11. DW

    DarrellW

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional
  12. KL

    KimL

    Toronto

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrated my 50th birthday with my twin brother. The ambiance was beautiful and the service impeccable as usual. Had the bufalo appetizer and white truffle pasta special. Highly recommend and will be back for sure.
  13. s

    stevenc

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Food was excellent as was the service. I definitely would go back.
  14. d

    danielc

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Italian restaurant in the city
  15. A

    Aaritz1234

    Orlando

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    The pasta was very watery and the sauce was not fully cooked. Truffle fries sauce was served in a paper cup.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always amazing!!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience3
    Food and ambience was good but server was condescending and a little rude. Not sure if it was discriminatory or if he was just having a bad day but either way, didn't appreciate how rude he was to us.
  18. B

    Beverly

    Toronto

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    I had an average time celebrating my birthday at this restaurant. The food was good but not amazing. The ambiance was good but we had an early sitting at 5pm so there was not much people there or noise. The issues I had were dessert(chocolate lava cake was not that good), also all they did was stick a candle in a strawberry for my birthday. I have seen in the past where they actually write happy birthday on the dessert plate...so someone in the kitchen was being lazy. They also charged me for the birthday dessert which I did not like(most restaurants usually don't charge when celebrating a special occasion). I found the server was a bit overbearing. Always watching us and stand over as if he was rushing us to finish up...made it a bit uncomfortable. Twice when we tasted the food he came up right away to ask how it tastes, which I found annoying. I also did not like their cocktail( which was over price $18) and size was very small. Overall while the food was good, for such a high end restaurant there are a few things they could improve on. We spend almost $300 for 2 people and I had higher expectations.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous staff and food. Meals cooked perfectly
  20. SG

    SawyerG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Beautiful venue and wonderful service. Overall a great experience, would reccomend.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Very good food and service. Very noisy.
  22. HW

    HeatherW

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely evening. Food service and atmosphere were top notch
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A spectacularly good dinner. Great wine, great food, stellar service.
  24. JB

    JoeB

    Toronto

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience1
    The moment I sat down the server noticed that I was uncomfortable and pointed out that I was uncomfortable but did not do anything about it. His wine selection was the best part of the evening. Pappardelle were cut into small pieces, why would you break the pasta? Osso Buco was over done and dry bed of rice under cooked. My reservation mentioned it was a special occasion and nothing was done or mentioned. The restaurant failed to Wow me and will not return or recommend.
  25. d

    dafoodie

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    felt very rushed. just started before dinner drinks, and mais arrived. had to ask for more goat cheese for salad as very little came with it. the goat cheese arrived cold. my husband enjoyed his boar parpadelle. the room was very bright and noisy. not romantic at all.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Great place but the service was too fast. It was a Saturday night and we would’ve loved to of had a little slower and relaxed dinner
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Aesthetics we’re beautiful ! Food was top tier , customer service was even better. Drinks are AMAZING. The ambiance 🥰😍. I literally have NO complaints about this place.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Lamb chops were good.. Strudel was ok.. Service was slow
  29. GC

    GaryC

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Luis our server was fantastic. The owners checked on us several times and were wonderful hosts.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It all starts with excellent food, and Carisma never fails to deliver.
  31. C

    Chrisv

    Toronto

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Warm welcome, helpful and caring service, very attentive staff and exceptional food. The osso bucco was the best! The perfect place for a birthday celebration - thank you!
  32. CA

    CarlosA

    Naples

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday. Excellent food and service.
  33. KH

    KevinH

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    The restaurant has a strange vibe. Not bad, just odd. The pasta was decent but the portions were small. I expect more for a nearly $40 pasta dish. The wine is outrageously priced. I have come to expect paying double for what I would pay in the LCBO but quadruple is just insulting.
  34. PG

    PhilipG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have been going to this Restaurant over an year now and the food selections never disappoint me.
  35. M

    Michelle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is my absolutely favorite restaurant for date night! Absolutely great food, outstanding service and great ambiance. Sylvia was absolutely amazing!
  36. DP

    DeirdreP

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved everything about our experience including the colour and comfort of the seats!
  37. SD

    SusanD

    Tampa

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Always love this place! The service staff is great!!!
  38. DR

    DenysR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So great! Amazing food and atmosphere was so nice, thank you
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful resturant
  40. F

    Foodie

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service and wine list always outstanding and reasonably priced.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily

FAQs

Carisma is rated 4.7 stars by 1692 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 45 times today
Google Map for Carisma

15 Toronto St, Toronto, ON M5C 2E3

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Adelaide & Church

  • Neighborhood

    Financial District

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Tue–Fri 12:00 pm–2:00 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Parking is available on the street.

  • Public transit

    King St. Subway Station

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Allan Hilario & Andy Szeto

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Wine

  • Phone number

    (416) 864-7373

  • Catering

    Please contact CARISMA directly or email us at info@carismarestaurant.com for details on Catering.

  • Private party facilities

    Corporate Meeting or Family Affair? Lunch or Dinner? Set Menu or A La Carte? We have you covered. This cozy space can accommodate two separate groups of 20, or one group of 40. With access to our bar for cocktails, a gorgeous view of our wine cellar, separate coat check and more!

  • Private party contact

    Monica: (416) 864-7373

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