Carisma

4.7
908 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Italian
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Lunch:

Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 2:30pm


Dinner:

Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm


Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(416) 864-7373
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Allan Hilario & Andy Szeto
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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!
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Private party contact
Monica: (416) 864-7373
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Catering
Please contact CARISMA directly or email us at info@carismarestaurant.com for details on Catering.
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Cross street
Yonge St.
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Parking details
Parking is available on the street as well as next door in a public lot.
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Public transit
King St. Subway Station
Additional
Bar Dining, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Wine
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Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply superb! One of Toronto’s culinary gems. A must go for anyone who loves great food. Delicately elaborated dishes that perfectly keep combined textures and flavours without overlapping are the distinguishing quantity of top cooking. Carisma offers exactly that combined with great service and attention to every single detail.

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m
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food was awesome! Will definitely come back. Thanks for giving us a memorable experience .

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D
Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

The ambiance is nice but the food and flavours are not worth the price. Portions are small and the service is poor, asking for anything is like a bother or your not suppose to ask. Definitely not kid friendly I called before going and they said no problem to bring my child but it is not the right setting and I felt like this is the reason service was not the best for me and my family.

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JD
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The new location is fantastic. They did a great job with the space. Very open and clean, yet intimate setting while seated. The food remained the same...amazing! Great variety and taste. Service was top notch. Luis was personable and professional. Adrian shared his expertise and wealth of knowledge with wines and made outstanding selections for us. Thank you to the entire staff and owners. We enjoyed a great meal and experience with my parents for their 50th anniversary!

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RS
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, ambiance & excellent service. Looking forward to going back.

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JC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

What we ordered is for a family, but could be done in a business group. We had a 5 course dinner. Appetizers with scallop, shrimp and calamari. 2 pasta, 2 fish-spigola and snapper, 2 meat-rack of lamb and ribeye plus 2 desserts. Each dish is pre-portioned for us. It was nicely presented. Try it with 3 or 4 courses or 6 courses depending on the number of parties.
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CB
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was really great. The service was a little rushed with our waiter coming by with the CC machine only seconds after he had dropped off the bill and then hovering until we paid. The wine was 3 times what I would have paid for it in the LCBO, that was a bit much.

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TL
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Beautiful deco but food was average at best and thus expensive

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RD
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had another wonderful evening at Carisma! First time back since the move from King Street and, amazingly, it was even better. The owner was warm and welcoming. Our server, CY, was top notch. The food was brilliant. Grilled calamari, buffalo mozzarella salad, mushroom agnolotti, roasted chicken... All done to perfection.
(Cocktails and wine were perfectly matched as well)!
Thank you Carisma!

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FK
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful ambience and the food was delish!!
Definitely going back again!!

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r
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect except for the food, it left something to be desired. If it wasn't for the ambiance this place wouldn't have much going for it.

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RM
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been long time fans of Carisma and happy to see their move has just made it even better. Updated ambiance and same fabulous food and service.

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FI
Berkshire
3 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent location & great for sunset & wildlife spotting photo opportunities. Had a thoroughly enjoyable dinner here last week. Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend

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AB
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Food is amazing but portions could be slightly larger...I always leave a bit hungry.

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SN
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

The service was excellent but the food was terrible. The "grilled" calamari could have been boiled; it showed no sign of having been grilled. The "saffron risotto" that came with the osso bucco was overcooked and contained neither saffron nor salt. My guest's veal scaloppine had an unpleasant mushy texture, as if it had been over-tenderized in some way.

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TS
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious. Very authentic home made food. Best meal I had in Toronto!

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G
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Love the new location

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DB
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in Toronto! 10 stars if that option was available. Great food, fantastic service and excellent ambience. Can’t wait to go again!

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

First time at Carisma. The restaurant is simply beautiful, with its lighting and decor details. Simple and clean, rich with texture and subtle playfulness with elements of light, color and greenery. I liked what I saw. The food and drinks were delicious, but what was excellent was the kind and attentive service from our waiter Emilio and the friendly hospitality of Mike whom I didn’t personally meet but was told from one of my dinner guests that he was a pleasure. A few from our group came late and we ended up staying later at the restaurant but even though we were the last ones there, the staff never made us feel rushed and made sure we really enjoyed our meal as one should, even sending complimentary drinks to our table. Thank you for the lovely experience Carisma team.

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AW
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Carisma was warm and inviting...the food was excellent and the service second to none...

The risotto was one of the best I have ever had...loved the ambience...and the bartender that delivered drinks was hilarious...

Overall just an excellent place to spend 2 hours...before the opera...

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RC
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing and delicious food with excellent service. Will definitely go back!

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C
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Carisma was perfect - as always. The food was outstanding. The staff were extremely friendly and ensured we were well taken care of all night. We celebrated my wife’s birthday that night and Carisma was definitely the best place to be. We will definitely be back.

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o
Toronto
14 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Enjoyed a great dinner at Carisma. Food was delicious, service was good albeit a little TOO attentive for my personal preferences. The ambience is definitely very energetic, so if you are looking for a quiet place for a romantic dinner this would not be my first choice. Need to speak up to be heard and it seems as though the acoustics are designed to amplify the sound so it feels even more lively. Great if you like that atmosphere, but I personally prefer it a bit a quieter, hence 4 instead of 5 stars.

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SK
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely loved this place for a business meeting. Amazing ambiance. Quiet enough for talking. Non intrusive yet professional staff. Loved loved it. Would come again for business meetings.

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RM
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Food portions are small, and nothing special about the food either. Cocktails are great, and service is attentive. Ambience is great.

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OT
San Antonio
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Best restaurant we went to in Toronto. The menu is classic Northern Italian and the chef didn’t try and make the food weird. Also our waiter, Nicola, was magnificent!

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KG
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I enjoyed dinner at Carisma but was disappointed that we were told we could not have separate checks. Since we each had very different total amounts, it was difficult to figure out what each of us owed.

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TT
Toronto
15 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is fabulous, so are the service and the prices. When you want to treat yourself, be sure to make a reservation well in advance.

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OT
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was outstanding! We will definitely return!

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P
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This family run restaurant absolutely reflects the care and passion of the owners. Fine dining with a family feel

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MT
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service, great for a special occasion. Would definitly be going back.

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r
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Italian restaurant within walking distance from Union Station. Had the Grilled Calamari for an appetizer and Osso Bucco for the main course. All of the food was outstanding and the service was attentive. The taste of the sliced Italian bread with the EVOO drizzled on top and bottom was exceptional. I am not a foodie but will remember this meal forever.

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J
New England
9 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

owner Mike is amazing and very accommodating> love the round tables. Very cozy place and great location.

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OT
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time! Amazing food and service.

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BD
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It was a pleasant experience. Very friendly and helpful staff who made my day even more special. I highly recommend Carisma.

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FF
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Restaurant is small (tables are tight) but has gorgeous decor. Service and servers are excellent. The food was really yummy - on the higher end of pricing though. Overall a great spot for dinner & date night!
Highly recommend the warm mushroom salad and the agnolotti

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PH
Toronto
18 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food prices have risen dramatically compared to old location. $30.00 for Spaghetti and four shrimp. Service was professional as always but noise level was deafening. Restaurant needs to install dose reducing baffles or consult with a sound engineer.
Food was good as always.

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OT
Ottawa
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lives up to it’s name, Italian restaurant with Carisma. Food was excellent, staff were amazing and everything was presented with style. Definitely recommend

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BR
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The new location is even better than the last one (which I really liked)... Food I believe is even better! Definitely will be back!!

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m
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A most enjoyable lunch. Food was excellent and served promptly but not rushed

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