Don Alfonso 1890

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Contemporary Italian
The city’s most internationally acclaimed restaurant, Don Alfonso 1890 Toronto has been named as the 2nd Best Italian Restaurant in the World by 50 Top Italy. Don Alfonso 1890 Toronto is the first North American location of world renowned Michelin Star Chefs Alfonso and Ernesto Iaccarino’s Don Alfonso 1890. Showcasing the incredible cuisine of Chef Ernesto Iaccarino and the wonderful fresh flavors of the Amalfi coast, Don Alfonso 1890 is an internationally recognized award-winning concept. Since opening, Don Alfonso 1890 Toronto has also been recognized with a number of prolific national and international awards and honours, including Gambero Rosso’s ‘Best New Restaurant in the World’ and Tre Forchette (3 Forks), La Liste Best Italian Restaurant in Canada and in the Top Ten of Restaurants in Canada, Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants, the DiRoNA - Distinguished Restaurants of North America, OpenTable’s Top 100 Restaurants in Canada and the Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence.

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MM
Toronto
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service2ambience4

We booked for Valentines, set menu two choices. Overall food was good and ambience was nice. Service was biggest disappointment... pretentious, slow, inattentive, disorganized... they dropped canapés twice off our plates to the floor and ignored offering to replace the items, despite our concerns. Need to seriously replace waiters and service staff, they all constantly whisper and engage in rude customer commenting.

T
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding experience from the moment we arrived. Everyone was totally attentive, professional and accommodating.

The food was truly exceptional. We were impressed with everything including how it was served!. Everyone receives their plates simultaneously!

Thank you for making our celebration exceptional.

L
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed our early Valentines dinner and it was our first time at Don Alfonso. Everything from the service right down to the last bite of desert it was fabulous. The meals were so delicious and flavourful and my mojitos were perfect!! We will definitely be coming back and bringing some of our foodie friends with us. Thank you again❣️

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent
Very good cocktails

Lovely dinner Excellent service

JJ
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Flawless service, beautiful presentation. One of the best in Toronto!

OT
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

The service was horrible. Our waiter literally took away a plate while my husband was still eating. Our waiter was pushy and aggressive during the entire service.

Our waiter was so annoyed that we took a while to order and we complained about the quality of the food that he practically flung the cutlery onto the table.

Our food was mediocre at best. We sent back two meals because they lacked flavour and were cold. I left this restaurant and went home and ordered pizza!! It was that horrible!!!

NM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went for a couple's dinner as a birthday celebration. We loved everything - the friendliness, ambiance, staff experience and expertise, food, wine selection, and value for money. We were also given special desserts and a small gift to celebrate the birthday. We found that the experience was above and beyond expectations and we both fully recommend the restaurant!

MM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was impeccable. Food was superb. It was a bit noisy.

MR
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Son Alfonso to celebrate my husband's birthday. The food was outstanding and so was the service. On our way out the host took us for a tour showing us the wine cellar, the different rooms and the kitchen were we met Don Alfonso's son ! It was a great evening. Thank you to all the people working in this fine restaurant.

OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best ever. Menu is based on 2 Michelin star menu in Sorrento. Every dish was unique, innovative and well executed. It’s a must.

L
Toronto
24 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the closest I’ve come, in Toronto, to a Michelin starred restaurant. The tasting menu with wine pairings was great but it was the service that put the evening over the top! I’ll be back.

OT
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best service and dining experience in Toronto!

Don Alfonso 1890
Responded on January 27, 2020

Thank you for your positive feedback. We are thrilled you enjoyed your dining experience at Don Alfonso 1890 Toronto. We look forward to seeing you again very soon! Best, Sarah K. Marketing Coordinator Liberty Entertainment Group

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M
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Yes but your reservation system needs to improve. I thought your main restaurant was called 1890 and when I arrived they led me to a table above, close the bar which I found unacceptable. Fortunately, they found me a table in the main dining are.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall2food3service4ambience2

Not sure I would return. We were there on a Wednesday so I guess we should expect a smaller crowd. Front bar was closed so we were shuttled upstairs alongside a private group for a drink.
Prices were crazy, even for Toronto and the food was fancy but not great.

D
Toronto
35 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Love that they offered a tour of the wine cellar and the kitchen. Very nice to meet the chefs and thank them for making our delicious dinner. Looking forward to returning

Don Alfonso 1890
Responded on January 27, 2020

Thank you for your positive feedback. We are thrilled you enjoyed your dining experience at Don Alfonso 1890 Toronto. We look forward to seeing you again very soon! Best, Sarah K. Marketing Coordinator Liberty Entertainment Group

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KE
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Why is it so difficult for Toronto to produce meaningful food. In a town where foodies climb on every possible platform to virtue-signal about their high food principles, in an industry where all the mid-range, mid-sized restaurants are failing one after the other because of high commercial rents and citizens unwillingness to pay more for – let alone recognize good food, how is it that when you are willing to pay absurdly high prices, in a restaurant that claims Michelin talent, we are nothing but disappointed to the point of Monty Pythonesque humour. Oh sure there's obvious effort: decor by Ivanna Trump, interesting plates although one looked uncannily like female genitalia. A terribly loud room with impossible acoustics, wait staff who cannot answer basic questions about the dishes because it’s clearly not what they’re used to eating . A confusing bread selection which otherwise shows promise is assaulted with your choice of a harsh spicy Tuscan extra virgin oil or a black garlic butter which, and I didn’t know this was possible, cancels all the deliciousness of both black garlic and cultured butter. How can you mess with a perfect brioche? By not serving it with you know, boring plain butter and by putting nuts and blue cheese in there, yes, blue cheese, at a stage in your meal when your palate should be respected and treated gingerly. A sous-vide duck breast with – wait for it – a Balsamic reduction! Oh my, now that’s pushing the envelope. The only reason to eat duck is all about the skin, crisped and rendered, which instead they served , you guessed it, pale, gloppy, un-rendered. A lovely bison tenderloin, perfectly cooked lays in a Welly-style wrap which is unrecognizable but eerily reminiscent of a Pogo stick, aptly paired with a dollop of cheap Tabasco ketchup and another of green mustard. A black cod and truffle dish that prompted my eloquent partner to exclaim “smells like when you open the dishwasher mid-cycle”

Don Alfonso 1890
Responded on January 30, 2020

Hi Kent, We are sorry to hear you had a negative experience and appreciate you taking the time to provide feedback. Our team holds effective meetings to allow for open conversation, drawing upon each members’ knowledge, skills, perspectives and goals. One of the things we discuss in great detail is our menus. We do this to ensure we can provide our guests with insight regarding our dishes, ingredients and pairings. I have forwarded your comments to upper management for review. Best, Sarah K.

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KK
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

As this was touted as a Michelen restaurant our expectations were quite high, especially for the price point of the tasting menu.

The presentation, cocktails and attention to customer service all exceeded our expectations however there were areas in which the restaurant fell short.

The bathroom was very untamed, with toilet paper on the ground, a soap dispenser that did not work and was empty.

The restaurant acoustics are very loud, and our waitress was very soft spoken which made it challenging to hear each courses explanation.

On one occurance we asked a support staff to tell us what a drink was at our neighbouring table, and he didn't know and just walked away...instead of getting our waitress to assist with our inquiry.

One of our guests also had a food allergy (which was communicated in advance with our reservation), and instead of swapping out the menu item in advance of our arrival, it took our waitress four times coming back and forth to our table to offer alternatives to the one course that needed replacement.

Lastly the food. We found some courses to be better than others. The pasta and the bison were both excellent, however the canapes and eel were a little less desired.

We had some good experiences and some poor ones. Food is like art, very subjective however our recommendation would be to go a la carte in the lounge instead of the tasting menu, order some lovely cocktails and eat the pasta!

Don Alfonso 1890
Responded on January 27, 2020

Hello, We are sorry you did not thoroughly enjoy your experience and appreciate you taking the time to provide feedback. Don Alfonso 1890 Toronto takes reviews very seriously as it is our priority to ensure all guests receive an outstanding dining experience. I have forwarded your comments to management for review. In the meantime, I have sent you a private message with our contact information as I would like to discuss this matter further. Looking forward to speaking with you. Best, Sarah K.

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LL
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic worth every penny. Go for a tour! Decor, Service, Ambiance and plates

Don Alfonso 1890
Responded on January 30, 2020

Hello, Thank you for your positive feedback. We are thrilled you enjoyed your dining experience at Don Alfonso 1890 Toronto. We look forward to seeing you again very soon! Best, Sarah K. Marketing Coordinator Liberty Entertainment Group

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j
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an amazing experience would definitely recommend! Great for special occasion, it was my birthday dinner so it will be an unforgettable evening. The staff and the atmosphere were incredible!

Don Alfonso 1890
Responded on January 30, 2020

Hello, Thank you for your positive feedback. We are thrilled you enjoyed your dining experience at Don Alfonso 1890 Toronto. We look forward to seeing you again very soon! Best, Sarah K. Marketing Coordinator Liberty Entertainment Group

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g
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Lovely restaurant, okay atmosphere but strangely planned. They make too much of a fuss about their food - I've enjoyed a few Michelin rated restaurants, this is not one and it would have been more enjoyable with the hype turned down a bit.

Our server interfered with our dinner. Unfortunately the restaurant was not busy and our server was bored, so we became his entertainment. I do not go to restaurants to make friends with any server, but would rather enjoy the time with my guests.

Our biggest disappointment was the menu options. I especially did not like was that only the tasting menu was presented to us. Our preference would have been to order al a carte menu. I later became aware that we had an option to order al a carter that our server did not make us aware of . One does not know what they do not know.

Would I go back there? Probably not.

G
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely worth a visit. This is the perfect spot for a special occasion. Fine dining at its best, attentive but non intrusive staff, very warm welcome, incredible food.

IM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food presentation and service. I would recommend wine pairings too. Great experience overall. A little too dark in the dining room though. Would be nice to have a bit more light at the table.

D
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My girlfriend and I had a truly memorable experience at Don Alfonso. Every dish was mind blowing, even the eel gelato which I was very skeptical of! Service was attentive, and the wine pairings were perfect! It's a special experience.

Don Alfonso 1890
Responded on January 30, 2020

Hello, Thank you for your positive feedback. We are thrilled you enjoyed your dining experience at Don Alfonso 1890 Toronto. We look forward to seeing you again very soon! Best, Sarah K. Marketing Coordinator Liberty Entertainment Group

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SS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience the food was amazing, the service was perfect and the staff was very friendly ! I highly recommend.

Don Alfonso 1890
Responded on January 30, 2020

Hello, Thank you for your positive feedback. We are thrilled you enjoyed your dining experience at Don Alfonso 1890 Toronto. We look forward to seeing you again very soon! Best, Sarah K. Marketing Coordinator Liberty Entertainment Group

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Pretentious. The food and service just felt like it was trying too hard. I expect to be floored by food if I am paying this much for a meal. It was just not outstanding.

JN
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Don Alfonso 1890 is very impressive from the moment you walk in from a visual design perspective.
We had several staff helping us throughout the night and everyone was exceptionally professional. We never had to wait on anything and all the food came at a good pace (we were in and out in 2hrs and did the 5 course tasting menu) which felt like a perfect amount of time.

The food was delicious and they were accommodating to some of our diet restrictions. Had one of the cocktails which was really impressive, wish I could have tried them all.

Got a tour of the kitchen which is on display as you eat which was a nice touch. The seats we were in were the only thing that could have been better. They are very deep cushions so you don't get back support as you eat.

Don Alfonso 1890
Responded on January 30, 2020

Hello, Thank you for your positive feedback. We are thrilled you enjoyed your dining experience at Don Alfonso 1890 Toronto. We look forward to seeing you again very soon! Best, Sarah K. Marketing Coordinator Liberty Entertainment Group

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HE
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very very classy restaurant, a warm welcoming, followed by an excellent service, with a lot of attention to details in order to please you.

Don Alfonso 1890
Responded on January 30, 2020

Hello, Thank you for your positive feedback. We are thrilled you enjoyed your dining experience at Don Alfonso 1890 Toronto. We look forward to seeing you again very soon! Best, Sarah K. Marketing Coordinator Liberty Entertainment Group

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D
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible experience, food was brilliant and they were able to flawlessly accommodate my celiac requirements for each dish. Absolutely recommend.

Don Alfonso 1890
Responded on January 30, 2020

Hello, Thank you for your positive feedback. We are thrilled you enjoyed your dining experience at Don Alfonso 1890 Toronto. We look forward to seeing you again very soon! Best, Sarah K. Marketing Coordinator Liberty Entertainment Group

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous. Expensive but worth the money for a special occasion.

OT
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambience, exceptional food and expert & attentive service made for an exceptional Dining Experience.

IV
Toronto
27 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is one of the best restaurant I visited, maybe the best. Everything was perfect. I don’t even know what to tell except I loved my experience, food was great, service great, ambiance nice, quality great. I was there with a friend and both of us was happy and for sure we will dine again.

Don Alfonso 1890
Responded on January 30, 2020

Hello, Thank you for your positive feedback. We are thrilled you enjoyed your dining experience at Don Alfonso 1890 Toronto. We look forward to seeing you again very soon! Best, Sarah K. Marketing Coordinator Liberty Entertainment Group

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MD
Toronto
29 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

We had a nine course menu. Seven were very good to outstanding. The last two, deserts, were mediocre.
The food presentation is delightful.
Service is a mixed bag: It is difficult to get anyone’s attention. But once you succeed the service is professional.
Despite our visit being on New Year’s Eve, the ambiance was lacking in warmth.

BD
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely stunning venue! We were blown away by the service, attention to detail, and level of excellence Don Alfonsos provided us with on our NYE reservation. The food was delicious, beautifully presented, and inspired. We're already planning our return to try more of the menu. Thank you for a wonderful experience!!

NY
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

The service was exceptional. As soon as you walked in there were people at reception to take your coat and guide you to your seat. The waiter was friendly and really took the time to explain the dishes and the ingredients. However, the food was mediocre at best. The rockfish ceviche was poorly marinated and had a rancid fish odor. The lobster risotto was a nice al dente texture however it had a sour taste and lacked flavor. The only dish that was remotely delectable was the bison in rustic bread crust.

OT
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service and ambience excellent!!!

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Rice was undercooked.
All dishes came out warm, not hot.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Beautiful interior, dining room was very elegant . Food was excellent. Only criticism is that it took to long for the courses to come out of the kitchen.

h
Toronto
84 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I have been here 3 times now but it’s boring now as it’s been the same for last one year. It’s now like McDonald’s of fine dining

Don Alfonso 1890
Responded on January 30, 2020

Hello, Thank you for dining at Don Alfonso 1890 Toronto. We are in the midst of changing our menu and look forward to sharing our new dishes with our guests. Don Alfonso 1890 Toronto is the city's most internationally acclaimed restaurant and has recently been named 2nd Best Italian Restaurant in the World by 50 Top Italy. We hope you will visit us again when we launch our new menu. Stay tuned! Thank you. Best, Sarah K. Marketing Coordinator Liberty Entertainment Group

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a
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience, each dish was unique with perfect execution. The knowledge of the staff was impeccable, completed with a tour of the restaurant- we will be back!

OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Not as good as I thought