Trattoria Giancarlo

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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Italian

Trattoria Giancarlo is located in Toronto’s Little Italy, and it has been serving the area’s customers with fantastic and authentic Italian food for more than 30 years now. The restaurant has a wealth of options available for those who want to try some upscale fare.



Chef Jason Barato works hard to ensure the menu for Trattoria Giancarlo is full of delicious food. Some of the popular options include the carpaccio and prosciutto for appetizers. The ravioli, risotto and gnocchi are just some of the dinner items to try. When looking for fine dining, you will want to put Trattoria Giancarlo on your list.


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DV
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food good but expensive for pasta and wine.

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CH
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

This restaurant used to be good. It is past its prime. Our waiter was not interested in serving us and was outright rude by the end of the meal. There was 6 of us at dinner and none of us will go back.

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M
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favourite restaurants in the city!!!!
The beef carpaccio melts in your mouth.
I always look forward to my next visit

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RG
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Lamb asked for medium was close to well done
Tiramisu way too heavy. Far away from a real Italian one.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

The food was just plain terrible. Haven’t had a meal so bad in a long time. Food was over cooked, undercooked and all sopping in oil. We sent back the fish which was rubbery but it was all bad. The restaurant must be under new management or have a new “chef”. We won’t be back.

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KR
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We come here anytime we are in Toronto. I am never disappointed!!

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OC
Toronto
14 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you love classic Italian cuisine, a fantastic range of wines, and great, personable service - this will be your go-to place for a truly exceptional evening. Giancarlo has been at the very top of my list for over a decade.

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JL
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal, beautiful ambiance.
Thank you for a lovely dining experience.

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

Superb food, amazing wine cellar. Excellent service. What more do you want?

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PS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing restaurant. Has consistently been one of my faves for years as it never disappoints.

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LH
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food great service just too noisy for me when it gets busy

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday party. We had a great time as always. Amazing service and the food is spectacular!

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AE
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

The noise level was very high. Difficult to have a conversation.
Our waiter and Victor (who helped us with the wine) were good.
The appetizers were very salty. The pasta was under cooked. Some pieces of pasta were very chewy.
The shrimp and John Dory were the only decent things from the main courses.
The person at the front of house was condescending and had a very unpleasant attitude.

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s
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, ambience, service, everything was perfect!!!!!!!!!!!!
A perfect dinner and night out!!!

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PT
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dining experience! Food was delicious and service was outstanding.

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

Very good evening, great food, service, wine and ambiance. Noise level very good for conversation and enjoyment..... will be back.

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MT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived rather early for dinner as we were under time constraints, so it was nearly empty and therefore very quiet, which was nice. Service was great, and the food and drink were amazing. It was our second time coming here and definitely will not be our last.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very accommodating.
We threw a last minute change at them when we arrived and they did not skip a beat in helping us out even though the restaurant was very busy.

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n
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Still one of my all time favourite s anywhere!

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M
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and ambiance!

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NM
Toronto
19 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience. Staff were so pleasant, lighthearted and professional. Food was amazing. Definitely going back!

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BD
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely the best Italian spot in the city. From the service to the food to the wine, everything was flawless.

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EC
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great place with great food! However, the menu should be updated to reflect proper prices. There were some discrepancies on the bill and menu prices.

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CF
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always. The wine the food the atmosphere....

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JD
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've lived in Toronto for a long time and finally made it to Giancarlo. It was amazing!! The top notch service and deliciousness of food was next level. Perfect place for a special occasion or when you want a classic Italian dining experience. Thanks for a memorable evening. Grazie Mille!

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J
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

The first meal in 30 years that was Not at all enjoyable. Food over cooked. Service rushed. Noise unbearable. Will not return.

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BB
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been coming here for years. The food and service has always been exceptional.

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g
Cleveland
184 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently excellent food and service. The chocolate cake with salted caramel sauce is a must for dessert.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was incredible !!!! Haven’t been in years and now I can’t wait to go back .. the food is soo delicious

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DB
Naples
4 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Giancarlo’s is an exquisite little Italian trattoria that I have dined at for 25 years and keep regularly going back - likely the best in Toronto. The veal chop is excellent + any order any plate of mixed pasta or antipasto of menu + get ready for a treat. The service is very attentive and highly professional. Legitimate 5 Full Stars!
David B.

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m
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and remarkable service. Food is fresh and authentic Italian.

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CJ
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

I would recommend you get liquored up, so you and your party can be up there with the loudest patrons. It does get quite loud in there. Not a place for quiet or romantic convos. Borderline rowdy really. Appies were nice. Some of the sauces that accompanied seafood were salty. Staff offered Limoncello and stated it was made in house, later on came to find from staff it was actually store bought when served. Benches comfy, chairs sat quite low in comparison. Bathrooms were clean, located downstairs. I would try it again. If the next experience was any less... I wouldn't need to go back.

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OC
Toronto
14 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience. High level of food quality and service. Love the option of perusing the wine and hand picking your own bottle. A go to for classic yet refined Italian dishes.

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WB
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

My girlfriend and I were a little skeptical upon looking at the pictures via the website. It’s a little confusing getting there as it is on the corner of an intersection but not quite. The way to get in the restaurant is right by the kitchen. To me that was pretty weird at first but it’s pretty smart. Place was really chic a nice ambiance and really good food. I wish they served bread with their pasta but it was good enough to disregard that. So good my girlfriend and I went there twice during our visit To Toronto! Hope they remember me next time I do come!

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Service and food was subpar. Not good value.
Host was rude

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AB
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service overall, would highly recommend

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HJ
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Honestly, I believe I have traveled a decent amount, probably to too many cities for one to name to say the least, including around North America like (New York, Chicago, Detroit, Toronto, Edmonton, Calgary, etc) and parts of Europe and their cities including countries like Italy, Germany, France, Neatherlands, Ireland, England, Spain, Scotland, etc. There is not a single doubt in my mind question that this is one of the best restaurants I have been to in my 30 year life. I would say I almost never write reviews, in general, but this particular restaurant was worth my time.

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OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From start to finish our meal was delicious, and Andy, our friendly & attentive server went beyond the extra mile to ensure we had a wonderful dining experience .

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AA
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was highly recommended to us and it absolutely delivered.

From the moment we walked through the door, the staff was welcoming and friendly even though it was very busy.

Our server was knowledgeable and happy to make recommendations, the food was awesome, and we had lots of fun. We would love to go back :).

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PH
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It was only fitting that we'd return to this lovely restaurant to celebrate my son Giancarlo's 30th birthday, as we had named him after it that many years ago! What a lovely meal, ambience and service we experienced to mark the occasion! Thank you for creating another memorable experience for my family! The lemon tagliatelle was divine!!!

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