Vagabondo Italian Ristorante & Lounge

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603 reviews
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Vagabondo is serving up some of the best traditional Italian dishes in a modern and contemporary environment. The fusion of traditional Italian flavours served with the warm sounds of down-tempo beats and world music is the perfect combination. Come and experience the way we do it at Vagabondo.
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CN
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

Whoever was in the kitchen was really hammering on the order bell whenever they had something ready to go out to a table. It was very distracting and really took away from the rest of the night.

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KC
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Not sure if it was because we were early lunch guests - 2 of us ordered the same "penne" one was definitely from the day before and the other was fresher. It was so very obvious from the appearance of the same dish that looks so different.

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TJ
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The Winterlicious meals were very enjoyable and the service was impressive as well! We'll definitely be back to try their full menu!

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

Winterlicious. It was a fine place. I will return.

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

We came with my friend for drinks after work and really enjoyed this place. We loved the pizza and the drinks were a good value for money

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IA
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

We had Winterlicious dinner at Vagabondo, and were really disappointed by the quality of the food.

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s
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We went for Winterlicious and had the salad, veal and chocolate truffle cake. All of the food was delicious and the service was wonderful. I arrived early and went to the bar for a cocktail. I was looked after well and they brought bread too. Dinner was very nice. I'd recommend this restaurant.

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KM
Calgary
10 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

They were very welcoming and the server made some good recommendations. Just dont know how you can serve two meals and have the other two at least two minutes later. Please work to coordinate.

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R
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 4

Not great food. Went for winterlicious and had dietary restriction (no shavings of parmesan on meat). Not willing to bend a bit.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very friendly staff and amazingly fast service! Would there were groups there from a group of friends getting together to a date and a business dinner. The restaurant has several “zones” and made for a great experience. The risotto was fabulous and the food came super fast!

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

The food is fantastic, and the atmosphere is welcoming. Didn't wait long to be served and the food was so satisfying.

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

The meal was decent but cannot state that is was spectacular. We've definitely had much better Italian food elsewhere. The service was impeccable though.

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FV
Monterrey
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Ok great service

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K
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Foods are good and I have never seen that excellent service in Toronto anywhere! Totally love it!

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G
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the Gnocchi at this restaurant it is amazing. Great ambiance if you want to talk or eat alone.

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m
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious and our server was excellent! We will definitely return.

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CF
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Excellent Italian food with large portions. The waitress was attentive, accurate and friendly. The noise level was too high though. We could hear conversations from the tables all around us... could have been just loud talkers though. Overall a great place to go before an event at the Sony Centre or other theatre performances in the area.

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

First visit for a Xmas lunch - group of 6 asked to be out within 1.5 hours & were. Food was delicious. Would definitely go back!

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L
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

They died not have my reservation as they do not use opentable anymore-only bookenda. Thankfully we were early enough they could still seat us.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was excellent and the environment was great. However, the service from one particular waiter wasn't very good. We received better service from the other wait staff

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious.

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NM
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Welcoming staff and always good food

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CK
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had been to Vagabondo a couple of years ago and loved it then as well. The meatballs (appetizer) were the best ever. Both of the pasta options we chose were so delicious and the bread was excellent as well as the accompaniment of great hot sauce. Great friendly service also.

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SR
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing home style Italian cooking! You certainly don’t leave hungry!

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HK
Montreal
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Vagabondo has and always been a favourite for us. We love the location, the food, the service, the staff and have never had any issues. Our recent experience was however a little disappointing as we ordered a vegetarian pizza for elders in our family who are vegetarian due to religious beliefs and were shocked and disappointed to find pieces of chicken in it. Unfortunately they only found out once they bit into it as the lighting was poor on the patio and we brought it to the attention of our server and someone within management. We understand mistakes happen and everyone is only human after all, but from a customer point of view this does put an extremely sour taste in our mouth, as well as our overall trust and experience with the food provider. That being said, we requested new plates and just finished off our meals, as the group was large, and paid for the meal. The management apologized, offered on the house desert and did not charge us for that chicken pizza. We appreciate that gesture however we implore the management and staff to be extra vigilant in these matters as the next mistake could be more damaging if it were someone with allergies, etc. Finally, as we mentioned we like Vagabondo and will certainly return in the future in the hopes of a better experience.

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FF
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great selection and great food. The area behind us was rented out to people doing a paint class so it was a little annoying to keep hearing instructions about what people should be doing.

Our waiter was great and the food was wonderful and had something for everyone.

Also a very good selection of wines.

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OT
Montreal
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The restaurant was pretty quiet outside on the patio. Probably because it was a Wednesday evening. Our server’s name was Lara and she was a real gem. She was extremely friendly and very efficient and we really appreciated her. The food was very good and the pricing was quite reasonable for a downtown Toronto restaurant. Overall we were very pleased with our experience and we would certainly return. Alan

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BS
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in Toronto for CanFit Pro on our way back to our Hotel from long day we dicided to change our reservations to this restaurant instead. We were so glad we did food was amazing, the staff were so accommodating and the atmosphere made it even more enjoyable even though there was no room for us on The patio

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OT
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Our service was okay, we had to flag our server down a few times. And the food was alright, certainly not authentic Italian, but it was enjoyable for the price

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MP
Toronto
21 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Always tasty and very friendly wait staff. Only issue - second order of bread could have come much sooner.

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a
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

The food was undercooked, we only saw our server three times.

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S
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Unfortunately, the food served to us was awful. The appetizers were okay, nothing I can't prepare myself at home. The tomato/mozarrella salad was not presented as a regular caprese salad. Instead cherry tomatoes and small pieces of mozarrella were tossed together in what appeared to be a dressing. The dressing stood out more than the freshness of the ingredients, which is not what one would expect from a basic caprese salad. Both main courses were prepared very poorly. The gnocchi came in a very heavy cream sauce. It was also not cooked well, kept sticking to the roof of my mouth. Neither myself nor my sister were able to finish this dish. The other main course at our table, the fish, appeared to have been reheated instead of cooked fresh. And the side vegetables were almost raw - unsure if that was the intention. The biggest disappointment was the cheesecake. There was no actual cheesecake crumb crust. Instead, a store-bought pie crust was used and filled with cheesecake filling, and topped off with what I assume was blueberry pie filling. The pie crust also appeared to not have been fully baked. All the food tasted like it came from a packaged grocery store version of itself instead of being prepared fresh at the restaurant. Customers should not be paying for food like this at a restaurant that for some reason is rated four stars.

While we were eating, a staff member walked around with a smart phone and filmed the dining area. This I'm assuming will be used in an attempt to promote the restaurant and drum up business. No consent was taken or notification provided to the customers prior to doing so. Market the restaurant all you want, but the poor quality and lack of authenticity of the food is very telling and until this is rectified, I'm afraid Vagobondo will fail despite its location.

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JH
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 1

This restaurant was very- odd. We went for our anniversary, and it seemed ok when we arrived, but soon after there was a DJ playing (on a Thursday evening) playing very strange 70s type house music? It was not an Italian restaurant ambience I was expecting. Very clubby. And the food was meh. Our waiter was attentive but not very warm. Overall just an okay dinner. Would not recommend or go again.

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VC
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Good calamari. Bad drinks do not order Mojito, really bad taste and no mint.

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IP
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Dinner was very good. WE went here on a Saturday night it wasn't busy when we got there but it got busier as the night went on. We had the Summerliouse menu( 3 course dinner for $33)because the regular menu was pricey.

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CM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 2

If you don't mind the bad service or bar menu and just want good food, then eat here. If not, I'm sure there are better Italian places in this city.

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N
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Open Table Dining Cheque was not honoured even though the restaurant is an Open Table restaurant. What’s up with that?

If an Open Table restaurant accepts your reservation made on the Open Table website, then why would they not accept a dining cheque?

Seems very sneaky to me.

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SB
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I wrote a complaint directly to this establishment as well, but even after having made a reservation, and being seated, we sat for 40 mins without being approached by any servers. No one asked if wanted beverages, no one even acknowledged us and we were extremely disappointed. It was not overly busy and we watched 2 other tables get seated AND served during this 40 minute period right next to us. We had a horrible time and finally left after 40 mins and watching other tables get their meals in the time we were there. We will not return to this restaurant.

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T
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

I was very disappointed with the level of service, it took about 20 minutes after we finished our appetizer before we were served the main entree and this is after I complained to the hostess (the table beside us was served before us when they arrived after us). I feel like the owners prioritized their online orders instead of paying attention to their dine in guests (our table was beside where they were preparing orders for pick up). It’s really too bad because the food was great and our server was really nice . I was really looking forward to this but was disappointed with the experience.

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Service is awful! Waited 45 minutes to place our food order. Waitress was very inattentive and kept disappearing. We were seated in front of the speaker and the music was so loud it was hard to hear ourselves and they refused to turn it down. Just a disappointing experience all around and would not return.

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