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About Carisma

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

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:


Lunch:

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


Dinner:

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


Sunday: Closed

Cross Street:
Yonge St.

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
CAN$31 to CAN$50

Payment Options:
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(416) 864-7373

Website:
http://www.carismarestaurant.com/

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

Parking Details:
Parking is available on the street as well as next door in a public lot.

Public Transport:
King St. Subway Station

Executive Chef:
Allan Hilario & Andy Szeto

Additional:
Bar Dining, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Wine

Carisma Ratings and Reviews

5
4
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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
Food

4.5

Service

4.6

Ambience

4.5

Value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (41)
Special Occasion (41)
Romance (36)
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Notable Wine List (33)
Good for Birthdays (30)
Good for Anniversaries (27)
Authentic (25)
Business Meals (21)
Neighbourhood Gem (20)
Fit for Foodies (19)
Creative Cuisine (17)
Cozy (15)
Pre/post-theatre (15)
Fun (11)
Group Bookings (11)
Casual (10)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Lunch (8)
Tasting Menu (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Hot Spot (6)
Bar Seating (5)
People Watching (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Late-Night Find (5)
Gluten-Free Options (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Healthy (2)
Organic (2)
Paleo-Friendly (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Child-Friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Outdoor Eating (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined a day ago

Service is impeccable and the food is very good. The lunch crowd was predominately businessmen, but even our table of 3 women was very well taken care of.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined 3 days ago

Birthday dinner

Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined 3 days ago

Great place for a fun dinner; entertaining and attentive staff and hearty meals. Great place for veal in several different dishes. Pricy but good value. A little loud but you can still have a conversation (just don't talk about anything too private). Delicious food. I will certainly return.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Romantic, Paleo Friendly, Fun
Food4
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Mother daughter trip to Toronto and we went to Carisma. Food was delicious and the service was perfect. Felt very welcome like family and left with hugs. We had the buffalo mozzarella salad, seared scallops, and veal stuffed ravioli. All was very good. The wine list was extensive and had something for everyone and in every budget. We will come back when we are in Toronto again.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on December 3, 2017

Carisma, wow.
My friends and I were celebrating a birthday and at the last minute selected Carisma for a late dinner. I have to say they did not disappoint. Food was amazing the staff was very attentive. Treated us like family. Most certainly will be going back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Organic, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Casual, Authentic, Notable Wine List
Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on December 1, 2017

It was very special. Will never forget the night and the wild boar was delicious. Took the gnocchi to go, both excellent choices.

Food4
Ambience3
Service4
Value4

 
·Dined on November 30, 2017

Had a great experience with a great meal..Service was good, food was great..Not the cheapest place to eat in town, but the value and quality was worth the spend for sure...

Tags: Tasting Menu, Special Occasion
Food2
Ambience5
Service5
Value2

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Excellent service and ambience.Very busy and lively.Main cours was disappointing with fish slightly undercooked and veal special was a bit tough.Aps and deserts were very good.As most places in Toronto,wine list was extensive but overpriced.
Would not rate it 12 in the city.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Fun
Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 29, 2017

The tasting menu that was suggested was fantastic along with the wine pairing.
Well done!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Amazing...as always. Not cheap...but great food and a wonderful wine list. 5 stars everytime!

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on November 28, 2017

I randomly googled a place downtown and picked this is my first finding...and I couldn’t be happier! The food was unbelievable and the ENTIRE staff was charming and can charismatic ;) they all instantly made you feel at home.

Highly, highly recommended

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Casual
Food4
Ambience3
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on November 26, 2017

Dinning at Carisma's was a very enjoyable experience. I would recommend Carisma's to anyone looking for great Italian food.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on November 25, 2017

My wife and I dined here before the theatre on our date night.
Food was excellent. Service by Ricardo & Francesca was beyond excellent.
The staff and owners really make you feel like you are family, even though I have only been there a couple of times.
We had such a good dinner we went back for a nightcap after the show.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Bar Seating, Hot Spot
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on November 25, 2017

Carisma, came highly recommended and did not disappoint .
We had a early Pre Theater dinner and everything was perfect. Food, service, just everything was great.
Go! You won't be disappointed

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 22, 2017

OMG.I had the pasta cooked in butter with blue truffles and I can say it was a grest choice. I would definitely recommend this restaurant🍝

Tags: Tasting Menu, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on November 19, 2017

Quiet, cozy, romantic, and amazing food

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 19, 2017

What a wonderful dining experience. Everything was beyond expectation, the food, the staff, and the staff interaction, the atmosphere, just a fantastic time. Can’t say enough nice things, my wife and I look forward to our next outing. Just can’t wait to get back. A special place. Cheers!

Tags: Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, People Watching, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Gluten Free Options
Food3
Ambience3
Service4
Value3

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Attentive and friendly service, great food. Good for both business and personal

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Cozy, Good for a Date, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies
Food3
Ambience3
Service4

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Sincerely, after reading the comments I was expecting more. I had the "risotto ai porcino" and it was underseasoned and a bit bland and almost no funghi porcino flavor. I also had burrata, and it was great with the rosmarino bread.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 12, 2017

we've been often and have never been disappointed food and service exceptional

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on November 11, 2017

The food was excellent and the service was great. Would definitely go there again.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Tried because of great reviews and we were not disappointed

Tags: Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on November 11, 2017

Delicious, authentic meal. Our waiter was highly knowledgeable and helped us make our choices. Will definitely return!

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
Food4
Ambience5
Service3
Value3

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 10, 2017

The restaurant is beautiful and the food is great. Although the service felt very rushed as if they wanted us in and out as quickly as possible.

Tags: Romantic, Authentic
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (New England)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Being from out of town, I wanted to go with a safe meal - Italian. The quality of the meal here was fantastic and the service was the best I have had in a long time. Our waiter was very attentive even though he had a big party he was dealing with and seemed extremely calm the entire time. Hats off to them for having great staff and fantastic food.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fun, Special Occasion, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
Food5
Ambience5
Service5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Great food and service. Would definitely go back to try more of their great menu!

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
·Dined on November 5, 2017

Amazing experience! Will definitely be going back! Food and drinks were phenomenal, some of the best dishes we have had! Loved the decor and atmosphere. Service was outstanding and the owner Marggie was absolutely lovely!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Incredible/amazing/out of this world. You simply don't find service like this anymore. The serving staff were passionate and genuinly seemed to care. No attention to detail over looked!
Food was incredible. Best meal ever. So fresh and flavourful. Love the charming quiet atmosphere and the proximity to everything. So happy my google search led me to this treasure! Highly recommend and we will be back next time visiting Toronto.
I've been telling everyone I know about this place, hands down the best dining experience I've ever had!!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Organic, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre
Food3
Ambience4
Service5
Value3

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Went to dinner with a friend we were late as we were stuck and traffic and they were good enough to hold our table. Ordered grilled calamari to start which I sent back right away as Icouldn't even swallow the first bite I had taken. It was so chewy and extremely fishy! Ordered the ghocchi for main, pasta was very fresh flavour was ok. Had chocolate cake for desert it was the best part of the whole meal, wine was good too!

Tags: Authentic
Food3
Ambience4
Service5

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Waiter was great, our table all had a good time.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 22, 2017

This is an Italian gem! It has a dramatic dark interior with lovely accents of crystal and glass. The service was impeccable and the food was perfect. They even offer gluten free pasta options.

Tags: People Watching, Bar Seating
Food5
Ambience4
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on October 21, 2017

Great place.......busy and lots on the go. Nice evening out. Friendly and knowledgeable staff.

Food4
Ambience5
Service5
Value4

 
·Dined on October 16, 2017

A very enjoyable evening. Good food and efficient and friendly service.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Great dinner and outstanding service from Debbie. The food was fresh and delicious

Food3
Ambience3
Service4
Value3

 
 (Toronto)·Dined on October 8, 2017

After reading reviews and ratings, we were expecting this place to be excellent and at best it's average for a fine dining Italian restaurant with those prices.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 7, 2017

We loved it! Great food/great wine! Our server was awesome! Loved the atmosphere. I don't mind a loud restaurant....
Highly recommend. We'll be back!

Tags: Authentic, Comfort Food
Food4
Ambience2
Service2

 
 (Montreal)·Dined on October 7, 2017

It's an accomplished restaurant but it is ridiculous the way they rush you. We had a cocktail, an appetizer and a main and they were rushing us out the door in less than an hour. Inappropriate for a $200 meal. We both went to the washroom at the end and they had the table set up for the next sitting by the time we came back. A good restaurant knows how to pace a meal. That didn't happen in this case. I certainly would not go back.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5
Value5

 
 (México)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Simply amazing, food, place, service.

Waiters gave us the best service. I went with my girlfriend for our first date and it was awesome, we decide to come back 6 months after and nothing change, everything was amazing again.

Food5
Ambience5
Service5

 
 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Our group of four had a fantastic time. Everyone raved about the meals.

Food2
Ambience2
Service2
Value1

vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on October 3, 2017

I was in Toronto for a conference and took a business associate here for dinner based on a recommendation from one of the conference attendees. I also checked out reviews online, which were -for the most part - pretty good. Well, the short version of my review is "dark, loud and underwhelming." It was just not a pleasant experience. The place was packed, which made me optimistic, despite the noise level and black walls that made the space feel rather cave-like. I don't like the wait staff to be too talky or familiar, but I expect to come away feeling like the person who took care of me wanted me to have a pleasant experience. Our waiter seemed uninterested. I had the caprese and the veal limone. The caprese was adequate, though I get better buffalo mozzarella in my local grocery store. The lemon in the veal limone sauce had a bitter taste to it, which didn't make the dish a winner on any level. Needless to say, next time I am in Toronto, I will not be rushing back to Carisma.

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