Best Italian experience I got in Toronto
Carisma is a sure thing - it is great every time. Make sure you make a reservation as the concierge at the King Eddy keeps this spot full most nights.
The food was great (as always) but I was surprised my table for two was the worst one in the house as I live in the neighbourhood and I am there quite often.
The fresh from the oven bread - with a sprinkling of sea salt and rosemary - is irresistible. The house wine is very fine, either by the glass or by the bottle. The salads are big enough for two. The menu is lovely - and classically Italian - and they always include several specials. This time I had the spaghettini with gigantic shrimps and the warm walnut tart with ice cream. The espresso is also great - treat yourself to a double.
Excellent food, first class service, but , boy was it expensive! Watch the daily specials, which are good, but whose prices are not disclosed. I had the ribeye special, which was $60! Come prepared to pay a lot, but to get great food.
Stylish place with very good food and reasonable prices. But very noisy place, everyone was speaking at the top of their voice and we still can’t hear each other well. Maybe it is the reflective material used in the interior.
The food was great and tasty, I recommend mozzarella cheese for the appetizer.
We had a fabulous dining experience this evening!
The calamari was prepared in a way which we have never tasted before. It was grilled and so tender... It reminded us of our freshly prepared and grilled abalone caught off the Northern Californian Coast!
I would highly recommend this appetizer.
Great service, food & drinks. Server was so nice. My gf was interested in two different pasta dishes so he got her half & half so she could have both.
Food was excellent and service very good. Their house red wine was delicious!
Love this restaurant. Great service without being intrusive. Food was delicious without being fussy. My new favorite Toronto Italian restaurant.
Great place to go with clients and party of 6-8 type of thing. The food is always impeccable the servers are lifers, they are so professional and knowledgeable, they don't rush you out, the drinks are excellent and not " underpoured". Fresh fish and all the classics, freshly baked bread the lighting is great it's a darker lighting vibe with darker decor. Never a bad choice for sure. We always have a fantastic dinner at Carisma.
Must do something extra when special occasion was mentioned in the booking itself. Personal connection bell will resonate in customers mind all their life.
Extremely professional service, great food!!! Wine guy was helpful. All staff great to deal with.
CARISMA is the hidden gem of the downtown core in Toronto.
Nestled in a lovely spot on King St. E this is my absolute favourite Restaurant in Toronto.
Service is always outstanding, menu is exactly what you expect from an upscale Italian Restaurant.
Ambiance is comfortable, owners are outstanding.
Quality of food was excellent and the service as well. Would return.
Always a wonderful experience. Staff are knowledgeable and professional. Great night with delicious food!
Both the food and the service were impeccable. We will definitely be back!
The veal was over cooked quite badly. Shoe leather. The food was not hot when served. The service was excellent. The place was full of office party groups on a Thursday night and was quite noisy. Wine was excellent but overpriced.
Excellemt😊. Best lamb I have ever had. My wife had the chicken and it was fabulous.
Would recommend to friends
Excellent food and accompanying wine list. The service is old world - there is a lot of attention to detail, care and pride in ensuring the diners enjoy their meal and experience fully while in their care.
We had a recommended wine that was a bit light for what we were eating and so we decided to order a new bottle (our choice nothing wrong with the one we had). The owner/host saw our server give us the wine list and immediately said they would replace the wine which was excellent service. The fresh bread was excellent and drizzled with oil, our food was delicious, the ambience very Italian and authentic. We will return next time we are in Toronto.
first time guest with a friend, server was great, follow turning was excellent, meal was quick and portion was excellent as well. everything tasted fantastic. will for sure come again!
I brought my out of town guests for a special night out. We had a delicious meal and good wine. It would have been a perfect evening if we had not felt so rushed! We were prompted to order right away and never offered the specials of the night. The bill was pretty much delivered at the same time as dessert. The water kept giving me a look that said it was time to go. I have never had this happen before and we all felt uncomfortable. We had planned on ordering after dinner drinks but when the bill arrived gathered we were not welcome to. Yes there were people waiting at the door but I could see other diners who were there when we arrived who were still chatting drinks empty. It was not like we just dropped by. We had reservations and arrived on time. Not sure what the issue was but we had after drinks at the hotel bar next door. They were happy to serve us!
As good as the food was, I can find the equivalent elsewhere.
As usual carisma food quality was supreme will always be our go to place for a great meal. Service also always great ! One of our favs.
Fabulous Food and Terrific Service in a Sophisticated Setting
This was our first time dining at Carisma and all four of us can’t wait to go back. The dishes we ordered were beautifully presented and delicious. When we arrived we were presented with some warm bread that had oil drizzled over it. It was so delicious we knew that we were going to enjoy what was to come next. For our appetizers, two of us ordered the pasta with a truffle cream sauce and we agreed that we could have ordered this as our main because it was so amazing. Two of our party shared the Insalata Di Bufala and they too enjoyed this beautifully presented and fresh dish. For our mains, one person ordered the Seared Tuna and it was not only fresh, but also creatively presented. Two of us ordered the perfectly Grilled Branzino and it was a delight to eat. It was prepared with Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Lemon which enhanced the flavour of the fish. Another member of our party had the Raviolini Alla Salvia and again this dish did not disappoint. They have an extensive wine list that compliments the food. For dessert we ordered the Pear Strudel which was excellent too. Besides the food being wonderful so is the staff. The wait staff is knowledgeable, professional and attentive. We look forward to our next dining experience at Carisma. If you are looking for an excellent Italian restaurant Carisma should be on your list.
Food was excellent. Ambience was great. Noise level very acceptable.
I have been to Carisma a few times over the years but hadn't been in a while. The service and attention to detail was outstanding. The soup of the day and the ricotta gnocchi were spectacular. Overall, an excellent lunch, with sufficient privacy to have a business-related discussion.
Regular for a reason. Best Italian restaurant in the city.
Great atmosphere with a real buzz. The service was friendly and attentive. Food good quality and well timed with an excellent wine list. Recommend it for a good reliable relaxed dining experience
Charming atmosphere, great food and service. Would definitely recommend
Slightly tight tables, otherwise very good. Food very good.
Great food, service and atmosphere. I would definitely return!
My favorite Italian restaurant. Very noisy and cramped but I think that’s a prerequisite for good Italian and the food never disappoints.
Excellent service and very friendly staffs
We really enjoyed the food and the staff. Our waitress was the best. This restaurant made us feel like we were dining with family. One of the best spots in Toronto. The ambiance and the food was out of this world.
Friendly staff, delicious food, excellent service!
We loved Carisma -- beautiful food, attentive service. I wish there were more restaurants like this one.
After reading some reviews, I almost cancelled the reservation since people mentioned that they felt they were rushed. Very glad I didn't. The service was terrific - very proper and old school, but friendly and fun as well. The food was very good, and when I couldn't decide between two pastas, they arranged both on a plate. My only criticism would be a shortage of clams in the vongole, but it was more than made up for by the linguine with truffle butter and shaved truffles. Desserts were terrific. I'd go back in second.
Had a very nice dinner with friends. We all enjoyed our choices , both food and drink. Our server was very good. Our only issue was that the restaurant is quite noisy. Even though we had one of the best tables in the restaurant, it makes it a little difficult to have a nice conversation.
Fantastic place. Will do custom orders to try multiple things. Get adventurous with the pasta. It’s definitely worth it.