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Il Ponte

4.5
4.5
370 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
Italian

Join us Tuesdays for half price bottles of wine.
Ponte opens its doors in one of Toronto’s fastest growing, and most diverse neighbourhoods with a simple mission: To be a dependable local establishment that serves and grows with the families, businesses and residents of Riverside and Toronto proper. We invite you to join us in celebrating great food and culture at our new home at the eastern foot of the Queen St. Bridge. Our belief is that great service and delicious food is paramount to the dining experience. We hope to exceed your expectations. Il Ponte offers both a fast casual encounter as well as a leisurely affair.

Our fresh thinking on Italian cuisine is present in our seasonal menu dishes as well as in our many fresh made daily specials. By using local ingredients and importing authentic Italian products Il Ponte achieves our unique brand of ‘La Cucina Italiana’. Every dish aims to provide inspiration and palatial pleasure.

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  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner
    Tue, Wed 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
    Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (416) 778-0404

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Catering

    Let us make your next gathering unforgettable!

  • Private party facilities

    AVAILABLE FOR LUNCH AND DINNER
    Our private dining room is available with creative ways to accommodate parties of up to 18 people. The space is Ideal for meetings and smaller gatherings such as birthdays, anniversaries and rehearsal dinners.

  • Private party contact

    Giancarlo: (416) 778-0404

  • Neighbourhood

    Leslieville / Riverdale

  • Cross Street

    Carroll st.

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

menu

Insalate

Add julienne of chicken $8. Add tiger shrimps $11. Add organic salmon $12

  • IL Ponte$14.00

    baby arugula, romaine hearts, radicchio and fennel in a red vinaigrette

    • Caesar$14.00

      baby romaine hearts and croutons in a house made Caesar dressing with shaved parmigiano cheese

      • Rucola$16.00

        Arugula and fresh figs topped with shaved parmigiano cheese in a balsamic vinaigrette

        • Invernale$17.00

          baby greens, roasted butternut squash, walnuts, fresh blueberries and goat cheese in a house vinaigrette

          • Burrata$24.00

            125 grams D.O.P. burrata with vine ripened tomatoes, arugula, sea salt and extra virgin olive oil

            Antipasti

            • Terrina$15.00

              mild spice italian sausage with sauteed escarole, dandelion and baby spinach in a light tomato white wine

              • Eggplant Parmigiana$17.00

                layers of eggplant, parmigiano and mozzarella cheese with fresh basil

                • Carpaccio$18.00

                  thinly sliced beef tenderloin, baby arugula, shaved parmigiano cheese and capers

                  • Funghi Saltati$19.00

                    organic shiitake, oyster and king oyster mushrooms sautéed in white wine and fresh parsley

                    • Calamari Fritti$19.00

                      chick pea flour dusted squid rings flash fried and served with house aioli

                      • Grigliata di Polpo$24.00

                        grilled octopus with house marinate, cherry tomatoes and baby arugula

                        Pasta

                        • Cacio e Pepe$17.00

                          spaghetti with freshly grated pecorino romano, butter and cracked black pepper

                          • Mezze Maniche alla Norcina$19.00

                            short rigatoni with ground wild boar sausage, nutmeg, pecorino cheese and white wine in a cream sauce

                            • Bowes Bolognese$20.00

                              spaghetti served with a classic northern Italian meat sauce

                              • Agnolotti di Zucca$20.00

                                Butternut squash agnolotti in a rose sauce

                                • Gnocchi di Nonna Nelda$21.00

                                  homemade gnocchi in a tomato sauce with stacciatella cheese

                                  • Penna alla Vodka$20.00

                                    tomato cream sauce with pancetta

                                    • Ravioli a Costine Corte$27.00

                                      homemade braised short rib ravioli with sauteed mixed organic mushrooms in a cheese fondue

                                      Pizze

                                      • Margherita$18.00

                                        tomato sauce, mozzarella, fior di latte cheese and fresh basil

                                        • Diavola$21.00

                                          tomato sauce, mozzarella, soppressata, gorgonzola and spinach

                                          • Americana$22.00

                                            tomato sauce, mozzarella, pepperoni, red pepper and mushroom

                                            • Capricciosa$23.00

                                              tomato sauce, mozzarella, pitted black olives, prosciutto cotto, mixed organic mushrooms and artichokes

                                              • Rapini e Salsicce$23.00

                                                tomato sauce, mozzarella, Italian sausage, and rapini

                                                • Formaggi e Funghi$24.00

                                                  mozzarella, parmigiano cheese and organic mushrooms

                                                  • Ponte Pizza$26.00

                                                    fresh figs, mozzarella, gorgonzola cheese and parma prosciutto

                                                    Carne / Pesce

                                                    • Chicken Parmigiana$26.00

                                                      served with a side of seasonal vegetables

                                                      • Scaloppine Mare E Monte$29.00

                                                        veal scaloppine with tiger shrimp, organic mushrooms in a light tomato white wine sauce

                                                        • Brasato di Manzo$34.00

                                                          braised beef cheek served on a bed of risotto milanese

                                                          • Filetto di Salmone Biologico$27.00

                                                            grilled fresh herbed organic salmon filet served with seasonal vegetables

                                                            • Branzino Padella

                                                              pan seared branzino with capers, black olives and cherry tomatoes served with seasonal vegetables

                                                              • M/P

                                                            Last updated: January 18, 2022

                                                            What 370 people are saying

                                                            Overall ratings and reviews

                                                            Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                                            4.5
                                                            4.5 based on recent ratings
                                                            • 4.5Food
                                                            • 4.3Service
                                                            • 4.4Ambience
                                                            • 4.2Value

                                                            NoiseModerate

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                                                              SureshS

                                                              Toronto

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on December 18, 2021

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              The best Italian restaurant in the city! Our server was great and the food quality was amazing!

                                                            2. NB

                                                              NancyBee

                                                              Chicago

                                                              18 reviews

                                                              vip
                                                              5.0

                                                              18 reviews

                                                              Dined on December 17, 2021

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              We’re new to the neighborhood and this is, hands down, our new favorite! Incredible, fresh, made from scratch food. Great wine list, wonderful service. Highly recommended.

                                                            3. OT

                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                              Toronto

                                                              2 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              2 reviews

                                                              Dined on December 5, 2021

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Service was on point. Servers were present when needed. Drinks, appetizers, mains and dessert arrived timely. Tables were cleared and prepped between courses. Servers were knowledge about specials and wines. Servers were not overly engaging. Which was perfect for us. They were able and ready to answer any questions. But let us enjoy our own company. Food was good, both in preparation and presentation. I would not get what I ordered again only because I want to try something new.

                                                            4. OT

                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on December 4, 2021

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                              Loved it. Really special. Food great. Wine great.

                                                            5. J

                                                              Jones

                                                              1 review

                                                              2.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on November 27, 2021

                                                              overall2food1service1ambience4

                                                              Lousy food. Disrespectful service. The ambiance and drinks were worthwhile, but that's it.

                                                            6. M

                                                              Matteo

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on November 26, 2021

                                                              overall5food4service4ambience5

                                                              Food was great! Pizza was cooked perfectly. Servers were very friendly and helpful.

                                                            7. OT

                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                              Toronto

                                                              5 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              5 reviews

                                                              Dined on November 19, 2021

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Awesome service, great food and just amazing overall experience. Wasn't the first time, and DEFINITELY won't be the last!

                                                            8. f

                                                              frankh

                                                              Toronto

                                                              10 reviews

                                                              vip
                                                              5.0

                                                              10 reviews

                                                              Dined on November 13, 2021

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Exceptional service attentiveness. Authentic and broad choice of Italian dishes. A great dining experience

                                                            9. DN

                                                              D11N

                                                              Toronto

                                                              1 review

                                                              2.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on October 10, 2021

                                                              overall2food1service1ambience2

                                                              Service was good, wait times was horrible. It took over an hour and a half to get our entrées. Food wasn't amazing, just ok. Food wasn't worth the price.

                                                            10. JM

                                                              JodyM

                                                              Toronto

                                                              17 reviews

                                                              vip
                                                              5.0

                                                              17 reviews

                                                              Dined on October 8, 2021

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              One of our fave spots for Italian food. Magic in the kitchen. Service is great, excellent wine selection, and off menu requests are generally met with enthusiasm. A date night must.

                                                            11. OT

                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                              Toronto

                                                              2 reviews

                                                              vip
                                                              5.0

                                                              2 reviews

                                                              Dined on October 6, 2021

                                                              overall5food5service4ambience4

                                                              Great atmosphere and service!! Food was delicious as well and can recommend to anyone who loves Italian food.

                                                            12. T

                                                              Tianna

                                                              Toronto

                                                              2 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              2 reviews

                                                              Dined on October 2, 2021

                                                              overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                              Amazing food and service. A lovely place to dine.

                                                            13. L

                                                              Ladybalsam

                                                              Toronto

                                                              27 reviews

                                                              vip
                                                              5.0

                                                              27 reviews

                                                              Dined on October 1, 2021

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Absolutely love going to this gem of a restaurant. I will be back next week.

                                                            14. CA

                                                              CAITLINB

                                                              Toronto

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on October 1, 2021

                                                              overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                              I've gone to this restaurant a few times now and I am always blown away by how incredible the food is. You can tell the restaurant is all about quality ingredients done right.

                                                            15. OT

                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on September 23, 2021

                                                              overall5food5service3ambience5

                                                              Ask about the specials, that was the beat part. Cocktails were fabulous. Solid wine selection. Muscles were cocked to perfection

                                                            16. N

                                                              Nutellathenightrunner

                                                              Toronto

                                                              5 reviews

                                                              1.0

                                                              5 reviews

                                                              Dined on September 17, 2021

                                                              overall1food4service1ambience3

                                                              Toronto has many excellent Italian restaurants that serve top notch food and have amazing service. Il Ponte is not one of them. SKIP IT left standing at the entrance for a while with no acknowledgement despite having reservations; brusque initial service and seating...just disinterest and almost disdain of the customer. I could go on. The food is a 7 out of 10 (I'm Italian & eat at Italian restaurants regularly, and am not easily impressed by just any Italian dish). It was a joke. Service was very slow. Then THEY SERVED US THE WRONG ORDER. Worst part: we got the sense that they realized their error midway through & tried to dupe us. By that time, we saw what a joke this place is & decided to just go with it because it is too much of a bother to correct them. It was clear that they were confused & disinterested. Shouldn't be too tough to get a customer order right! We ordered 1. two apps as a meal for me (salad & grilled octopus) 2. stuffed calamari for husband (main). My salad came first, like a first course rather than with the octopus and with my husband's food. Then v. long wait. Finally, they served us 2 grilled octopus apps instead of the stuffed squid for my husband! Initially, we thought they were sharing my octopus app btw us & that my hubby's squid would arrive. But no. That was it. They served my husband an app as his dinner instead of what he ordered-stuffed calamari. When the server took our plates, he asks us "any other courses coming?" and similar comments. It seemed they might have known their error & thought we didn't notice. As if we can't tell! The wait for the bill at the end was long & painful! Server talking to friends & staff rather than focussing on customers. Lackadaisical. No one checked on us during meal to ask how meal was. A joke.

                                                            17. K

                                                              Kamal

                                                              Toronto

                                                              14 reviews

                                                              vip
                                                              5.0

                                                              14 reviews

                                                              Dined on September 17, 2021

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              They go all out to make your dinner enjoyable

                                                            18. SD

                                                              SusanD

                                                              Tampa

                                                              5 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              5 reviews

                                                              Dined on September 9, 2021

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                              Such a lovely evening! Great food and our server couldn’t have been nicer:)

                                                            19. OT

                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                              Toronto

                                                              5 reviews

                                                              4.0

                                                              5 reviews

                                                              Dined on September 1, 2021

                                                              overall4food5service4ambience4

                                                              Food was wonderful. Patio was busy so service a bit slower and rushed at the end due to 3:30 closing for lunch service.

                                                            20. LY

                                                              LYN83

                                                              Toronto

                                                              1 review

                                                              1.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on August 27, 2021

                                                              overall1food1service1ambience1

                                                              Overpriced for less than below average food. Extremely poor service.

                                                            21. DP

                                                              DianeP

                                                              Toronto

                                                              18 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              18 reviews

                                                              Dined on August 20, 2021

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              This was our second time in 3 weeks. We thoroughly enjoyed it. We had gone the first time with friends who also really liked it and went back with another couple. Our second visit was with different friends who also said that they intended to come back very soon. Overall there I can't say enough. The food, the service and the pricing were all great. Try it you'll like it.

                                                            22. OT

                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                              London

                                                              5 reviews

                                                              vip
                                                              5.0

                                                              5 reviews

                                                              Dined on August 18, 2021

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Amazing food - so fresh and tasty!! Service was lovely and just a great vibe. Will definitely go back.

                                                            23. S

                                                              Sammy

                                                              Toronto

                                                              101 reviews

                                                              vip
                                                              5.0

                                                              101 reviews

                                                              Dined on August 17, 2021

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Il Ponte is perfect every time!

                                                            24. OT

                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                              Toronto

                                                              3 reviews

                                                              4.0

                                                              3 reviews

                                                              Dined on August 14, 2021

                                                              overall4food4service3ambience4

                                                              The food for the most part was very good. halibut was slightly overcooked. The restaurant was very busy so service could have been a little better.

                                                            25. OT

                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                              Montreal

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on August 7, 2021

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Il Ponte is a phenomenal restaurant. The owner Giancarlo and his staff are very welcoming and the food is exceptional.

                                                            26. AT

                                                              AndyTO

                                                              Toronto

                                                              2 reviews

                                                              vip
                                                              1.0

                                                              2 reviews

                                                              Dined on August 7, 2021

                                                              overall1food3service1ambience2

                                                              Disappointed. Lot a lot of great hospitality. Table wasn’t ready for us when we arrived abs staff were eager to kick us out after dessert which was only 1045. Not great

                                                            27. JC

                                                              JackyC

                                                              Toronto

                                                              3 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              3 reviews

                                                              Dined on August 6, 2021

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              What a lovely surprise to see John!!! Everything was perfect, it was a great night out. The tempura zucchini flowers were amazing!

                                                            28. NL

                                                              NinaL

                                                              Toronto

                                                              2 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              2 reviews

                                                              Dined on July 29, 2021

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Excellent from wine to dessert! Great menu. Great service. Great spacious patio.

                                                            29. S

                                                              Saul

                                                              Toronto

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on July 28, 2021

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Il Ponte is a great restaurant, Johnny takes care of us every time. I had a pasta with mushrooms and rupini that was the best pasta I ever had. Great place, good wine, exceptional service.

                                                            30. CI

                                                              CIndyN

                                                              Toronto

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on July 27, 2021

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              We have missed this wonderful gem of a restaurant and were excited to return after they were permitted to have patio dining. The atmosphere is terrific, the service is outstanding and the food is delicious!

                                                            31. AD

                                                              ADolly

                                                              Toronto

                                                              8 reviews

                                                              3.0

                                                              8 reviews

                                                              Dined on July 27, 2021

                                                              overall3food2service3ambience2

                                                              Meh. I could say a lot more, but I think this says what you need to hear.

                                                            32. FM

                                                              FeliceM

                                                              New York Area

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on July 25, 2021

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Never disappointed. Food is delicious and fresh. I usually go for apps and entrees. Service and owner Gian Carlo are amazing. My go to restaurant all the time

                                                            33. OT

                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                              Toronto

                                                              1 review

                                                              vip
                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on July 14, 2021

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              This restaurant was amazing! They made me a dish that wasn’t on the menu which was so delicious and appreciated how accommodating they were. Our server was great and made our overall experience that much better.

                                                            34. a

                                                              alnbarthel

                                                              Toronto

                                                              61 reviews

                                                              vip
                                                              5.0

                                                              61 reviews

                                                              Dined on July 13, 2021

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                              We were so glad to be able to return to eating at Il Ponte! The staff are great! The food is both very delicious and well presented. Can't wait to be able to eat inside again!

                                                            35. OT

                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                              Toronto

                                                              1 review

                                                              2.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on July 10, 2021

                                                              overall2food5service5ambience3

                                                              My server asked me if I “could read” and loudly corrected my pronunciation of a dish in front of other guests. He also reprimanded me for ordering said dish because it was from the lunch menu, when he was the one who gave us the lunch menu by accident. He assumed my friend and I were on a date due to the typical patronage of the establishment. Hence, because I was the one who was answering back to his misogynistic comments, he only addressed me, let me taste the wine, and gave me the whole bill at the end of the night without asking prior. He also wore his mask off one ear (as in, not covering his face AT ALL), while scoffing at my friend and I for enjoying a song he believed we were faking knowing due to our age. Overall, I could not believe the condescending manner in which my friend and I were addressed… Clearly due to the fact we are young women.

                                                            36. B

                                                              Birch

                                                              Toronto

                                                              4 reviews

                                                              2.0

                                                              4 reviews

                                                              Dined on July 9, 2021

                                                              overall2food3service2ambience3

                                                              One of our guests was late and the server told us immediately that he would have to flip our table in an hour, which wasn’t a great start to the meal. The food was just okay- was hoping for homemade pasta noodles. We ended up staying for two hours, so we weren’t rushed out after all.

                                                            37. MF

                                                              MikeF

                                                              Toronto

                                                              53 reviews

                                                              vip
                                                              5.0

                                                              53 reviews

                                                              Dined on July 8, 2021

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Excellent food, with great service on a very nice patio. Patio is nicely isolated from traffic and reasonably quiet for being right downtown.

                                                            38. G

                                                              Gordon

                                                              Toronto

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on July 6, 2021

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                              Great service and food, will go back

                                                            39. ST

                                                              SilviaT

                                                              San Francisco

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on July 2, 2021

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              We celebrated my sisters birthday. We enjoyed a lovely afternoon on the beautiful private patio. The service was outstanding. *****

                                                            40. OT

                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                              Toronto

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on June 29, 2021

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              The service was 10/10. All of the staff were so sweet and really accommodating. The food and wine were also amazing

                                                            FAQs

                                                            Il Ponte is rated 4.5 stars by 370 OpenTable diners.

                                                            Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.

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                                                            Google Map for Il Ponte

                                                            625 Queen St East Toronto, ON M4M 1G7

                                                            • Cross Street

                                                              Carroll st.

                                                            • Neighbourhood

                                                              Leslieville / Riverdale

                                                            • Hours of Operation

                                                              Dinner
                                                              Tue, Wed 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
                                                              Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

                                                            • Cuisines

                                                              Italian

                                                            • Dining style

                                                              Casual Elegant

                                                            • Dress Code

                                                              Casual Dress

                                                            • Parking Details

                                                              Street Parking

                                                            • Payment Options

                                                              AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

                                                            • Additional

                                                              Banquet, Bar Dining, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

                                                            • Phone number

                                                              (416) 778-0404

                                                            • Catering

                                                              Let us make your next gathering unforgettable!

                                                            • Private party facilities

                                                              AVAILABLE FOR LUNCH AND DINNER
                                                              Our private dining room is available with creative ways to accommodate parties of up to 18 people. The space is Ideal for meetings and smaller gatherings such as birthdays, anniversaries and rehearsal dinners.

                                                            • Private party contact

                                                              Giancarlo: (416) 778-0404

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