The owner is amazing
The homemade pasta itself was very good though both sauces, the Bolognese and the porcini mushroom, were quite bland/oily. Seafood platter was simple and delicious. Nice patio and attentive service.
Enjoyed a great meal. Food was fresh and tasty, and the service was great.
The service, as always was impeccable.
The food was very good and the atmosphere relaxed and inviting.
Excellent restaurant. I have been several times and the food is always very good
Always great food, attentive but not intrusive staff, and a fair price for the night.
Pros: Toney - casual atmosphere, and very friendly staff, genuinely make you feel welcome. The menu is unusually broad, and includes a number of creative dishes. The quality of the food we have had on several visits was very good to excellent. It is a most pleasant dining experience.
Cons: On our last visit, the gnocchi-with-lobster dish would have benefitted from a few more morsels of that lovely crustacean, and more of the delicious bisque at the bottom of the bowl. Although there is a decent selection of wines, they are unfortunately over-priced.
Sum: Try it - you'll like it! This is a really good restaurant.
We frequent Il Ponte, for the amazing italian food. I have tried several dishes from home made pasta's to the sea bass and daily specials. Everything is worth trying.
I love the chic pea flour calamari a great gluten free option as well.
Excellent food in an attractive setting. Service was friendly and efficient. The noise level was fairly high, possibly because there was a very large group [perhaps 16 people] at one long table which likely does not happen every day. Proprietor provided good advice re parking. We would definitely return.
Our kids took us there for a Mothers Day dinner after my wife had had a great lunchtime experience there. Unfortunately a waitress was sick and bartender was absent. Accordingly the service was quite frankly appalling. I understand they were short staffed but we had to ask for everything once we could get someone to come over to our table. We asked for drinks, bread , to order and finally, even though we asked for desert menus no-one ever did come by to take our order for desert or coffee so we paid our bill and left. Food was okay, venison medallions were overpriced for what I got, fish mixed grill was excellent. We would try it again but I'm not in any hurry to do so.
Great waiter, delicious food. Would return
Our second visit and I think we enjoyed it even more than the first time. Next time, we're going on Tuesday for half-price wine. The new house wine from Vineyard Estates is fabulous.
Impeccable service and wonderful food. Use the menu if you like but the daily lunch specials were fabulous!
Great serving staff and delicious food! Highly highly recommended. They take pride in their authentic food
Friendly staff, nice decor and ambiance, and delicious food.
The food was delicious (especially the bread and the olives brought at the beginning of the meal!). Service was welcoming and professional. Decent choice of wines. We will come back in the good weather when the patio is open. Highly recommended.
We had an early reservation for a business meal with colleagues and were greeted with warm European style hospitality. At the last minute our reservation increased by two which was easily accommodated. The service was authentic, and made us feel as if we were in an owner/operated Bistro in the heart of an Italian village. As we munched on 'apertivo' syle bread and olives, we selected our choice of wines and meals, opting all for the house-made "long pasta" dishes. We weren't disappointed. After a variety of tasty starters (hello authentic Caprese salad), and mains, we finished with dolce that were to die for. Menu, service and atmosphere highly recommended if you are looking to impress guests.
Food, ambiance, and service were excellent on all counts.
Took my cousin and her husband to Il Ponte this week as they love good Italian food. John provided us with personalized friendly attendance and great food. We were all very impressed with the appetizers (salmon carpaccio, calamari and caprese salads), mains included papardelle with a wild boar Bolognese sause which was fabulous. John also provided us with a complimentary fish (can't remember what but it was good) bruschetta and a dessert for sharing.
Would return in a heartbeat.
Always a great experience at Il Ponte! Amazing food and service.
I appreciate a fine, complete dining experience and Il Ponte provided that in spades. I recommend it highly (especially Tuesdays when wine by the bottle is half price) and will return again.
Restaurant: very pleasant décor, background music definitely in the background. Easy to carry on a conversation with dinner companion. Food very good, although it wasn't hot, only warm, when it arrived at the table. Generally, a good experience. Wine list by the glass short but sufficient; wine a good Italian. Would go back.
Charming welcoming staff provide excellent service.
Food was very good with lots of options (I am vegetarian)
A little pricey for everyday casual dinner but would definitely go back.
The food is fantastic. We have never had anything but amazing dinners.
The service is second to none. Probably one of the most under rated restaurants in the city.
I hope no one ever finds out about this place. So it remains a quiet hidden gem for our family. :-)
Food was wonderful and the service was excellent. Been there twice and both times were great. Will definitely return.
Great food, the wild boar chop was awesome, my wife had the lobster ravioli which she said was nice. We were greeted warmly and the waiter hung up our coats for us; lots of small but nice touches.
Great food and service, somewhat cool, modern, austere environment, not too loud so good for conversation. Pretty easy, convenient parking on Queen Street .
Excellent food but service and waiting time for food services could be substantially improved.
Excellent as always!
Excellent once again! Food was amazing, dessert was awesome, service was fantastic.
Excellent food and excellent service. Went there with friends to chat and it was quiet enough for conversation. The decor is very modern and somewhat austere, but very nicely done.
We drove in from Brooklin Ontario - Which means we passed at least 200 other places we could have eaten at. Giancarlo is a master at explaining what it is - that you are about to devour. His recommendation for wine was also right on! We took another couple with us - and impressed the heck out of them. They said - they are "mussel shells canaseurs" - and they said - it was the best and largest they ever had! and just before we left - we received a special treat - to wash the pallet! I know why I went! and I know why I will be back! I eat out a lot - and I know good food! I place this place at the top of my list! Very Very Good!
This place is great! One of my favourite restaurants in Leslieville.
Great! I would go again!
Went on New Years Eve which had a set menu - unfortunately, the Gnochi from the regular menu was not included! Didn't have the wine we wanted from the menu, but the food was nice. Service could'be been more punctual - our total dining time from seating to dessert was +2 hours: but maybe that's just a NYE issue.
Went for NYE dinner pre-fix menu was pricey. Main was disappointing, dessert I wanted was sold out.
We were welcomed with open arms. The owner/chef (?) came over to tell us about how he chose the location and the name and checked back frequently during the meal. The restaurant is a bit pricey but the food was good with reasonable size portions. Great view of the bridge over the Don all lit up. Not noisy like a lot of restaurants, able to have a conversation with our friends. Look forward to checking out the patio in the warmer weather
As usual dinner was delicious right to the end with in House made desserts. Have been here many times and never disappointed.
Amazing food and outstanding service, as per usual!