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Il Ponte

4.3
147 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Italian
Top tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of Operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:30-3pm
Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Sunday: Reserved for Private Events
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Phone number
(416) 778-0404
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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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.
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Private Party Contact
Giancarlo: (416) 778-0404
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Catering
Let us make your next gathering unforgettable!
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Cross Street
Carroll st.
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Parking Details
complementary Valet Parking Friday and Saturday from 6 to 10 pm
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 147 People Are Saying
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4.3  based on recent ratings
4.3
Food
4.3
Service
4.3
Ambience
4.0
Value
Noise · Moderate
84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

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.

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MikeF (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

Great food and service, somewhat cool, modern, austere environment, not too loud so good for conversation. Pretty easy, convenient parking on Queen Street .

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OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
4.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Excellent food but service and waiting time for food services could be substantially improved.

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OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on February 1, 2018

Excellent as always!

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OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on January 29, 2018

Excellent once again! Food was amazing, dessert was awesome, service was fantastic.

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MikeF (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

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.

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OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

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!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on January 23, 2018

This place is great! One of my favourite restaurants in Leslieville.

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OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on January 18, 2018

Great! I would go again!

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Alex (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

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.

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OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
3.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

Went for NYE dinner pre-fix menu was pricey. Main was disappointing, dessert I wanted was sold out.

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JoeM (Toronto)
4.0  Dined on December 29, 2017

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

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Lisa (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on December 21, 2017

As usual dinner was delicious right to the end with in House made desserts. Have been here many times and never disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on December 20, 2017

Amazing food and outstanding service, as per usual!

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Robert (Toronto)
4.0  Dined on December 8, 2017

Music was too loud, repetitive, and a little too religious. Other than that, the experience was nice.

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OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
3.0  Dined on November 29, 2017

Returning customer, our clients enjoy this restaurant. Food was good, service was prompt.

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HarveyJ (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on November 28, 2017

If you appreciate Contemporary Italian style in décor and food - vero Italiano. Il ponte is the place for you. Bravo Giancarlo !

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OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on November 25, 2017

One of my favorite restaurants. Strong gluten free options.

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OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on November 24, 2017

The seafood platter was well prepared - especially the grilled octopus! My vanilla panna cotta was gorgeous. My friends enjoyed their pasta dishes desserts and wines. The atmosphere was warm modern friendly- gray for a special night out.

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vipimf9 (Toronto)
2.0  Dined on November 23, 2017

Had dinner at Il Ponte last night and it was so-so. There were 3 of us and the restaurant was not even half full. Although the service was efficient, our server was clearly "just doing her job". I don't think she ever smiled or tried to engage us at all during the evening. There was no interaction other than take the order, bring the food etc.

The grilled bread that was served with olives was delicious, but a stingy portion. 4 tiny pieces for 3 people.

One friend had the pasta special which was lobster ravioli, and she thought it was delicious. I had the gnocchi with lobster, which was all char grilled. I could only taste the charring and no other flavour. The gnocchi and the lobster tasted identical. I finally asked our server for some grated cheese just to give it another flavour. As well, the dish was not visually appealing. Just a bunch of off-white little things in a bowl.

The other friend had the zuppa di pesce, which again was nothing special. She is a huge fish/seafood fan and was somewhat disappointed.

Overall, I'd give this place 3/5. I'd go back if I was in the neighbourhood, but I wouldn't make a special trip again.

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OpenTable Diner (Las Vegas)
5.0  Dined on November 23, 2017

Definitely one of the better restaurants in the area, and comparable with any Five Star downtown.
Great service, ambiance and menu!

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ANdrea (Toronto)
1.0  Dined on November 17, 2017

Highly disappointed. Was in the mood for a good classic Italian meal but ended up with flavourless and unseasoned carpaccio, far from ready pasta (completely undercooked), and a pizza who’s crust was soggy and the cheese not even fully melted). Not worth a penny.

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OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
2.0  Dined on November 17, 2017

Very disappointed with our experience at Il Ponte. I tried to book a new spot to celebrate my wife's birthday with hopes of finding a gem. It's rare that we have a night out and I was trying to make it a special one. When we arrived the hostess was pleasant but not overly friendly. I had mentioned on the reservation that it was a birthday celebration, but no mention was made by the staff. No menu specials were offered, no description of any of the menu items or recommendations etc.

Our caesar salad appetizers were very good, but when our entrees arrived, my wife's spaghetti alla carbonara di pesce pasta was very, very salty. To the restaurant's credit, the owner was very gracious and brought her a freshly cooked meal that was seasoned less aggressively. My meal the pollo con salsa di porcini was tasty but not exceptional. We ended up sharing it while waiting for my wife's meal to arrive.

All in all, the atmosphere is nice, this a good place for a conversation with drinks or a romantic evening. We were disappointed in the food (not memorable) and to an extent the service, with the exception of the Owner. While we probably won't be back, hopefully other patrons will have a better experience.

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vipNeilio (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on November 10, 2017

Fantastic food

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HarveyJ (Toronto)
4.0  Dined on November 10, 2017

Do not hesitate to give Il Ponte a try. We'll be back for sure. We love Italian and every aspect is vero italiano.

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OpenTable Diner (Caribbean)
5.0  Dined on November 4, 2017

What a great evening at Il Ponte. Giancarlo the owner was wonderful gave us great recommendations and was so accommodating. The staff were super friendly and the ambiance at the Resteraunt was lovely. Most of all the food was delicious and loved that there is gluetan free options available. Can’t wait to come back here again.

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OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on October 28, 2017

Very good first visit... I look forward to trying much more of the menu

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vipJaZaCKS (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on October 20, 2017

Just go. No questions asked.

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Discerningdiner (Toronto)
3.0  Dined on October 17, 2017

This was my second visit @ Il Ponte , both were business dinners. The choices that we made were exceptional , in fact I stuck to the same thing on both visits. The Caprese salad was prepared differently both times however was delightful , each time taking advantage of the succulent perfectly ripe tomatoes and the Buffalo mozzarella cheese.
I will be back..

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OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
5.0  Dined on October 14, 2017

Great atmosphere - not too loud but enough people to give it a lively feel. The food was delicious. I had the salmon. Tried the caprese. Tried the gnocchi. Tried the pizza (THIN thin crust). All delicious. Going back!

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