Paese Ristorante Bathurst St.

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CAN$30 and under
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Italian
With regulars referring to Paese as their "kitchen away from home", Paese Ristorante has been serving Italian inspired food made from the finest local ingredients for the past 21 years.
Attention to quality of ingredients and healthy alternatives sets Paese apart. Paese Ristorante"s food philosophy, as directed by owner, Tony Loschiavo, is driven by a passion for bringing a modern twist on traditional favorites to North Toronto. Paese also boasts one of the city's most diverse lists of major producing wine regions. Paese also has three sommeliers on staff to assist with creating the perfect marriage of food and wine.
Whether you're in the mood for a delicious meal, share a pizza at the bar with a glass wine from the list of 10 glasses, Paese Ristorante's elegantly contemporary environment offers the idyllic backdrop for a truly tempting evening.
Wine Spectator 'Award of Excellence'
from 1997 - 2010 consecutively.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Kale salad was amazing!

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vipJamjar
Toronto
54 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I have a food allergy and always have a safe and delicious meal at PAESE. The chef Kelvin, was most attentive and made me a wonderful pasta dish that I shall return for, it was soooo good!

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Domenica
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

Food is fabulous. Service is hit and miss. Always ask for a certain waiter. Very knowledgeable about wines.

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brendab
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always consistent. Never a bad meal. Amazing vegan and gluten free options.

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vipForesthill
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience1

Extremely disappointed! As I was being taken to my table another patron complain about their table. A server then stopped me on the way to my table and gave me the table that the other patron did not like, which was located at the entrance. BTW, I have gone to this restaurant no less than 14 times in the last 12 months! The manager did offer to pay for my meals which I refused as I was not looking for a free meal but rather just to be served equal to all the other patrons. However, there actions this evening left me with the knowledge that I am not equal which is very disappointing in light of how loyal I have been to this establishment.

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mikef
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service and food. Always one of the best meals and experience in Toronto.

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vipForesthill
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Great food! Order the mushroom pasta, it is absolutely fantastic!!!

MD
MikeD
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Live in the area and have been there a handful of times. Overall great experience. No corkage on first bottle which is a big plus for me. Will be back.

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CarolM
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

Pizza was delicious. The restaurant was busy so it impacted service. Drinks were slow to non existent.

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vipBWise
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience1

Packed extra tables in for Valentines Day

Server was awful - never had him before

Party of 7 and restaurant added a 20% tip

Had dinner there 25 times before

Will never go back

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EliS
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Was there twice. Nothing bad, just nothing special.

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Jared
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience2

Waiter was rude. Food was so so. Prices were high.

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CrazyCanuck
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We came on the final day of Winterlicious. The choices offered for the price fixe menu were great. We got there for a 6:00 PM reservation and there were only a handful of tables seated with guests; but by 6:45-7:00 PM, it was packed! Our female-server was attentive, courteous, welcoming and very helpful. The Aperol Spritzers were very good. We got some very fresh bread at the beginning with a humus-sumac spread. Lovely! Meatballs were the best I've eaten anywhere. Veal Scaloppini and Branzino were excellent. While our experience was excellent, I can't say the same for the table next to us. The male-waiter was rude to the five women who were having dinner there. He was trying to rush them in making dinner choices when they had sat down. He told them that given how busy they were that they needed to make their decisions. No idea how the rest of the evening went for them as we left shortly after. We were gone by 7:00 PM.

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LeslieS
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful dining experience! Excellent service, ample parking, extensive wine list!

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Danba
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Amazing winterlicious menu, was great!

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DarleneF
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience3

The restaurant was very busy with the Winterlicious lunch crowd, so I am not sure how it is on just a regular week day. The food was good but I think I would prefer this restaurant for dinner. Parking is at a premium, but luckily some of the nearby side streets are okay.

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SarahL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food. Fun night out with family. Would recommend to others.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
28 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Our party of 4 enjoyed great service and food. Although we have been here many times last night was the best ! Food was very fresh and tasty and even though it was winterlisious the timing and quality of everything was wonderful. It’s always great to come here but even more so when the food was so good ! Thank you !

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Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

the service was really slow. There were only two waiters for the whole restaurant that was full.
Our reservation was at 6.45 pm and we leave the restaurant at 9.45 pm. Three hours of dinner with two kids from our party. It is a long night. The food is not very good. We ordered the Osco Bucco and it was really salty and we left half the plate uneaten. This is a birthday party and we brought our own Birthday cake. They took out our birthday cake at the end in a rush to cut the cake while 2 or 3 people were in the washroom, So not everybody was in the picture while cutting the birthday cake.

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Camalita
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience2

Visited Paese on the weekend with my best friend. I can say I was very disappointed for the scale of restaurant it is supposed to be. No host at the front, 3 groups were standing there waiting to be seated, the restaurant has too many chairs in a small space, one can hardly twist without bumping your seated neighbour. Talk about the waitress, OMG, she is not happy with her job, she didn’t greet us, didn’t explain the menu about recommendations, didn’t offer pepper or Parmesan for our pasta meals, never asked about how our meal was going, meanwhile we observed that other tables were getting that service. This could be that she didn’t care to serve 2 dark skinned clients. The service was horrible, I will never go back nor will I recommend it. I wasn’t going to tip the waiter but I tipped minimum. Such a shame in 2020!!!

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BrownSugar
Memphis
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience3

Terrible service. Very pushy waiter, no hello or anything, first thing he said was you need to leave by 8:00. Seedlings service and food is average

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BrianL
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food! My entire family, kids and adults, thoroughly enjoyed the meal!!

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RochelleF
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good food & good service. We have been here before and we will return.

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vipLorraine
Toronto
29 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As usual, our dinner at Paese was delicious and the service was wonderful. I had the salmon special which was delicious but a little overpriced at $34 given the portion size. Otherwise all was perfect !! We will definitely be back!

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MichaelN
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our “go to” local restaurant.

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brendab
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great vegan options, always fresh. Excellent staff.

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piggyeater
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

A solid 3/5-star establishment. Service was okay but not really attentive. Food was tasty but average at this price point. Wine by the glass selections were mediocre at best. So, take advantage of the $25 corkage for BYOB. Came at the recommendation of friends who really hyped it up.

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vipDelboy
Toronto
21 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

When I reserved our dinner I mentioned it was to celebrate my parent's 60 anniversary. I didn't expect anything free but thought maybe it would be acknowledged (possibly writing in chocolate on their dessert plate or just verbally) but it wasn't. Grilled octopus appetizer was delicious, cornish hen was good, mushroom pasta was excellent but the veal limone was awful (4 people tried it and all agreed). Would go back but wouldn't rush back.

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bigjen
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience4

We thought the food portions were very small , although somewhat tasty. And that the lunch menu was very limited. Quite a surprise from past visits.

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vipHoward
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful place !! especially for a party of 8 with large square tables. Everyone was able to enjoy the conversations and lots of sharing. Everything was delicious!

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FraserL
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were there for lunch....Food was excellent, service was awesome. Coffee and dessert amazing!

We got there early so we were able to get parking but I could see that being a challenge if the restaurant was busy when you get there. I would definitely go back!

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vipannak
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very pleasant as always !

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great service and food. Seating was a bit cramped by the front door but not terrible. Very nice evening.

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PatriciaR
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience5

LOVE that there is no music !! My biggest peeve ;)
I think the server was amazing but there needed to be another I think for our section .. it was very busy
I had the braised beef and was really looking forward to it but have to say it was a little dry .. LOVED the kale salad. My friend said she wouldn't order the pasta dish she had again ... Spaghetti Con Le Sarde (Chef Kshitz Barilla Pasta Master Winning Dish)

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Having passed this place many times and not really known what it was made our visit even more outstanding. Staff were amazing, attentive, knowledgeable and made us feel like long time guests within moments of arriving. Food blew us away. This very quickly became our favourite local restaurant. If you have not been go, if you have been, book immediately and go again.

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fantastic
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A fantastic meal with really great service.

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MaryM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent as always. Paese is definitely a favourite place to visit with family and friends.

MS
MartinS
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience3

Gnocchi was mushy and tasteless.
Linguini Frutti Di M -Mussels had fishy taste, pasta was bland.
We invited people to join us for dinner and we didn't want to make a scene.
We hadn't eaten there in a while, but remembered the food to be much better.

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vipAvnerL
Toronto
16 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

We came here on a busy Saturday night so that probably had an impact on our impression. We came in because we had a coupon. The place seems to attract a crowd that is interested in celebrating special occasions and we were just interested in a local place. Regardless, there are some things we think they could have done better:
1. Reservation - we (and several others) were seated right by the door. It would probably be nice to hold tables inside the restaurant for reservations, and save these for walk-ins. As it is tables were packed and a bit too close to each other.
2. Service was very friendly, but overwhelmed by the number of guests, so too slow in making the rounds. Another staff person would have been great.
3. Menu - it seems it is a new menu, and again it may depend who is the intended audience. For a special occasion it makes sense, for a regular Italian meal less so. There are also some quirks such as charging extra for the vegetable sides, or holding back on the price of the specials...
Paese probably needs to decide what kind of restaurant they want to be, certainly on a Saturday night it seemed it was difficult for them to be everything for all people. We are wondering if our impression would be different had we come in during the week.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
16 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience4

I had asked for a lightly dressed Caesar salad and it had way too much dressing so I didn't enjoy.
also, the shrimps I ordered were not great.
Usually I am very happy with the food.

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Paese Ristorante Bathurst St. does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Paese Ristorante Bathurst St. also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (416) 631-6585.

Paese Ristorante Bathurst St. is rated 4.4 stars by 644 OpenTable diners.

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