Café Diplomatico

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34 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Italian

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Casual

Café Diplomatico is a restaurant and pizzeria in Toronto that has been family owned since 1968. With a casual, low-key atmosphere, al fresco seating and plenty of options to choose from, Café Diplomatico remains a favorite of locals and tourists alike. Café Diplomatico is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and includes a full bar with classic cocktails.



The menu ranges from breakfast sandwiches, French toast and omelets, to daily pasta specials in the evening. Some of the standout items include chicken parm, veal scaloppini, baked lemon pepper sole and pizzas that have an extensive list of toppings so you can make your own.


What 34 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.1
Food
4.0
Service
3.9
Ambience
4.0
Value
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vipFrankS
Toronto
20 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great pizza wonderful atmosphere a go to Toronto establishment


It’s Toronto at its best

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vipdianCap
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience3

Valentine’s Day

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Cookie
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a fantastic time hosting our daughter's 11th birthday party for 12 guests at the Dip during a Sunday lunch hour. It was loud (but that was mostly us!). Our server was amazing - she was patient with the kids, made suggestions to the parents about portion sizes and checked in regularly to make sure everything was ok, as well as coming over quickly with paper towels when one of the guests inevitably spilled their drink. Definitely coming back and recommending to others.

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LarryB
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Excellent pizza. Minestrone soup mediocre. Reasonable prices but this and other restaurants on College St really hit you if you order a bottle of wine.

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vipBighead
Toronto
26 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience3

Friendly neighbourhood Italian fare with solid pasta or pizza dishes.

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Meesmer
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

Just average

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UrsulaC
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great location, service and ambience! Pasta is good too.

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tellingtales
London
5 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

I started going to the Dip in the mid 1980s, then some zealous staff started pressuring and rushing customers out in the late 1990s early 2000s after it was written up in a U.S. magazine and suddenly became popular. I stopped going. It was rude treatment, especially for someone who had been a regular customer for so long. This year, in June, I went for the first time in more than 15 years and was pleasantly surprised by the atmosphere, which was relaxed and friendly. The food was always mediocre but edible. The desserts have always been amazing. It seems things have moved up a notch in terms of the main courses. There's not as much competition in the hood anymore. A lot of the fantastic pizza-pasta restaurants are gone. Our server was very pleasant.

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GordM
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

We enjoyed our dinner, salad was crisp, pasta was done just right, will return again

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Great food, the service was a little slow but acceptable considering how busy the place is. They’ve been around for 50+ years for a darn good reason. Will definitely go back

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NicoleR
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall3Food2Service1Ambience4

The food was cold when it arrived, the waiters did not pay much attention to us and were at times rude.

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VincentB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

On vacay, leaned about Toronto’s Little Italy, found this spot. Had a great meal.

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MikeM
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Went for the first time with friends. Everyone enjoyed their meals which is not typical. Nice simple food not overdone and great value. The patio also has a great atmosphere for summer dining.

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Anonymous
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Had a very enjoyable lunch on the patio. Service was excellent, wait staff were all pleasant, and the food was better than I remembered.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Comfortable home style food. Very delicious. Love the place.

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vipSebastianH
Toronto
28 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience3

Good value for money. Little Italy landmark.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

If you like being called “bud” by the waiters and tasting the sea in your seafood then this is the place for you. Do you like microwaved chicken parm?? Then come to cafe diplomatico. Yum... but not really. All joking aside, the food quality was really bad. Nobody enjoyed their food and even though we didn’t touch most of it because it was disgusting we weren’t given comps. It was just a really bad experience with poor food quality and unprofessional service.

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DouglasE
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Very capable, courteous and friendly server. It is easy to understand why this restaurant has been a long term success.

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Hebsy
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We always enjoy Cafe Dip. Outstanding food, service and a friendly vibe. Highly recommend the veal sandwich, pizza, Sicilian crepes and espresso.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
24 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

This is the best brunch value in town. Finally a restaurant where I can have a decent brunch with enough food and unlimited coffee for under 15 dollars. Bravissimo!

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AndyR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

Me and my group of friends from the USA went to the restaurant based on reviews from various websites for moderately priced local restaurants. We found the food very underwhelming & tasteless; including appetizers, the main courses and desserts. The wait staff were not very informative and were forgetful and slow. Very disappointing evening.

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SylviaF
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

Great patio option if your looking to have a casual hangout and enjoy some apps and drinks with friends.

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vipsusans
New York Area
126 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great pizza!

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vipBabs
Toronto
20 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Always fun at The Dip! Half pri e Martinis on Thursday! Awesome!

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AndrewR
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Café Diplomatico is a great place for low-key, classic Italian food at a decent price. Whenever we go to the nearby cinema, my gf and I always go here for pasta and some wine to share. One of my favourite places in Toronto.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Mother’s Day

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vipNataliaG
Toronto
15 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2018
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience3

It is getting old:) food is not authentic Italian anymore but a nice place for quick lunch

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TessH
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2018
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience3

Really like the ambiance and the people, staff are very good...but found the food very below average and not enough specialties to enjoy...preferred the dessert and latte to the lasagna meal which was not like a great lasagna at all....was disappointed with the food (chef had no imagination how to make the meal delish and/or appetizing) but the efforts to please the customer were great, and we felt looked after.

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outnabout
Toronto
74 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2018
Overall3Food2Service2Ambience2

Café Diplomatico is a great place to meet up with friends before catching a local show.

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vipZarjacks
Toronto
31 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2018
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Loved this place that’s been there for 50 years! family run and great service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience3

Great food - Friendly staff.

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JonathanP
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and ambience, very friendly staff as well.

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BarryD
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2018
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Friendly, knowledgeable staff. Good pasta for the price.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

This restaurant is an institution in Toronto. The staff are all great folks that are very attentive to their customers needs. This place is considered casual but the food is top-notch. To be clear, this is not a fine dining establishment. You will not find white tablecloths here or crystal glasses. It is a mom-and-pop kind of feel that serves old school Italian food in large servings. Their lasagna is simply amazing. You come to this place when you want a big hearty meal.

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Café Diplomatico does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats.

Café Diplomatico is rated 4.3 stars by 34 OpenTable diners.

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