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Café Diplomatico

4.2
4.2
34 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
Italian
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.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Pizzeria, Comfort Food

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 8:00 am–1:00 am Fri, Sat 8:00 am–2:00 am

  • Phone number

    (416) 534-4637

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party facilities

    Cafe Diplomatico is a cozy, old-school Italian restaurant in the heart of Little Italy. We offer a private dining room for 22 people, equipped with a projector that can be used for a slideshow or a screening. We also offer a restaurant buy-out with a total capacity of 120 guests.

  • Private party contact

    Connie Mastrangelo: (855) 569-3591

What 34 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.2
4.2 based on all time ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. FS

    FrankS

    Toronto

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great pizza wonderful atmosphere a go to Toronto establishment It’s Toronto at its best
  2. C

    dianCap

    Toronto

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall4food4service2ambience3
    Valentine’s Day
  3. C

    Cookie

    1 review

    5.0

    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.
  4. LB

    LarryB

    1 review

    4.0

    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.
  5. B

    Bighead

    Toronto

    29 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2019

    overall4food3service3ambience3
    Friendly neighbourhood Italian fare with solid pasta or pizza dishes.
  6. M

    Meesmer

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2019

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Just average
  7. UC

    UrsulaC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great location, service and ambience! Pasta is good too.
  8. t

    tellingtales

    London

    5 reviews

    3.0

    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.
  9. GM

    GordM

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2019

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    We enjoyed our dinner, salad was crisp, pasta was done just right, will return again
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    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
  11. NR

    NicoleR

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2019

    overall3food2service1ambience4
    The food was cold when it arrived, the waiters did not pay much attention to us and were at times rude.
  12. CH

    CHENZ

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    On vacay, leaned about Toronto’s Little Italy, found this spot. Had a great meal.
  13. MM

    MikeM

    1 review

    5.0

    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.
  14. A

    Anonymous

    1 review

    4.0

    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.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 12, 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Comfortable home style food. Very delicious. Love the place.
  16. SH

    SebastianH

    Toronto

    35 reviews

    4.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2019

    overall4food3service3ambience3
    Good value for money. Little Italy landmark.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 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.
  18. DE

    DouglasE

    Toronto

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Very capable, courteous and friendly server. It is easy to understand why this restaurant has been a long term success.
  19. H

    Hebsy

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    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.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 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!
  21. AR

    AndyR

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    2.0

    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.
  22. SF

    SylviaF

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    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.
  23. s

    susans

    New York Area

    147 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    147 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great pizza!
  24. B

    Babs

    Toronto

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2018

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Always fun at The Dip! Half pri e Martinis on Thursday! Awesome!
  25. AR

    AndrewR

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    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.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2018

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Mother’s Day
  27. NG

    NataliaG

    Toronto

    18 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2018

    overall3food2service5ambience3
    It is getting old:) food is not authentic Italian anymore but a nice place for quick lunch
  28. TH

    TessH

    Toronto

    1 review

    3.0

    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.
  29. o

    outnabout

    Toronto

    74 reviews

    3.0

    74 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2018

    overall3food2service2ambience2
    Café Diplomatico is a great place to meet up with friends before catching a local show.
  30. Z

    Zarjacks

    Toronto

    32 reviews

    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2018

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Loved this place that’s been there for 50 years! family run and great service.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 18, 2018

    overall4food3service3ambience3
    Great food - Friendly staff.
  32. JP

    JonathanP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 5, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and ambience, very friendly staff as well.
  33. BD

    BarryD

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2018

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Friendly, knowledgeable staff. Good pasta for the price.
  34. J

    Jeffrey

    Toronto

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 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 is rated 4.2 stars by 34 OpenTable diners.

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Unfortunately, this restaurant is not on the OpenTable reservation network.

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Additional information

  • Neighbourhood

    Little Italy / College St.

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 8:00 am–1:00 am Fri, Sat 8:00 am–2:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Pizzeria, Comfort Food

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Phone number

    (416) 534-4637

  • Private party facilities

    Cafe Diplomatico is a cozy, old-school Italian restaurant in the heart of Little Italy. We offer a private dining room for 22 people, equipped with a projector that can be used for a slideshow or a screening. We also offer a restaurant buy-out with a total capacity of 120 guests.

  • Private party contact

    Connie Mastrangelo: (855) 569-3591

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