With a long history of being in the business, including restaurants such as Il Mulino and Barolo, Carisma prides itself on offering impeccable real Italian food and quality service.
Carisma epitomizes the overall dining experience. Whether it is a drink at the bar, or a culinary journey where you enjoy food with your senses first. It is a place where you feel at home and coming for years, even if its your first time.
Corporate Meeting or Family Affair? Lunch or Dinner? Set Menu or A La Carte? We have you covered. This cozy space can accommodate two separate groups of 20, or one group of 40. With access to our bar for cocktails, a gorgeous view of our wine cellar, separate coat check and more!View Private Dining Details
Bread was amazing. Wine service spectacular. "Wine Guy" was great. Green apple salad was decent. Osso bucco was small but tender and good. Risotto was rice....not risotto. No creaminess to it whatsoever. Mine was only a side but my colleague had it as a main course and looked like a bowl of rice. Overall a decent meal with great service.
Our meal were excellent and we look forward to coming back the next time we are in Toronto.
Service and food was great. Would definitely come again.
The food was delicious and the staff were extremely pleasant. However, my significant other and I found our server to be pushy, especially when we consistently asked for a few minutes to look over the drink menu to decide what we wanted to have. While we understood that it was Valentine’s Day and they had several reservations, we paid a lot of money for the food and the experience, so we didn’t like feeling rushed to make a decision. The salad and dessert choices could have been much more elevated for the price that we paid per person. Overall, the experience was very pleasant and we would definitely come back to try out their regular menu for a fancy date night.
Love the tuna tartare, but the veal was just so so.
Was my first time here this past Friday night. My friend and I were running behind schedule due to traffic so we called to say we were going to be about 20 minutes late. Carisma was very kind in moving back our reservation. The restaurant is beautiful inside and the food was delicious! Most of the servers were in a friendly and upbeat mood, making the dining experience very pleasant. We will be back!
Had dinner here with clients and as usual, the food and service were outstanding. Love the ambiance of the restaurant, they have an exceptional wine list. Would highly recommend...
Unequivocally, the best Italian restaurant in Toronto. Always an incredible experience.
Great experience at this restaurant. Service was amazing from the second I walked in. Food was really good and great place for a special dinner or ocassion
Outstanding service and amazing food. Always love the truffle pasta.
Great meal. Great service. Thanks for the great time.
Fantastic dinner and amazing service from the moment you walk in the door and they take your coat! Other restaurants in Toronto could learn a thing or two from them about impeccable service. Would definitely return!
staff was great and the food was really good
we would definitely come back
We were treated very well, with attentive service and outstanding food. It was our first time there but we felt welcomed. The food was incredible and very beautifully presented. I would definitely go there again.
Love this restaurant and the staff. Always a warm family style welcome and service is excellent. Love the new location as well!
Good food ( we had daily specials) and very good service
Excellent food ambiance and service always! They go out of their way to ensure you have a fabulous experience. The only thing is the wine list needs some affordable wines for every day . Otherwise number 1 on our list
Amazing dinner! Service was amazing, food was amazing, and timing of each food and drink item was down to a science! I felt so cared for, and all the members of the team treated us like gold! Will be back again!
It’s a wonderful space if a little old fashioned. I ordered the risotto of the day and my friend the fish. He is Italian and discerning and was pleased they had an Italian fish evidently of some renown. It is a tad on the expensive side, still for the right occasion justifiable. Wait staff get a big high five!
From the time you enter the restaurant you feel at home as everyone is so friendly. The restaurant at night is elegant, service outstanding and food selection although somewhat limited, outstanding. Our waiter was knowledgeable, friendly and provided flexibility on certain dishes. A definite A+ and would highly recommend!
I have been many times for business but this was the first time I was able to bring my wife. Everything from the food to the spectacular attention from the sommelier, bartender and servers made it a truly memorable evening.
This place is perfect!
Amazing Everything!!!! Food, Service, ambience. Just go... enjoy!
The waiter gave us faces when we didn’t order drinks in the beginning. Terrible attitude !
Terrific food and excellent service all in a most enjoyable room. You could not ask for more!
I took my parents and my aunt here for a lovely night out before a show in Toronto, without really knowing much about the restaurant and was absolutely astounded (I do not use that word lightly), but the entire experience at Carisma. From the moment I walked through the door and was greeted basically like I was their friend, to the dish recommendations and the extremely fun, knowledgeable, and approachable. A mere two days later and I've already recommended this restaurant (and specifically our server Astrit), to multiple people. It's certainly a special occasion restaurant for me, but I wish I could go there every Saturday. OBSESSED. P.S. I never write reviews - I think this is the first time I've ever written one. YAY!
One of the best lamb chops I’ve ever had
Excellent! We come here to eat every time we come to Toronto.
Wonderful restaurant. Food, service and ambience all superb
We enjoyed our evening. Service very good. Had a little difficulty hearing across the table, but then again we’re old!
Food well done but not exceptional.
I had been to Carisma before the move to their new space at 15 Toronto St. and I enjoyed my experience a lot. The new space looked fantastic so I was excited to visit for NYE, however the food was a big disappointment.
For $85.00 per person it was very disappointing. Although it started off great with the warm rosemary bread, the salad was basic mixed greens with room temp (the menu advertised warm) mushrooms, a dollop of goat cheese and some balsamic. Not extraordinary at all.
The tenderloin was incredibly gummy and cold in the middle (I asked for a medium rare and felt like I got a blue). The mash was just OK, and the vegetables (sliced zuchinni and peppers) were again -- nothing extraordinary. It was edible.
The dessert was nice, although there was no knife to cut the tough panettone so we all struggled with our forks, which seems like such an oversight for such a high-class restaurant. On top of that, my friends both ordered the Tiramisu but were given the panettone. We could have asked for the right dessert but at this point I think we were over our experience.
The saving grace was the sommelier who offered us a fantastic bottle of Shiraz at a great price. Thank you to him!
Overall, I am quite disappointed that this is how I'll have to remember the last dinner of the decade, especially when the bill was so high. I can expect this kind of food and experience at Kit Kat, but not at Carisma.
I am sorry to say that I will not return.
All the best to you in the future.
We have enjoyed Carisma on New Years Eve for the last 4 years and loved the full menu. This year, however, we didn’t realize until we sat down that there was a fixed menu. We were very disappointed at the limited choices and neither of us would have chosen any of the options. While food quality was good, portions felt quite skimpy. Probably because of limited menu, we were in and out within an hour, including pre-dinner cocktail, appetizer, dinner and dessert! Certainly not the experience we were looking for on New Years Eve for a price tag of $300! In the past we have enjoyed ourselves immensely at Charisma... this time we walked away feeling very disappointed.
Great food, expensive dinner though the food was delicious.
Outstanding dining experience...atmosphere, food and service. We had a party of five and we each had different appetizers, entrees and deserts and each rated each course 5 stars.
Expensive, too noisy for comfortable conversation, surprised at the final bill
The menu prices online were substantially lower then the prices on the menu in the restaurant. Classic bait and switch. Fool me once but never again.
Overall we had a good evening, and found the service to be efficient if somewhat impersonal and perhaps even rushed. Someone even tried to take away our plates before we'd finished, even without asking! The vibe was a bit too busy, the tables a little too close together because the room felt a bit squeezed and lacking in that relaxed feeling. The food, however, was excellent and worth the expense.
fantastic food and amazing service!! would go back again and again and again...
Great mussels and fabulous lamb.
Amazing as always! Great food - never disappoints!