Carisma

4.7
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1073 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Italian
Steps away from the King Edward Hotel, Toronto’s financial, business, theatre, shopping and culinary districts. Carisma offers something a little different.

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.

Private Dining

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!

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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.7
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.3
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FS
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food wonderful staff a hidden gem

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

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.

RP
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our meal were excellent and we look forward to coming back the next time we are in Toronto.

SL
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service and food was great. Would definitely come again.

PK
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

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.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Love the tuna tartare, but the veal was just so so.

RM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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!

BC
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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...

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Unequivocally, the best Italian restaurant in Toronto. Always an incredible experience.

JD
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

GF
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding service and amazing food. Always love the truffle pasta.

MF
Toronto
23 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great meal. Great service. Thanks for the great time.

c
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

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!

J
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

staff was great and the food was really good
we would definitely come back

DF
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

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.

TE
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love this restaurant and the staff. Always a warm family style welcome and service is excellent. Love the new location as well!

BC
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good food ( we had daily specials) and very good service

m
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

TP
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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!

OL
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

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!

M
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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!

LE
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

A
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This place is perfect!

G
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing Everything!!!! Food, Service, ambience. Just go... enjoy!

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience5

The waiter gave us faces when we didn’t order drinks in the beginning. Terrible attitude !

JZ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Terrific food and excellent service all in a most enjoyable room. You could not ask for more!

KS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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!

MA
Vancouver
13 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of the best lamb chops I’ve ever had

B
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent! We come here to eat every time we come to Toronto.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful restaurant. Food, service and ambience all superb

OT
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

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.

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience4

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.

LP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience3

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.

OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great food, expensive dinner though the food was delicious.

MM
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

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.

b
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience2

Expensive, too noisy for comfortable conversation, surprised at the final bill

F
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3Food4Service5Ambience4

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.

JK
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience2

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.

CB
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

fantastic food and amazing service!! would go back again and again and again...

OT
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience4

Great mussels and fabulous lamb.