Carisma

4.7
1310 reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
Protective equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 1310 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.7
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.4
Value
Noise · Moderate
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BrendaM
Toronto
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The herbed lamb chops were fabulously delicious as ws the veal milanisie .We will return !

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Terry
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

From the beautiful decor to the exceptional service and wonderful flavours. This is a top quality restaurant

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vipOpenTable Diner
Montreal
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Portion very small

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JDGit
Toronto
21 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food! Amazing service! We will
Definitely be back!

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TinaR
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great restaurant! The service was perfect. Many food options to choose from. Gluten free friendly too.

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Nutmeg
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The location of Carisma is excellent - great central location however not easily identifiable - had we not been looking specifically for it, we would have missed it all together. Lovely, bright decor, beautifully decorated and very comfortable. Very friendly and professional staff and most welcoming and attentive. Food was excellent and very reasonably priced for fine dining. Will definitely return.

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vipAHGonOT
Toronto
78 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

A refined dining choice - very attentive service ( but a bit too impatient - wine list - ordering seemed overly present while our group chatted and hovered over us to clear the dishes 2-3 times as we finished our course ) The owners are true restauranteurs and make you feel good about the evening - cudos to them !

Also a very crowded table setup if you are not 100% sure about indoors eating in a still present COVID environment

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alonh
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

food is good. drinks ok. fast service. portions are a bit small for the price.

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ThomasR
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent food and service. Not cheap though. Wine is very expensive.

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viponthelistbaby
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Amazing service!

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ShandeneM
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Good food , good service , nice ambience! Good for birthdays

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Anon
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went here recently for my birthday and the waiter and food was superb. The waiter made us feel so special and always checked in and the truffle pasta was incredible!

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DoctorP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding as usual. Had a very enjoyable evening.

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BrookeD
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food with big portion sizes, amazing service and beautiful ambience. Overall a great experience!

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Mongoose
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food was fabulous and service very good.. We would highly recommend going here.

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MackC
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food. Great ambience. Fantastic service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I honestly can’t say enough about this restaurant. It’s a hidden GEM, food is absolutely incredible, the staff were super personable and attentive, the owner even came to the table to check on us and she was lovely. We ate the sea bass, lamb chops and some antipasto plates that they prepared for us personally. I can’t stop thinking of the food, I’ve already made plans with other friends to go back next week. I could easily say that this is the best restaurant in Toronto.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The menu is ideal: something to please everyone but not so large they can’t ensure that every dish is exquisite. The atmosphere is elegant yet lively but the size and decor attenuate the sound so my 85 year-old mother did not find it too noisy for conversation. From the scallops, octopus, mushroom salad, and calamari to the pasta and risotto to the veal (lemon and mushroom), our party found the food perfect. The tirami su (and I dont even like it) was superb but the pear apple strudel beyond belief.

Best service we’ve experienced in years…PROFESSIONAL yet unpretentious. We ate inside but the patio is lovely and overlooks some of Toronto’s most iconic historic buildings.

Bravo!

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WendyL
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience3

Service was incredible. Very loud and tables were very close together so we were bumped a few times. The food was good, but did not amazing. Our food came out very fast and it felt like they were trying to get us in and out quickly.

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JoanG
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and great staff!

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KathyK
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service was impeccable. Food was as good as I remembered from the old location. Wine recommendation was a really excellent choice. Special effort was made to accommodate choices in the menu. Fabulous night over all

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vipRobboyko
Toronto
16 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Hands down the BEST service in Toronto!!!!! And the food and wine was DELICIOUS! I highly suggest this restaurant !!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

LOVELY VIBE. The staff is very polite. They crafted me a very yummy mocktail. The spaghettini Alfredo with chicken is delicious. The Torta di noci is a must try. It’s so delicious.

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vipTheBombo
Ottawa
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of my go to restaurants in Toronto. Michael’s chef and staff never disappoint. Great for meetings, better for romance.

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DaleD
London
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Carisma is a true Italian family. It brought back the memory of our trip to Italy where I admired the family connections in their business life. They invite you basically into their home like environment where everyone is welcomed.
The food is even better than Italy and the owner listens into your wine conversation and carefully brings a suggested bottle This is from what i heard that he never fails as you can see he has an extensive wine collection.

I always wanted to try this restaurant and will definitely be back!

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JudyF
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Excellent service from all the staff- friendly, professional and attentive.
Salad and carpaccio appetizers were very tasty and presented beautifully. Ordered the sea bass and Arctic char for mains- perfectly done!
Would recommend d for an evening out, special occasion and business meeting!

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Gemma
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service

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vipWayne
Toronto
21 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A great birthday was topped off with an amazing meal at Carisma. Staff were friendly, attentive, and accommodating. Food was delicious. Outdoor dining comfortable with sufficient heaters. Definitely planning to return

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vipJamieD
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Our evening at Carisma was very enjoyable, but there were a few minor issues that made it fall short of 5*.

My wife and I arrived and were seated on time by a gracious host; the service throughout the evening was attentive and helpful.

Because of the wide variety of items on the menu, we decided to take a 'taster's' approach - ordered and shared 4 dishes, two from the evening specials and two from the regular menu.

As a starter we shared the burratta with heirloom tomatoes (evening special) - everything was fresh and flavourful, five * dish.

We followed this with the Calamari Alla Griglia - grilled squid with olives - which was prepared to perfection.

Our third dish was the Risotto of the day. This dish promised to be great but just... wasn't. The risotto had Italian sausage and chanterelle mushrooms, with ground truffles. The chanterelles were plentiful and very tasty; the Italian sausage did not add much to the dish and the truffle was an extreme letdown; truffle generally has a beautiful strong taste that permeates the dish, infusing it with that distinct rich aroma and taste. In this dish, if someone had not told me that there were truffles, Iould not have guessed.

Our final dish was the Filetto Di Manzo, grilled tenderloin with Fois Gras and a borolo wine reduction. Like the first two dishes, this dish was flavorful and executed to perfection.

So all in all, a very good meal. The Risotto was a disappointment, and at $40 brought down the whole value rating with it.

Thank you, Carisma, for an evening of excellent service and wonderful food. I acknowledge that we did not raise the risotto issue while we were there - I am sure if we had you would have fixed it.

The final (fourth) dish

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TA66
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful and excellent services ! I will come back

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

I loved it there. The food was 100%

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CarolynL
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience1

Anniversary

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LisaD
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was great, the vibe was nice and the waiter Daniel was very attentive. We would definitely come back.

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vipAshley
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Exceptional Toronto St. restaurant serving quality Italian dishes and a wonderful selection of Italian wines. Staff is warm, professional and knowledgable. Indoor dining is now open for those with proof of vaccination, the outdoor patio on Toronto St. is a welcome addition to this fine establishment. Highly recommended.

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peterk
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had our 20th anniversary there and Michael and family were the absolute best. WE had many choices in Toronto and this could not have been a better one!

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NormanR
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service and great food, we will be back.

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Ryan
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing service and best Italian food that I have had in Toronto. Rocketed up to one of our favorite restaurants in the city.

I still dream of the starter bread.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The service was impeccable. And the food was so delicious. The lamb was PERFECT. I asked to be seated inside and was given a lovely spot with no questions asked. The waiter gave us attention throughout the meal and provide suggestions when asked. We had appetisers, 2 dinners, and dessert - all of them were fantastic but the lamb was PERFECT.

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SanazB
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Carisma is an amazing upscale Italian restaurant. The ambiance was amazing and the staff are so kind and caring. I would come back here anyday !

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VictoriaS
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Good was fantastic and service was excellent! Would go there again for another special occasion.

FAQs

Carisma is rated 4.7 stars by 1310 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.