Carisma

4.4
764 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Italian
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  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Authentic
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.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of Operation
Lunch:

Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 2:30pm


Dinner:

Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm


Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(416) 864-7373
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Allan Hilario & Andy Szeto
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Catering
Please contact CARISMA directly or email us at info@carismarestaurant.com for details on Catering.
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Cross Street
Yonge St.
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Parking Details
Parking is available on the street as well as next door in a public lot.
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Public Transit
King St. Subway Station
Additional
Bar Dining, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Wine

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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Special Offers

1,000-Point Tables

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Daily 5:00PM - 6:00PM 8:30PM - 10:00PM

What 764 People Are Saying
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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1Food 4Service 1Ambience 4

This was THE worst dining experience I have ever had.

We presented an open table cheque (#79328) and they told me it was “expired.” We paid for our full bill and tipped without using the “expired” cheque, and finished our dessert.

We googled and it says Open Table cheques expire after 180 days. We asked to see the manager to discuss why she felt the cheque issued on October 16/18 was “stale.”

The owner came out and told us that her bank (CIBC) wouldn’t cash Open Table cheques after 30 days and that she wouldn’t get “burned” again by Open Table.

The owner’s husband (?) came out and started to yell at us and told us that he “worked all his life for the restaurant and didn’t need to be “ripped off by open table”.
They were extremely rude and speaking loudly infront of the other patrons.

They both threatened us, told us to “get out” and told us they didn’t care about Open Table customers.

The waiter then apologized profusely for the management’s behavior, and we left.

Honestly, after tonight’s experience I would never go back to Carisma and I don’t know if Open Table would want to be associated with this establishment. I would appreciate if something could get back to me to confirm the 180 day cheque expiry.

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SB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing experience! Would highly recommend to others.

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OT
Portland
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My favorite Italian restaurant. I visit every time I’m in Toronto.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 3Ambience 2

I have been dining at Carisma at their location on King Street for 7 years now, and it has maintained my vote for best Italian Cuisine in the city of Toronto, even after a recent trip to Florence. But, it is with a heavy heart that I must report that their new home at 15 Toronto Street, just a slip north or their original locale leaves a lot to be desired. Gone was the charming, intimate and elevated dining ambiance. The only remaining shining quality was the food. I had reserved a table for me and my partner to celebrate his milestone 40th birthday - and the whole experience felt like an afterthought. Every single experience previous to our last booking resonates in my memory as incredibly special, which, by comparison is incredibly saddening and disappointing. The light in the new location is off, almost sickening and huge tablecloth-less IKEA tables separate diners in an almost isolating way. A note to other Carisma patron hopefuls , do not book late in the evening unless you want to be a part of the staffs clean up ritual. We felt rushed out as staff stacked tables and chairs around us. A night I had been looking forward to for weeks fizzled into disappointment. I hate to leave this tale with no compliment to the fine food we enjoyed, but I certainly will not be back to Carisma save perhaps an afternoon by myself to enjoy the top notch cuisine in a setting that feels more business lunch casual than my memory honoured intimate celebratory meals of yesterday.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

Came here for dinner to celebrate my birthday, which was on the reservation . I was a little disappointed they didn’t acknowledge that it was my birthday . Aside from that I felt the tables were too small and too close together. Portions were tiny and the food seemed to be lacking flavour for me. We had the gnocchi , truffle pasta(it was a daily special) and sea bass. I don’t think I would go back.

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SM
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The service was incredible. Never been to a restaurant that has gone over and above to create such a personal experience.

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ES
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We chose Carisma to celebrate my birthday based on reviews and the proximity to our hotel in Toronto. We were staying at the King Edward and the restaurant is just a block away. And it was a fabulous experience in every possible aspect. The staff is warm, friendly and super helpful. The place is lovely and the service is super efficient. And the food... that is absolutely top. Delicate flavours, perfect textures, everything cooked to perfection. The menu is varied and has options for every one, the portions are generous and satisfying. Haven’t eaten such wonderful pasta in a long time. The grilled calamari were absolute perfection and the best example of how a great cook can combine just a few, simple ingredients and produce something memorable. Carisma is Italian cooking taken to a new level, at a surprisingly good price and in a delightful environment. A real gem to treasure in a city with many good restaurants but few that get everything so right. We cannot wait to go back!

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BA
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love the new location and room - felt like I had been transported to Italy for a truly wonderful evening of amazing food and wine - service was exceptional !

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AP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 1Food 3Service 1Ambience 1

Worst dining experience ever. Our condescending waiter totally spoiled our evening. I won't be going back.

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JD
Naples
5 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

At first sight we thought the seating was too bright and crowded. But between the amazing food and the exceptional service the atmosphere was lively and entertaining.

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Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The waiter Amadeus made the evening. He hugged me when I arrived and made me feel immediately welcome. His description of the specials was nothing short of amazing and entertaining and his conversation and service level was at the perfect level. The food he recommended was outstanding. Definitely would go there again and would try to get served by him again. Simply OUTSTANDING. Helped to make a special evening even better!

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h
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

When we got to Carisma, it was relatively empty except for a party in a separate room. Soon afterwards, the restaurant was full. Although it was full, the noise level was not high and although the separate room was only separated by a wine cabinet, we didn't hear anything from there. Service was attentive throughout the evening.
Appetizers: Warm mushroom salad (Insalata Di Funghi) and Seared Scallop with Foie Gras (Capesante Con Foie Gras)
Mains: These were the daily specials: Shrimp Risotto and New York Steak
Desserts: Molten Chocolate Cake and Strudel
All of the food was very tasty and prepared to our request.

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T
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

We loved the old location this new location and version of carisma will take a little getting use to. Food and service is still really good but the vibe is different.

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FM
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Food and service were excellent as always. But, the restaurant is just not the same in the new location. It just doesn’t have the same vibe.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Carisma has moved to a new location. Same staff and same fantastic service. Food was awesome. I ordered the beef carpaccio which seemed smaller than expected for the price. Would have preferred more meat and less arugula. The osso bucco was quite satisfying. Overall great atmosphere and great experience.

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DG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Overall was a fantastic fine dining experience. Amazing customer service. And such a classy and relaxing scene!

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B
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great modern space with goood authentic Italian food . Great wait staff! A litttle on louder side but well worth a visit! Great for group or a dinner date!

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

Usually very good but this time was a miss with our main served cold.

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JA
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Carisma has great food and wine lists . I love the new location !!!

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G
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best in the city. Bar none

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S
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Place had a great atmosphere but they seemed to rush us out ... the server was awesome, just seemed like the owners were all over us to eat and leave . Food was overall great ....

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d
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service, there's little like it in the city to match their attention to detail and hospitality.

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RM
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My wife likes Italian food and I went to Carisma for my Wife's birthday dinner. I was talking to my colleague and he suggested me this restaurant. It took a bit for me to find the restaurant because they recently moved to a new location. But, on google they still had the old pictures and due to the landmark in the pictures we were trying to find the restaurant at the old location. Anyways, it was not that far from the previous location. So, after entering the restaurant, it was an amazing experience for us. The ambiance.. The staff... Everything was fantastic. Food was delicious. We had a three course meal everything was lip smacking. You have to watch for their prices but it is worth of it. I would definitely recommend if you want to visit this place.

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OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food. Excellent server. Nice cocktail. Love the new location. Definitely recommend.

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T
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Slow service

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A
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 2Ambience 2

Our recent dinner to celebrate a birthday was mediocre at best. My partner's pasta was undercooked, not even el dente. I ordered the veal with mushroom sauce and they forgot the sauce so I had to wait for the server to bring some out in a container. When we ordered the apple and pear struddel, the server came back and said they had no vanilla ice cream (which is suppose to accompany the struddel). They offered chocolate ice cream which wouldn't taste very good with this partuclaur dessert. We passed on dessert but still had it on our bill and had to ask the server to take it off. We don't mind spending $300 for a special dinner, but honestly, the only thing we really liked was the bottle of wine we ordered. So disappointed. We both said we wouldn't go back. We celebrated at Scaramouche last year and it was 100x better.

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C
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Could not have been more friendly-I think we met everybody on the floor except the chef. The wine "guide" talked us down from $100 bottle of wine to $75 and he was right. Elegant, quiet, very attentive. Could not have been better for our last night in town.

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AT
London
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Charisma has recently relocated to Toronto St and it was worth the wait whilst they closed for a few months.

The owner greets you and takes time to talk to you, the service is excellent with staff very knowledgeable about their offerings. The food is fabulous and the fantastic choice of great Barolo wines is top notch.

The atmosphere and decor is great too!

We certainly enjoyed our meal and trip to Carisma and will definitely go back.

Thank you Michael & staff

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HC
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very good food and seevice

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HR
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Beautiful upscale restaurant! The gnocchi was one of the best we have had. The owner handled a small issue respectfully and exceeding our expectations. We will return again soon as a result. Best of luck at your new location.

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 2Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

Disappointing. The new venue lacks the charm, character and ambiance of the previous location - this restaurant could be any contemporary eating establishment in the city. It seems the emphasis was on being trendy, and in as much the enjoyment of the overall dining experience has been diminished. This, along with a much more expensive bill, will prevent us from returning to what once was one of our favourite restaurants in Toronto.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Bellicimo!

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding restaurant. Owners work the floor and know theirbcystomers

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m
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 3Food 1Service 3Ambience 3

order anything but pastas. i think you should be good then

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G
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had visited Carisma at their old location. The decor at their new location very modern and airy. Food is great and very attentive service. "You gotta eat here".

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L
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful food, delicious pasta. Service was great and friendly. Love this restaurant!

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CR
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food! Fresh and flavourful. However, the price is a little high for the value.

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AG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

We were concerned that it was actually their "last night" as they were moving locations the next day, but in fact, other than regulars stopping by and wishing the owners good luck, there were no stumbles at all that we could tell. The food and service were both great. My lamb was superb and the fish that the others ate was delicious. The appetizers were great and since it was my birthday the complementary candle in a cake was great too. As far as the singing waiters, can't say they got all the notes on key -LOL! But can hardly wait till they're back open at a new location.

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LA
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went on the restaurant's last day on King street. You could tell that the restaurant staff really enjoyed working together as they were taking pictures of each other to commemorate the occasion. Our waiter was wonderful and quite frankly all the staff were very attentive to our needs. The food was delicious and authentic. Will go again when they open their doors at the new location.

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OT
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 1Ambience 3

Had high expectations but was not impressed.

This is my first time here, and i actually heard about it for many years and didnt get a chance to give it a try. Unfortunately, the food was good as i hoped. I had the osso bucco, and it wasnt tender and flavourless. The rissotto that came with it had not taste. I only smell thmye that came with the dish and taste the parsley in the rissotto. My girlfriend ordered the scallop risotto, which tasted better. You can taste the seafood flavour, however there was sand in her scallop, and the scallop was sliced in half to make it two pieces. She had two pieces (4 sliced in half). The risotto was not cooked well, it was quite raw for some of the rice and it was hard to chew. Iwas quite disappointed as i had very high expectation.

The server didnt pay much attention to my table, maybe because i didnt order a bottle of wine, like the table next to me. He asked if we needed pepper or cheese, and then went to serve the guest next to us. He forgot to give us pepper and cheese for the tasteless food. Also, i had an empty glass of water for half my meal.

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