Don Alfonso 1890

4.6
393 reviews
CAN$51 and over
Contemporary Italian
The city’s most internationally acclaimed restaurant, Don Alfonso 1890 Toronto is the only North American location of world renowned Michelin Star Chefs Alfonso & Ernesto Iaccarino’s Don Alfonso 1890. Located in historic Casa Loma's Conservatory, Don Alfonso 1890 is now open for a limited run pop up beneath the stunning McCausland stained glass ceiling. Showcasing the incredible cuisine of Chef Ernesto Iaccarino and the wonderful fresh flavors of the Amalfi coast. Since opening, Don Alfonso 1890 Toronto has also been recognized with a number of prolific national and international awards and honours, including Gambero Rosso’s ‘Best New Restaurant in the World’ and Tre Forchette (3 Forks), La Liste Best Italian Restaurant in Canada and in the Top Ten of Restaurants in Canada, Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants, the DiRoNA - Distinguished Restaurants of North America, OpenTable’s Top 100 Restaurants in Canada and the Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 393 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.6
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.2
Value
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipQueensshopper18
Toronto
65 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

This is second time dining at Don Alfonzo and it was not a disappointment at all. The food was amazing as was the staff. The new location at Casa Loma was lovely and the tables were socially distant and we felt comfortable and at ease dining during this pandemic.

Each course was brought to the table with a flourish and every dish was explained to us in detail. The dining experience for our Anniversary was just the icing on the cake.

We will be back again and we just want to say thank you for being so accommodating. Until next time - thanks for the memories.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience3

So so so bad. Got the classic menu with wine pairing. Wine pairing was delicious. Food was atrocious.

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RosieA
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Superb tasting menu with accompanying wines in a gorgeous setting.

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StreamBTSDynamite
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful ambience for a fancy seven course dinner. Great for celebrations. Would love to come here again in the future.

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JacinthaD
Toronto
15 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

What a lovely evening, and the service was impeccable. The menu was so well curated and delicious! It was a fabulous meal, adventurous and new, we savoured every bite! The wine pairings were worth it too!

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Kevin
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Amazing food. Some of the servers however need to be able to describe the food served in more detail.

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cruzjk
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Came here for our anniversary and we were treated like royalty. The food was exceptional, the staff was amazing and the decor was beautiful. I highly recommend everyone to come and eat here!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My boyfriend and I came here to celebrate his birthday, and it was an amazing experience from start to finish! We were greeted by name at the entrance and promptly escorted to our seat. The decor was beautiful and every table was amply spaced apart to ensure social distancing. We both chose the Classic Menu - every course was beautifully plated and cooked to perfection. Our servers were extremely attentive. At the end of the meal, my boyfriend was gifted with a lovely silver wine stopper that was engraved with the Don Alfonso logo. I would like to give special acknowledgement to Samuel. He was the perfect host! He was very knowledgeable, professional, and conscientious. We had mentioned to him that we loved the delicious truffle butter, and he returned from the kitchen with a huge sample for us to take home on the house. I would highly recommend Don Alfonso 1890 - you will not be disappointed!

Don Alfonso 1890
Responded on September 29, 2020

Thank you for your positive feedback. We are thrilled you enjoyed your dining experience at Don Alfonso 1890 Toronto. We look forward to seeing you again very soon! Best, Sarah K. Marketing Coordinator Liberty Entertainment Group

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AnthonyD
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding experience!

Don Alfonso 1890
Responded on September 29, 2020

Thank you for your positive feedback. We are thrilled you enjoyed your dining experience at Don Alfonso 1890 Toronto. We look forward to seeing you again very soon! Best, Sarah K. Marketing Coordinator Liberty Entertainment Group

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DonP
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing night with spectacular service and unbelievable food

Don Alfonso 1890
Responded on September 29, 2020

Thank you for your positive feedback. We are thrilled you enjoyed your dining experience at Don Alfonso 1890 Toronto. We look forward to seeing you again very soon! Best, Sarah K. Marketing Coordinator Liberty Entertainment Group

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall2Food4Service4Ambience4

We’ve dined at Don Alfonso before covid. After reopening we made a reservation and went back only to find out at the door of their previous location that they had moved. The staff did not mention moving to their new location when confirming my reservation. We arrived finally 30 minutes late feeling irritated. This is not the level of attention one would expect from a fine dining restaurant - especially when treating its repeat business.

Certain items on the tasting menu were also exactly the same as my previous experience, which makes it difficult to justify a return. Part of the excitement of Michelin dining is using seasonal fresh ingredients to create something new, so it’s a pleasure to keep going back. This recent experience at Don Alfonso disappointed on that front. The black truffle lacked flavor and was also disappointing compared to previous black truffle dishes at Don Alfonso. The biggest highlight was the luxurious setting, the dining room was beautifully arranged with great ambiance - evoking a certain “style over substance” spin on the evening. While I don’t regret this experience, I also don’t see myself returning for another meal.

Don Alfonso 1890
Responded on September 29, 2020

Hello, We are sorry to hear that you had a negative experience and appreciate you taking the time to provide feedback. Don Alfonso 1890 Toronto takes reviews very seriously as it is our priority to ensure all guests receive an outstanding dining experience, while in a safe and welcoming environment. We would like to learn more about your experience. Please contact General Manager Samuel at (416) 214-5888 to discuss this matter further. Thank you. Best, Sarah K.

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PamA
Toronto
16 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Enjoyed a truly beautiful dining experience at the Don Alfonso pop up at Casa Loma. The staff were attentive and the meal was delicious. I also had the wine pairing which was delightful. It took us almost 3 hours to enjoy the meal but it was time well spent.

Don Alfonso 1890
Responded on September 29, 2020

Hi Pam, Thank you for your positive feedback. We are thrilled you enjoyed your dining experience at Don Alfonso 1890 Toronto. We look forward to seeing you again very soon! Best, Sarah K. Marketing Coordinator Liberty Entertainment Group

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DANIELw
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

very good service , food was amazing and very unusual, the environment was unique and unmatchable my wife and me had such an fantastic dining experience that we never experienc before, i would highly recommend this to my wealthy friend . will tell my friends that they will have an unforgeattable and a fantastic evening of fine food and dining experience

Don Alfonso 1890
Responded on September 29, 2020

Hi Daniel, Thank you for your positive feedback. We are thrilled you enjoyed your dining experience at Don Alfonso 1890 Toronto. We look forward to seeing you again very soon! Best, Sarah K. Marketing Coordinator Liberty Entertainment Group

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Tracy
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

New pop up at Casa Loma was gorgeous! An excellent meal!

However, we enjoyed our dinner at the original location a bit more. It felt like the food took a bit longer between courses and some of the servers might have been a bit newer (kept changing the placement of our utensils?) But it is new, so it should get better.

Parking was $15, not validated.

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vipColleenR
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Once again, the food, wine, and service were outstanding. We are so excited that Don Alfonso has found a new home inside of Casa Loma. Can’t wait to return again soon.

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Mrinal
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a classic & contemporary meal & both of them were works of art on a plate -visually & super tasty too !! Our captain Shay was super efficient & answered all questions v patiently . It’s a win win !!

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vipDesmondC
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food is just exceptional - every dish gave me surprise, from bread to dessert. Amazing experience, one of the best italian, if not fine dining, restaurant in the entire GTA. My new favorite.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience from beginning to end. Service and food were excellent!

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davidw
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Went on a Tuesday Evening. There were two other occupied tables. Initial server was new and had limited grasp of English however he was quickly replaced by an eloquent gentleman who was definitely a pro. We were seated in a poorly constructed banquette with very uncomfortable seats made out of shiny silver vinyl.
It is a beautiful building but the Lighting was poor.
I’ve been to several Michelin Starred Restaurants in the past. I suspect this guy earned one some time ago, but maintaining that Standard is a very big task.
I don’t think the judges would award him one now.
Don’t get me wrong, the food was good....but not worth a star. He definitely deserves full marks for plating presentation. But falls a little short in substance. The sommelier did a very good job with the pairing. The pours were a little shy. I suspect he is under the gun to get twenty glasses out of the bottle.
Dinner for two (one contemporary and one traditional) , one glass of CDR and one wine pairing with a tip was almost 600.
For the value....Ok... but not great.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

I went to don alfonso last year and surprisingly they did not change any menu that I tried dishes last year. Service was excellent but hope they do some development for new menu.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Loved that there were two separate menu styles that fit everyone’s dietary preferences and allergies!

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chris
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Don Alfonso is more than a restaurant - it is a food experience. Every dish is well thought out with the finest ingredients and cooked to perfection. The service and presentation is also top notch. I have eaten at many of the finest Michelin Star restaurants in Manhattan, and Don Alfonso is in that same tier.

Don Alfonso 1890
Responded on March 10, 2020

Hello, Thank you for your positive feedback. We are thrilled you enjoyed your dining experience at Don Alfonso 1890 Toronto. We look forward to seeing you again very soon! Best, Sarah K. Marketing Coordinator Liberty Entertainment Group

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vipYungJeck
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

always order from all the menus then you're doing it. Haven't done chefs menu yet but hear its the bomb as well.

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Fernando
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was a great experience, I would recommend it to anyone that can afford it -it was expensive but worth it for an special occasion

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vipMary
Toronto
18 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food, service for a special occasion!

Don Alfonso 1890
Responded on March 10, 2020

Hello, Thank you for your positive feedback. We are thrilled you enjoyed your dining experience at Don Alfonso 1890 Toronto. We look forward to seeing you again very soon! Best, Sarah K. Marketing Coordinator Liberty Entertainment Group

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MarcoL
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We've been to multiple Michelin star restaurants; Don Alfonso 1890 was the best so far. We liked the way the food was presented while keeping the flavor profiles enjoyable to the average palate.

Don Alfonso 1890
Responded on March 10, 2020

Hi Marco, Thank you for your kind words. We are thrilled you enjoyed your dining experience at Don Alfonso 1890 Toronto. We look forward to seeing you again very soon! Best, Sarah K. Marketing Coordinator Liberty Entertainment Group

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vipOpenTable Diner
Montreal
6 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We came from Montreal to dine here after hearing such great things. From the moment we arrived we were exceptionally well taken care of by the Maître di. Our server and sommelier were knowledgeable and excellent at suggesting the items we might enjoy. We started with the duck breast and Lobster appetizers. Both amazing!!! For our main we both had the Bison which was better then any filet we have ever had. The presentation and the perfection of the flavours and cuisson of every item was really what 5 stars are meant to represent. On a final note don’t skip the bread with the nuts and truffle butter. Wow! To end our perfect dinner we were given a tour of the kitchen and a chance to meet the chef and staff preparing this perfect food as well a wonderful tour of the wine cellar which didn’t disappoint! Thank you to all of you who made our evening so special. We can’t wait to come back!

Don Alfonso 1890
Responded on March 10, 2020

Hello, Thank you for your positive feedback. We are thrilled you enjoyed your dining experience at Don Alfonso 1890 Toronto. We look forward to seeing you again very soon! Best, Sarah K. Marketing Coordinator Liberty Entertainment Group

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chris
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First class

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mike
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Perfect Portions
Amazing Flavour
Will definitely go again

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was a birthday dinner and I was more inclined towards repeating Alo which has been by far my best dining experience both with their ala-carte and the tasting menu, but, my wife so desperately wanted to try Don Alfonso out. Hence, as is the case with most married men, we came to Don Alfonso and I have to say they didn’t disappoint at all, both, in terms of the food & in terms of the impeccable service provided.
What makes this place standout apart from their exceptionally good food, is the attention given to small details - starting from the way the menu is presented to the various plating techniques, speaks volumes. And, their complimentary tour of the kitchen & the wine cellars needs a mention definitely.
Never been offered a tour of a restaurant before, and it certainly was an extremely insightful experience to know about various techniques of Italian cooking, how they make their breads, the collection of wines as per regions and finally, to my surprise, I was informed “Lebanese Wine is a must try if you can get your hands on any”.
Definitely a nice end to the day.

Don Alfonso 1890
Responded on March 10, 2020

Hello, Thank you for your positive feedback. We are thrilled you enjoyed your dining experience at Don Alfonso 1890 Toronto. We look forward to seeing you again very soon! Best, Sarah K. Marketing Coordinator Liberty Entertainment Group

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RichardK
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing dinner

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MarkMcT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience4

We booked for Valentines, set menu two choices. Overall food was good and ambience was nice. Service was biggest disappointment... pretentious, slow, inattentive, disorganized... they dropped canapés twice off our plates to the floor and ignored offering to replace the items, despite our concerns. Need to seriously replace waiters and service staff, they all constantly whisper and engage in rude customer commenting.

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Drewan
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was my first fine dining experience and it didn't disappoint! The servers were very attentive. The food was delicious and the environment was great. The only thing I can really pick on was the noise level, I would have liked it a tad bit more quiet. All in all though it was and amazing date night.

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vipTanzinite22
Toronto
14 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding experience from the moment we arrived. Everyone was totally attentive, professional and accommodating.

The food was truly exceptional. We were impressed with everything including how it was served!. Everyone receives their plates simultaneously!

Thank you for making our celebration exceptional.

Don Alfonso 1890
Responded on March 10, 2020

Hello, Thank you for your positive feedback. We are thrilled you enjoyed your dining experience at Don Alfonso 1890 Toronto. We look forward to seeing you again very soon! Best, Sarah K. Marketing Coordinator Liberty Entertainment Group

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Lynntara
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We enjoyed our early Valentines dinner and it was our first time at Don Alfonso. Everything from the service right down to the last bite of desert it was fabulous. The meals were so delicious and flavourful and my mojitos were perfect!! We will definitely be coming back and bringing some of our foodie friends with us. Thank you again❣️

Don Alfonso 1890
Responded on March 10, 2020

Hi Lynntara, Thank you for your positive feedback. We are thrilled you enjoyed your dining experience at Don Alfonso 1890 Toronto. We look forward to seeing you again very soon! Best, Sarah K. Marketing Coordinator Liberty Entertainment Group

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was excellent
Very good cocktails

Lovely dinner Excellent service

Don Alfonso 1890
Responded on March 10, 2020

Hello, Thank you for your positive feedback. We are thrilled you enjoyed your dining experience at Don Alfonso 1890 Toronto. We look forward to seeing you again very soon! Best, Sarah K. Marketing Coordinator Liberty Entertainment Group

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JJ133
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Flawless service, beautiful presentation. One of the best in Toronto!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience3

The service was horrible. Our waiter literally took away a plate while my husband was still eating. Our waiter was pushy and aggressive during the entire service.

Our waiter was so annoyed that we took a while to order and we complained about the quality of the food that he practically flung the cutlery onto the table.

Our food was mediocre at best. We sent back two meals because they lacked flavour and were cold. I left this restaurant and went home and ordered pizza!! It was that horrible!!!

Don Alfonso 1890
Responded on March 10, 2020

Hello, We are sorry to hear you had a negative experience and appreciate you taking the time to provide feedback. Don Alfonso 1890 Toronto takes reviews very seriously as it is our priority to ensure all guests receive an outstanding dining experience, while in a safe and welcoming environment. We would like to learn more about your experience. Please contact General Manager Paul Cowlishaw at (416) 214-5888 to discuss this matter further. We look forward to hearing from you. Best, Sarah K.

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NicoleM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I went for a couple's dinner as a birthday celebration. We loved everything - the friendliness, ambiance, staff experience and expertise, food, wine selection, and value for money. We were also given special desserts and a small gift to celebrate the birthday. We found that the experience was above and beyond expectations and we both fully recommend the restaurant!

Don Alfonso 1890
Responded on March 10, 2020

Hi Nicole, Thank you for your positive feedback. We are so thrilled you enjoyed your dining experience at Don Alfonso 1890 Toronto. We look forward to seeing you again very soon! Best, Sarah K. Marketing Coordinator Liberty Entertainment Group

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MariaM
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service was impeccable. Food was superb. It was a bit noisy.

Don Alfonso 1890
Responded on March 10, 2020

Hello, Thank you for your positive feedback. We are thrilled you enjoyed your dining experience at Don Alfonso 1890 Toronto. We look forward to seeing you again very soon! Best, Sarah K. Marketing Coordinator Liberty Entertainment Group

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Don Alfonso 1890 is rated 4.6 stars by 393 OpenTable diners.

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