Don Alfonso 1890

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Contemporary Italian
The city’s most internationally acclaimed restaurant, Don Alfonso 1890 Toronto has been named as the 2nd Best Italian Restaurant in the World by 50 Top Italy. Don Alfonso 1890 Toronto is the first North American location of world renowned Michelin Star Chefs Alfonso and Ernesto Iaccarino’s Don Alfonso 1890. Showcasing the incredible cuisine of Chef Ernesto Iaccarino and the wonderful fresh flavors of the Amalfi coast, Don Alfonso 1890 is an internationally recognized award-winning concept. 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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DC
Toronto
9 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.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

d
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.

OT
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.

OT
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!

c
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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YJ
Toronto
1 review
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.

F
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

M
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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ML
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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OT
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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c
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First class

m
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Perfect Portions
Amazing Flavour
Will definitely go again

OT
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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RK
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing dinner

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MM
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.

D
Toronto
3 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.

T
Toronto
12 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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L
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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OT
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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JJ
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

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

OT
Toronto
5 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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NM
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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MM
Toronto
1 review
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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MR
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went to Son Alfonso to celebrate my husband's birthday. The food was outstanding and so was the service. On our way out the host took us for a tour showing us the wine cellar, the different rooms and the kitchen were we met Don Alfonso's son ! It was a great evening. Thank you to all the people working in this fine restaurant.

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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OT
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing, food, ambience, service, we even got a tour of the restaurant

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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JB
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best ever. Menu is based on 2 Michelin star menu in Sorrento. Every dish was unique, innovative and well executed. It’s a must.

Don Alfonso 1890
Responded on March 10, 2020

Hi Jerry, 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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L
Toronto
25 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was the closest I’ve come, in Toronto, to a Michelin starred restaurant. The tasting menu with wine pairings was great but it was the service that put the evening over the top! I’ll be back.

OT
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best service and dining experience in Toronto!

Don Alfonso 1890
Responded on January 27, 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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M
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Yes but your reservation system needs to improve. I thought your main restaurant was called 1890 and when I arrived they led me to a table above, close the bar which I found unacceptable. Fortunately, they found me a table in the main dining are.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall2Food3Service4Ambience2

Not sure I would return. We were there on a Wednesday so I guess we should expect a smaller crowd. Front bar was closed so we were shuttled upstairs alongside a private group for a drink.
Prices were crazy, even for Toronto and the food was fancy but not great.

D
Toronto
35 reviews