Don Alfonso 1890

4.7
586 reviews
CAN$51 and over
Contemporary Italian
The City’s most internationally acclaimed restaurant, Don Alfonso 1890 Toronto has been named the #1 Best Italian Restaurant in the World, outside of Italy, and awarded Meal of the Year by 50 Top Italy. 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 Chefs Alfonso and 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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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
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 586 People Are Saying
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4.8
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4.8
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4.3
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RajivS
London
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

The food was excellent and the place is beautiful. The service was slightly lacking given the quality of everything else, but overall a fantastic experience.

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MagnoliaTom
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Impeccably designed dishes. Such a treat to experience this amazing Italian restaurant in the beautiful Casa Loma in Toronto.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Impeccable service matched by the best meal ever in the city. Delicate care put into every course. A must-do experience especially for an occasion!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience5

My date had a GREAT experience with his meal however the place is definitely not for vegetarians or vegans like me. Our Captain and Servers were polite, prompt and very knowledgable. Fantastic ambiance! Elegant yet cozy and comfortable vibe!

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JamesP
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time at this place and wow is all I have to say atmosphere was incredible and very well organized our server was friendly and very knowledgeable definitely be back in the near future.

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vipmichaeld
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall2Food3Service5Ambience5

The location and atmosphere are special and unique. Good service. Cool place if from out of town and want to do something different. Food and wine list are subpar compared to similar priced venues if wanting a great food experience.

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Ppkk
Montreal
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5Food3Service4Ambience3

Excellent service but the temperature in the room was too low, ruin the whole dinning experience

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing service from everybody who came by our table. We had the chefs tasting menu and thoroughly enjoyed our meal. Great wine selection too. Will definitely be back soon!

Thank you

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HappyItalians
Toronto
15 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Truly a gastronomic experience.
Attention to plate presentation second to none.
Explanations of dishes upon delivery to table much appreciated.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience5

Can’t get a hold of anyone at the restaurant by phone and it seems that they don’t listen to their voicemails. We wanted to add an additional person to our table. We left several voicemails starting over 24 hours before our reservation to no reply. The reservation took a non refundable deposit on booking se we were invested in going. We took a chance and arrived with 7 instead of 6 people and sadly we were not accommodated. They split our party into two tables of 5 and 2. We dined there while looking at a half empty restaurant. It would’ve been better had they answered our calls or voicemails and let us know that they couldn’t accommodate us with one table. Lots of other restaurants in the city that wouldn’t have made this so complicated.

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AliceH
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything is just perfect, food, service , ambiance.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

A good place to celebrate anniversary.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Classic testing menu $180 is valuable with Michelin dishes , fresh food and excellent service.

The wine pairing $110 (7 different) is over value, most of sommelier-led selected wines are from Italy and French, they are good march the food.

My wife and I had a wonderful time for Christmas Eve.

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Fernando
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great way to finish 2021!!!

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Finn
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Great atmosphere
Great service
But food is Meh… they really need to work on their tasting menu…

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vipTamaraB
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Don Alfonso went above and beyond all of our expectations. We choose the a-la-carte menu with a 3 course meal since it had the slightly bigger serving sizes (the other option is 7 courses of smaller sample size servings). Each and every option that we tried was filled with amazing flavours, textures and cooked to perfection. Down from the bread starter to the desert. The ambience and atmosphere was also incredible, the architecture of Casa Loma made it a night to remember. Would 10/10 recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for the perfect fine dining spot in Toronto.

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Mehz
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great ambience, knowledgeable waiters. They always do something special for anniversary.

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Arkiloth
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Simply Amazing, I just wish the ambiance music to be more suitable with the setting of the restaurant.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
20 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Every bite was amazing! The experience is great. My son loved the Waygu Beef

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John
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

Both the lead waiter and the sommelier rushed through the VERY rehearsed “spiels”
No personal service what-so-ever. (We had set tasting menu with wine pairing) Food was mediocre at best for taste. Nothing “Wow”, definitely much better eating locations in the city. The Casa Loma location itself was quite nice. We enjoyed the table location in the room and the decor. Definitely not a Michelin star meal.

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Jake
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Tasting menu was amazing and our server Andrea was helpful and friendly

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AndreaM
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A birthday celebration
Attentive staff, food was delicious and beautifully presented, excellent wine selection

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vipColin
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

I took my best friend to Don Alfonso to celebrate his birthday. My food was tasty, but unimaginative. Meats were flavourful and well cooked, but the dishes were boring overall (shrimp with cherry tomatoes and mozzarella, beef with potatoes three ways, etc). Restaurant was unprepared to cook a proper vegan meal for my friend, despite two advance voicemails and a note on the reservation about the dietary restriction. They served him spaghetti with cherry tomatoes and basil for his second course. Staff were apologetic.

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ElanD
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went for my wife's birthday and she said it was her favourite ever birthday dinner we've been to.

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LizB
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

An amazing and enjoyable experience.

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vitam
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful service from Andrea and team. Food was exquisite. Ambience was elegant. Already booked our next visit.

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vipISABELLEL
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience3

Food is OK but not worth the money. Super tacky decor but outstanding service!

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NicW
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went with the sommelier/chef's menu, and the entire experience was outstanding. It was a very thoughtfully designed menu with variety and depth of flavour. The venue was impressive with high ceilings and detail. The staff were knowledgable and very friendly and professional. The price point was higher than I had initially expected, but for the quality of food and service, it was worth it.

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Nylarev
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

If you aren't into the set menu, choose a la cart, it is reasonable for the quality ambience and service. Great pop-up restaurant in a castle. I loved my dinner. It was for a birthday. I had duck appetizer, rigatoni for pasta dish and lobster for main. Tiramisu for dessert.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food! Amazing service! Beautiful atmosphere! 10-10 !!!!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

the food was incredibly, we cannot wait to go back ! Thank you so much to Matt for your outstanding service with us.

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Kappy
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Nice restaurant but they heavily push the full tasting menu.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Simply Perfect!

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous from start to finish. Thank you especially to Andrea our waiter who was bang on with recommendations for our meals!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience4

It was quite, roomy and service was great. Food itself, not as good as it could be for this price point.

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StuartF
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our anniversary meal was incredible. My girlfriend is vegan and they arranged a full 5 course tasting menu that she adored. I had the a la carte, the duck was my absolute favorite but all the dishes were delicious in their own way. The sommelier Paige had wine pairings for both of us on each course, amazing. Service staff and management were helpful and passionate about their work, big thanks to manager Marco, server Frank, and his Serving Assistant Jide (sorry for the spelling). Absolutely worth the price for a special occasion.

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vipIAMSIX
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and variety was fantastic as was the service. We had a private dinning room for our family, and although the restaurant is beautiful, this private room was also very nice. Highly recommended.

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ParisaH
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience3

Too pricy for the food and not many options on the menue

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was one of the best dining experiences I’ve ever had. The location was quiet and beautiful. We were greeted by the most kindest server ever. He was patient and guided us through the menu. We had the a la carte menu and the dishes were exquisite! The seasoning on the seared wild blue shrimp was just right! Not salty, not bland, just perfect!
For the primi, we got the Gli Agnolotti del Plin and the il Vesuvio di rigatoni…WOW! They were both beautifully plated and tasted just as good as it looked… or maybe even better than how it looked. The La Fioretina was beautifully cooked. Medium rare. Soft and well seasoned. All in all, it was an amazing date night and I’d definitely go there again for the experience and tastiness of the food!

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Jackie
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We celebrated our 10th year Anniversary and it’s superb! Overall from service to food… everything is excellent! It’s worth it! Definitely not our last time :)

FAQs

Don Alfonso 1890 is rated 4.7 stars by 586 OpenTable diners.

Don Alfonso 1890 does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://liberty-entertainment-group.vouchercart.com/app.

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.