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Il Covo - Toronto

4.4
334 reviews
CAN$51 and over
Italian
We crafted Il Covo to be a place where one can easily unwind, relax, escape the routine of life, and feel as though they are cared for by family. Il Covo is a meeting point with a warm, energetic and convivial atmosphere for those who want to enjoy a thoughtfully prepared dinner, accompanied by a large selection of wines by the glass, craft beers and playful cocktails. Our culinary brigade operates a gastronomic laboratory built on solid professionalism and thorough knowledge of Italian food and wine. We wanted to create a casual home with an emphasis on simple Italian cuisine that combines traditionalism and modernity, drawing inspiration from every region of Italy.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
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
  • Contact tracing information collected
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 334 People Are Saying
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4.6
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.2
Value
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MikeS
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

10/10 fabulous foods top shelf

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Georgie
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

The food was authentic upscale Italian, they are Michelin rated after all. I lived in northern Italy for 5 years and my friend who came with me is Italian. They had a good wine list and cockatoos menu.
The mushroom risotto was absolutely to die for, better than any risotto we have had, the salad and pasta was delicious, the presentation and the service was very, very good also.

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anonymous
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, great service, would come back again and recommend to others

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vipMarkH
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great meal to celebrate our oldest son’s professional success!

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great atmosphere and amazing food quality

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service and food amazing - great wine selection. Black truffle risotto beyond words.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and service! Can’t wait to go again!

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WillG
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Great service and great food. Staff was very nice. I had a great time

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ClareW
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

The service at this place- stunning. Ambience very cosy and exclusive.
Appetizers I got the foccacia. It was alot thicker than I was expecting but was okay.
The mains were arguably alot better. I love how the chef does his own twist on classical italian dishes. I got the lasagna and i was pleasantly surprised by how they finished it in the oven to crisp up the ends to use as chips. Ingenious and delicious

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome venue, intimate setting and delicious food

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great dinner!!!

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vipRobertWindsorON
Montreal
7 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We enjoy dinner at Il Covo every 5-6 weeks when we visit Toronto. Giuseppe and Davide are always most gracious. The staff is fun, considerate and attentive. The menu, specials and wine list are a treat.

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Bonesy
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Nice, cosy atmosphere. Delicious food. Friendly staff.

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WubeG
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Early Sunday Dinner in late November.
Seated promptly in a dining room fit for romance.
Attentive, unobtrusive and thoughtful service from Taryn and team.
Seamless in fact. Wonderful appetizers and pastas shared.
An impressive wine list and cocktails on offer.
But mostly, I challenge you to find a more delicious or beautifully presented
Lasagna di Mare. Sorry. You lose.

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roseg
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing. Attention to detail and great food. Loved it

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Cynthia
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I gave it the highest rating because the entire dining experience was superb.

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SherNiran
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

I had a great time at this restaurant! Great food! Very pricey so if you're someone who can afford it, go for it. If not, reserve for special occasions. The waiters were so hands-on, stowing our jackets, refilling water and taking care of the table settings.
The only thing that lacked was the abundance of fruit flies that drew back from such a perfect evening. Tip: One part apple cider vinegar one part dish soap does the job.

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ElizabetaR
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience5

The appetizers, dessert, drinks and coffee were very good. Very very disappointed with the pasta dishes. The Carbonara had so much black pepper it was inedible. Stringy "ham/bacon". The ravioli was good but the ragu/sauce was nothing special. I make better sauce. Everything else was perfection, service, ambiance, drinks and wine. We are consummate foodies and was honestly shocked that two basic pasta dishes could be so underwhelming.

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Jack
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience2

Took a friend here for his birthday, having had an incredible tasting menu experience several years ago, and we were deeply disappointed. The quality of food has absolutely nose-dived; overcooked lasagna, bland ravioli, and bread that was clearly baked from frozen dough. The service was attentive and helpful, but I can't help but be annoyed at the cost to quality ratio, having paid top dollar for what was just competent food.

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SandyB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

The service was excellent. The ambience was very nice too. We were seated at the only high top and although we were the closest to the door, it wasn't at all congested or awkward.
The appetizers were a little disappointing. They were not bad, I just expected more creativity and flavour. The menu said the salad was mixed herbs & greens but I only saw 1 kind of green in ours and the croutons were teeny-tiny. The main portions were smaller than expected, however, because we had ordered a few appy's - we were not left hungry. The pasta was cooked well but I asked for more pepper. The branzino was cooked very well also. We ordered the tart for dessert and again, it didn't feel extra special - bland actually. Our dinner mates ordered the tiramisu. They enjoyed it very much.

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D27C
Toronto
18 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely splendid!

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Tina
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely memorable experience, service and food were fantastic. Will definitely be returning many more times!

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MarcoFeratti
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

Friendly and attentive server and maître d'hôtel, but disappointing food. The charcuterie is indistinguishable from supermarket quality. My steak was chewy and had a line of silverskin right through it. That's just poor craftsmanship. Like many restaurants they play upbeat slightly too loud music to get people to eat up quickly.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall2Food1Service4Ambience3

Fish portion was small and burnt
Carbonara cheese was too bitter
Food not proportionate to price by any means
Staff pleasant

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vipfoodieto
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had booked the Back Room for a private dining event. The atmosphere was just perfect. Everything from the lighting to the decor. The staff were great and the food was amazing. I had suffered a medical emergency during dinner. The staff were quick to help me, ensure my well-being and remained with me until I felt better. The manager also called me the following day to check on me. Considering that, the evening was perfect. Everyone in our party loved the restaurant and the food. We will definitely be going back again. Highly recommended.

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Marie
7 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very good moment spent at Il Coco!
The food was excellent - very good quality of products.
The charcuterie, bread, olives were delicious and the pastas (carbonara and lasagnas) was tasty and cooked very well.
Also the team was smiley and always around if you need something.
Definitely an address that I recommend for a dinner with friends, family or date.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Went here for a birthday dinner with a party of 9 people and thoroughly enjoyed it! Wonderful and attentive service. The drinks and food were very good. For big parties there’s a long table at the back of the restaurant that gives you a bit more privacy that we really appreciated.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing good and impeccable service. Highly recommended!

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ErinL
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience2

Very disappointing meal.
Everything was lacklustre, from the service to the drinks to the food, which was cold and poorly prepared.
I would not return or recommend this restaurant.

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vipsirdinealot
Toronto
45 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Our first time at Il Covo. Great little place. Everything started out good. Service was attentive and we received our cocktails and apps - they were good. When our apps were cleared, service somehow stopped. Our server no longer visited and we sat there and waited 35 minutes for entrées (both pasta dishes). We asked two servers when our food was coming and was told 4 mins...it took another 10 for a total wait time of 35 mins between app and entrée. When our food arrived, service somehow started again - refills on water, asking if we need more wine, etc etc... Two pasta dishes were ordered - Bucatini and Risotto. The bucatini was amazing but the risotto was an embarrassment and came out on a flat dinner plate vs a risotto bowl and was soupy-watery vs rich and creamy. A man did come and tell us that they lost the order chit in the kitchen. At the end of the meal, another told us they were using a 'new system' and it caused issues and delays. We finished our dinner, skipped dessert and ordered two espressos and asked for the bill. The manager/lead server returned and offered dessert/drink (we were done) and gave us a drink mix to go instead. We're happy that they addressed the issue but they really should've comped the pastas as we only ate a quarter of the risotto and waited so long. I'm sure we'll eventually try Il Covo again, but not for a while.

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HarrisK
London
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Incredible experience from the food to the friendly staff!

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vipRobertWindsorON
Montreal
8 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Gracious, helpful and fun staff. Innovative and delicious menu. A wine list curated by one of the owners that always offers fantastic non-LCBO selections. My wife and I love Il Covo!!

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vipmultipurposeone
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Not really a brunch - food was all lunch. Service was obnoxious.

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vipcabbagetowner
Toronto
16 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Giuseppe and his team always ensure the evening is a special one. Great food and wine selection.

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Emilie
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Wonderful restaurant! The pasta is freshly made, and absolutely incredible!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

Food was very good tasting and the wine was also great. was disappointed that our pasta came cold.

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NataliaC
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great service and a delicious menu. Would recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience2

Average service, subpar food.

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ktya
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and service was great. Will be back!

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ConstantineG
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great, fresh, traditional Italian food. The staff are wonderful and the drinks are delcious! Highly reccomend!

FAQs

Il Covo - Toronto is rated 4.4 stars by 334 OpenTable diners.

Il Covo - Toronto does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.ilcovo.ca/store/gift-cards/.

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.