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Il Covo

4.5
239 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.
What 239 People Are Saying
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4.5based on all time ratings
4.5
Food
4.6
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.1
Value
Noise · Moderate
89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AmyV
Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great authentic italian food and a beautiful atmosphere for date night.

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AndrewN
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A must to visit. Epic food and wonderful service. Authentic Italian hospitality and cuisine. An incredibly wine list. A team that works together. If you want a special meal - this is one you should try.

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Foodlover
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

An amazing experience, we celebrated our anniversary at IL COVO, and they customised they menu since I am pregnant. Very accommodating and very very friendly and sweet people who work there as well.

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Discriminatingcanadian
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food is delicious. Portions are small. Sommelier is friendly and knowledgeable

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RichardK
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

All the dishes we selected were great - looked great and tasted great. Many interesting flavours and each dish was described fully. The staff were very knowledgeable. Busy night, but service was efficient and professional.

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ErinM
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience2

The service wasn't the greatest. It was almost a half hour of us being there before we had our orders taken. Then our main dishes were forgotten about.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience3

For some reason they just couldn’t get it together. Wine order didn’t come until reminded. Risotto with truffles came without the truffles. Water for the table was inexplicably rationed. Great food with very uneven service.

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Robert
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

I have already recommended this restaurant to several people after a great visit, portion sizes are perfect, service is authentic, flavors are unique and perfectly balanced.

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VanessaP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went for a birthday

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vipTenioE
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A unique culinary experience not to be missed.

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VinceC
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Feel the value I feel the tasting was over priced and 4 hours is a long time to sit through a tasting

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SuelenA
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience! I ordered the tasting menu and was amazing! Staff really friendly and knowledgeable.

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MattM
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Couldn't think of a better restaurant to celebrate my engagement at. Thanks to all the staff there for making it a special night

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ThomasL
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

An absolute pleasure. Thomas was amazing and the food was spectacular.

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Milan
Toronto
15 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What an experience, il covo it’s just everything I was looking for: exceptional food, amazing service, unique decor and attention to details! We’ll come back soon for the north menu in the winter

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ILANS
Hong Kong
6 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

We enjoyed the food but experienced a very awkward service for the first time in our life with a waiter who was very rude giving us the feeling we were disrupting his day

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vipnelly
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Easily one of the best dining experiences I've had in Toronto.

Il Covo epitomizes hospitality. We felt comfortable and welcome the moment we entered. It has a very cozy, relaxed vibe, unassuming atmosphere, with top notch drinks and dishes, and incredible staff and service. They also have the holy grail of Italian wines.. their wine list is incredible.

The food is phenomenal. We had the tasting menu and we were extremely impressed with the quality and overall presentation of every dish. We've tried many different tasting menu's in Toronto and Il Covo's tasting menu is definitely at the top of our list!

Il Covo is a serious gem, and one of the best Italian restaurants in Toronto.

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RajiA
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love the food and ambiance. Thomas has the best service in the city. He's casual, attentive, friendly and makes everyone feel comfortable. His knowledge of food and assessing your palette to make wonderful suggestions always makes me want to come back because I know I'll be taking care of ! Oh and Luca 's cocktails are the greatest.

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IrenaZ
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We had a lovely anniversary dinner! Wine and food was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

On the decline.

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Ifiok
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was so nice, they arranged the table so it was comfrotable for all of us. they didn't waste time and the drinks were amazing.

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vipCharbette
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Unbelievable food, superb service, amazing wine list!! Never disappoints.

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Milan
Toronto
15 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, amazing service and outstanding wine list... hands down best Italian restaurant in the city

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vipnelly
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I am a regular guest at Il covo and every time I come back I am more and more impressed with the menu. There are always new dishes and everything we’ve tried was amazing. Incredible experience as always!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Giuseppe and Thomas were incredible! We had the 6 course tasting menu with wine pairings and it was exquisite! Thank you so much for an incredible, unforgettable meal. It made us all feel like we were back in Italy.

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vipAnonymous
9 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Cozy warm decor, impeccable executed food and attentive friendly service!
We really had a fantastic time!
Thanks

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vipAnonymous
9 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wait staff were extremely friendly and helpful. Delicious meals!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience2

A sorely disappointing experience. Came here with my partner on high expectations and left with a funny taste in our mouths. I eat out often and rarely feel compelled to offer feedback.

Service was inattentive and standoffish. We were ushered to the host stand at the center of the restaurant and left to wait there awkwardly without greeting or acknowledgement for 5-10 minutes despite having a reservation. The menus took another 10 minutes to hit the table after being seated.

My partner and I gave our experience at first the benefit of the doubt, as it felt as though it was either grossly understaffed or a particularly busy night. Unfortunately the service did not improve after the house had cleared out. Our server seemed impatient for us to go, the cheque came faster than anything else in our meal.

As for the food: the sword fish carpaccio (mopped up with the bread from another dish) was delightful! Everything else was a range of under-seasoned to over-cooked. Well conceived dishes with mediocre execution. Cannot comment on dessert or cocktails as we were not encouraged to stick around.

Hopefully this was just an off-night, but I won’t be returning.

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vipChefRoger
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Went for a date and it was really really nice. The food was so tasty, absolutely loved the pork belly. Everything was so well prepared and the staff is so friendly

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JustADude
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food & great service!

We tried a whole bunch of dishes (zucchini flowers, fish carpaccio, risotto, seafood pasta, eggplant main) and everything was delicious. The staff was super friendly, welcoming and professional.
Will definitely go back

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vipTheresaL
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best Italian in TO! Appreciate the help selecting wine.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A really warm friendly environment. Beautiful room. Everyone was really welcoming. It genuinely felt like a restaurant in Italy in that regard. Food was excellent. Sharing menu strikes the right balance. The wine suggestions were really interesting. Unusual options but perfectly paired with the meal. The room is beautiful and stylish but didn’t lose the intimacy of a neighbourhood place. It’s busy, but you don’t feel jostled or harassed the way you can in a lot of new places. And there was music on but it didn’t overwhelm conversation. Prices were reasonable for food of this calibre. Il Covo has become one of our favourite places in the city. Can’t recommend it highly enough.

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EricS
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Il Covo had delicious food with a true Italian ambiance.
Each dish had a story but you didn't receive the explanation unless you ordered the tasting/Chiefs menu.
We ordered the same dishes - three each but din't get to know the details of each dish - that were interesting.
The meal was pricey so be prepared to spent a fair amount.
I prefer more explanations and a better value for the dollars.
I would recommend it a as real Italian meal but not my regular establishment.
Thank you

MC
vipMikeC
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food. Perfectly good pricing. Phenomenal wine list AND suggestion from sommelier. Great setting. Portions were fair and not overburdening. Loved every minute and will be back many times. No question.

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Milan
Toronto
15 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Incredible as usual. This place always satisfies my cravings

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RRuns
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Tried the tasting menu - it was alright (first dishes were great, last three were only alright). The service was excellent. Very romantic, dark ambiance.

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vipAnonymous
9 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food and amazing service!
Fantastic restaurant!!

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FrancescoF
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of my favorite Italian restaurants in Toronto, a must...🙌🏻

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vipJndel
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Exceptional dining experience.

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TomY
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience2

Food was very competent. Tables were a little too close. The server bumped into my numerous times while serving the table next to us. Extremely noisy.

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Il Covo is rated 4.5 stars by 239 OpenTable diners.

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.