Food was excellent, service was quick - great for a date night
The service was great from the moment we walked in until the moment we left. The noise did get to us though - found it to be very loud in general.
Great space. Snowy night and wasn't offered coat service. Very friendly and competent waitress. Limited dessert choices.
Ovest has been a reliable favourite for us over the past few years, but our most recent visit was a bit disappointing. Where we were used to bold flavours, beautifully presented, our meal this time seemed a bit uninspired. Not bad, but not really remarkable either.
One feature of an open concept kitchen is one can see what is going on. On this evening I did not recognize anyone who was working on the line. I don’t know if there has been significant turn-over, or if I am just not remembering faces well. But there also seemed to be less energy and fewer smiles among the staff than I recall from previous visits.
I hope this was an off night, rather than a sign of bigger problems.
Food was pretty sub-par. There is way better Italian food elsewhere. Our server didn't know what she was doing at all. It's a beautiful venue, great space, but the food and service didn't make it worth going.
Four of us went to celebrate my birthday on a cold, snowy Monday night. The place was not busy (first time I have been there that it wasn't), I am sure that was based on the weather and day of week. It didn't make a difference though, the restaurant is so cozy and inviting, with great music playing where we could still hear ourselves talk without yelling at each other. The food is delicious, I have never had a bad meal here. This time around we started with the barbabietole (beet salad), and had a combination of gnocchi, cavatelli, and ravioli for our main between the four of us. All plates were very yummy. They allowed us to bring in our own birthday cake, which not all restaurants (very accommodating). The staff were very friendly and attentive. I will definitely be back and recommend it to others.
I liked the space and ambience. Our food experience was 'okay' but I had hoped for better. I was looking forward to eating at the OVEST based on the rating and hoping to find a great Italian restaurant in my neighbourhood. I was surprised to find the flavours to be underwhelming and lacking vitality. Every dish seemed to be missing something from the seasoning to the temperature to the texture. The vegetarian pizza was plain with watery sauce, the pasta and calamari was somewhat overcooked and the tiramisu was okay. To be a repeat customer there has to be at least a few great dishes and out of the six food items we ordered I would say only 1 dish warranted a repeat meal.
My boyfriend and I went to Ovest for date night. I ordered the Bistecca. Amazing steak, and the potatoes were crispy on the outside, but melted in my mouth! My boyfriend ordered the Market Seafood Risotto and really enjoyed it. The waitress made sure to check if we had any allergies she should let the kitchen know about. I'm lactose intolerant and it didn't occur to me that they'd put butter on the vegetables or potatoes, so she saved me there. The restaurant had a good atmosphere, and the tiramisu was incredible.
I usually make modifications to my meals and they never ever give me a hard time. Some places give you this look like you're from outer space, but not the waiters at Ovest. Keep making my experience one to remember :)
The restaurant was amazing!! The fresh pasta and pizza dough tasted great. Our waiter, Massimo, was very helpful in helping us decide what to eat and when the bottle of wine we chose was out he, without hesitation, grabbed us another fantastic bottle of wine. I would highly recommend this place and I would definitely go back.
We were very impressed on our first visit.
Excellent pastas, salads dessert.attentive staff.
Excellent all around .
It felt like you were dining in Italy The servers were from Italy very knowledgeable on food and wine
This was my 2nd time at Ovest. The food and service is always excellent. The ambiance is wonderful and it is a great place to have dinner with friends, family or a spouse. Ovest always impresses me, and I highly recommend it!
Too loud WAY too loud. Food was good service was poor felt ignored throughout the entire evening
This restaurant never disappoints. There is great attention to detail and the home made food is evident that there are great chefs in the kitchen. Notable wine list and terrific for Christmas parties and special events. We love this place!
I'm avl regular and always have an extraordinary experience
Great service, our waiter was attentive and friendly the food was terrible! My wife and I cook better meals at home! Extremely disappointed given past reviews regarded this place so highly , that’s how we based our decision!
Great atmosphere, best authentic italian restaurant in Toronto. It has an affordable wine list too.
OVEST never disappoints...from the service to the food, always great.
Decent restaurant overall.. Good was ok not great. Very few patrons.
Excellent food and service. The restaurant was bust, but not too loud. Great ambiance.
This was a great find thanks to google great reviews. Staff amazing chefs food to die for it is a family run business very knowledgeable about the history of the vine cellar. 10 out of 5 stars 😁
Coming from an Italian family that only eats homemade food, this restaurant was like home. The atmosphere is amazing, very detailed and feels like you’re in a basement wine cellar in some spots with exposed bricks and wine racks everywhere. Great food, great service, and noise level was tolerable... couldn’t hear my partner at times, but was only due to more guests arriving and a sudden increase in music volume. Other than that, I will recommend this place to anyone and will return myself.
Great night at Ovest, Service was very good. Hope to see Ovest expand appetizer menu.
Excellent food and great ambiance at this Italian resto in King West. We were a group of friends meeting up from different parts of the city, and this was a great spot. Authentic and creative menu, many choices, good wine list and a happy, vibrant feeling. We would come back. There was a large group that arrived, seated nearby, as we were finishing our mains, so we opted for dessert and coffee out front at the outdoor seating, for quieter conversation, which we appreciated. Wonderful, thoughtful service as well.
The food was average and disappointing. Service was phenomenal however 5 stars.
Amazing staff. Delicious food.
I left my doggy bag at the table by accident and only noticed when I got home. When I called to see if they still had it, they informed me they had thrown it out already. BUT they insisted on making me a new batch of leftovers! I was blown away! When I returned to pick it up, they recognized me and handed over the bag and APOLOGIZED TO ME!! I was blown away by this service. Some restaurants still don't understand what good service really is but Ovest totally nailed it. Thanks for an amazing evening!
The food here is on point. Service was a bit slow and unattentive. We will return.
What an incredible dining experience! The food was absolutely spectacular and pleased my mother-in-law who is from Italy (and very picky with her Italian). All of the flavours were so fresh and well thought out. We really enjoyed the meal!
The food was further brought to life by the exceptional hospitality and service from the Ovest team. The Owner himself was there and made sure to come by our table to see how everything was going.
On top of that, the ambiance was the perfect blend of lively and zen for an intimate but fun dining atmosphere.
We cannot wait to go back and neither can my mother-in-law... which says a lot! :)
Highly recommend you check them out for the best Italian in the city!
Excellent appetizer platter and amazing cuttlefish ink risotto. Another great meal and excellent value.
A very good experience. Staff was very attentive and willing to help. Will return.
Food was great! Service not so much. Reservation was for 7:45 didn't leave until 10pm. Waiting way too long for food
Food was excellent - real authentic and great variety. Buckwheat pasta dish was so so but everything else was exceptional.
Great decor and atmosphere. Food and service were spectacular. Would recommend to everyone and anyone who has a love for good Italian food.
Amazing experience, great for a date nighg
Food was ok, nothing special. We both ordered pasta (Lamb ragu and Seafood pesto) and both were bland. Service was good and restaurant is nice. Overall I would not recommend.
If you're looking for good Italian food in the area...this is where you should go. Great food, fantastic service, and nice ambience.
Nice Place and service. Desert and appetizer were a bit expensive
So awesome - we'll be back! The food was AMAZING!!
Loved the artichokes and carpaccio :-P
all and all was a great dinner but they brought the wrong dish for my date, whom didn't want to complain and ate anyways. They took the dish off the bill so they did take care of us after!