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.