Ovest cucina e Vineria

4.5
299 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Italian
Top tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Birthdays
  • Special Occasion
Ovest brings a unquie Italian dinning experience to Toronto!

Come into our home to experience authentic Italian cuisine and hospitality. Let us guide you through our handcrafted menu highlighting the best of regional and seasonal Italian cuisine. From our many different pastas spanning regions such as Sardegna to Emilia-Romagna to unique variations on classic Italian dishes such as our Tuna Caprese and Scallop Carpaccio,
You want a Roman style pizza?
Ovest offers more than just the expected.

Our team of highly professional and trained Italian staff will make you forget about Toronto and will take you on a vacation for a few hours to Italy.



Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of Operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:30pm; Sunday: Closed
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Phone number
(416) 214-6161
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Executive Director John Tedesco
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Neighbourhood
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Cross Street
King St and Bathurst St
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Parking Details
There is street parking available on King St., as well as a Green P garage at Tecumseth St., just southwest of King
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Public Transit
King St Streetcar stops just east at King St and Tecumseth.
Approximately 2 minute walk westbound from King St and Bathurst
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Wine
What 299 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.4
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.4
Value
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DN
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Service is very good but our meals were disappointing. Although nicely presented, the food, which included pasta, pizza, steak veal and salmon, lacked flavor. We love the ambiance and might give it another try, but I’d hesitate to recommend to friends.

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St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Ovest is incredible. Among the best food I’ve had my entire stay in Toronto. Authentic from the bread to the pasta. The owner is wonderful, as well as the waiting staff. I will be coming back here every time I’m in this city and will always spread the word. You can’t go wrong with anything here!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Anniversary

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved it food people and ambience

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AG
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very good italian restaurant (being italian myself I can tell). If you want to have good food authentic service just go. Could be casual or smart the tone of the restaurant is adaptable :)

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DM
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Love this place!
Great food, great wine options, great service and very nice clean place.
Owner came by to greet my family.
Highly recommend it. Great for date, casual with friends, business, nice and spacious for big groups.
I live in king west and keep going back.

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JS
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere. Reasonable Wine prices

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Came to Ovest with friends to celebrate mine and a friends birthday on a Saturday night. We are from NY so didn’t know what to expect when picking a place for our birthday dinner. Extremely impressed and satisfied with everything about this place. The atmosphere was perfect and then food was amazing. Service was so great yet relaxed which helped make the experience more comfortable. The owner even came over to discuss wine selections when we had a few questions! Tried 2 appetizers which were great and then each entreé was also amazing. Will definitely be coming back when visiting Toronto!

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n
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

We had a lovely meal. I particularly appreciated the gluten free pasta option, the attentive,friendly service, and the leisurely atmosphere.

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Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

One of my favourite places to eat. Great for groups. The food is always prepared well and our server Jessica was exceptional as usual.

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MO
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Awesome pasta dishes!

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious! The restaurant acknowledged our anniversary with champagne. It was a lovely evening!
5 stars.

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BV
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Ovest has an amazing atmosphere and even better food. I love coming here with friends.

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I
Toronto
18 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely delicious authentic Italian food. Pizza was better than libretto, grilled calamari was incredible and veal medallions were unreal. Great experience, will definitely come back!

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GT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Classic experience at Ovest cucina e Vineria, wonderful hospitality and outstanding food. A must for anyone who is looking for authentic Italian dishes with fresh and vibrant ingredients.

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OM
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service, food and wine. Really enjoyed the experience

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MB
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 1Ambience 4

The food was good but the service was terrible. Not sure if our waitress was new but she was incredible slow and only took orders from half the table so our food didn’t come out at the same time. She was also unapologetic as was the restaurant.

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Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Nice restaurant with a great wine selection.

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New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic food and service. Always a great experience at
Ovest. A presto!

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WA
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 2Food 4Service 1Ambience 3

We had previously been here once before and really enjoyed.
On this occasion the service was horrible. There was 1 big party in the restaurant( 10 people) and all attention was on this group. There were too few servers and everyone was focused on this party of 10 or so....

Our waitress took forever to attend our table and when she did come took forever to bring drinks and food after ordering.

very disappointing. They did give us 3 desserts for free to apologize but we will not return.

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EM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 3Ambience 3

Such a disappointment! I booked this restaurant due to the great reviews as I did a lot of research to find a foodie worthy Italian restaurant for a special birthday on King West. We wanted to try a new place as we have already been to most of the highly rated restaurants in the area. I ordered a pasta with seafood. The server said that the seafood included shrimps, scallops and calamari. When the dish came there were no scallops so she took it back to the kitchen to exchange it. That was great. When it came out the second time, there were scallops or rather miniature size pieces that were very fishy and inedible. I started to eat the pasta and could smell that it was "off" and it was very salty. My stomach was not happy. The waitress offered me another dish but by this point I wasn't even hungry anymore and I had already made 1 trip to the ladies room. I was disappointed that my special night was not what I had planned. The others in my party said they were also not very impressed by their meals and would not go back. The server was sweet but not very experienced. We had to wait for fresh pepper and parmesan as she didn't offer them on her own. I did receive a complimentary piece of tiramisu which was good. The restaurant is nicely decorated but the noise level was really high even though we were in a corner.

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1 review
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Felt like we were in Canteen in the basement of an old farm house. Spacing between tables was fantastic so no one was sitting on top of each other. Great for having one on one conversations.
Would go back for sure - so many delicious choices on the menu it was almost too difficult to pick just one.

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L
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food is tasty, service is amazing, it doesn't matter if they are busy or empty, they are always welcoming. The owner is always there, and that might be the reason behind the excellent service and the quality food. We frequent this place very often, and although the owner seems not to remember us, he and his team are welcoming.

The food is Italian, it is not your daily american pizza place, ingredients are freshed, and is the most authentic, like being in a small town in Italy.

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PD
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

amazing time. We were there to celebrate my parents and they took care of us the whole time. An excellent evening.

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Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was incredible, service was amazing and at a very reasonable price. Pasta is always fresh, ingredients are high quality, will be going back very often

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Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

Good food. Great wine list. Rookie staff every time we go in.

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AM
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

Burrata was good. But my main dish of Cavatelli with Nduja was incredibly salty. Almost non edible. I think it was a mistake because the other dishes were quite good. It was packed. Great ambiance but service was very slow. I would give it 1 more chance...

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MW
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of my favourite restaurants in Toronto!!!! The food is fantastic. A very warm welcome always from John Tedesco. Wish I lived here full time. I would dine here every night!!!!
Thank you to all the staff for such a great experience. Marlene from South Carolina USA

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LP
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful and cozy restaurant, and amazing ambiance. Good choice of seating, there's a bar, tall tables and a more traditional dining area. You get a nice view from any table, as the place is very well laid-out and obviously designed with a lot of care. There's a wood burning oven that makes amazing pizza, some of the best I had in the city, hands down; free bread, amazing salad and cocktails.

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Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love this place.

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1 review
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Small portions but overall very good. Disappointed that there were no gluten free dessert option.

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Toronto
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Our waitress was very sweet. She was new and struggled with a few things, but she was trying hard and I know she will be up to speed in no time. The training for the wait staff is impressive and we have always had amazing service.

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EM
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I took my partner here for his birthday and was overwhelmingly pleased with the choice! To start, the wait staff (Daniel in particular) was approachable, very knowledgeable of the menu and the values of the restaurant. Throughout our meal, he gave us our space so that we didn't feel over-waited on, but also came and talked to us at great length when we wanted to discuss the food and how it reminded us of our recent trip to Italy.

Of course, additional to this, the food was phenomenal. It was gourmet without having a gourmet price tag attached. The beef carpaccio was out of this world good. The gnocchi and ravioli was also phenomenal (all made in-house). The wine was exquisite (and from an area that we travelled to while in Italy).

Nothing bad to say at all. The entire experience was wonderful! Can't wait to go back again!

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Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Arrived earlier than my reservation, got seated to a corner which is away from a party setting (love this arrangement). Food was good & tasty, sure will go back some times later.

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Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This amazing place with fantastic staff saved me at 10:30 on a rainy Thursday evening! I was entertaining a guest from out of town who was leaving the next morning and everywhere else was closed or closing. They held the kitchen open so that we could get our apps and mains order in. Not once did we feel rushed or like an inconvenience to the staff. This was the first time I had been here and based on my experience, and the amazing food, I will definitely be back.

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Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great Friday night dinner. There was a party of about 20 people, so the noise levels were a little high at times

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Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was excellent, service was quick - great for a date night

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AR
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

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.

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r
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Great space. Snowy night and wasn't offered coat service. Very friendly and competent waitress. Limited dessert choices.

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Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

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.

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