Sotto Voce Wine & Pasta Bar

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CAN$30 and under
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Italian
Sotto Voce Wine & Pasta Bar has been one of the cornerstones of the Little Italy area of Toronto for the past 20 years. Known for its coziness in the winter (great for 1st dates) and it's see and be seen patio in the summer. "The Voce" continues to serve Traditional Italian Comfort Food and features an extensive "by the glass" wine list. Our style is cool and relaxed. The vibe and atmosphere we create will ensure a memorable evening. Now open for morning coffee, brunch and lunch! Free WiFi makes our patio your new office!
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.6
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4.4
Ambience
4.5
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TB
Toronto
51 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

This was my first visit - I don't go to Little Italy very often - but I will definitely be back.

I wondered why they gave us a teeny table for 2 when we checked in for our 6:15 pm reservation as we were the only diners. It quickly filled with neighbourhood folks. Even though there was a huge Monday night blizzard going on outside, the place was full by 8 pm.

The menu is classic Italian with some nice additions. There were quite a few specials to choose from too. We shared a few appetizers: meatballs (3 medium sized beef and pinenut with a lovely tomato sauce), sauteed Brussels sprouts, rappini, and beet-arugula-goat cheese salad. The decaf Americanos were fabulous, as I would expect in an Italian restaurant.

I really liked the vibe and if I lived nearby I would be eating at Sotto Voce a lot!

L
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience1

Food was good; menu was interesting, but noise level was unbearable. Will not be returning.

CD
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Consistently delicious food. Pasta and polenta dishes were outstanding and served hot. Service is very attentive and Anita the owner welcomes you to her restaurant as a guest in her home! Always a great atmosphere with energetic tunes and ambience. Always a fun evening that flies by at Sotto Voce. Thanks for another fantastic evening!

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Walked into a very friendly and welcoming staff! Food was delicious, the Del Mare pasta is a must try! Also the lamb was outstanding. The service was on point, we will definitely be back!!

Sotto Voce Wine & Pasta Bar
Responded on October 24, 2019

thank you so much...Hope to see you again soon!

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience4

Great atmosphere and food. Service was slow but I think their patio was busy. I do think the other staff should have asked if we needed anything other than just focusing on their own guests.

SO
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

The food here was nowhere near as good as I thought it would be, especially considering the cost. Everything was underseasoned and my potatoes were undercooked. I would not recommend eating here.

DL
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Food and service were very good. Seating a little cramped and noise from patrons and music a little too high.

ND
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always consistent, always great food and service. a small and intimate Toronto gem.

T
Las Vegas
16 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, service was exceptional and ambiance was just right.

R
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

lovely time as always and great food recommend for sure!!

L
Toronto
26 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a Delicious meal, excellent service, lovely ambiance // great patio. ! We will definitely be. Back !!

h
San Antonio
44 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food and service are always excellent. It always feels like we are in someone's own kitchen enjoying fresh and wonderful items. My husband loves the steak and also the shrimp pasta. I adore both their bruschetta and risotto of the day.

L
Toronto
26 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food, wonderful service... well-priced menu!! we will definitely be back!!

h
San Antonio
44 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a wonderful experience. Great food and staff. My favorite when I am in Toronto

NG
Tampa
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

The food and service were top notch no complaints and I think would go back, the outdoor patio was a bit noisy and not most comfortable but ok. Inside just too noisy for a nice dinner and reason for picking outside.

Overall good experience

Nick

OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

We have been for a few meals definitely a cut above in food and service. Definitely try it out.

JS
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

What a lovely group of people working the evening I was dining!
Both my companion & I thoroughly enjoyed our menu choices & would return in a heartbeat!

S
Toronto
37 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Delicious food, great service and really went above and beyond to accommodate us! Thanks for a great evening!

RO
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This little gem has been a consistent piece of heaven for years.... always recommend it to anyone in the city that seeks authenticity. Love.

RC
Atlantic Canada
15 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great spot and staff are fantastic- we will go again - thank you!

V
London
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Horribly slow service, main dishes arrived 1.15 hrs after order was processed. Extremely rude manager and entitled server. Mediocre food for dishes that did arrive. Hands down, worst serviced restaurant in Toronto. Will not be returning, would highly NOT recommend.

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It's unfortunate that I am leaving such a review as I was looking forward to dining here. I used to live in the neighbourhood and passed by this restaurant frequently. It wasn't the fact that the food arrived so late (the food that did arrive), accommodations could've been made accordingly. What was most insulting was the manager who attempted to put me in my place by telling me "actually" my order was inputted less than an hour ago. What the manager failed to realize was that actually it was an hour post order when she said that, and she also failed to acknowledge that we were waiting to even INPUT our order. We had to flag down the waitress to place our orders. The consistent excuse given was "the restaurant is small" - I've been to smaller restaurants with better and quicker service. This is unacceptable and I can see why they've downsized in space over the years.

M
Montreal
11 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Lovely little place, with a nice selection of dishes on the menu. The food was delicious and presented appetizingly, from the Tres Medi and meatball appetizers to the creamy Risotto & also branzini dish.
Service was fantastic, we had a nice comfy spot on the patio. We found the prices were very reasonable and of great value compared to the many nice dining places in downtown Toronto. Look forward to returning!

LI
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Staff were amazingly intuitive and accommodating. Felt like we were guests in someone's home. The food was incredible and the atmosphere was warm and friendly.

D
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The food and service was great, and I have already recommended it. VERY friendly and almost family-like atmosphere with the staff. I loved the hostess! She looked very put together which impressed me a great deal. I can't wait to go back the next time I'm in Toronto. My only issue was that the music was too loud.

thanks

LL
Miami
21 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience2

I would only recommend to eat at this restaurant when patio is open.
The smoke from the open kitchen fills the restaurant making dining a very unpleasant experience not to mention hair and clothes reeking of cooking smells! Too bad because the food was very good.
Better ventilation is needed!

DL
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Yes, already did on Trip Advisor. This was an excellent choice.

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall2Food4Service3Ambience1

Place was Smokey from kitchen and clothes smelled after of grease

b
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food has great flavour, nice variety of dishes. Great selection of drinks.

PS
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Always a great experience - Sotto Voce never disappoints! Food is great, service is excellent and ambiance is really good. Don’t think I’ve ever had a bad experience here!

PM
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic experience, food was amazing and the people were friendly.

U
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great wine list, delicious food and a good variety at a very reasonable price point.

EM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food, excellent service, good value and the music was great too.
Only complaint was its a bit small and we were sat by the door so people were always standing over our table, but the food and ambience more than made up for it. Will definitely be back!

EG
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing service and food! Definitely recommend

LJ
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

I recommended to a friend that we go to Sotto Voce as I had been a couple months ago after many years of not going and the food and service were both great. However, this past visit was NOT the same. After reserving a table, we were given the table directly inside the door & wind curtain, which the owner . manager assured us we would be grateful for as it was so hot inside......this was NOT at all true. We were freezing and were ready to leave if we had not been offered another table after asking a couple times. When the owner / manager saw that our server had accommodated us with a new table, she was not pleased and that was obvious. Our server did her best but it seemed very obvious that it is a stressful place to work on a busy night. Our food was 100% average which made the evening that much more disappointing.

TB
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We thoroughly enjoyed our evening at Sotto Voce; The staff and owner were so helpful in assisting us to choose our meal; they were extremely attentive and friendly. Our appetizers were very interesting , consisting of a wonderful variety of flavors. My husband loved the grilled octopus salad and my "Pesce" (Italian sea bass) was light, delicate and grilled to perfection. The dishes are very well priced and are prepared with care and imagination. The desserts, while not made on site are some of the most delicious tortes and cakes we have tasted. We will be back !

Sotto Voce Wine & Pasta Bar
Responded on January 28, 2019

Thank you so much, we loved meeting you both and look forward to seeing you both again soon! Anita

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SS
Montreal
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As soon as we got inside we were greeted, sat and had our coats put away. Here was always someone checking in on us and our food came fairly quickly. The two dishes we ordered and our app was so tasty! We loved it so much I wish there was more in our bowls! This cozy, dimly lit place gave off a sexy vibe that could only make you smile. Highly recommended.

Sotto Voce Wine & Pasta Bar
Responded on January 15, 2019

Thank you so much! We loved having you, hope to see you soon next date night!

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CB
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Anita the owner was very welcoming and very involved with a hands on approach. This speaks to the success of this charming restaurant.

RG
Berlin
9 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

The food and service are always good there. They have a good wine list and in the summer a lovely little patio in a great location.

RG
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

This was our first visit and it won’t be our last! The staff was very friendly and helpful with recommendations and the food was quite good. Overall, this was a great experience.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Birthday. I surprise him with something new every year. Another hit!

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