Trattoria Gusto

4.3
234 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Contemporary Italian
Top tags:
  • Pre/post-theatre
  • Casual
  • Special Occasion
Fine Italian cuisine in beautiful downtown Port Hope.
Located in the historic Waddell Hotel, Gusto is the perfect location for a romantic evening, intimate family gathering or business event. First rate service combined with exquisite cuisine in a beautiful historic setting
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary Italian, Comfort Food, Pizzeria
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Hours of Operation

Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:30pm

Lunch: Saturday & Sunday: 2:00pm - 4:30pm

Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:30am - 2:00pm

Dinner: Monday - Thursday, Sunday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:30pm - 9:30pm
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Phone number
(905) 885-1198
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Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Mathew Thompson
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Neighbourhood
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Cross Street
Mill Street
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Parking Details
Small parking lot - easy access to street parking
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 234 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
Food
4.4
Service
4.3
Ambience
4.1
Value
Noise · Moderate
88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Great lunch on the patio overlooking the river. Our server Heather was wonderfully accommodating at getting us a table partly in shade and partly in the sun. Meals were interesting and tasty. Great pre-theatre location. Just try to give yourselves plenty of time - the food took a little while to come out, which wasn't a problem for us.

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3.0Dined 4 days ago

Menu was limited, service slow, food average if not below.

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3.0Dined 4 days ago

Lunch for four, excellent service. Two of us had the daily fish special, tasty if a little overcooked. One had pizza and enjoyed it, the other had caesar salad, which was excellent, but the added chicken was seriously overcooked, which was a shame. There are not many places to have lunch in Port Hope that are not junk food or sandwiches, so always nice to go to a pleasant location. We will certainly return and would recommend this restaurant to visitors (and locals who should support a restaurant like this to ensure it continues to operate).

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

We enjoyed a delicious meal, seated on the patio. Great service and lovely situation overlooking the river.

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4.0Dined 7 days ago

We had a most enjoyable meal prior to going to the Capitol Theatre. Wait staff was very attentive, friendly and responded to all our inquiries in an informed, pleasant and timely manner. My sole complaint would be the cost of your wines which we found to be overly expensive. Would definitely come again and would recommend your restaurant to others.

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4.0Dined on June 11, 2018

Overall very Good. Bread was burnt.
Mussels sold out. Seafood linguine was excellent. Casear Salad ok (no anchovies).

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4.0Dined on June 7, 2018

This is our regular go to place before the theatre. Great food at reasonable prices. We also love the outdoor deck - great place to stop on a bike ride.

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5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

I reserved a table at Trattoria Gusto for a lunch with my uncle. We had both been before but they never disappoint. The food was delicious and savory and the service is always just the right amount of checking in but not overwhelming. My uncle had a sore neck and we were given the table in the front window with the comfy wing-back chairs which worked out perfectly. I love visiting Trattoria Gusto and most definitely will again.

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3.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Food was average and the service was unpolished. Decor is looking a little worn

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

There were three of us and we all had different items off the menu and we all loved our meals. The service was excellent, very friendly.

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4.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Our food was very good, and service pleasant and helpful but an hour to wait for the entrée was much too long.

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4.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Lunch on the patio overlooking the Ganaraska river. Nicest location and best food in Port Hope

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5.0Dined on May 24, 2018

Amazing lunch! Enjoyed everything we had, and the staff were all spectacular! They really go above and beyond to make you have an outstanding experience! Next time will try out the beautiful riverside patio.

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2.0Dined on May 15, 2018

We love the ambiance and feel of this restaurant, and it is always my first choice when planning for a special event. (We were celebrating 3 birthdays that evening). Unfortunately the noise level that evening was unbearable. Three of us sat at the round table in the centre of the room. A table of 6 adults sat behind and were unbelievably/unbearably loud (not sure where they thought they were). Later a party of (I'm guessing, 10 - 15) came in and sat at a long table in front of the fireplace. We were not able to carry on a discussion, we subtly moved our chairs closer together, but that did not make a difference. We enjoyed our meals, and did not comment on the noise until we left. We were sorry that we did not make reservations in the beautiful, and quiet bar. Thank you.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Mother’s Day dinner... unusually quiet, was expecting a busier night. Food was fantastic as usual! Service was great.

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2.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Made reservations for a party of 8, took over an hour to receive our order, no ever came back to see how the food was or if we needed anything else. I wanted to order a glass of wine the next time someone would come to our table, someone from our table actually had to go to the bar to order a glass.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

I had the chicken Parmesan. The best I have ever had! Will come back just for that!

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4.0Dined on May 5, 2018

We have been here several times and have enjoyed lunch and dinner. Love the outdoor patio on a bright summer day. Our served did make an error on the order but promptly corrected it. Pizza here is amazing!!!

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Thank you for the wonderful dinner once again! My husband loved his surprise birthday dessert. It is so nice to go somewhere that staff recognize us. Our very favourite special occasion place

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Always excellent!

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2.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Went for lunch at 12.30 as reserved. Our table had been given to someone else so it took a bit of time to seat us. They had run out of soup, beet salad and quiche. Long wait for the food which was good once it arrived. Ordered cake for dessert. The waitress came back to say the cake had been spoiled in the baking but offered me another dessert free of charge. Lots of apologies but still.....

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1.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Pre-theatre lunch, reserved for 8 at 12:15 pm. We are all there seated, order our entrees. First bad sign, told they were out of soup, then next person wanted the Beet Salad, out of that item too. Really? By 12:15 pm? Two items off the menu? Two of our parties order meals that come with salads, they are served. We wait, we wait. Now 1 pm. I flag our server and tell her we have a theatre time to meet. She notes it. Now 1:15 pm. We have been seated for an hour, no meal, no explanation, no server in sight. I walk to the reception desk, first I am told to wait, then our server comes. I remind her of our timing issues, she looks at me and says "I have told the kitchen, there is nothing more I can do for you". I ask for a manager, I am told, "no manager". Back to the table have a discussion my friends, server then appears and says that they are having oven issues and it is the pizza order that is holding up all our lunches. First we have been told of this or even advised about the long wait. Now almost 1:30 pm, we have to leave in about 10 minutes to get to the theatre, we decide to give up on our lunch, as even if we cancel the pizza it would still be 10 more minutes at least for our meals. We ended up buying a wrap at a bakery across the road and eating it as we walked to the theatre. This is ridiculous. One of the worst restaurant experiences I have ever endured. I was embarrassed and felt badly for our group, as I had suggested this restaurant. I would NEVER go back there.

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3.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Have eaten here on a number of occasions and was underwhelmed by the menu choices and the food. The menu is tired and the food was uninspired. This place is not what it used to be.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

I have always enjoyed Trattoria I find the food is excellent, the service exceeds my expectations...love the warm bread...
Suggestion... have the chef add some spices to the dipping sauce...
I did not get the name of our server BUT she was awesome... attentive, polite and very accommodating... lovely young lady...
We'll be back...

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Impeccable service and friendly staff. Delicious menu.

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

It was a post theatre dinner for 4 ladies. Love coming to Trattoria Gusto, food is always good and service was excellent!

They have a special dinner theatre menu which we all 4 decided to have. It was definitely a good deal with appetizer, main course and desert.

The meal was finished off with delicious Lattes and Espressos.

We will all definitely be returning for our next theatre show in June!

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4.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Had the chicken parm, it was pretty darn good and the tuna app was great as well. Tried the custard desert, also amazing, waiter was fantastic and so was the lagavulin....gotta love a place that has my favorite scotch.They only had one cab sauv by the glass..Ironside....not Californias best effort. J Lohr or Mcmannis would have been nicer

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

We were looking for a restaurant where we could talk and not feel rushed but also had great food. We found it here!

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

We were there before our play at yhe capital theatre at 8. Excellent meals...the seafood linguini was fabulous. Our waiter , Dave was very nice, courteous, excellent service. We will definitely come back.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

A girls night out with my daughter. She was in town for a visit, and this is our favourite place to go. It’s a very warm and calming ambiance. The staff was very nice and extremely efficient. I would highly recommend this place.

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4.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Always a good meal, good service and atmosphere! Never disappointed.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Food was delicious and service was excellent. have been before and will definitely return, every person we dealt with friendly and willing to help. fantastic night!

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

We had a lovely time the food was great the service was warm and inviting

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Service, food and atmosphere were all lovely. We will be back.

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

A lovely experience. We enjoyed the food and the service. A great place that is reasonably
close by.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

A tasty mix of flavours! Both my mom-in-law and I had fabulous meals, each with expected tastes with nice twists. My risotto had pumpkin squash mixed in, and my brownie sundae had a orange cream topping. Her dessert was a fabulous apple ricotta cake and she really appreciated the balance of sauce and veggies on her linguine.

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Chef Matt has outdone himself with the new menu! I had the milk fed veal scallopini, herbed baby roast potatoes , rapini with a lemon caper sauce and it was outstandingly delicious ! My husband had the lobster bisque soup and the pasta feature which was equally stellar. Our server Madison was very friendly and efficient . Wonderful evening!

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Great service & food...we had a very pleasant experience...Thank you!!

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

I require gluten-free with no cross-contamination. I was so impressed with the pasta as it is not boxed it is fresh (a first for me) and I loved it. I also had the beet and arugula salad - my favourite when I go there. Thanks for all your help with my anxiety about it being gluten-free.
Linda

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Gusto can always be counted on for a great meal and attentive service. My only complaint is the noise level in the main dining room.

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