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“Business dinner for four”
Review of Carisma

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Ranked #56 of 9,440 Restaurants in Toronto
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Downtown
Reviewed 8 May 2018 via mobile

Carisma! Visited for the second time in a year last night with 3 colleagues. Service was excellent and very friendly, as always. Had the warm mushrooms over mixed greens with drops of blue cheese, was delicious. Followed on with the lamb chops, which were nice and hot and cooked perfectly medium, as lamb chops should be. Very nice sized portion, melted on the tongue! Served with garlic mashed potatoes and mixed veggies...was delicious. Desert was the pear strudel. All in all a very excellent meal pared with a nice Tuscan red by the house wine steward. The owner/manager is the soul of the place, a very charming, vivacious, and engaging brunette who loves to chat with her guests. I recommend Carisma.

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Reviewed 20 April 2018 via mobile

The food is standard Italian fare found in lots of places in Toronto. Nothing special. It was well made and the service was good.

The wine list prices were extremely high. Only a few bottles under $70. The $75 bottle we had was a regular list LCBO for $26.

No need to return.

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Reviewed 18 April 2018

Just stopped by randomly for a quick lunch by myself. The staff are very welcoming and friendly. The space is quiet and relaxed and modern and comfortable. The food was delicious, fresh, home-made, and high-quality. Even the bread appetizer they brought was just amazing! The price was very reasonable for the level of service and quality. Will be back!

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Reviewed 15 April 2018 via mobile

Stepping into Carisma is like going to Italy for dinner. You feel like this place has been serving customers forever, but it is perfect for a dinner today. The pastas are amazing and so is the service. I could not decide between the Paccheri with Fresh Ricotta, Sweet Peas and Cherry Tomatoes or the Scialatielli with Lobster and Zucchini, so our waiter solved my problem. He suggested a dish with half of each pasta - Perfecto! We washed down the delicious pastas with a silky Barbaresco. Fantastic meal!

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Reviewed 12 April 2018

We’re four professionals who enjoy fine-dining together. We looked forward to our third visit to Carisma, but were shockingly disappointed: Small, below-average starters including watery soup, inferior sea bass, a tiny $60 venison “special” that tasted like poorly cooked beef, overly loud acoustics that made conversation quite difficult, and a waitress who would be better suited to work at a corner diner. Staff and the owner rushed us to finish our second bottle of $100 wine, despite several empty tables around us. The worst dining experience we’ve had together in Toronto over the past 20 years. You’ve been warned.

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