Il Ponte

4.4
355 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
Italian
Join us Tuesdays for half price bottles of wine.
Ponte opens its doors in one of Toronto’s fastest growing, and most diverse neighbourhoods with a simple mission: To be a dependable local establishment that serves and grows with the families, businesses and residents of Riverside and Toronto proper. We invite you to join us in celebrating great food and culture at our new home at the eastern foot of the Queen St. Bridge. Our belief is that great service and delicious food is paramount to the dining experience. We hope to exceed your expectations. Il Ponte offers both a fast casual encounter as well as a leisurely affair.

Our fresh thinking on Italian cuisine is present in our seasonal menu dishes as well as in our many fresh made daily specials. By using local ingredients and importing authentic Italian products Il Ponte achieves our unique brand of ‘La Cucina Italiana’. Every dish aims to provide inspiration and palatial pleasure.
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Nutellathenightrunner
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall1food4service1ambience3

Toronto has many excellent Italian restaurants that serve top notch food and have amazing service. Il Ponte is not one of them. SKIP IT left standing at the entrance for a while with no acknowledgement despite having reservations; brusque initial service and seating...just disinterest and almost disdain of the customer. I could go on. The food is a 7 out of 10 (I'm Italian & eat at Italian restaurants regularly, and am not easily impressed by just any Italian dish). It was a joke. Service was very slow. Then THEY SERVED US THE WRONG ORDER. Worst part: we got the sense that they realized their error midway through & tried to dupe us. By that time, we saw what a joke this place is & decided to just go with it because it is too much of a bother to correct them. It was clear that they were confused & disinterested. Shouldn't be too tough to get a customer order right! We ordered 1. two apps as a meal for me (salad & grilled octopus) 2. stuffed calamari for husband (main). My salad came first, like a first course rather than with the octopus and with my husband's food. Then v. long wait. Finally, they served us 2 grilled octopus apps instead of the stuffed squid for my husband! Initially, we thought they were sharing my octopus app btw us & that my hubby's squid would arrive. But no. That was it. They served my husband an app as his dinner instead of what he ordered-stuffed calamari. When the server took our plates, he asks us "any other courses coming?" and similar comments. It seemed they might have known their error & thought we didn't notice. As if we can't tell! The wait for the bill at the end was long & painful! Server talking to friends & staff rather than focussing on customers. Lackadaisical. No one checked on us during meal to ask how meal was. A joke.

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vipKamal
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They go all out to make your dinner enjoyable

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SusanD
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Such a lovely evening! Great food and our server couldn’t have been nicer:)

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was wonderful. Patio was busy so service a bit slower and rushed at the end due to 3:30 closing for lunch service.

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LYN83
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Overpriced for less than below average food. Extremely poor service.

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DianeP
Miami
15 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second time in 3 weeks. We thoroughly enjoyed it. We had gone the first time with friends who also really liked it and went back with another couple.

Our second visit was with different friends who also said that they intended to come back very soon.

Overall there I can't say enough. The food, the service and the pricing were all great. Try it you'll like it.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food - so fresh and tasty!! Service was lovely and just a great vibe. Will definitely go back.

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vipSammy
Toronto
92 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Il Ponte is perfect every time!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The food for the most part was very good. halibut was slightly overcooked. The restaurant was very busy so service could have been a little better.

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OpenTable Diner
Montreal
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Il Ponte is a phenomenal restaurant. The owner Giancarlo and his staff are very welcoming and the food is exceptional.

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vipAndyTO
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Disappointed. Lot a lot of great hospitality.
Table wasn’t ready for us when we arrived abs staff were eager to kick us out after dessert which was only 1045.
Not great

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a lovely surprise to see John!!! Everything was perfect, it was a great night out. The tempura zucchini flowers were amazing!

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NinaL
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent from wine to dessert! Great menu. Great service. Great spacious patio.

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Saul
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Il Ponte is a great restaurant, Johnny takes care of us every time. I had a pasta with mushrooms and rupini that was the best pasta I ever had.
Great place, good wine, exceptional service.

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CIndyN
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have missed this wonderful gem of a restaurant and were excited to return after they were permitted to have patio dining. The atmosphere is terrific, the service is outstanding and the food is delicious!

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ADolly
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Meh.


I could say a lot more, but I think this says what you need to hear.

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FeliceM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappointed. Food is delicious and fresh. I usually go for apps and entrees. Service and owner Gian Carlo are amazing. My go to restaurant all the time

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vipOpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant was amazing! They made me a dish that wasn’t on the menu which was so delicious and appreciated how accommodating they were. Our server was great and made our overall experience that much better.

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vipalnbarthel
Toronto
61 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were so glad to be able to return to eating at Il Ponte! The staff are great! The food is both very delicious and well presented. Can't wait to be able to eat inside again!

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall2food5service5ambience3

My server asked me if I “could read” and loudly corrected my pronunciation of a dish in front of other guests. He also reprimanded me for ordering said dish because it was from the lunch menu, when he was the one who gave us the lunch menu by accident. He assumed my friend and I were on a date due to the typical patronage of the establishment. Hence, because I was the one who was answering back to his misogynistic comments, he only addressed me, let me taste the wine, and gave me the whole bill at the end of the night without asking prior. He also wore his mask off one ear (as in, not covering his face AT ALL), while scoffing at my friend and I for enjoying a song he believed we were faking knowing due to our age. Overall, I could not believe the condescending manner in which my friend and I were addressed… Clearly due to the fact we are young women.

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Birch
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

One of our guests was late and the server told us immediately that he would have to flip our table in an hour, which wasn’t a great start to the meal. The food was just okay- was hoping for homemade pasta noodles. We ended up staying for two hours, so we weren’t rushed out after all.

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vipMikeF
Toronto
50 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, with great service on a very nice patio. Patio is nicely isolated from traffic and reasonably quiet for being right downtown.

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Gordon
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and food, will go back

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SilviaT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated my sisters birthday.
We enjoyed a lovely afternoon on the beautiful private patio. The service was outstanding. *

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was 10/10. All of the staff were so sweet and really accommodating. The food and wine were also amazing

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MARGARETB
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was wonderful to be back in a restaurant and looked after. The food was wonderful, service outstanding. They have really created a beautiful patio, with lots of lush plantings.

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FeliceM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We must support this business and owner. My fave italian restaurant on so many levels!!

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vipKamal
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great people

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vipComet
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a phenomenal experience. The service, food, atmosphere — everything — were all phenomenal. Customized to my celiac requirements, totally safe, and we felt truly cared for with warm, Italian hospitality. What a bright spot in a tough week. Can not recommend it highly enough.

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vipMarkM
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favourite italian joint in TO. The owner Giancarlo is a gracious host. Always feel welcome there and look forward to going back

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vipsmelly
Miami
37 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner and will go back

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torontotrish
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really cute patio on the side vs having to sit directly along Queen Street, so much more private. Service was great, really enjoyed the food. It was our first time back at a restaurant since COVID so not sure what to expect but we had a really nice dinner, would definitely recommend this place!

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vipsmelly
Miami
38 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well worth the visit.

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KerenJ
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, service and just such a great little gem of a restaurant!!!

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vipMarionB
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious anniversary dinner. Very good service!

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vipBrunoRicardo
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for dinner last Friday. The patio tables are well distanced from one another. The service was great and the food awesome. The traffic on Queen E/DVP can be a bit loud at rush hour, but the food is well worth it.

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GordonN
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

First time back since winter to a favourite restaurant.
Better than last summers patio experience b/c so good to have a first dinner out since February on such a beautiful summer evening with my kids.
Excellent food as before.
Great to see that Il Ponte is BACK 👍🥳👌!

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vipAlex
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience2

Great server, we had to be moved inside but there was no AC so it was a bit hot. Otherwise great service and food.

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charles
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Happy with everything but being told by Open Table that we had missed our reservation.

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JayC
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Looking forward to our next visit...lovely restaurant, food was terrific !

FAQs

Il Ponte is rated 4.4 stars by 355 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.