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Cafe Diplomatico

Posted by Staff / Listed on May 23, 2007 / review policy

Cafe DiplomaticoCafe Diplomatico owns one of the most popular patios in Toronto. At the corner of Clinton and College, the restaurant serves up casual Italian fare paired with cold pints. Prepare to line-up on summer weekends.



alisa / January 10, 2008 at 10:29 pm
I think this place is totally over rated. Yes, the patiois nice. Yes the atmosphere is pretty pleasant. Yes it has been around ofr decades and has a place on the retsaurant scene...Yes it's open late....but the food...white washed pedestrian italian food.

Frozen calamari, bottled salad dresing on salads and over cooked fish. They give you packaged seafood sauce. "pick you own sauces" show little confidence in the chef's abilities to show their cuisine how they see fit. Iceberg lettuce disgraces salads...I could go on.

This place is great for "run of the mill" mangiacake people...the ones that grew up on wonderbread and kraft dinner. if you anything about high quality food, I wouldnt eat here. I keep giving this place second chances and I keep getting espresso didnt even have crema on it! ughhh..
khalid / July 9, 2008 at 12:21 pm
well said.
laurel / August 6, 2008 at 03:26 pm
agreed, i don't get the big fuss about this place! they have tater tots on the menu, no joke. 'potato puffs'.
ian / November 24, 2008 at 12:44 pm
Do yourself a favor and walk across the street to Capitol. The food and service are top-notch (and far more authentic), the patio is the same size as Diplomatico, and you don't have to wait in line for 20 minutes just to eat a pizza pocket.
giddy / January 30, 2009 at 12:21 am
Someone needs to get over themselves and their mangiacake obsession. Your prejudice is disgusting.
Mel / May 15, 2009 at 04:59 pm
I'd also like to add that the service is appalling. There's isn't anything worse than hostesses that make you work for a table. And the bread they use for their sarnies is never fresh.
JOHN / May 22, 2009 at 05:23 pm
College Street is so yesterday - stop obsessing on this one restaurant when most of College Street is the same - besides live and let live. A note to “alias” After all that banter on “mangiacake” people (whatever that is lol) it shows you have no class and no business critiquing restaurants or anything for that matter. You’re the reason why decent Italian people have a bad rap.
Markq / July 11, 2009 at 03:42 pm
Very poor service and the food is slightly worse. Anywhere else would be better.
Jenny / September 16, 2009 at 12:55 pm
Was on the patio, had a pitcher of Sangria, and it was fantastic.
clonedtwice / December 1, 2010 at 10:33 pm
Had a quick dinner there this evening, not really impressed. I ordered the calzone, nothing special. The service could have been better. Don't think I'll go back.
Vanessa / May 27, 2012 at 08:55 pm
very bad service, food is average, it took 15 min for a server to bring us water or menus
JustMe / June 29, 2012 at 05:02 pm
I agree, many, many, many years ago food was good, but that has changed along with the horrible service. Just go accross the street in any direction and you will find better food and service.
Veronica / August 11, 2012 at 01:23 pm
I went a few time this summer and the ambiance is very nice. The staff very friendly. I had the pizza bruschetta as an appetizer and it was delicious. I don't understand why people critize this place that much... Your just haters or you work at the restaurants around and try to bring down their reputation! (...Capitol...) You go especially for the patio which is always jam! For a chill night with friends and family, I recommand!

@Laurel: I don't know if you notice that they serve breakfast which is probably why they have ''tater tots''

Julie / August 12, 2012 at 05:23 pm
Nice patio! Nice staffs! Great place! Would go back in a heart beat!
Rebecca / June 27, 2014 at 12:49 am
@Veronica, I'm not impressed that they serve "tater tots" for breakfast. Tells us they serve thawed frozen food not good for breakfast or dinner. I agree that the patio was chill but I wasn't overly impressed with the place in terms of food. It was okay but I agree, what's all the fuss about this place about. It is very mediocre.
Ryan M / August 29, 2015 at 09:33 pm
Just got in from going to Cafe Diplomatico....HORRIBLE SERVICE !! There was 5 of us out on the patio and the waitress forgot one of our drinks and when we told her we wanted it still she never brought it. I went inside the restaurant and told them to give our table the drink immediately. So then our food comes and I get my panzerotto and I bite into a piece of metal. This place is very lucky I dont sue. I am contacting Ontario Health on the matter. The waitress was also very rude......The food sucked to be honest, HORRIBLE !!!!!!!

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