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Seafood Restaraunt for Dad's Birthday!

joey36 Jun 29, 2006 07:21 PM

Can anyone please recommended a nice seafood restaraunt in Toronto? I'm planning to take my family out for my dad's birthday. Nothing too expensive or fancy as we all like good-tasting & simple dishes. My dad has never been one for exotic dishes and spices so I don't expect him to change after 59 years. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Toronto or nearby preferred.

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    torontoeh Jun 30, 2006 04:50 PM

    Yes. Pantheon is FANTASTIC!

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      torontoeh Jun 30, 2006 04:32 PM

      There is another location in Vancouver - but WHO CARES? Rodney's is absolutely fantastic. You will not get better traditional lobster in the city. The soup/chowders they have special each day are FILLED with the freshest seafoods. The sauces for the oysters add some flavour and heat for those still experimenting with the raw side. Only the snobbiest of the snobs could diss a place like Rodneys just because they are good enough to handle more than one location. The Vancouver location gets fantastic reviews in a very seafood competitive environ. PS. Those willing to withstand the 'chain' I highly recommend the chunky french fries. They aren't on the menu as they are included with lobster, but now that you know...you can get them with any dish!

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      1. re: torontoeh
        Juniper Jun 30, 2006 04:41 PM

        I've enjoyed Rodney's on numerous occasions, but for a special celebratory dinner, I think that Rodney's atmosphere is a tad too casual. As well, Rodney's is good for freshly shucked oysters, but their menu for actual _meals_ is rather limited and not overly inventive.

      2. Teep Jun 30, 2006 03:45 PM

        For downtown you may try Filet of Sole, on Duncan near King West (Roy Thomson Hall area).

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          phoenikia Jun 30, 2006 03:01 PM

          Pantheon on the Danforth serves good fish at a reasonable price. It specializes in seafood, and most of it is served simply, usually either fried or grilled, served with olive oil and lemon. They often feature Mediterranean fish flown in from Greece as a daily special.


          1. Davwud Jun 30, 2006 11:45 AM

            I'd head to The Fish House on Sheppard. I've been many times and love the place.


            1. Juniper Jun 29, 2006 08:47 PM

              Would you perhaps consider Portuguese-style seafood? It's generally not spicy, but it can be tomato-y. Both Adega and Cataplana are well-priced Portuguese seafood restaurants. Your father can be "adventurous" and try Portuguese seafood stews, or he can go the traditional route, which will afford him a nicely grilled seasonal fish served with salad, potatoes, and whatnot. Adega is more upscale than Cataplana (and also more expensive), but either one of them may fit your criteria.

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                cat Jun 29, 2006 08:41 PM

                I have been here once and it was quite good...nice restaurant not too stuffy ....nice and casual and the prices are quite good. I'm not sure if you are looking for something in the downtown area, this resto is around the hwy 7 and kennedy area in markham. They also have live music during the weekends which we found very kool. I had the lobster, you can have it steamed or broiled, 1 1/2lbs for $20 bucks.

                Heres the website


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                  Cat123 Jun 29, 2006 08:05 PM

                  I would consider Starfish on the expensive side but not fancy. Generally, in Toronto, a good seafood restaurant will be somewhat pricy.

                  Close to the same price range as Starfish (although I think still a bit cheaper) is Lure. It's located at Avenue Road and Davenport and has received excellent reviews, although I've never been there. http://www.dine.to/restaurants/lure/weblink.php

                  You might want to try C-Food at Yonge and Eglinton. It is a bit more casual than Lure. Their focus is on simply prepared dishes (you can pick the way your fish is cooked - grilled/baked/battered) and the menu changes daily based on whatever is freshest. www.cfood.com

                  Alice Fazooli's and Rodney's Oyster Bar can be less expensive but they are part of chains so might not be what you're looking for for a birthday dinner. However, they do specialize in seafood and have a fun atmosphere, which is really what's important for a birthday.

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                  1. re: Cat123
                    Fwagra Jun 30, 2006 02:54 PM

                    Rodney's is not a chain as far as I know.

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                    fickle Jun 29, 2006 07:49 PM

                    I second Starfish. Was there a couple of weeks ago and the food and service was fabulous. I recommend the oysters, Patrick has a good variety to choose from. Definitely make reservations if you plan on going.


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                      jayseeca Jun 29, 2006 07:29 PM

                      Starfish on Adelaide!! Patrick is especially nice, but most importantly they serve delicious, extremely fresh seafood. Also, great atmostphere.

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