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Jul 5, 2006 08:38 PM

Dining Alone in Toronto

I will be in Toronto next Tuesday on business. Staying downtown. I prefer to sit at the bar and have a good meal and maybe strike up a conversation, rather than sit by myself at a table. I enjoyed Jamie Kennedy Wine Bar last time I was in town, and I am looking for additional suggestions. Thanks

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  1. Are you an oyster fan? If so, try the bar at Starfish. You can watch Patrick shuck the oysters and chat with him and the other patrons sitting at the bar. Of course, they have options other than oysters, but mostly in the seafood category.

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    1. re: TorontoJo

      i have had a fantastic time at starfish before and patrick will not disappoint if you sit at the bar. you can check out this post for some pictures of the food:

      one place that you might find interesting is beerbistro at king just east of yonge. they don't have a large central bar like jkwb or starfish but they have a sort of "chef's bar" to the side of the kitchen that's a touch quieter (the place is definitely boistrous). the food is quite nice there and the beer options great! i cannot get enough of their flourless chocolate cake. actually, the place is split up into bar and restaurant but you're likely able to order the menu at the full bar as well.

      if you're into sushi i might suggest omi (on church st) or hiro (on king w) and reserving a spot at the bar. the general feel is more subdued but can still provide an entertaining evening as well as lovely sake options.

    2. You might also want to consider Smokeless Joe on John St. between Adelaide and Richmond. They're mostly known for their insane beer selection, but they also have good oysters, nice quality sandwiches, and a few other dishes on the menu. The place is very small, and is dominated by one long bar that most people sit at. The staff and other visitors tend to be pretty chatty, and there are usually a few other out-of-towners there as well, so you won't feel out of place as a solo diner.

      1. Try Blowfish at King and Bathurst and sit at the long bar..Good sushi and fun atmosphere..

        1. Cava at Yonge north of St. Clair in the Delisle Court has a wonderful chef and a Tapas type menu. You can sit at the bar.

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          1. re: faijay

            I loved Cava's food BUT I would not recomend it for a lone diner as it is a bit hidden away with no interesting view and the people behind the bar tend to be rushing around not really condusive to conversation.

            Try Shanghi Cowgirl on Queen West had a great time there chatting with the girl behind the bar and the food was simple but good. and the neighbourhood is "eclectic".

          2. Thanks for all the great suggestions. I will report back next week.