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Jul 18, 2006 03:53 PM

Restaurant near Panorama

Hey there, a bit of an odd request, but I need to find a good restaurant that can accomodate 20 - 30 people for a sit down meal, and is within walking distance to the Manulife Centre/Panorama. And if there is a place with a prix fixe menu for about $ 30 - 40, that would be a bonus. I am organizing this for someone that currently resides in San Francisco, but would like to have the shindig in T.O.

I know that some will say that Panorama can do it, but it has been crossed off the list by the "organizer" and they prefer Panorama for drinks afterwards anyways.

And before anyone else suggests them, the following places have also been crossed off the list:

Sassafrazz (too pricey)
Flow (too pricey)
Mistura (too far)
Pangaea (too pricey, and spotty service)

I know that I may be asking a lot and may be restricting the list quite a bit, but any and all suggestions are very much appreciated.


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  1. a walk away, i would suggest foccaccia on hayden street (off of yonge/bloor). they serve lovely and interesting food that's a fun twist on the usual. service is quite nice there as well and the setting is fun small bistro. with 30 people you will probably take up the entire downstairs area, they have an upstairs that seems to fit 10 ppl or so.

    they are currently doing summerlicious but i think their prix fixe ($35) is being extended for all of the summer. you might have to call asap for availability because of that.

    there are a number of bloor/yonge options in threads going around... i might suggest that you take a quick look at those. wish seems to come up as a consistently good place as well, but might be farther than you want.

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    1. re: pinstripeprincess

      Actually, tomorrow I have reservations at Matignon on St.Nicolas, but I was going to stop in at Foccacia to have a look at the place. I found their website recently and saw that they were extending until the end of August, which is when the soiree is planned.

      I did dine at Wish on Sunday, but the main room looks quite small, and the server that I spoke with even admitted that more than 20 people might start to get a tad cramped.

    2. You can try 5th Element (Bay south of Charles) they are billing themselves as an event / party / dining place. Large patio and indoor area.

      If your Prix fixe is food only I think Bistro 990 may be able to do something for that price and they have a private upstairs area.

      I love Carens in Yorkville on Cumberland not sure if they can fit 30 though (by that matter I do not think Focaccia can fit that many either)

      Also in Yorkville Dimi is a great Italian place I love their carpaccio..

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      1. re: OnDaGo

        I just have a word of warning about Dimmi's, where I've been a couple of times with larger groups (8 and 12) and service was absolutely horrendous both times. With the group of 8, the servers we had were utterly condescending. None of them could be bothered to describe any of the daily specials, nor could they be bothered to bring our food and/or drinks without some serious lag time and constant prompting. With the group of 12, it was just incompetence - mistaken and/or forgotten orders, without any sort of apology or caring. Never again.

      2. I went to a large group dinner at Segovia, and it was fantastic. The food was great, the service friendly, and the atmosphere was great for our group. The menu prices are well within your price range also.

        1. Wish (Yonge and Charles) is less than 5 minutes walk away but I don't know if they can handle more than 20.

          I highly recommend it though sleek, modern atmosphere but comfortable surroundings (think chique beach house). The price range is less than that of the Yorkville excess and the menu is not incredibly original but they're nice dishes with professional polish.

          Staff are always jovial and accomadating but can sometimes be absent. The restaurant is part of the Summerlicious prix fixe ($35) so it's a good time to try it out - it's always the choice for my friends when we want a fun and good meal out.

          1. Jamie Kennedy at the Gardiner is now open. Accepting lunch reservations between 11:30am and 2:30pm daily. And on Friday nights, he hosts a first-come-first-serve seasonally inspired a la carte menu.

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            1. re: mummy2Luna

              Jamie Kennedy at the Gardiner!!! I completely forgot about that it was open! I will give them a call. Hopefully they fall within the price range that I have been given.