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Nov 7, 2006 01:34 AM

Romantic dinner under $100...can it be done??

Hi all,
My boyfriend is visiting Toronto this weekend from Ottawa and I have been charged with planning a Thursday night date. I'd like to spend around $100 including a bottle of wine. I would like to take him somewhere romantic (I picture low lighting, candles, etc.), but of course the food is most important element. A romantic atmosphere with good food at a reasonable price seems almost too good to be true. We both like all kinds of food (although he is not crazy about Indian).
Can anyone help me with this? TIA!!!

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  1. Silver Spoon on Roncesvalles is a definite possibility. White tablecloths, china, silverware, candles, good service and great food. They have a website, you can check out. The wine is a little pricey so you may be pushing that $100 limit if you get a bottle. Across the street is River ( with lovely large banquettes to sit on (side by side?). It's more reasonably priced, with great food but a limited wine list.

    1. Not sure about the $100 with wine (tough in TO) but my suggestion would be Sugar Cafe on Queen Street just west of Shaw. Nice, intimate, candlelit at night. The owner is really nice and the food (When I went) was great. The menu is small with only about 3 apps and 4 mains thou. You may want to give them a call.

      1. What about Serra? It's on Bloor, a block and a half west of Spadina? Always reliable food - pastas, pizza and some good meat and fish mains. Not incredibly romantic, but still a nice atmosphere. Hubby and I had dinner there the other night - 1 app, 2 mains, 2 capuccinos, 1 bottle of wine (a $40 Chilean red) for almost exactly $100, including tax and tip. My recommendation is that you skip dessert and walk a block down the street for Greg's ice cream.

        If you don't like Serra, Via Oliveto is right next door.

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        1. re: TorontoJo

          i LOVE this place, highly recommend it. And I found the atmosphere to be really nice!

        2. Just this past saturday, my boyfriend and I ate at Kalendar for $52! We split an appetizer, and each had an awesome pasta (I had sausage fusili and he had beef canelloni). His pasta came with a salad which we also split. Didn't invlude wine, but I had a diet coke, he had a gin and tonic. It was very romantic! :)

          1. Its been a few years since I've been there, but I remember Bodega on Baldwin St being fairly romantic. And wasn't very expensive.