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Best Service in Town

pirade Jan 18, 2007 04:55 PM

Where in the GTA can you find the best service? At so many restaurants if the servers are not indifferent they have an attitude that I should be grateful they are serving me because their call from Hollywood is expected any moment. I want a place that not only has great food but offers me a memorable experience. I want servers who genuinely appreciate that I am at their establishment and work to make sure I enjoy myself. Price is not always a guarantee of great service. One of my best times was when I took a good client out for afternoon tea at the Windsor Arms. The entire experience was so wonderful that we still talk about it a year later.

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  1. Vise Jan 19, 2007 01:29 AM

    The best service I've had to date in Toronto has been at Splendido. Absolutely flawless from start to finish.

    1. Non Doctor Jan 19, 2007 01:35 AM

      Splendido without at doubt...

      I used to live just around the corner and I also work in the industry.

      The service blew me away each and every time.

      1. spigot Jan 19, 2007 01:38 AM

        Scaramouche :-)

        1. estufarian Jan 20, 2007 04:30 PM

          The best service is at Truffles (at Four Seasons). Splendido is a tiny notch behind. Then a bigger notch down to Scaramouche. Then a huge chasm!!!!!

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          1. re: estufarian
            indigestion Jan 20, 2007 05:21 PM

            Splendido vs Truffles. Yannick Bigourdan, part owner and front of the house manager, is formally of the Four Seasons Empire. I have to admire the man who had the intelligence and talent to embark on one of the more risky endeavors of life. He teamed up with an incredible chef. I would have to say Splendido, a few notches above. The service is amazing but the food is also at the same level. Outstanding.

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            indiegirl2 Jan 20, 2007 06:58 PM

            I can only comment on Harbour 60. Service was lacking. Appetizer plates still on the table when dinner arrived. Waiter had to find a busboy to clear, while holding my rapidly cooling dinner. Same again at dessert. Food and wine were spectacular, but service was NOT! Having worked in the industry I was sympathetic, but they were not busy, and to happen twice in one meal is indicative of level of service, not a one time thing.

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              deelicious Jan 21, 2007 08:51 PM

              I have been there over a dozen times in the past 2 years. I have only had phenom service from hostess all the way through!

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              francelonian Jan 20, 2007 09:23 PM

              The best service I've ever had in Toronto was from a particular waiter at the now defunct Lemon Meringue in Bloor West Village. Superbly professional, entertaining and great fun. Literally, dinner theatre.

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              1. re: francelonian
                Kasia Jan 21, 2007 09:34 PM

                omg, after a ho hum brunch earlier today, my partner and i were once again lamenting the demise of lemon meringue. i know exactly who you mean - once i had a birthday brunch there with about 8 friends, and this waiter not only dealt with our size effiicently, but added to the overall tenor and enjoyment of our conversations - witty and smart, all the while attending to our needs. one of the best brunches ever!

              2. orangewasabi Jan 21, 2007 02:07 PM

                Tiffany at Bymark is pretty much amazing.

                Where did the servers from Avalon go? some of those guys were the top-notch.

                I have had variable service at Splendido -- nothing terrible, but sometimes not befitting the food.

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                  saucethatcounts Jan 22, 2007 01:14 AM

                  I moved to Toronto 4 years ago from NYC--excellent,memorable service in Toronto seems to be an incredible rarity. However, Batifole's service was wonderful...we loved the entire experience. The staff was very attentive but unintrusive. They were timely in everything they did. Just lovely. Can't say enough good things about the place.

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                    Ruth Jan 22, 2007 03:07 PM

                    Spent Saturday night at Globe, with Sara as our server. I could not say enough about her level of service. I don't know if it was the G&M write-up that morning, but everyone seemed to shine in the service dept. Food was excellent as well, save the jowel on the Buthcers Plate - seemed to be all fat.

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                      hungryabbey Jan 22, 2007 03:20 PM

                      I do not recall my servers name at the Globe but it was a male and he was absolutely fabulous. The woman who was there that night as well, perhaps it was Sara was very polite to us as well, asking how our meal was, taking our coats, etc. even though she was not our server.

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