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egghead Apr 12, 2007 12:10 PM

Trying to find a nice restaurant/bar to take hubby for a nice relaxing dinner.

Tried doing a search and am thinking Sopra. Any other ideas?

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    Fetter RE: egghead Apr 12, 2007 02:35 PM

    I suggest The Red Violin at Broadview and Danforth

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      TorontoJo RE: Fetter Apr 12, 2007 02:53 PM

      There is nothing relaxing about Red Violin. You are constantly on the lookout for the next skewer of meat to come by, you are up and down filling your plate at the salad bar, the atmosphere is not cozy or romantic and once the band starts, you can't hear yourself talk.

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        Juniper RE: TorontoJo Apr 12, 2007 03:23 PM

        I don't know that I would characterize Red Violin as being "not relaxing", but I will agree that it gets loud when the band plays. A more compelling reason not to go to the Red Violin would be the food... the last time we were there, most of the meat came out very tough, despite the medium-rare treatment they usually give things like beef, the chicken and pork were bone dry, and the sausage had a revolting texture (lots of non-meat parts of the animal, obviously). The outside of the meats were quite heavy with salt, while the inner parts of the slices were tasteless. The only enjoyable thing there was the grilled pineapple. I definitely didn't pay $50 per person to enjoy only the pineapple.

    2. Splendid Wine Snob RE: egghead Apr 12, 2007 02:41 PM

      If you like jazz what about Opal Jazz Lounge on Queen?

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        dragonflygrl RE: Splendid Wine Snob Apr 12, 2007 05:39 PM

        Also for jazz, Live at the Court House opened a few weeks ago. I have heard good things about the menu.

      2. Rabbit RE: egghead Apr 12, 2007 05:45 PM

        I think Sopra's quite sexy.

        I've only had picky-stuff at the bar, but have dined at Mistura downstairs, so I think dinner would probably be good.

        Keep walking by Opal, but haven't been in yet...

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          icey RE: Rabbit Apr 13, 2007 09:06 AM

          I completely recommend Sopra as well. Great live music, sign up for the VIP list on their website, they will let you know who is playing when. Its loud though, thats my only complaint. And they got rid of their small tapas style menu and now do more along the lines of Mistura downstairs. I love Chef Joey's food...he used to be at Senses too!

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          Snarf RE: egghead Apr 13, 2007 11:20 AM

          The downstairs bar at Centro is fairly laid back, and has live music many nights. If you want to focus on the music component, Hugh's Room on Roncesvalles has passable food with great music lineups. Al Stewart (bonus points if you remember him) is playing there next weekend.

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