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yorkville bistro fare

Montréal foodie soon in Toronto for a few days, will be staying at the Four Seasons in Yorkville, looking for good, unpretentious bistro fare, italian or other restaurant where I can get good wine by the glass near my hotel (i want to travel by foot from the hotel), preferably with patio. thanks!

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  1. "Good" and "unpretentious" are two words not synonymous with Yorkville. A 10 minute walk up Avenue Rd will take you to Le Paradis. Nothing outstanding but certainly fits the bill, tho' I'm sure you have much better everyday French bistros in Montreal.

    1. Pascale, although I haven't been there recently, I've always enjoyed my meals at Cantine, on Avenue Road just south of Davenport (http://www.cantine.ca/ ).

      1. - Jacques' Bistro du Parc (126 Cumberland)... but no patio.
        - Bar Mercurio on Bloor at St. George (Italian... small patio out front, but probably more fun to sit at the bar)
        - Caren's Wine Bar (on Cumberland right across from your hotel... secret back patio)

        As others have said, Yorkville can be a difficult 'hood for foodies despite its alleged pedigree.

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        1. re: Rabbit

          Thanks to you all, I'll make a note of your suggestions. Enjoy your weekend !

        2. It won't knock your socks off, but I've eaten there a number of times, and haven't had a bad meal, is Dimmi on Cumberland Avenue. And, unlike most places in Yorkville, is resonably priced. Same league, same style, is Toni Bulloni (don't be put off by the name), also on Cumberland, but no patio. Neither is stunning, but both are reliable, and won't blow the budget. I also concur with the above recommendations.

          1. There is an Italian restaurant on the corner of south east corner of Yorkville and Bellair
            called Cafe Nervosa. It has a nice patio on street level and on the second floor balcony.
            The food is good, the service is quite good, but the patio is great.It would be a five minute walk from your hotel. Just walk east on Yorkville Ave.

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            1. re: foodieinTO

              Ya, Nervosa is quite good.

            2. I have been to Michelle's Brasserie twice now for lunch and liked it very much both times. Their patio is right beside the Four Seasons, and it is in a side walkway, not on the street, so relaxed and quite charming. The address is 162 Cumberland.
              Report back after your visit and let us know what you decided!

              Also, I concur on Cafe Nervosa. The food is quite good, and the patio, great.

              1. I just thought of something . There is a good Indian restaurant with patio on Prince Arthur. A few minutes walk up Avenue Rd. and west half a block or so. There are a few restaurants on that street with patios.

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                1. re: foodieinTO

                  It's called The Host, I believe.

                  Pascal - Where did you go? Give us your impressions.

                  1. re: hungry_pangolin

                    Haven't gone yet, am leaving tomorrow at noon on the train from montréal, so will enjoy one meal tomorrow and quite a few more MOnday and Tuesday. I'll let you know what I thought after I come back on Wednesday!

                    1. re: hungry_pangolin

                      Been back a few days, did try Dimmi first dinner, as described: nice, nothing exceptional but good food and nice patio on a gorgeous evening, and Caren's wine bistro the second evening: Wonderful back patio, loved the setting, food was also very good (although I found there could have been more choices on the menu, but small point). Thank you all for your suggestions and I'll keep them in mind for my next trip.

                  2. Caren's Wine and Cheese is great. Excellent wine list and a great burger stuffed with gorgonzola. They also have a nice selection of cheese. Service is on the mark; I've always been treated well there.

                    1. I agree with Rabbit:

                      GO TO CAREN'S WINE BAR!

                      Great wines, staff and a funky menu. Very non-Yorkville in the way of pretence, attitude and wannabe style.