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Jun 27, 2007 07:48 AM

Great Restaurant in Toronto - Celebration Meal, family from London UK

Hi all,
I am visiting Toronto (from London, UK) on 7th July for a week with my family to celebrate my Dad's 60th Birthday. He was born and bred in Toronto so we know all the sites etc to visit however we would like to pre-book into a really nice restaurant for one night as a surprise/treat for him. Does anyone have any recommendations? Price isn't too much of an issue as it's a one off. Would be looking for any type of food, somewhere with nice views would be good, good food with a good atmosphere. I imagine we'd have a bit to drink so nowhere too stuffy. Any advice really appreciated! Like any major city, there are multitudes of restaurants that come up on general internet searches but it's not the same as acutal people's advice!
If you need any further info from me just shout! Our ages are 60, 55, 27 & 25 and we're pretty young and up for a good time!
Thanks in advance!

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  1. Your visit coincides with Summerlicious, which is good and bad.
    Good: great restaurants to try for $25-$35 pp prix fix
    Bad: all the good restaurants are fully reserved.

    Check it out:

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    1. re: thenurse

      Summerlicious is definitely not the thing to do for a big celebration.

      Great Toronto restaurants:
      - Canoe (Canadian cuisine, 54th floor, spectacular views, closed Saturdays and Sundays)
      - Splendido (special Canadian summer tasting menu, possibly best dining room in town)

      Next rung down, price-wise, but also great for a celebration:
      - Mildred Pierce
      - George
      - Amuse Bouche

      - Harbour 60 (traditional)
      - The Fifth (funkier)

      That's a start, anyway.

      1. re: estragon

        Agree with Estragon. Summerlicious is NOT the way to go for a celebration. Also agree with all his suggestions. If you decide to go to Canoe, call and tell them that you want to have the regular menu. Canoe is one of the participating restaurants in the Summerlicious events. So unless you tell them explicitly that you want the regular menu, I doubt that you would be able to get a reservation.

    2. I agree with the other suggestions here, but you might also want to consider Scaramouche. The food is excellent (although Splendido would be better), but there are lovely views of Toronto. The main dining room can be a bit stuffy (although I've seen large groups who've been into the wine and no one minds at all), but the Pasta Bar and Grill also has great food with a little more festive an atmosphere.

      1. Not really what you're asking for, but if you're looking for a good food experience, outdoors, with great music I suggest attending Afrofest at Queen's Park July 7 & 8.

        1. Based on my success hosting hip business clients there over the past few months, I will continue to suggest (as I have done on some other threads) a visit to the distillery district. This is an incredibly restored, car-free four block industrial victorian zone that now hosts countless galleries, restaurants etc.

          Top end is Perigee - - which would be your "wow factor" tasting menu. Slightly down on the price ladder would be the Boiler House - which is in an INCREDIBLY beautiful room and hosts live jazz on weekend evenings - so you could easily stay there and drink and enjoy the atmosphere.

          distillery district website is

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          1. re: jgloverwork

            Not quite food related but be warned that with the construction of condos in the Distillery District, you may not be able to find parking easily, especially during the weekends.

          2. If you want a truly special meal:


            Splendidio for sure (no view though), great wine list
            Canoe and 360 at the CN Tower for the great city view and huge wine lists
            Scaramouche also for a good skyline view but not as grand

            With a GREAT view, that's about it.

            Have fun!

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            1. re: Toshiro

              Doesn't Canoe take part in Summerlicious?

              1. re: Dimbulb

                Yes, but good luck trying to get a booking now...

                1. re: courgette

                  If you explicitly tell Canoe that it's a birthday celebration and you need to order from the regular menu, I'm sure they'll be able to find you something.

                  1. re: cecilia

                    Canoe still has seats left for non summerlicious bookings...just not as many.

                    And you can order from the regular menu at any time.