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I am getting married this October and I'm looking for an intimate, casual restaurant for our rehearsal dinner. We will be about twenty people. The wedding is at the Great Hall at Queen & Dovercourt, so ideally the restaurant would not be too far from there. We don't have a huge budget either. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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  1. San is delicious and fairly inexpensive.
    Julie's cuban is nearby and intimate.
    Sugar might do something private for you...
    Cowbell in parkdale? (not sure about the $$ or style, but it might work)
    Good luck!

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    1. re: alisonb

      I don't think San will fit 20 people.

      1. re: alisonb

        I hear that Sugar has great pasta.

      2. I would look at Bar One (Italian) or Caju (South American - Colombian, maybe?), both of which are mid-range in terms of price and within walking distance. You could also look into the Drake or the Gladstone, both of which have pretty decent restaurants. The Drake is a bit more spendy, but I've had great food at both.

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        1. re: SherylKirby

          Cowbell is expensive.
          Caju is not inexpensive, nor is The Drake.
          Don't know about the prices at the Gladstone, but sounds like a good place for a party..
          One of a kind pasta is in the area.
          It is not "great" food, although others have thought so, but it is cheap and cheerful.
          You could ask to see the menu.
          For good value, you might want to check out the Rino, as the place is huge, and they will give you a set menu for twenty people if you want it.
          They even have a private room.
          Their catering is surprisingly decent.
          They do basics like roast beef, turkey, etc, and you would not be rushed, and could spend the entire evening there..

          1. re: erly

            Thanks so much everyone. These are great suggestions.

            1. re: erly

              That's The Rhino on Queen west of Dufferin - a good option, I agree, also The Gladstone. 20 people will shut down must of the restaurants on Queen so you've got to look at some of these bigger places. You could also do the Academy of Spherical Arts just across the tracks, south of King. Too bad Mildred Pierce is gone...

              1. re: crawfish

                Caffino would be a good solution. just south (and slightly west) of the great hall, on King Street. very pretty space, reasonable prices, enjoyable food.

                1. re: crawfish

                  Food at Rhino is incredibly hit or miss. Space and price-wise, this would have been on my list of suggestions, but depending on who's at the stove, the food is either awesome or abysmal. It's my local, and I've been eating there every couple of weeks for the past decade and a half - it would depend on the crowd I was bringing to be honest. It's a pub, so if the OP is looking for something to impress relatives, it might not be ideal. If the in-laws are casual pub-type folks, then it might well do the trick.

              2. re: SherylKirby

                Caju, for the record, is Brazilian. Great food, but as mentioned already it is definitely not inexpensive.

              3. The options seem limited on Queen... too bad about the layout of Swan. Foxley has tapas, but I don't know if that would work for a party of 20. Bar One might have worked with their two sided bar (I think it would fit 20), but it tends to be loud with the after work crowd. Maybe Eat Cafe on Dundas and Dovercourt? http://www.eatcatering.com/ There were a lot of positive reviews about them early on (a few years ago), and I've been meaning to check it out. Anyone else been?

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                1. re: n10sity

                  eat cafe has closed some time ago (sadly). julie's on dovercourt might be able to accomodate you with some notice - they have a back room that should sit 20 (i once was there with a party of 12 and there were still a few tables available), casual and fun.

                2. Czehoski (Queen west of Bathurst) can easily accomodate you on the second floor, they will even do a special menu if you ask.

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                  1. re: tasoid

                    Parkdale Drink on Queen just West of Dufferin might work...new casual/comfy space...good menu and prices....Miranda

                    1. re: miranda

                      It might...but nobody seems to have been there yet...no online menu posted...the space looks nice...but lets hear from people who have actually been there...their original space need the RM team to help them succeed...lets hope this place does better