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Oct 14, 2007 10:11 AM

Toronto: Dining Solo, Need Reservations for 1?

Hi Everyone,
I am a 'hound from the South (Alabama) and will be taking a long weekend trip by myself to Toronto this coming weekend. While I'm excited about doing this (have never taken a solo vacation by myself), I'm wondering about dining alone on Friday and Saturday nights, especially if I want to go to a nice restaurant. If I wanted to go to a place like Canoe or Susur, would I need to try and get reservations for 1? It may also be too late to even try and get reservations this late anyway. I'm okay w/casual dining places but I've never tried to eat solo at a nice place before.

I am so excited about making this trip a very chow worthy one. I want to try malaysian, korean, portugese, contemporary candian, etc. Is there a fairly non-traumatic way of doing this while dining solo?

Thanks so much!

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    1. I would just show up and as already mentioned you can sit at the bar and have a meal, which to me would be more comfortable than at a table alone. Chiado, Cava, Canoe, and Thuet again as mentioned will all be great choices.

      1. Rebel House bills its menu as Canadian, or contemporary interpretations of recipes supposedly available in 1837 during the Upper Canada Rebellion (hence the name). Casual, of course, but upscale pub fare, very good. It's been closed temporarily for renovation but may be open again by the time you are here.

        Here are a few previous threads addressing the dining solo question, many mentions affirming the recommendations on this thread:

        Welcome to Toronto! Please report back after your trip to let us know your thoughts.

        Rebel House
        1068 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4W2L4, CA

        1. Thank you all for your recs. I will definitely post back after I get back from my trip.

          1. I'm thinking about going to either Canoe, Chiado, Perigee, Lee, or Jamie Kennedy Wine Bar for Friday and Saturday nights. What is the dress code? Being a female, is a skirt required or can trendy, classy, but semi-casual work?

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            1. re: gyp7318

              All great choices. For solo dining, my personal votes would be to go with JKWB (definitely sit at the bar) and Perigee. I'm not a woman, but don't worry abour dress code. Semi-casual will be more than appropriate.

              1. re: gyp7318

                Canoe is the only one where most will be in suits as they come in from after work... but Toronto is extremely casual I have seen jeans in each of these places..

                1. re: gyp7318

                  You definitely don't need a skirt. At Lee or JKWB jeans are fine too.
                  Canoe is closed on Saturday, fyi.

                  1. re: Cat123

                    would have to disagree with Perigee great restaurant especially if you are a foodie which the original writer seems to be ... also Chiado I would recommend great to eat at the bar, they love to tell stories ... heading to Alabama oct 31 to Nov 4 and hitting some of their best Becks, Ocean, 26, etc can't wait

                  2. re: gyp7318

                    I ate at Perigee about a month ago with a friend and would not recomend it for a single diner. There is no view except for the kitchen and that get boring after a while and no var area. We had the tasting menu and it took close to 4 hours with many long pauses between courses as each course was no more then thre forkfulls. I also found it expensive for what it was...

                    Your other choices would be better.

                    1. re: OnDaGo

                      The only view was the kitchen? Exactly! That was my favourite part of eating there, and most others I know echo that sentiment. I loved being able to watch the pros cooking so many different dishes of pretty complicated food with grace and ease. And flipping ingredients in cast iron skillets with their bare fingers, no less. The food was fantastic.

                      Yes, the meal took a long time, but eating at Perigee is not just a meal, it's an event: the gaps between courses when I was there were evenly spaced, and when the gaps were a bit longer, the chef provided interesting little amuse bouches to keep us, well, amused. And it worked.

                      I found the value quite good for the money compared to other restaurants I've been to in Toronto where I got less and paid more. For me, this is the closest I'll ever get to eating at Kitchen Stadium.

                      1. re: Gary

                        Right BUT the question was "is it a good place to dine ALONE" I would say no because of the gaps, and now that they closed in the kitchen in glass and also have an al a catre menu it is not so exciting as you cannot hear them or smell the food and half the time they are just flipping steaks and such as not everyone is eating the tasting anymore...