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Most Romantic Restaurants in T.O.?

BritinCan Oct 18, 2007 01:43 PM

I am a hopeless romantic. And there is nothing I love more than treating my wife to a great meal. We have had a few great eats and fun nights (kitkat2 springs to mind.) but i was wondering if anyone had any suggestions.

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  1. pescatarian RE: BritinCan Oct 18, 2007 01:48 PM

    Hey, BritinCan, are you writing a book, LOL

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      BritinCan RE: pescatarian Oct 18, 2007 01:54 PM

      No I just love food and am relativly new to the city. I used to be all about the clubs and bars but now my tastes are maturing. i have been so caught up with work and the likes that i dont get time to explore and try new things. So now I have found this site I just wanted to find out what other people might recomend. there is nothing worse than looking forward to going out and then ending up somewhere awfull.

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        pescatarian RE: BritinCan Oct 18, 2007 02:03 PM

        of course, welcome to the city. you would do better to search existing threads to find good recommendations for fine dining or hidden gems in Toronto (both could be considered romantic). To me "best/most romantic" seems specifically geared towards a guidebook, along with other "best ofs"

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      jinxed RE: BritinCan Oct 18, 2007 02:07 PM

      Auberge du Pommier
      Corner House
      Courtyard Cafe
      Bistro 990 (if not busy, since tables are somewhat close together)
      Mildred Pierce (R.I.P.)

      360 (I know, tourist trap, but it has one of the best views in town!)

      Of course, being romantic can have many definitions -- maybe you want oysters (can't think of a "quiet" oyster bar), foods that you can feed each other by hand (Ethiopian House), or great live music (some nights at the Courthouse, Alleycatz but can get pretty loud, or even the Rex!).

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        estragon RE: jinxed Oct 18, 2007 07:31 PM

        I would add Scaramouche to the great-views list -- definitely the best food-view-service combination, though Canoe's is more spectacular and 360's is, well, higher and more comprehensive.

        To the rest of your list I would add: Globe Bistro, Batifole, and if you like the ersatz Parisian thing, Le Select.

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          chutchut RE: estragon Oct 18, 2007 08:11 PM

          I love Le Select's hanging bread baskets although I haven't been there for years. However, I would add this place on the homy/village feel list, but not on the "hopeless romantic" list.

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            estragon RE: chutchut Oct 18, 2007 08:35 PM

            The hanging bread baskets are long gone, left behind at the Queen St. location. Le Select is now on Wellington, where the owners have built a creditable imitation of an early-20th-century Parisian bistro.

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              chutchut RE: estragon Oct 19, 2007 12:39 PM

              O-oh! I feel like a dead man walking. Going forward, I'd better hush on the ones that I haven't frequented for a while.

              I'll go checking out the new Le Select and the old Le Select spot. Thanks for the update!

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                merlot143 RE: chutchut Oct 20, 2007 12:30 AM

                Went to the new Le Select. The food is good but the atmosphere is not romantic. More corporate than that.

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            Yum2MyTum RE: estragon Oct 19, 2007 11:18 AM

            Oh Scaramouche - I definitely second this. I went here with my SO and it was such a lovely experience. Perfect professional service and unparalleled food, IMHO.
            You can find my recent review on this board.
            Welcome to the city!

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              BritinCan RE: Yum2MyTum Oct 19, 2007 11:22 AM

              I think i will try this one as soon as i can as it looks like it has a fabulous view. Thanks for the tip.

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              hungryhungryanne RE: estragon Oct 19, 2007 11:25 AM

              I'd rather have the view across/beside me at the table be great. That's what romance is about.

              Agree on Auberge du Pommier and Globe Bistro.

            3. re: jinxed
              chutchut RE: jinxed Oct 18, 2007 08:06 PM

              For the romantic, warm ambience and great food and service, second on Auberge du Pommier. NO to Courtyard Café, Bistro 990, 360, and Canoe. Also, I personally think that it's romantic to dine out at good sushi and oyster places. Haven't been to Splendido and Corner House yet.

            4. Rabbit RE: BritinCan Oct 18, 2007 05:02 PM

              - Amuse-Bouche is lovely
              - Gamelle on College Street is a pretty little bistro
              - Sopra Supper Club is kinda sexy

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                BritinCan RE: Rabbit Oct 19, 2007 10:46 AM

                Cant wait to try sopra, it looks devine!!

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                  mzmcgee RE: BritinCan Oct 20, 2007 06:49 AM

                  I went once to Bravi on Wellington and had a wonderful meal. My husband and I noticed that there was one table that was in the old freight elevator. The couple who reserved it slid the door shut then went up to the second floor to eat (or whatever) in peace... we've always wanted to go back and do that reservation. As an appetizer we split the portbello mushroom with balsamic and dripped chocklate.. incredible, and followed with the veal special... amazing. I would highly reccomend this place with or without the dissapearing table.


              2. abscissa RE: BritinCan Oct 20, 2007 12:47 PM

                Joso's -- upbeat romantic, plus there is porn everywhere on the walls... but tasteful porn :)

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                  loftman RE: BritinCan Oct 21, 2007 08:49 AM

                  How about George on Queen Street?


                  1. JamieK RE: BritinCan Oct 21, 2007 09:01 AM

                    Throwing in some place links -

                    124 Danforth Avenue, Toronto, ON M4K1N1, CA

                    Corner House
                    501 Davenport Avenue, Toronto, ON M3R 4R6, CA

                    Auberge Du Pommier
                    4150 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M2P 2C6, CA

                    1 Benvenuto Place, Toronto, ON M4V 2L1, CA

                    88 Harbord Street, Toronto, ON M5S 1G5, CA

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                      JamieK RE: JamieK Oct 21, 2007 09:05 AM

                      Some more -

                      111 Queen Street East, Toronto, ON M5C 1S2, CA

                      265 Davenport Rd, Toronto, ON M5R1J9, CA

                      40 Wellington St E, Toronto, ON M5E1C7, CA

                      96 Tecumseth St, Toronto, ON M6J2H1, CA

                      202 Davenport Rd, Toronto, ON M5R1J2, CA

                      468 College St, Toronto, ON M6G1A1, CA

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                      stonedtoronto RE: BritinCan Dec 1, 2008 09:20 AM

                      You can't fail with Scaramouche. It's closing in a year, and I feel like I must visit as often as I possibly can. Excellent views of the city, but without the awful city traffic. One of the most romantic places I've ever been to, great desserts. If anything you should at least come here after a meal for their desserts, their lemon pie or coconut pie is really orgasmic (yes, orgasmic).

                      Amuse-Bouche, and Auberge Du Pommier are also very romantic as others have said. I haven't been to Oro, but I hear it's up there as well in the romance department, but I can't say personally. There's also Prego Della Piazza, and finally Canoe. Canoe requires a bit of work...the restaurant itself is more awe than romance, but there's a few tables, secluded from the rest of the restaurant, that just exudes romance. The feeling of being alone on the top of the TD building at sunset...your wife, or anyone would be impressed.

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