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Jan 4, 2008 11:49 AM

When one glass to too little and a bottle is too much...

Quite often, I find myself in a situation where I would like to have wine with dinner but one glass would be too little to take me through the entire meal, but then ordering a whole bottle would be too much. It seems that higher end restaurants have a greater selection of demi-bottles and 1/2 litre carafes but of course one can't eat at high end restaurants for every meal out either. So my challenge to Toronto hounds is this: please list mid-range restaurants (defined as mains between 11-25) that offer wines by the 1/2 litre or demi-bottle (cuisine type irrelevant, and within the GTA would be fantastic). TIA!

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  1. I feel your pain. One glass of wine is never enough to last me through a meal. Thankfully, most of the time I'm usually dining with other wine lovers and we order by the bottle. When I'm not and I resort to ordering by the glass, I usually regret it because, what with good company and long lingering dinners, I wind up drinking at least three to four (or more) glasses, which ends up way more expensive than had I ordered the same wine in the bottle.

    In my experience though, plenty of mid-range restaurants and most bistro-type places serve wine by the half litre (perhaps not demi-bottle), In my neighbourhood Ten Feet Tall (mains $10-&15) serves wine by the half-litre. And further east, ViVetha Bistro (mains $10-$20) serves wine by the half-litre. Most pubs or pub-type restaurants also offer wine by the half-litre. I know the Auld Spot on the Danforth does, and so does Allen's I think.

    2485 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4E1H9, CA

    Ten Feet Tall
    1381 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4J, CA

    Auld Spot
    347 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K, CA

    143 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K1N2, CA

      1. re: zoezer

        You're right zoezer! Was just at the new Terroni at the Courthouse. Lots of very good Italians by the glass (3 and 5 oz), half litre and bottle. Sicilian syrah a must.

      2. Slightly off topic-But you can now go to a restaurant that lets you bring your own bottle and take home any unfinished wine. Are they allowed to let you take home any unfinished wine that the restaurant has sold you? This would let you buy a bottle at a better price than the per glass price and with a much wider selection.

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        1. re: mexivilla

          Yes, good point. Ontario's Bring Your Own Wine program permits you to "take the rest home". More info here -