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I really need help!!!

I am taking a girl out to dinner on Tuesday, and I have no idea where to go.

Since she lives uptown, around Yonge and 401 area, I was wondering if you guys know any good restaurant around that neighborhood??

Some where, nice, yet casual with good food and reasonable prices.

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  1. Yonge and 401 are CRAWLING with Resturants - although exceptional food is kinda hard to find, just head north on Yonge and you'll see them all. It all depends what kind of food you're looking for. There's "safe" places like the Keg at Sheppard, Moxies and Milestones at Empress Walk, also in Empress Walk is Ichiban for japanese and across the street, Asian Legends (I said safe, not spectacular!). But there are smaller resturants, like Chez Laurent, that's cute. My personal favorite in the area though, is Bar Burrito, (yummy burrito at rock bottom prices, but it's cafeteria style). I'd just take her on a nice stroll and pick a place!! :-D

    1. Just south of York Mills you have Wildfire Grill and Trappers, Centro a bit further south. Over on Avenue Rd s. of 401 you have Millie's, Richlee's, Safari Bar & Grill. For good and casual I'd vote Millies or Safari, the others are a bit more upscale.

      Good luck!

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      1. re: The Goddess

        I've heard Millers tavern is good.....if you go closer to yonge and eglinton there is alot to choose from:
        grazie (italian)
        alley catz (jazz bar/eatery)
        fat cat
        Depends on your budget, centro and north 44 are also close by.

        1. re: pancake

          NOT Millers - the decor is cold, so is the temperature and the wait staff attitude, the food is way overpriced for the quality. If you're lookin' to impress her, you won't get it there. But also down there, just north of Eglinton, is Green Papaya, La Vecchia, just about all on that same block as Grazie, etc.

          1. re: The Goddess

            If you are meeting at the restaurant, and transportation is no hassle for your date, then I would also recommend venturing further south. Some of the more reasonable newer places that come to mind are Quince, Mirabelle Wine Bar, and Simple Bistro.

            1. re: The Goddess

              NOT La Vecchia. Its disgusting at dinner and brunch. Completely useless place.

          2. re: The Goddess

            Millie's has good food, but I don't see it as a first date place. Safari is good for a drink, but not for the food.

            1. re: The Goddess

              This is a late reply, but I wouldn't go to Trapper's on a first date unless my date and I were both senior citizens looking for an early bird dinner with very traditional North Toronto dinner options;) If you want to make a good first impression, Trapper's isn't the way to do it.

              The Chase Wine Bar next door might be a nice option. Or Coppi. Or the Abbot.

              1. re: phoenikia

                LOL!!! I agree on Coppi phoenikia. I would be very impressed if I was taken to Coppi, first date or otherwise.

            2. I lived in that area for 10 years. It's not easy to find good food. the one and only place that i def recommend is Tuyen at yonge and Sheppard. Awsome awsome (even by downtown standards) Thai food. Very nice atmosphere, perfect for a date. she will be impressed.

              1. I second Chez Laurent. It's cozy. Most of the restaurants in that area tend to be eat and go places.

                1. A friend and I go to a small restaurant on the W side of Yonge, just south of where SportingLife is - I think the name is Robertos. It's italian and the pasta is fresh, service is good and it's homey and relaxed.

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                  1. re: xssnrg

                    Oh yeah, that place has been around for years. I remember they had great canneloni.

                  2. nothing wrong with safari for a date...the atmosphere is warm & relaxed.....was there recently and the food was decent..seems to have improved somewhat.
                    zaffron is a persian restaurant on yonge south of steeles on the west side that was quite good (persian friends took us)...something a little different and casual.
                    for sushi i like kyomizu (sp?) on spring garden. spring garden runs off of yonge, north of sheppard on the east side.
                    miller -no!, bar burrito -no! (like it there just definitely NOT for a dinner date), ichiban-no!

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                    1. re: todc1996

                      What about the italian place on Avenue Road - name escapes me - but it's been around forever?? Someone help me out. Oh got it, Rossini's?

                    2. First, congratulations! I hope that you both have a great time. (Ah. Young love) What about Tabule? It's south of Eglinton on Yonge street and has a nice ambience and fresh mediterranean food. They have interesting cocktails and good desserts. We usually park on a side street around the corner (which is free). Slightly north of there, on the same side of Yonge, is Coquine. This is more of an NY/Paris bistro environment, with a mixture of French bistro entrees and past. Much more hip, brighter lights, more people, etc. Let us know where you go and how you enjoy the dinner.

                      1. Oops. I meant pasta. Not past. Although for me, it was a blast to the Parisian past.

                        1. I wouldn't go to Safari. Overdone for dates and food and service are hit and miss.

                          There is a great italian place on Avenue Road just south of Wilson called Il Fornaro. Nice atmosphere, good wine list, I always have great service there.

                          1. How about Oliver Bonacini over at Bayview Village (Bayview and Sheppard). Pretty casual, but more upscale casual, good food, decent prices, meets your criteria.


                            1. I wasn't so much into food back then, but about 3 years ago I took my date to Baton Rouge (as it was one of the closest restaurants to my condo). Food was decent, atmosphere was great (had a booth, far away enough from other tables, not too quiet nor stuffy restaurant). It was actualy perfect....

                              ...we've been going on strong for almost 3 years now.

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                              1. re: s0memale

                                Well, actually, one of my favourite places to go for a first date in that area is Milestones. Not because of the food, but because that location has a nice bar area with nice booths that are perfect for a date and the service is always good.

                              2. Many good suggestions here. My own thoughts:

                                Upscale: Centro, Auberge du Pommier, though you could go down a bit with the downstairs at Centro, which is a jazz bar with tapas/sushi menu. North 44 is a great restaurant, but is so pricey that it might seem a bit too much for a first date.

                                Medium: Wildfire Grill, Mirabelle, Quince, Zucca, Grano, Tabla. All with nice atmosphere and very good food.

                                Lower price: Cravings, Abbot, downstairs at the Miller (get a booth), Picnic (board games can be fun), Spacco (pizza and billiards), or Cuisine of India.

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                                1. re: Snarf

                                  He's asking for casual reasonably priced options therefore i would say Centro, Auberge and North 44 should not even be considered.

                                  1. re: millygirl

                                    If you go downstairs and stick to the tapas/sushi, Centro is reasonable, and fairly cool when the band is playing.

                                  2. re: Snarf

                                    is picnic the new restaurant from the same people as C food and MEATing? if so, how is it? whats the food like? its an interesting concept.

                                    1. re: hungryabbey

                                      Food is fairly decent, service is pretty good, though the menu is fairly simple. Good calamari, which is something of an indicator of the kitchen's skill level. The concept works well, depending on how many tables with toddlers there are.,

                                      1. re: Snarf

                                        hm good to know. what are the prices like? and is it like small plates or normal?

                                        1. re: hungryabbey

                                          Prices are fairly reasonable, with mains in the 10-20 range. Lots of small plate apps and nibblies. And, something that I wasn't interested in, but which many might be, deep fried mini Mars bars.

                                          1. re: Snarf

                                            mmm i have never had one of those, thank god im still young and my heart can afford it lol especially if its just a "mini"

                                  3. Without question Auberge du Pommier , but the tariff is chuncky..I was so lucky my dates always preferred Johnny's

                                    1. Where did you end up, TOGUY? And how was it.