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My husband and I will be staying at the Royal York in June. We will be taking the train to Toronto so we won't have a car. We love to walk though and are well versed with the subway. I haven't eaten out in TO in years. We both LOVE good food (or else I wouldn't be on this board). I have been looking at the recent postings and would like some feedback or other recs. One night will be my birthday dinner and the next will be our anniversary so we would like to have two wonderful experiences but not stuffy. Here is the list I have so far:
Colburne Lane
Splendido
George
Chiado
Zucca
Mildred Pierce
Please let me know if any of these places are far away from the hotel.

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  1. Mildred Pierce is closed. George and Zucca are a good 20 to 30 minutes by cab from your hotel, the others within walking distance. I'd do George and Splendido but maybe not back-to-back on following nights.

    1. You got some of the great high end restaurant choices here, except Zucca, in my opinion it is just average, more like a neighourhood restaurant for me. It is not as expensive as the others on your list though. Colborne Lane (10 mins) and George (around 25 mins which you can walk through Toronto downtown) are within walking distance which I think is best fit your case.

      1. Scaramouche is closing soon; if you've never been there, you owe it to yourself. It's a perfect spot for a romantic dinner; great food, great atmosphere, impeccable service, and if you ask nicely enough, a view that will knock your socks off.

        1. Scaramouche, while very good, is difficult to get to from Royal York.

          Splendido should be OK on subway. Top food, top service, top ambiance, but also top price.

          Can also consider Susur. Like Splendido, top food, top price, slightly lesser on ambiance. I think these two are the tops in TO. Certainly celebration worthy places.

          I think Colburne Lane is overrated, but i don't think many others agree (?).

          Other choices close to hotel (walkable) are Biff (French), Starfish (great for oysters and seafood), Beerbistro (great mussels and frites, beers). These have lower prices and are better value.

          1. I would heartily push for trying George. I've talked about it on a few posts but it was easily my favourite dinner in the last year. Not too far from the Royal York on Queen East, so a walk there could easily be followed by a taxi back if you wanted.

            Too bad Mildred Pierce has closed - it would have been an excellent choice as well!