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Kid friendly restaurant for 80th bday party

chuang Apr 21, 2008 01:13 PM

We are celebrating my father's 80th birthday (about 8-10 adults and 7 children ages 13 and under) in May. I am hoping to find a great restaurant (not picky about the type of cuisine) that is kid friendly enough but still a bit upscale. I'd prefer a place with easy parking as most of my family is coming from out of town. Any thoughts? I'd love some help.

  1. JamieK Aug 14, 2008 12:59 PM

    Hey, chuang! Came across this thread and wondering where you ended up for your dad's 80th and how it turned out.

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      grilledcheese Apr 22, 2008 08:48 AM

      Oliver & Bonacini Cafe & Grill at Bayview Village

      But be warned: they don't take reservations on Fri & Sat.

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      1. re: grilledcheese
        chuang Apr 22, 2008 12:08 PM

        Hey, Everyone, thanks for the suggestions - still haven't made a decision though. Spoke to some friends who suggested a couple of other places:
        1. Corner House Restaurant (on Davenport)
        2. Paradise (new Chinese restaurant at Leslie and Finch Ave. E.)
        Any thoughts or comments about either of these?

        1. re: chuang
          skylineR33 Apr 22, 2008 12:19 PM

          Corner House is good, nice cozy atmosphere, but it is kind of dark and more on the romantic side. May not be suitable with small kids.

          Paradise is a relatively new restaurant which replace the old one about half a year ago. Been to dim sum at Paradise only, not impressed and more on the expensive side. Not sure about dinner. Good luck finding a parking spot at that plaza, it is one of the busiest plaza in Toronto.

          1. re: chuang
            JamieK Apr 22, 2008 02:32 PM

            Corner House does have private party rooms that might suit but parking could be an issue -

        2. Royaljelly Apr 21, 2008 06:29 PM

          I know there's a back room which you can reserve at La Coqine (french bistro at Yonge, South of Eglington). Place is very kid friendly (I even saw a big screen tv), dishes are reasonably priced and well done for bistro fare, and there's plenty of free parking on local nearby streets after 6pm. Call them ahead of time to make sure they can fit that many people (I didn't actually see the party room).

          Here's a recent thread on the place:


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          1. re: Royaljelly
            JamieK Apr 21, 2008 07:13 PM

            okay guys (being a nitpicking editor/writer type of person), must we continue to incorrectly misname this restaurant? It's not La Coquine -- there's no "La". It's Coquine, pure and simple (this is not directed at only you royaljelly, my dear)

            2075 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4S2A4, CA

          2. JamieK Apr 21, 2008 04:18 PM

            The Studio Cafe in the Four Seasons is a bit upscale but not uptight and offers a kids menu (even a "teens" menu). There is Green P parking a block west, entrance off Bedford. Green P parking also about two blocks east on Yorkville. More expensive parking, of course, under the hotel.
            scroll down to see sample menus -

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            1. re: JamieK
              JamieK Apr 21, 2008 04:19 PM


              Studio Cafe
              21 Avenue Road, Toronto, ON M5R 2G1, CA

              1. re: JamieK
                pearlD Apr 21, 2008 06:11 PM

                "The Place for Steak" in the plaza at the northwest corner of Bathurst & Sheppard ,( on Sheppard at the far west end of the Plaza). This is a very friendly, multi-generational Restaurant, easy parking, used to large party groups, very tolerant of kids and a pretty varied Menu (steak, ribs, fish) not sure it there is a kid menu but surely they must have one because I always see 'Familys with all ages of kids)For your group CALL for a Reservation in advance. Not cheap but not 'break the bank' either. It's basically Steak House Decor but in the old fashioned, linen cloth way and not 'in your face' kitsch.

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