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Looking for a restaurant that would belong on the show Columbo!

My husband's birthday is coming up, and he has a strange fondness for restaurants that look like they stayed behind in the 60s/70s while the rest of the world moved on. The perfect spot would be the kind of place you'd see on the TV show Columbo! Banquettes, wood panelling, leather club chairs... you get the picture. Ed's Italian or one of those Ed Mirvish restaurants would have been great, but they're all gone. Any ideas?
We're in Toronto, but willing to go as far afield as Kingston. The food should be good, of course, but ambience is even more important. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!

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  1. There's Tom Jones. It's just east of the King Eddy. The decor definitely fits what you're looking for. But I've only eaten there once and that was over 5 years ago. From what I remember it was a straight up old school steak house. Their site gives you an excellent idea of what to expect:

    1. Zorro's might do it:

      I've never been, but my sister reports that it's from another time (probably close to the time you're looking for). And she says they do a not-bad steak too!

      1. Two others to consider are Barbarians, great wine list and a very old school steak house (see a pattern here?) and for something a bit different.. The House of Chan... it is a Chineese resturarant that some say has the best steak in Toronto definately stuck in the 70's

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        1. re: OnDaGo

          House of Chan was the first thing that came to mind for me as well. And breakfast at the Senator.

        2. Topiary's on Derry near the airport

          1. Lunch at Zoulpy's Deli. Dinner at Senior's (Steakhouse). Drinks at the Roof Lounge.

            Roof Lounge
            4 Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON M5R, CA

            1397 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4T1Y4, CA

            Zoulpy's Deli Restaurant - duplicate
            244 King St E, Toronto, ON M5A, CA

            1. Yitz' Deli up at Avenue and Eglinton maybe? Patrician Grill on King, east of Jarvis, Caffe Brasiliano on Dundas, west of Bathurst.

              1. Just for atmosphere - Sirloin Cellar in Hamilton? Lots of good suggestion in Toronto!

                1. I absolutely love this question! I went so far as to consult a friend who is a legitimate expert on the subject of tv trivia and everything retro... I don't know if this is in your geographical range because I'm navigationally-challenged, but he said,

                  "The "Black Angus Steakhouse" would be the best. On Bloor West near Islington." Please let us know what you end up doing. Sounds like it's going to be a blast.

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                  1. re: Moimoi

                    I've never been, but based on reviews I've read, how about: Carmen's Steak House, 26 Alexander Street, Toronto. Hounds, would this place fit the retro requirements?

                    1. re: Brain of J

                      House of Chan, Barberians and Black Angus definitely fit the bill for banquettes, wood panelling and leather chairs. Carmen's was so dark, I had no idea what the room looked like when I was there!

                  2. Only because I was there tonight--Inter Steer has more wood panelling than you can shake a meat cigar at.

                    Inter-Ster Restaurant
                    357 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto, ON M6R2M8, CA

                    1. Casa Mendoza Restaurant and Inn on the Lakeshore (west) was also recommended by my friend.... http://www.casamendoza.com/index.php You have to watch the videos and look at the photo gallery... Priceless! I think Columbo actually once lived there. Dining, dancing. Wow!

                      1. Senior's Steak House IS leftover from the 1970s. Great steak.

                        1397 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4T1Y4, CA

                        1. This doesn't really meet your exact criteria but I love it because time stopped there in 1974.

                          The General Wolfe Restaurant in Kingston.


                          Please note the dusty rose tableclothes, brass railings and menu with Coquille Saint Jacques au Gratin and Cherries Jubilee flambeed at the table.