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Bloor West restaurant recommendation please....

We are taking out our elderly Aunt and Uncle [80+] for dinner this coming Saturday and we are looking for a place that is close to their home so Bloor West seems to be the best area although we will have a car if we need to go a little further. They are fairly open to try anything but I think we might be better to go somewhere in the middle. We are visiting Toronto and have been satisfying our foodie cravings so are willing to try a nice, friendly restaurant with decent food. Are reservations necessary on a Saturday evening? Any suggestions would be appreciated.

I was looking at a place called Cru.....


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  1. The Grange at Jane and Bloor would be perfect...great food and wine list ...Miranda

    1. I don't recommend Cru -- food is too strange/unbalanced. Perhaps Casa Barcelona instead? Which part of Bloor West are you specifically near?

      1. I also would not recommend CRU..I have been there a few times and the last time 6 months ago the food was good but very ecletic. My guests were not happy with the menu at all.
        I am not so good with Bloor West Village but if you drive closer to Bloor/Royal York I would suggest Vibo...great Italian restaurant and on weekends they usually have a piano player than might be nice for your aunt & uncle. Not too loud, just nice background music.

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        1. re: ciaociao1

          The chef at Cru changed over the summer. He used to work at Rain. You can get better (similar style but tastier) food at Cava and Colborne Lane. Personally when I want to eat in the west end I make the extra trek to Via Allegro, though it's not cheap unless you stick to pizza and pasta.

        2. I would stay away from Cru and Basa Barcelona. Vibo is good, if a little expensive, Italian. Merlot, a bistro, across the street from Vibo is always good but a little noisy. A little further away but traditional for elderly relatives is the Old Mill at the Humber River.

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          1. re: mexivilla

            second that - the Old Mill is a nice place for older folks -

          2. Other than what's alredy been suggested - there's Dr. Generosity's. It's at Runnymede and Bloor. www.drgenerosity.com It's not the hippest place, but the food is decent and they are very friendly. I think you should make reservations, as it can fill up.

            If they like pasta, then there's Queen's Pasta just a bit further west. It's pretty much all pasta....

            1. Hi,
              IMHO Merlot is great,noise yes Food very good.

              1. The Grange on Bloor at Jane....Miranda

                1. Thank you for all of your suggestions. We are visiting Toronto and things got very busy so in the end we had dinner at Cru since they had never heard of it and wanted to give it a try. Maybe we lucked out or our Aunt and Uncle are more adventurous than we thought but we had a very nice evening. The food was exciting for them and they ate everything except for my Uncle who didn't finish his coq au vin but I think he was just getting full at that point. The only downside was that it was noisy and at times conversation was difficult for all of us. The waitress was very attentive and helpful with the menu. Towards the end of the dinner she made the mistake twice of pouring water into our remaining white wine. The next time we are in Toronto I am going to try out the other restaurants recommended with our Aunt and Uncle.