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Oct 31, 2008 08:29 AM

Fine Dining in Scarborough

Now, I know some may see it as an oxymoron, but I am looking for fine dining in and around the Scarbrough area. It's me and my BF's anniversary and we wanted to go someplace nice and also close to home. Anyone have any suggestions?

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  1. Scarborough's fairly large. Any part of it in particular?

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    1. re: JamieK

      Well further east closer to the birchcliff area is better, but right nwow, I'll take any suggestions!

    2. Not in Scarborough, but still in the east end nearby are the School Fine Dining and Duncan House:
      Also there are a few higher end Chinese Food the two Casa's (Casa Imperial is actually in Scarborough) and the place inside the Hotel at Hwy 7 and Warden (Empire Court)

      1. Okay, it's not fine dining but it's not bad (the crabcakes are good). For something different but romantic, consider Bluffers Restaurant at the bottom of Brimley Rd right on the lake. You won't be able to sit on the patio but you'd still have a spectacular view of the lake and bluffs and, if you're early enough and the weather is fine, a sunset.

        Just trying to think of fun or romantic alternatives to fine dining.

        7 Brimley Rd, Toronto, ON M1M, CA

        1. Vincent's Spot is yummy and good value -- it's at Kingston Rd and Midland. It's very old school with great service and interesting decor. I wouldn't classify it as fine dining but it's REALLY good (and not diner-like).

          Other than that, I don't know. I live just north of Birchcliff and we tend to head downtown.

          I think there is a roof-top Japanese place in the hotel at Kennedy and 401.

          There's also the The Old Scott House on Progress near the Town Centre.

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          1. re: geoprincess

            The Old Scott House was being converted to a Baton Rouge....not sure if it has reopened yet...anyone know?

            1. re: T Long

              Its not open yet. As for a great meal in Scarborough, I highly recommend Fratelli Village Pizzeria. Its not fine dining but definitely a great place for a nice date.


              1. re: helen0505

                I'd second Fratelli, not fine dining but one of the nicer places in the east end. It can get very crowded for the dinner rush (5:30-8:00) so plan accordingly.

                It's a small place with very solid thin crust pizzas and some nice pastas. I've made comments in the site posted by helen0505.

                I like their calamari, and tiramisu. I'm not a fan of their caesar salad. The shaved parm is nice but the dressing, lettuce and croutons seem a little 'salad mix' to me.

            2. re: geoprincess

              I second the recommendation of Vincent's spot. If you like duck, when you make reservations they will let you pre-order the duck and my family cannot get enough of it.

              1. re: sugarcube

                sugarcube... on their website... Is THAT a wood burning pizza oven??? With regular crust pizza???

                1. re: Googs

                  Googs, it's a wood burning oven but their pizzas are thinner crust. Here's a shot of some leftover Fratelli - pepperoni, hot salami, hot sausage, ham and mozzarella, and a Milan's - chicken, sun dried tomatoes, feta cheese, red onion and mozzarella.


                  1. re: Googs

                    Where does it mention it serves regular crust pizza?

                    1. re: sugarcube

                      It just looks that way in the picture. It doesn't appear to be the Terroni pizza toppings on a cracker look. Even Dr Butcher's pic looks like a fairly healthy-sized crust. If that's thin, then it's the kind of thin I might be able to sneak past hubby.

                      1. re: Googs

                        Googs, not wanting to hijack the thread, if you're looking for thin wood oven pizzas a little further west, check out Calabria Bakery on Midland just south of Ellesmere on Thursdays and Fridays.

                        Excuse the pics they're cell phone shots.


                        1. re: Dr Butcher

                          I made a link!

                          Calabria Bakery
                          1772 Midland Ave, Toronto, ON M1P, CA