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Nov 16, 2008 03:52 PM

pretty harborfront restaurant?

I am trying to find a nice place to eat dinner in harbourfront for my birthday.

I would like a place that is dark lit with candles, kind of like the nose in leslieville, or a queen street restaurant...aesthetically pleasing with good food.

I need it to be in harbourfront because after I am planning to go skating.

If you know of any nice restaurants that are also near open rinks, that would be great.


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  1. Sadly, the selection of restaurants along Harbourfront is pretty poor. Lots of chains (Swiss Chalet, Shoeless Joe's), mediocre Thai, mediocre sushi, etc.

    The only place that comes to mind that might fit your criteria somewhat is the Queen’s Quay Terminal location of Il Fornello. I've never been to that location, so I'm not sure what the atmosphere is like, but the food should be OK, and it's very close to Harbourfront Centre where the skating rink is located.


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    1. re: gregclow

      The Il Fornello is not romantic or intimate at all. From what I remember it's just a big open space with tables that are quite close together.

      The Pearl Chinese restaurant does have some tables by the windows that have a good view of the lake. Check out - click the Interior link and see photos 7 & 8.

      1. re: Teep

        Tried the Il Fornello last summer, and was left with the impression that they were charging tourist dollars for regular portions, with the food somewhat dumbed down in terms of flavours compared to other locations. More money, less flavour, service somewhat spotty, greedy untrained summer student types.

    2. the pearl restaurant is my go to whenever i have people in from out of town. it is great. they have awesome dim sum. it also has such a good view.

      1. When's your birthday? Most of the public outdoor rinks don't open until December -

        Niagara Street Cafe is romantic, and it's within a reasonable walk from the rink in Trinity Bellwoods -

        Niagara Street Cafe
        169 Niagara St, Toronto, ON M5V1C9, CA

        1. Best restaurant close to Harbourfront is Harbour 60. One of the best steakhouses in the city. Priced like one of the best steakhouses in the city too! Wines under $100 are somewhat rare.

          To get a good selection of restaurants, look outside of Harbourfont and consider financial district stuff. Or think of other rinks - City Hall, T-B, Ramsden Park...

          Have a great birthday!

          1. thanks guys.
            that Niagara street cafe is more along the lines of what I'm looking for.
            the harbourfront rink is supposed to have opened on nov.15th.