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Nov 26, 2008 04:42 PM

Birthday dinner around 401, semi-private setting?

Hi there,

Looking for a restaurant for my dad-in-law's 65th birthday. Here's the criteria:

- quiet-ish setting
- good wine list, beer selection
- apps less than $15, mains around $30
- easy access to parking

We are going to be about 12 people, so not quite big enough to qualify for private room (plus it'll be in the middle of the xmas rush). I've seen recommendations for Wildfire and Miller Tavern, but looking for other suggestions. Auberge is too pricey, Oliver Bonacini's is too open and noisy.


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  1. It sounds like you've looked at Wildfire already, but in case you haven't -- they have an area right near the front of the restaurant that they can close off with heavy curtains. It's a perfect size for a party of 12, and the prices are right in the range you're specifying. As for parking, there is free parking at the Lawyers office in the evenings right around the corner.

    1. Coppi perhaps? Their prices are definitely in your range, and they have a private space upstairs. The private room holds a lot more than 12 people, but if they haven't got it booked for anyone else, perhaps they'd let you take it. They actually hosted a private function about that size for my family in the main restaurant on a Sunday when they were closed to the public (but we had to have a fixed price meal with about 3 entree options each).

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      1. re: torontofoodiegirl

        Coppi looks great online, but i just tried booking and they don't have space that evening (alas...the xmas rush).

        Any other suggestions?

      2. Does anyone have any experience with Le Montmartre? I don't see any mentions on the board but I've driven by this place and was curious. It's over by Allen Rd and Sheppard (so maybe too far west for you, Sinfulia, but still close to 401). Fits within your budget, has a private room and wine list (but no beer).

        Le Montmartre
        911 Sheppard Ave W, Toronto, ON M3H2T7, CA

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        1. re: JamieK

          I've actually been there before for another group event (10-15 people). Food was decent, service was friendly, and the place was relatively quiet. From what I remember, the decor hasn't been updated in a while, but that's got nothing to do with the food.

          Overall an ok place if you don't want crowds, etc. However, since I can't remember much, it was probably just a mediocre experience.