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The best restaurant/lounges in Toronto?

stonedtoronto Jan 11, 2009 01:08 PM

Hey CHer's

What are the best restaurant/lounges in Toronto?

A place where you can have a nice meal, but relax in some sofas or comfortable chairs afterwards? Or a place that has live jazz?

Something like Panorama...but you know...with food that's actually good. Or maybe something like Sopra Upper Lounge? Any recommendations would be appreciated.

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    Sarah Cat Jan 11, 2009 03:06 PM

    Maybe Insomnia at Bloor and Bathurst? There are a few comfy chairs at the back. There's live jazz at Gate 403 on Roncesvalles, but I'm not sure about the food.

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    1. re: Sarah Cat
      LemonLauren Jan 12, 2009 05:22 PM

      Love insomnia!

      Also, we were at Cantine last year and they had live music. Not quite a lounge but one could definitely hang out for a while!

      1. re: LemonLauren
        Rabbit Jan 13, 2009 05:22 AM

        I've got nothing against insomnia... but judging from stoned's previous posts, his taste tends toward the luxe (Scaramouche, North 44, George)... Insomnia has that student-y Annex feel which is no doubt part of its charm but I question whether it will suit for the OP. I really wish Toronto had more jazz club-y sort of night spots with a touch of glam... I miss the Top of the Senator!!

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      exquisite Jan 12, 2009 05:31 AM

      I know there is live jazz at Old Mill Inn (http://www.oldmilltoronto.com/restaur...). I've been there for a corporate dinner function (catered) and the meals were decent from my memory. I would assume the food will be better at the restaurant. Hope this helps.

      I know you are looking for something like Panorama, and it may not be very similar but still nice and classy.

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        Cat123 Jan 13, 2009 01:48 PM

        There is a lounge downstairs at Centro with a snacks menu and nightly "entertainment". Has anyone tried that?

        1. W4W Toronto Mar 14, 2013 01:07 PM

          Sopra Upper Lounge, Went on March Sat Mar 9, 2013:

          This is Chef Massimo Capra's baby, and with Mistura down-stairs one would expect better. The ambiance was interestingly a balance of classy, mixed with youthfully under dressed female 20-something year olds and older men. A large piano took helm at the front and on this occasion, the very touchy-feely Trevor Gowan played and sang at the keys. Our appetizer of scallops was tasty, however, my sea bass (from where I'm not sure) was delicious in itself, but made bland by the sliced radish ornament on top of it. Really a good piece of fish with the wrong accompaniment. My partner's striped sea bass was a colourful hunk of meat, that exuded goodness but disappointed the palate. Paired with a bitter radicchio, it really was rather awful. Dessert was unmemorable. A chocolate something or other that thankfully, didn't offend.

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