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Need a romantic restaurant to have dinner with girlfriend

It's my girlfriends birthday in less than a month and its also going to be our 1 year together. So i really want to make it special for her, is there a quality restaurant with a romantic atmosphere with excellent food i could take her out to? Thanks.

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  1. can you give us a sense of what part of the city, what price range and what types of cuisine you/she do/don't like?

    1. I always find La Palette on Augusta to be romantic and cosy.

      1. If price is of no concern, I would recommend Splendido. It has great atmosphere; cozy and with romantic lighting. The service is second to none (in Toronto). The food is also very good. If I go back to Splendido, it would be more for the experience than the food.

        1. There are lots of "romantic" posts on this board. I suggest you throw "romantic" and "dinner" into the search function and see what comes up.

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          1. Food is pretty good. But atmosphere is the main feature. The Corner House, at the foot of Casa Loma. It's a cozy restaurant.

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            1. re: grandgourmand

              Oh yes that is a good suggestion! The service there is very good and it's nice and cozy. I do not think of Splendido as romantic because it's rather cavernous. But the service does take the edge of the big space -- they make you feel very special and might help you make your honey feel special as well. On my birthday I got a little card on my place setting etc. It was nice -- they might do something similar for your occasion....you could ask.

              1. re: Arcadiaseeker

                Or a place like Torito of Black Hoof. Not really romantic atmosphere, but the sharing thing is nice. And who says pickled lamb tongue isn't romantic?

                1. re: Arcadiaseeker

                  agreed with the service at Splendido. I also got a card signed by chef and my server. Certainly would be a meal she would remember.

              2. i've seen similar requests in the past and Scaramouche seems to be suggested a lot.

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                1. re: auberginegal

                  yeah scaramouche is good. need to get the window seat though. (can ask and arrange)

                  1. re: auberginegal

                    I love Scaramouche but have to disagree with it as a romantic spot. The tables are really close together, to the point where you will be technically sitting closer to your neighbor than your girlfriend.

                    1. re: graydyn

                      I agree 100% on this. I think a restaurant like this should have more space between tables.

                      1. re: skylineR33

                        That's true.

                        Besides Scaramouche is more of a 'special occasion' place than purely romantic. The view is nice, but apart from that, not really romantic.

                    1. Sorry forgot to mention my price range is about 100 - 120 for each of us. Or less doesnt matter. And the cuisine doesnt matter. We like to try a lot of things, thanks

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                      1. re: ckeon92

                        You would blow through that pretty quickly at Splendido (depending upon what you do about apps and wine) ... Rosebud is one of our (my wife and I) personal favorites - reasonable, cosy, casual, dark, friendly service, etc. etc., so I "third" that suggestion.

                      2. I personally find Amuse Bouche to be very romantic. I've only been twice and it's been a while since my last visit. On my first visit, the food was outstanding. I enjoyed the food my second time as well, but not quite as much. Can't comment on the current state of the food/service, but (unless there have been some renos) the vibe is distinctly romantic -- very warm and cosy. Has anyone eaten there recently?

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                        1. re: torontofoodiegirl

                          Another thread brought this to mind but Noce near Trinity Bellwoods has areas of the restaurant that have a romantic vibe and the food is quite good.