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Wednesday Dinner for 12 near UnionStation

NoFixedAddress Apr 29, 2009 10:01 AM

Need a place for a group of 12 or so....This would be on Wednesday night.
(Boss taking Business associates out after a meeting. Seating around 6-630pm)

Restaurant should be close to Union Station so that we can WALK to it from the meeting.

Like all types of food and appreciate a menu made from the Heart:)
Big Wine Lovers. Fun bunch. A good chill/relaxing spot.


PS.......Please include LINKS, address etc...........:)

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  1. Rabbit RE: NoFixedAddress Apr 29, 2009 10:22 AM

    Beerbistro?? Or there was a recent thread talking up Biff's which made it sound like a reliable crowdpleaser and probably suitable for a corporate-ish event (although perhaps you'd rather avoid too corporate).

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      JennaBean RE: NoFixedAddress Apr 29, 2009 10:31 AM

      You might want to consider Forte. They have a great wine list and a tasty menu but the food is French so your group would have to be ok with a little butter and/or cream.

      They are located at York and Richmond so it is indeed walkable to and from Union.

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        phoenikia RE: JennaBean Apr 30, 2009 08:57 AM

        I'd also recommend Forte.

        Although some of the food might be inspired by French cuisine, the food is more contemporary/continental bistro than traditional French. Fresh flavours, and not as much cream or butter as traditional French restaurants.

        Brassaii might be another option for a group of 12, that's more of a "good chill/relaxing spot". It's about a 20 minute walk from Union Station.

        461 King St. W, Toronto, ON M5V 1K7, CA

        133 Richmond St W, Toronto, ON M5H, CA

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          wontonfm RE: phoenikia May 3, 2009 06:44 AM

          Brassaii is great but may be a bit of a trek fora group (especially if they aren't walkers). It's at King and Spadina.


      2. Splendid Wine Snob RE: NoFixedAddress Apr 29, 2009 11:48 AM

        Reds probably fits the bill (especially since you mention you are wine lovers), although its a bit further up from Union (on Adelaide). Still walkable, in my opinion.



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          Arcadiaseeker RE: NoFixedAddress Apr 30, 2009 12:18 PM

          Jump? It's in BCE place and it's a good size.

          1. Thatcher RE: NoFixedAddress May 2, 2009 07:13 PM

            Avoid Beer Bistro for anything but an after work pint sitting at the bar. Especially if you're trying to impress business people.

            We went there recently with a group of 6 and it was a clown show. Horrible service, meals all coming out at different times, more than 15 minutes just to get a server over to place our drink orders and then an hour to get our meals. The servers forgot about us and I had to get up and get my own cutlery after asking multiple times for them to bring a missing piece. And there weren't many people in the restaurant, so they weren't being slammed at the time.

            Of the places mentioned here, Biff's is always always reliable, because they get a steady flow of business eaters with bigger expense accounts.

            I'd recommend hopping in a cab and heading up to the financial district. Actually, if you are *right at* Union Station, just walk north to Hy's steak house, as it will take you just as long as the walk to Biff's. Great room (high ceilings, blingy chandeliers, big booths, etc) good old school service, stiff cocktails, excellent steaks and gigantic tables to suit big groups. Every suit loves it.

            1. CheddarCheese RE: NoFixedAddress May 2, 2009 07:45 PM

              How about Biff's Bistro. The dining room is roomy and airy. It's an Oliver Bonacini restaurant so it has a fairly good reputation for consistency. It's a french bistro so the wine list is heavy on the french vineyards but it is also large and varied.

              Here's a link to their website which has an updated menu:

              The address is 4 Front Street East. It's just east of Yonge St.....practically right across from Union Station.
              Hope it helps.

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                jlunar RE: CheddarCheese May 3, 2009 08:35 AM

                I'd rec Biff's for buisness too. The food is decent and it is kitty-corner to Union. The private-function room at the back may be too large, but Biff's, as all O&B resto's, is set up for groups of all sizes. Just call them. I recall prices to be not crazy. Service is good.

                http://www.foodpr0n.com - food is love.

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                Delshan RE: NoFixedAddress May 4, 2009 08:38 AM

                Don't know what your budget is but Bardi's Steak House always does it right and is just around the corner from Union Station...(Expensive)

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                  tjr RE: NoFixedAddress May 4, 2009 09:11 AM

                  Bymark isn't very far and won't be noisy at this time on a Wednesday.

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