Solo dining tomorrow
I am looking for a restaurant to dine alone tomorrow in downtown. Places that I am considering are Harbord Room, Starfish and Weezie's. But these places are popular and I am not sure how will they treat solo diner on a friday night. One top of that, I am not a drinker due to health reason. I don't want to start my weekend with snobby services. Which restaurant do you think is the best for dining alone? Other suggestions are also welcomed.
Thanks in advance!
In order to encourage good service and non-snobbiness from servers, I'd be likely to order non-alchoholic drinks and/or sparkling water at any restaurant if I wasn't drinking, rather than just requesting tap water. I do the same thing if I'm only ordering 2 starters instead of a starter and a main. It's my hope that by doing this, the server realizes I'm not trying to be frugal- there's another reason that I'm either not drinking or not ordering as much food.
Harbord Room has a bar, where a solo diner could sit & eat. The regular tables are probably already reserved, since it's an it spot right now and quite tiny, but they don't don't take reservations for the bar, as far as I know. The owner and manager (at least I think he was the manager) are outgoing, in fact, I ended up talking ot both of them last time I dined at the bar. I'd call ahead to check if they'd anticipate room at the bar (that's what I did on a Friday night & it worked out for me)
Haven't dined at Starfish alone, but would think it would be a friendly place to sit and eat at the bar, too. Or JKWB, as suggested by Tatai.
Haven't tried Weezie's yet, but I walked by the other night and it looks more like a place I'd want to go on a date, than a place where I'd go if I wanted to dine by myself.
I really like the food at Cava- but didn't realize they have a bar where you can sit & eat. Will have to try it out one of these days.
I second JKWB and sit at the bar. Re Weezie's, the one time we were there, there was a person dining solo sitting at one of the other tables, so I'd not hesitate dining alone there as well.
Thank you for all the replies!
I ended up at starfish. I went a bit early at around 6:30. They were really accomodating and allowed me to choose wherever I wanted. I got a table for myself because there were a few groups at the bar already. I had the mussels and fries. The mussels were kind of small compared to those I had in Pairs, but they were fresh and didn't have the fishy taste. The white wine and cream broth was flavourful. It tasted so good that I dipped the fries into the broth to soak up everything. They gave me a hugh plates of fries. The fries were skinny and crisp and well-seasoned. I would say they were as tasty as the fries from the Gilead cafe. But after finishing the whole plates of fries, I felt thirsty because of the salt. For dessert, I had the maple creme burle. The top was a bit thick for my liking but nevertheless, the creme was smooth and thick. However, I only tasted maple syrup in the top but not in the creme. The creme had vanilla taste only. The accompany peacon cookies were good, crunchy and buttery. Although the restaurant got busy half-way through my dinner. I never felt rushed.
I would recommend Starfish to anyone who wants to dine alone. For those who doesn't like seafood, they actually have quite a few meat dishes on the menu.
Now I will have to try JK wine bar and Cava...