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1st time in Toronto, entertaining business clients

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Greetings from Boston !
My husband will be in Toronto the 1st week of June for a business conference.
He is looking for a few recommendations with good food, not too expensive, and atmospheres that are condusive to conversation. Most nights it will be just a few people
and one dinner will be for 20 people. That dinner , ideally, would have also have an area where they could mingle for drinks prior to sitting down.

Thanks so much for your help.

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  1. neighbourhood they will be in?

    if you try searcing the board i am sure will find many business/talking-friendly locales.

    1. Price points would also be helpful.

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      1. re: Snarf

        of course....they will be in the convention center area and for their dinner for 20 people, the budget is $1500, inclusive. Casual is fine, key is the ability to hold conversations.
        Thanks again for your insight.

        1. re: pasta

          Beer Bistro (which is pretty universally liked by posters on this board) has a private room that would accommodate your group of 20 and would probably be close to the right pricepoint (though if people end up drinking more than one or two drinks, I think you may go overbudget no matter where you end up, unless you pick a really cheap and cheerful ethnic place). Their group menu:

          http://www.beerbistro.com/private_din...

          Le Select also has private rooms and a reasonably priced set menu:

          http://www.leselect.com/event/event.php

          Neither of these places is right next to the convention centre, but they're not too far.