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May 19, 2009 05:49 AM

Looking for great anniversary dinner in north end of Toronto

We who do not live in Toronto are celebrating our 10th anniversary and want to have a great dinner. Our babysitters (ie my inlaws) are at Bayview and Sheppard so we'd like to stay fairly close to there, not downtown.

I am looking for some place really nice and it can be pricey but not crazy $500 for dinner pricey. I looked on and for $150 - 200 in North York I get the likes of Mandarin & Kelseys(??) so I went up to the $200+ and I get North 44 which seems just a bit out of our range!

So someplace interesting and between these two is what I'm looking for. It needs to have a couple of vegetarian options for hubby to choose from - pastas, risottos ok but I'd rather not go to a strictly Italian place.

Just read the thread about the opening of Milagro at Yonge/Lawrence - sounds like a good possibility.

Thanks for suggestions!

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  1. Milagro is pretty casual (and gets loud!), so I don't know if that's the kind of atmosphere you're looking for. Along that strip, some nicer options would be Wildfire Grille, Sapori or Sequel.

        1. Zee Grill, (fish) Celestin, (French ) Zucca (Italian) never disappoint.
          All fit into your price category.

          1. How about Mezza Misto on Yonge/Lawrence. Have been there several times and have always been very pleased.


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            1. re: Helen

              Sequel, which has been mentioned above, comes in at about $150 a couple (assuming you order wine by the glass and eschew the rather expensive bottles), tax and tip included. It's a small, well-run operation (especially when the owner, Eric, is on the premises, as he usually is). Good service and casually elegant atmosphere. I've never been disappointed there. Always a veggie choice or two. Sequel is on the west side of Yonge St. at St. Germain, about halfway between York Mills Rd. and Lawrence Ave. Easy free parking on the residential streets running west off Yonge St.

              Zee Grill, on Mount Pleasant south of Eglinton, also clocks in at $150 a couple - if, once again, you stay away from bottles of wine. Nice selection of beers and wines by the glass. It's one of the best fish houses in Toronto. Pleasant atmosphere, especially in the semi-patio at the back.

              Up a cut or two from those two, there's Auberge du Pommier, on Yonge St. just north of York Mills Rd. But it's also pricier. Figure about $200 a couple for a superb, well-executed dinner in a sophisticated atmosphere, with excellent service. It can go to $250 if you get careless, so watch yourself. You'll dine very well, though.

              You seem reluctant to do Italian, and I don't blame you. It sometimes seems half the restos in Toronto are Italian, and - though many are quite good - a change is often necessary. So forget about Mezza Misto and Sapori (though Sapori is solid). But Zucca, mentioned above, though nominally Italian, has many well-executed dishes that aren't all that Italian (Cornish hen, for example, if I recall). I'd put it at about $125-$150 a couple. Wildfire Grille, mentioned above, does steak well, and do a quite good piri-piri chicken. It's about $150 a couple, I think (it has been awhile since I've been there). Both Centro and Celestin are probably out of your price range.