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Place for a Small Wedding Reception?

Hi everyone! :)

I'm getting married in Toronto on Sunday, June 28th (last-minute, hah!), and I'm looking for a nice restaurant to hold the reception. We're a small crew--only around 30 of us. Does anyone have recommendations on where to look? Preferably downtown, but not really a problem if it's within the GTA.

Since the ceremony will be held in the morning, we're open to having either a lunch or dinner reception. We want a place with a private or semi-private dining area, but we don't want to break the bank since we're of the fresh out of school with bills to pay... so ideally, the cost would be at most $50-$60 per person before tax and tips.

Does such a magical place exist? Much thanks to all who respond!

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  1. I was doing a lunch search for the Danforth and someone recommended Bistro Camino on Danforth east of Main. They said the food was fantastic for the price and expertly prepared, though the dining room was a bit dated. He listed a $100 menu that was recently held there, but it had a good many courses, including lobster thermidor, but I suspect that you can request a more reasonable menu.

    You might be able to negotiate something at Batifole or Weezie's as well. Won't hurt to ask.

    1. Congrats!

      Quince has a lovely private downstairs area that would be about the right size. When I looked into it last year, they had a $35 group menu option (not including drinks, of course).

      http://www.quincerestaurant.ca/

      Le Select also has private areas and a $39pp menu option:

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

      Coquine also has a private room, but can't comment on its exact size or price.

      I agree with woodsey that it wouldn't hurt to ask Weezie's as well -- no private room, but it's probably about the right size for your goup and is, I believe, closed on Sundays. It's great. Can't comment on Batifole, as I haven't been there.

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      1. re: torontofoodiegirl

        I think Quince is a great suggestion. Food is amazing.

        Another place you can check is Matignon just behind the manulife center. They have very resonably priced group menu ($29.95 prix fixe).

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        Matignon
        51 St Nicholas St, Toronto, ON M4Y1W6, CA

        1. re: helen0505

          Closed on Sundays... a curse that seems to afflict many of the nicer restos in TO. A shame, since their prix fixe menu looks delicious!

        2. re: torontofoodiegirl

          Quince looks nice! Unfortunately, it doesn't look like it's open on Sundays. Le Select looks good and the menu prices are reasonable. I still need to go there in person to check it out, and decide between the room or the jardin. Thanks much for the tip!!

          1. re: Fuzzeh

            A lot of restaurants will open for a confirmed party. You may want to give Quince a call anyway to find out.

            1. re: TorontoJo

              I agree. I think you're actually better off having it on a Sunday. You might be able to completely take over a small restaurant that would otherwise be closed (especially during these lean times, when restaurants are hurting).

        3. I'd second Le Select as an option.
          Are you thinking sit down or standing/mingling? Does the type of food matter? And how formal would you like it? I can think of quite a few spots.
          I've been to a couple of events in the private dining room at Biff's (sit down) and they were both phenomenal. The room has a great vibe so you don't feel as though you need to be out in the main dining hall to see the action. I know that Oyster Boy on Queen West had done lovely private events as well (but mingling, not sit down).
          Another place that I really enjoy when it's a private experience (as opposed to what it's like when it's open to the public) is the rooftop patio of the Drake Hotel. A daytime event up there can be quite beautiful.

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          1. re: sf toronto

            A member of my family had a fantastic wedding for 30 at Le Paradis on Bedford. This was several years ago. It was very nice. You can book a separate room and they provided a set menu with several choices. It is decent french, bistro style food at reasonable prices for an event. We really enjoyed it and our room was very private.

            1. re: sf toronto

              I'll third Le Select. I was involved with the planning (and attending!) of a wedding in the private room in the back. For the money, it was amazing. Plus, now they have a back terrace too which looks very nice. The room is bright, but still warm and friendly. The service is great and we had a lot of help from one of the owners to not only customize our meal options, but also with a suitable wine offering as well. The meal was very good and it was a really fun wedding. Good luck and congratulations.
              PS one thing to keep in mind is that if you have elderly or people with mobility issues attending - the bathroom is downstairs.

              1. re: tochipotle

                Thank you!! Are there any dishes you would recommend from Le Select?

                The $39 menu ( http://www.leselect.com/event_menus/d... ) and the $49 menu ( http://www.leselect.com/event_menus/d... ) are both within the budget, but picking only three dishes is difficult. :)

                1. re: Fuzzeh

                  There were 4 choices of entrees I believe. Steak frites - hard not to put that one on the menu (even though I don't think either of the people getting married ate beef at the time), chicken, mushroom risotto and black cod. By far, the most popular item was the steak frites - people raved about it, pretty traditional I suppose. But the vegetarians loved the risotto (I haven't had it). I had the cod - which was pretty good, but I had I known the risotto was so good, I might have gone with it. I've had scallops at Le Select before and loved them too. The aps I've had are all pretty good, save the one with the pickled green beans (don't see it on the menu options above tho). The salmon tatare was very popular. As for desserts I'd say it was a toss up between the chocolate mousse and the lemon tarte. Nobody really said anything about the chicken, so I'm assuming that one could be skipped - I haven't tried it myself. (or it could have just been that the meat eaters chose steak, which is likely).
                  I'm not sure this is the *best* meal anybody will ever eat in their lives - but it was one of the best wedding meals I've ever had for sure. Also brilliant to let people choose what they would like to eat. One thing I forgot to mention before was that we were surprised at the cost of the after meal coffees...might want to ask about that before hand. (Although, most people were still drinking alcohol at that point...). It was a very nice room, and really great staff that also made the difference for us. Good luck.

              2. re: sf toronto

                I'm greatly considering Le Select, but I haven't been there yet--going to check it out later this week to see if it's what we're looking for! In my head, the place we choose will have good service and good food (most important!), and be formal enough to warrant 'nice' clothes. It doesn't have to be ballroom-type formal, since we also want someplace where a group of 20-somethings and our parents can make a good amount of noise and not be too worried about it. :)

                1. re: Fuzzeh

                  I recently had a similar sized post city hall wedding lunch at Midi Bistro on McCaul Street. we were able to offer an interesting and varied prix fixe menu with lots of choices at a very reasonable cost ($25 per person) and everyone loved the food and atmosphere. I had considered Le Select but the set-up fees and service charges made it less attractive.

                  1. re: Fuzzeh

                    You should call ahead before you go to let them know you're considering hosting your wedding there. I believe the person we coordinated with was named Vicky - they were great.

                2. Good luck on your wedding and congrats. Keep in mind that your date is smack dab in the middle of the pride parade and festivities, so getting around the downtown core will be a bit challenging...

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                  1. re: robgm

                    Yes, and it's Ribfest too! Couldn't have picked a busier day for a wedding... so it'll be a challenge! :)

                  2. Friends did theirs at Bodega, they had the whole restaurant. I don't know about price. But it should be reasonable.

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                    1. re: dubchild

                      How was the food and service? I've never been there, but their website looks good!

                    2. does La Maquette still exist with their lovely side patio?

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                      1. re: LemonLauren

                        Yep, it's still there. Always looks so nice, especially in the evening...although I haven't eaten there. Would seem like a nice place for summer evening though.

                      2. I am in the same position as Fuzzeh. Although we have tried to plan this on our own with the bouncing back and forth of ideas we got nowhere! We are looking at July 25th of this year and have mutually agreed on a restaurant reception for 30. Please any suggestions would be most appreciated. I plan on reviewing the suggestions listed so far and look like really nice places although they are mostly french cuisine which I am not familiar with. We want a nice intimate place (patio) with enjoyable food for all! Fuzzeh have you chosen a location as yet?

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                        1. re: soon2bemrsE

                          Hah! I know that feeling. We're trying to save a bit of money by doing this ourselves, but there's just so much to look at and so many decisions to make. On the bright side, at least it's only 30 and not 300. :) We're trying to shortlist restaurants: Le Select and Azure come to mind, but I don't know much about them other than through recommendations. Further research/tasting is required!

                        2. Search around. SInce restaurants are doing slow business right now, you might get a good deal -- or a plum restaurant!

                          1. JK wine bar had a party room to the side when we were planning our wedding in 2006. We actually had a pretty limited budget but wanted JK so we did a cocktail reception with passed around food and some terrific local wines that brought the price down (the nice thing is you can hand them your budget and see what they can do -- you can have more veg than meat options etc). I will admit we did not use the party room (although it was nice with big windows onto the street you could open) -- we actually took a gamble and booked the Gardiner for a steal of a price because it wasn't open yet (it opened a couple of days before our wedding).

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                            1. re: Arcadiaseeker

                              I think the party room you are referring to on the side has been converted to Hank's, their more casual Gilead Cafe-like place.