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upscale continental restaurant close to the 400 between Hwy 7 and the 401, or within a 20 minute drive of Pearson?

I'm meeting up with people that are driving in from Midland, and I'd like to find a somewhat upscale restaurant that would be convenient.

The restaurant needs to have at least a couple pescatarian/vegetarian options. Preferably continental or possibly Italian.

What would you recommend? I can't think of anything of the top of my head that is close to Pearson apart from chains.

I realize there's Terra on Yonge near Hwy 7, and Oliver & Bonacini at Bayview Village, but both would require them driving east and then doubling back.

Also considered the Octagon (even if it might be more old school than upscale)- but that puts us into the same situation with Yonge St. If we do decide to go with the Octagon, how are their fish dishes (sole, lobster, etc)? http://www.octagonrestaurant.com/dinn... I realize it's a predominantly a steakhouse, but we have a strict pescatarian in our group.

Are there any upscale restos you'd recommend in Woodbridge right now?

No recs for chains, please.

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  1. There's Paese at Bathurst just north of the 401 - haven't been there in eons so can't comment on whether it's still good. Bit further east, but right off the 401.

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    1. re: pescatarian

      Thanks for the suggestion, pescatarian. Had forgotten about Paese- will keep it in mind:)

    2. Was also curious if anyone had recs for upscale restos which might be in Etobicoke/Mississauga, and less than a 20 m drive.

      How long does it take lately to get to Via Allegro from the airport, after rush hour is over? Their website claims it's a 10 minute drive on the 427 but that estimate sounds kind of short to me.

      I'm wondering if VA would be a closer drive than heading from the 400 to Bathurst/Yonge/Bayview, then back to the Airport.

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      1. re: phoenikia

        Probably between 10-20 mins depending on how fast you drive/traffic conditions.

      2. This is a bit further north: Weston Rd. & Rutherford. Worth the drive in my opinion.


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          1. re: blue bike

            i really enjoyed the meal i had at piacere (though i've only been once). on weston just north of langstaff is zafferano which i quite like as well http://www.zafferano.ca/

          2. There's a very nice Italian restaurant Le Navi on Steeles that might be what you're looking for. The only drawback is that can't get directly on the 400 northbound from Steeles. http://www.lenaviristorante.net/

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            1. Has anyone been to Chartreuse or the Doctor's House in Kleinburg lately? Which do you like better?

              7529 Yonge St, Thornhill, ON L3T2B4, CA

              Le Navi
              4120 Steeles Ave West, Woodbridge, ON, Canada, ON , CA

              8199 Yonge Street, Thornhill, ON L3T 2C6, CA

              Oliver & Bonacini
              2901 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, ON M2K 1E6, CA

              The Doctor's House
              21 Nashville Rd, Vaughan, ON L0J, CA

              10512 Islington Ave, Kleinburg, ON L0J1C0, CA

              3827 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON M3H, CA

              1. I've never been myself, but friends have recommended Timo at Weston & 7.

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                1. re: OTFOODIE

                  Timo has been closed for a while now.

                2. I'm not sure what your budget is, but I had an delectable dinner last week at Auberge du Pommier , which is just off the 401 at York Mills. Cocktails, 3 courses for husband and I was about $170. The food was simple but elegant and the service was impeccable. If the evening is nice, they have a lovely patio that is sheltered.

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                  1. re: sylly

                    Nice to hear that you had a good meal at Auberge du Pommier.

                    What did you order? What did you enjoy the most?

                    I've only been to Auberge once because my one and only meal, about 2 years ago, was disappointing. Not sure if I ordered badly, if the chef/sous-chef/prep cooks were having a bad day, or if Auberge just isn't my kind of restaurant.

                    I'd be willing to give the place another chance if you (or any CH) has recs for dishes that are outstanding at Auberge.

                    1. re: froglegs

                      Thanks for all your comments, froglegs! Appreciate it Will give Auberge a second try- happy to hear they do seafood well. Didn't realize that.