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Sep 12, 2009 11:12 PM

Restaurant for birthday celebration?

I need help! My family will be getting together in Toronto in early October to celebrate a few milestone birthdays, and I'm trying to figure out where to go for dinner on a Saturday night - we're looking for someplace with good food, but our group of 14 will also include a one-year old and a four-year-old (well-behaved, but still...) We don't need a private room or anything like that, and price isn't an issue, just looking for someplace milestone-worthy, but where we could still bring the kids. I can think of quite a few places that fit the bill in Montreal, but I'm at a loss for Toronto, as I don't live there. It can be anywhere in the city, as we'll all have cars. Thanks for any suggestions.

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  1. - Le Select is quite family friendly and the food is good... although coming from Montreal Toronto's rendition of French bistro might not quite be up to snuff (

    - Although I know you said that you don't need a private room Nota Bene has some private space that might suit you. I've never actually sat in the private space, but when you walk in it doesn't feel totally sequestered. (


    - I've seen Globe bistro set up some semi-private space on their mezzanine which still feels like part of the action but would give you some room - I'm not sure it could accommodate 14, but they may have a solution (


    - Grano is pretty family friendly but might be too casual (



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    1. If the Saturday you're looking at happens to be October 3rd, you may wish to plan your dinner around a Nuit Blanche event. You'll note some places are staying open late that night as well. Here's the route information:

      1. I suggest Marinella on College. Great space since they moved from the theatre district - amazing italian food, all family owned and operated (Marinella is in the kitchen with her 2 sons). It will easily accomodate your family with children.