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Good Restaurant/Bistro near the OPERA HOUSE on Queen Street???

Hi all

Wondering if someone could give me the heads-up on a restaurant/bistro for a quick bite before a concert?

Suggestions/Links most welcome!


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  1. For a quick bite within walking distance... I'd suggest Rodneys By Bay, Nota Bene, or reds bistro.

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    1. re: AJMC791

      Thanks ...but the Opera House is at 735 Queen Street,...Nota Bene is 180 Queen Street a bit far to walk......:(

      1. re: NoFixedAddress

        oops... sorry, I was thinking about the venue at queen and university....

        1. re: AJMC791

          LOL all good, thanks for replying with suggestions:)

    2. There are few places you could try:
      Sushi Bar - Queen one door west of Broadview south side
      The Citizen - Queen three or four doors east of Broadview north side
      Pic Nic Wine Bar - Queen five or six doors east of Broadview south side

      1. Table 17 is good. I also like Lil Baci (a couple of blocks further east). Haven't been to Picnic, but it looks ok as well.

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        1. re: SusanB

          I actually forgot those but good rec's as well. Both are yummy with Table 17 being the most expensive in the hood and Lil Baci the least.

        2. There are many restaurants very close to the Opera House. Just do a search on 'Leslieville.'
          How about Lil' Baci (892 Queen St E) for a quick pizza and a drink?

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          1. re: DrewStar

            ahhhh. I googled Opera House and they hardly had any restaurants listed in the area.
            Thanks DStar will do the 'leslieville' search

            and thanks JBean, SusanB for your yummmmmmy suggestions:)

            1. re: NoFixedAddress

              Are you talking walking distance, short cab ride or short drive? Weezie's is about a kilometre from the Opera House and I've always enjoyed my meals there.

          2. I second the recommendations for Table 17, Pic Nic, and Lil Baci.

            I don't recommend the new sushi joints on Queen E.

            1. Joy Bistro at Booth.
              Or if you prefer something asian and less expensive - than there is a Hanoi 3 Seasons at 1135 Queen St. E - about a 10 minute walk away. And if you're walking that way anyway - Leslie Jones is right near Hanoi 3 Seasons.

              Leslie Jones
              1182 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M1L4, CA

              Joy Bistro
              884 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M1J3, CA

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              1. re: kayehm

                I live at Queen and Broadview and if there is one place I wouldn't suggest it would be Joy. The food is anything but good and the service can be a pain the tush as well.

                Hanoi 3 seasons is great but further away than any of the other places that have already been listed.

                1. re: JennaBean

                  I should have qualified my post saying that I did have a bad experience at Joy in the past (2007), but after giving it another shot with the new management late this summer my opinion definitely changed. Service was better (but not great :) and the food was way better and more consistent than the last time. Not a bad word from the group I was with.

                  1. re: kayehm

                    I gave Joy the three strike try because it is so close to my place and I love the patio. However they struck out and the last time being this past spring and I haven't been back since.

                  2. re: JennaBean

                    My last visit to Joy ensured that I will not be going back, no matter how 'decent' the food or convenient the location. The service was beyond awful. An extremely snobby and incompetent waitress who had to exert considerable effort to ignore us to the extent she did is not doing them any favors.

                    1. re: JennaBean

                      The original Hanoi 3 Seasons at Gerrard and Broadview is probably closer than the new location further east.

                  3. Nota Bene has special menu for opera goers. We are there most time before a performance and the food is excellent with very reasonable pricing.

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                    1. re: towkay

                      Okay. So NOOOOOOOOOOO to JOY for sure!!!!
                      (thanks jennabean, drjolt:)

                      towkay.......nota bene is waaaaaaaaaaay toooo far
                      again the Opera House is at 735 Queen Street,...
                      Nota Bene is 180 Queen Street a bit far to walk......:(

                      Thanks so much to everyone for their suggestions
                      This is why I love Toronto Chowhound so moooooooooch :):)

                      ONE THING:
                      We are lazy and will be LAZY. We don't want to walk a long while. and just want not foo-foo but a place that GIVES GOOD FOOD!.........:)

                      Again thanks to everyone that piped in with their suggestions:):)

                      PS.....TOWKAY: the concert we are going to is not an Opera Concert. the VENUE is called the Opera House...they dont really have O-singers there....more 'Dead Man's Bones'....the concert we are to see demain:)