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Can't decide...rec's please

I'm taking my girl out for our anniversary but can't decide where. I've narrowed it down to these four, none of which I have ever been to, I'm just going by reviews and blogs and such:
Nota Bene
Splendido
The Harbord Room
Grace
I would love to take her to Black Hoof, but she does not eat meat, only fish. I'm hoping she'll come back to the dark side some day. Also, I'm looking to spend about $200 (probably have a 1/2 bottle wine at most), so I'm not sure about Splendido...any suggestions?

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  1. If your girl likes fish why not try Starfish?

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      1. re: miranda

        There are many small bistro's in the city, but in my opinion great if you love in the "hood."
        The only one we go out of our way to visit is Simple Bistro on Mt. Pleasant.
        Fits your budget.
        Not too noisy, and excellent food.

      2. Out of the places you've listed I don't think that either Nota Bene or Splendido would fit your budget - unless neither of your drink.

        I haven't been to Grace so I can't comment, but I have been to Harbord Room and had the trout which was meh overall. I know folks here rave but for DC and I it was anything but.

        Not to sound like a broken record but I would third Starfish as well.

        1. Grace is a 'cute' restaurant - it gets pretty loud and not all the tables for two are for a special evening. Splendio and Nota Bene are on the pricier side. I have yet to be to the Harbord Room but i've heard it's pretty casual. If you like Harbord, I've quite enjoyed Tati Bistro.

          1. agreed that nota bene and splendido would be tight w/ the $200 budget.

            i liked the harbord room, but i'm not sure i'd want to go there for an anniversary, to be honest. the restaurant is fairly small, so you'd be sitting quite near other tables.

            if you're open to other suggestions, how about the globe? i went recently w/ my bf, and we spent under $200 for oysters, 2 apps, 2 mains, 1 dessert and half a bottle of wine. they also usually have a few fish selections to please your gf that are quite good. my bf had the lake erie walleye currently on the menu, and we both agreed it was better than my pork main! also, if you reserve for the mezzanine level upstairs, you get a nice booth with more privacy and i considered it to be fairly romantic :)

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            1. re: tygrr_lily

              Seconded, Globe is a great suggestion.