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Jan 28, 2010 12:25 PM

Pre-Theatre Dinner at Yonge & Sheppard

Hi there!

My wife and I are seeing Jersey Boys on Friday night as part of a 5th anniversary weekend in Toronto. Any recommendations on restaurants near Mel Lastman Square (Yonge & Sheppard) where we could have a nice early-ish dinner before the show. We are open to pretty much any cuisine, but I'd like a reasonably nice place.

DIFFICULTY: Sushi is out, as she's pregnant and can't eat raw fish. :)

BONUS: We also need suggestions for a good dinner Saturday night. We're staying at the Royal York, but are fine traveling a reasonable distance. Nothing blow-your-mind expensive, but maybe something upscale and a little different.

I leave it to you Toronto Chowhounds! Thanks in advance for any and all advice!


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    1. There is nothing good near that theatre. That includes Chez Laurent.

      I recommend you either dine near your hotel or, if taking public transit, stopping somewhere along the Yonge subway line for a meal. I can recommend some good spots if you chose the latter.

      Since it isn't open on Saturday's, I'd recommend Canoe near your hotel for Friday night dining with a view. One of the few places that combine great food with a great view.

      If you could give an idea of what you two like and be a bit more specific about what you want to spend I'm sure more suggestions could be made.

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      1. re: Googs

        Thanks! Friday we ended up at Pouquoi Pas, which was "fine" since we were in a hurry, but wouldn't go back.

        For tonight, we are open to anything except Indian (we've had it 2 nights out of the last 3) and sushi (since my wife can't eat it at the moment). Money is not an issue for dinner - Canoe was a great suggestion (actually have never been there) but as you said it's not open today.

        We haven't dined in Toronto for a while - anything new and excellent you'd recommend?

        1. re: Craig

          Tonight you might consider the tasting menu at Colborne Lane. Not new, but certainly always exciting. Though I would consider it walking distance from your hotel in the spring, I'd recommend taxi or transit to get there tonight.

          Newish if you don't live downtown, Nota Bene is another good option though it's a little farther from the Royal York.

          Colborne Lane
          45 Colborne Street, Toronto, ON M5E 1P8, CA

          Nota Bene
          180 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 2A1, CA

          1. re: Googs

            Thanks for the suggestions Googs! We have been to Colborne Lane twice and loved it (did the Chef's Table the 2nd time for my parents' 40th anniversary) -- a great suggestion though.

            I will definitely check out Nota Bene - we don't mind traveling, we'll probably just take a cab wherever we end up going since it's so freakin' cold out. :)