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Feb 27, 2010 01:10 PM

Loire or Harbord Room - help me decide

Both are on my list and I need to pick between the two. If you've been to both I'm curious as to which you prefer. We've not been to either as of yet. Many thanks.

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  1. I would say The Harbord Room all the way. I have had much better meals there (many) than the 2 lack-lustre meals I had at Loire. The service and general feel of the room is very warm and inviting. I experienced pretentious, curt service on both visits to Loire. The food at The Harbord Room is always great!

    1. Under 40: Harbord Room
      Over 40: Loire

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      1. re: Herb

        Herb sums it up nicely. I actually ate at both restaurants for the first time this past week. Being in my 30s and used to eating at places that are more fun and casual, the Harbord Room was much more my speed; the Loire crowd was definitely in the 40 to 50-something range. Also, agree with Macallan, service was more pretentious at Loire, and found the manager/owner a bit 'on edge' (granted, it was a busy Saturday night, but still...). If you choose the Harbord Room, I highly recommend the burger!

        1. re: Herb

          I'm in my early 30's and I prefer Loire. I think the food is of better quality as is the service.

        2. I tried both restaurants for the first time a couple of weeks ago. Agree with other posters regarding the type of crowd at both but had lovely service at Loire and enjoyed both outings for different reasons. But overall, I would say I enjoyed the food more at The Harbord Room.

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          1. re: sman

            Who knew I had to put age in to the equation. Now I'm even more confused.

            One couple is over 40, one under.

            Hell maybe I should pick another spot!

            1. re: millygirl

              I was at the Harbord Room on a Tuesday night and it was very loud. Having been only once, I'm not sure if this is the norm, but if you're planning on an evening of conversation, Loire may be a better bet. My girlfriends and I are mid to late 30s and didn't feel out of place at Loire at all and we had an enjoyable evening over dinner and a bottle of wine.