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Restaurant ideas for a Wedding Reception?

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Hey all,

I'm trying to plan a wedding for October 2010, and would like to host the reception at a restaurant. I've received many suggestions for the usual places, but I'm wondering if anyone has any other ideas? I'm looking to host between 120 - 140 guest for a seated lunch or dinner. So far, I've looked into:

Mildred Temple Kitchen
Canoe
Boiler House
Brassai
Jump
Auberge du Pommier
Gardiner Cafe (emailed this morning)
C5 (emailed this morning)
George
Globe Bistro
Six Steps

I'm hoping to spend approximately $110/person for EVERYTHING. This seems impossible so far, but if anyone has any suggestion, I would really appreciate it!

Thanks!!!

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  1. hi iiwyt,

    hubby and i got hitched at jump in 2008. we did a sunday lunch do ... ceremony in the courtyard/patio, pics in commerce court (including group photos), lunch indoors. we had 75 people. food was great, service was even better. we still get compliments from guests. i believe jump can host 160 people seated ... but if you've been to the space, you know that your group will be spread out. with our group, we were ALL in one area. i notice you have other O&B properties listed there...we worked with the private events coordinator and one of the managers for jump ... they were superbly accommodating. i'd host another event with O&B in a heartbeat. since we did a lunch, our booze bill was pretty tame ... i believe our meal cost $50 per head, i think we paid another $10 per head for passed apps. and we outsourced the dessert table. not sure if you have more specific questions ... but feel free to fire away. btw, if you do a search, there are tons of these threads on this forum.

    1. btw - i know other hounds have gone to weddings at george and have had very good experiences. we went to one recently and were a bit miffed at all the 'hype'. portions were tiny (our table was starving after dinner - and we're not huge eaters), service was totally cavalier, and the space was very choppy. the event we went to was around 70 people ... not sure how they could accommodate more.

      1. Some people I know have raved about great weddings at Canoe and Centro. They are large open spaces that will accommodate large numbers. The Boiler House is a gorgeous space with more reasonably priced food, but walking on cobblestones in high heels is NOT easy!

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        1. re: MeMeMe

          Thanks for the replies! I've contacted Centro and Jump for more information. I'm also looking into Oasi and Nota Bene. Any more suggestions are always appreciated.

          Thanks!

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          Centro
          2472 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4P 2F5, CA

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

          1. re: IIWYT

            My cousin got married 2 years ago in October and they had the wedding reception at The Sultans Tent. Food was delicious and the decor is amazing. Great service, cool ambiance and they even had a belly dancer perform. It was a Sunday lunch. It really feels like you are somewhere exotic.

        2. Got married at the Gardiner in Sept 2007--was great, space and food was awesome. It handles about 120 for sit down, but also does cocktail, which may be cheaper? Highly recommend it.