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Harbour Area in Toronto restaurant suggestions

Duncan Apr 23, 2010 07:30 AM

Would like a reccomendation for a reasonably priced restaurant in the harbour area of Toronto. We are in the Entertainment District until this Sunday. If possible we would like a choice for dinner (within walking distance?) tonight. We ate at Note Beno (spell) last night and it was very good. Don't want to spend that kind of money tonight if possible. Any restaurants there that are good and not just "touristy"? Also, anything else close by that you would suggest (Toronto residents frequent)?

  1. Rabbit Apr 24, 2010 05:18 AM

    If you're staying in the Entertainment District you might look at:
    - Le Select (French Bistro on Wellington just across Spadina)
    - Tutti Matti (Italian bistro on Adelaide in the ED)
    - Smokeless Joe's (underground pub on John Street with limited menu but good food, excellent beer selection and oysters)
    - you're in good proximity to some cheap and cheerful Asian such as Pho Hung (Viet... 15 minute walk from the ED up Spadina), Ginger (cafeteria style Viet on Queen, quite near to Nota Bene), Mother's Dumplings (20 minute hike up Spadina, almost to College), Manupuku (Japanese in the food court across from OCAD)
    - The Queen Mum or the Rivoli are old stand-bys on Queen that won't knock your socks off, but which are perfectly respectable (QM has more thai influence on the menu)
    - The Rex for middling pub fair and jazz music in a fun but divey atmosphere
    - Jules Bistro (inexpensive French bistro on Spadina between Queen and Richmond)
    - there is a strip of restaurants just north of Dundas (best accessed off McCaul) on a street called Baldwin (probably a 15-20 minute walk for you) which offers a lot of pretty and not-too expensive options from vegetarian to italian to malaysian

    Most of these are not destination restaurants, but it sounds to me like you want decent sustenance around your hotel and any of these should do. I agree with those who have suggested that walking down to the waterfront will put you in a culinary no man's land with little to offer, but it actually sounds like you're in the ED where there are some fine options.

    Le Select
    432 Wellington St W, Toronto, ON M5V1E3, CA

    Pho Hung
    350 Spadina, Toronto, ON M5T2G4, CA

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

    Smokeless Joe
    Toronto, ON, Toronto, ON , CA

    The Rivoli
    334 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V, CA

    Mother's Dumplings
    421 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5T, CA

    1. munchieHK Apr 23, 2010 09:55 PM

      Oh come on, people! There are a stack of good restaurants in walking distance in this nice weather. Beer Bistro, Guu, Lai Wah Heen, Origin, Queen and Beaver are all in walking distance. Try Le Petit Dejeuner for brunch, or just graze around St Lawrence Market (a must). Go to Queen St and walk west and you'll find any number of interesting places. Same story on King St East. Pretty much just walk away from the entertainment district in any direction and the food gets exponentially better and cheaper as you go. Have fun!

      Lai Wah Heen
      108 Chestnut St, Toronto, ON M5G 1R3, CA

      Beer Bistro
      18 King St. E, Toronto, ON M5C 1C4, CA

      3 Replies
      1. re: munchieHK
        TorontoJo Apr 24, 2010 04:26 AM

        Guu within walking distance of the Entertainment district? You have a very different opinion of walkable than I do. From King and John to Guu is almost 3 km, which certainly isn't unwalkable, but I don't think of it as "close by" as the OP requested.

        1. re: TorontoJo
          munchieHK Apr 24, 2010 06:53 AM

          It's a 20 minute brisk walk and they can see a bit of the city on their way. My god, I can't believe how dependent Torontonians are on their cars. 20 minutes on a warm spring evening? It's barely a stroll. I walk 2 hours a day for fun. It's one way to avoid chowhound fat ass syndrome ;) If that is too far for our OP to limp, he has many other options which are closer. I listed a few.

          1. re: munchieHK
            elvisahmed Apr 24, 2010 07:48 AM

            Jeez I thought Harbour area mean Harbour Front otherwise yeah on a good day a lot of good downtown places are within reach. Heck I have even walked to Yonge/Queens Quay to Hoof Cafe!

      2. Marimba Apr 23, 2010 09:56 AM

        In a nutshell, no...there's an Il Fornello on Queen's Quay...nice view, so-so not-cheap pizza...Marimba!

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        1. re: Marimba
          elvisahmed Apr 23, 2010 08:57 PM

          I like pearl Chinese for Dim Sum. Other than that Marimba is right there just standard fare in the harbour area. Unless you wanna go really upscale in which case I suggest Harbour Sixty Steak House.

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