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Apr 25, 2010 11:34 AM

Birthday dinner for two in Toronto?

Hey guys,

It's my boyfriend's 18th birthday next tuesday (27th), and I've been looking around for a nice restaurant in Toronto. The price range I'm hoping for is around $15-$20 per person.

Any suggestions?

We both love Italian food. I was thinking of Frankie Tomattos, but it's always filled with kids and really loud there. What do you guys think?

Thanks :)

Frankie Tomatto's
7225 Woodbine Ave, Markham, ON L3R1A3, CA

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  1. You might want to try Queen Margherita. They do a $25 prix fixe and the food is quite good.

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    1. re: sloweater

      does that $15-$20 include tax and tip?
      if you're willing to try something other than italian, a wonderful middle eastern restaurant that has a nicer atmosphere than most middle eastern restaurants is tabule on yonge near summerhill.
      kalendar on college street also has a romantic quirky atmosphere...

      1. re: todc1996

        no, tax and tips extra, i'm looking that the meal itself stay within 20 dollars
        thanks so much, i'll definitely check out kalendar, looks very unique and the menu seems great

    2. Negroni Panini is really great... but it's pretty different from your original pick.

      1. I'm intrigued that your heading asks for restaurants in Toronto but you're thinking of going to a place in Markham. Tell us what your preferred geographical parameters are and it will help with suggestions. I'm just asking because if you live in that area and you're both in your teens, going downtown TO may not be feasible or worth it.

        I haven't been to Frankie Tomatto's but it doesn't sound like it has the kind of atmosphere you're looking for.

        If you like Italian, there's place in the old Markham village area that makes its own pasta -- Folco's Ristorante. Haven't been myself but I've heard about it and it sounds like it would be quieter and less hectic than an all-you-can-eat family place. If you choose carefully, you can stay within your budget.

        Folco's Ristorante
        42 Main St N, Markham, ON L3P1X5, CA

        Frankie Tomatto's
        7225 Woodbine Ave, Markham, ON L3R1A3, CA

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        1. re: JamieK

          There's also Alice Fazooli's near 407 & 404. Price factor may be easier but I don't know about the noise level.

          Alice Fazooli's
          294 Adelaide St W, Toronto, ON M5V1P6, CA

          1. re: JamieK

            yeah, i live near markham, but he doesn't
            i don't go downtown often, but it's very accessible if we wanted to go down there

            frankie's is in markham, but i guess i want to look for some place more...central
            so we don't have to drive far :)

            folco's look GREAT, i may check that out with my family or something
            but it's a little bit far for a tuesday night to venture out there


          2. oh, what about cafe crepe?
            i've been there before for lunch, do they have good dinner selection?
            LOVE the place haha

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            1. re: jc_faea

              I really like Weezie's (around King and Parliment). I went there for my b-day and it's more reasonable than most nice downtown Toronto restaurants and it's like an intimate contemporary bistro. Seats about 20-25, and is dimly lit for dinner. Make a reservation for sure.

              Mains are between $14-25, and you could share an appetizer and dessert, and it might still fit within your budget. The ambience is lovely and the food is really way above what you'd expect for such reasonable prices.

              354 King St E, Toronto, ON M5A1K9, CA

              1. If you can trek to Toronto, and you JUST order pasta...I would suggest Italian food @

                Terroni's on Adelaide
                Sotto Sotto - Avenue & Bloor
                Spuntini - Is actually above Sotto Sotto
                7 Numbers - Danforth
                Gio Rana's Really Really Nice Restaurant - Leslieville

                Most of the pastas seem to be under $20 and the atmostphere is romantic and swanky for a special birthday!

                Lisa - The Hip & Urban Girl's Guide @

                Gio Rana's
                1220 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M1L7, CA

                116 Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON M5R2H4, CA

                Sotto Sotto Restaurant
                116 Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON M5R2H4, CA

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                1. re: FoodieGirl29

                  My b-day is today and DH and I are either going to 7 Numbers (Danforth) or Queen Margherita Pizza, both in the Riverdale/Leslieville area. On Thursday I will be at Gio's. All are good options and if you order modestly, should fit within your budget.
                  At one point, 7 Numbers was handing out $20 coupons in the neighborhood. They might have some on their website.