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Desperately seeking restaurant in Toronto's entertainment district

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loko May 13, 2010 12:05 PM

I'm looking for a restaurant within walking distance of King and Simcoe. I'm trying to organize a really special, quiet, and romantic dinner on a Sunday evening. It needs to be reasonably priced (aiming for something in $100 range for the two of us). Any recommendations?

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    Hmm May 13, 2010 12:46 PM

    Some suggestions:
    Tutti Matti (Italian)
    Le Select (French)
    Ame (may be a little noisy)
    Paese (it is new, so I have not tried it).

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    Tutti Matti
    364 Adelaide St W, Toronto, ON M5V1R7, CA

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

    Paese
    3827 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON M3H, CA

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      joellita May 13, 2010 02:40 PM

      As far as I know, Ame is closed on sundays.

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        Googs May 15, 2010 11:26 AM

        And Ame will cost more than $100 for two and it sucks.

    2. jlunar May 13, 2010 12:49 PM

      hmn.. not sure if this fits the budget, but The Fifth has a really nice heated patio. Romantic. Food is okay. Desserts are good. Been over year since I last went though.

      Yuzu has good sushi, but I don't love the room for romance.

      There's more, I'm sure, but this is all that comes to mind for me right now...

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      The Fifth
      221 Richmond St W, Toronto, ON M5V1W2, CA

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        tasoid May 13, 2010 03:43 PM

        The Fifth and Ame are not open on a Sunday. Just tried Paese for lunch today and the food was fine. Romantic, under $100, Sunday and close to King/Simcoe is a difficult request. How far would you be willing to walk?

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        Paese
        333 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V, CA

      2. Rabbit May 13, 2010 04:25 PM

        Sunday night is tough. I think Le Select may be the only one of the aforementioned that is actually open. You might try strolling up to Baldwin?

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

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          loko May 14, 2010 08:01 AM

          We'll be driving into Toronto (from Niagara) on Sunday mid-afternoon, hopefully spending some time walking around a bit, then finding a nice place to eat, and seeing a show on Sunday evening. I was hoping to park the car somewhere when we arrive and not have to worry about it until after the show, but this was simply a preference. We could easily walk some distance or for a great place we could drive too!

          I definitely need a place that's open on Sunday! I'm guessing that most of the restaurants in that theatre district quite busy especially before shows, and that's just what I'd like to avoid (the busy crowded noisy rushed dinner), even if it means an earlier dinner. I really would like a place that is quiet and romantic, ideally where I can request a more private table.

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          Cat123 May 14, 2010 11:18 AM

          Niagara Street Cafe just west of King and Bathurst has great food and is romantic, pretty affordable and open on Sundays. It is a bit of a walk from King and Simcoe (about 2km) but doable.

          Tutti Matti is closed Sundays.

          Le Select is a good choice and can be quiet and romantic on the patio or in the few booths for 2 tucked away in the back.

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          Niagara Street Cafe
          169 Niagara St, Toronto, ON M5V1C9, CA

          1. Googs May 15, 2010 11:44 AM

            I agree with other posters that what you're asking for isn't nearly impossible. It's impossible.

            Might I suggest a nice leisurely stroll around Kensington Market? After your stroll, head east on Baldwin. If I were looking for a pop-the-question atmosphere on a $50 per person budget, I'd go to Bodega. It may not be the very best restaurant in town, but it certainly meets the criteria. The prix fixe with wine pairings will run you $46 pp exclusive of tax and tip. There's even a lovely patio out front if it's that kind of day.

            It's roughly a 1.5 km hike from there to RTH, but if the weather's fine that's okay.
            http://www.bodegarestaurant.com/home.php

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            Bodega
            30 Baldwin Street, Toronto, ON M5T 1L3, CA

            1. jlunar May 15, 2010 01:04 PM

              ...and make sure everyone is wearing walking shoes... unless you taxi it.

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