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Nice restaurants near Queen and University - date night!

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Lindquist May 28, 2010 08:23 AM

We live out of town so don't know the area very well but are looking for a mid-price range restaurant (entrees $30 and below) in this downtown area which would be nice for a date night. All food types are fine. Thanks.

A patio would be a good bonus!

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    peppermint pate May 28, 2010 08:31 AM

    A few places come to mind, all within a 10 minute walk. In order of proximity, I'd suggest Nota Bene, Rodney's By Bay, Origin and George. Of those, I think that only George has a patio (and a beautiful one at that).

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

    Rodney's By Bay
    56 Temperance Street, Toronto, ON M5H 3V5, CA

    1. Herb May 28, 2010 10:55 AM

      You're not going to get out of George for under $200/couple and it's about five long blocks away.

      The Queen Mother is a block away and has a lovely quiet garden out back. Mains well under $20. Not fine dining by any means.

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      Queen Mother
      206 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V1Z2, CA

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        pancake May 29, 2010 09:17 AM

        Rustica Pizzeria (on blue jays way) has a small patio out front. Note bene is a nice restaurant but it might exceed your budget.

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          peppermint pate May 31, 2010 04:38 AM

          I agree that George isn't what I would classify as "mid-price" but Lindquist did say entrees for "less $30 and below", which is certainly doable at George.

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          siki2 May 31, 2010 05:17 PM

          I would try King W - Lee (by Susur Lee) is amazing, also Crush, Brassai and lots of others on the trendy strip.

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          Susur
          601 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V1M5, CA

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            blinknoodle Jun 1, 2010 06:58 AM

            Ematei for authentic Japanese tapas. Delicious.

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            Ematei
            30 Saint Patrick St, Toronto, ON M5T3A3, CA

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              capiscum Jun 1, 2010 01:29 PM

              I vote for Nota Bene.

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

              1. Rabbit Jun 1, 2010 02:52 PM

                Perhaps Tutti Matti or Jules (which has a patio)... if you're willing to hike a bit since both are closer to Spadina. Possibly Frank at the AGO? I also second Nota Bene, and the Queen Mum is a decent lower-priced option. While I like Ematei (it's one of Mr. Rab's faves), I find it a little dank and depressing in the atmosphere category.
                www.tuttimatti.com
                www.julesbistrocafe.com

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                Ematei
                30 Saint Patrick St, Toronto, ON M5T3A3, CA

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

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

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