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May 31, 2010 02:51 PM

Dinner before movie at Varsity

Going to the movies with a girlfriend Wednesday night at Varsity (Bloor / Bay), looking for suggestions to have dinner before the movie starts?

Maybe Lobby Bar .. but food seemed a bit pricey.

Somewhere with good atmosphere, tasty food and medium price range.

No to: Bloor St Diner (been there many times before) Sassafraz, One, Panorama, Japanese food (she's allergic to seafood) and Italian (Sotto Sotto, Lunita, Mitsura etc.)


100 Cumberland St, Toronto, ON M5R1A6, CA

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  1. I'm not sure if you think it's too far away, but you might like Insomnia at Bathurst and Bloor. Their website is a Flash abomination, but there's a downloadable dinner menu.

    563 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S1Y6, CA

    1. How about Malena at Avenue and Davenport? It's getting great reviews and would be a nice change from the Yorkville abominations. It may be a little far for a quick walk, but you could hop a cab for a quick trip to the cinema, or just plan time accordingly for a leisurely walk after dinner.

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      1. re: TorontoJo

        checked it out. And LOVED their menu .. think will try it out with my B'friend though. (He would appreciate the expensive wine list) where as my g/friend would feel intimidated by the wine in that she wouldn't feel comfortable ordering any drinks coz she would think I'm paying too much for her drink .....

      2. How about Wish (3 Charles St.)

        I havnt been there since they re-opened, but it is a very quick walk to the Varsity. In the past, I have really enjoyed my meals there, and always reasonably priced.

        Great patio out front for people watching...

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        1. re: AJMC791

          Right! I remembered it used to be Wish before it was Black Skirt before it is now Wish! LOL.

          Does anyone know if there their menu is online?

          I do like the fact that it is close to Varsity...


          Black Skirt
          974 College Street, Toronto, ON M4Y, CA

          1. re: Nutella_gal

            Another Flash-intensive web site, but it seems you can get a menu.

          1. re: Rabbit

            Ooh, I second Caren's. Defintely NOT a Yorkville abomination. :) Love that place.

          2. What do people think of Fuzion on Church?

            580 Church Street, Toronto, ON M4Y 2E8, CA

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            1. re: Nutella_gal

              One of your number seems to be price-sensitive. So let me suggest the Rebel House, on Yonge St. almost diagonally across from the Rosedale subway station, which is my regular stop-off before a movie at the Varsity. It's a 10-l5-minute walk to the movie house, and pleasant on a warm night. Upscale pub food, reasonably priced, good service, lively atmosphere - especially on the back patios. No wine list to speak of - the Rebel House specializes in craft Canadian beers - but several good Canadian wines available by the tumbler. The club sandwich with side salad or kettle fries is a winner. Your price-sensitive friend should be comfortable there. Caren's is a good upscale alternative. A few of the other suggestions are rather far from the Varsity. Don't know anything about Wish or Fuzion.

              Rebel House
              1068 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4W2L4, CA

              1. re: Nutella_gal

                I've been to Fuzion for dinner. The food is interesting with lots of bolder flavours. Mains are in the 20-30 range (probably a bit more for chef's specials). My only complaint would be that some of their more novel meat experiments can be a bit dry (i.e. grainy boar sausage). If you've got good weather on your side, then their patio alone will make the trip worthwhile. I would definitely suggest this place if you want a classy "girls night out" kind of light dinner with cocktails. If price is a concern, your friend might be a bit daunted by the main menu and drink list, but you'll appreciate the service and great waiters. Just stick to a few tapas and sangria.

                Some suggestions that are closer to the theater:
                Fire on the East Side ( is one of my favourites in the area. I'll add a vote to Caren's for both good food and a short, convenient walk to the movie. If you'd like a more formal dining experience, Bistro 990 is great for that (mains $20-$40, but lots of "classic" dishes in the lower range). Also consider having a light meal and chocolate for dinner at Moroco. Your friend might be intimidated by wine, but may be more amenable to a pot of sipping chocolate (

                Bistro 990
                990 Bay St, Toronto, ON M5S3A8, CA

                580 Church Street, Toronto, ON M4Y 2E8, CA

                99 Yorkville Avenue, Toronto, ON M5R 3K3, CA