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which restaurant in toronto should i take girlfriend for 2 year anni?

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last year we went to auberge which was awesome. weve been to canoe before so im trying to think of somewhere new,

maybe Bymark, c4, One, North 44, Barberians....any ideas or recommendations?

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North 44
2537 Yonge St., Toronto, ON M4P 2H9, CA

Bymark
66 Wellington St. W, Toronto, ON M5K 1J3, CA

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  1. Perhaps the patio at George? Imaginative menu and a really pretty and romantic setting (especially if the weather co-operates).

    I think Bymark, One, and North 44 are perhaps a little corporate in comparison (which, I recognize is only a comment on atmosphere and not food).

    Scaramouche is also a classic for romantic evenings.

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    North 44
    2537 Yonge St., Toronto, ON M4P 2H9, CA

    Bymark
    66 Wellington St. W, Toronto, ON M5K 1J3, CA

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    1. re: Rabbit

      My husband took me for a lovely anniversary dinner this year at Scaramouche. We both agreed that it was a perfect night out.

    2. I wouldn't do One; it is a major pickup joint and a "see and be seen" kind of place. Not bad if that is what you are looking for but not for a romantic anniversary. And North 44 is great but very open and airy. Not really romantic; more like the place you would take the in-laws to celebrate the engagement ;-)

      I would definitely go for Sotto Sotto, given what you have liked in the past. The food is amazing and the ambiance in very romantic, especially if you request seating in the semi-private room in the back. Another option is Scaramouche. Also terrific food. Not quite as cozy but a gorgeous view of the city. I actually prefer the pasta bar at Scaramouch but they don't take reservations so...its up to you. Finally, for something a little funkier but not at all less yummy, try the lounge at the Drake hotel. The food is SO good; some of the dishes are even meant to be shared (very romantic!) and you ask for a booth, they are designed so that you and your gf can sit on the same side, next to each other (also very romantic!).

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      North 44
      2537 Yonge St., Toronto, ON M4P 2H9, CA

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

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      1. re: Toronto Fastfoodie

        Sotto Sotto? I wouldn't send my worst enemy there.

        I think Rabbit's bang on with the George recommendation. A perfect place no matter what the weather.

        1. re: Googs

          Your worst enemy? I am curious as to why? I quite enjoy it. What's not to like? I think that critics on this board tend to over-criticize restaurants that are "celebrity hotspots".

          1. re: Toronto Fastfoodie

            Celebrities, no celebrities. I don't care. It's all about the food. Now someone go and tell them. Overpriced mediocrity in a basement. Pass.

            1. re: Googs

              Couldn't agree more Googs...Sotto Sotto is a place I would never recommend...don't know how it got it's rep but I am no fan...

      2. What about Note Benne? It's one that I've had a good experience before.

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        1. re: ferrazzi

          Although I enjoyed my meal there (and additionally, good location and value for money), I didn't really find Nota Benne romantic. More a place where I would bring a business associate.

          1. re: raebmv

            I agree with raembv... while I like Nota Bene I find it a little corporate versus romantic.

            The other place I think is great for romance is The Fifth, especially now that the patio is open... but I have to admit that I find the steakhouse menu kind of uninspiring.

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

        2. I'd take her to Fran's. If you set the bar low early on, there's much less to live up to later.

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          1. re: munchieHK

            Ha ha. That would not be a bad idea, if Fran's was anything like it used to be. But I think that the greasy spoon for breakfast is definitely more of a "morning after" the 2nd anniversary dinner place.

          2. I agree with TFF, I wouldn't go to One. So over rated. I was going to suggest Auberge but you've been.
            What about Opus?
            Are you looking for romantic?
            I haven't been to George in a long long time but it was amazing when I was there. Have you tried Chiado?
            If you are thinking out of the GTA there are some lovely spots in Niagara, Burlington.

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            Chiado
            864 College Street West, Toronto, ON M6H 1A3, CA

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            1. re: froglegs

              Just had two separate friends rave about the the Rubino bros. restaurant, Ame. Beautiful place, amazing, original menu. Expensive...but so are the other places you named.

              1. re: Toronto Fastfoodie

                Jeez I had the exact opposite opinion of Ame (found rain to be awful too) I would recommend the lunch at Splendido on Fridays. I enjoyed it thoroughly. Notta Benne was good the last time I tried. Bymark was exquisite when I took my ex there for her birthday.

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                Splendido
                88 Harbord Street, Toronto, ON M5S 1G5, CA

                Bymark
                66 Wellington St. W, Toronto, ON M5K 1J3, CA

                1. re: elvisahmed

                  Splendido lunch was pretty decent. Good value, though I felt that some dishes weren't executed as well as I've had in the dinner service. And for sure, Barry was in the kitchen.

                  sigh. I'm behind. I'll get to that soon enough. Flickr set here:
                  http://www.flickr.com/photos/jlunar/s...

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                  Splendido
                  88 Harbord Street, Toronto, ON M5S 1G5, CA