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Jul 15, 2010 11:26 AM

Date night suggestions.

Hi Hounds,

My wife and I have decided to re-start going on date nights. Once every couple of weeks we'd like to go out and try a new (or favorite) place in downtown TO and I'm looking for suggestions.

Background: We live in Brampton and take the GO train in so within a 20 minute walk to Union or along one of the downtown streetcar/subway lines would be great. Preferably no Indian (we live in Brampton) or Chinese but are good with pretty much anything else. We're good with a lively atmosphere, live music etc. as long as we can hear each other (these are fun nights out so no candle lit dark coves please). Food must be good in quality and quantity, no dainty dishes. Looking to keep things under $200 with drinks, bottle of wine and the meals.

Places we like or I have on my list to try:
Black Hoof

Thanks for the help, looking forward to the suggestions.

354 King St E, Toronto, ON M5A1K9, CA

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

The Black Hoof
928 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

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  1. I'd add Origin and Buca to that list.

    604 King St. West, Toronto, ON M5V 1M6, CA

    3 Replies
    1. re: TorontoJo

      I would add Harlem, Torito, Koko Share Bar in Yorkville, Caju, Guu, Kaiseki Sakura, Nota Bene, George, Lucien, Niagara Street Cafe, Cava, Mangia e Bevi, Forte, Vertical, Pantheon (for grilled calamari, octopus and fish only), Globe and Zee Grill. I've been to some and long to try the others when I'm in town, including those on your list and TorontoJo's list.

      I've been to Rodney's, Biff's and Starfish, plus Torito, Cava, Forte, Vertical, Pantheon and Zee Grill.

      If you decide to come into the city during the day, I'd add Negroni for panini at lunch. You can walk off lunch during the afternoon and wind up down on Queen St. for some interesting modern takes on Brazilian food at Caju or else dine at Starfish, one of my personal faves, for dinner (I'm a huge oyster fan).

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

      276 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON M5T2L9, CA

      1560 Yonge St., Toronto, ON M4T 2S9, CA

      922 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J1G6, CA

      Zee Grill
      641 Mt Pleasant Rd, Toronto, ON M4S, CA

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

      398 Church Street, Toronto, ON M5B 2A2, CA

      Koko Share Bar
      81 Yorkville Ave, Toronto, ON , CA

      1. re: 1sweetpea

        Thanks for the boatload of suggestions. I'll work my way some of the reviews to narrow it down.
        Should have mentioned, we work in Toronto during the day and would be going out after work for dinner.


        1. re: cheezy1

          Some great ideas from 1sweetpea and TorontoJo.

          I will throw in Globe Earth, Queen Margherita, Sidecar, Harbord Room, Celi Cottage (atmosphere mostly), Boehmer, and finally L'Unita.

          Have fun and please keep us posted on how you make out.

    2. Go to Biffs. It's great, quietly just doing it's good thing. Vastly underrated.

      Plus nice classic french cocktails on those Parisien rattan chairs is always romantique!

      1. Great suggestions! I second Torito, Starfish, Globe, L'Unita and (although much more casual) Negroni.

        And I'll add Le Select, Crush Wine Bar, Tutti Matti, Grace, and Foxley.

        Still wanting to get to Origin. Enoteca Sociale and Atlantic are both on my radar too.

        207 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6J2Z8, CA

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

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

        276 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON M5T2L9, CA

        134 Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON M5R2H6, CA

        Enoteca Sociale
        1288 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA