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Birthday dinner for wife at "kid-friendly" restaurant?

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Hi all,

We're planning on going out for a birthday dinner for my wife tomorrow, but with a catch -- we're bringing the kids along!

I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for a mid-range restaurant that would provide a nice birthday dinner but still be OK with serving a three-year old. He's well behaved in restaurants, but not very adventurous when it comes to food (we're working on it!!).

Ideal location would be somewhere downtown (I work at Adelaide & Spadina) or in the East End (we're at Danforth & Coxwell). However, have-car-will-travel.

Without suggestions we'll probably end up at --- blegh --- Red Lobster or something similar. Would much rather have a great suggestion for a non-chain place with better food.

Looking forward to your suggestions, and thanks in advance!

Craig

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  1. If you come early most mid-range restaurants downtown are fine with kids. How about Jules - if all else fails they will be introduced to superior fries!

    1. I think there are many restaurants you could choose that are non-chain. Since you live in the east end, most of the Greek places on the Danforth are definitely kid-friendly. For something a notch above the typical souvlaki joints, you could try Pantheon (my choice) or Avli. Pantheon has a decent wine list (upscale greek selections), and I find the fresh whole fish usually dependable.

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      Avli
      401 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K1P1, CA

      1. I think you may actually be ok at a place like Globe. Well it is a nice place with good food I always feel like it is a relaxed environment when I'm there.

        If that's not what you're looking each time I've been to Buca there have been families with kids dining.

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

        1. How about Melanie's Bistro which is in the Coxwell and Danforth area? I have only had brunch there and it was very good. Definitely welcoming to families but has a nice environment if the meal is for a special occasion.

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          Melanie's Bistro
          1870 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4C1J4, CA

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          1. re: Zengarden

            Second that recommendation. Close to their home; it's a welcoming atmosphere for kids (I have seen quite a few there when I've been), and the food is quite good. Great opportunity to experience something new in the neighbourhood and support local business, as well!!

            1. re: Zengarden

              Thanks everyone for recommendations! We have reservations at Melanie's Bistro so I'll report back on how it goes (both food-wise and kid-friendly-wise). I checked with them on the phone and they seemed happy to accomodate kids, so barring a blow-up we should be good. :)

              (PS - Keep meaning to try Le Select Bistro as well, but haven't gotten down there yet. Now that I know they have a kids' menu, it's one more excuse to go at some point!)

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

              Melanie's Bistro
              1870 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4C1J4, CA

            2. Le Select Bistro (location is right - Spadina and Wellington!) has a kid's menu so they are pretty family friendly. It is surprisingly sophisticated, but they could probably bring you some plain pasta or a Frenched-up variation of grilled cheese if Small is a bit particular.

              Le Select has a great wine list, a pretty patio for this time of year, and I think the food is solid - it's one of our go-tos.

              www.leselect.com

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

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              1. re: Rabbit

                I always forget about them yet I love it so much! Great idea Rabbit!