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Birthday Dinner ideas...

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Looking for somewhere to have dinner to celebrate my birthday with the family in Toronto.

Nothing too crazy upscale (no Auberge D.P or 'foam of fish lips' dishes etc) but would like to have a venue with nice warm ambiance, decent wine selection (for discerning wine-loving papa), and very tasty food. Food is more important that the 'being seen at Sassafraz' factor.
Dealbreakers include: non ocean-friendly fish selections, and menu's based heavily on things like tongue, foie gras, and micro-foam. :)

It would be nice to go from dinner to lounge/cocktails in the same place or close by, (walking distance). Type of food is open to suggestion, but I do have a soft spot for Italian, especially pizza. Liberetto was great... but perhaps a bit of a hike from midtown.

Would likely be a Saturday night thing.

Okay chowhounders... I need your best suggestions... and GO!

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Sassafraz
100 Cumberland St, Toronto, ON M5R1A6, CA

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  1. One of my favourite fun and casual midtown Italian spots is Five Doors North. I can't comment on their fish selections, but it has a fun vibe the food is tasty.

    Although not in your desired neighbourhood Enoteca Sociale or Buca are other Italian hotspots that might suit.

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    Five Doors North
    2088 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4S2A3, CA

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

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

        1. re: meatnveg

          I've booked a table at Mitsura! I'll let ya know how it goes. Hoping to catch a glimpse of Massimo working his culiary magic :)
          Thanks for the suggestions everyone!

          1. re: amycakes22

            Oooh, do try the agnolotti with cherries. it's really great. So is the tiramisu (which I usually find ho-hum). And please let us know how it goes. Happy birthday!

            1. re: Rabbit

              Mitsura was amazing!!!!!! From the time we stepped foot in the door, we were greeted with a wam welcome. They are masters of their profession at Mitsura! Everyone from the front of house, to the servers, to the bartender (who made a impressive Watermelon Mojito!) was very polished and friendly.
              I had the pesto pasta special, very simple presentation but staggeringly good! I've had fresh pesto pasta many times, homemade and bought, and this by far was the best i've ever had!
              Our waiter was super knowledgeable and patient when we asked questions and needed more time to pour over the menu.
              Others had the seared scallops (probably my favorite dish of the table- we all like to share!) The scallops were cooked perfectly, with a slightly mustard-seared crust, topped with crunchy delicate sprouts. My mouth is watering thinking about it again! Others had a boar ravioli which I didn't try (wasnt' feeling adventurous at the moment haha).
              We were seated in what I call 'the cave' (and I mean that in the best way possible!). It was a little room off of the main dining room, about 4 tables in there. Great ambiance. Massimo even made the rounds to say hello! Plus They even made me up a special Birthday dessert plate!!
              We're definately going back once the Sopra upper lounge is open (Sep 6th I believe).

              Thanks for the recommendations, it was fab!

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              Sopra
              265 Davenport Rd, Toronto, ON M5R1J9, CA

              1. re: amycakes22

                Sounds like you had a great time! Are they renovating at Sopra or has the space been closed for the summer?

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                Sopra
                265 Davenport Rd, Toronto, ON M5R1J9, CA

                1. re: Rabbit

                  The Cave, wow!!! That room used to be the private dining room. I guess they've changed things a bit since I was last there. Did you get a chance to sample the beet risotto or lamb ribs? To die for!!!!
                  Glad you had a good time amycakes22.