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birthday dinner

Yes this will be vague, bear with me. This is actually on behalf of my sister, I don't even live in Toronto but she's put me to task to find a restaurant for her birthday dinner tomorrow. It will be dinner for two, anywhere in the city is good, and I would say something quiet is preferred. Any cuisine is fair game, fish, meat, vegetarian, doesn't matter, but it should at least feel special occasion. Of course they don't want to break the bank, so I would say entree's under $30 is a must.

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  1. Earth or Globe bistro would probably work. Globe is slightly high of the two, both in food quality and price. All the times I've been to either, noise-levels were pretty low.

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    Globe
    124 Danforth Avenue, Toronto, ON M4K1N1, CA

    Earth
    1055 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4W, CA

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    1. re: jlunar

      I actually went to Globe when I visited a couple months ago. Loved the atmosphere, didn't love the food.

    2. Nose to Tail - Black Hoof

      French Bistro - Le Select

      Trendy and good quality Italian - Buca

      Off the beaten path a little bit - Niagara Street Cafe

      Tapas for sharing - Cava or Torito

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

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

      Torito
      276 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON M5T2L9, CA

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

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

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

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      1. re: JennaBean

        Just as a note, Buca is definitely not quiet. It's really, really, cavernously loud.

        And Black Hoof is awesome, though not quiet, I haven't had issues with conversation.

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

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

        1. re: jlunar

          Fair enough about Buca but I've never found black hoof loud.

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

          1. re: JennaBean

            No, I haven't found BH loud either, but I wouldn't call it quiet!

        2. re: JennaBean

          love Black Hoof.

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

          1. re: rchudy

            what a coincidence, its my sis's bday tomorrow too, and im taking her to ruby watchco for dinner, its our first time, so will report later. I believe they still are taking reservations, and for 50 bucks for a five course its a pretty good deal

        3. Entrees at Nota Bene are generally under $30. It can add up with cocktails, etc., but it does feel occasion worthy.

          Le Select is an old standby for me. I also like Malena, Cowbell, or Starfish if they're into more neighbourhood-y spots (NB does have a slightly corporate feel to me).

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

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

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          1. re: Rabbit

            I think she's doing Cava. thanks for all the tips!

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