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Oct 13, 2010 11:11 AM

Need Help Finding Resto for a Group in The Downtown Core

Looking for a place for a work Christmas dinner for about 16 people. The group is made up of both young and old and both adventurous and boring eaters. So nothing too "exotic". Money is not really an issue, but nothing too fancy as the plan is to be semi-casual. I know this is kinda complicated, but any help would be appreciated. Thanx

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  1. french is usually "safe" enough for the unadventurous - maybe café la gaffe or la palette?

    Cafe La Gaffe
    24 Baldwin St, Toronto, ON M5T1L2, CA

    La Palette
    492 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V, CA

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    1. re: smartygirl

      I don't recommend cafe la gaffe - the portions are huge, but the food is not great in my opinion. I only go there when I want to get food to last me the whole day. I heard it used to be great, but it's gone downhill

      1. re: ekim256

        And I'm not a fan of La Palette as of late.

        La Palette
        492 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V, CA

    2. So many options!

      Le Select - Traditional French bistro
      Buca - Great Italian in a somewhat hip location (but some ppl find it loud)
      Adega - Great flavours all inspired from Portgual and Spain.

      Starting points at the very least for you!

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

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

      1. Nota Bene's private room would be good for this.

        1. I second Buca, their space is great and you can get crispy pig ears for the adventurous and tasty pizza for the boring!
          Nota Bene is super nice, but I'd say that semi-casual would be fine. Not sure how booking such a large group would work for them, but they have a huge dining area and fantastic food.
          A safe bet is always Terroni's...
          Luma has a very nice space and it's new, so it's likely that many people in your party haven't been there before. They also have a lounge area (Blackberry Lounge I think) that would be nice for pre-dinner drinks and hanging out. Not adventerous, but I found the dinner to be quite nice and the service great (but I've been hearing mixed reviews about the latter)
          An interesting option would be to book a place like Sushi Couture and have a huge omakase dinner. It might not tide well with the boring eaters, but I remember them mentioning that they did a 40-person omakase dinner awhile ago and I thought that was a neat idea for a group function.

          Lastly, although I had an underwhelming brunch there recently, you can look into booking The Beast restaurant. It's a small space, but I heard good things about their dinner. I liked their burger (for the boring ones) but they have interesting dinner options too.

          I hope that wasn't too much at once - things kept popping into my head!

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

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

          96 Tecumseth St, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

          Sushi Couture
          456 Bloor St. W., Toronto, ON M5S 1X8, CA

          330 King St W, Toronto, ON , CA