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We have tickets for the opera this week at the Four Seasons Centre. They have a pretty strict no seating for latecomers policy, so we need to get there before the 7:30 start time. Anyone have any rec's for restaurants in the area?

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  1. Nota Bene is the closest good restaurant with mains in the $20 to $30 range. Queen Mother a few doors west is about $15 for an entree. Both are used to the theatre crowd.

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    Queen Mother
    206 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V1Z2, CA

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

    1. 2nd nota bene. They have a pretheatre menu which is good value. They also adjust the speed of service if you are dining before a show. I had a great experience when we went before watching a show.

      1. I know that some folks have had inconsistent experiences, but I've always done well at Forte. They are just behind the Four Season's and offer a two course pre threatre menu for $32 per person.

        1. What is your budget like?
          Nota Bene is a very nice option. I recently tried their sticky toffee pudding and it is the best I've tried (so far). Yummy. Their pastas are fresh, they do a very nice tuna tartar, and if you have the cash their Wagyu burger is a-mazing
          The last time I went to the opera, I had a cheaper dinner at Manpuku. A little Japanese joint in the Grange. Good for my usual dinner budget.
          It's still nice outside and a brisk walk before the theatre from Baldwin St would be nice between dinner and the theatre, if you arrive early enough for dinner. On Baldwin, my current pick for good value is Etsu and I've heard positive things about Vegetarian Haven.
          Lastly, Luma and O&B Canteen are also brisk walks but nice options. I liked Luma - good, simple yet well-done dishes. I also loved their dessert - lemon tart was another best-in-toronto for me.

          I hope you enjoy your show! I haven't been in a long time.

          Erin

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          Vegetarian Haven
          17 Baldwin St, Toronto, ON M5T1L1, CA

          Manpuku
          105 McCaul St, Toronto, ON M5T, CA

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

          Etsu
          45 Baldwin St, Toronto, ON M5T 1Y9, CA

          Luma
          330 King St W, Toronto, ON , CA

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          1. re: ekim256

            ekim - if you like sticky toffee pudding, you really need to get to Weezie's and try their molva (sp?) pudding. It's buttery, caramely goodness. But I'd call ahead, since the desserts can vary.

            Also, the Drake had a really good sticky toffee pudding that I thought was way better than Nota Bene's version. Mind you, both experiences were a couple of years ago, so things may have changed!

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            Weezie's
            354 King St E, Toronto, ON M5A1K9, CA

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

            1. re: TorontoJo

              Yes! I think that I saw that you wrote that somewhere, and I marked it down on my to-do list. I would really like to try Weezie's someday, just saving my pennies because it sounds so good that I want to get a full meal instead of just dessert.

              I haven't hit the Drake for anything put Cognac - hmm. Maybe a dessert run spot, or would you also rec dinner?

              Just to throw it out there, for anyone who happens to search Sticky Toffee Pudding in the future:
              I had a decent pudding at Starfish awhile ago. Nowhere near as good as Nota Bene's but it was warm and pleasant on a cold winter's night.
              I had a blah one at Caplansky's with an equally blah scoop of vanilla ice cream. I ate it, was unsatisfied then had a Wanda's waffle after (which also disappointed)

              Can't wait to try Weezie's! =) Thanks Jo!

              Erin
              http://www.cookiesandtomatoes.com/

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              Weezie's
              354 King St E, Toronto, ON M5A1K9, CA

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

              Caplansky's
              356 College Street, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

          2. Nota Bene is a solid recommendation -- I also enjoyed dinner recently at Tundra in the Hilton, just across Richmond St. from the Four Seasons Centre. Decent hotel lobby restaurant food with some ambition and top-notch service
            http://tundra.sites.toronto.com/

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

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            1. re: caviartothegeneral

              I always forget about Tundra but I've always had a very good experience there! I need to re-visit it very soon. Thanks for the reminder!

            2. Ematei, a hidden-away izakaya on St Patrick just above Queen is our favourite pre-opera restaurant. Interesting food, fast service, and pretty good value.

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              Ematei
              30 Saint Patrick St, Toronto, ON M5T3A3, CA