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Your expertise never fails me. Tomorrow night I have to take out a friend to dinner in Toronto. He's a 'meat and potatoes' kind of guy, so I'm thinking steak, ribs, lamb, etc. He likes good food and wine. The catch is that he, although relatively young, is very hard of hearing, wears hearing aids. So, quiet is essential, loud boisterous ambience is terribly frustrating for both of us. I'd prefer somewhere near downtown core, but if it's super good, can travel.

Does such a place exist? I've eaten at a lot of great places in this city and have yet to find one I think fits the bill..

Thank you for your help.

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  1. Hy's may be quiet on a Tuesday night. I was last there on a Tuesday and it was not very busy.

    1. Barberian's would be a good choice. Old-timey and classic, with nice steaks and a restrained environment. Plus a stupendous wine list.

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      Barberian's
      7 Elm St, Toronto, ON M5G1H1, CA

      1. Thank you for those suggestions! Would The Black Hoof be suitable? Or is it quite loud?

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

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        1. re: frelma

          While Black Hoof is a very meat-heavy resto, it is not really the kind of menu that would apply to a meat-and-potatoes kind of guy. I would look at Barberians, along with Harbour 60, Seniors, and Steak Pit. The latter has had consistently awesome ribs and steak for years and yet is never too crowded or loud. It is always busy but not too busy.

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          Barberian's
          7 Elm St, Toronto, ON M5G1H1, CA

          Steak Pit Restaurant
          1666 Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON M5M3Y1, CA

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

          1. re: Toronto Fastfoodie

            We did the Black Hoof the other night and had things like duck heart tartare, scallops and bone marrow, sea urchin carbonara, beef tongue sandwich, and fried sweetbreads, amongst other things. It was all amazing, but not a steak in sight and also the place plays rock music and it gets loud. I agree that it's not for a meat-and-potatoes guy and not if you are looking for quiet. Barberians is a time warp back to a 1970's steak house. I remember it being somewhat quiet. The have a great wine list and do decent steaks. Just be warned they basically blacken the steaks which doesn't pair well with lighter wines. Order some heavily oaked california monster.

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            Barberian's
            7 Elm St, Toronto, ON M5G1H1, CA

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

            1. re: dubchild

              Thank you both so much - great insiders tips! I'm not a huge steak eater myself so I'll check out their menus to see what I could eat. I like lighter fare.

              1. re: dubchild

                Isn't the Black Hoof closed on Tuesdays?

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

                1. re: Herb

                  Yes Tues and Wed.

          2. Barberian's is a great place for steak but most definitely NOT for anyone challenged in hearing, with its low ceilings, closely-spaced tables and general loud "buzz." Harbour 60 or Tom Jones (especially the latter) would be far happier choices for your friend.

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            Barberian's
            7 Elm St, Toronto, ON M5G1H1, CA

            Tom Jones
            17 Leader Lane, Toronto, ON M5E1L8, CA

            1. Jacob and Co is my steak place of choice and the dining room should be rather quiet on Wed night.