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I wanted to go to George and end up spending double this, but I've been reigned in by my more prudent partner. So where should we go? I can't decide. N.B. there must be plenty of wine wherever we end up.

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  1. lol, you could spend all $300 on wine if you really wanted to!

    Splendido and The Hoof come to mind first. Will ponder more. Not an oenophile, so depends on what you're looking for.

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    Splendido
    88 Harbord Street, Toronto, ON M5S 1G5, CA

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    1. re: jlunar

      yes, it would be helpful if you shared what you would normally spend on wine ... Splendido is great, but around the same price point as George

      1. re: CocoTO

        Will probably try to keep the wine bill around 100 bucks. Thanks!

        1. re: haggisdragon

          always been a fan of Noce for a classic Italian evening out ...

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          Noce
          875 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J1G5, CA

      2. re: jlunar

        very true!

        1. re: jlunar

          Splendido has free corkage if you sit at the bar for M-W. I did it recently and had a good time.

          They do have a few tables for deuces in the bar area, that are smaller than their regular tables but still comfy. So technically you don't have to sit right at the bar.

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          Splendido
          88 Harbord Street, Toronto, ON M5S 1G5, CA

        2. If you go to Globe Bistro on a Sunday, the wines on the regular list are all 1/2 price, in most cases that is a few dollars above cost. I ordered a bottle for around $86 that was then $43, and found out it costs $40 a bottle to buy.

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          1. re: foodyDudey

            Hmm, yeah that would be a great way to save on the wine. But, our last meal at Globe was a little dissapointing, I want to try somewhere different this time.

          2. You could easily do food at George for under $100 each. If I were to do $300 all in fo two this is where I would probably go. I have heard good things about Centro, but that seems a little bit pricier.

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            Centro
            2472 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4P 2F5, CA

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            1. re: dubchild

              IMHO George and Centro have always been in different leagues...and that doesn't even factor in that Centro has gone downhill lately (again IMHO)

              1. re: dubchild

                I personally will not be able to keep it under $300 at George.

                1. re: haggisdragon

                  The 10 course tasting menu is far too tempting!

                  1. re: haggisdragon

                    Remember to skip lunch if you are going for the 10 course tasting menu. I did not and I am not able to enjoy the last few courses. Just too much food and each person (the two of us) get different food too, so it is like seeing 20 courses. If I remember correctly, the whole dinner took more than 4 hours ...

                    1. re: haggisdragon

                      A few that spring to mind...

                      Niagara Street Cafe, Le Paradis, The Black Hoof and Enoteca Sociale. All could be done for $300 all in, and have good to great wine lists at a reasonable markup. And I know what you mean about free-flowing vino ;)

                      Alternatively, what about doing the tasting menu lunch at Splendido on Friday? I believe they are running it until December 17th. Its $110 per head for 5 courses plus paired wines.

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

                      Le Paradis
                      166 Bedford Road, Toronto, ON M5R 2K9, CA

                      Splendido
                      88 Harbord Street, Toronto, ON M5S 1G5, CA

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

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

                2. Might I suggest Opus? You could pull it off with approximately 2 apps, 2 entrées, a bottle, tax and tip but any more and you'll have to go over $300.

                  1. I haven't tried it but what about the Whole Beast menu at Beast? There is a great review of it on the board.

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                    1. re: JennaBean

                      Though, I can't imagine what whole beast two people would eat...!

                      1. re: jlunar

                        I called. You can do it for two, they just don't use the WHOLE beast just a part of everything from the whole beast :-)

                        1. re: JennaBean

                          Really want to try this, but I'm gonna save it for when I can get big bunch of people out.

                    2. Thanks for the recs everyone. Guess what, we went to George, and broke the budget. It was great.

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                      1. re: haggisdragon

                        hahaha! at least it was a great meal :)

                        1. re: haggisdragon

                          George is my go-to fine dining. I'm never disappointed. I glad you had a great meal!

                        2. Bistro Seven Seven in Alliston is phenomenal and they have a BYOB policy as well so you can take your favourite bottle with you. Dinner for two will cost approx $100 + drinks. Corkage is $20.