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Having a 1st date around Yonge and Eglinton. I know several good restaurants that I like: Zucca Trattoria and Coquine come to mind. But even though I think those restaurants are priced fair and reasonably, I think it's too much on a first date. With appetizer, a main, dessert, wine, after taxes and tip it'll come to at least $60 per person, and I don't want to show so much money on a 1st date. Maybe on a 2nd or 3rd.

Grazie is nice too, but I'd like something smaller, a la Zucca Trattoria. And it doesn't have to be right at Yonge and Eglinton. St. Claire, Davisville, Mt. Pleasant... these are all fair game.

Thanks

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Grazie
2373 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4P2C8, CA

Zucca
2150 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4S 2A8, CA

Coquine
2075 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4S2A4, CA

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  1. Definitely Tabule....cute atmosphere, dishes for sharing, very reasonably priced and you can make reservations.

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    1. re: todc1996

      Been to Tabule once, and I agree -- it would be a great date place.

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      Tabule
      2009 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4S 1Z8, CA

      1. re: todc1996

        Another Tabule rec here. Consistently good food, lively atmosphere on weekends. I recommend getting a lot of the shareable apps.

        It is a bit more casual- I often see families with small children when I go, but that's probably because we tend to get there earlier (i.e. 6pm).

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        Tabule
        2009 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4S 1Z8, CA

      2. We enjoy going to Il Sogno on Yonge north of Davisville. Simple italian, cozy atmosphere and free corkage on wine Tuesday's and Thursday's.

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        Il Sogno
        1993 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4S 1Z8, CA

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        1. re: Toronto Chower

          Toronto Chower, which dishes do you recommend at Il Sogno?

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          Il Sogno
          1993 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4S 1Z8, CA

          1. re: phoenikia

            I really like the gnocchi in gorgonzola sauce. I normally despise gorgonzola with a passion but is it very light in this sauce. My partner likes the sicilian kiss pasta, and we've had the Fuoco pizza before which was good. Honestly I've never had a dish from there that I didn't like. We also typically split the antipasto plate or the calamari to start. Hope that helps.

        2. Try La Vecchia just a few blocks north on Eg on Yonge. Amazing restaurant, great service. They are not cheap, but not overly expensive. The carpaccio there is awesome!

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          La Vecchia
          2405A Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4P2E7, CA

          1. Five Doors North is fairly reliable for small cost dining in a good casual environment. Amore, a few blocks north, is also in that price range, though not as interesting from the food perspective. If you don't mind being a bit more north, Cam's Place is improving in the food department, and on one of the nights where they have a band upstairs, is a nice romantic venue (not so much downstairs).

            Milagro north of Lawrence is good, and will meet your range if you stick to sharing apps.

            Pallucci on Mt. Pleasant is nice, but in kind of a dead zone.

            Bayview? No. Don't.

            The suggestion about checking corkage is a good one.

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            Five Doors North
            2088 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4S2A3, CA

            Pallucci
            523 Mt Pleasant Rd, Toronto, ON M4S, CA

            Cam's Place
            2655 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4P, CA

            1. There's also a nice sushi place on the south side of Eglinton called Furiyama (I think). The sushi is good quality, better than Sushi Eaton across the street, and the setting is quiet but relaxed and pleasant

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              Sushi Eaton
              90 Eglinton Ave E, Toronto, ON M4P1A6, CA

              1. Agree with the Tabule rec wholeheartedly. You should also consider Jaipur Grille for shareable good food that will easily make your budget.

                When saying Il Sogno is intimate they should also mention cheek to jowel intimate. Small, small, small, small, small.

                My Coquine experiences have been meh. YMMV

                La Vecchia? Are you kdding? Only if you don't want to see the person ever again. La Blecchia.

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                Tabule
                2009 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4S 1Z8, CA

                La Vecchia
                2405A Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4P2E7, CA

                Coquine
                2075 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4S2A4, CA

                Il Sogno
                1993 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4S 1Z8, CA

                Jaipur Grille
                2066 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4S2A3, CA

                1. Alleycatz if you like live jazz.

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                  Alleycatz
                  2409 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4P2E7, CA

                  1. I found Quince has much better food than Coquine. I had a steak frite at Coquine which the beef was very rough.

                    1. La Vecchia. But if this is a first date and you're wanting to not "show so much money", I wouldn't date you. That's a very odd attitude. Who suggested dinner then? Next time, take her out for a cocktail. Besides, I'm sure she has her own money anyway. It's not 1950 anymore. Regardless, I always offered half on all dates in the early stages. If she doesn't, she's not worth it. Coquine is a meat market. Simple Bistro on Mt. Pleasant is quieter and the owner Graham is awesome. He's very sweet and will make you feel quite welcome. It's a bit too quiet though for some people. If you're over 30, it'll be nice.

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                      La Vecchia
                      2405A Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4P2E7, CA

                      Simple Bistro
                      619 Mount Pleasant Rd, Toronto, ON M4S2M5, CA

                      Coquine
                      2075 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4S2A4, CA

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                      1. re: troublebunny

                        Simple Bistro is definitely not a quiet restaurant for me.

                        1. re: troublebunny

                          I could understand why the OP wouldn't want it pricey at first; it might up the ante too much for a first date. He/she might want to keep it one step above a casual meal with a friend. Again, Tabule would be my rec. The server pours water fabout two feet away from the glass from a groovy glass pitcher. It made me giggle and might be a good conversation piece.

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                          Tabule
                          2009 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4S 1Z8, CA

                          1. re: troublebunny

                            Hey troublebunny, thanks :) But don't rush to judge. I simply don't want to give the impression that I'm trying to impress her by spending $120-$150 on a dinner for her on a first date. I just want to keep it relaxed and casual. And sure, it's not 1950. But I invited her, and I'm going to pay for it regardless.

                          2. Surprised no one mentioned anything about Grazie.

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                            Grazie
                            2373 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4P2C8, CA

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                            1. re: sepandee

                              That's because Grazie is "meh". I've never understood the line ups. :)

                              Another vote for Tabule!

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                              Tabule
                              2009 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4S 1Z8, CA

                              Grazie
                              2373 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4P2C8, CA

                              1. re: TorontoJo

                                re: Grazie I'd go so far as to describe the pastas at Grazie as "blech".

                                Grano serves better tasting pastas for less $.

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                                Grazie
                                2373 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4P2C8, CA

                                Grano
                                2035 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4S2A2, CA

                                1. re: TorontoJo

                                  This tread inspired me to take a friend to Tabule tonight. So looking forward to lots of good eats!!!

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                                  Tabule
                                  2009 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4S 1Z8, CA

                                  1. re: JennaBean

                                    Ooh. Order lots of apps to share! My favourites include the fried cauliflower, garlic tomatoes, tabule and fattoush salad. Those, along with some pita and hummous or an order of their rice pilaf, and I can have a fabulous meal without any of their mains. However, I have to give a shout out to their daily whole fish, which is pan fried. It's usually really good and they will filet it for if you request it.

                                    1. re: TorontoJo

                                      Agreed,Grazie is so overrated,over priced but people still line up.Tabule is a great place for a first date.

                              2. My favourite has always to do brunch/lunch for a first date. Lots of places in the area, but my favourites:

                                Jules Patisserie
                                -a small bakery that has croissants and brunch items like quiche, etc. A few small tables in the back.
                                -Mt Pleasant and Manor
                                http://www.blogto.com/bakery/jules-pa...
                                http://www.julescafe.ca/

                                Patisserie La Cigogne
                                -another bakery, with all-day brunch like quiche, sandwiches, and croissants and a wide dessert selection
                                -10-ish tables
                                -Bayview near Manor
                                http://www.blogto.com/bakery/patisser...
                                http://www.patisserielacigogne.com/

                                Globe Earth
                                -an actual resto with typical brunch fare (eggs benny, etc) and they accept reservations
                                -Yonge near Rosedale
                                http://www.globeearth.ca/

                                Coquine also does brunch and I love their French toast (also take reservations

                                )

                                For dinner, my first recommendation would be Amaya (either on Bayview or near Lawrence). They have a $25 sharing menu right now. I have never been disappointed here, but you need to be a slightly adventurist eater. I didn't like Indian food until I came here.

                                I only like the appys at Tabule but it is a nice place, reasonably priced.
                                Grazie's is hit or miss.
                                It is way too loud at Alleycatz. Not conducive to actually listening to each other.
                                I have had good luck at Quince and Coquine (probably a bit too pricey for your first date requirements).

                                For homestyle desserts, I like Sweet Gallery on Mt Pleasant near Soudan.

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                                Cigogne
                                1626 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON M4G, CA

                                Coquine
                                2075 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4S2A4, CA

                                1. Well, I ended up going to Centro for a drink, and then took the walk down to La Vecchia. And let me say it was anything but La Blechia, as another user had suggested. I had the seafood linguini, and she had the mushroom and cheese risotto. We also shared a pan-glazed calamari. Everything was great. Service was really good. I had made reservations and we had to wait for 5 minutes, but that was no problem. The atmosphere was really good, with the exception of the loud and random music. I guess the randomness was a good conversation piece though. It jumped from Mexican to Arabic to English to house. But it was way too loud.

                                  However, the bill, which included an appetizer, 2 meals, a bottle of wine and a port, came to around $140, tax and tip included. More than what I wanted to spend on a first date, but it was a fun evening and we both enjoyed it.

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

                                  La Vecchia
                                  2405A Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4P2E7, CA