Yonge and Eglinton restaurant for date
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.
2373 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4P2C8, CA
2150 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4S 2A8, CA
2075 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4S2A4, CA
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).
2009 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4S 1Z8, CA
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.
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!
2405A Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4P2E7, CA
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.
Five Doors North
2088 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4S2A3, CA
523 Mt Pleasant Rd, Toronto, ON M4S, CA
2655 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4P, CA
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
90 Eglinton Ave E, Toronto, ON M4P1A6, CA