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Jan 3, 2011 10:49 PM

Need help with some new restaurants in Toronto with wicked ambience!

Hello fellow foodie,

I have a birthday coming up and I need help with finding some new resto in town with great ambience. I've been to the following resto recently and would like similar recommendation. I'm more concerned with the ambience than the food itself but good food would be nice :). I'm looking for restos that have a grand feel to it or something that is out of the ordinary (i.e. O.noir).

Boiler house
Sultan's Tent
La Castille (great ambience but maybe a lot cheaper than this)
Auberge du pommier
Guu Izakaya
Pier 4

Much obliged!

55 Adelaide St E, Toronto, ON M5C1K6, CA

Pier 4
245 Queens Quay W, Toronto, ON M5J2K9, CA

Sultan's Tent
49 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E1B3, CA

1 Harbour Square, Toronto, ON M5J 1A6, CA

398 Church Street, Toronto, ON M5B 2A2, CA

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  1. Sounds like Captain John's would fit that eclectic list.

    Captain John
    1282 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4J1M6, CA

    6 Replies
    1. re: Herb

      I assume you mean the one by the waterfront, and not the restaurant on the Danforth. Unfortunately, Captain John's isn't "new"... but then again, the OP lists other restaurants that are older (not quite as old, mind you), but the request is for "new restos"? Perhaps the OP can clarify? Maybe "new" as in a few years old or "new" to the OP?

      1. re: bluefirefly

        Hmmm...Been to CJ. Not a fan but you have the right idea.
        New meaning within the last 3 or 4 years. But if you know a really awesome resto that I've not mentioned, feel free to suggest. Looking for something with unique ambience that takes you to another world.

        1. re:

          From what I've read about Captain John's it could transport you to the AFTERWORLD!! :)

          Captain John's
          1 Queens Quay W, Toronto, ON M5J2H1, CA

            1. re: Chocolatemama

              Good choice but been here many many times before

      2. I have to admit that I joined the collective CH chuckle when I saw this post. Most people wouldn't consider grouping Sultan's Tent and Canoe in the same breath, unless it's to illustrate opposites. So something "similar" to the two...

        Given that your list is all over the place, it's hard to pick out something appropriate. You're not concerned about food quality/taste so much, but this is a food board, and therein lies the challenge: picking out something that may actually be good.

        So, I had to look up what La Castille is, since I'd never heard of it. But you called it out for great ambience. Anyway, it looks like you enjoy something along the lines of old-school Victorian steakhouse decor. I saw the photos and cringed when I had sudden flash-backs to Duncan house. You also state that you want it "a lot cheaper than this" so you're probably aiming at somewhere between $25-$35 for entrees. That'll be my jumping-point.

        Harbour 60
        A bit higher than the stated price-point, but is a steak house like La Castille... but actually nicer and updated. I like their bar area, though I haven't dined in the main dining area since the reno. Creamy back-lit marble highlighted by blues. Very classy. Order a Vesper (the James Bond martini). Had one the other day and it packed a punch. I also quite enjoyed their brussel sprout side. Get their s'more's dessert for shiggles. And fire at the table - oh yes.

        Note: most people will say Jacobs is better as a steakhouse. I still haven't been.

        I don't like this place, but most people do. Great space though - wood, sleek lines, open kitchen. You'll probably enjoy the scope of their dishes. It's like they chose items from all over the map.

        Also a great space with really beautiful plating. Rough wood, eclectic decor, almost like a classy Canadiana. Walk along Ossington after and bar hop if you like.

        Nota Bene
        Trendy, leaning toward corporate. Whites punctuated by colourful paintings on the wall. Think Canoe "lite" and more girly. I really like their French onion rings. Tasty. Pastas are also generally quite good.

        Globe Bistro
        Locally-driven menus, a little funky (check out their floors - it wasn't always a restaurant), and I really like the decor/space. Muted lights, high ceilings, wood floors. Had a ok-to-good dinner recently.

        Novelty restaurants along the lines of Sultan's Tent and O'Noir. None of which I've been to:

        An all you can eat Brazilian steakhouse. The food is a show in and of itself. Maybe someone else can comment if they have dancers and the like. Not sure. I haven't been. On the Danforth.

        Stone Grill on Winchester
        Don't know about the food or the decor, but you cook your meal on a stone!

        ... okay, that's it from me.

        --- -- food. is. love.

        124 Danforth Avenue, Toronto, ON M4K1N1, CA

        Harbour Sixty
        60 Harbour Street, Toronto, ON M5J 1B7, CA

        Jacobs & Co
        12 Brant Street, Toronto, ON M5V 2M1, CA

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

        93 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

        109 King St E, Toronto, ON M5C, CA

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        1. re: jlunar

          You my friend are on point. Great recommendation! Harbour60, Nota Bene and Globe I've been to but the other suggestion I've never heard of. Thank u much. I esp like the 2nd and 3rd recommendation. If you have more please don't hesitate to add to your post! As long as the food isn't atrocious, it's all good.

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

        2. Hell's Chicken has a wicked name and wicked signage. Not sure if the ambiance or the chicken is wicked, since I've never dined there.

          Hell's Chicken
          6080 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M2M, CA

          4 Replies
          1. re: phoenikia

            I've been there!!

            It's a Korean joint ... but a sports bar. It was odd. They had interesting snacks though! I have photos of it somewhere.

            1. re: jlunar

              Good to know ;-)

              Dangerous Dan's seem somewhat wicked to me, too. As does Big Bone and Wicked Wings in Newmarket ;-) Not sure whether the ambiance would also be wicked ;-)

              Big Bone and Wicked Wings:

              And Wicked Willy's Pub & Table in Goderich. Not sure it's worth the drive to Goderich. I've never been.

              Dangerous Dan's
              714 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M1H2, CA

              Wicked Willy's Pub & Table
              42 West St, Goderich, ON N7A2K3, CA

          2. I may get drubbed for this, but if you are a sports fan you may want to consider Real Sports bar. They have a VIP area, that can be booked. The food is better then then Sultans Tent at the very least.
            full disclosure, I know someone who works there.

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            1. re: sweetie

              I'm a huge sports fna but I'm not really looking for a sports bar for this occasion but an actual sitting down place for dinner.

            2. Lahore Tikka House. Unfinished rooms in the "new" part. Dining in old school portable structures in the "old" part. Styrofoam plates.

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              1. re: grandgourmand

                Second that. Lahore Tikka House has a way more wicked ambiance than Nota Bene or Harbour 60.

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

                1. re: grandgourmand

                  Interesting. Not a lot of pix on their website though. Anyone have pics of this place.