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Quiet place Midtown/Uptown with a good Wine List?

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dry.palate Jan 11, 2011 01:45 PM

Hi,

I was looking for a quieter place, to take someone mid week. Somewhere in/close to Yonge and Eg would be preferable. Not too fancy not more than $15 per glass and hopefully does half litres as well. Side by side seating, such as curved booths would be a bonus.

  1. d
    dry.palate Jan 21, 2011 08:05 AM

    Thanks for the advice guys, ended up doing Il Sogno. I was pleased with the experience. Judging on how packed it was on a weekday, a lot of others were too. Looking forward on trying other suggestions in near future as well.

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

    1. t
      Toronto Chower Jan 12, 2011 07:15 AM

      Il Sogno on Yonge north of Davisville has pretty good Italian food. It is quite a small restaurant but there is free corkage on Tuesday and Thursdays so you wouldn't need to worry about their wine list not being adequate enough. There's also a huge LCBO on the walk up from Davisville.

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

      1. estufarian Jan 12, 2011 07:06 AM

        Simple Bistro.

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

        1. s
          Snarf Jan 11, 2011 02:22 PM

          Zucca has one particular banquette that would leave you side by side, as well as a fairly interesting wine list. The sommelier is enthusiastic, though some on this board find him overly so.

          Cava also has good wines, but might be a bit loud depending on the evening. Very open to pouring glasses of what is usually sold by the bottles.

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          Cava
          1560 Yonge St., Toronto, ON M4T 2S9, CA

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

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          1. re: Snarf
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            linalool Jan 11, 2011 05:20 PM

            i dont understand how one can be overly enthusiastic? you just cant win. too quiet, too loud, too familiar, etc. In my books an eager, obliging and well informed front of house employee (or manager) is a welcome change from the all too cool and indifferent 'service' that has become the norm in these parts.
            Like Coquine, or Quince, or Tabule, or Vero, or Mogette....thats just the davisville area. All of these places could use a bit more enthusiasm and a bit less bravado. All are horribly unprofessional.
            Anyway, yes Zucca has a very nice wine list. Relatively brief but thoughtfully selected. Simple Bistro also has a good little list (and great staff). How can one spend their own money (presumably) on a half decent bottle only to have to put up with the dork that is serving it to you.

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              JennaBean Jan 12, 2011 06:14 AM

              Second Cava. Good food, good wine list, early in the week you'll likely have a quiet night.

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              Cava
              1560 Yonge St., Toronto, ON M4T 2S9, CA

              1. re: Snarf
                estufarian Jan 12, 2011 07:08 AM

                I've found Cava among the loudest of places in Toronto - even on quiet nights.
                I also find their wine mark-ups VERY high - but it is a good selection.

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                Cava
                1560 Yonge St., Toronto, ON M4T 2S9, CA

                1. re: estufarian
                  j
                  JennaBean Jan 12, 2011 07:18 AM

                  I find it loud when it is full but not on a normal night.

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                  CocoTO Jan 12, 2011 07:08 AM

                  fyi ... Zucca is closed until Jan 18th

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

                3. meatnveg Jan 11, 2011 02:11 PM

                  I am not sure about the seating arrangements, But Grano seems to be a good choice for the area. Their wine list pretty extensive and ranges from 8-16 a glass. they do half litres for most of the wines. As the name suggests it is an Italian restaurant.
                  http://www.grano.ca/

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                  Grano
                  2035 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4S2A2, CA

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