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Quiet place Midtown/Uptown with a good Wine List?

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.

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  1. 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

    1. 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

        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.

        1. re: Snarf

          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

            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

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

            2. re: Snarf

              fyi ... Zucca is closed until Jan 18th

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

            3. Simple Bistro.

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

              1. 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. 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