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Feb 21, 2011 12:20 PM

Best Lively Atmosphere

My sister is in town from Halifax and I want to take her to a great restaurant with a lively atmosphere and great food. Any suggestions?

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  1. What part of town? What price point? Any particular type of food?

    In absence of answers to the above, I'll throw out Buca or Origin. Both lively and buzz-y and mostly very good food (oddly enough, avoid the pastas at Buca).

    604 King St. West, Toronto, ON M5V 1M6, CA

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    1. re: TorontoJo

      Mid price range. We are open to any part of town and any type of food.

      1. re: JustinBerbere

        OK. Well, the two I recommended above are on the trendy/hip side. If you want something less along those lines, but still lively, then Tabule in midtown is great Middle Eastern food or Le Select downtown is a nice French bistro that is always busy with a nice buzz.

        There are probably a hundred restaurants that fit your description, so if you could narrow your request down a bit more, you'd get better recs.

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

        Le Select
        432 Wellington St W, Toronto, ON M5V1E3, CA

    2. Probably the liveliest spot in town is Guu. It's nuts in there.

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      1. re: childofthestorm

        I've been wanting to try Guu! Thanks!

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

        1. re: JustinBerbere

          Guu is really lively and fun. However two important notes:
          1 - be prepared to wait. Usually about an hour.
          2 - there is a time limit for each table. I think it is two hours. Eat, drink, be merry and leave in two hours :-)

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

        2. re: childofthestorm


          Libretto and Marben as well.

          488 Wellington Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 1E5, CA

        3. Do you want to be able to hear each other speak without shouting?