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Jun 21, 2011 09:23 AM

Birthday/romantic dinner


I am looking for a restaurant in Toronto.
My boyfriend and I have very different taste.
He likes meaty food with tons of flavour; I on the other hand like simple comfort food with flavour.
I was inquiring about finding a restaurant that has maybe both of those.
My idea of romantic is cozy not to loud but with people around and it not stuffy.

I hope this all helps and if anyone has ideas thank you

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  1. I'd suggest any of Woodlot, Beast, Weezie's, Harbord Room and maybe Enoteca Sociale ("maybe" only because I haven't tried it yet but it gets a good amount of love on the board and reviews are consistent with all of your points).

    354 King St E, Toronto, ON M5A1K9, CA

    Harbord Room
    89 Harbord St, Toronto, ON M5S1G4, CA

    Enoteca Sociale
    1288 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

    1. I took my bf to Jump this year for his birthday. It was fantastic. They have a large menu with all sorts of options. I told them it was for a birthday on reservation and they gave us a quiet corner away from the main core of the restaurant. The service was fantastic.

      Also, not sure when you are going, but Summerlicious is coming up so you can get a 3 course for $35. (But your limited on selection)

      1. I'd throw a vote in for either Woodlot or Splendido

        88 Harbord Street, Toronto, ON M5S 1G5, CA

        1. so far i like the sounds of enoteca sociale, i love the looks of the menu!! but curious to know if there will be enough dishes with meat i know he love pasta but wonders if there is enough meat/flavor

          beast sonds neat with the idea of making your own menu with the chef based on an animal, will they do this for two?

          also what kinf of food does woodlot have ?

          weezies sounds good but cant closed on sundays

          i failed to mention where going on a sunday

          i am still looking for a few more before i make a finale descion

          thank you all who have helped so far

          anymore ideas welcomed

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          1. re: beautyrains

            On Sunday at Enoteca it is a nonna's set menu family style so I'd avoid that location. I think Splendido is closed Sunday's and Beast is only open for brunch on Sunday.

            Woodlot is a good option. They have a decided veggie menu and a meat menu and you order your sides separately.

            I suggest looking at Globe Bistro on the danforth.
            Le Rossignol on Queen street East.
            Torito in Kensington.

            All three have really lovely patio for summer evening dinning.

            88 Harbord Street, Toronto, ON M5S 1G5, CA

            276 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON M5T2L9, CA

          2. what do u mean by the nonna menu on sunday for sociala

            Globe Bistro not so much

            Le Rossignol not so much

            Torito looks good but he wouldent go for it

            so i have a few other ideas, maybe a place that has a decent amount of pasta, we dont care for wine, comfert food, cozy place, romantic.

            thanks again all who have tried

            i saw a few pictures of woodlot looks rather intersting, its a maybe

            i should have mentioned he likes to eat a huge portion of food for dinner no small

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            1. re: beautyrains

              Woodlot will not have huge portions as that's not what that resto is about so I would skip that.

              The family style dinner on Sunday means that it is not platted but brought to your table on a platter(s) and then you serve yourself. The portions are often larger but you don't get to select your items or there are a limited number of items to chose from - ie veg or meat.

              1. re: JennaBean

                thanks again
                its hard finding a place to satsfy both taste and wants

                1. re: beautyrains

                  Maybe you should try a nice high end steakhouse. He can get a giant steak and all the sides he wants and you can have something smaller and simple? Sunday's are always a challenge. My BF is a chef and his place is only closed on Sunday's so we are forever trying to find something new and/or exciting for Sunday nights out.

                2. re: JennaBean

                  Woodlot has huge portions. They make a point of it.

                  1. re: iMarilyn

                    I didn't find that at all and I've been there three times. I suppose it is personal perception. For instance, I had the scallop ap and it was three small scallops and two tablespoons of lentils. IMO that's not huge at all.

                    1. re: JennaBean

                      The savoury pies they cook in the wood-burning oven are gargantuan. At least a 12" by 6" oval casserole and 3" thick. I eat a third of mine before giving up.

                      1. re: iMarilyn

                        I don't like pies much so that's not something I would ever order. The food I've had there has been good (not great) and a fair size for me but my bf has had to order extra items to be full.