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Jul 3, 2011 05:57 PM

Romantic Restaurant in Beaches/East York Area

I'm the type of guy who can't help trying to really impress his girlfriend. Our anniversary is coming up in a couple of weeks and I just want to be able to show her how much I really care. We've been through an up and down relationship, including me going away for university, but we've dealt with it all and I want her to know how much she means to me.

I was just wondering if anyone had any suggestions for a romantic place I could take her for dinner. Anywhere in the Beaches/East York area would be preferable, but I can drive so anywhere in Toronto would be fine.

I'm looking for something in the range of $25-$30/main course. Any help would be much appreciated, and if you have any alternate suggestions, please feel free to add them.

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    1. re: Full tummy

      Anything that people can think of. It doesn't have to be a super romantic place, just somewhere that I know she will appreciate. A meal to remember.
      The exception to the anything would be Asian food; it doesn't agree with her stomach.

      1. re: foodfinatic

        What about Le Papillon on the Park?

        Le Papillon
        69 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E1B5, CA

        1. re: Full tummy

          Went to Le Papillon on the Park this evening to celebrate Mrs. Poorboy's birthday along with the son. We chose to sit on the upstairs patio and were lead through a utilitarian looking door to a set of stairs leading to the patio.
          When we arrived at the top and went outside we were pleasantly surprised by the patio, the long bar and the decor.
          We started with Escargots, Cretons a l'Ancienne, Soup a L'Ongion and of course, Poutine Papillon. The Mrs. and Son exclaimed that is of the best Escargots they have had in Toronto. The Cretons was flavourful however we are used to a little garlic in our homemade version. The Soup was the best I have had from a restaurant. The Poutine was quite nice and the fries fresh and properly done. The only knock is that the curds were not squeaky.
          We tossed the kitchen a grenade when two of us ordered the Crepes and the other ordered the special of the day, Lamb. Son wanted the Lamb well done however we convinced him this was not the way to go and he eventually agreed to have it medium. We received the Crepes, Phillipe (Maple roasted ham with Dijon and aged white cheddar drizzled with maple syrup) and also the Capagnarde (asparagus, caramelized shallots and mushrooms with cheddar cheese and a Bechamel sauce). The crepes were quite bountiful and more than a meal considering the starters we ordered. The Mrs. and I felt that the crepes were quite tasty but a tad overdone and we attribute that to trying to coordinate with the lamb. This being said, service was impeccable, friendly and prompt.
          I commented that this is one restaurant that I want to go back to soon as there is lots to like
          In so far as ambience, this place is certainly one you could consider for a romantic setting, no doubt about that.

            1. re: Full tummy

              Having trouble posting tonight.. lol The restaurant is actually at 1001 Eastern Ave., not the one listed in the "Places Mentioned" section. The board would not allow me to link to it using places for some reason. I wanted to add that the Lamb (special of the day) was very good and immensely enjoyed.

    2. A place that is rarely mentioned here is the restaurant at Bluffer's Marina -- I think it's called Bluffers...While I can't say the food or service is outstanding it's in your $ range. You have to be judicious on what you order in terms of going for the standards that the kitchen can't possibly botch in any way (hamburgers, fish + chips.)

      But as far as romantic settings I'm not sure if you'll find anywhere else in Toronto a table as quiet as what you'll get on the outside deck at Bluffers. It's a single row of tables overlooking the lake.

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      1. re: neighborguy

        No offence to Neighbourguy, but if you want to impress your girlfriend/"show her how much you care" Bluffer's restaurant is not the way to do it. The food is mediocre at best (though the setting is pretty).

        Not exactly the Beach, but what about trying Globe Bistro, which is east-ish and special-occasion worthy, but in your price range (also, I gather they have a nice patio, though I've never been on it).

        1. re: torontofoodiegirl

          torontofoodiegirl, mediocre is a good word for the food. Was there recently and I wouldn't say I was impressed by basically what you'd get at a generic chain-pub. Asked the waiter (who looked like he'd worked there for quite some time) if the fries were fresh or frozen and he didn't know.

          The only reason I'll go back is the view, it's somewhat out of the way and not crowded.

      2. The beaches is very limited to restaurant selections that don't cater to families only. Here are a few places that are decent and we frequent on our date nights.

        Sauvignon Bistro

        Amuse Bistro

        Vivetha Bistro

        Good Luck!

        2485 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4E1H9, CA

        1862 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4L1H1, CA

        1. Not the beach but a nice little spot with a really lovely back patio is Le Rossignol Bistro. 686 Queen Street East

          1. Beaches/East York is a bit of a wide net. What major intersection are you two near?