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Restaurant in Markham/Richmond Hill for Aunt's Birthday?

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lsk Jul 6, 2011 07:25 PM

It's my aunt's birthday this Friday and I'd love some recommendations for "Western" restaurants which could accommodate a party of 8-9 people (all adults, no kids). My comfortably middle-aged aunt has requested a "Western" meal, i.e., general North American/French/Italian. (We've done Chinese for her birthday for the past few years)

Budget isn't an issue, but we don't want it to be too fancy. We prefer to show up in jeans. Good food is a must and some palates edge towards the conservative side. Bluestone Bistro is a contender, but I would much rather our family celebrate my aunt's birthday some place a little nicer with a higher caliber of food.

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Bluestone Bistro
4261 Hwy 7, Markham, ON L3R, CA

  1. Charles Yu Jul 6, 2011 07:49 PM

    Make a reservation at 'Tutto Bene'! Great atmosphere and equally great food! One of the best Italian restaurant north of the 401! Their 'Grilled seafood medley with Boullabaise sauce appertizer', 'Veal chop with red wine reduction and garlic mash potaoes', as well as their ' Blackened Garoupa filet with pineapple salsa and lobster jus' alone are worth the visit!!

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      lsk Jul 6, 2011 08:32 PM

      Charles, thanks for the rec! I've heard about Tutto Bene before, but have never gotten the chance to visit it, so this might be the opportunity to do so.

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      Tutto Bene
      8133 Yonge St, Thornhill, ON L3T2C6, CA

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      breezey Jul 7, 2011 10:34 AM

      Used to love Bluestone but their new menu is ridiculous and think their quality has dropped. Tutto Bene is good but very noisy and tables are tight. Used to love La Grotta on Main Street in Unionville. Great atmosphere. Had a great meal recenty at Mideastro on Highway 7 and Langstaff if that area works for you.

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      Tutto Bene
      8133 Yonge St, Thornhill, ON L3T2C6, CA

      La Grotta
      205 Main St, Markham, ON L3R, CA

      Main Street Cafe
      1626 Stittsville Main, Stittsville, ON K2S1A2, CA

      Mideastro Restaurant
      1200 Highway 7 West, Thornhill, ON L4J OE1, CA

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        breezey Jul 7, 2011 10:38 AM

        Tutto Bene is pretty good but find the place really noisy and tightly packed. Bluestone Bistro has gone downhill as far as I am concerned since they changed their menu (very bizarre). We recently went to Mideastro on Hwy 7 and Langstaff, not exactly Markham but a bit west. Food and service were excellent.

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        Bluestone Bistro
        4261 Hwy 7, Markham, ON L3R, CA

        Tutto Bene
        8133 Yonge St, Thornhill, ON L3T2C6, CA

        Mideastro Restaurant
        1200 Highway 7 West, Thornhill, ON L4J OE1, CA

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