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Jul 11, 2011 04:42 PM

Birthday Dinner, not sure which restaurant to pick

It's my birthday in early august and me and my mom (me in my late 20's) always go for a dinner out to celebrate. I am torn between three restaurants. I would like to try Grace or Frank's Kitchen and my mom would like to go to Enoteca Sociale but I went there in the winter, and loved it, but was hoping to try something new, but if you all think it is the best of the three would go again. Thanks!

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

Frank's Kitchen
588 College St, Toronto, ON M6G 1B2, CA

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  1. I would skip Frank. It gets love but IMO it is all hype.

    1. of those 3, my choice would be enoteca

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      1. re: ingloriouseater

        A further endorsement for Enoteca Sociale....just had a wonderful meal this evening. We ate outside and shared a number of things:

        The Arancini appetizers (amazing), Buffalo Mozzarella (almost like a grilled cheese- just fabulous), arugula and cucumber salad, the chickpea fritters with lentils and two pastas- the ravioli and a peppery spaghetti with pecorino. We had a glass and a half of the Piedmont red and a Quarrtino plus a taste of the Proseco. The bill was $146 with tax and a nice 20% tip. Everything was fabulous. The only strange thing was that after we checked in and were seated, and were there for about an hour. I received an email from Open Table that our reservation was cancelled by the restaurant...very odd. Anyway, loved the food, the ambience, and would definitely come back. The wine list is absolutely spectacular. Love the fact that the wine can be ordered by tastes, glasses, quartinos in some cases and bottles. Next time would love to try some of the cheeses and some dessert.

        1. re: sherry f

          Thanks for the suggestions, I went with Enoteca as I loved the first time and my mom really wants to try and it sounds like everyone else likes it too! Will let you know how it goes, hopefully we will get to sit outside too

      2. For a special occasion I highly recommend Scaramouche, for the view, for the food, for the service. Reservations a must. For 2, with Champagne, expect $350.00, generous tip included.

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        1. re: lamaranthe

          there's always the Grill/ Pasta bar which is always hopping. Same view - cheaper prices.

          1. re: MeMeMe

            I have actually been before and I just find it a little stuffy, I am in my late 20's and would rather go to a place with a more upbeat vibe but thanks for a the rec!

        2. Grace is great but way overpriced for what you get imo.
          Frank is a bit overrated. Beautiful space, but would not need to go back there again.
          Enoteca has the best food but the most stripped down decor/vibe.

          Depends on what you want - if food is the main priority go to Enoteca. If you're going for the whole "experience" thing, it's a toss up.