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Budget Wedding Rehearsal Dinner near UofT

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Lisajane Jul 12, 2011 07:33 PM

I'm looking for suggestions for a wedding rehearsal dinner near Trinity College at U of T. There will be about 40 people, and we're looking to spend around 20-25 per person. We're foodies and would love a nice sit down dinner at a fancy place, but the budget won't allow it. We've considered pubs - Bedford Academy, Duke of York but are a little concerned with the bar tab getting out of hand. Can anyone suggest a reasonable place in the Annex/Harbord area?

Cheers & Thanks!

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Bedford Academy
36 Prince Arthur Ave, Toronto, ON M5R1A9, CA

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  1. Food Tourist RE: Lisajane Jul 13, 2011 04:52 AM

    Try Le Paradis on Bedford.http://www.leparadis.com/Home/tabid/1...

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    Le Paradis
    166 Bedford Road, Toronto, ON M5R 2K9, CA

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      LearningHow RE: Lisajane Jul 13, 2011 05:49 AM

      II know Trinity College is at the north end of U of T, but not too far away from the south-west part of the campus is Sidecar in the Bathurst/College area. They do a nice prix-fixe of $25/pp from Sunday to Thursday.
      It is fairly small though... so you may take up more than 1/2 or the restaurant (if not more).

      1. prima RE: Lisajane Jul 13, 2011 06:00 AM

        Master's Buffeteria is located at 310 Bloor West, near U of T, and can handle dinners for 40 people. If you give them a call, you might be able to negotiate a set menu for $20-$25 per person. Master's Buffeteria caters quite a few baptisms and weddings, as well as other group dinners. While it isn't a foodie destination, I've heard good things from friends about the decent quality of their standard Greek Canadian dishes at various functions over the last couple years. http://www.mastersbuffeteriacatering....

        While I think it's worth calling Master's Buffeteria to find out if they can do a dinner for $20-$25 per person, I would think it's fairly unlikely you'll find many decent places in/near the Annex willing to do a group dinner for 40 people for less than $30-$35 pp these days. You'll have more decent options if you increase your price a little

        Some of the better Chinese restaurants in Chinatown offer group dinners for $20-$25 per person. Rol San has a banquet room in the back. Maybe some other Chowhounds can suggest other decent Chinatown restaurants that can groups that size.

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          Snarf RE: Lisajane Jul 13, 2011 06:27 AM

          You could try Momo's on Harbord. Middle Eastern food, very casual, but there are nice defined spaces that you could take over with a group. Great front and side patios. Try it first.

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          Harbord
          147 Harbord St, Toronto, ON M5S1H1, CA

          1. miketoronto RE: Lisajane Jul 13, 2011 07:27 AM

            I would also consider Harbord House. You could take over the upstairs, it's pub food but it's always been good when I've been there. Solid selection of taps as well.

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            Harbord House
            150 Harbord St, Toronto, ON M5S1H2, CA

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              MeMeMe RE: miketoronto Jul 13, 2011 08:30 AM

              they have a great prix-fixe for about $25 a person. Food is great!

            2. atomeyes RE: Lisajane Jul 13, 2011 04:25 PM

              Caplansky's, Queen and Beaver....

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              Caplansky's
              356 College Street, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

              1. Food Tourist RE: Lisajane Jul 16, 2011 06:20 AM

                A bit further away...Cafe Taste on Queen West in Parkdale does "wedding receptions" for under $25 pp. I imagine that only includes wine and cheese and nibblies.

                I second the Queen and Beaver pub suggestion. Most chinese restaurants will also do something in your budget, even upscale Lai Toh Heen and Pearl Harbourfront.

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                  JennaBean RE: Food Tourist Jul 16, 2011 08:09 AM

                  last night they tweeted that they had a buyout @ $22 pp. Even if it is wine and cheese only that's still a very good deal.

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