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Staceyy Aug 22, 2011 04:27 PM

We have visitors coming to town and want to wow them with a couple restaurants.

1) Would like one more casual bistro / tapas type experience for one night (I'm thinking $100 - $120 max for 3 people)

2) One Higher end place with nice ambiance and most of all amazing food. We don't want to spend more than $200 to $250 for 3 people on this night.

We love all kinds of food - French, Italian, Tapas, Continental - Open to everything.
Just ask that it be easily accessible downtown.

Thanks!

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    akhorasanee Aug 22, 2011 06:13 PM

    1) cava- tapas
    2) higher end- splendido

    1. Charles Yu Aug 22, 2011 06:58 PM

      Cava is further up-town and cost might be a little more than your budget would allow. Instead, I would suggest Torito's instead.
      Second Splendido!

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

      Torito
      276 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON M5T2L9, CA

      Cava
      1560 Yonge St., Toronto, ON M4T 2S9, CA

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        justpete Aug 22, 2011 10:32 PM

        I would also agree with Cava if you can stretch the budget a little - say, another third, and Splendido is the best restaurant in TO, but fortunately not the most expensive - so a good fit as well.

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

        Cava
        1560 Yonge St., Toronto, ON M4T 2S9, CA

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          Staceyy Aug 23, 2011 05:51 AM

          I booked Splendido for the higher end night :)
          Any other non-tapas recommendations for a dinner no more than $100 or so for 3 people?

          Thanks so much

          S

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

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            TorontoJo Aug 23, 2011 06:19 AM

            Sidecar or Carpano..

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              jamesm Aug 23, 2011 07:25 AM

              For small plates to share Torito or Foxley are always good.

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              Foxley
              207 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6J2Z8, CA

              Torito
              276 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON M5T2L9, CA

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                akhorasanee Aug 23, 2011 08:12 AM

                I have to agree Foxeley is really good and should fit in that budget (excluding wine)

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                  JennaBean Aug 23, 2011 12:41 PM

                  Torito is my go to cheap and cheerful small plates place. Love it!

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                  Torito
                  276 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON M5T2L9, CA

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                justpete Aug 23, 2011 06:23 AM

                A 'wow'-ing restaurant for $33 pp is a bit of a tall order... Maybe Enoteca Sociale?

                http://www.sociale.ca/menu

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

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                  ukers Aug 23, 2011 06:28 AM

                  We recently went to Elle M'a Dit on Baldwin. We were very impressed with both the food and the atmosphere. Modern Alsatian I think they called it. I think you can squeeze in 3 people for just over $100. My husband and I both had starters (beet salad and tarte flambe) and mains (2 specials for the evening, chicken and mushroom mousse filled deboned pork forearms, can't remember the official name) and little desserts (chocolate mousse). Wine for him.

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                    syoung Aug 23, 2011 06:41 AM

                    I second the recommendation of Elle M'a Dit. Their flambée is a must. Also the ambiance on Baldwin in the evening is kind of nice this time of year with all the patio restaurants beaming with people. Their wine list is pathetic, too bad they don't offer BYOW.

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                    prima Aug 23, 2011 07:29 AM

                    Cafe Polonez, Khao San Road or Tabule. I like the mezzes (share plates) better than the mains at Tabule.

                    Here's the link for Elle M'a Dit: http://ellemadit.com/

                    Jules on Spadina might be another option to consider.

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                    Tabule
                    2009 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4S 1Z8, CA

                    Jules
                    147 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5V2L7, CA

                    Cafe Polonez
                    195 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto, ON M6R2L5, CA

                    Khao San Road
                    326 Adelaide St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1P7, CA

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                  vidkid Aug 23, 2011 07:59 AM

                  +1 on Torito and Splendido

                  To ensure Splendido stays within your budget, consider Dining Date Night. I have my first experience with the service this Thursday and I still can't believe the purported 30% savings.

                  I might also suggest Lee for your tapas dinner. They have BYOB to help you manage your budget and take reservations unlike Foxley (another great rec).

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                  chillihigh Aug 24, 2011 05:48 AM

                  What about Atlantic on Dundas- its pretty good for small plates.

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