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Oct 20, 2011 07:32 AM

Newbie to DiningDateNight ...

Looking to make a reservation at either Splendido or Chiado through DiningDateNight ... can anyone share their experience? Any negatives or problems with the approach?

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

864 College Street West, Toronto, ON M6H 1A3, CA

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  1. Made a 9:30 reservation on a Thursday at Splendido a few weeks ago for a party of six. The website was quick, easy, and no fuss.

    When we arrived at Splendido, I mentioned we booked through Dining Date Night and they indicated their acknowledgment. Dinner was quite nice but when the bill came, we realized the 30% was not removed. I politely and quietly mentioned it to our server who quickly returned with the revised bill. Aside from the slight awkwardness of the exchange, it was handled as professionally as possible and indeed we received a 30% discount. Just remember to tip based on the non-discounted total.

    1. I used it at Malena and it was a great experience. No muss, no fuss, just 30% off the whole bill.

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      1. re: TorontoJo

        Not quite such a saving. You have to pay $10 for each use. But still--if you are going anyway ....

        1. re: Vinnie Vidimangi

          ???? By my calculation and understanding, if I and 3 other friends go to Splendido for their fall truffle menu (as an example), we would save about $140 just on the food alone, and that doesn't count the 30% off the wine ... I think that's quite a saving for a $10 reservation ...

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

          1. re: CocoTO

            Yep, exactly. Not bad for a $10 fee.

            1. re: CocoTO

              It is indeed. But if I go alone, remebering that I am dieting, it isn't so great but the high prices make it still quite OK.

              1. re: CocoTO

                Are there any restrictions or can you use it for something like a tasting menu as well?

          2. I made reservations for 2 at 6pm on a Saturday (about a month ago) at Simple Bistro. I did call in advance to confirm this reservation (just in case the website was a scam!), but they did quickly confirmed my booking thru dining date night.

            No fuss at all, bill came with 30% discount (including the wine!). minus the $10 reservation fee, i think we saved about $20 that night. Not bad! I think the saving will definitely be more if we booked a more expensive restaurant, so I'll be sure to try that next time.

            Simple Bistro
            619 Mount Pleasant Rd, Toronto, ON M4S2M5, CA

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            1. re: urbanhaze

              So .. the $10 booking fee you pay with, right? Concurrently, you book through them for the restaurant reservation? ..

              I guess there's no fee to join with them either. Are there any blackout dates, like I guess holidays and especially Valentine's day...?

              Other than that, yeah -- the more you spend, the more you save!

              1. re: jennjen18

                So, looks like you figured it out based on your post below, but, I will respond anyway for those that are wondering the same thing when they read your questions.

                Basically you book through Diningdatenight's website, you don't reserve with the restaurant directly. This is how they ensure they get your $10 and how you get the 30% discount. Like you said, most places only have early or late meals, and often during the week, but, still some good discounts. I haven't used it myself yet.

              2. re: urbanhaze

                Ooh. Just signed up.

                So the biggest draw back is that some restaurants restrict days in when to book through Usually weekdays. There's ones that are one-day-only deals too. All in all, I like the selection.

                Thanks for the headsup, Guys! :)

              3. I've used it three times and it's great! No complaints.

                1. i used it at Splendido.
                  its free money.
                  we ate a 5 course dinner and had a great time...all at 30% off.

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