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George or Cava

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Have reservations for both George & Cava for a Birthday dinner with the BF. Recommendation as to which to go? I do realize they are both quite different but based on quality of food, atmosphere, service, value for price, and consistency which would you suggest??

Muchhhhhhhhh appreciated.

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George
111 Queen Street East, Toronto, ON M5C 1S2, CA

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

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  1. Both are great restos but it depends on what you want from the night. Do you want a more formal fine dining experience or something more casual? Do you want a tasting menu or small plates for sharing?

    You can't go wrong with either but they are very different experiences and very different price points.

    For me for a celebration dinner George would be my pick but it is my fav fine dining place in the city with Splendido a close second.

    For me Cava is a night out with the girls or a week night dinner with the bf not a special dinner location.

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

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

    1. Went to Cava recently with a large group. The place was packed and I'm told this is normally the case. Service was perfect. The atmosphere is not the most romantic, Cava feels more like a neighbourhood restaurant. I find the food to always be good, the highs may not be the highest but the lows are seldom and not very low. You will probably average $100 per person all in. I feel that I'm getting good value.
      George is a much more romantic affair and feels like a destination spot. The spacing between tables is more generous, the lighting more flattering, and the room more stylish. I've had good service in the past. The food is more involved with many more components on each dish. The highs are much higher and the lows much lower. My best experiences at George have been doing the tasting menu. You will probably average $150 per person, maybe a little more with the tasting menu.

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

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      1. re: dubchild

        Agree that George has a more romantic atmosphere than Cava, to the point where non-romantic customers at George can feel out-of-place.

        I like the food at George, but much prefer Cava's food and atmosphere.

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

      2. Really appreciate the feedback. Glad to know I can't go wrong with either places. I think my BF prefers less stuffy places, tho I did do Splendido for him last year and he quite enjoyed. So wasn't sure if Cava might have suited his tastes more...But don't really want to be cramped either.

        Price is not really a concern unless it's not worth the value...

        I'll take the above as 2 votes George! :)

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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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        1. re: j3n

          I don't think George is stuffy but just more formal than Cava. :-)

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

          1. re: JennaBean

            haha, good to know. tho i'm sure my bf's definition of stuffy differs from ours. lol

            1. re: j3n

              Agree with what everyone else has said so far. While George is more upscale, I wouldn't classify it as stuffy. I also wouldn't say that Cava is cramped. But between the two, George is hands down the more "special" restaurant. And if he liked Splendido, he should love George. If you're looking for a more cozy, casual spot for a special occasion, I'd suggest some place like Woodlot over Cava. Cava definitely has good food but the atmosphere isn't particularly notable or romantic. Enjoy.

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

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

              1. re: peppermint pate

                Thanks peppermint pate! He actually did Woodlot for my Birthday back in July! We should be heading there again soon to see if their menu has changed accordingly for the season.

                I chose Cava since it was something a bit different we haven't tried yet. It doesn't have to be overly romantic. It's been 8 years ha.

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

                1. re: j3n

                  I think hands down Cava is the better option. They have amazing customer service and the food and wines are great (wine by the glass is a good option for a bigger group if people can't settle on a type of wine).

                  I immensly disliked George, not for the food quality, but for the service. I had to flag down service after sitting for a good 20 minutes and then was met with no apology when I was finally served. I should probably give it another chance, but there are so many places I would prefer to go.

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