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Dec 19, 2011 09:21 PM

Romantic restaurant in North York

I'm looking to take my girlfriend somewhere for our anniversary. Budget at around 80 or so for two people before drinks and tax, but a bit lower or higher is fine.

It would have to be in north york - preferably around yonge sheppard, up to yonge and steeles, and the same range along bayview or somewhere closeby.

Open to any type of food.

Thanks a lot CHers!

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  1. Slightly out of your price range maybe, but Auberge is a classic standby. Fantastic food, romantic space (Yonge and York Mills)

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    1. re: Wil

      Auberge du Pommier, on Yonge St. just north of York Mills Rd., is slightly more than "slightly" out of the OP's price range. With wine, all in, it rings in at about $250 a couple. Good resto, though - if you can afford it.

      I live in the area, and am unaware of any joint on Yonge St. between Sheppard Ave. and Steeles Ave. that can be called "romantic", yet still offers good food and value at about $80 a couple before drinks. Most of the good spots on that strip are ethnic, mainly Korean, that don't do romantic all that well. Same goes for Bayview Ave. between Sheppard and Steeles - nothing remotely romantic, unless you regard the various feeding stations at Bayview Village Shopping Plaza as romantic.

      The best I can offer demands that you expand your search to Bathurst St. just north of Wilson Ave., where you'll find Paese, a vaguely Italian spot with a solid selection of salads, pastas, pizzas and well-executed mains that you won't ordinarily find on strictly-Italian menus. Good atmosphere, first-rate service, close-by parking. And you can bring your own wine without charge every night but Saturday, which will cut your bill considerably. With bring-your-own, it'll cost you about $80 a couple, all in, slightly more if you insist on dessert. I've been going for years. Try to avoid Mondays, when the B team often seems to be in the kitchen. Mind, it's still acceptable on that night, but not the best it can be.

      1. re: juno

        Juno, would you say Rossini is romantic? Any comment about it? Thanks!

        1. re: lamaranthe

          In my view, any resto is romantic - no matter how up- or downscale it is - if I'm there with someone I enjoy being with. Specifically about Rossini (on Avenue Rd. south of Wilson Ave.): it has been years since I've been there. It has a certain cornball/schmaltzy appeal, I suppose, but I long ago gave up on it. Old-school Italian menu, acceptable execution, kinda starchy atmosphere, but loyal older clientele, if I recall correctly. Mind, it has been around a long time, so it must be doing something right. I know a couple who go there every year for their anniversary dinner - they think it's great. It's just not for me when I know Paese is a mere five-minute drive west of it. And I'm sure Rossini is not within the OP's $80 per couple budget.

    2. I haven't been in a while but Inakaya on Willowdale/Sheppard is a cute little date place. Very good fish from the grill. It's more of a 'fun' place than a quiet, romantic, fireplace setting that Auberge is tho. Food is great but service can be hit and miss. Sit at the bar if you can.

      Outside of that, there' s not much outside of the chain restaurants in the areas you have listed as juno said. Maybe O&B in Bayview Village but I wouldn't consider it a romantic restaurant. If you're willing to travel south to Eglinton, there's numerous restaurants along Yonge/Mt Pleasant/Bayview that may fit your bill

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      1. re: edfs72

        I'll second the rec for Paese. I haven't been there in a few years but it's pretty close to your geographical area and good option.

        Not quite in the same league but nice enough for a mid-range pizza-pasta place, there's also Alegno, which is on Yonge between Sheppard and the 401.

      2. Thanks for the recs, Paese seems like an option. The area I listed seems to be a deadzone, I'm willing to travel a bit further south, what are some good recs around yonge and eglinton?

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        1. re: .alias

          Steak Frites, Yonge/Lawrence, is a good restaurant (IMO) and you could perhaps get away with $80.

          1. re: Helen

            Looks nice, any worthwhile italian restaurants to consider as well?

            1. re: .alias

              Saffron is great with a mix if Italian and persian. Very reasonable prices.