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Saturday night dinner with the girls (30's) any recommendations in King West area?

Hello looking for a fun nice restaurant for a Saturday night with the girls, somewhere hip and you can just hop over to some of the bars afterwards for a drink before going home. Any recommendations?

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  1. Buca, Lee or Gusto would be my picks.

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      1. re: ComerDemonio

        Good advice. Buca is a winner for what you're describing.

        1. re: justxpete

          Call for a reso NOW. It will be a challenge on Sat night depending on how early or late you're willing to eat.

    1. Not sure you're going to get into Buca, but it's my favourite restaurant in the city right now. The other two mentioned by Cat would fit the bill also.

      1. If you are looking for a quieter place to go after dinner to chat and have a drink, I would recommend Alimento. It isn't open super late though but the transformation at night time is nice, and great service/nice wine selection.

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        1. re: ylsf

          Thanks! how about Spice Route or Gusto? Gusto looks awesome but they dont' take reservations - we're going for 8 oclock...

          1. re: oakvillefoodie69

            Avoid Spice Route if you care about food. I had suggested Gusto above. Great atmosphere but very busy.

            1. re: oakvillefoodie69

              You might also want to consider Marben (http://www.marbenrestaurant.com/) also. Great food, great by the glass wine options, great atmosphere, and i'm pretty sure they do decent cocktails.

              1. re: oakvillefoodie69

                Never eat at Spice Route. You'd be better off at McD's - that's how bad it is.

                1. re: JennaBean

                  Havent been to eat in a year, but it was not near as lousy as McDonalds at the time IMO. The shrimp was a standout actually and there were some other decent items that I would rate as average to above average aps. But I agree not a great food place for sure.

                  1. re: justsayn

                    I swear the dumplings I had there when they first open were some of the worst food I've ever eaten in my life. Tough dough, mushy pork, and zero flavour. It was so long ago yet I still remember how terrible they were. The rest of the meal was neutral at best IRRC.

                    1. re: JennaBean

                      I have no doubt! I think this answers to why the greatly mixed reviews. Over all the food was certainly not stellar!

                      1. re: JennaBean

                        I ate there once, then never again.

                  2. re: oakvillefoodie69

                    Gusto has a private room that they do take reservations for. Depending on how many people you are that might be an option.... But, if you prefer to be "seen" that might not be the best option as it is in the basement.

                2. Good to know on Spice (heard very mixed reviews). Marben looks cool ... Gusto doesn't take reservations and we're going around 8, Brasaii looks good and lastly Buca looks to be booked.. decision decisions!

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                  1. re: oakvillefoodie69

                    No Lee? He has a new menu. Gusto is a fun place but yea - may or may not be lined up.

                    1. re: justsayn

                      I am thinking of now trying to get into Buca - menu looks great... see what happens! Lee was also on my list... the menu seem limited?

                      1. re: oakvillefoodie69

                        Lee, not Lee Lounge - could that be why? Buca is amazing for sure.

                  2. we do girls nights out in that area regularly. Lee continues to be the favourite. Marben was a close second until it re-invented itself - the menu last time I went had very little to offer for those like myself who don't eat meat. If those are booked up we go to crush or wabora (you can always get a table on short notice at either). Food and service at brassai are not good...avoid! And yes, spice route is awful. Not to mention you end up smelling like a mr. pong's truck when leaving. As for buca I have NEVER been able to score a reservation for 4 or more on a thurs, fri or sat night...even when I check open table well in advance! Is there a secret to doing this?

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                    1. re: chicapea

                      call them...they appear to have removed 6pm and later timeslots from the online booking feature (very easy to do). this allows them to manage their table movement much better (in their eyes) for the peak demand periods...it is very common

                    2. I hate to be the dissenting voice but I found Gusto to be fairly sub-par. The vibe is what you're looking for but the service was extremely fake, I was checked up on so frequently that my DC and I couldn't have a proper conversation, the octopus and cuttlefish were overcooked beyond recognition and the pasta was pedestrian.

                      Not to mention that one can't really get up without having their ass hovering over another table.

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                      1. re: radiopolitic

                        Thanks Chiapea - Wabora sounds neat - is it just off King west? I want to be able to walk afterwards to a few venues (all in walking distance).. good to know on Brassai, wasn't too impressed with their menu.

                          1. re: oakvillefoodie69

                            Is Wabora close to King West - to walk around afterwards? how are the drinks priced there?

                            1. re: oakvillefoodie69

                              I also called Buca earlier - they are just calling eveyrone back to see if anyone cancelled.

                              1. re: oakvillefoodie69

                                I'd avoid Wabora. Mediocre, overpriced sushi. The wine by the glass was pricey considering the selection. I guess the people watching is amusing. All you're really paying for is the location in the Thomson Hotel. You can probably find similar mediocre sushi in Oakville.

                                I'd go with Buca, Marben, Lee, Rodney's or Le Select. Haven't been to Gusto yet.

                                1. re: prima

                                  Forgot about Rodneys....good choice too!

                                2. re: oakvillefoodie69

                                  Wabora is on Bathurst in the Thompson hotel but very close to King Street (walking distance to all the other spots mentioned). I suggest it maybe be okay as a backup but I wouldn't make it your first choice. I have heard really mixed things about it although the time I went they were closed (despite website saying otherwise).

                                  1. re: ylsf

                                    I think Blowfish is a better option over Wabora IMO.

                                    1. re: ylsf

                                      wow scary on Wabora... hmmm I'm calling Marben see what happens .. Buca is still getting back to me... Le Select looks nice - not sure if its a small or big place.. i tried Lee's they are jam packed!

                                      1. re: oakvillefoodie69

                                        Actually Wabora prices look good - good back up restaurant.