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Hip Toronto restaurant ideas needed - good food, service with terrace or outdoor space

nyrintoronto May 3, 2012 09:39 AM

I have friends coming into town in June who expect me to pick a hot restaurant for a Saturday night that has a terrace or some kind of outdoor space. Any neighborhood is fine as long as the restaurant is popular with foodies and food and service is great (not stuffy). It must take reservations and not be too crazy expensive. Ideas? Thanks everyone!

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    JennaBean RE: nyrintoronto May 3, 2012 09:50 AM

    Any food types you'd like to avoid? What is your price point, expensive to me might not be expensive to you. :-)

    1. justxpete RE: nyrintoronto May 3, 2012 09:56 AM

      Enoteca Sociale seems like it'd be a good choice.. pending your answers to Jenna's questions.

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        JennaBean RE: justxpete May 4, 2012 08:11 AM

        Good pick for sure. Beast also has a lovely little patio but neither take resos for the patio which I think it a common theme.

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        childofthestorm RE: nyrintoronto May 3, 2012 10:06 AM

        Buca also a good choice.

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          nyrintoronto RE: nyrintoronto May 3, 2012 10:11 AM

          Probably not asian but otherwise open. Entrees below $30? Anything above that should be saved for anniversaries or expense accounts in my book. Enoteca Sociale is one of the few restaurants I've tried in Toronto since I moved here; but it was winter. I didn't realize they had outdoor space. Great idea!

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            TorontoJo RE: nyrintoronto May 3, 2012 10:33 AM

            Enoteca Sociale has a really pretty little patio with a huge tree in the middle of it that shades the whole thing. Just a note that they don't take reservations for the patio.

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            gothlig RE: nyrintoronto May 4, 2012 05:20 AM

            Consider Edulis, the next incarnation of Niagara Street Cafe via Tobey Nemeth and Michael Cabalo.

            The Carte Blanche option is an excellent choice. Exceptional food and hospitality from people who really know what they are doing. Foodies would be delighted by the chantecler chicken alone.

            The patio looked ready to go a few days ago in spite of what the Toronto Life article says.

            www.edulisrestaurant.com and here's the Toronto life blurb on their opening http://bit.ly/IESwXj

            1. biggreenmatt RE: nyrintoronto May 4, 2012 07:03 AM

              Queen & Beaver has one of the nicest balconies in the city.

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                Arcadiaseeker RE: nyrintoronto May 4, 2012 07:10 AM

                Sidecar? It has a really nice patio and last time I went the food was solid. Good cocktails too.

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                  JennaBean RE: Arcadiaseeker May 4, 2012 08:21 AM

                  Oh the patio at sidecar is lovely! One of my fav little gems. However, I consider that a casual bite kinda spot. The food is safe and not really inventive but cheap and cheerful IMO.

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                  MeMeMe RE: nyrintoronto May 4, 2012 08:37 AM

                  Not sure what hip entails these days - but I've always enjoyed food and drink on the Drake's skyloft.

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                    justsayn RE: MeMeMe May 5, 2012 06:47 AM

                    Yep - I also suggest Gusto...as the outdoor space should be open by then and its easy to predict it will be hopping.

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                      millygirl RE: justsayn May 5, 2012 09:06 AM

                      George has a lovely stone terrace and great food but not sure if it's 'hipster' enough.

                  2. miketoronto RE: nyrintoronto May 6, 2012 10:54 AM

                    Origin and Black Hoof both have great patios, but reserving a patio anywhere will be difficult especially for a 'hip' spot.

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                      szw RE: nyrintoronto May 7, 2012 05:34 PM

                      Grand electric

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                        justsayn RE: szw May 7, 2012 06:01 PM

                        will they be taking rez for the patio?

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                          szw RE: justsayn May 7, 2012 08:50 PM

                          Oops I skipped over that requirement. I doubt they will take reservations. with such a strong emphasis on hip and foodie the op used, it might be worth the wait. their patio is huge

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                          JennaBean RE: szw May 8, 2012 06:57 AM

                          No reservations but totally worth the wait for a hip location with good food - but if you don't like LOUD music this isn't the place for you. The patio will be insane this summer. When you get there get on the list, give them a mobile number and go have a drink at any number of places in the immediate area.

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                            whittle RE: JennaBean Jun 7, 2012 08:19 PM

                            Ever since they've opened the patio, they don't take down mobile numbers anymore. Put your name down and you're given a time to show up at. No guarantees that you'll get a seat immediately then either.

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                              peppermint pate RE: whittle Jun 8, 2012 06:54 AM

                              Lines have been shorter since they opened the patio. Had one of the most fun evenings in recent memory there last night - will post on the Grand Electric thread when I have more time. Woodlot is opening a patio this week. And I also second the rec for Beast.Torito also has a really sweet patio in the back and great food. The vast majority of restaurants won't let you reserve specifically for their patio so best to go early enough to snag it or factor in a drink or two while you wait for your table.

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