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Looking for great food but not too noisy

My Mom is taking my family out for my birthday (toronto) but she has hearing issues and cannot be in a noisy room. Any suggestions for a delish meal but not too raucous atmosphere?

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    1. re: Charles Yu

      Thanks Charles, I'm going to leave your suggestions for my son's BD dinner..a huge sushi fan...my Mom, not so much! thanks!

      1. re: prima

        Thanks Toronto Jo, Prima, and Jilunar, all great suggestions thanks, we're heading out on a Mon. or Tues. so I think that knocks off Edulis, definitely on my List though! Scar, and Aub. are in "the hood" so thought we'd be adventurous, will fall back on one of them if we don't find anything...and guess what, took my Mom to Opus for her BD!
        Thanks so much again for answering my call!

        1. re: friesandgravy

          Have you been to George? In the same category as Auberge and Scaramouche. Not my fave place, but there is LOTS of love for it on the board. They do have the most lovely courtyard if you want to sit outside.

          1. re: TorontoJo

            Hey TorontoJo, yes have been to George, and I have to say I do love the chef's table....the few times we've been we've noted that there's definitely to much back noise for Gramma. Must have been there on happen'n nights...or maybe it was us! Thanks for reminding me of it though!

            1. re: TorontoJo

              Hi again, I'm thinking of trying F'Ameila, ever been?

              1. re: friesandgravy

                Haven't been to F'Amelia (heard mixed reviews) but a few other suggestions that may work, depending on your price/cuisine preference...Zucca, Simple, Hopgood's.

                1. re: peppermint pate

                  I like Zucca, but it can be very noisy when there's a full house, although patio season might mean they aren't as busy as they are in the winter, spring and fall. Maybe the OP could call to see whether Zucca has a lot of resns for that particular Mon or Tue.

                  I'd think Libretto on the Danforth wouldn't be too noisy on a Mon or Tue during patio season. Same thing with Queen Margherita on a Mon or Tue.

                  1. re: friesandgravy

                    I was at F'Amelia last week. Very loud as all of the surfaces are hard so there is nothing to absorb the sound.

                    1. re: friesandgravy

                      F'amelia does not have memorable food, my experience was that it was quite bland. I would go with Splendido, Ici or Carisma

                  2. re: friesandgravy

                    Maybe also consider Carisma on King. It was quiet when I dined there midweek.

                    Fieramosca might also be worth considering. I haven't been.

                    Good luck :-)

                    1. re: prima

                      Thanks all, I think I'll go for more than one birthday dinner and try them all!! ;}

                  1. Scaramouche or Auberge du Pommier.

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                    1. re: TorontoJo

                      Scaramouche, I agree -- the pasta bar might be a good choice since your mom is paying -- don't want to suggest anything too expensive, I'm guessing.

                    2. Enoteca Sociale has delicious food, great wine and a very warm, cozy ambiance. Staff are super. The patio is great too.

                      Enoteca Sociale
                      288 Dundas Street West Toronto, ON M6J 1X7


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                      1. re: whittle

                        Agreed, Enoteca Sociale has delicious food, but when it's busy - as it invariably is - my experience there is that it's very, very, VERY noisy. Perhaps the patio is somewhat less so.

                        1. re: juno

                          Their private room provides solace from the noise when it gets busy!

                      2. Sadly, most restaurants these days feel that high levels of noise increase the coolness factor and 'improve' the ambience of the place. But, other than enjoying the food the main reason to get together with others is to enjoy their company (while they aren't looking at their cellphones or texting) and the central aspect of that is conversation. Too bad that is so hard to do these days in many restaurants. I think a lot of the fault lies with the interior designers as they are more concerned with the look than anything else.

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                        1. re: Flexitarian

                          AGREE to the tragic trend of noisy restos! Thanks all for all your suggestions. Didn't know Enoteca Sociale has a private room! Crazy noisy when we were there!

                          1. re: friesandgravy

                            Caffino Ristorante is a charming restaurant. Great food and service and beautiful space. It's also larger restaurant so doesn't get too noisy and it has a very nice patio as well.

                            If your party likes Indian food, Debu's is a great place. Very refined, upscale Indian food and good wine in a cozy setting. Doesn't get loud because it doesn't seat very many!

                            Enoteca's private room is their cheese cave!

                            Hope you have a great birthday party!

                            Caffino Ristorante
                            1185 King Street West Toronto, ON, M6K 3C5

                            Debu Shah's
                            552 Mount Pleasant Road, Toronto, ON, M4S 2M6

                          1. re: Breadcrumbs

                            Thanks, Breadcrumbs, we ended up at F'Amelia....it was great, portions a bit small for my 4 boys though! We're heading to Frank after we see Picasso in July, Mom's Mothers' Day present! Looking forward to it....taking advantage of Summerlicious!
                            Thanks again!