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Look for a private and high-end "private room" in a restaurant downtown Toronto

for a private and high-end business meeting of 6 people. Suggestions please.

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  1. There are quite a few. The Turf Restaurant on Bay and Harbour Sixty have both come through for us in the past. Colleagues, whose tastes I trust, have suggested Barbarian's Celler. Depending how private you want, I have seen catered meetings being held in the alcoves around the lobby at 1 King West.

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    1. re: AMarshall

      +1 for the private rooms at Barberians.

      1. re: eppicurious

        I assume that the first photo here http://www.barberians.com/photos.php is the Cellar room that you recommend. It looks great. I'll do a site inspection on this. The Turf website shows that to access the private room of our size will have to go through lounge/bar area first, might not private enough. I couldn't tell how private the private room at Harbour Sixty is from the info on the website. Will find out more.

        1. re: chutchut

          Barbarian won't suit our group as I was told that the staff could go into the wine cellar from time to time to grab the wines.

          1. re: chutchut

            What about the two rooms above the main restaurant? Those were the ones I was referring to, for a party of 6 people. The cellar holds many more, and while beautiful it's overkill for 6 guests.

            1. re: eppicurious

              I was told by Barbarian rep that the cellar room actually has 2 parts - one at balcony level, which overlooks the other part of cellar room down below. She also told me that she doesn't think that their venue would be suitable for our event.

    2. Also take a look at the cellar room at Chiado.

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      1. re: TorontoJo

        +1 for Chiado's private upstairs room.

        1. re: Yongeman

          I didn't know they had an upstairs room! I was actually referring to their wine cellar room, downstairs. Now the OP has options. :)

          1. re: TorontoJo

            Oh, that's funny TorontoJo. Actually, I haven't been to Chiado's for several years (lost my good connections, unfortunately), so who knows if it's still in existence??

            1. re: Yongeman

              I was told Chiado has a rountable priviate room upstairs that suits 8 people. The wine cellar is downstairs.

        2. re: TorontoJo

          The picture in http://www.chiadorestaurant.com/ (go to "Services" - "Private Functions" - "Wine Tastings") might be the picture of the the cellar room. It looks good. However, by the look of it, it sits at least 20 people. Not sure whether this is too big for our group (6 people only) and whether there's a minimum charge (for 20 people). I'll find out more.

          1. re: chutchut

            Chiado wine cellar room is too big for our crowd. Also, if they have bigger crowd, they'll put us upstairs. So we won't go with Chiado.

        3. Have a look at the private dining room at Opus on Prince Arthur. It holds around 24 and if you wish, you can arrange a set menu for your dinner. I agree, Barbarians is a good choice asvwell, but do it in the wine cellar. Very private. Both have great food, but Opus will give you more variety.

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          1. re: franpelyk

            Opus' private room sits 22 people: http://www.opusrestaurant.com/Private.... Not sure whether this is too big for our group (6 people) and whether there's a minimum charge for using the room. Will find out more.

            1. re: chutchut

              I was told by Opus that their room would be too big for our crowd.

          2. Colbone Lane, Splendido, Jacobs & Co all have private dining rooms. Colborne Lane's chef table is pretty exclusive and intimate, while Splendido and Jacobs and Co are more open. You'll find the most interesting food at CL, the best food in the city @ Splendido, and Jacobs & Co is a great modern steakhouse - so it just depends on what you're looking for, and who your audience is.

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            1. re: justxpete

              The Cellar Room at Splendido looks great: http://splendido.ca/photos/. I'll find out more on this one. Between the Cellar Room at Splendido and the Cellar Room at Splendido, which one would you consider both private and high-end?

              The Kitchen Table at Colborne Lane wouldn't suit our event as this is considered not private enough: "the Kitchen Table is the ultimate experience for guests wishing to be a part of the kitchen theatre. Suitable for between four and six guests, the table offers an unobstructed view of the kitchen and interaction with the chefs during the meal."

              There's not much private dining info provided in the Jacobs & Co website. I'll find out more later.

              1. re: Otonabee

                I'll go to Vertical to take a look and see how private the room is.