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Which restaurants in TO make you feel the most welcome?

prima Oct 10, 2012 12:53 PM

These are the restaurants that make me feel the most welcome:


Enoteca Sociale

Globe Earth


Pizzeria Libretto Danforth

Ciccio Sanwiccio

Ici Bistro

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    JennaBean RE: prima Oct 10, 2012 12:54 PM

    +1 Pantheon for sure!

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      deabot RE: JennaBean Oct 10, 2012 04:50 PM

      Good thread!
      +1 for Enoteca and I would Campagnolo too.

    2. justxpete RE: prima Oct 10, 2012 05:40 PM

      The proprietor at Edulis is very very friendly.


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        ace123 RE: justxpete Oct 10, 2012 06:44 PM

        +1 for Edulis. Tobey is a lovely lady who knows how to treat the patrons extremely well.

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          TorontoJo RE: justxpete Oct 10, 2012 07:23 PM

          Agreed -- had a lovely, lovely dinner at Edulis a couple of months ago.

          And I'll add Trio (Yonge/Lawrence 'hood) to that list. I've been going there for years and have always been made to feel like friends there.

          And Hammersmith's and The Regal Diner (in Niagara Falls) for breakfast/brunch spots that made me feel welcome from the very first visit.

        2. Flexitarian RE: prima Oct 11, 2012 07:15 AM


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            magic RE: Flexitarian Oct 11, 2012 11:36 AM


            Also, Hot House Cafe.

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            Hondapendragon RE: prima Oct 11, 2012 08:52 AM

            earth Bloor West. Not a drop of pretentiousness. Always made to feel welcome.
            Great thread!

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              millygirl RE: Hondapendragon Oct 11, 2012 11:40 AM

              Another one for Scaramouche.

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              LemonLauren RE: prima Oct 11, 2012 11:42 AM

              + 1 to Enoteca and PL Danforth

              Ceili Cottage

              Harbord Room

              1. T Long RE: prima Oct 11, 2012 03:51 PM

                Bistro Camino

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                  cubmike74 RE: T Long Oct 12, 2012 07:03 AM

                  Agreed. Its where I go when I want to totally relax and have some comfort food.

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                    millygirl RE: cubmike74 Oct 12, 2012 08:10 AM

                    Never been to Bistro Camino and meant to but haven't heard much about it lately. What do you recommend there?

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                      T Long RE: millygirl Oct 12, 2012 08:36 AM

                      The chef has a very good touch with seafood. My only poorer meal involved beef.

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                        millygirl RE: T Long Oct 18, 2012 09:51 AM

                        Good to know cuz Mr. MG's most always goes for the beef. Thanks T Long.

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                        cubmike74 RE: millygirl Oct 12, 2012 01:00 PM

                        I tend to go for whatever fish special he has on at the moment. The duck confit is quite good as well.

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                          scarberian RE: cubmike74 Oct 13, 2012 04:50 AM

                          Also agree on BC. Very friendly wait staff and a welcoming atmosphere. The duck confit is my favourite, but as others have said the chef has a way with seafood.

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                          Googs RE: millygirl Oct 12, 2012 01:56 PM

                          I'd also recommend Bistro Camino, millygirl. Though I can't say much for the decor, the food is exceptionally well prepared. Chef does a lovely balancing act.

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                        jjmellon RE: T Long Oct 13, 2012 04:24 AM

                        I agree that Bistro Camino's service is extremely friendly. The decor is friendly, the price is friendly, and the food is very friendly. I think it is the best value in Toronto in French/bistro style food.

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                          millygirl RE: jjmellon Oct 18, 2012 09:50 AM

                          Wow okay then, I must bump BC up to the top.

                      4. jinxie RE: prima Oct 12, 2012 09:58 AM

                        Sucks that I had such a rotten experience with Enetoca Sociale...I want to give them another chance. We'll see.

                        I really like all the waitstaff and front of the house people at House on Parliament.

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                          Flexitarian RE: jinxie Oct 18, 2012 08:38 AM

                          Maybe this is only the case if you are gay, but a friend of mine stopped going there because he said the staff there seems to be quite homophobic (even though it seems to be frequented by the gay community a lot).

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                          Julie McCoy RE: prima Oct 12, 2012 02:28 PM

                          Ruby Watchco.

                          1. Googs RE: prima Oct 13, 2012 07:06 AM

                            If you're throwing around enough cash, any place will make you feel welcome. It's the places that make you feel welcome when cash is tight or times are bad that I have the most affinity for.. Thus began my longstanding love affair with Fernando's Hideaway. When I was a broke girl moving out on my own for the first time, Hernando's Hideaway was always welcoming. It didn't matter whether I was alone or with a dozen of my friends watching the Leafs (anybody remember hockey?). There was always someone there who would share a joke, tell a story, make me feel like a friend. Now that it's morphed into Fernando's Hideaway and I a homeowner, it's still that place I'll turn to for a night out knowing I'll have a good time, a decent meal, and I won't have to skip a mortgage payment to do it.

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                              crawfish RE: Googs Oct 13, 2012 08:01 AM

                              Thanks for bringing this back down to earth, Googs! The conversations on this board are way too high end centric for me lately.

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                                prima RE: Googs Oct 13, 2012 10:24 AM

                                I can think of a number of high-end restaurants in TO where I have not been made to feel welcome. Sometimes it's a server or host's attitude, other times it's a look from a Chef or an Owner that makes me feel like he's sizing me up, deciding whether I'm worth acknowledging or talking to. Those kinds of experiences are the main reason I started this thread. :-)

                                I agree, it's the places that make me feel welcome when cash is tight, that I like the most. I also like it when Chefs and/or Owners take the time to find out if I'm enjoying my meal.

                                I'll add Motorama as another place I always feel welcome.

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                                  canadianbeaver RE: Googs Oct 13, 2012 07:28 PM

                                  Yeah, I was going to say Fran's, because I have never gotten such consistently cheery and welcoming service, or United Bakers. But those answers don't fit the expected responses for this thread.

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                                    magic RE: canadianbeaver Oct 13, 2012 08:33 PM

                                    Expected?? Who stated their expectations?

                                    Answer however you feel.

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                                  szw RE: prima Oct 13, 2012 07:10 AM

                                  Chantecler has such lovely decor and friendly staff, very welcoming without being intrusive.

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                                    linalool RE: szw Oct 13, 2012 07:50 PM

                                    the hosts at any/all Mandarin locations are, without question, the most welcoming folks one could ever come across. its not even close...

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                                      magic RE: linalool Oct 13, 2012 08:34 PM

                                      Service at Y/E Mandarin is amazingly warm and welcoming.

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                                    julesrules RE: prima Oct 18, 2012 07:38 AM

                                    Motorama - everyone in the neighbourhood loves Maria.

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                                      air621 RE: prima Oct 18, 2012 08:10 AM

                                      Recently, my wife and I were well taken care of by our server, Rory at the Auld Spot on Danforth. Love that place

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                                        redhead RE: air621 Oct 18, 2012 10:07 AM

                                        I always receive a warm welcome at Biff's and recently had a lovely experience at The Saint on Ossington. Positive vibes also from District Sushi in Leslieville and the new Irish Pub (Queen and Broadview, name escapes me..something gaelic) I will now refuse to return to a place that did not make me feel welcome!

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