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Good places for a group near queen and university

kancevici Oct 21, 2012 05:21 PM

I'm going out for dinner this week with a small group of friends (5-7 of us in total) and was hoping to get suggestions for some fun but not too pricey restaurants near queen and university. It's a diverse group so a place with some variety would be nice as would a place that serves alcohol. I know nota bene gets mentioned quite a bit but I think it's a little too fancy for what we're looking for. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!

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  1. TorontoJo RE: kancevici Oct 21, 2012 05:25 PM

    The Queen Mother is an old reliable:


    1. T Long RE: kancevici Oct 21, 2012 06:11 PM

      Osgoode Hall Restaurant is right there and is very good: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/847067

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        MissBingBing RE: T Long Oct 22, 2012 04:36 AM

        Doesn't Osgoode Hall only do lunch?

        +1 for QM

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          littlelam RE: MissBingBing Oct 22, 2012 05:41 AM

          Queen Mother seems appropriate for the group you're describing. As a bonus, if you're dining out on Tuesday (tomorrow), they're donating 34% of their sales that day to an arts organization to celebrate their 34th anniversary. Saw it on their homepage.

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            T Long RE: MissBingBing Oct 22, 2012 06:22 AM

            Yes, only lunch. I answered too quickly...thx for catching that.

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          strawberryfields RE: kancevici Oct 23, 2012 03:11 PM

          Baldwin street (near AGO, sort of) has a few good places for a group, if you don't mind the walk...it's closer to college and university. Johns Italian caffe, margaritas Mexican cantina, and a fe other interesting ones are along the little strip.

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            MissBingBing RE: strawberryfields Oct 24, 2012 03:24 AM

            Never understood the appeal of John's. Nice patio, horrible pizza.

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              sgogo RE: MissBingBing Oct 25, 2012 04:34 PM

              Nor Margarita's. Yuck. I had some pretty gross food there before I finally wised up.

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            kancevici RE: kancevici Oct 23, 2012 07:36 PM

            Thanks for all the suggestions thus far everyone. I just wanted to add that since we're probably going to have around 7 people, I'd really like to find a place that takes reservations.

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              kwass RE: kancevici Oct 23, 2012 07:57 PM

              What about Khao San Road...it's a 10 minute walk, if that.

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                ylsf RE: kwass Oct 23, 2012 08:52 PM

                Except KSR doesn't do reservations last I heard .. Just for OPs info since OP said prefered reservations.

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                prima RE: kancevici Oct 25, 2012 02:25 PM

                Mercatto on Bay, Rodney's by Bay, Bannock and Volos all take reservations through www.opentable.com , and are located within a 5-10 minute walk of Queen and University.

                Paese and Luma, both located on King W, are also within a 10-15 minute walk of Queen and University, and take reservations through www.opentable.com .

                If you and your friends like Indian food, you could also consider Babur or Trimurti on Queen West, which is probably the most economical option near Queen and University. Both take reservations, AFAIK.

                Also see this recent thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/872122

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                c_snapper RE: kancevici Oct 24, 2012 12:53 PM

                may i suggest getting a large format meal at Momofuku Daisho....depending on how big of eaters you guys are, the fried chicken would be nice, otherwise, the Bo Ssam is definitely more than plenty. It's also in a nice beautiful place.

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                  lsk RE: kancevici Oct 25, 2012 04:59 PM

                  How about Ema-tei? Takes reservations, isn't too fancy, and serves alcohol. If you get one of the rooms in the back, it's even nicer.

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