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Dec 16, 2012 04:20 PM

Best of Toronto for 2 for $250 or less

I am looking for the best of Toronto for 2 for $250 or less for a Christmas pressie (meal, a bottle of wine, and gratuity). Is this doable at any of the "top 10" - I am thinking Splendido, Ici Bistro, Enoteca Sociale, etc. for a really nice dinner out. One diner requires a gluten free meal. Help! I am not anywhere near TO, so really have no idea.

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  1. My favorite place in that price range is Campagnolo but I am not sure about them catering to a gluten free diner.

      1. I recently went to Frank's Kitchen on College with a gluten free, garlic free friend. We called in advance to let them know.

        We had a very good meal with wine within your price range. Service was very good. The food was excellent. Very good amuse bouche as well as sorbet palate cleanser prior to the main course. They made a special sauce for the fish of the day for my friend to meet her dietary restrictions.

        Generally speaking you need to book well in advance.

          1. re: justxpete

            Splendido with wine under $250? Are you sure? Can't check prices on website to confirm or refute.

            1. re: non sequitur

              Mission 'Almost Impossible'!! Can still do it but a big challenge!

              1. re: Charles Yu

                Yeah, the bottle of wine part would make that an uphill battle.

                You could go pretty crazy with that budget at Zen (though OP suggests a downtown-focus). 2 diners could sit at the bar for omakase sushi and sake and have quite a bit of change from the $250.

                1. re: Charles Yu

                  Sorry Charles, but that's incorrect. Our bill RARELY exceeds $200, and we're there once/twice a month. Mostly it's around $150 w/tax, before tip. You don't have to have the tasting menu every time you go!

                  They also now having a prix fixe for $60 w/ three courses.

                  1. re: justxpete

                    Guess, based on the budget imposed by the OP, the only option is restricted to the prix fixe?! ( Unless one is willing to settle for a two course and share a dessert: appetizers are around $15, entrees $34 and dessert $14 ). And even with the PF, its touch and go since $120 plus tax and tips is about $160 Then there is this bottle of wine??!! Based on their wine list, the cheapest was a $60 Chianti! That alone, with tax and tips, bump it up to $80!! So yes! Just manage to scrape thru!!
                    But dinner is supposed to be enjoyable and not a math exercise??!!! No?!

                    1. re: Charles Yu

                      But I thought you said it was "impossible", or a "big challenge", and in the span of about 5 minutes, you were able to determine that there's two options, both under $250, to dine at the best restaurant in TO??!!! Which is what the OP wanted??!!! Including naming Splendido specifically in his post??!!! Both of which include an appetizer, main, and dessert??? No?!!!

                      1. re: justxpete

                        Rather than using the words 'big challenge', Guess a better use of words would be 'major effort'?!

                        1. re: Charles Yu

                          I don't agree with you whatsoever. They could have a prix fixe for two at $120, leaving $100+ for wine. Or order a la carte and accomplish the same!!!!!

                    2. re: justxpete

                      Thanks justxpete,

                      Splendido it is for them. I have been to the website, and it looks amazing. Given that it was my first choice, that is where we will send them. :-) They are not likely to order 2 apps and 2 desserts, so I am not too concerned. That will save them some for their wine. :-)

                      Thanks all for your suggestions.

                  2. re: non sequitur

                    Have you checked the menu lately??? Why can't you check the prices on the website?

                    Of course, it would all depend on what bottle of wine you're ordering, but I saw a couple pay a $60 bill the other night at Splendido. Chicken for two, $60. That was all they ordered. Their prices have come down significantly in the last couple of months - but to re-iterate, we rarely pay over $200.

                2. Based on the replies here, you can easily go to the restaurants' websites and look at the menu and price everything out just so there are no surprises (or even call them to have them read out their menu and prices if there is nothing posted online).