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Birthday Dinner this Saturday - Please help me :)!

Hi there,

Long time reader but this is my first post! I am turning 32 this weekend and am going out for a Birthday dinner with my parents and friends this weekend. I've narrowed down the potential restaurants, but would greatly appreciate help in picking one!
Bestellen
Gusto
Campagnolo
Or if you have any other suggestions I would love to hear them! Price isn't really an issue, I like somewhere with atmosphere and that 'cool' factor, but also love to eat so want hearty portions as well as a good wine list. Don't really have a preference in location, but live at Yonge and St. Clair and will be driving. Thank you so much, can't wait to hear your thoughts!

Meghan

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    1. Just a note about Campagnolo the few times I have been there the noise level was quite high. Great food though.

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      1. re: sweetie

        I did not find Campagnolo loud and I find many restaurants loud these days. We were a big group and I could hear my immediate neighbours. If you are a large group I would recommend their Chef's menu. They served us almost their entire menu family style for $50 a head. It made for a really special evening. Happy birthday!

      2. Thanks so much! What about Guu, Terroni, Garbardine, The Saint? Those r also on the list.

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        1. re: MeghanMarie1981

          If you want hearty portions, I would say gabardine or saint are both great. Bestellens portions I believe were fair as well but personally I LOVE Gabardine and Saint. Both do comfort food that will easily please a group.
          Terroni I don't like, but many people do.
          Guu- I wouldnt take my parents to, but that's just me. It's a very young crowd and its very noisy.

          abbeyskitchen.com

          1. re: MeghanMarie1981

            You can cross off Gabardine on your list. On their website it says they are closed Sat Feb 16 and Mon Feb 18 for the family day long weekend.

            1. re: MeghanMarie1981

              I second the Saint and my second pick would be Bestellen with Campagnolo as my third. However, I'd say your parents may like them in reverse order.

            2. Auberge du Pommier, a few blocks north!
              Food was good after new chefs came aboard. Now, with the kitchen team winning the '2013 Golden Plate Award'. Expect food to be even more stunning.
              Personally, cannot wait to re-try!

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              1. re: Charles Yu

                She's looking for the "cool" factor a bit. I like ADP but too stuffy me thinks for what she wants.

              2. I have been to Campagnolo and was impressed. Food is rustic and well executed. Excellent cocktails and desserts. Definitely cool; a bit loud though.

                I can also vouch for The Saint. I was there recently and the food/service were very good. We actually landed there because Libretto was full and I have no regrets.