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Great food for 8 ppl near Park Hyatt on Avenue Rd.

smartini Jun 5, 2013 11:14 AM

Hi all,

Vancouver Chowhounder here....wondering if you might be able to lend me some of your fabulous Toronto insight....wanting to book dinner for 8 colleagues on Monday evening in TO....will be staying at Park Hyatt on Avenue Rd. Looking for really, really good food. Mid-range prices - nothing too extravagant (company budget!). Entrees over $30 would likely be a bit too high. We are all big foodies and love great restaurants - where would you suggest??

  1. smartini Jun 5, 2013 11:15 AM

    I should also mention that if necessary, we could take a short cab ride if required.

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      7Cees Jun 5, 2013 11:39 AM

      When I last stayed at that hotel, I had a lovely meal at Fieramosca Trattoria just around the corner on Prince Arthur... and I'm not even much of a fan of southern Italian food or (sometimes) the decor that goes along with it.

      Really friendly and accommodating service (while not in your face) and although too cool when I was there in April, a beautiful back garden dining area or comfortable (and quiet) indoor dining. The food was wonderful; fresh and flavourful and not too heavy-handed with sauces etc. I don't think we chose from the menu for mains: the chef's specials were great that evening.

      I was really not expecting much and I was so pleasantly surprised, I'm going to make a point of going back when next in TO. I don't know that it was "Foodie" great: but it was a solid traditional choice...

      I've also dined at Opus across the street from Fieramosca but it's a bit beyond your stipend... http://www.opusrestaurant.com/Welcome.taf

      If a traditional French bistro is of interest, I've also had great meals here:
      http://jacquesbistro.com/Bienvenue.html; a short walk from the Park Hyatt.

      Hope that helps

      1. TorontoJo Jun 5, 2013 01:38 PM

        Since you don't mind a short cab ride, I would recommend heading to Harbord Street, where there are several great, mid-priced restaurants. My personal choice for your needs would be 93 Harbord.


        Another option is Harbord Room, though it might be tough to get a res for 8 there, as it's quite small.


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        1. re: TorontoJo
          CocoaChanel Jun 5, 2013 05:49 PM

          +1 for both 93 Harbord and Fieramosca. I am not a fan of Opus food, especially the price point.

          There is also Carens Wine Bar on Cumberland, very near the Hyatt. Food is always good there - the burger is awesome. Lovely lovely back patio.

        2. Ediblethoughts Jun 5, 2013 04:52 PM

          I enjoy Ciao Wine Bar on Yorkville near Avenue Rd. It looks a bit extravagant but I think the prices are reasonable overall: http://www.ciaowinebar.com/

          I also like Messis on Harbord for the salads and seafood dishes.

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          1. re: Ediblethoughts
            jovialetr Jun 5, 2013 08:04 PM

            I think that Messis has closed and that the owners of The Harbord Room opened another restaurant, TRH and Co in the old Messis space.

            1. re: jovialetr
              Ediblethoughts Jun 6, 2013 07:35 PM

              Aww.. that's a pity. I guess I hadn't been there in awhile but I kept meaning to go down there. Thanks for the info.

          2. prima Jun 5, 2013 06:52 PM

            L'Unita on Avenue Road is quite good, and about half the mains are $30 or under. I like the food and service at L'Unita more than the food at Ciao. L'Unita is located a few blocks north of the Hyatt.

            Le Paradis is a reasonable bistro within a 15-20 minute walk of the Hyatt. http://www.leparadis.com/

            Globe Earth http://www.earthrosedale.com/ http://www.earthrosedale.com/Menus/dinner/tabid/9411/Default.aspx and Rosedale Diner http://www.rosedalediner.com/ are within a 20-25 minute walk, or a short taxi ride. Mains are under $30.

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              juno Jun 6, 2013 01:44 AM

              Here's another vote for Le Paradis, a classic, modestly-priced French bistro that's either a longish walk or a short cab ride from your hotel. It's not great, but it's quite good, and certainly good value within its category. It has been around for decades, which means that it must be doing something right. It can easily accommodate eight in one of its side rooms, but be sure to reserve a day or two in advance - it's locally popular and usually busy in the evening. Lively atmosphere, good service, easy-to-take wine prices. I've never taken a bad mouthful there.

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