Great restaurant for double date before Shakespeare in High Park
My family and I are visiting Toronto for the first time at the end of June. My parents volunteered to watch the kids for an evening, so my husband and I (along with my brother and his wife) are planning to see Macbeth at the High Park Amphitheatre (https://www.canadianstage.com/Article...). Since this is a rare night out for us, can you recommend any wonderful restaurants in the area? Thank you!
I rarely get to the High Park area, but when I'm there, I usually go out for Polish food on Roncesvalles. I usually go to Chopin (recommed the combo platter and mixed perogies) http://chopinrestaurant.com/ or Cafe Polonez (I usually get the combo platter) http://www.cafepolonez.ca/About_Us.htmlon Roncesvalles. Haven't been to Amber on Bloor West http://ambereuropeanrestaurant.com/ , but it's been on my to-try list for years.
The only other restaurant I've tried on Roncesvalles recently is Pizza Defina last fall. I thought it was quite good. http://pizzeriadefina.com/
Thank you for the picnic advice, ylsf. It sounds really lovely and I'm definitely looking forward to a more casual setting for Macbeth. I would like to go to a sit down restaurant beforehand since we won't have any other opportunities to go out to eat, but I appreciate your input.
Midtowngirl, which of those restaurants do you recommend? I will look them up on Yelp, but your review(s) would be helpful. Thank you!
Any other recommendations would be great! Thanks.
They're all good and all a little different so depends what you're looking for. Barque is really, really good barbeque and who doesn't like barbeque? Make a reservation as it's very popular.
However, since it's a rare night out for you Barque might be too casual. If you wanted something lighter and more upscale, Fat Cat is geared towards small plate sharing and wine.
whereas Westerly is more traditional in approach, but offers your group more selection to choose from:
Hopgoods Foodliner serves "east coast comfort food". Lots of seafood choices:
I think you'll be happy with any one of those and then it's an easy 10 minute walk to the park.
Not answering your question directly as I don't have a restaurant to recommend, but, as you haven't been to Shakespeare in High Park before I will let you know that is very common that people will bring a picnic and eat while watching the show. The seating area is set up in "levels" (like large steps) and there is room for a blanket/etc. The people with camping chairs sit at the back. I have seen people drinking as well (although, technically illegal so your doing so at your own risk).
It is a nice evening out for sure. Enjoy your time in the area. If you are looking to research then probably the "junction" is the closest area, you could check out some places in that area in the meantime before you get a response from others about restaurants in the area.