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Romantic, High-End Anniversary Dinner for 2

TorontoTips Sep 17, 2013 05:06 PM

Hi kids!
Looking for some new ideas for a romantic, high-end anniversary dinner.
If you know me from my posts, I tend to favour the mom-and-pop, neighbourhood style joints, but this is a special occasion, so I'm looking for ideas and thoughts from you fine folks.
Some thoughts were Splendido, AubergeDP, Jacob, Harbour60, Scaramouche, Sotto, etc. but I'm sure there are some great places I've never been or haven't thought of.
Tell me what you'd suggest for a great dinner with a romantic vibe.

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  1. Dr. John RE: TorontoTips Sep 17, 2013 05:14 PM

    If you haven't been to George, you may want to try that. The setting is very nice and the tasting menus are excellent.

    1. elasticwaistband RE: TorontoTips Sep 17, 2013 06:29 PM

      +1 on George for sure. Beautiful place.

      I tend to favour smaller and/or more intimate places for romance -Campagnolo, Union 72 (when the owner Teo is in the house), Ici or Edulis would all fit the bill for me. I don't find the expense account steakhouses romantic - especially Harbour 60.

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        ComerDemonio RE: elasticwaistband Sep 17, 2013 07:37 PM

        I really love George for the food and it is beautiful but I'm not sure I would classify the atmosphere as romantic. Ici and Edulis are definitely more intimate. I prefer Edulis over Ici for the food and for the pacing of the meal.

        Scaramouche is always nice but I find it a bit of an event place ... too many celebrations/special occasions going on. I sometimes feel they are about to send out a bunch of the staff and sing happy birthday to some lucky person :)

        I agree that steak houses generally reek of expense accounts and testosterone.

        1. re: ComerDemonio
          prima RE: ComerDemonio Sep 18, 2013 02:43 AM

          I agree. I find Ici more romantic than George.

          If you like seafood, I recommend Joso's. The upstairs section is more cozy and private than the main floor.

          I don't find Campagnolo's atmosphere romantic. While they aren't high-end, I find moderately-priced Enoteca Sociale, Le Select and Le Paradis more romantic than Scaramouche, George, Auberge, etc.

      2. jlunar RE: TorontoTips Sep 17, 2013 07:40 PM

        Edulis is a great, cozy, restaurant!

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          Charles Yu RE: jlunar Sep 17, 2013 08:11 PM

          Ref: Edulis:
          But its fully booked till 29th September!!

        2. TorontoTips RE: TorontoTips Sep 20, 2013 04:07 PM

          Love these suggestions, I will definitely have them on my list, even if I'm too late to make a reservation now.

          What's the Chow word on Sott-Sotto? I keep hearing it's very romantic in the food media, but I rarely hear it talked about here.

          Any other small, intimate sleeper ideas?

          Thanks, gang!

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            KAYLO RE: TorontoTips Sep 20, 2013 05:12 PM

            I keep hearing about Sotto Sotto too. I gather they have a professional publicist. There's nothing wrong with Sotto Sotto, but nothing special about it either. IMHO, every other restaurant named on the thread so far is a better choice.

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              TorontoJo RE: KAYLO Sep 20, 2013 06:28 PM

              Sotto Sotto is very good at playing to the rich and the beautiful. If you are neither (preferably you are both), it's not the most welcoming environment.

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              kwass RE: TorontoTips Sep 20, 2013 06:34 PM

              I love Sotto Sotto. Food is great, and it's perfect for a romantic evening.

              And I agree with prima. Joso's can be romantic as well.

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              gilbert1111 RE: TorontoTips Sep 20, 2013 06:45 PM

              My wife and I go to George every year for our anniversary - can't rave about it too much. And, it's a Toronto secret.

              1. CocoaChanel RE: TorontoTips Sep 20, 2013 08:05 PM

                Sotto Sotto - subterranean dark environment with grossly overcooked fish. I hate it. I would never. Ever. Ever. Sped $ willingly there.

                I love Scaramouche. Always. All the time. Excellent food and service. They Lways seem to reserve the romantic window seats for anniversaries.

                George - we find the food great and the atmosphere inviting.

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                  squirms RE: CocoaChanel Sep 20, 2013 08:08 PM

                  I've gone to both George and scaramouche for anniversary dinners, and they have both been hits.

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                    kwass RE: CocoaChanel Sep 21, 2013 05:04 AM

                    You must have gone on a bad night to Sotto Sotto. Because I've been there several times over the years, and have never had a bad experience. And, I've ordered the fish every time I've gone and it's always been cooked perfectly.

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                      CocoaChanel RE: kwass Sep 21, 2013 07:32 AM

                      Tried it twice. Overcooked both times. That was enough for me. Plus I really dislike the room. It is a dank dark basement to me.

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                        kwass RE: CocoaChanel Sep 21, 2013 07:43 AM

                        I wouldn't go back to a restaurant after 2 bad experiences either. But it's still surprising to me.

                        As for the room itself, I find it romantic.

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                    millygirl RE: TorontoTips Sep 21, 2013 06:48 AM

                    Another vote for Scaramouche. You can't go wrong there. Everything is excellent and service is discreet and top notch.

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