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Any restaurants on groupon worth giving a try? Share share share!!!!!

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  1. Nope, none worth it... and based on track record of some closing soon after doing a groupon deal I would avoid...

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    1. re: pourboi

      I always suspect coupons are an act of desperation from a failing restaurant. Many close soon after.

      In an industry with razor-thin margins one can't thrive with give aways.

      1. re: iamafoodie

        Anyone who follows the deals knows that there are many perfectly reasonable restaurants that offer deals.

        I guess all those weekly sales at supermarkets and other stores are acts of desperation. And there is no fundamental is the difference between Groupon deals and Winter/Summer 'licious. I guess all those restaurants stink, too. Right.

          1. re: evansl

            Some good restaurants do show up from time to time, but I wouldn't number them "many". I'd say its very rare from what I've seen. Can you list some good ones that you've found that we can look out for and maybe try? I've tried a handful and have been mostly disappointed but I did get a couple good burger ones.

            1. re: evansl

              Some of those are called loss leaders. It's a strategy to draw you in, so you'll spend more money on everything else. That is not what happens with these group deals and the restaurants. In most cases, you don't see grocery stores on Groupon, selling $50 of groceries for $25. Unless you're The Butchers, and look what happened there.

              1. re: Full tummy

                Fresh and Wild did it to bring people in. I forget the amount: maybe 30 dollars for 15. I bought some and it worked out great. The cashier told me that I was one of very few people who bought more than 30 dollars. She was laughing with me at how everyone tried to come as close as possible without going over. Because of that it failed them.

          2. re: pourboi

            I bought a Groupon for a place we'd been meaning to try and it closed before we got to use it. The way I learned of the closure was Groupon notifying me of the refund because of it. So not much risk if the place shuts down.

          3. Well, the listed restaurants change periodically, so your question might not elicit up-to-date responses. but...

            I have been surprised to see many quality restaurants in the past participating in Groupon deals, ie. Quinta!, Sadies ain't bad most of the time, Insomnia, etc.

            I have never purchased a groupon/whatever-pon for restaurants - just because I dread using coupons for dinners with companions.

            My advice to you would be, know your budget, now your party, examine the fine lines VERY CAREFULLY, lower your expectation, and tip accordingly.

            1. Pearl at Bayview Village - Groupon (still available I think)

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              1. re: Helen

                I wnt there on a Groupon. Absolutely horrible place.

                1. re: evansl

                  Aren't you happy that you had a coupon!

              2. See prior posts.
                Groupon will refund if the place closes before your use.

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                1. re: Vinnie Vidimangi

                  Or they will offer credit. Refund, not always!

                2. I look for groupons that can be used on drinks. I once got 50% off at a decent bar which ruled. travelzoo often has much better deals than groupon. For example, there is currently an offer for cafe boulud http://www.travelzoo.com/ca/local-dea...

                  1. Yitz's and Anoush are worth it.

                    Heard good feedback on Pearl in Bayview Village, but have not yet been myself.

                    Sushi Kai can be a sh!t show at times, but I like their food.

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                    1. re: magic

                      Thanks, I will check out pearl!

                      1. re: magic

                        Anoush is good value and a wholesome meal. I didn't like Yitz's at all , even allowing for the coupon. See prior posts.

                      2. I haven't looked at Groupon in AGES but I see they have a deal for Luci, my friend really likes that place (around Queensway/Islington area). I also noticed they have one for Paganelli's - https://www.groupon.com/deals/paganel...

                        I have been wanting to go check that spot out for a while. I have had their food a few times at different events and it has always been good.

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                        1. re: ylsf

                          Thank you. Yes, i just read the reviews it seems like it has good reviews i'll be sure to check it out

                          1. re: Dean Tudor

                            I was on their email list but started getting offers only for places in Quebec. I sent them an email questionning this and their answer was that Groupon was now only offering deals for the province of Quebec. They seem to have fallen pretty quickly.

                            1. re: barneyvernon

                              Depsite all the problems with group deal sites, and there are many..... I've saved a sh!t-ton of money with them and had overwhelmingly positive experiences.

                              1. re: afong56

                                50% off hapa izakaya - that's the only way they're getting me in the door. w00w00.

                                1. re: frogsteak

                                  This "50% off" is misleading, they're usually pay $15 to get $30, or in this case $30 to get $60, so it's just "save $30".

                            2. I have done so many of these things. And 90% of the time, I regret it--food blah. Places are about half the time deserted and for reasons I can soon relate to. If I know the place, less likely to regret the purchase (like to Rosedale Dinner or Waterfalls Indian Tapas) but so many times I find I have to go out of my way to use it or lose it and it's irritating.

                              I have found maybe one or two new places that were worth finding. But that's pretty much it.

                              1. Moe's burger place is always offering a groupon.

                                Has anyone been to this place, don't know if I should get it or not. Seems to have good reviews on yelp.

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                                1. re: flonie

                                  The burgers are as low as you can go.
                                  The crinlkle cut deep fried potato slices are good.
                                  Pass on the coupon.

                                  1. re: Vinnie Vidimangi

                                    I disagree. Burgers and fries are delish.

                                    I've been to the Kennedy location twice.

                                    Get the voucher.

                                  2. re: flonie

                                    First time I went to Moe's was with a groupon and the dudes treated us solidly, asking if it was our first time and explaining the menu, etc. The Juicy Lucy's good although it could get lost in the bun so put the top bun to the side and eat the rest. The poutine's a bit salty but I could see craving this after a few (or more) beers.

                                    1. re: flonie

                                      Another vote for Moe's.

                                      It's not Burger's Priest or Holy Chuck.
                                      But it's decent and definitely worth it with a coupon.

                                      1. re: pakmode

                                        I'd be more than happy to visit without the voucher, even.

                                        It's a good spot.

                                    2. Found this on the internet.

                                      Ten Brands That Will Disappear in 2014
                                      By Douglas A. McIntyre May 23, 2013 11:26 am EST

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                                      4. LivingSocial

                                      LivingSocial, a daily deals website, has trailed Groupon since it launched. But this is an industry in which trailing the leading company is a very bad sign. As the financial troubles of Groupon demonstrate, the online daily deal industry started to fall apart not long after it began. Groupon’s share price, which reached a high of more than $26 after its initial public offering, was trading as low as $2.60 last year. While the stock is up on improved sales, the company remains unprofitable.

                                      The situation is even worse for LivingSocial. Leading advertising publication AdWeek recently reported that sources would not be surprised if the company “was sold to a larger company or liquidated piece by piece by spring 2014.” That is a long way from when Amazon.com confidently invested $175 million in LivingSocial in 2010. The deal soured as the huge e-commerce company wrote down the investment by $169 million in late 2012. More recently, an Amazon SEC filing indicated that LivingSocial lost $50 million in the first quarter of this year, compared to a profit of $156 million in the same period a year ago.

                                      The biggest competitors to both LivingSocial and Groupon are eBay, American Express and Amazon’s own AmazonLocal service. Each has a huge customer base and significant amounts of data about its customers, which they can use to target deals. LivingSocial does not stand a chance.

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                                      1. Just did a $40 for $20 Wagjag at Szechuan Legend. Went for Dim Sum and really enjoyed it. Not super high-end but fresh, tasty and the service was friendly.

                                        Casa Manila on York Mills is also good on a Groupon.

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                                        1. re: mariecollins

                                          Agreed on Casa Manila.

                                          Good food, wonderful service. Great vibe.

                                        2. I find it really interesting how some businesses are constantly on these sites. Seems like they've reached a good agreement with groupon. I see a couple restaurants that were constantly listed YEARS ago....would not be surprised if they have been listed this whole time.

                                          Go figure.

                                          1. There have been some good ones. I bought one from Niwatei for ramen. Some from smokes for poutine and South Street Burgers for the kids.
                                            And way way back, there was one for Whole Foods.
                                            None recently though.

                                            1. On the whole I would not get a groupon for a restaurant. With their thin margins, I can only see a restaurant doing the promotion either as a marketing stunt/reward program (I'm looking at you Zane Caplansky) or out of desperation. And in the case of a good restaurant, particularly the ones that I regularly frequent, I would want them to stay open, and would be happy to pay full ticket and for the service.

                                              So back to the OP, I ALWAYS see a deal for the Lalibela locations. The one on the Danforth is in the Little Ethiopia and I wonder how this impacts their business, never mind the other Ethiopian restaurants on the strip.