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I don't even know where to start! 2 nights in Toronto

Will be in Toronto for 2 nights in the summer, a Thursday and a Saturday. Would like a couple great dinners at a moderate price range. Love the idea of casual gastropub style and was considering something Asian, maybe Noodle House? Reservations would be ideal. Outside seating a bonus. Staying right downtown with a local who has car, but prefer to not drive if possible. Will go out after dinner on the Saturday, good cocktail bar rec where 40 year olds will not feel out of place please!

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  1. What's a moderate price range for you?

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      1. re: cleopatra999

        Enoteca Sociale has outside seating and mains are under $25. Farmhouse Tavern is a bit of a trek, but is also in your price range, good, and serves brunch and dinner.

        I'm not crazy over Le Select (I miss the old location), but it would definitely meet your needs.

        Both Harbord Room and THR and Co. fit your price range and do very good cocktails in a not-too-young setting. Bar Isabel may be a bit expensive for dinner, but for a drink and a bar snack, it's hard to think of anything better.

        I think Gusto 101 is an atrocious restaurant.

      1. re: CarNut

        Yes, Richmond Station! Really enjoyed my meal there.

        1. re: pumpkinspice

          +1 For Richmond Station - my favorite meal in Toronto this year.

      2. Most of the good Japanese ramen places don't take reservations. Kinton, Santouka, and Sansotei are all very good and Raijin is close behind. None of them have outside seating at this point.

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        1. re: Dr. John

          Kinton is a great choice for a noodle house. Food is good, it is in Baldwin Village (a fun area very close to downtown) and they have a patio.

        2. Le Select on Wellington has a beautiful outdoor seating area and a solid French menu. Marben, also on Wellington, has a nice deck and pretty good food.

          You might also consider Gusto 101 but I'm not sure how people feel about the food. I've never been.

          I don't know of any Asian places that have outdoor seating but Khao San Road can open the large front windows.

          All of the above will leave you close to King Street where you will likely find a good bar for your after dinner cocktails. I'll let others comment on where a forty year old might feel comfortable. I decide to start getting younger a few years ago and I can't remember what 40 feels like anymore :)

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          1. re: ComerDemonio

            Also Weslodge on King West has good food and a fun atmosphere

          2. Where are you coming from may help to suggest things that you cannot get at home... Also what is your age range..

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            1. re: pourboi

              coming from a small town in the BC mountains. We have decent restaurants, but get bored of them. However we get to Calgary often enough that most cravings are satisfied.

              I think being somewhere 30-45 would be best age range/comfort level.