Whether you do date night every Friday or just whenever you can get the kids settled/ work finished and out the door, you don’t want to have to struggle to think of new places, or end up at an old haunts just out of convenience. You want something sexy and invigorating, where you can talk and make googly eyes at one another, over a really great meal.
This year, skip the Valentines-Day flowers and candlelit dinner and hit the town with a group of pals. Our list of Love Week hotspots has you covered from Kensington to Riverside, from dance parties to laid back locals. Check out OKStupid at Handlebar for hilariously awful online dating conversations read live or hit up the Wavelength music festival and discover Canada’s best new underground music. Who needs Cupid, anyway?
The classic restaurant date. It’s a safe bet, allowing for optimal conversation, minimal awkwardness, and best of all, a tasty meal. If it's date night and you're finding yourself wanting to avoid the downtown core, try these neighbourhood favourites and off-the-beaten-track gems, instead.
When choosing a restaurant feels more akin to choosing what to watch on Netflix (read: an hour or two of scrolling, scrolling, scrolling), be thankful that maxed-out, relaxed-out dining is something that Toronto does best. With an emphasis on soulful, filling food and chill vibes, surprisingly free of pretense, put on your best fashion sweats and check out some of the city’s best spots for a casual dinner date.
Forget the fancy restaurants and crowded bars – for your next date night, try something completely different. Below is a collection of the truly bizarre and eclectic dining experiences Toronto has to offer, from a banquet feast among knights and damsels in distress, to dinner with a sky-high, 360-degree view.
Trying to decide where to go for your next uptown date night is about to get easier. We’ve lined up our top picks north of Bloor – from cozy gastropubs with an edge, to a charcuterie bar that moonlights as a coffee shop by day, to classic neighbourhood trattorias to see and be seen.
There is nothing quite like a comprehensive wine list to match a beautiful food menu, but sometimes you want to try something different to drink with each course. The answer is a visit toone of Toronto’s fantastic wine bars and taverns, where talented sommeliers have done the hard part, creating a large list of wines by the glass and wine flights, leaving you to enjoy the fruit of their labours.
Picking the perfect spot for a first date can be a daunting task. How do you impress a new love interest without looking like you’re trying too hard? Take the pressure off at these cool-yet-casual first date spots.
Yorkville is widely known as a hotspot for upscale shopping. It’s also one of the best spots in Toronto to enjoy an elegant dinner date with world-class reds, whites and rosés. Check out this list of the top places in Yorkville to enjoy a memorable glass of wine.
Wine on the Danforth includes a few out-there options that grape lovers won’t find anywhere else, with superb food and atmosphere to match. You'll never regret raising a glass of vino to these fine establishments.
Some of the best restaurants in Toronto are on trendy West Queen West. Many offer food that should be enjoyed with wine to truly highlight the flavours, textures and styles. Food and wine are meant for each other at these restaurants, so bring your appetite and prepare to quench your thirst with some vino.
You may want to take the whole evening to savour a glass of wine, pair a few vintages with food, or discover new favourites among a flight of unfamiliar tastes. However you like to appreciate your wine, there’s stemware downtown with your name on it.
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