Low-lit dinner around Toronto's Junction neighbourhood

Looking for somewhere to take your sweetie that’s a little under the radar but still screams romance? The Junction is about to become your new best friend. Whether you’re into fine Italian cuisine or sharing some drinks over a stellar plate of Mexican nibbles, The Junction has the perfect low-lit dinner for every couple – be it lovers or pals! [Feature image: Nodo]

Bricco Kitchen and Wine Bar

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3047 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6P 1Z5

With brick walls, wooden tables, chandeliers, fresh flowers, and the perfect amount of mood lighting, Bricco is undeniably romantic. An upscale Italian eatery meets charmed neighbourhood wine bar – you’ll be delighted when you walk past the steamy window and peer into the amber-hued romance inside. Menu standouts? Be sure to take a gander at the rich wine list, the handmade pastas, and the daily zuppa di pesce (fish stew).

Nodo Restaurant

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2885 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6P 1Y9

This Sicilian-inspired restaurant offers your favourite Italian comfort food: pastas, thin-crust pizzas and hearty meat and fish dishes. With its outstandingly unique décor, Nodo definitely has a modern feel to it, but it still strikes a balance between elegant, cozy and casual. Share the warm olive and garlic knots appetizer with that special someone.

Farmhouse Tavern

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1627 Dupont St, Toronto, ON M6P 3S8

If you’re looking for an intimate brunch spot (or a carnivorous dinner), The Farmhouse Tavern is your best bet. Serving a changing menu of farm-to-table food, craft beers, and local wines, this Canadiana-inspired mainstay fits its Junction Triangle digs to a T – it’s the kind of spot with the looks of a rickety country cabin, and the ethical awareness and critically acclaimed dishes of an upscale urban eatery.

Indie Alehouse

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2876 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6P 1Y8

For a casual place to share some beers and hearty snacks, check out the Junction’s Indie Alehouse. This small brewpub has a classy, old-school feel to it, complete with wooden tables and funky overhead lighting. If you’re going for a beer and a bite, may we suggest the Broken Hipster paired with the pulled pork spring rolls? Bonus: stop into the bottle shop and grab a four pack to go (or a growler, if you’re feeling mischievous!) of the brewed-on-site craft concoctions.

Playa Cabana Cantina

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2883 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6P 1Y9

A Junction veteran, this super cozy spot is all about exposed brick, vintage wall décor, and second-to-none Mexican fare. But as with any intimate spot, especially one so beloved by neighbourhood lokes, you’re going to want to make a reservation or get there early, because this place fills up quick. Relax with the one you love and enjoy pescado tacos, fresh ceviche, or enchiladas with veggie chorizo, alongside some seriously stellar cerveza and cocktail options.

El Revolucion

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2848 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6P 1Y7

Walking into La Revolucion, you’ll be greeted by lovely Mexican music and swear you’ve stepped into Toronto’s slice of Central America. On Tuesdays, this Dundas West spot serves $2 tacos – pretty much the best thing to ever happen to Toronto. Pair that with some sangria and salsa verde and you’re in for one fantastic evening.

Annette Food Market

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240, Annette St., Toronto, ON M6P 1R1

With its wood and brick accents and homey-meets-modern vibe, the Annette Food Market will (hopefully not literally) charm the pants right off of ya. If you’re into Neapolitan wood-fired pizzas, you need to pay this place a visit. Not to mention, they serve great original cocktails, draft beer, and have a list of over 50 champagnes and wines available by the glass.

Roux

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2790 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6P 1Y5

Simply put, Roux is as chic as it sounds. Rustic wood accents juxtapose subway-tile walls and exposed brick, while industrial lighting and a sauve marble bar that stretches the length of the restaurant create the all-class vibes at this neighbourhood resto-bar. In spite of its recent transformation from The Junction Eatery, local favourites like The Yardbird are still available. And if you’re hungry for a little breakfast fare, their huevos rancheros are a thing of legend.

Honest Weight

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2766A Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6P 1Y3

This spot is the coziest New-England-style seafood haven in the city. Wood-clad from floor to ceiling, Honest Weight boasts a so-cozy, natural feel. The menu changes regularly based on what seafood is available, and includes some rare selections – like their Lapas (limpet clams), a dish native to the Azores in Portugal. Tuck in for an outstanding seafood feast in the dining area, or pop in and purchase something fresh to go from the fishmonger table in the back.

Maybe you’ve got back-to-back class around Trinity College – or that new sweetheart you swiped right on does. If you’re hitting the books at Robart’s, make sure you’re good and fed. These lunchtime gems around the University of Toronto St. George campus will set you right up. [Image credit: iStock.com/Preto_perola]
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