Places to romance your date in The Annex Toronto

Romance is alive and well, especially in the eclectic, energetic and dynamic neighbourhood we know as The Annex. When you want your partner to really appreciate your affection, take them on a date to one of these places where love is always in the air.

Mortons of Chicago

1
4 Ave Rd, Toronto, ON M5R 2E8

This isn’t your ordinary steakhouse. Stained-glass window, old-school booths and white tablecloths give Morton’s a comfortable ’50s-style elegance. Artistically arranged dishes and impeccable service complete the sumptuous ambience. They offer all the prime cuts of beef you could ever want, as well as shellfish, lamb, veal and pork. As hearty as the mains are, you’ll be tempted to try the key lime pie or the soufflé for two for dessert.

L'Unità Restaurant

2
134 Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON M5R 2H6

One of the most sophisticated neighbourhood restaurants you’ll ever stumble upon, with an exposed brick wall supporting artwork, cushioned benches worthy of royalty, luminous wall sconces and mini chandeliers hovering over the tables. The Sausage and Kale Bianca and the chef’s seasonally-inspired pizzas are always top choices, and pair well with a glass of wine from their extensive list. For dessert, extend the flirtations with a slice of ginger chocolate cake, or peaches and cream cheesecake.

Fieramosca Trattoria

3
36A Prince Arthur Ave, Toronto, ON M5R 1A9

As you walk up the steps hand-in-hand, take a second to admire the exterior décor, the detailing on the wrought iron railing, the marble bench behind the tree, the streetlight lamp and stonework. It only gets more romantic inside, with the fine detailing around the chandelier, torch-style wall sconces, crown mouldings, terracotta tiles and stunning wall art. Book the room on the second floor for an intense tête-à-tête by the fireplace.

Bedford Academy Inc

4
36 Prince Arthur Ave, Toronto, ON M5R 1A9

The amorous atmosphere is stirred up by a fireplace and a radiant tin ceiling, and if that’s not enough, the rich wood décor and glowing wall sconces add another level of decadence. If you’re marking a special occasion or anniversary, book the Prince Arthur Room on the third floor and enjoy your meal in complete privacy. Save room after the main course for their chocolate brownie or a piece of peach cobbler.

Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria

5
386 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 1X4

The sleek exterior is metallic and reflective, affording you that little bit of extra privacy on the inside. You can seat yourself too, and cozy up wherever you like, ideally right by the window. Share one of their to-die-for white pizzas with extra toppings, and make sure to save room for a slice of tiramisu and an Americano for dessert.

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