Restaurants for a cheap dinner date in Toronto's west end

Romance doesn’t have to come with a high price tag. Toronto is home to plenty of intimate spots to wine and dine your date without blowing your budget. Here are some affordable alternatives for a night out in the west end with someone special.

Wall Flower

1665 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6K 1V2

The cozy candle-lit spot feels like a vintage-inspired hideaway thanks to floral wallpaper, mismatched furniture and patterned curtains draped across the window. The simple menu offers a fluctuating list of affordable daily specials and bar snacks like deviled eggs and oysters to share with your dinner companion. Ask for a spot on the enclosed back patio and discover one of Toronto’s most secluded spots for an intimate rendez-vous.

Nunu Ethopian Fusion

1178 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1J5

With soft lighting and elegant white décor, this Ethiopian restaurant is certainly swankier than similar spots nearby. There’s something inherently sensual about eating with your hands and here the authentic vegetable and meat platters are served with injera — a spongy African bread used in place of traditional cutlery. Finish off the meal with a traditional coffee ceremony that sees strong coffee served tableside along with an aromatic burner of frankincense.

El Furniture Warehouse

410 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 1X5

This self-described “premium dive bar” might not be the most romantic venue in the city, but the cheap eatery is a great spot for a laid back date. Every item on the food menu at the Annex snackbar is just $4.95 every single day. Dine on typical pub fare — poutine, chicken wings, sandwiches, burgers, mac and cheese — and admire the log cabin interior that features wood paneling, stag heads and plenty of snowboard paraphernalia. The cheap eats attract a young crowd so expect an increasingly rowdy atmosphere as the night progresses.

Kalendar Restaurant & Bistro

546 College St, Toronto, ON M6G 1B1

This mid-range bistro is a perennial first date favourite in Toronto’s west end. The romantic interior sets the mood with glowing candlelight and oxblood red walls that create an inviting European ambiance. Couples sit side-by-side and canoodle over well-priced platters of sharing bites, thin crust pizzas and signature flat bread scroll wraps. Warm your heart after a filling meal with a renaissance coffee made with Frangelico and amaretto.

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