Romantic spots for a dinner date in the Beaches Toronto

The stars are twinkling overhead and the surf is crashing on the shore – is there any place in Toronto more romantic than the Beaches? Work up an appetite with a stroll on the boardwalk, and then cozy up with your sweetie at one of these lovely restaurants.

Casa di Giorgio

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1646 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4L 1G3

Here you’ll find a nice front patio, intimate booths backed by colourful geometric wall coverings, and thin crust pizza that’ll have you singing to the heavens. It’s hard to think of another restaurant where the romance happens so spontaneously and naturally. You can choose from one of the pizzas on the menu, white pizza being a popular choice, create your own, or skip the pies altogether and opt for pasta. But save room for dessert!

La Sala Restaurant

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1975A Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4L 1J1

The outside looks like a cozy beach cottage, but you’ll be greeted inside by elegance and romantic detail, from white tablecloth settings to maize-coloured walls, tastefully decorated with modern art. Music accompanies your meals at a soft volume so you can whisper sweet nothings to your loved one over a glass of champagne. The wild Irish salmon and AAA Ontario beef tenderloin are top entrees.

Yumei Sushi

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2116 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4E 1E2

Show off your flair with chopsticks to score a few extra style points. The rest of the show is taken care of, with the restaurant’s terracotta-tiled floor, pistachio-coloured walls and elegant artwork. The kitchen area is open concept so you can see the sushi masters at work, crafting delicious dishes, such as sashimi platters, matsu sushi dinners or the chef’s seasonal sushi specials. Raise a tokkuri of sake and toast to the good times ahead.

ViVetha Bistro - Queen St. E.

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2485 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4E 1H9

ViVetha’s entrancing exterior, with its lovely wood patio and its wrought iron fence covered in lights, will make your heart skip a beat before you even get to the door. Inside, the brilliant yellow walls and celebrity portraits will tempt you to make this your regular spot for date nights. You can go with their prix fixe or order from the menu, but make sure you ask about the daily fish, steak, lamb and chicken specials.

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