Romantic spots on the Danforth for the perfect date

Known for its diverse range of casual restaurants, the Danforth can sometimes be overlooked when it comes to romantic adventures. But you'll find several gastropubs, wine bars and fine dining spots that all offer lovely escapes for couples who enjoy intimate dining experiences.

The Forth

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629 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K 1R2

Fusing a traditional fine dining experience with the intimate atmosphere of an upscale cocktail lounge, The Forth is one of the best spots to enjoy some romantic time with your special someone. They have a range of appetizers for those looking for lighter fare to share, or you can enjoy one of their decadent entrees for two, along with some amazing cocktails.

Mambo Lounge

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120 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K 1N1

This Cuban-inspired restaurant on the Danforth is the perfect place to enjoy a lively night, complete with dinner, live music and dancing. They have an easy three-course prix fixe menu, but to really step up the romance, the tapas dishes are the way to go. With more than a dozen plates for you and your partner to share, Mambo offers amazing Latin fare, from Cuban-style shrimp to crispy yucca sticks.

Morgans On The Danforth

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1282 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4J 1M6

The idea that a local pub can’t be a great place for a romantic dinner is completely dismissed by those who head to Morgan's. Their kitchen sources as many local ingredients as possible and creates food that goes well beyond the traditional pub fare. Get a charcuterie board to share with your date, or try one of their excellent entrees of Alaskan black cod or Korean fried chicken.

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