Romantic Restaurants in Toronto for Valentine’s DayJanuary 7, 2012 1 Comment
Romantic Toronto restaurants such as Sotto Sotto, the Corner House, Sorrel, Kalendar, Lucien, Rosebud, and the Keg Mansion will please your partner on Valentine’s Day, which falls on a Thursday in 2013. While some Toronto women will enjoy celebrating Valentine’s Day events in Toronto such as concerts, theatre, or comedy performances, many women expect the romantic standard for Valentine’s Day – dining out at an intimate Toronto restaurant. This is not to say that lingerieand perfume don’t make nice Valentine’s Day gifts, but choosing to take your loved one to a romantic restaurant on Valentine’s Day is one of the sure-fire ways to say ‘I Love You.’
Lucien Restaurant, at 36 Wellington St. E., 416-504-9990, offers an intimate atmosphere and a select menu that includes appetizers such as tuna crudo or seared catfish and mains in the $$23-$38 range including Black Angus Ribeye, Lake Huron Whitefish and pan-roasted chicken.
Sotto Sotto at 116A Avenue Road, 416-962-0011, is a haunt of celebrities such as Blake Lively, Ben Affleck and Jon Hamm during the Toronto Film Festival, due to the discreet and in-the-know feel of this candlelit cavern. Entrées such as grilled sea scallops, veal scallopini and grilled Black Angus filet mignon are priced in the $25-$40 range.
The Shore Club
If your motto is “go big or go home,” then the Shore Club is the right place for you to take your date on Valentine’s Day. This ultra-contemporary steak and seafood restaurant located in the RBC Dexia Centre at 155 Wellington St. W. offers menu items that are not for the timid including Centre-cut King Crab Legs, New York Strip, Sautéed Prawns and Scallops and Porterhouse Steak. Average mains are $38. Call 416-351-3311 to reserve.
The Corner House
You’ll find intimate rooms in this renovated historical house in the shadow of Casa Loma at 501 Davenport Rd. (at Madison Ave.), 416-923-2604. Appetizers range from $8.50 to $14.50 and include grilled Black Tiger shrimp, lobster bisque and shaved Niagara Pingue prosciutto. Entrées include charred natural Digby sea scallops, oven-roasted organic Cornish hen, whole Australian rack of lamb and several vegetarian pasta options from $19.95-$29.75.
This darkly intimate restaurant at 546 College St., 416-923-4138, is consistently rated one of Toronto’s best date restaurants due to the quiet, cozy interior and accommodating staff. Entrees range from $16.95 to $21.95 and include ginger butter swordfish, New Zealand spring lamb chops and pork medallions. Vegetarians will enjoy the selection of scrolls (crepe style roti) and naans.
Located at 4150 Yonge Street just north of York Mills Rd., 416-222-2220, Auberge du Pommier is owned by Oliver & Bonacini, and has been providing superb French cuisine since 1987 in this renovated woodcutters’ cottage. The restaurant’s ambiance is solidified by stone walls, pine floors, and a fireplace by which to enjoy entrées such as pan seared bass, seared beef tenderloin, and marinated pork tenderloin in the $34-$44 range.
You can’t go wrong if you choose the Keg Mansion at 515 Jarvis Street (at Wellesley), 416-964-6609. The former Massey family home makes a great Valentine’s Day spot due to the many cozy dining rooms and original wood finishings and fireplaces, as well as a very romantic cocktail lounge with tables à deux on the second floor. The regular steak and seafood menu will be available on Valentine’s Day with entrees in the $25-$30 range, as well as a prix fixe menu.
The Rosebud at 669 Queen Street West, 416-703-8810, has been serving the Queen Street West crowd since 2005 with its French cuisine menu of roasted quail, seared scallops, butter-poached ribeye and wild boar tortière, reasonably priced from $20-$30 per entrée. The small, intimate room is complemented by a helpful and efficient wait staff.
A newcomer to the Toronto restaurant scene, Sorrel Restaurant, located at 84 Yorkville Avenue, 416-926-1010, is quickly gaining a reputation for its well-executed menu. Chef Faro Chiniforoush offers French Mediterranean fare focusing on seafood in this charming, intimate, below-street level restaurant.
Located on one of Toronto’s most charming streets, Adega Restaurant at 33 Elm Street, 416-977-4338, is a romantic and intimate restaurant that features Portuguese and Spanish cooking at its finest. Enjoy entrées such as free range chicken breast, jumbo Tiger shrimps, Black Angus strip-loin steak, and the popular Cataplana, a Portuguese fish stew with mussels, shrimp, clams, squid and fresh fish in the $22-$32 range in this dimly lit grotto.
Taking your sweetheart to one of the best restaurants in Toronto for Valentine’s Day will mark February 14, 2013 as a night to remember. Make your reservation soon, as Toronto restaurants book up quickly for Valentine’s Day.