1. AUBERGE DU POMMIER Modern French cuisine in an elegant uptown space constructed around two 1860s woodcutters’ cottages.
2. BODEGA A romantic Victorian setting for French cuisine near the Art Gallery of Ontario.
3. COURTHOUSE MARKET GRILLE Two fireplaces add charm to the Group of Seven Dining Room; in the St. Lawrence Neighbourhood.
4. THE GALLERY GRILL (7 Hart House Circle, 416-978-2445). Neo-gothic quarters serves a bistro menu on the University of Toronto campus.
5. LA MAQUETTE A restored Old Town landmark building with live dinner music and a pre-theatre menu.
6. LE SÉLECT BISTRO Acclaimed French cuisine, including a pre-theatre prix fixe menu, in chic surroundings by King West Village.
7. ORO (45 Elm St., 416-597-0155). Sophisticated neo-Italian cuisine in a sleek setting that boasts floor-to-ceiling windows.
8. URBAN RESTAURANT A loft-like space in the Entertainment District serves as backdrop for steak and seafood.—Anne Gibson