Dinner is a staple of date night, and Toronto is full of impressive restaurants. But it can be daunting, making sure you choose a cozy, candlelit spot and not a place that, while excellent, may be an overly boisterous environ. Our picks for a meeting of the hearts combine palate-pleasing plates with a congenial ambience and discreet service.
Moody shades of grey and mauve, exposed brick, chandeliers and wall sconces create a secluded and sophisticated enclave where diners tuck into seasonal flavours by award-winning chef Lorenzo Loseto.
AUBERGE DU POMMIER
This Oliver & Bonacini–operated boîte is a staple of many romantic-restaurant lists; we’d be remiss to exclude it from ours. Rich and savoury French fare is paired with refined decor in a pair of historic cottages.
360 THE RESTAURANT AT THE CN TOWER
The dining experience here is sky high: a revolving room perched 351 metres above the city. Don’t be surprised if couples at adjacent tables are celebrating anniversaries or even getting engaged.
LE SÉLECT BISTRO
This charming Parisian-inspired bistro is adorned with art deco accents and vintage French movie posters. Its Gallic menu is complemented by a wine list with more than 1,000 labels.
A husband-and-wife team run this intimate establishment, which is well-known for its five- and seven-course tasting menus that prominently feature the likes of wild mushrooms, vegetables and fresh seafood.
A wood-fired oven is the star of the open kitchen and is used to prepare much of the Canadian comfort fare at this tucked away eatery, which has seasonal menus for both omnivores and vegetarians.
BONUS: GOOD LIBATIONS
A hot toddy is a quintessential wintertime beverage and the perfect antidote for frigid temperatures. But it’s not the only drink to warm up with. Whether you choose a hot buttered rum, mulled cider or some other inventive variation, sip the night away at the all-season rooftop cocktail bar Sky Yard, the aptly-named Cocktail Bar and Rush Lane, with its cheekily branded bevvies like That Night… and Sex Panther.
—Linda Luong Luck