The top restaurants for a first date in Toronto might just help you get to date number two. If dinner is on the table, you'll want somewhere fun, not necessarily fancy, and of course, there should be drinks to help instill enough courage to go in for a kiss.
Make a good first impression with a pick from this list organized by Toronto neighbourhood.
BLOOR WEST VILLAGE
Cured meats and olives, beef carpaccio and pillowy gnocchi are all very good reasons to take your next date to Campo. The restaurant on Jane has got a cozy and cool vibe and a volume level that'll let you get to know each other sans screaming.
It can get a little loud inside Kanpai when the draught cocktails start flowing, so expect to have to lean in real close to talk while you share Taiwanese snack foods like fried chicken and potato slaw.
Strong drinks, sharable dishes, and a candle lit room are what makes Mr. Flamingo a great date destination. The menu is ever changing, but look forward to fresh shucked oysters and made-to-order burrata.
Meet for drinks at the bar of the Drake One Fifty and play things by ear before moving to a table to nibble on baked oysters an crispy duck wings. If things look promising, be sure to visit the photo booth - it's the perfect spot to steal a kiss and could be a memento to show your future grandkids.
Let sparks fly at The Hole in the Wall where live music will give you good reason to lean in a just a little closer. The bar is well stocked with craft beers, while the kitchen is famous for its crispy calamari and duck confit wings.
Show off your playful side at Snakes & Lagers over board games and bites. Start with something quick and fun like Pit (great game) before deciding if you'll commit to a cheese plate and a game of Carcassone.
Unsure if your date eats meat? Play it safe at Tabule where an all accommodating menu lists ample options for vegetarians. Start with a spread of mezze and mojitos before committing to stay for a second course.
WEST QUEEN WEST
The cocktails at Swan by Rose and Sons are dangerously easy to drink while vinyl records contribute to the warm, convivial vibe. The cuisine here looks towards California for inspiration, so expect bright colours and clean flavours on each plate.
YONGE & DUNDAS
Sabai Sabai is a Thai restaurant and bar that features a relaxed atmosphere and exotic cocktail list that'll put both parties at ease. Test the waters with squash fritters and crispy taro rolls before moving on to spicy curries and stir-fry dishes.
YONGE & BLOOR
The warm and inviting interior at Wish is ideal for couples to get to know one and other. The eclectic menu offers something for any appetite and the wine list boasts bottles and by the glass selections.
YONGE & EGLINTON
Little Sister is a fun street hawker-inspired snack bar that serves up a assemblage of shareable plates including satay skewers and rendang tacos. The place can get packed, so impress your date by booking a table in advance.
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Lead photo of Lamesa.
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