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The 23 most romantic restaurants in Toronto by neighbourhood

The most romantic restaurants in Toronto by neighbourhood are adorable, cozy, welcoming, dimly-lit and delicious spots. They're located in every corner of the city and are ready when you want to take out a new date or an old flame.

Here are my picks for the most romantic restaurants in Toronto by neighbourhood.

ANNEX
Bar Begonia is Anthony Rose's Parisian-style cocktail bar on Dupont with a bit of a Brooklyn vibe. It features old-timey curved wooden benches reminiscent of the ones in classic train stations, marble tables and contoured drawings of naked ladies on the walls.

CABBAGETOWN
F'Amelia is a cute Italian restaurant in Cabbagetown that serves up fresh pasta, pizza, meat, fish and tasty desserts - all with a Northern Italian flare. Lots of small plates for sharing, half price bottles of wine on Wednesdays and a cozy European vibe make this a great spot for two.

CHINATOWN
If romance is defined by low ceilings, dim lights, cozy corner tables and plates for sharing, then People's Eatery is your spot. It gets lively with DJs and drinks if your date goes long.

CHURCH WELLESLEY VILLAGE
Smith carries a comfortable, sweet and classy country vibe throughout its entire three stories. The decor, wine list and menu all encourage you to stay a while, and slowly take it in.

DANFORTH
The aromas, ambiance and welcoming hosts are what make Rendez-Vous a great romantic dinner getaway. Ethiopian cuisine is this restaurant's specialty and it's important to remember utensils are entirely unwelcome here. Let your guard down and let the amazing food and vibe take over.

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DUNDAS WEST
Campagnolo feels luxurious and a bit fancy, but the pricing and ambiance are not. This homey Italian restaurant will transport you out of Toronto into some European corner eatery, where you can lazily drink wine, eat bread and pasta with someone who makes your heart flutter.

EAST CHINATOWN
Saturday Dinette is a modern take on the classic diner - though here, the deep fryer has been retired, while hearty comfort food still reigns supreme. This place attracts a younger crowd and the kitchen is staffed by young women from YWCA training programs. Romance with real heart.

EGLINTON WEST
7 Numbers is small and there are no frills except for the service and the incredible food. Bring someone here if you want to impress with them with authentic Italian cuisine.

FINANCIAL DISTRICT
The Chase features a gorgeous 75-seat patio with sweeping views of the Financial District. It's a very impressive and romantic restaurant with a view and menu to die for. Not only is it a delicious spot to eat at, but you can also linger here with post-dinner cocktails and desserts.

JUNCTION TRIANGLE
Angolino is an intimate spot that's perfect for a romantic dinner. Angolino means little nook or corner in Italian, and this place really reflects its name. Head here for classic Italian specialties and yummy cocktails.

KENSINGTON MARKET
El Rey is a Grant van Gameren gem with raw brick, arched doorways and terracotta accents that contribute to the rustic vibe. Take a mezcal lover here, as well as someone who likes to share and sit close.

KING EAST
Pearl Diver is a seafood destination where cozy booths are made of repurposed old wooden church pews from the Anglican Diocese of Toronto across the street and there's a "hot tub" VIP table. Plus, what's more romantic than sharing a plate of fresh-shucked oysters?

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KING WEST
This Lee family and Drake collaboration sports a hip lounge-like feel mixed with elements of whimsy and gothic chic. Fring's boasts lots of booths, dim-lights, creative cocktails and a menu packed with comfort food. Just beware of wait times and dress up.

LESLIEVILLE
Maple Leaf Tavern is an old bar with a contemporary finish. There's a wood fire grill, lots of wood detailing, deep, private booths and stained glass touches. This is a romantic spot for a quiet night out, free of annoying trends and crowds.

LITTLE ITALY
Amongst all the hoopla of this College and Bathurst intersection is one of Toronto's most delicious, consistent and best-kept secrets. Pomegranate is a hot little spot resplendent with all kinds of Iranian furnishings, from rugs to a tiled goldfish pool.

OSSINGTON
A bit of laid back romance is always needed and this cute Ossington spot will most definitely provide it. From the team behind Bar Fancy, Superpoint features lots of twinkling lights and beautiful brick walls. It's a playful spot for a light-hearted meet up.

PARKDALE
The Local is a tiny dining destination that's simple, rustic and warm. Lots of sharing options, a local wine menu and Parkdale-inspired decor all encourage lots of close talking and foot mingling.

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QUEEN WEST
Alo Restaurant is on the third floor of the building at the southeast corner of Queen and Spadina. It's not the most romantic location in Toronto, until you make your way up the stairs to one of the best restaurants in the city right now.

RIVERSIDE
Local ingredients are the main focus of the well-known east side restaurant Ruby Watchco. It's a cozy spot and the food is served family-style. This is the place to impress a budding romance with some of the most delicious food in the city.

RONCESVALLES
The Ace is a Roncesvalles favourite that's a very tight fit, but if you can get in, you'll thank your lucky, romantic stars. It's the ultimate date spot with very close seating, extremely friendly staff and a menu filled with comfort food.

WEST QUEEN WEST
There is no cuter spot on West Queen West than Dandylion. There's just something about the narrow, sleek, rustic space that's inviting and classy, but never pretentious. It ain't cheap, but the 30-seat dining room is served from a gas-free kitchen and features a heavily curated menu and wine/beer list.

YONGE AND ST CLAIR
Cava is a great Spanish tapas spot for a quick and quaint night out; nothing too fancy or extravagant.

YORKVILLE
Brothers is a narrow restaurant that sits atop Bay subway station and serves a Mediterranean-influenced menu. It has an affordable wine list and small dishes on the menu.

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Photos by Jesse Milns and Hector Vasquez.


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