We hate to be the bearers of bad news, but no matter how awesome you think your personality is, the spot you choose for date night will ultimately make or break your relationship.
Date nights, according to couples therapy experts, are pre-planned evenings spent away from day-to-day responsibilities and are psychologically proven to help with the following:
- Rekindling the flame
- Switching things up
We’ve done some of the work for you and rounded up top date night spots in the Toronto Entertainment District to accomplish each of these things.
The rest… is up to you.
295 Adelaide St. W
To plan date night at Figo is a move. It’s Italian, so what do you expect? It’s romantic, it’s chic, it’s downright picture-perfect. You’ll be hard pressed to not ask the waiter to take a photo of the two of you for the ‘gram.
Whether it’s a first date or fiftieth date, it’ll show them you’re in it for the long haul and you’re committed to pleasing their heart and hearty appetite.
11 Duncan St.
Sit back and relax in Byblos’ moody, inviting and aesthetically pleasing dining quarters. You’ll be transported to the Mediterranean, with stress vanishing into thin air.
There are plenty of shareable plates if you’re in that stage of the relationship. Either way, make sure each of you leave room for dessert with treats like stuffed baklava and hazelnut chocolate mousse.
After all, it’s a celeb hotspot during TIFF… and celebrities never stress, right?
Pancho y Emiliano
291 King St. W
Just like all the best Mexican eateries, Pancho y Emiliano is perfect for a family-style date night! Break the ice by ordering a table-full of dishes, getting all up in each other’s business and discovering what each of you enjoy.
The atmosphere here is lively and laid-back – perfect for unwinding and giving you both the opportunity to communicate openly.
Trust us, tacos make everything better.
Rekindling The Flame:
Melrose on Adelaide
270 Adelaide St. W #300
This is the quintessential date night spot. Candle-lit, charcuterie boards (there’s even a vegan option), oysters and wine? The flame will quite literally be rekindled. Nothing says romance like moody lighting, good food and great drinks.
Rob Granicolo, formerly at Mother Tongue, picked Melrose as his go-to date spot in the Toronto Entertainment District for its intimate ambiance and wide selection of sharing plates.
You’ll definitely level-up with this one.
Switching Things Up:
Yuzu No Hana
236 Adelaide St. W
In a rut? Can’t get out of the same, boring routine? Yuzu No Hana is not only a spectacular sushi spot, its pristine plating and sake selections will knock your socks off. From Omakase to its artisan array of sashimi and maki, you’ll both revel in the novelty.
Plus, end the night on a sweet note with its Yuzu Crème Brulee or Matcha Tiramisu.
Salvage date night forever with our top picks and let us know how you enjoy each spot.
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