How many times have your friends shut you down for dinner? We've all been placed in that situation, where you're in the mood to eat out but you don't want to go alone.
FYI there are many places in Toronto with super comforting and social atmospheres, which don't make it awkward for you to dine by yourself. Whether you're looking to grab a quick bite, have the full dining experience or take a seat in the lounge for a drink alone, here are some options for you to choose from in Toronto:
1. Noodle Bar @ Momofuku // 190 University Ave
If you're looking for a casual spot for dinner with quick service, Noodle Bar is the place to go. Enjoy their mouth-watering steamed buns or bowl of ramen that will both hit the perfect spot in your tummy. Plus, I doubt you'd want to slurp on noodles while you're on a date. You can also satisfy that sweet tooth by grabbing a cup of ice cream from the Milk Bar.
2. Richmond Station // 1 Richmond St W.
It's totally acceptable to single out on dinner at Richmond Station. The restaurant is co-owned by one of Canada's Top Chefs and is located in the bubbly part of the downtown core. Their motto is to serve delicious food and provide excellent hospitality, let me tell you they sure do a great job at it. The venue is very tiny and intimate, which allows staff to be attentive towards all guests.
3. Café Boulud // 60 Yorkville Ave.
This chic brasserie is located inside the Four Seasons and it will make anyone feel welcome, even if you come alone. Indulge in a fine dining yet casual experience, while eating tasty French cuisine such as the rotisserie chicken. If you're confident enough to continue the night on your own, make your way to dBar, the lounge located on the ground floor (they have a patio too!)
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4. King Street Social Kitchen and Bar // 370 King Street W.
Yes, indeed this is a hot spot in Toronto for conversing. King Street Social is located in Toronto's entertainment district, inside the Hyatt Regency. The restaurant is quite spacious and is designed with a sleek and modern look. Many people go here for post-work food and drinks, so don't worry you won't be the only one hanging around.
5. Flaming Bull // 378 Bloor St W.
The Flaming Bull has a very warm and welcoming atmosphere. The food is delicious, the service is super quick and the prices are reasonably priced. There's absolutely nothing wrong with dining by yourself at this restaurant, in fact many people come for dinner here on their alone time (the staff is really friendly and will keep you company!)
6. Bar Fancy // 1070 Queen St W.
You can totally hit up Bar Fancy on your own! If you're looking to grab a quick bite and a drink hit up this resto bar on Queen St. W! The food is cheap, the atmosphere is jolly, the decor is comforting and there is an open kitchen. When I say cheap, I'm talking $2 fried chicken... Yes it's true.
7. Fat Pasha // 414 Dupont St.
Fat Pasha is a super trendy eatery which specializes in Middle Eastern and European Jewish cuisine. It only seats 45 people and that is why your experience will be so personal. The staff is very friendly and help you differ Israeli and Sephardic cuisines to accommodate your taste buds. There are also many vegetarian options!
8. Sassafraz // 100 Cumberland St.
Located in the heart of Yorkville, Sassafraz has been around long enough for many people to enjoy dining alone. Take a seat on their patio, sip on exquisite wine paired with the soy glazed diver scallops and gaze at the beautiful people of Toronto walking by.