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Guide: 8 perfect spots for Dinner and a Movie in Toronto

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It’s a classic date night idea, a tried and true activity with pals, and the perfect way to spend some time with the fam (or escape them). It’s dinner and a movie Toronto! We’ve got lots of theatres and lots of great places to eat, so planning a night out can be a little tricky. To help you out, we gathered a little guide to tell you where you should grab a bite before enjoying a flick.

Here’s our guide to the best places to enjoy dinner and a movie in Toronto!

East Toronto

Fox Theatre

The Fox is famous for showcasing plenty of classic and arthouse films you can’t find at pretty much any other spot in Toronto. Just down the street, you can hop in for some classic, elegant Italian dishes at Veloute Bistro. Also, hit it up on Tuesdays and you’ll be treated to Buck-a-shuck Oysters.

isabella's boutique restaurant dinner and a movie toronto

After the flick, finish off the night with a delectable Japanese dessert from Isabella’s Boutique Restaurant. Trust us, a dinner and a movie night in Toronto won’t end much sweeter than this.

The Beach Cinemas

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When catching a flick near The Beach Triangle, hit up Rorschach Brewing for tasty snacks and even tastier brews. Want to class it up a tad? You’re in luck, Sauvignon Bistro is just down the street and offers up top-notch fare along with an impressive wine selection.

Downtown

Imagine Cinemas Market Square

Within a couple of blocks of this Old Toronto theatre, you’ll find dozens of great spots for a bite to eat. For the perfect dinner and a movie options, here are our picks: Terroni for some movie night ‘za or Pearl Diver for some down-home seafood delights. Enjoy!

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Scotiabank Theatre Toronto

Scotiabank Theatre sits in the foodie heaven that is the Entertainment District. It’s hard to choose just a few places for a perfect dinner and a movie night here, but we’ll narrow it down. Drake One Fifty is a very trendy and great for dates, and Patria serves up plenty of delicious Spanish tapas and paella.

But, choosing one and only one, we’ve got to say the exquisite Mediterannean served up at Byblos should be your top pick.

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Cineplex Varsity

Near Cineplex Varsity, you’ve got everything that Bloor West has to offer (which is a lot). To keep it simple and stay right by the theatre, grab a plant-based bite at Planta or venture over to Sassafrazz for some French-inspired cuisine. Voila!

Cinesphere

If you’re in the mood to check out an IMAX movie at Ontario Place, you’re probably going to want to keep your pre-dinner meal to small plates. After all, motion sickness can strike even the steeliest of tummies in a theatre like that. Swing by Chantecler Restaurant for small French plates with big taste, or go global at the low key Dandylion. (So low key that it’s ranked the #6 best restaurant in Canada)

West

Revue Cinema

Much like the Fox Theatre, Revue plays odd flicks and caters to flocks of cinephiles. One night here that would be perfect for a Toronto dinner and a movie is their Saturday night series “Drunken Cinema”.

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This obviously involves more drinks than food, so for dinner let’s keep things classic and hit up the eclectic restaurant and wine bar, The Ace.

Kingsway Theatre

The Kingsway is another eclectic spot fit for movie lovers of all sorts, so we’ll point out a few more options here. Just down the street is Momiji , a solid pick for sushi and noodles, while about 5 great Italian spots surround the Kingsway Theatre. Honestly, no spot is a bad spot!

Now, what movie should you see once your done feasting? Well, we’ve got you covered for that too.

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