Searching for last-minute date ideas? Look no further, Riverside BIA has put together a list of some of our favourite date night spots. From great cider to beautiful bouquets of flowers, be sure to check out all of the local gems right in the neighbourhood.
Brickworks Cider House is a local favourite that offers a variety of ciders as well as a delicious menu that pairs perfectly with the ciders. Brickworks Cider House offers plenty of seating and their open concepts allows the positive ambience to travel through the place. Be sure to try the Queen St 501 cider to get the true Riverside experience.
For those looking for a special night out and are willing to spend a bit more, Ruby Watcho is a must. Chef Lynn Crawford and Chef Lora Kirk are two of Canadian culinary masters that offer a new menu every night at their restaurant. The prix fixe menu offers locally sourced ingredients and is willing to accommodate dietary needs as well as provide vegetarian options if interested.
The Peasant Table offers the perfect date spot for both lunch and dinner or weekend brunch. The Peasant Table takes a German approach to Italian inspired dishes while adding a unique twist to everything. Be sure to pair your meal with one of their signature cocktails and their daily dessert special.
The Broadview Hotel has cemented itself as one of Toronto’s chicest and trendiest dining destinations, featuring 3 eateries and a special 7th floor (rooftop) tower reserved for special events. The main floor dining room, The Civic, was named one of Toronto’s ‘Best New Restaurants‘ in 2018, and 0ffers a menu with a focus on hyper-seasonality offerings.
The Cafe/Bar located on the main floor serves up more casual fare ranging from cocktails, to coffee and croissants and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
The Rooftop Bar is the showstopper of the bunch, featuring a 360° glass facade and an expansive rooftop terrace with views over the Don River and Toronto Skyline. Offering small shareable bites and a selection of drinks/cocktails, The Rooftop Bar is the perfect location for an intimate evening with partners or friends!
Gift Giving Tip
Because nothing says a perfect date better than a fresh bouquet of flowers. Quince Flowers has been in the Riverside community for over 20 years and is always there to provide the most beautiful floral arrangements for all occasions. Quince Flowers has been working hard to make sure that there are a variety of unique and meaningful arrangements for everyone Valentines Day. Be sure to call today to organize your arrangement!
Irish Design House
Looking for quirky and curated Irish goods for both men and women? Look no further than The Irish Design House! A passion for quality and handmade products is what led owners Sinéad Clarke and Benny Corrigan to open this Riverside gem.
Tiny Record Shop
If you’re on the hunt for a unique record or a classic hit, the Tiny Record Shop is where you will be sure to find it. Their new renovation has allowed them to hold even more records and display them in an easily accessible manner. A record is a perfect gift for a loved one, a friend or for yourself! And if you aren’t sure what records you want, there are some very helpful staff members who are more than happy to help you out.
Explore a wide selection of products handmade by local artisans at Arts Market. Empowering local creators by offering retail space for rent with no commission or long term contracts, Arts Market prides itself on their diverse selection of 175+ creators. There’s no shortage of gift options here!
Spend the night with a bit of live music, dancing and great food! Grab a bite beforehand at the Grill for some yummy Greek food and enjoy a show. This month the Opera House is hosting a variety of artists from Corrosion of Conformity to The Neal Morse Band. Pick up two tickets online and surprise your significant other with a night out!
Fans of the Leafs, Raptors, or the Jays? Enjoy the next game at Jasper Dandy! With two rooms filled with TV’s broadcasting all of Toronto’s favourite sports teams, Jasper Dandy makes for a fun social night out! Order some wings and beer and cheer your heart out with a room full of Toronto lovers.
Enjoy a unique experience by trying the worlds best coffee roasters, winemakers, craft breweries, and whiskey distillers. Boxcar Social offers an educational experience where you are able to learn about the origins and the story behind the ingredients while enjoying them at the same time.