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Date Spots for Valentine’s Day Dinner

Surprise that special someone by handing them the cheque

Contrary to Dickens’ eternal wisdom, February is probably the worst month for law students. The 1L recruit drags on, either with a steady drip of PFOs or by having to give up your reading week to attend in-firm interviews. Moot run-throughs take a chunk of time out of an already reading-packed schedule. Oh, and it feels like -25º C when you finally crawl out of Bora Laskin, long past sunset.

But in all this, there’s a bright spot: on Valentine’s Day restaurants boast special menus and romantic festivities are more than enough justification to take a night off for even the most dedicated student. So, grab your bae (or your foodie friend), and head to any of these spots for a night away from Tory’s Hall.


15 Charles Street East (at Yonge Street)

(647) 475-4436

A new arrival in the school neighborhood, Constantine was conceptualized by the team behind Dundas West favorite La Palma. The menu is a blend of Italian and Middle Eastern cuisines, with special features available for Valentine’s Day. A wine pairing option is also available, if you’re looking to indulge.


111 Queen Street East (at Jarvis Street)

(647) 496-8275

Located a convenient, ten-minute walk from the financial district, this one is great for sneaking away to dinner straight from work. For the occasion, the chef has prepared a four-course dinner menu, which, combined with an extensive list of wine pairings, will definitely make for a memorable night.

Bar Isabel

797 College Street (at Ossington Avenue)

(416) 532-2222

This cozy nook in Little Italy may be pricey, but it’s worth it for making you feel like you’re on a vacation in Spain for a night. The space is dimly lit and romantic, and the cocktails are to die for. Bar Isabel is also known for A+ service that’s sure to impress on a special night.


100 Cumberland Street (at Bay Street)

(416) 964-2222

Another favorite near the school, this spot boasts amazing cocktails and stellar desserts. If you feel like lingering around after your meal, you can move to the S Café for a more lounge feel. This is also a great option if you have to move your celebratory plans a day up—Lady Be Good will be playing on the 15th, which will help you make it up to your date for your erratic schedule.

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