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Friday Night Bites: tables for two at One, Auberge du Pommier and Pizzeria Libretto

FRIDAY NIGHT BITESIt’s 4 p.m. on Friday, and you don’t have a dinner reservation. Still, there’s no need to fret (or waste your night waiting for a table). We just called some of the city’s hottest restaurants and found three that can squeeze in two for dinner tonight. Now it’s up to you to get dialing and snag a table before they’re all gone. Today: One, Auberge du Pommier, and Pizzeria Libretto. 

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Friday Night Bites: tables for two at Scaramouche, Buonanotte and Bar Isabel

FRIDAY NIGHT BITESIt’s 4 p.m. on Friday, and you don’t have a dinner reservation. Still, there’s no need to fret (or waste your night waiting for a table). We just called some of the city’s hottest restaurants and found three that can squeeze in two for dinner tonight. Now it’s up to you to get dialing and snag a table before they’re all gone. Today: Scaramouche, Buonanotte, and Bar Isabel. 

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Friday Night Bites: tables for two at Yours Truly, Lee and Bannock

FRIDAY NIGHT BITESIt’s 4 p.m. on Friday, and you don’t have a dinner reservation. Still, there’s no need to fret (or waste your night waiting for a table). We just called some of the city’s hottest restaurants and found three that can squeeze in two for dinner tonight. Now it’s up to you to get dialing and snag a table before they’re all gone. Today: Yours Truly, Lee, and Bannock. 

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Friday Night Bites: tables for two at Ruby Watchco, F’Amelia and Marben

FRIDAY NIGHT BITESIt’s 4 p.m. on Friday, and you don’t have a dinner reservation. Still, there’s no need to fret (or waste your night waiting for a table). We just called some of the city’s hottest restaurants and found three that can squeeze in two for dinner tonight. Now it’s up to you to get dialing and snag a table before they’re all gone. Today: Ruby Watchco, F’Amelia and Marben.

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Trend We Hate: lineups

Trend We Hate: LineupsEver since the late aughts, when Pizzeria Libretto, The Black Hoof and Guu opened with strict no-reservations policies, lineups have become a normal part of eating out. In a new restaurant’s buzzy first weeks, waits can last three hours (see Electric Mud BBQ). Whether it’s the dead of winter or the dog days of summer, we loathe lining up.

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Friday Night Bites: tables for two at Splendido, Frank’s Kitchen and North 44°

FRIDAY NIGHT BITESIt’s 4 p.m. on Friday, and you don’t have a dinner reservation. Still, there’s no need to fret (or waste your night waiting for a table). We just called some of the city’s hottest restaurants and found three that can squeeze in two for dinner tonight. Now it’s up to you to get dialing and snag a table before they’re all gone. Today: Splendido, Frank’s Kitchen and North 44°.

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Perennially busy Guu Izakaya now takes reservations

(Image: Renée Suen)

The izakaya infamous for long line-ups is finally taking reservations.  Guu is the latest formerly first-come, first-serve restaurant to start booking tables this year, joining fellow trendy, line-up laden hot spots like Ortolan and Pizzeria Libretto. But the new policy, announced January 2 via Twitter, hasn’t resulted in a full reservation book and people are still huddled outside Guu’s door Wednesdays through Saturdays. Given the unrelenting crowds, we suspect the slow uptake is more a failure of marketing rather than a lack of interest.

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Friday Night Bites: tables for two at Splendido, Chiado and Stock

FRIDAY NIGHT BITESIt’s 4 p.m. on Friday, and you don’t have a dinner reservation. Still, there’s no need to fret (or waste your night waiting for a table). We just called some of the city’s hottest restaurants and found three that can squeeze in two for dinner tonight. Now it’s up to you to get dialing and snag a table before they’re all gone. Today: Splendido, Chiado and Stock.

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Friday Night Bites: tables for two at The Harbord Room, Farmhouse Tavern and F’Amelia

FRIDAY NIGHT BITESIt’s 4 p.m. on Friday, and you don’t have a dinner reservation. Still, there’s no need to fret (or waste your night waiting for a table). We just called some of the city’s hottest restaurants and found three that can squeeze in two for dinner tonight. Now it’s up to you to get dialing and snag a table before they’re all gone. Today: The Harbord Room, Farmhouse Tavern and F’Amelia.

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The Dish Power Rankings: The Valentine’s madness edition

Toronto Life’s weekly assessment of the restaurants with the biggest buzz, the longest lineups and the toughest tables to snag.

Edulis’s charming (and tiny) dining room propels the restaurant to the top this week on the strength of its Valentine’s bookings. Lower down, a couple new sold-out tasting menus debut, as does College Street’s next hot brunch destination.

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Winterlicious 2013 Last Call: the scoop on the hot restaurants that still have tables available

Unusually, there are still a few tables available at Canoe this year (Image: Renée Suen)

Winterlicious ends on Thursday, but not before the dramatic final push, during which diners inundate their favourite ’licious restaurants with calls in the hopes of squeezing themselves into a cancellation. We called the 10 most-clicked on restaurants from our 61 Best Bets to find your best shot at scoring a table.

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Friday Night Bites: tables for two at Chantecler, Marben and Bestellen

FRIDAY NIGHT BITESIt’s 4 p.m. on Friday, and you don’t have a dinner reservation. Still, there’s no need to fret (or waste your night waiting for a table). We just called some of the city’s hottest restaurants and found three that can squeeze in two for dinner tonight. Now it’s up to you to get dialing and snag a table before they’re all gone. Today: Chantecler, Marben and Bestellen.

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Trend We Love: wait list–only restaurants that are now taking reservations

The County General now takes lunch reservations (Image: Laurent Hilaire)

No one likes spending hours in the cold waiting for a table at a hot new restaurant. But ever since The Black Hoof opened in 2008, it’s become de rigueur for new spots to spurn reservations in favour of buzz-building lineups out the door. Thankfully, there are signs of change, and some of those very restaurants have now recanted from their earlier ways. We’ve rounded up the most recent places to make the switch below:

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Friday Night Bites: tables for two at Table 17, The Gabardine and Ruby Watchco

FRIDAY NIGHT BITESIt’s 4 p.m. on Friday, and you don’t have a dinner reservation. Still, there’s no need to fret (or waste your night waiting for a table). We just called some of the city’s hottest restaurants and found three that can squeeze in two for dinner tonight. Now it’s up to you to get dialing and snag a table before they’re all gone. Today: Table 17, The Gabardine and Ruby Watchco.

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Friday Night Bites: tables for two at Dyne, Glas Wine Bar and JaBistro

FRIDAY NIGHT BITESIt’s 4 p.m. on Friday, and you don’t have a dinner reservation. Still, there’s no need to fret (or waste your night waiting for a table). We just called some of the city’s hottest restaurants and found three that can squeeze in two for dinner tonight. Now it’s up to you to get dialing and snag a table before they’re all gone. Today: Dyne, Glas Wine Bar and JaBistro.

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