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10 Great Restaurants for Holiday Dinners

Hungry for a memorable holiday feast? Toronto’s your city. Our exuberantly eclectic culinary scene is the perfect place to celebrate the season, no matter what your taste. ShareThis

Many of these restaurants are open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Hours may be limited so contact restaurants directly for details.

Momofuku Daisho

1. Cafe Belong

Nestled in a beautiful valley in the heart of the city and renowned for its inventive use of local food and wine, Cafe Belong is a casual yet refined dining experience. Chef Brad Long is recognized as one of the top chefs in Canada and is a passionate advocate for sustainable farming.

Location: Evergreen Brick Works

Open: Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve

CafeBelong.ca

2. Terroni

This bustling trattoria is much loved by locals for its boisterous, family-friendly vibe and soulful Southern Italian cuisine, including pastas and wood-fired pizza. Open late.

Location: Queen Street West (plus three other locations)

Open: Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve

Terroni.com

3. Hapa Izakaya

Located in trendy Little Italy, this eco-conscious Japanese hotspot (all seafood is OceanWise-certified wild-caught) was ranked among the top-five North American izakayas by Bon Apetit.

Location: College Street

Open: Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day

HapaToronto.com

4. Pho Pasteur

Craving 2 a.m. noodles? This 24-hour Vietnamese haunt earns raves for its late-night pho. It’s dishing out the deliciousness all day and night during the holidays, just in case you need a cheap and cheerful meal in between all that feasting.

Location: Chinatown

Open: Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day

5. Globe Bistro

Farm-to-table delicacies populate the seasonal menus of this acclaimed neighbourhood restaurant. Book a private room for your holiday feast, or dine by the open kitchen and watch Chef Dan Sanders and his crew work their magic.

Don’t miss our Q&A with Globe Bistro’s proprietor, Ed Ho. Read Trend Watch: Holiday 2015.

Location: Greektown

Open: New Year’s Eve

GlobeBistro.com

Bindia Indian Bistro

6. Bindia Indian Bistro

Toronto abounds in all-you-can-eat Indian buffets, but the festive season calls for an upgrade. Bindia’s nouveau Indian menu is just the thing for a modern holiday feast (with many vegetarian options), in a sleek, contemporary-casual environment.

Location: Old Town

Open: Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day

Bindia.com

7. Momofuku Daisho

Chef David Chang’s three-storey Momofuku Toronto consists of four different restaurant experiences. The third floor’s Daisho, a contemporary, pan-Asian steakhouse, is set in a modernist glass cube for a magical holiday dining environment. Pre-book a large-format meal, for a family-style feast.

Location: University Avenue

Open: Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve

Daisho.com

8. Los Colibris

Chef Elia Hererra’s trademark dish, Chilies en Nogada (poblano peppers, stuffed with fresh seasonal ingredients, plus pork picadillo and raw walnut sauce), is crafted from 32 ingredients, exemplifying her exacting take on authentic Mexican cuisine.

Location: Entertainment District

Open: Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day

LosColibris.com

Los Colibris

9. Pearl Harbourfront Chinese Cuisine

This waterfront mainstay offers panoramic Lake Ontario views and crowd-pleasing traditional Chinese fare, including special group menus. Can’t make it for dinner? The dim sum brunch is epic.

Location: Harbourfront

Open: Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day

PearlHarbourfront.com

10. Patria

Feast on mouthwatering jamon croquettes, traditional paella and authentically prepared seafood at this warm, woodsy and artful tapas eatery. Got a group? A family-style group menu creates a homespun touch for your big feast.

Location: King Street West

Open: Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day

PatriaToronto.com

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