10 Amazing Restaurants for Memorable Holiday Dinners

Hungry for a memorable holiday feast? Toronto’s your city. Our eclectic culinary scene is the perfect place to celebrate the season, beyond the usual turkey and mashed potatoes.

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

Cafe Belong in Evergreen Brick Works
Cafe Belong
Photo courtesy of Tom Arban

Cafe Belong

Nestled in Evergreen Brickworks, a beautiful valley in the city, and renowned for its inventive use of local produce, meats 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:550 Bayview Avenue

Contact: 416-901-8234

Dinner at Terroni Toronto's Queen Street location.
Terroni on Queen Street West

Terroni

The bustling trattoria Terroni is much loved by locals for its boisterous, family-friendly vibe and soulful Southern Italian cuisine, including pastas and wood-fired pizza. There are three locations across the city and the kitchen is open late.

Location: 720 Queen Street West

Contact: 416-504-0320

Location: 57 Adelaide Street East

Contact: 416-203-3093

Location: 1095 Yonge Street

Contact: 416-925-4020

Hapa Izakaya

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

Location: 602 College Street West

Contact: 647-748-4272

Globe Bistro

Farm-to-table delicacies populate the seasonal menus of the acclaimed Globe Bistro. 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.

Location: 124 Danforth Avenue

Contact: 416-466-2000

Food from Bindia Indian Bistro
Bindia Indian Bistro

Bindia Indian Bistro

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

Location: 16 Market Street

Contact: 416-863-0000

Pho Pasteur

Craving 2:00 a.m. noodles? Pho Pasteur is a 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: 525 Dundas Street West

Contact: 416-351-7188

Momofuku Kojin

Momofuku Kojin

Chef David Chang’s three-storey Momofuku Toronto consists of three different restaurant experiences. The third floor’s Kojin, is a warm retreat inspired by Chef Paula Navarrete’s childhood in Colombia spent around the grill, combined with her passion for Ontario’s meat and produce. Set in a modernist glass cube, Kojin provides a magical holiday dining environment. Pre-book a large-format meal, for a family-style feast.

Location: 190 University Avenue

Contact: 647-253-6227

Los Colibris

Los Colibris

At 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: 111 Richmond Street West (inside Assembly Chef’s Hall

Contact: 647-557-5993

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? Pearl Harbourfront’s’s dim sum brunch is epic.

Location: 207 Queens Quay West

Contact: 416-203-1233

Patria

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

Location: 480 King Street West

Contact: 416-367-0505

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