Skip the cooking and cleaning this year and leave dinner to the pros. There are plenty of restaurants in Toronto serving up Thanksgiving feasts over the long weekend, meaning you can make the most of your time by spending it stress-free with family and friends.
In a perfect world, we’d all be up to the task of whipping up a magazine spread-worthy Thanksgiving feast (and whistling while we wash the mountain of dishes afterwards). But that level of culinary (and zen) skill is not in everyone’s wheelhouse, so you might as well give thanks this Thanksgiving 2016 weekend for someone else’s prowess in the kitchen.
Here are Vv Magazine’s list of the best restaurants open for Thanksgiving 2016 in Toronto:
Everyone’s favourite 24 hour diner will be serving their classic Thanksgiving dinner from Saturday, October 8 to Monday, October 10.
Mariposa Thanksgiving Brunch Cruise
Get out onto the water one last time before the weather gets cold! Mariposa will be serving up a classic brunch with cinnamon-smothered french toast, fresh fruit and hickory smoked bacon on Sunday, October 9. Tickets are $49.95 for adults and $25.95 for kids.
Get your fill of turkey from the restaurant that does Canadian comfort food best. On Saturday, October 8 and Monday, October 10 from 5pm onwards, enjoy a festive Thanksgiving dinner feast at Bannock. On Sunday, October 9 and Monday, October 10 Bannock will be open for brunch with festive specials. The grab & go counter will be open on Monday, October 10 from 9am-5pm.
From Saturday, October 8 to Monday, October 10, get your Thanksgiving started bright and early with brunch beginning at 10 am, or stop in after 4 pm for Thanksgiving specials at King West’s Canteen. The grab & go counter is open Monday, October 10 from 10am-9pm.
Stop by Old Mill for a special Thanksgiving buffet brunch or dinner on Sunday October 9 and Monday, October 10th. The buffets will feature traditional holiday faves like carved Ontario turkey with savoury stuffing, mulled cranberry sauce, an array of seafood specialities, pasta, prime rib, potatoes, decadent cakes, tortes, pastries and more. The brunch buffet is $39.95 per person and the dinner buffet is $42.95 per person. Children are $19.95 each.
Head over to the Trump Tower for a special 3-course prix fixe Thanksgiving menu from Saturday, October 8 to Monday, October 10. For $65 per person, enjoy options like golden nugget squash soup, America roasted turkey feast (slow cooked breast and crispy leg, yukon golden mash, brussel sprouts, cranberry sauce and pan gravy), Osprey Bluffs honey glazed ham (braised cabbage, roast yams, Nova Scotia seaside blueberry), and Autumn harvest pumpkin pie.
O&B Café Grill Bayview Village
Oliver & Bonacini will be serving up Thanksgiving dinner specials from Saturday, October 8 to Monday, October 10.
O&B Café Grill Oakville
If you’re in Oakville, you’re in for a Thanksgiving treat! Oliver & Bonacini is offering a Thanksgiving prix fixe dinner from Saturday, October 8 to Monday, October 10. The 3-course menu is $28 per person and features dishes like roasted apple & chestnut soup, oven roasted turkey breast, roast beef, flourless chocolate cake and pumpkin pie. Diners can also take their turkey dinner to go! For groups of 6 or more, get roasted turkey breast and braised leg, sage bread stuffing, cranberry sauce, savoury turkey gravy, buttermilk mashed potatoes and roasted local root vegetables for only $20 per person. Orders will be taken until October 5.
O&B Café Grill Yonge & Front
Oliver & Bonacini’s downtown outpost will be offering Thanksgiving dinner specials from Sunday, October 9 to Monday, October 10. The dinner menu includes roasted squash soup, heirloom beet salad, roasted turkey and pumpkin cheesecake.
Chef de Cuisine Sylvain Assie is putting on a 3-course Thanksgiving Feast from Sunday, October 9 to Monday, October 10 at Café Boulud. The menu will feature a bevy of autumnal treats such as Suckling Pig, Roasted Heritage Turkey, and Pumpkin Cheesecake. This sumptuous 3-course prix fixe is on offer Sunday, October 9 and Monday, October 10 for $85 per person. We strongly recommend securing your spot now.
On Thanksgiving day (Monday, October 10), head to Signs for a hearty 3-course feast including soup, classic turkey dinner, dessert and wine for $32.99 per person.
The Drake Hotel
It’s best to book early for this Thanksgiving feast. The Drake Hotel will be serving up their annual turkey dinner on Sunday, October 9, complete with turkey, all the fixings, a glass of wine, and dessert. The prix fixe feast is $35 per person.
Colette Grand Cafe
Stop by Colette for their indulgent Thanksgiving brunch buffet on Sunday, October 9 and enjoy a festive selection at $65 per person.
EPIC Restaurant at the Fairmont Royal York
Enjoy Thanksgiving with family and friends at the Fairmont Royal York where EPIC will be preparing an opulent 4-course prix fixe meal for $89 per person. The menu includes butternut squash soup, farm greens, traditional roasted turkey and pumpkin cheesecake.
The Local Gest
Serving up one of the more affordable Thanksgiving feasts is The Local Gest. On Sunday, October 9 and 10th, head to this Parliament restaurant to enjoy a traditional turkey dinner with roasted, mashed garlic potatoes, mixed vegetables, stuffing, gravy and cranberry sauce for only $19.95 per person.
Another affordable Thanksgiving dinner option is College St. staple, Sneaky Dee’s. This year’s turkey feast includes roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, veggies, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce and a dinner roll for $18.95 per person. Finish it off with a slice of pumpkin pie ($4.25) or a pumpkin chocolate chip cupcake ($3.00). Service is available Sunday, October 9 after 4pm and all day Monday, October 10.
For a more upscale Thanksgiving, head to Momofuku Daishō. On Sunday, October 9, they’ll be serving up a special four-course prix fixe dinner featuring pull apart rolls, roasted chicken, pork sausage stuffing, scallop potatoes, brussels sprouts, maple butter tarts and more. Dinner is $70 per person.
The Blake House
Head to the Blake House from Friday, October 7 to Monday, October 10 to enjoy a Thanksgiving turkey roast with all the trimming and apple cinnamon crumble for only $23 per person.
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