Whether you’re looking for something fancy or something laid back, you’ll find a restaurant on this list that’ll fulfill your Christmas Day needs.
Whatever your plans are on Christmas Day, one thing is certain, we’ll all be cramming our mouths full of food as we continue to enjoy the holiday festivities. That being said, with a lot of food, comes a lot of dishes and clean-up often happens just as the turkey coma is peaking. Luckily, dishes are avoidable… if you eat out! Take a well-deserved break from home cooking this year and head out to one of these Toronto restaurants instead.
Here is Vv Magazine’s list of best restaurants open on Christmas Day in Toronto:
60 Yorkville Ave
Cafe Boulud doesn’t close for Christmas! Also open for Christmas Eve dinner and New Year’s Eve dinner, this Michelin star restaurant is open for regular service during breakfast and lunch, and is offering up a special three-course prix fixe menu on Christmas Day (with a turkey option, of course). Enjoy an exquisite menu for $105 per person.
The Drake Hotel
1150 Queen St. West
It’s a Festivus miracle! The Drake Hotel will be honouring Frank Constanza’s tradition by serving up a Festivus dinner with all the fixings. After you chow down, air out all your grievances and celebrate the rest of the holidays with a clear conscious. Spots fill up fast, so don’t sit on this one! Make sure to call and reserve a spot for $34 per person.
181 Wellington St. West
Located inside the Ritz-Carlton, TOCA will not only be doing a Christmas Day Brunch Experience, but they’ll also be dishing out a Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dinner. Eat, drink and be merry with an exclusive 4-course roasted turkey dinner or enjoy seasonal favourites for brunch along with endless mimosas and festive cocktails.
145 Richmond St. West
Tundra Restaurant at the Hilton Hotel is getting all up in the festivities this year! They have exclusive menus on Christmas Day, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, and will also be serving a special Sugarplum Dreams pre or post Nutcracker performance menu from now until December 31st. Think dishes like brined heritage turkey, roasted lamb loin, and Crème brûlée.
Colette Grand Cafe
550 Wellington St. West
Stop by Colette Grand Cafe on Christmas Day for a scrumptious buffet-style brunch. The cafe will be open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on December 25th but you’ll need to act fast – there are only a few spots left! If you happen to miss out on brunch, they’ll also be open Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.
1132 Dundas St. West
The famous 24-hour Dundas West hotspot refuses to close and is open on Christmas Day. This Toronto restaurant serves up some pretty damn good diner food, so whether you want to meet friends for a late lunch or need some hangover grub after a Christmas Eve affair, The Lakeview Restaurant has your back. This year they’re serving up a special deep fried turkey dinner.
325 Bay St.
America will be open for regular hours on Christmas Day for your feasting pleasure. They’ll be serving up a festive prix fixe three-course dinner for $85 but it sounds well worth it! Along with traditional turkey, chow down on delicacies like honey glazed ham and pan-seared Icelandic arctic char. See the full menu here.
550 Wellington St. West
The Thompson Diner will be open until 6:00 pm on Christmas Day and their special turkey meal is as delicious as it is affordable! One person can dine alone for $18.45, two for $32.45 or four for $61.95.
The King Edward Hotel
37 King St. East
Deck the halls at the King Edward Hotel and eat your fill at their famous Christmas Day Brunch ($99 per person) or Christmas Day Dinner Buffet ($115 per person). Culinary delights include turkey (obviously) along with other delicious yuletide eats! They also have special menus for Christmas Eve and New Year’s, as well as a Chef’s take-home feast.
188 University Ave.
If you’re looking to get fancy with a fine dining experience on Christmas Day, then make a reservation at Bosk in the Shangri-La hotel. They’ll be serving up a Christmas Brunch Buffet or if you’re hung over from Christmas Eve festivities, sleep in and wait for the Christmas Day Dinner for $95.00 per person.
116 Yorkville Ave.
Mark McEwan’s Yorkville joint will be open for regular hours on Christmas Day. Their turkey dinner is all booked up, but Christmas Day brunch is still up for grabs! Indulge in breakfast classics – the perfect cure for post-Christmas Eve celebrations.
142 Cumberland St.
If you’re looking to have a laid back time on Christmas Day, then Hemingway’s should be your first choice. The Yorkville mainstay will be serving a turkey dinner with pumpkin pie for only $18, plus they have a bunch of desirable beers on tap if you don’t feel like ending the Christmas festivities just yet.
7 West Cafe
7 Charles St. West
No surprises here, one of Toronto’s few decent 24-hour restaurants, 7 West Cafe, is open on Christmas Day. Get the turkey dinner for $29.95 per person or order up their famed late night eats for a chillaxed celebration on the 25th.
Azure Restaurant and Bar
225 Front St. West
Savour Canadian cuisine made from local ingredients on Christmas Day at Azure Restaurant and Bar. They’re serving a special prix fixe Christmas lunch that will satisfy your stomach as much as the city views. For $75, you’ll get to enjoy an appetizer, soup, salad, main dish, and dessert. We’re drooling over the maple bourbon glazed turkey (see the full menu here).
563 Bloor St. West
Perfect for night owls, Insomnia will be open from 8:00 pm to 2:00 am on Christmas Day. The Annex staple serves up comfort foods galore and a variety of seasonal cocktails to keep the festivities going strong.
Skip the traditional Christmas feast and hit up Chinatown, where there will be plenty of restaurants open. If you’re having trouble deciding, we suggest Rol San (especially for dim sum), House of Gourmet (where you can get a family-style Peking duck meal starting at $52.99) or Dumpling House (for some of the best dumplings in the city), which are all open on Christmas Day.
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