Best budget-friendly restaurants for the holidays

The holiday season brings about celebration, time with loved ones, good cheer, and a serious budget. While you’re spending money on the best gifts for your family and friends, you may want to think about spending less on your holiday celebrations. Luckily there are many restaurants in Toronto who empathize, and offer great venues and menus at a great price during the holidays.[Photo of Momofuku Daisho by Jennifer D’Agostino]

The 3 Brewers

275 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M5B 1N8

For a casual get together, you’ll want to make reservations at The 3 Brewers. The group menu is not only a decent price, it’s packed with pub favourites like the bacon cheeseburger, steak frites and beer-braised pork shank. There’s also a cocktail menu and a beer-pairing menu.

Vesuvio Pizzeria and Spaghetti House

3010 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6P 1Z3

At Vesuvio’s you can count on some of the best Italian food in the city, and if you’re looking for a spot within a modest budget, then this is the place. The group menu includes Italian dishes like chicken parmesan, veal chop, risotto and more.

Gusto 101

101 Portland St, Toronto, ON M5V 2N3

Gusto 101 is where you can find tonnes of food for a reasonable price. The family-style meals are available for lunch and dinner, and believe us when we say the portions are massive. Dine on authentic Italian cuisine, perfect for any holiday celebration!


609 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 1M5

Communal tables are what make WVRST a unique option for a holiday gathering. While you’ll have to order from the regular menu, WVRST is a great option for a casual and fun get together among friends. This spot has a massive selection of sausages, beer and cider.

Momofuku Daisho

190 University Ave, Toronto, ON M5H 0A3

If you’re looking to celebrate the holidays over brunch, look no further than Momofuku Daisho. The Bagel Feast is served with an assortment of spreads, as well as toppings like capers, cucumbers, radishes and more. Also on the menu – scrambled eggs, smoked fish mousses, sausage and more. Available on Sundays, it’s priced at $27 per person.

The Beer Hall at Mill Street Brew Pub

21 Tank House Ln, Toronto, ON M5A 3C4

Another casual affair, Mill Street Brew Pub has a group-dining menu that’s perfect for a laidback holiday party. Located in the Distillery Historic District, the Brew Pub is a good spot to host your friends before you hit the Toronto Christmas Market!


184A Ossington Ave Main, Toronto, ON M6J 2Z7

For a unique event, Superpoint throws the ultimate pizza party! The private pizza parties are always a blast, and with the underground feel, your holiday celebration will have the ultimate feeling of exclusivity.

Grabbing a meal for take-out doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice nutrition. Many restaurants and fresh food markets in Toronto understand the importance of a nutritious meal to time-deprived urbanites, and have made it their mission to provide Toronto with quick and healthy take-out meals. Grab a menu and make your choice – here are the best healthy take-out spots in Toronto. [Photo of Planta Burger by Jim Bamboulis]
Being a vegetarian isn’t always easy, especially when it comes to grabbing a quick and affordable meal. Luckily, many vegetarian and vegan restaurants have made it their mission to provide Toronto’s vegetarians with quick nutritious meals. From a vegan breakfast and lunch spot to a vegan burger spot, here are the best quick-service vegetarian spots in Toronto. [Photo of Kupfert & Kim by Jennifer D’Agostino]
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