Dig into a family-style feast at these Toronto restaurants

Dining out with a crowd doesn’t have to be difficult. Grab a group and head on over to these Toronto restaurants where dishes are served up family-style and sharing is definitely encouraged.

Barque Smoke House

299 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto, ON M6R 2M3

BBQ’s done right every Sunday night at this Roncesvalles smokehouse. Large meaty platters of beef brisket, smoked chicken and baby back ribs are served alongside a seasonally inspired selection of veggie dishes. During the week, design your own family-style spread and order up the smoker’s choice menu. The whole table can mix and match starters, smoked meats, sides and desserts for $35 per person. Just remember to forgo the white shirt and ask for plenty of napkins.

Momofuku Shoto

190 University Ave, Toronto, ON M5H 0A3

This landmark downtown eatery adjacent to the swank Shangri La hotel offers a variety of large format meals served up family style. The bo ssäm meal encourages diners to make their own lettuce wraps stuffed with pork butt, oysters and white rice. The beef short rib menu features a 48-hour slow-cooked beef short rib served with rice and bean sprouts. Call ahead to reserve your large format meal for parties of four to 10 people and don’t forget to visit Momofuko Milk Bar on your way out and grab a crack pie to share for dessert.

Gusto 101

101 Portland St, Toronto, ON M5V 2N3

You’ll feel like you’re back at Nonna’s kitchen table when you dig in to Gusto 101’s signature family-style menu. At this multilevelled King West trattoria, the chefs have designed special set lunch and dinner menus for large casual groups. Diners help themselves to rustic Italian dishes served on sharing platters featuring arancini, salsicce pizza, beef carpaccio and rigatoni ai funghi. Picky eaters can spend a little more and customize their own personal menu for their group.

The Queen And Beaver

35 Elm St, Toronto, ON M5G 1H1

No need to put on your Sunday best at this authentic English pub on Elm Street. Gather a crowd of five or more and arrange for a special feasting menu from chef Andrew Carter. Choose from a number of traditional roast dinner options such as prime rib or lamb shoulder, or opt for something more adventurous like venison stew and dumplings or a whole suckling pig. All feasting menus are served with an array of decidedly British side dishes including green vegetables, roasted potatoes and Yorkshire puddings.

Farmhouse Tavern

1627 Dupont St, Toronto, ON M6P 3S8

Feeling stumped over what to order off the chalkboard menu at this Junction eatery? Let the chefs take over and feed you a “little bit of everything” from the ever-changing list of farm-to-table fare. Start of with the plentiful Ploughman’s platter and nibble on organic meats, local cheeses and pickled veg. Meaty entrees and seasonal root vegetables are served to the table on wooden serving blocks in keeping with the restaurant’s authentic barnyard feel.

Spice Route Asian Bistro & Bar

499 King St W, Toronto, ON M6N 1H7

Hate to share with your fellow diners? No need to draw chopsticks over Pad Thai when the platefuls keep on coming. Make a point to visit this King West hotspot on Sunday nights to enjoy an all-you-can-eat menu from chef Sam Chao. The extensive menu of Asian-fusion cuisine offers plenty of choice, and the AYCE approach means you and yours can sample a wide variety of dishes without competing for the last bite.

Seven Numbers Restaurant

516 Eglinton Ave W, Toronto, ON M5N 1A5

Sharing is always on the menu at this family-owned eatery with locations on the Danforth and Eglinton West. The ever-changing menu is published daily online at 5pm and is always available to enjoy family style. Choose your main and let the kitchen prepare you a sampling of antipasti, pasta and salads served to the table on platters. Affordable home-style Italian cooking at its best.

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