Best bets for Christmas dinner in Toronto

by Jennifer D'Agostino
This year, let professional chefs do the honour of creating the perfect Christmas dinner or holiday meal for you and your guests! Toronto restaurants have you covered with a variety of dinner options, and the best part – you don’t even have to do the dishes. Whether you’re going the traditional route with a roasted turkey, or want to start your own traditions with sea bream or Alaskan crab, these restaurants have something for everyone’s tastes. Here are the best bets for Christmas dinner in Toronto. [Photo credit: iStock]

Best bets for Christmas dinner in Toronto

Black Creek Pioneer Village
Black Creek celebrates Christmas every weekend of December, offering a traditional dinner for the whole family. The menu includes delicious items like butternut squash soup with maple crème fraiche, arugula salad, traditional roasted turkey, and fall vegetable cassoulet. For dessert you can choose between Apple Blossom or pumpkin pie. Guests can also purchase red and white wine as well as Black Creek Beer.

  • When: December 3, 10 and 17, 1 pm and 4 pm
  • Price: $58.95, Children aged 5 to 12: $29.95, Children under 4: Free
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Momofuku Daisho
Momofuku Daisho promises a feast for the entire family this holiday season. The meal includes a whole roasted duck, eggplant with duck sausage, scallion pancakes and more! The a la carte and large format menus will also be available on Christmas Eve. Make sure to get your reservation in by December 20.

Azure
Azure restaurant is serving a four-course meal of maple bourbon glazed turkey with all the fixings, kale and endive salad, and gingered sweet potato and squash soup. Other entrée options include cocoa nib braised beef short ribs, pan roasted arctic char, and garganelli con funghi. For dessert, guests have the option of flourless mocha chocolate cake or Frangelico hazelnut mousse.

EPIC
The Royal York Hotel is hosting its annual Christmas Day dinner at EPIC this year. The menu is packed with local options and starts with an Ontario Charcuterie board. The meal continues with Nova Scotia lobster or Quebec foie gras. For the main course, guests can choose between the roasted turkey, slow cooked branzino or a bison tenderloin. The dessert menu includes spiced cranberry panna cotta or black forest cake.

Café Boulud
On Christmas Day, you can dine like they do France, because Café Boulud is pulling out all the stops with its three-course holiday dinner. The prix-fixe menu includes chestnut soup, wintergreen salad, seared foie gras, Bay scallops, Arctic char, heritage turkey, Ontario venison and more. Dessert options include Buche de Noel, Mont Blanc and Vacherin. Reservations are required.

Old Mill
The Old Mill Christmas Day Dinner Buffet has become a staple among many family Christmas traditions. Chef Martin Buehner leads the kitchen in creating a spread of delicious items like Ontario turkey with Mount Scion savoury stuffing, mulled cranberry sauce, an array of seafood options, salads, a plate of local and international cheeses, carved beef and lamb, baked ham and more. Remember to leave room for desserts, because there will be lots of decadent cakes, tortes, mousses, pastries and much more. Reservations are required.

  • When: December 25, 5 pm to 7:30 pm
  • Price: $54.95, Children aged 6 to 11: $26.95, Children under 5: free
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King Edward Hotel
The King Edward Hotel hosts its annual Christmas Dinner buffet. Taking place in the Sovereign Ballroom, the evening promises to be a grand affair fit for the whole family. The menu includes Mennonite turkey with all the trimmings, the famous Beef Wellington and scrumptious desserts. Reservations are required.

Hemingway’s
Hemingway’s celebrates friends this year with a Friendmas dinner at its   Yorkville pub. Expect a traditional Christmas meal of turkey with all the fixings and a slice of apple pie. There will also be contest for the best Christmas Sweater through their Instagram account. The winner receives a $100 gift card.

The Adelaide Hotel
The Adelaide Hotel is offering a Christmas menu for everyone! The four-course Christmas dinner is prix-fixe, and is a contemporary version of a holiday menu. The meal starts with a choice between pumpkin soup, beet cured wild salmon or seared smoked scallops, and continues with a choice between Alaskan crab, or 63 Degree Egg. The main course is the star of the menu with options of seared duck breast, sour dough crisp sea bream and grilled lamb loin. For desserts The Adelaide Hotel offers a delicious selection of desserts include Mont Blanc, peppermint panna cotta and spiced rum cake.

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