It’s the most wonderful time of year to bask in the beauty of the holiday season. We wish you a Merry Christmas but mostly we want you to enjoy the special festive fun and tuck into someone else doing all the cleanup. The best places in Toronto to have a holiday party depend on who’s gathering, but we’ve got a few suggestions to help narrow down your options.
With New Year’s Eve on the horizon, tuck these Toronto restaurants into your back pocket for a terrific night out on the town.
THE BEST PLACES IN TORONTO TO HAVE A HOLIDAY PARTY
We think casual sharing plates and top-notch cocktails are a good start, and Earls, especially with happy hour features, checks all the boxes. Yorkville, Yorkdale and Sherway offer safe respite for holiday shopping powerups. Come for the classic cocktails, and stick around for the deluxe Seafood Tower.
Il Fornello incorporates a full plant-based menu into its popular Italian offerings making it an inclusive spot for diverse gatherings. With several locations around the city, the convenience factor is only outdone by the deliciousness.
FOR PRETTY PARTY PEOPLE LOOKING TO TURN IT UP IN TORONTO
If you’re a karaoke queen, then Dasha should secure a top score for an evening out. A sensational menu and inventive drinks, including large format punchbowl cocktails make the karaoke less cringe-worthy. Book ahead for the Baby room. Trust!
Come for daring Greek dishes, and stay for the titillating show. Myth Restaurant is a feast for the eyes and senses. This King Street Supper club is unparalleled for upscale dining and a dramatic after-dinner scene, perfect for a girls’ night out or a double date.
The uptown option for anyone north of Bloor, Ultra Supper Club is a see-and-be-seen situation. INK Entertainment is at the helm of this iconic property, with Executive Chef Kihyun Kim delivering daring innovative Pan-Asian cuisine. New Year’s Eve will focus on frivolity and fun at this playground for pretty people.
FOR YOUR FRIENDS WHO ARE LIVING A CLEAN(ER) LIFESTYLE
There’s nothing better than tacos and tequila on a brisk winter evening, and Rosalinda certainly warms things up on both fronts. Completely plant-based, this Richmond Street restaurant is vibrant and lush, a festive nod to the evergreen season. Perfect for kicking off a Saturday night or sneaking out of the office to toast another quarter finally closing.
A romp on Dundas Street West starts at Gia. This plant-based restaurant is moody and inviting, much like the thespian it’s named after. A full vegan menu sets the stage for a robust wine menu and memorable cocktails. It’s a sexy hotspot that will leave you ready for what’s next.
FOR THOSE LOOKING FOR A REFINED ROYAL TOUCH TO THEIR HOLIDAY PARTY
The Four Seasons Toronto offers a luxurious touch to any holiday trimmings. Whether you’re able to tuck in tight and enjoy a brunch buffet at Cafe Boulud, or turn things up for New Year’s Eve at d|bar, The Four Seasons is the gold standard of gourmet and elegant experiences, especially during the holidays.
The rebirth of Patria on King Street West ushers authentic Spanish feasts and flair to those stuck in the city. The new look, now airy and bright, feels optimistic and invigorating, with perfect ingredients to bring on the new year.
Chef Nuit Regular’s royal touch is evident on everything at Kiin. The Royal Thai menu is an expression of love and devotion, core influences on everything this top-rated Michelin Chef creates. Tasting menus are the best way to experience her creations.
Hit up Vela for an inventive and unique dining experience. Perch yourself at Chef’s bar to watch the magic happen, this dynamic dining room is as eclectic as the crowd itself. Book in for dinner, and stay to play the night away.
FOOD FOCUSED HOLIDAY PARTY
J’s Steak Frites is a very enjoyable and relaxing restaurant experience. Buck the menu entirely with a prix fixe experience centred on simplicity. J’s Steak Frites has absolutely perfected the steak frites dish, with decadent do-not-miss desserts by Pastry Chef Tara Tang.
Alo may be out of reach but accessible and still holding a Michelin star, Alobar, is a wonderful in-between. With a five-course NYE menu that includes a champagne toast at midnight, we can’t think of a better place to ring in ’24.
DaNico‘s daring design and massive wall of wine make it a distinctly celebratory scene. This new treasure from Liberty Group offers exceptional plates under the careful guard of Chef Daniele Corona. Opt in for the signature tasting menu for a culinary kaleidoscope of Chef Corona’s inventive dishes.
FOR CUSTOM ONE-OF-A-KIND CREATIVES
The Design Exchange’s technical upgrades are downright gobsmacking. Powered by projection, the room is transformed from a blank slate into your whimsical mood, picture Parisian flight or Whistler pow day. The focus will still, however, remain on the food, with a partnership on the plates backed by the talented Eatertainment team.