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The top 25 restaurants for New Year's Day brunch in Toronto

New Years Brunch TorontoWhether you think New Year's Day in Toronto is best spent recovering from the night of partying, or clinking mimosas as you keep the festivities going, tons of brunch-friendly spots will be happy to oblige you. It might be a stat holiday, but there are still plenty of dining possibilities, from greasy, hangover-crushing breakfasts to celebratory bottle-popping buffets.

Here, in no particular order, are 25 restaurants serving brunch on New Year's Day in Toronto.

The County General

The good people at The County General will help you recover from NYE revelry from 11am to 4:30pm. Expect the brunch menu to feature things like brisket Benedicts smothered in maple hollandaise.

Me & Mine

From 10am onward on New Year's Day, this College Street restaurant will be dishing out all-day brunch from their regular menu, along with features like carrot loaf Benedicts or poached eggs over pork and wild rice sausages in house-made English muffins. Expect hair of the dog drink specials too.

MoRoCo Chocolat

Reservations for brunch at this Yorkville chocolatier are available between 11am and 6pm. Sweet tooths will of course be sated with goodies like brunch fondue, but savoury options like truffled eggs and lobster bennies should not be overlooked.

Lisa Marie

Skip the lineups with brunch reservations via OpenTable for the sky-high piled peameal bacon sandwiches and double pancake pork burgers at this Queen West restaurant. Brunch is served New Year's Day from noon to 5pm.

416 Snack Bar

Normally an evening destination, this snack bar on Bathurst at Queen is opening early - from noon to 8pm - to serve up hangover snacks from a special one-day-only brunch menu.

Beast Restaurant

Chef Scott Vivan's Tecumseth St. restaurant will be serving brunch New Year's Day from 11am to 3pm. Spend the first day of 2015 indulging on doughnuts, grilled pork belly breakfast sandwiches or crab cake bennies.

Wind Up Bird Cafe

Hearty hot stone pot bibim-brunch topped with choices of veg and tofu, pulled pork, ribeye or garlic shrimp are the stars on the brunch menu at this College Street cafe. They'll be serving New Year's Day brunch from 11am onward.

Harvest Kitchen

The two-storey restaurant in Harbord Village will open for brunch from 10am to 4pm on New Year's Day. Kickstart the year to come with a two-egg power breakfast or give in to hangover-induced hunger pains with the French fry mushroom Benedict.

Sneaky Dee's

Hangover relief can be found at this College Street stalwart from 10am to 4pm. On the menu: greasy Mexican style breakfasts like egg burritos and huevos rancheros.


Toast the new year over a brunch buffet at this restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton. Expect breakfast stations, meat carving stations, salad bar and a festive sweets table from 11am to 3pm, priced at $98 per adult and $45 per child.


The restaurant at the AGO rings in the new year with a brunch buffet from 11am to 3pm. For $75 per person ($20 for children under 10), enjoy an all you can eat feast including pastries, the gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, seafoods, fresh carved roasts, sushi, salads, desserts and more.

The Drake Hotel

Let the Queen West hotel nurse holiday hangovers with caesar cocktails spiked with gin and cucumber, and decadent brunch fare like bennies on buttermilk biscuits, or cinnamon french toast with thick-cut bacon and maple cream.

Colette Grand Cafe

Welcome the new year with mimosas and a grand buffet featuring an omelette station, seafood towers, carving station and more at this Parisian restaurant at the base of the Thompson Hotel. Reservations advised.

Ceili Cottage

Open for brunch at 11am, this Irish pub in Leslieville will be serving up full Irish breakfasts complete with fried eggs, sausage, rashers, black and white pudding, potato farl, beans and tomato.

Swan Restaurant

12 days of Christmas brunch commenced Boxing Day at this Queen West eatery and continues into the new year, with options like the huevos rancheros and steak and eggs on offer daily from 10:30am.

Hello Darling

Open New Year's Day from 11am to 4pm, this charming daytime destination in the Junction Triangle will be serving up brunchy fare like fluffy pancakes and egg dishes.


Get a head start this new year with brunch for early birds starting at 9am and running until 3pm. Try the panettone French toast, start healthy with grapefruit brûlée, or indulge post-party cravings with porchetta pancakes doused in Jack Daniel's syrup.

Hunters Landing

Condo dwellers at Cityplace need not look any further than this big eatery, where the regular brunch menu will be served 10am to 3pm. The Landing Cure Caesar might be just the answer to your hangover woes - the cocktail is garnished with a lobster tail, slider, bacon strips, smoked cheese and pickles.

Lady Marmalade

This east side brunch destination is open 10am to 3pm on New Year's Day serving up the usual roster of customizable bennies, buckwheat crepes and cheddar spinach waffles.


Big breakfasts including duck confit bennies, steak and eggs, and breakfast poutine will be on offer from 10am to 3pm on New Year's Day at this Riverside gastropub.


Start the new year with celebratory dim sum platters laced with black truffles at Susur Lee's restaurant at the SoHo Metropolitan Hotel. Served 11:30am to 2:30pm, the special six-piece assortment os priced at $32 while other features include a Cantonese drunken lobster ($48).

La Societe

Open 11am to 3pm for brunch on New Year's Day, this restaurant in Yorkville will be serving up the classics including options like seafood towers, butter poached lobster Benedicts and blueberry ricotta pancakes.

Cafe Boulud

Two courses for $42 offer selections like viennoiserie baskets or cheese and charcuterie to start, followed by delectable options including lemon ricotta hot cakes or duck confit hash. The tempting dessert course for $8 more offers treats like warm madeleines or apple Napoleon to finish.

Fat Pasha

The Middle Eastern eatery on Dupont is open to help alleviate hangovers from 11am to 3pm should your brunch cravings run to shakshuka or milk and honey pudding.

Farmer's Daughter

Hangover brunch on New Year's Day will be served at this Junction Triangle eatery from 11am to 2pm.

Did I miss any? Leave your picks for New Year's Day brunch in Toronto.

by Liora Ipsum via blogTO

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