Christmas Day dining options in Toronto aren't nearly as limited as you might think. There's a little something for everyone no matter if you're looking to partake in a festive feast or are among the population who are just happy for the stat holiday. Everybody has to eat, and the city is flush with options.
Here are my picks for the top 25 restaurants open on Christmas Day in Toronto.
The 24 hour diner on Dundas West will be serving up deep fried turkey for $17 including stuffing, roasted butternut squash, garlic mashed potatoes, with gravy and cranberry sauce. One dollar from each dinner sold will go to FoodShare Toronto.
Christmas dinner eve and day 19.95 Turkey stuffing mash potatoes veggie. Starts at 4pm.
Regularly open around the clock, the diner at the Thompson Hotel is open on Xmas but will close a little early at 11pm.
Open from noon to 9:30pm, expect to find The Four Seasons' restaurant serving a three course menu for $95 featuring options like roasted turkey or venison.
Open 3pm to midnight, this Italian restaurant on Queen West is offering a $32 prix fixe menu featuring butternut squash soup or salad to start, followed by roast turkey or butternut squash ravioli, and apple strudel for dessert.
The restaurant at the Ritz Carlton Hotel will be offering a festive three-course dinner complete with roasted turkey and a holiday sweets table.
Starting at 5pm, a three-course Christmas Day prix fixe can be enjoyed for $85 per person, or opt for a five course chef's tasting menu for $95 with menu selections ranging from foie gras torchon to butter poached lobster.
Mark McEwan's Yorkville restaurant is open regular hours throughout the holiday season, with a special Turkey dinner on offer on Christmas Day.
The Japanese pub on College Street will be open from 4pm on Christmas Day with a complimentary dinner served after 10pm (while quantities last) and drink specials on all night.
Spice things up on Xmas with dishes like namesake, Kingyo Style Death Chicken Wings at this izakaya in Cabbagetown where it will be business as usual on Christmas Day.
The lively Japanese restaurant on Bloor isn't taking a break over the Christmas, but is closed on New Year's Day.
Taste of China
While it certainly won't be the only place open on Spadina, Taste of China just happens to be my fave. Best of all, they'll be open from 11:30am until 4am - so if you return to the city hungry (hey, it can happen if your family serves turkey dinner in the middle of the afternoon), you'll know exactly where to bee-line late night.
As always, this Vietnamese noodle house on Dundas will be open 24 hours.
This certified gluten-free Asian restaurant on Bayview will keep the woks hot from 2pm to 11pm on Christmas Day.
The delicatessen on College Street will be open from 10am to 8pm, offering the regular menu of Jewish comfort foods and deli staples.
Ben & Izzy's
This Jewish deli on Bathurst will be open for business from 11am to 9pm and serving up their regular menu featuring smoked meat sandwiches and babke French toast.
United Bakery Dairy
The regular menu of eggs, omelettes, sandwiches and fish dinners will available at this Jewish restaurant in North York between 10am and 8pm.
Get your falafel fix at this Kosher take-out counter that isn't observing the holiday anyway. Regular hours in affect from 11am to 10pm.
Per usual, the store will be open 24 hours, but best of all, the kitchen will be open from 9am to 8:30pm on Xmas.
If you find yourself back in the city in the evening of Christmas Day, head out to this cafe in the Annex which opens for service at 8pm.
You'll find the odd Tim Horton's and a Starbucks open here and there, but this indie coffee shop on College at Bathurst will be open from 10am to 3pm for those looking for a decent espresso.
De Mello Palhetta
Also open on Xmas from 8am 'til 6pm, get your caffeine fix at this coffee roaster at Yonge and Eglinton.
The bubble tea shop on Eglinton Ave. West will keep Xmas hours between noon and 10pm should you find yourself feeling a little thirsty.
What did I miss? Share the coffee shops and restaurants that you find open on Christmas Day in the comments section.
Photo by Jesse Milns
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