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6 restaurants serving Thanksgiving dinner in Toronto

Posted by Alexandra Grigorescu / October 4, 2012

toronto restaurants thanksgivingThanksgiving dinner in Toronto, as elsewhere, seems to be the benchmark of domestic prowess. Between the turkey, the stuffing, the mashed potatoes (or yams), and the innumerable other details to tend to, it's at best a headache, and at worst license to cancel the dinner entirely. Fortunately, several restaurants around the city have put the onus on their experienced kitchens to whip up special Thanksgiving menus, allowing you to focus on the true meaning of the holiday rather than getting bogged down by the oven.

Here's a list of 6 restaurants serving Thanksgiving dinner in Toronto.

Edward Levesque's Kitchen
On Sunday, $38 (per person) will get you a three-course turkey dinner, including roasted turkey breast with gravy, your choice of three sides (such as sweet potato roasted with sage and onions and sweet and sour root vegetables) and berry and apple crumble or a pumpkin tart for dessert.

Globe Bistro
Globe is taking Monday off, but they're serving a weekend-long brunch and dinner Thanksgiving prix fixe. For $35, you can choose between roasted parsnip soup or an autumn vegetable salad; butternut gnocchi or free run Ontario turkey with red fife stuffing; and squash cake with cream cheese icing or pear and plum crumble.

Peartree Restaurant
Peartree lets you choose when you'd like to indulge in the ultimate turkey feast (from Saturday to Monday), and offers up a set Thanksgiving dinner ($22) with all the requisite fixings. Think butternut squash soup, roasted turkey with apple sage stuffing (and gravy), mashed potatoes, a buttermilk biscuit, and yes, pumpkin pie.

EPIC Restaurant at the Fairmont Royal York
If you want to enjoy your traditionally rustic dinner in truly opulent surroundings, check out EPIC's four-course prix fixe ($79), available on Sunday and Monday. This one most certainly requires reservations, but promises quite a spread, including rumoured butternut squash bisque, salad, turkey with stuffing and cranberry chutney, and a beautiful pumpkin mousse.

Veloute Bistro
If you haven't yet committed to the idea of spending Thanksgiving outside your home, you can opt for Veloute's dine-in or take-out option. You should definitely call ahead to reserve for Sunday and Monday, with options such as roasted pumpkin soup ($10), pecan tarts ($7), and of course, turkey (either breast, legs, or the whole damn bird). If you're not feeling turkey, you can opt for the duck a l'orange.

Barque Smokehouse
Barque is offering up their own take on Thanksgiving dinner on their regularly scheduled Monday family night. $30 per person will get you some manner of turkey (confit is a good bet), dessert, salad, and sides. Reservations are strongly recommended as there are two seatings, 5:30 pm and 8pm, and they fill up quickly.

BONUS:

Beast Restaurant
Tomorrow (October 5), Scott Vivian gets ahead of the pack with a Thanksgiving edition of Beastwich--beginning at 12pm, $10 gets you a sandwich, side, and dessert, with vegetarian options available.

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Discussion

18 Comments

1000 / October 4, 2012 at 12:35 pm
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Terrific list!
Mark / October 4, 2012 at 01:13 pm
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I was going to write something hilarious about how you forgot Swiss Chalet (hold your laughter until the end of the show, thanks), but it turns out the iconic Canadian restaurant doesn't push Thanksgiving. I was confusing it with their festive special. Instead, their "fall special" is a seasonal chicken & ribs and cajun fries meal. Because nothing says October in Canada like Cajun Fries.
easydoesher replying to a comment from Mark / October 4, 2012 at 01:25 pm
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Dont be crazy...those cajun fries are pretty damn tasty
Aydin / October 4, 2012 at 03:30 pm
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We had the Thanksgiving dinner at Globe Bistro last year, and it was VERY good. Especially for the price!
Be sure to make your reservation for Sunday night - that's when they serve half-price bottles of wine!
Brandon / October 4, 2012 at 04:01 pm
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What, no mention of Sneaky Dee's?
San / October 4, 2012 at 04:41 pm
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The Office Pub will be serving a Turkey Dinner
Saturday, Sunday & Monday...

$18.99 Plus Taxes
( Turkey, Stuffing,cranberry sauce, Mashed Potatoes, Vegetables & Pumpkin Pie )...

Thanks giving Dance Party - Saturday night
70's & 80's Party

ThanksGrooving - Sunday Night w/ DJ Kwame..
Old School, Hip Hop, 70's, 80's Groove Music

jason / October 4, 2012 at 08:26 pm
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The Bloor St dinner is serving a home cooked Thanks Giving Brunch Sunday only $26.95
http://www.bloorstreetdiner.com/
BH / October 4, 2012 at 08:52 pm
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The best part about turkey dinner is the stuffing. 'Nuff said.









Ok, the gravy too. And maybe the turkey. But definitely not the cranberries!
Gabe / October 4, 2012 at 10:07 pm
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Gravy!!!
Thank You / October 5, 2012 at 12:14 am
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I'd like to give my thanks to the hired chef who comes to make Thanksgiving dinner for me and my significant other in our condo, high above the city.

Thanks!
Shurely replying to a comment from Thank You / October 5, 2012 at 07:39 am
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Your mother?
buddy / October 6, 2012 at 05:37 pm
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I've heard the Salvation Army serves up a mighty fine bird with all the trimmings, cheap too!
Rob Hyndman / October 7, 2012 at 12:35 pm
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Farmhouse Tavern too.
Joe Tackspaier replying to a comment from Shurely / October 8, 2012 at 07:31 pm
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And by "our condo" he means her basement
EAT / October 21, 2012 at 01:46 am
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Does anyone serve an American Thanksgiving on Nov. 29, 2012?
Larysa / September 20, 2013 at 07:06 am
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Good Morning, Alexandra
I would like to invite you to Marché restaurant Brookfield Place for a tour and food tasting:
http://www.marche-restaurants.com/en/marche-brookfield-place-street-level
I look forward to hearing from you and Happy Friday!
With Marché® fresh regards,

Larysa Kalyta
Eve Drobot / October 9, 2013 at 09:32 pm
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EAT: you can contact Democrats Abroad https://www.democratsabroad.org/group/canadatoronto

They usually do an American Thanksgiving dinner on or near the day. If you're a Republican, sorry (in so many ways)
ron / October 13, 2013 at 04:39 am
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Velouté has the best Thanksgiving dinner! The turkey melts in your mouth! Chef Fawzy is quite a character. Very gentle soul, with a big heart and an infectious smile. He pours his heart and soul into his creations. Thank you chef for a wonderful meal last night!

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