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Restaurants open on Christmas Day in Toronto

Posted by Robyn Urback / December 24, 2012

restaurants open christmasToronto restaurants open on Christmas Day are not as elusive you might think. There are lots of open Chinese places, of course, plus many restaurants in hotels including Hemispheres in the Metropolitan Hotel and EPIC at the Royal York. And then there are the one-off seemingly always-open spots — those that offer everything from turkey burgers to ham carbonara. Pair that with a crantini or two, and you've got yourself a bona fide traditional Christmas dinner. -Ish.

Here are 10 restaurants open on Christmas Day in Toronto.

Lakeview Restaurant
Pulled pork on a kaiser with a root beer float on the side? Sounds like an excellent new Christmas dinner tradition. The Lakeview on Dundas is always open, of course, and Christmas Day is no exception. Stop by early for a little Christmas brunch, or else, after your evening meal for a cheap pint. Perfect after prolonged family exposure.

Kamasutra
Nothing says Christmas dinner like chicken tikka masala. Kamasutra Indian Restaurant on Bayview will be open for a non-traditional butter chicken and tandoori sampler meal, best washed down with Cobra lager. It's not quite egg nog, but it'll do.

Caplansky's Deli
A good choice for the bubbies and zadies out there who are are tired of Chinese food on Christmas Day. Though it will close early on Christmas Eve (4 p.m.), Caplansky's will be open until 8 p.m. on Christmas, frying up latkes (Hanukkah is just a week past, after all) and serving its classic smoked meat on rye.

7 West
Another 24-hour spot that basically never closes, Christmas included. 7 West will be open for a slice of cake after your meal, or a club sandwich for your meal. And if you're feeling festive(ish), the menu, as always, includes turkey melts and pizzas with ham. Close enough.

Le Saint Tropez
Yes, there are a few places open in the core on Christmas Day, and not every one starts with "Mc-" in front of its name. Le Saint Tropez is just one such example, offering its regular French fare menu along with a special Christmas option.

The Thompson Diner
Those cravings for buttermilk fried chicken and grilled cheese hamburgers won't go unfulfilled just because it's Christmas. The Thompson Diner will be open as always, dolling out generous portions of its classic comfort food along with some holiday cheer. Plus spiked milkshakes, naturally.

Dr. Laffa
While there will probably be more than a couple of Middle Eastern restaurants open on Christmas Day, Dr. Laffa is arguably among the best. This North York restaurant will be making its hot laffa and rolling fresh falafel balls as always, offering rib steaks and lamb chops in lieu of turkey dinners.

Fin Izakaya
There's the cheap sushi or Chinese takeout route, of course, but for a bit of a more "refined" experience (not that there's anything wrong with sashimi in sweats, mind you), Fin Izakaya will be open for dinner on the 25th. Blowtorched mackerel, pork belly skewers, and crispy rock salt wings are just a few of its acclaimed offerings, all of which will be available for Christmas dinner (though the restaurant is closed on Boxing Day).

Vaticano
Yorkville is typically a ghost town on Christmas, through there are a few straddlers breezing in and out of Vaticano. The Bellair Street restaurant will be offering a special Christmas dinner option on Christmas Day, along with its classic Italian menu. Think of it as Christmas dinner without the guilt.

Fran's Restaurant
Ah, Fran's. Good for hangover brunch. Good for a midnight brunch. And good for Christmas Day when all you need is a milkshake and a bowl of chili. Fran's, naturally, will be open all day on Christmas, offering its menu of classic comfort foods and plentiful list of breakfast options. Turkey bacon is festive enough.

Photo from our review of The Thompson Diner

Discussion

19 Comments

Margie / December 24, 2012 at 10:24 pm
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Pretty gross of the most of the owners to take their staff away from family and friends on this day. If people can't survive a single day staying in...there's a problem.
Me / December 24, 2012 at 10:32 pm
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Agreed. But the Entitled most likely have no clue HOW to survive without having someone else cook it for them.
Gaol Tail / December 24, 2012 at 10:33 pm
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margie, also remember that not everyone celebrates Christmas. Many, especially in a city as diverse as Toronto come from non-Christian backgrounds. Just something to keep in mind; we cannot automatically assume that people are being forced to work on holidays they celebrate.
Atheist replying to a comment from Margie / December 24, 2012 at 10:39 pm
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What's so special about "this day"? Why would they close, if, for example, the business owner or the majority of their staff do not celebrate Christmas?
You replying to a comment from Me / December 24, 2012 at 10:44 pm
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true. why would anyone go out to eat unless they couldn't cook?
Erika replying to a comment from Me / December 24, 2012 at 11:58 pm
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Really? Some people are alone...some people are from out of town and don't have family...like me. I am thankful that there are people working on Christmas day...and I tip well because of it. I'm not "entitled"...I'm hungry.
Khristopher / December 25, 2012 at 01:30 am
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The Fran's on Shuter is actually doing a turkey dinner!
Hun-gree replying to a comment from Margie / December 25, 2012 at 10:31 am
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Margie, not everyone are Christian - celebrating Xmas :D
Drew / December 25, 2012 at 10:47 am
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Are there any bars/clubs open tonight?
Me / December 25, 2012 at 12:06 pm
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I don't see how being alone or whether you're Christian or not has anything to do with not being able to get through ONE DAY in a year without being waited on or being able to fend for yourself. have people really lost the skill of basic survival to that extent?
missedthebus replying to a comment from Drew / December 25, 2012 at 12:17 pm
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I know that Paupers is open 365 days a year.
Jose replying to a comment from Margie / December 25, 2012 at 12:44 pm
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Not everyone celebrates Christmas.
Atheist replying to a comment from Me / December 25, 2012 at 01:22 pm
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Which is fair, though it doesn't necessarily need to be December 25th. Many places even provide a day off in lieu.
Soren replying to a comment from Margie / December 25, 2012 at 06:48 pm
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Pretty limited world view, Marge.

Entitled is the presumption that everyone in a Megacity shares your beliefs and expectations.

I'm Pastafarian and the Flying Spaghetti Monster doesn't require restaurants to shut down to worship.

Jeff replying to a comment from Margie / December 25, 2012 at 08:36 pm
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Pretty gross that people as narrow-minded as you exist. Some people need to work to provide for themselves/their families; some people do not celebrate Christmas; some people are out-of-towners; etc. Not everyone is a Christian who has lived here for years and has family here and is financially secure.
jt / December 26, 2012 at 10:47 am
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they also get paid time and a half, which is very nice if you need it.
John replying to a comment from Me / December 26, 2012 at 11:38 am
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Who cares if people wanted to get waited On EVERY DAY of the year. How does that mean they have lost basic survival skills? I can cook but I hate doing it. To be honest I hate when things close at ALL! I prefer having things available to me all the time if your willing to work I'm willing to use your service. And not have some retarded, antiquated belief dictate that things should be closed.
Michelle / December 26, 2012 at 11:23 pm
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Just take the religion aspect out of it and think of it as just a statutory holiday in Canada. Why can't we just not be capitalists for these days, and why can't everyone share some time off from work together? Factor in that many people are forced to work these days, which extra pay, yes, but whether they want it or not. Try being the kid of any of these people who have to work on holidays. I agree, keep everything closed, but only because it's supposed to be a stat holiday for all.
Dan / December 27, 2012 at 10:53 pm
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You can order whatever you want at these restaurants - you don't have to have a traditional Christmas dinner. I think we all know that!

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