Restaurants open on Christmas Day 2013 in Toronto
Restaurants open on Christmas Day in Toronto give holiday diners plenty of options. The most popular ones tend to fall into a few basic categories: 24-hour diners, Chinese restaurants, Jewish eateries, and upscale hotel dining. Some of the spots on this list are even feeling the holiday cheer enough to whip up turkey dinner specials for diners.
Whether you're looking for a healthy helping of stuffing or just looking to stuff yourself, here are restaurants open on Christmas Day where you can eat, drink and be merry.
Dundas and Ossington's perennial late-night favourite is open 24 hours a day year-round, and Christmas Day's no exception. They'll be bringing back their deep fried turkey dinner, which includes stuffing, cranberry sauce and butternut squash (11 a.m. onward).
The Thompson will be serving up diner favourites all day. Night owls, take note: Their last seating is at 10 p.m.
In the mood for some fine Italian dining? Head out to this Yorkville trattoria -- but call ahead for a reservation, because they're filling up fast.
The Four Seasons' restaurant will feature a three-course Christmas menu ($85 per person) from 12 to 8:30 p.m. The offerings range from holiday-style fare, like roasted turkey with chipolata and bourbon dressing, to non-traditional (but no less delicious) selections like Nova Scotia Lobster salad and grilled B.C. spring salmon.
7 West is an always-open, inexpensive safe haven for Yorkville diners; on Christmas Day, in addition to sandwiches and pita pizzas, you'll be able to nosh on a turkey dinner with stuffing, mashed potatoes and veggies.
The Trump Hotel's steakhouse will host a Christmas edition of their Sunday brunch between 11 and 3, with a few more 'festive' menu items added into the buffet. They'll also be serving a turkey dinner later in the evening.
It'll be business as usual at Caplansky's . They'll be slinging smoked meat from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., though they won't be delivering. The staff warn diners to expect lines - they're typically rammed on Christmas Day.
This 'dairy restaurant' (in keeping with kosher tradition, there's no poultry or meat to be found on the menu) at Lawrence and Bathurst is open on all public holidays, including Christmas. Stop in for some lox and cream cheese or potato latkes.
Nothing says 'holiday' like a crap-ton of sushi. Noka in the Annex will be serving all day, starting at 11 a.m., though they'll be charging the dinner menu prices for the entire day.
It'll be business as usual at this Christie Pits bar, though if you're looking to eat your dirty breakfast before evening, you're out of luck -- they won't be open til 4 p.m.
In addition to their regular menu of homey Italian food, this brand-new West Queen West spot will be offering a $35 set menu featuring holiday classics like turkey and pumpkin pie.
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There's plenty of Christmas Day dim sum to be had in Toronto, but if you're looking for a meal worthy of a special occasion, the Metropolitan Hotel's upscale flagship restaurant will be open all day.
Pho may be the ultimate cold-weather comfort food, and Pho Pasteur dishes it out 24 hours a day, 365 days a year including Dec. 25.
A little vindaloo ought to warm you up. King West's Dhaba will be serving up Indian favourites all day, including their usual lunch buffet from noon to 3 p.m.
The Ritz-Carlton's resto is doing both brunch and lunch but call ahead; brunch is currently wait-listed and dinner is filling up fast.
The Shangri-La's non-Momofuku restaurant will be offering a special brunch menu at $55 per person. (They're nearly booked up, though, and the dinner schedule is packed -- call ahead!)
This Yorkville mainstay is also open every day of the year. On Christmas Day, they'll be observing their usual opening hours (11 a.m. to 3 a.m.) and dishing out a turkey dinner with stuffing, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie.
If you ever see a Fran's location closed, it's safe to assume the apocalypse is nigh. On Wednesday, all three locations in the T.O. diner chain will be open for business, with the addition of a roast turkey dinner for $24.99.
It's worth noting that the hotel restaurants on this list are filling up mighty fast with those choosing to outsource the cooking of their holiday spreads; call ahead for reservations to make sure you won't be turned away.
Photo from our review of Destingo