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The top 10 kid friendly brunch restaurants in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / August 17, 2014

kid friendly brunch torontoBrunch with kids and the family in Toronto. It's an idyllic (or necessary) scenario for those with kids (Mommy needs a mimosa, OK?) and a potential horror show for those without. Either way this is bound to be a useful list whether you're in need of a resource for where to find cheap, cheerful and kid-friendly eats, or doing your best to avoid the toddler set before noon.

Here are my picks for the top restaurants to brunch with kids in Toronto.

Uncle Betty's Diner
Children up to 13 years are entitled to cheap and cheerful selections like the "kid's all day breakfast" ($4.50), featuring one egg, one slice of toast and a choice of bacon, sausage or peameal, and fluffy pancakes ($5.50) with blueberries or chocolate chips. High chairs, booster seats, crayons and colouring sheets are all available too.

Hello Darling
This sunny cafe at Lansdowne and Wallace is equipt with stroller parking, boosters, high chairs and change tables. The menu offers a customizable kids plate for $6 where kids can assemble their own brunch from a choice of any three; eggs, sausage, bacon, avocado, sweet potato mash, toast, yogurt, fruit or pancakes. Toys and activities are there to entertain little ones so that adults can get that first coffee fix of the day in relative peace.

La Cubana
Bring your ninos to this Cuban diner on Roncy for brunch served on weekends from 10am to 3pm. Let the little ones enjoy a mini Cuban breakfast ($8) complete with pork, rice, beans, tostones and a poached egg, or let 'em opt for the pressed cubano ($6) with plantain chips, or french toast ($6) served with maple syrup and bananas.

The Good Fork
Munchkins can brunch for just $7 at this neighbourhood spot in Bloor West Village where high chairs, boosters and colouring sheets are on hand for family dining. Kid meals include juice or milk and choices like mini pancakes, cheddar omelette, one egg breakfasts, french toast, grilled cheese or a mini-burger with fries.

Starving Artist
The kids menu at this waffle house lists mini waffles with fruit ($5), hot dogs and baked beans ($6),or waffles turned into a grilled cheese ($4). Go to the St. Clair outpost, it's large enough to fit more strollers and roomy enough to pull-up a high chair.

Kiddies under 10 eat free with an accompanying adult at this Riverside restaurant. Here a portion of the menu is dedicated to little ones featuring options like scrambled eggs, french toast, mac and cheese or pizza. They also offer free balloons, colouring pages, cartoons on TV, plus the essentials like high chairs, booster seats and even stroller parking. Don't worry if kids out number the adults at you table either, every item on the kids menu is priced at just $4.

Parents like the "build your own brunch option" at this Dundas West locale because almost every component is priced at under $1.50 - little tummies can order up just one egg or one strip of bacon at a time. Bringing your own booster seating is recommended if required, though you'll find a couple high chairs on site. Instead of colouring sheets, here they've got classic '80s board games like Jenga and Battleship, plus pinball arcade games.

Windup Bird Cafe
The brunch menu for ages 12 and under at this College St. cafe was developed by kids for kids at the Kidchen Confidential cooking club. The morning menu features tested and approved recipes including a breakfast sandwich ($5), grilled cheese sandwich ($4), and banana chocolate parfait ($5). The casual spot is outfitted with the essentials (high chairs and booster seats), and while they don't do colouring sheets on Saturday mornings at brunch there's a live magic show.

Vi Pei Bistro (Cliffside)
Parents in the know like this Eurpoean bistro with three locations in the North and East Toronto because it's casual and accomodating to families. The brunch-time menu features reasonably priced staples that'll satisfy the whole family while little ones can choose from $6 options like pancakes, eggs or omlettes with bacon or sausage, french toast drizzled with caramel sauce or potato latkahs with apple sauce and sour cream.

Sunny Morning
Start the day off at this bustling breakfast nook near Yonge and St. Clair where families can fuel up with out worrying too much about noise levels. A casual kid-approved menu offers pancakes or french toast with a fruit cup ($4-$4.50), scrambled eggs with bacon, toast and homefries ($5.29), and grilled cheese ($4.49). Colouring sheets are well stocked, but the midtown location is outfitted with only one high chair and one booster seat, so it might be wise to bring your own.

What did I miss? Add your favourite brunch spot for kids in the comments.



Karen / August 17, 2014 at 08:31 am
I wish there were more in the east end!
Tammy / August 17, 2014 at 09:07 am
I Love the brunch at the lula. Kids and people of all ages are welcome to learn to salsa dance with LIVE music. The buffet is delicious and there is bound to be something everyone enjoys. For $15 per person (not sure what they charge for kids), eliminates the need to figure out what each person ordered when the bill arrives.
Samantha / August 17, 2014 at 09:49 am
Surprised to see Starving Artist on this list. Adults LOVE their atmosphere and waffles, but having been there I don't think it's suitable for children. Unless they've changed their music choice recently, the last time I was in there was loud rap music with very obvious swearing. Would recommend it for brunch, but not brunch with kids!
Aww / August 17, 2014 at 10:40 am
Kids, huh
Bob / August 17, 2014 at 10:49 am
Lazy Daisy Cafe on Gerrard at Coxwell was kid-friendly to last time I was there (many moons ago).
joe bloe / August 17, 2014 at 10:52 am
You forgot the Marche at whatever they're calling BCE Place these days. Kids menu, and a play place so you can have adult conversations while the kids play.
Tim / August 17, 2014 at 11:56 am
Skin and Bones has a very kid friendly brunch!
Sarah / August 17, 2014 at 12:11 pm
The Dakota Tavern's Bluegrass Brunch is super family friendly & yummy!
Ha / August 17, 2014 at 12:35 pm
aka. 10 Restaurants to Avoid For Brunch
Jodi / August 17, 2014 at 01:03 pm
How could you forget Dakota Tavern - blue grass brunch. It's like breakfast with free babysitting.
Clara / August 17, 2014 at 04:09 pm
Cool list. Where was that photo taken?
Kristopher / August 17, 2014 at 10:33 pm
thank you for a list of places NOT to go for brunch :P
Douglas / August 17, 2014 at 10:47 pm
Good to know which places to avoid. The problem is not so much the kids but the total lack of parental supervision. I have had countless occasions ruined by loud and obnoxious kids and oblivious parents. And as a former server I have a million horror stories to share.
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#FordMoreYears / August 18, 2014 at 08:56 am
KID friendly businesses have been popping up at a very fast rate over the past for years since Mayor Ford has been managing the Toronto economy.
alanna l. replying to a comment from Clara / August 18, 2014 at 08:17 pm
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Julia / August 19, 2014 at 11:16 am
What's the restaurant in the top photo?
Ted / August 24, 2014 at 08:09 am
This isn't a review of kid-friendly brunch spots in Toronto. This is a west-end-of-downtown review of kid friendly brunch spots in Toronto. It would be great if your blog started reviewing city-wide.
Lina / August 24, 2014 at 08:53 pm
Also you can visit the FRANK RESTAURANT is located at AGO downtown.
Stuart / August 27, 2014 at 03:49 pm
For those asking about the above image/pic, just 'right click/search google for image' and voilà now you know.
Kids in Bricktown / November 7, 2015 at 11:46 am
The Brickyard Grounds has a $5 Kids Menu that runs all week and offers Steamed Cider & Hot Chocolate. There's a high chair and two boosters. Kids Lego area in the back too. Sometimes they even hand out books and balloons to little ones.
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