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The Best Family Style Dinners in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / June 24, 2013

Family Dinner TorontoThe best family style dinners in Toronto revolve around sharing good company, conversation and large platters of food. Sunday roasts, Italian-style courses, excessive spreads or shared side dishes give reason alone to gather around the table and focus for collective appreciation.

It's a special and yet informal way to dine that triumphs a 'help yourself' attitude and encourages second helpings. While sometimes reserved for Sunday feasts, many of the restaurants listed below make this congenial practice available week round.

Here is the list of the best family style dinners in Toronto.

See also:

The Best Restaurants for Private Dining in Toronto

Barque photo from Angie Torres in the blogTO flickr pool. Daisho photo from Gabriele Stabile.

Barque Smokehouse

Barque Smokehouse

Week-round, this Roncesvalles smokehouse does sample platters that they claim are for two but could easily feed a table depending on appetite and number of extras ordered. Better still, on Sunday nights, Barque offers Mamma's BBQ presented to tables as a spread of smoked meats platters, sides and dessert to tables in large sharing platter formats. More »

7 Numbers

7 Numbers

7 Numbers two locations know a thing or two about gioie della tavola (the joys of the table). Owned and operated by the Marinuzzi family, the restaurant publishes seasonally-inspired menus daily at 5pm. Per Italian tradition, courses of antipasti, primi (pasta), secondi (meat) and contorni (sides) are served on platters. More »

Woodlot

Woodlot

Tucked away on Palmerston south of College, Woodlot is an excellent gathering place for groups and is known to accommodate parties of six or more with a sharable prix fixe menu. Starters and mains are ordered individually and then a selection of vegetable sides is offered to pass around. More »

Momofuku Daisho

Momofuku Daisho

Equipped for large parties and specializing in large-format meals, Daisho offers sharing-friendly spreads of bo ssam, beef short rib, beef ribeye and lobster dinners that feed anywhere from four to eight and range in price from $250 to $600 per table. More »

Campagnolo

Campagnolo

Ordering for the table is encouraged at Dundas West’s Campagnolo. The ever-changing menu offers modern twists on rustic Italian dining, instilled with the virtues of Nonna’s dinner table and the mangia, mangia mentality to go with it. More »

The Emerson

The Emerson

You could make a meal of the side dish combo (5 for $20) offered by this Bloorcourt restaurant, but the wiser choice is to order a meat-centric mains (think pot pies and steaks) a la carte and then share in on the excellent array of sides. More »

Bestellen

Bestellen

You need a big family to get through the whole roasted suckling pig offered by this College Street restaurant. Presented at the table whole with all the fixings (usually a salad, four or so vegetable sides and dessert) for $59 a head. With only 72 hours notice the spread can be yours to share with at least seven fellow diners. More »

Queen and Beaver

Queen and Beaver

Sunday nights at the Queen and Beaver are a family affair with seven weekend roasts to choose from. The feasting menu includes options like rib roast with Yorkshire puddings or slow cooked lamb shoulders plus all the accompaniments. Available for parties of five or more, prices range from $24-$37 a person depending on the beast and cut. All they ask is, that reservations are made by the Thursday prior. More »

Cafe Belong

Cafe Belong

Situated on the grounds of the Evergreen Brick Works, Cafe Belong offers five-course communal meals each evening. Nightly menus are centered around meat ($80), fish ($80) or vegetarian ($60) options but you can always leave it up to the chef for $90. When ordering, everyone at the table must participate but they’ll do it for just a couple. Reservations are recommended though walks are accepted. More »

Discussion

24 Comments

Morton / June 24, 2013 at 12:26 pm
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But where are the best LATE NIGHT family style dinners in Toronto??!
HearsAWho / June 24, 2013 at 01:04 pm
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What I really want to know is where are the best LATE NIGHT family style dinners UNDER $10 in Toronto??!
Cheffy replying to a comment from HearsAWho / June 24, 2013 at 01:06 pm
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There's a dumpster out back of my restaurant. Fill yer boots.
torontodude replying to a comment from HearsAWho / June 24, 2013 at 01:08 pm
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Food Basics - try the KD for $0.99, throw in a pack of weiners for a few bucks and there you fof...under $10.00
Sadie / June 24, 2013 at 01:14 pm
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Gio Rana's Really Really Nice Restaurant (The Nose) has an awesome menu designed for sharing. I went for my birthday last year with my family (including aunt, uncle, cousins and grandparents), and there was something for everyone and plenty to go around.

Highly recommend it!
Rivers / June 24, 2013 at 01:20 pm
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Ruby Watchco also has great family style dinners
Nick / June 24, 2013 at 01:39 pm
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Agree with Rivers. I'm a little surprised that Ruby Watchco isn't on this list since that is pretty much all they do, not to mention it is delicious.
Tanya replying to a comment from HearsAWho / June 24, 2013 at 02:00 pm
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NO family should be going out for dinner late at night! 1. its not good for your health 2. if children are involved they should be home in bed!
Lolabelle / June 24, 2013 at 03:19 pm
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Mezes on the Danforth - great tapas-like share plates. my kids love their keftedes and dolmades lemonato.
sw replying to a comment from Tanya / June 24, 2013 at 04:43 pm
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^lol this.
Jeremy / June 24, 2013 at 04:54 pm
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Was there nothing in the East end that was worth posting?
If there's nothing in the top ten out that way, how about a post about the top ten in the east so that the other half of the city can have some options?
wikito replying to a comment from Morton / June 24, 2013 at 05:08 pm
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For really late night try chinatown
http://www.wikito.org/New_Ho_King_-_Chinese_restaurant_in_Chinatown_on_Spadina_Ave_Toronto
Andrew / June 24, 2013 at 11:39 pm
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What about restaurants in the east end? How can you not have Ruby Watchco on here??!
E / June 25, 2013 at 02:11 am
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Smoke's Bourbon Bar-B-Q at Harbord and Palmerston is very good and affordable.
Vicky replying to a comment from torontodude / June 25, 2013 at 11:33 am
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Dude, you are sooo classy.
bette buckner / July 20, 2013 at 02:23 pm
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Nothing posted for Scarborough!
Moneesha replying to a comment from bette buckner / July 20, 2013 at 03:20 pm
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What's a Scarborough?
Moneesha replying to a comment from HearsAWho / July 20, 2013 at 03:21 pm
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Dude. Hipsters prefer to act like children, not have them.
Pam / June 22, 2014 at 09:10 pm
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Damn it, BTO! There are nice things east of Yonge. You might look into the traditional Irish dinner served in the kitchen at the Dora Keogh. There's also Ruby Watchco.
Hugh Jass replying to a comment from Tanya / June 23, 2014 at 04:57 pm
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What a fascist. You tell them what they should do with their kids! Saying that eating out late is bad for you is a dumb misconception that people who don't know better perpetuate. You should eat as long as you're awake and moving. It shouldn't matter what time it is. What if you work late and went to the gym at midnight? You'll obviously need to refuel after.

...And what's with all the hate because someone asked for under $10. This city is full of suckers that pay the asking price on so many things that you couldn't possibly get value out of. $40 Grilled Cheese festival anyone?...
Bee / June 23, 2014 at 06:56 pm
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Ruby Watchco should DEFINITELY be on this list!! Essential family style dining in Toronto!! Highly recommended :)
Bee replying to a comment from Rivers / June 23, 2014 at 06:57 pm
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Agreed!!!
babyD / August 26, 2014 at 10:58 pm
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How is this family style when these prices are so high per person?
Gill replying to a comment from babyD / August 26, 2014 at 11:17 pm
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Its family style when Mommy and Daddy come to the city and take you out for dinner and pay the whole bill.

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