The Best Family Style Dinners in Toronto
The 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.
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 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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »