The Best Restaurants for Private Dining in Toronto
The best restaurants for private dining in Toronto are able to accomodate all types of special occasions with attentive service, customizable menus and, best of all, the ability to leave the party planning prep work and ensuing mess to professionals.
The list below offers fun backdrops for birthday parties, stags and showers or intimate settings for formal dinners and even weddings. Many of these restaurants can even turn business into play with AV equipped rooms ready for corporate meetings.
This Dundas West Italian restaurant offers up a secluded space in its basement wine cellar for parties of eight to 12. Here, groups can peer through a window to the cheese cave and are served family style feasts consisting of five traditional courses starting with salumi and cheese and progressing through antipasti, pasta, secondi (mains) and dessert. More »
Gusto 101 serves Nonna’s sharing menus for parties of up to 20 guests in the barrel-lined wine cellar (or a sanctioned off spot on the rooftop). The space can be booked for lunch, brunch or dinner and pre-set family style menus are available or can be customized in advance. Take note, they do ask for a deposit and there's a minimum spend depending on the headcount. More »
Ruby Watchco is known for family style service featuring daily menus inspired by local and farm fresh ingredients. Upstairs, the private dining room seats up to 24 guests around two harvest tables for dinner or can host cocktail and canapés receptions for guest lists of up to 40. More »
Harbour Sixty Steakhouse offers five private or semi-private spaces that are each stately backdrops for private affairs. While the various areas can be booked for parties of 10 to a maximum of 50, the most special of the rooms is perhaps the top floor Commissioner's Room, a handsome historic boardroom paneled in walnut and boasting its own fireplace. More »
Known for modern farmhouse styled cooking, Grace Restaurant on College is happy to customize any private dining experience but likes it best when dinner parties start at cocktail hour and then sit down for a family-style meal. The Upstairs Lounge is an elegant setting for dinner parties of up to 30 or you can double the guest list by sticking to cocktails, passed canapés, charcuterie boards and/or oysters. More »
Known for traditional Italian family style menus, Terroni on Adelaide boasts a special charm thanks to its historical function as a jailhouse. These days inmate cells have been reformed into wine cellars and the solitary confinement converted to a pasta freezer. Among the nooks and crannies available for private dining there’s, the Ufficio (office) for parties up to 14, the Cantina (wine cellar) for up to 50, and, in the winter months there’s the Tinello Alcove that turns the patio walkway into intimate seating for ten. More »
Overlooking Patria’s main dining room and bar, this lofty semi-private area lets parties of up to 20 participate in the King West restaurant's boisterous atmosphere while still offering an exclusive dining experience. A favourite spot for corporate events, birthdays, stags and showers, large groups can reserve the space with a prix fixe menu featuring Spanish tapas to share around the table. More »
Rodney’s will divide up almost any space in their King West oyster house for group functions but for a private setting, book The Cuddy Room that seats 10 to 24 around a long wood table. The crew will even set up an in-room oyster shucking station and offers family style or a la carte menu options. More »
Riverside's Table 17 offers a private second floor dining room that can accommodate 10 to 24 guests for dinner or up to 40 for cocktail parties. The space has its own private powder rooms, dedicated bar and the option to add food stations. Oyster bar anyone? The attentive servers will even arrange taxi services should things get out of hand. More »