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10 special occasion restaurants to take your parents in Toronto

Finding a restaurant in Toronto to take your parents to for a special occasion can be tricky, but there are lots of great options out there. These places are easy to get to, have lots of crowd-pleasing choices on their menus, and pride themselves on pleasant service.

Here are my picks for special occasion restaurants to take your parents to in Toronto.

Planta Queen

This chic plant-based restaurant can be found near Queen and University. Not only is the restaurant gorgeous inside the vegan eats come with an Asian flair that will please any palette. 

Mayrik

Make your parents feel special with food inspired by Armenian family recipes at this airy Mount Pleasant restaurant.

Scaramouche

Tucked away in a high rise at 1 Benvenuto Place off Avenue Road is where you'll discover this Italian restaurant that's more towards the pricier side. Don't fret it's for a special occasion so splurging is allowed.

Giulietta

It’s tough to argue with pizza and pasta, and this College St. restaurant serves both in a classy setting.

Constantine

The ground-floor restaurant of Anndore House is a swanky spot to indulge in breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner with the family.

Gare de l’Est

French bistro food can be found at this restaurant that’s next to a theatre at Dundas and Carlaw so it’s perfect for a bite before or after a show.

Byblos Uptown

Yonge and Eglinton has this outpost of a restaurant famed for elegant Mediterranean food that will wow your folks.

Frilu

The Thornhill restaurant doesn't boast an à la carte menu rather you select from two tiers of tasting menus that are anything but ordinary.

Dreyfus

Open only in the evenings, this rustic spot joins a growing number of stylish destinations in Harbord Village. Spoil the parents with homey-plate of French cusine and natural wines.

Boehmer

Ossington has this mainstay for buck-a-shuck and charcuterie boards that are perfect for sharing as you catch up with family.

Lead photo by

Hector at Planta. With files from Amy Carlberg and Jaclyn Skrobacky.


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