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The top 35 restaurants for New Year's dinner in Toronto

Restaurants for New Year's dinner in Toronto range from affordable to pricey. You can choose to eat early and party hop or grab a late seating and count down to 2017 as you dine.

Here are my picks for the top restaurants for New Year's dinner in Toronto.

The Ace

The Roncesvalles favourite is a tight little spot, but it's very much worth it if you can make it inside. They have a prix fixe dinner on the big night, which includes mains like seared filet of beef with truffle mashed potatoes and complimentary glasses of bubbly. Reserve your table for 10 p.m. or later and join them for the countdown.

Bar Begonia

This Parisian-style spot on Dupont is doing an early dinner starting at 7:15 p.m., and then clearing the tables for a special NYE cocktail party at 9:30 p.m. They're taking reservations now and your $50 ticket includes champagne and canape's throughout the night.

Beast

This cozy dining space on Tecumseth is heavy on carnivorous offerings and will be hosting a family-style dinner at $75 per person. It starts at 6:30 p.m., making it a great spot to start off. The menu includes lobster, duck, oysters and pickerel.

Birreria Volo

This snacking and beer spot and will celebrate NYE from 5 p.m. until 2 a.m. with a no-ticket, no-dress code night of drinking and eating. They're opening different bottles from their cellar every hour a with small-plate menu that's drool worthy.

Boralia

The four-course set tasting menu at this Americana restaurant on Ossington is $75. It features lobster spaghetti, a venison rack and a dessert to die for. Lucky for you, they're still taking bookings in advance.

Byblos

This Middle Eastern spot features both a three-course and four-course spread, which comes with a wine pairing option. There's also a four-course vegetarian option and a simpler a la carte menu until 7:30 p.m. if you want to eat earlier.

Chantecler

Parkdale's French bistro-style resto promises "no prix fixe gouge a thon." Instead, they're offering their full menu from 6 to 11 p.m., with sharing plates and some specials including, oysters Rockefeller and lobster bisque.

The Chase

The rooftop wonder known as The Chase will have three NYE dinner seatings at 5:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., with a menu including venison tartare, grilled atlantic lobster and Hokkaido scallops. The first seating is $90 a person; the second and third are $125 each.

Carbon Bar

This Queen East gem will be serving a family-style feast with three seatings. The first and second seatings are set at $59 and $79 per person, but it's the $99 final seating, which carries into the New Year that you really want to bite into. The price includes champagne at midnight.

The Commodore

This Parkdale fish restaurant has been getting top marks this past year for its menu and decor. They'll be open on NYE with a super simple and classic set up serving oysters and half price sparkling wine. Book a table in advance and celebrate new beginnings on the lighter side (other menu items and drinks will also be available).

DaiLo

Chef Nick Liu's NYE tasting menu is a work of art. The menu is $75 per person with the option of adding wine pairings for another $50 per person.

Doma

French-inspired Korean is on the menu for the end of 2016 at this College Street hideaway. They have a special set menu for $75 and you'll get a glass of bubbly, an amuse bouche and a three course pre fixe dinner. You can tack on a $35 for drink pairings. There are two seatings available at 5:30 p.m and 8 p.m and the menu features duck, beef striploin, fish, shrimp and loads more.

El Rey

Kensington Market's mezcal bar and restaurant from Grant van Gameren and his talented team are doing a NYE tasting menu for two at $50 per couple. There will also be a DJ to help ring in the New Year.

The Emerson

This Bloordale Village restaurant's fun vibe and menu get one last chance to shine in 2016 with a special NYE Year of the Rooster party. They're serving a four-course dinner at $65 a person with two seatings through the night. DJ Dolo Rock will be spinning. Be sure to call and book in advance.

Figo

You've probably walked by this gorgeous spot at Adelaide and John, with its soaring ceilings and open kitchen and thought one day, I want to hang out in there. Well hang out for NYE! Chef Anna Chen has planned a four-course prix fixe menu at $85 a head. Steaks, pizza with truffles and pumpkin and ricotta cheesecake will make for a delicious night.

Harvest Kitchen

This charming Harbord Street spot is hosting a very special NYE feast. It's call Good Food for Good, and it's a family-style vegetarian dining experience with consciously-sourced ingredients. Proceeds will go to the not-for-profit Building Roots TO to help raise awareness on food insecurity in Toronto. Tickets range from $50 to $80.

Her Father's Cider

Toronto's first cider bar is throwing a NYE party that features a five-course tasting dinner with cider pairings. It's $75 and with pairings it's $120. There are various seating times available and it's reservations-only for this one, so hurry up and book a spot.

Kasa Moto

Make a reservation now for a delicious family-style dinner at this Yorkville spot. Okay, it's $120 a person, but that includes champagne and some delicious signature Japanese dishes, like Wagyu beef carpaccio and a whole grilled sea bass.

Lamesa

Celebrate with a five-course Filipino-style feast for $65. There are vegetarian options available, and while menu details haven't been released yet, this comfort-food zone is going to be fun. Make sure to reserve in advance.

Lavelle

Lavelle is throwing a full-out black and white affair party for NYE. You can get a table starting at 8 p.m. for $165 a person. It's a 10-course menu that includes sparkling wine and party favours. Bottle services packages start after dinner with DJ ESP.

Loka

Toronto's first Kickstarter-funded restaurant takes care of both meat-lovers and vegetarians during its NYE feast. It's $75 a person with two seperate five-course menus available.

Mamakas

What might be Toronto's most gorgeous Greek restaurant is celebrating NYE simply by adding some one-off additions to its regular menu. Celebrate the loss of 2016 inside this 86-seat bright Ossington hot-spot. Reserve your seat and make sure you're in the middle of everything for the big night.

Maple Leaf Tavern

This is an old bar with a contemporary finish and it features afamily-style, $65 per person NYE menu, including rib eye, suckling pig and a w hole oxtail brioche, which is pre-order only and feeds four.

Mascot Brewery

On the ground floor, Mascot will be serving a four-course prix fixe dinner, which will flow right into the party upstairs at Odd Thomas. Seatings starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets start at $50.

Miku

This Janapanese restaurant from Vancouver deserves the hype. It's so yummy and impressive and its NYE dinner will not disappoint. It's a five-course, chef's choice menu of sashimi, entrĂŠes, famous aburi sushi and a decadent NYE dessert. There'll also be a photobooth and it's $140 a person.

Miss Thing's

It's a tiki disco and dinner party at Miss Thing's in Parkdale! Chef Japser Wu has created a p rix fixe dinner at $50 per person, which includes complimentary free entry to Tiki Disco 2017. You can get advance tickets now.

Montecito

Seating starts at 5 p.m. for this $75-a-person dinner. You'll need a reservation. The Late Night Affair party - with canapes, oysters, DJs, party favours and an open bar - starts at 10 p.m. It's for $85 basic entry and $110 for premium.

Noorden

Have a private Rijsttafel party, for groups of six or more, on the big night. Prices start at $48 a person. It's a traditional and elaborate Dutch meal and they're the only place in Toronto that does it. Food's available from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. and then they're open late to ring in the New Year with cocktails.

Oyster Boy

The city's oyster experts are open NYE for take out from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call ahead and impress your friends by picking up oysters to shuck at home or (slightly less impressive to friends) pre-shucked platters. Prices vary, but again, call ahead for this one.

Patria

Celebrate Spanish style with Patria, which is serving a special a la carte menu available until 7:30 p.m., followed by a three and four course prix-fixe with vegetarian menu options. Make sure to reserve a spot for this one.

Planta

Need to finish off your year with a plant-based meal? Planta's $55 meatless evening is for you. This Bay Street resto will serve family-style for NYE.

Smoke Signals

It's a NYE Carolina cookout at Smoke Signals with a night of "Whole hog and low country cookin." There are two seatings at 6 and 9 p.m. and it's $55 a person and that includes bubbles. You should expect a lot of meat and mouth-watering sides.

Thoroughbred Food & Drink

Located in the heart of the Entertainment District, Thoroughbred will be ringing in the New Year with tasting menus and a wild dance party. Supper is $55 or $75 per person and both come with a complimentary glass of sparkling wine. The restaurant will transform into a dance floor around 10 p.m. with DJ Boots Boogie and Forte spinning until 3 a.m.

Ufficio

There is one seating at 7 p.m. at this elegant Italian spot. You can reserve a spot in advance at this shrine to seafood and know that you'll eat like a king and queen of the sea. It's been called one of the city's most beautifully designed restaurants, so the setting for 2017 is just right.

Weslodge

It's an a la carte menu before 7.30 p.m., followed by a three-course prix fixe dinner for $75 a person at this glammed up downtown lodge on King West. The Saloon will be serving things like butter-poached lobster, braised rib and rum-soaked ginger bread.

Lead photo by

Jesse Milns at El Rey


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