Kid friendly Dining for the Holidays

Whether for the holidays or to celebrate the New Year, dining with friends and family during the holidays is most likely in your plans. Luckily the city has many great places where dining is fun for the entire family.

The Old Spaghetti Factory

There’s lots to keep everyone eating and your kids interested at The Old Spaghetti Factory. Originally a blacksmith shop built in the late 1800s, the large warehouse was converted in 1971 and now houses antiques, an old streetcar, original stained glass windows and an old carousel. A large menu is also sure to please everyone in your party.

54  The Esplanade, Toronto, 416-864-9761.

The Rainforest Café

Elephants, alligators and birds, oh my! If there’s anything that will keep your children occupied while they eat at The Rainforest Café, it’s animals and the café’s sparkling volcano. Enjoy seafood, beef, chicken, pasta and pizza and top off your visit with a trip to the Café gift shop. Conveniently located in the Yorkdale Shopping Centre, finish off any last minute gifts you may need after you eat.

1 Yorkdale Road, Toronto, 416-780-4080

Barque Smokehouse

Located in the heart of Roncesvalles Village, Barque’s offers great barbeque. With Family Nights every Sunday, diners can do a seating at either 5pm or 7pm and share platters of the restaurant’s set menu for the night. Both colouring and a kids’ menu are offered.

299 Roncesvalles Avenue, Toronto, 416-532-7700

The Pickle Barrel

The Pickle Barrel has many qualities that make it great for family dining. A large menu with many kid-friendly items to choose from, several locations close to the subway and shopping centres and moderate prices make it a great choice when heading out hungry.

Multiple locations in the city.

Ten Feet Tall Bistro Café Bar

Not only does Ten Feet Tall have a kids’ menu, they also have a Mac ’n’ Cheese Boutique: unique takes on an old standby, allowing items such as bacon, broccoli and sun-dried tomatoes to be added. Live jazz on Thursday and Saturday nights and Sunday afternoons will make it pleasing to parents as well.

1381 Danforth Avenue, Toronto, 416-778-7333


Enjoy breakfast (a meal most kids enjoy) all day long at Cora’s and choose from fresh fruit, eggs, waffles and other yummy goodies. Well-known for great food and a homey feel, Cora’s is a good bet.

Multiple locations in the city.


The burgers and ice-cream chain not only offers burgers and shakes but singing servers as well. With fast, easy service, what more could a family want?

Multiple locations in the city.

Magic Oven

Magic Oven will make the most environmentally conscious parent, or child, happy. With organic, gluten-free and vegan options, their packaging is also made using recycled materials and their restaurant locations are reclaimed sites that were marked for demolition and furnished with recycled materials. Monday nights are Munchkin Mondays when kids eat for free.

Multiple locations in the city,  416-868-6836

Hotel Gelato

Offering an all-day menu as well as breakfast and brunch, Hotel Gelato’s  food is made with organic, locally-sourced food. The best part, though, is their desserts. No matter what your family’s needs are, Hotel Gelato has something for everyone. They offer gelato and bakery items that are gluten-free, vegan, sugar-free, low-sugar, dairy-free and soy-based. They do not guarantee nut-free, though.

532 Eglinton Avenue West, Toronto, 416-932-2663

Wayne Gretzky’s

If you’re dining with sports fans, whether they are young or old, there’s much in this restaurant to hold their attention. Whether it is enjoying checking out Gretzky’s memorabilia, watching sports on their TVs, or just chatting and enjoying the ambiance, you’re sure to have a memorable meal.

99 Blue Jays Way, Toronto, 416-979-7825.

Tell us: where do you like to take your family to eat?

Photo by Shari Waino.

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