Where to eat New Year's Day brunch in Toronto

Dec 19 2016, 9:37 pm

Good morning afternoon, 2017.

If you really must get out of bed to see what the new year holds, you might as well start it off right with a big stack of pancakes, coffee… so much coffee… and maybe a few mimosas.

These Toronto restaurants are open for brunch on New Year’s Day to soothe hangovers with tall stacks of pancakes and keep last night’s party going with lot’s of mimosas and Caesars flowing.

Here’s where to eat brunch on New Year’s Day in Toronto.


Enjoy brunch on New Year’s Day at this O&B restaurant specializing in Canadian comfort foods. Served from 11 am to 4 pm, look forward to plates of fried bologna and eggs, brunch poutine, and grand slam breakfasts.

Address: 401 Bay Street, Toronto
Instagram: @bannock_to

Bar Centrale

Frittata alla ‘nduja, panino crafted with scrambled eggs, prosciutto cotto, and fontina, and Scandanavian-style pancakes with jam and nutella are all on the brunch at this midtown Italian restaurant. Open at 10 am for brunch on New Year’s Day.

Address: 1095 Yonge Street, Toronto
Instagram: @terronito

Cafe Boulud

NYD brunch is on offer at Chef Daniel Boulud’s upscale Yorkville spot between 11 am and 3 pm. Enjoy two- and three-course prix fixe menus ($55 and $65, respectively) featuring selections of steak tartare, eggs Benedict, rotisserie chicken and waffles, and more.

Address: 60 Yorkville Avenue, Toronto
Instagram: @cafebouludto

Cafe Neon

The Queen Street location is serving brunch on New Year’s Day from 11 am to 4 pm while the Wallace Avenue spot is open from 10 am to 3 pm.

Address: 1024 Queen Street West, Toronto; 241 Wallace Avenue, Toronto
Instagram: @cafe_neon

Cardinal Rule

Sleep in and then start the New Year off right on Roncesvalles with brunch served from noon to 5 pm. Look forward to classic breakfasts served family-style, breakfast pies, and an ample selection of vegan favourites.

Address: 5 Roncesvalles Avenue, Toronto
Instagram: @cardinalrule

Colette Grand Café

Those lucky enough to wake-up New Year’s Day at (or nearby) the Thompson Hotel can meander over between 10 am and 2:30 pm for a buffet-style priced at $75 per person. Reservations recommended.

Address: 550 Wellington Street West, Toronto
Instagram: @colettetoronto

Dirty Food Catering

On New Years Day join this newcomer in The Junction for a ‘hangover brunch’ stocked with for guilty pleasure specials galore.

Address: 3070 Dundas Street West, Toronto
Instagram: @dirtyfoodto

Doug’s Public Kitchen

Are you embracing a vegan diet in 2017? Start the year off brunching with Doug McNish. On the menu from 10 am, coconut crusted French toast, pressed reuben sandwiches, and a signature vegan Benedict featuring a runny soft poached vegan egg yolk.

Address: 561 Marlee Avenue, Toronto
Instagram: @dougmcnish


Served 11 am to 3 pm on New Year’s Day, the restaurant inside the AGO is offering brunch for $90 per person ($27 per child) featuring a selection of oysters and poached shellfish, prime rib, halibut with warm lobster salad, and more.

Address: 317 Dundas Street West, Toronto
Instagram: @frank_ago

Her Father’s Cider

Brunch is on from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm on NYD at this Harbord Village cider bar. On the menu, breakfast sandwiches, Scotch eggs, grain bowls, and French toast with apple cheese cake mousse. $5 ‘Cider-osa’ specials on too.

Address: 119 Harbord Street, Toronto
Instagram: @hfciderbar

Lisa Marie

Brunch every single day from 11 am to 4 pm for seven days straight starting Boxing Day and wrapping up the day after NYD. Go for the double pancake pork burgers and bacon explosion Benedicts.

Address: 638 Queen Street West, Toronto
Instagram: @barlisamarie

Maple Leaf Tavern

The east side tavern is doing a boozy brunch from 11 am to 3 pm on NYD. The meny boasts selections like corned beef hash with poached eggs and hollandaise, buttermilk waffles, and hashbrown BLTs plus day drinks including Caesars, cups o’ punch, and bellinis.

Address: 955 Gerrard Street East, Toronto
Instagram: @mapleleaftavern

Mata Petisco Bar

Feijoada is back on the table for New Year’s Day at this Brazillian snack bar in Parkdale. Served 11 am to 4 pm, look forward to spicy Caesars, exotic mimosas, and starring the meaty bean stew.

Address: 1690 Queen Street West, Toronto
Instagram: @matabart


Brunch on truffled eggs and kale salads on New Year’s Day at this restaurant from celeb Chef Jonathan Waxman. Brunch is on from noon to 4 pm.

Address: 299 Adelaide Street West, Toronto
Instagram: @montecito_to


Another option for an entirely plant-based brunch can be had at this Yorkville restaurant from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm on New Year’s Day. Expect the a la carte menu brunch to be stocked with carrot cake smoothies, banana pancakes, “crab” cake Benedicts, and fried kimchi dumplings.

Address: 1221 Bay Street, Toronto
Instagram: @plantatoronto


For all your pizza and pasta-eating cravings on New Year’s Day, this Queen West staple is open from 10 am to 10 pm.

Address: 720 Queen Street West, Toronto
Instagram: @terronito


Low Tea is back on at this restaurant on Richmond. Fill up on grilled cheese bennies and let yourself get tipsy at this “Crazy Cheap Champagne Edition”, just not too tipsy if you want to see Rogue One right after because the elevator is still out at Scotiabank Theatre across the street.

Address: 304 Richmond Street West, Toronto
Instagram: @_thorough_

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