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Mar 16, 2010 04:55 AM

Anyone know if there are nice restaurants with "kids night" in Toronto?

Matt Gross, aka the Frugal Traveler of the New York Times (, just put out an article which chronicles his travel experience in San Francisco with his 1 year-old baby. He mentioned going to "Chenery Park Restaurant, a white-tablecloth place where Tuesdays are kids’ nights, meaning Sasha could make noise and drop food on the floor, and no one would notice." And went for "drinks at Vino Rosso, an Italian wine bar recommended by a Mission Parents member for its “Wine & Whiners” Wednesdays, where we knocked back $4 glasses of prosecco while our children played with dishwasher-sterilized plastic toys provided by the bar."

Do we have anything like this in Toronto? And no... I wasn't thinking Swiss Chalet or Boston Pizza.

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  1. Terroni at Yonge and Balmoral is full of young kids and lots of noise, and much better than Boston Pizza. Across the street, Capocaccia is very accomodating of my young ones.

    Capocaccia Cafe
    1366 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4T3A7, CA

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    1. re: siki2

      My concern about Terroni's: What if your child has the gall to ask for no mushrooms on their pizza? The server might lose it. And don't you dare ask for the pizza to be sliced.

    2. Not a kids' night but Le Select and Studio Cafe (Four Seasons) offer menus for children that are much better than typical (chicken finger, grill cheese, etc) kids' menus.

      Le Select
      432 Wellington St W, Toronto, ON M5V1E3, CA

      1. That sounds pretty fun! What a great idea.

        Frankly, I find almost every restaurant in Toronto is kid friendly to an extent (i.e., if there is noise and hustle and bustle). For example, I would take my 19 month old to House of Chan for steak, but not to Morton's. We've never really had a problem taking our child to restaurants, but every kid is different.

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        1. re: MeMeMe

          I agree! I even took my 3 and 6 year olds to Susur Lee's Madelines and we were very welcome there. Even the chef himself came and talked to us and didn't seem to mind or think it was odd that our girls were there. You'd be surprised that many high end restaurants will even have high chairs when you least expect it! The only thing is that when the children were infants, I would make sure to take the child out of the dining room or restaurant the second they started to fuss since the last thing you want to do is to disturb other diners.

          601 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V1M5, CA

        2. We should get a group together and take over a restaurant ... Would be easy to do with a small place!

          1. Folks, kids in restaurants can be a hot button issue on Chowhound, so we're asking that people avoid any sort of generalized complaining about bad experiences with kids they've encountered in restaurants. If you've got info to share on places that are particularly welcoming to children, or especially if you know of any restaurants that do kid-friendly nights in the vein of the ones the original poster asked about, please do post. But we don't really want to host a debate about good kids vs. bad kids and other issues of kids in restaurants on this regional board.