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Sep 11, 2011 07:04 PM

Great Kid Friendly Restaurant in Toronto

We are foodies coming from NYC with our 18 month old. We are staying in downtown Toronto. Do you have any recommendations for great kid friendly restaurants for brunch, lunch or dinner? We definitely need a high chair!

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  1. Are there any good kid friendly places in the Distillery District?

    Distillery District
    55 Mill St, Toronto, ON M5A, CA

    7 Replies
    1. re: jackieparis

      IMO There aren't any "good" places in the Distillery District, let alone "kid-friendly."

      1. re: iMarilyn

        Ok! I would love to hear some good friendly places anywhere in Toronto!

        1. re: jackieparis

          if you are looking for a place near the distillery district, Gilead Bistro is definitely kid-friendly for lunch or brunch (not sure about high chairs, but we took our 4 and 6 year olds there on the weekend). Menu is focussed on local and seasonal ingredients. In the downtown area , Terroni (Italian) is definitely kid-friendly (but the restaurant itself is always subject to debate on the board due to their "no subsitutions", "no butter" and "no parmesan for seafood pasta policies" - if you search it on this board you wil find several threads on this issue) -however I've been a number of times with kids for lunch and dinner and we've always had a good experience. Le Select Bistro (traditional french bistro) on Wellington has also been quite welcoming to our kids at lunch.

          We also had amazing service at Woodlot (another local, seasonal ingredient spot but with a woodburning oven..) with our kids (it's not too far from downtown near College/Little Italy) - we went at 5:30 pm, just as they opened, and sat at the hightable near the kitchen, and the kids were fascinated by the woodburning oven and the kitchen activity . The chef even came out to ask the kids how they enjoyed the meal (he didn't ask us!) and the bar concocted special fizzy drinks for the girls as well - however I have no idea if they have highchairs. I think quite a few restaurant are welcoming to kids provide you go for an early dinner or at lunch.

          Are you looking for a particular type of food or neighbourhood? I think there have been a few threads on kid friendly restaurants in the past, so you may find other reccs from searching the board.

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

          Gilead Bistro
          4 Gilead Place, Toronto, ON M5A, CA

          1. re: piptal

            Thanks so much! This is a great help. I keep reading that Le Select has good food and is kid friendly. I have also read about the Italian restaurant with "no substitutions." We will definitely try those.

            Are there good burger places? We are sort of burger connoisseurs.

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

            1. re: jackieparis

              Le Select is good and kid friendly. They even have a child menu. :-)

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

              1. re: jackieparis

                Burger Priest (takeout only) but not downtown. Half hour streetcar ride!

            2. re: jackieparis

              Bairrada is a Portuguese restaurant on College has a huge backyard and suckling pig on Wednesday.

              Chinatown is nearby and always kid-friendly. Dim sum at Rol San, bbq at King's Noodle.

              Rol San
              323 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5T2E9, CA

              King's Noodle House
              296 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5T, CA

        2. Chinese restaurants in general are always kid-friendly so I would splurge on dim sum at Lai Wah Heen, we just took our two kids (3 years/6 months) out there for Peking Duck the other night. And we go to Le Select fairly often, they are always kid-friendly, even at night. Finally, at the fine dining spot George, one of the city's best, I went there without my kids but the waiter insisted they are totally kid-friendly, will cook off-menu if junior wants something simple, etc. Might be interesting to put that to the test, the amazing patio for the lunch pre-fixe would be my choice.

          1. Pizzeria Libretto (ossington) and Enoteca Sociale (dundas west) both have highchairs. Enoteca social takes reservations so might be easier.

            Pizzeria Libretto
            221 Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

            Enoteca Sociale
            1288 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA