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Jan 9, 2012 07:58 PM

Early breakfast for a group - Toronto

I'll be in Toronto at the end of May and am looking for a place for breakfast. While I've enjoyed reading about all of my lunch and dinner possibilities, I'm having a hard time finding breakfast spots. Typically we have a group of about 10 for a breakfast meeting at about 7am on a weekday morning. Does anyone have a place they recommend?


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  1. what part of the city? as a downtown guy-i always think downtown first and forget that there is anything beyond the immediate area....

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    1. re: ingloriouseater

      We'll be at the convention center, which, I presume, is downtown. I believe our headquarter hotel is the Sheraton. We'd like it to be somewhere within walking distance, and we would like to get out of our headquarter hotel since that's where most of us will be holed up for the week.

      Thanks for the help!

      1. re: atcpa

        Other than greasy spoons, such as the Patrician Grill or the somewhat more upscale Senator, which usually won't have seating for 10 people together, (since guests sit at the counter, at 2 tops or 4 tops), there aren't too many places downtown serving breakfast besides the hotel restaurants.

        The Thompson Hotel's diner could probably handle your group's size, but most reports of the food are mediocre.

        There are also several marginal to mediocre breakfast chains downtown, which could handle a group your size.

        Tundra, the restaurant in the Hilton just south of your Sheraton, is probably your best bet for a good breakfast for a group of 10 located close to your hotel, but not in your hotel. Tundra can be reserved through .

        249 Victoria St, Toronto, ON M5B1T8, CA

        145 Richmond Street West, Toronto, ON M5H 2L2, CA

    2. Have you tried searching for your time slot, to see what's open? Try your search with a group of 6 (since some OT restaurants don't allow online reservations for groups larger than 6 or 8), then call the restaurant to see about a group of 10.

      I haven't had breakfast at Brassaii since the last change in ownership, but they could easily seat a group of 10, if a reservation was made.

      Studio Cafe could also seat 10, if a reservation was made.

      461 King St. W, Toronto, ON M5V 1K7, CA

      Studio Cafe
      21 Avenue Road, Toronto, ON M5R 2G1, CA

      1. Agree with ingloriouseater, a preferred location would be helpful. Generally speaking, your options at 7am on a weekday will be limited to: a) hotel restaurants - Studio Cafe has been mentioned, another good bet is Sen5es in the Soho Met, maybe also check The Drake, The Hazelton, Ritz Carlton and The Thompson, depending on what part of the city you're intersted in; b) 24 hour diner style restaurants i.e. greasy spoons; or c) indie coffee houses, which typically open around 7 or 7:30 on weekdays but food is generally limited to muffins and pastries - Dark Horse, Te Aro, Manic, etc.

        If you can wait till 8, a few more options open up - eg. Lola's Kitchen, Canteen in the Bell Lightbox and Gilead Cafe.

        1. Given your location and your desire to get out of the hotel within walking distance, something like Eggspectations at the Eaton Centre would be your best bet, as it opens at 7am.

          If you can wait until 7:30, the Senator Diner is just another block past the Eaton Centre and has a lot more character and better food.

          If you can wait until 8am, The Gabardine is nearby. Breakfast is simple, but the food is excellent and the setting is lovely. This would be my choice, but the timing may constrain you.