Toronto is a highly regarded culinary capital of the world, this diverse city providing some of the absolute finest foods in some of the broadest genres/cultures. A walk down any major Toronto avenue will show you world-renown chefs, sky-scraping eateries, and oh so many head-turning options, you may not know where to start, especially if you happen to be toting around children as well!
Well with this kid-friendly guide you won’t have to worry about which restaurants may be too expensive, maybe too dressy, or maybe too stiff to have children in, in general.
Best in Town
Pizzeria Libretto Danforth - Though there are several more locations throughout Toronto, Pizzeria Libretto Danforth is one of what we consider to be the city’s all-time best eateries. This classic Italian dinnertime hotspot boasts ‘Heritage Grade Pizza Napoletana’, a crispy, thin, extremely delicious pizza made in a brick oven. Enjoy a relaxed and inviting atmosphere here, as well as plenty of things to keep the kiddos busy, like the coloring sheets and crayons on the tables!
Barque Smokehouse - Barque Smokehouse is another Toronto gem we have dubbed one of the ‘best in town’, this lively local spot presenting excellent kids meal choices, truly delicious favorites for adults, and our favorite part, the weekly Sunday Night Family Dinners. This option here lets you share big plates as a family, a great way to get together with the whole gang for a quality bbq meal.
Uncle Betty’s Diner - This is the perfect spot for kids to eat, from its tasty kid-friendly entree choices to the family-oriented vibe of the wait staff and eatery itself. Uncle Betty’s serves up the finest ‘gourmet comfort food’, presenting options such as hot dogs, sloppy joe, mac 'n' cheese, and even an after-dinner ice cream bar!
Ed’s Real Scoop - For youngsters with more of a sweet tooth we suggest heading to Ed’s Real Scoop, one of the best places in all of Toronto to go for a cone (or cup!). Ed’s provides guests with a myriad of frosty options such as ice cream, gelato, frozen yogurt, and even homemade chocolates and fudge. Stop by and get your sweet treat fix, the Maple Walnut, Lemon Meringue, and of course, Chocolate always selling out fast!
Soma Chocolatemaker - Speaking of good chocolate, this next option will definitely not disappoint when it comes to quality cocoa! Soma Chocolatemaker, located both on King Street West and in the Distillery District, provides guests with some of the richest, most delicious chocolates, gelatos, and ‘experimental pieces’ in town! Head to the bakery and sip some cocoa, or maybe go sample something from the cocoa bean lab and watch a new creation being made!
Kids Eat Free
Magic Oven - If you want healthy, local, and delicious, you want the Magic Oven! This pizza place uses local organic ingredients, provides children with fun and challenging activities while here, and is within a reasonable budget for most families, providing a ‘kids eat free’ option each Monday 5 pm-9 pm. Healthy mind, healthy body, healthy wallet!
The Ace - Get ready for one really extensive kid's menu at The Ace, a highly popular local spot giving kids well-loved options such as grilled cheese, fried chicken, and even spaghetti and meatballs. This place also provides a Sunday Family Time dinner, as well as weekend Family Brunch options, not to mention kids eat free anytime with the purchase of any adult entree!