Updated for 2018: If you are organizing a large holiday party in Toronto during the Christmas season and trying to please everyone’s tastes, sometimes it’s easier to choose a restaurant that offers a holiday buffet. Some of Toronto’s historic properties that provide a wonderful ambiance during the holidays are offering special Christmas buffets beginning in November and leading up to Christmas.
Winter Buffet at Hart House 2018
On Dec. 11, 2018, enjoy a Winter Buffet at Hart House’s Great Hall at the University of Toronto. The winter buffet includes traditional stuffed turkey, Ontario slow-roasted beef (Halal), pasta, sustainable seafood catch of the day, vegan dishes, salads, cakes, flans, plum pudding and fresh fruit for dessert, coffee, tea and eggnog. With a roaring fireplace, wood-beam arched ceiling and oak-panelled walls, a more festive environment could not be had. Adults $52.95 (includes tax and gratuity); Students $43.49 (with valid student ID). Groups of 10 or more receive 10% discount. Seatings are are 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Guests seated at 11:30 a.m. must leave by 1:15 p.m. Buffet ends at 3:30 p.m. Call 416-978-8849 to reserve.
While Black Creek Pioneer Village is not offering a holiday buffet, they are offering Sunday Christmas Dinners with menu options on December 2, 9 and 16, 2018 at their Halfway House Restaurant so we thought we would include them. The Menus includes:
- Roasted Leek & Cauliflower Soup OR Greens Salad with Roasted Yam, Pomegranate, Beets and Goat Cheese
- Traditional Roasted Turkey with apple sage stuffing, sauteed Brussels sprouts, garlic mashed potato, gravy and cranberry sauce OR Lentil & Quinoa Stuffed Baked Acorn Squash with smoked tomato, basmati rice and sauteed Brussels sprouts
- Maple Pecan Tart OR Pumpkin Tart
- Fair Trade Coffee OR Tea.
Seatings are at 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. Once you have enjoyed your Christmas Dinner, take a walk through the village, which will be decorated for the season. Adults $63.95 plus tax, Adult Members $53.95 plus tax, Children (12 and under) $34.95 plus tax. Members should call (416)-667-6295 ext 2 to receive the members’ discount of 10% off. Reservations required. Parking is $7 per vehicle.
Festive Lunch Buffet at Old Mill and Spa 2018
The English, Tudor-style Old Mill Inn and Spa overlooking the Humber River offers a festive lunch buffet from Nov. 26 to Dec. 29, 2018 Monday to Friday from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Relax by a wood-burning fireplace in the majestic dining room while enjoying a holiday menu of soup, salads, turkey, stuffing, cranberries, meat entrees, vegetarian dishes, pasta, potatoes, cakes, tortes and fresh fruit. Adults $45.95 plus tax and gratuities; Children 6-11 $16.95 plus and gratuities; Children 5 and under Free. Call 416-207-2020 to reserve.
Festive Lunch Buffet at Chelsea Hotel, Toronto 2018
Enjoy a holiday lunch buffet on Thursday, December 13, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. at the Chelsea Hotel, Toronto. The lunch will include live entertainment and a chance to win a two-night stay at Chelsea Hotel, Toronto! Reservations of 25+ guests will receive a gift certificate for a one-night stay at Chelsea Hotel, Toronto for your group’s personal raffle draw.
The buffet includes flatbread with hummus trio; Roasted butternut squash soup; Roasted red pepper and sweet potato bisque; Kale and mushroom broth; Caesar salad; Heritage greens with cranberries and mandarin; Greek Salad with feta cheese; Couscous salad with dried fruit; Grilled vegetable and artichoke salad with balsamic reduction; Tomato and cucumber salad with dill yogurt dressing; Platter of antipasto vegetables; arrangement of cured and smoked meats with mustards; Chilled poached shrimp with cocktail sauce; Canadian Roasted Turkey with sage and onion stuffing, gravy, mashed Yukon gold potatoes, green beans with almonds; honey and orange glazed carrots; baked cheese and spinach cannelloni; Herb-Crusted Beef Striploin with Yorkshire pudding; thyme jus, horseradish, mustards; roasted mini red potatoes; winter asparagus; mini Ontario peppers; penne with grilled vegetables and herb garlic oil; salmon with cranberry and orange crust; dill and lemon ocean perch filets; lemon, onion and caper crème; ancient grain pilaf; Moroccan chick pea tajine; steamed broccoli with pecans; curried cauliflower; Dickens’s Dessert Buffet featuring Ontario apple cobbler with vanilla custard; grand array of festive cakes, flans and pies; home-style tarts, cupcakes and brownies; sliced seasonal fruit, berries and seasonal cookies. Early Bird Special: $40 per person. Book before November 1, 2018 for only $35 per person.
Enjoy a Festive Turkey Dinner at BnB Restaurant & Bar at the Sheraton Centre Toronto from Decembeer 17-25, 2018. The three course meal includes soup of the day, a special turkey plate and a festive dessert. The cost per person is $45 plus tax and gratuities. Call 416-361-6363 to reserve.
Sunday Festive Brunch at The Guild Inn Estate
Enjoy a Sunday Festive Brunch on Sun., Dec. 9, 2018 and Sun., Dec. 16, 2018 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at The Guild Inn Estate. The buffet menu features roast turkey with sage stuffing, cranberry, gravy and Yukon gold puree, roast beef carving, Salmon Wellington stuffed with spinach, mushroom duxelle and tarragon beurre blanc, omelette station, waffle bar, salad bar, pasta bar, roasted root vegetables, Caesar salad, rice pilaf, charcuterie board, bacon, sausage, potato latkes, sweet table with cakes, tortes, pies, French pastries and chocolate fountain. There are two seatings on Dec. 9 and 16, 2018: The first seating is at 10:30 a.m. until 12:15 p.m.; the second seating is at 12:45 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. The cost is $44.95 plus tax and gratuities. The Guild Inn Estate is located at 201 Guildwood Parkway, Scarborough. Free parking.