Toronto's Group-Friendly Restaurants: Spaces Big Enough for Friends, Family, Everyone

It can be hard enough to organize an event that congregates a group of people in Toronto. Trying to find a restaurant that not only accommodates everyone but also happily satiates them can be hard. No one wants to wait in a line or get shoved into a corner. No one puts baby in the corner, and no one will put your people in a corner with these 10 Best picks.

There are choices for the talkative and rowdy, such as Boots N' Bourbon Saloon which will not only roast a mean chicken, but also challenge your nearest and dearest to a mechanical bull riding contest. Or, if you like sushi and a lot of yelling, try out the infectiously vibrant Japanese restaurant Guu Izakaya

Sometimes you need a little more class than sass. Auberge du Pommier in North York is exceptionally elegant, with crisp white tablecloths, faded stonework and waitstaff that will make you feel like a king. Far Niente is located in the Financial District with a wine list that rivals most ebooks and rooms available to rent out no matter how large your group.

Determine the attitude of the company you keep and match the style of restaurant and ultimately everyone will be happy, whether you are hosting 50 friends in suits or 5 friends in jeans and cowboy hats who are waiting their turn to bull-ride. 

The Keg mansion is certainly the best Toronto location of this chain of North American restaurants. The gothic heritage building was built in 1868, during a period of great wealth in Toronto. It has had some renovations since, but apparently...  Read More

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Luma is a wonderful restaurant to stop by if you are in the heart of the city. Right on King Street around everything that is buzzing, the warm wood within the restaurant offsets the surrounding hustle and bustle. Luma is an Oliver &...  Read More

Far Niente
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Located in the Financial District, Far Niente exudes the refined elegance expected by the Bay Street crowd. They are certainly doing more than "niente" to provide fine food and great wine. You can enjoy the elegant ambience of the main...  Read More

Queen West

Japanese restaurant. Tapas restaurant. Drinking establishment which serves food to accompany the drinks (at least according to the definition of Izakaya). Guu Izakaya does it all. This lively and energetic restaurant opened in 2011 after being...  Read More

Boots 'n' Bourbon Saloon
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Boots N'Bourbon is a country Western bar in downtown Toronto that surprisingly works. Dust off your cowboy boots and get ready to hear some good music played by musicians in flannel shirts. Entertainment doesn't end there, with a mechanical bull...  Read More

Cluny Bistro takes French food and makes it unfussy. You can have your caramelized onion soup and moules frites but you don't need to have a side of snobbery. Even so, the backdrop for your dining experience is absolutely stunning with high...  Read More

North Toronto

Not all of Toronto's best restaurants are downtown, and Auberge Du Pommier proves that. Ontario chef Malcolm Campbell brings New French flair through his cuisine at this North York neighbourhood restaurant. Auberge has been constructed around...  Read More

Little Italy

Bar Isabel has received a lot of buzz in the last year, but so far it has not gone to their head. Late night eats are impressively carnivorous, such as roast bone marrow or a whole octopus or fish ceviche. You can also have some horse tartare,...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Wvrst Facebook Page

The world can be divided into two groups of people: those who say "yay" to a beer hall and those who say "nay." For those who are in the "yay" category, Wvrst is an informal way to have a lot of fun (and potentially a lot of beer). With communal...  Read More

Queen West

Nota Bene is so welcoming to groups that it even has menus entirely designed for them. The recently revamped space has a salvaged iron wood tree trunk treated with the ancient Japanese process of Shou Sugi Ban. A back wall of the restaurant is...  Read More


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Courtney Sunday has lived in England, Switzerland, Canada and the US, finding her way into the professions of freelance writing and yoga teaching in between travel opportunities. She learned...  More About Courtney