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

It can be hard enough to organize an event that organizes 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 Wvrst which has a casual, beer hall mentality with beer flights and duck fries to make everyone happy. 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. Nota Bene may cost a little more but can handle anything from a congregation of suits to a small wedding party. Cluny has an atmosphere that warrants a little dressing up, but will happily welcome those in stretchy pants who intend to do Cluny's bread products justice.

Determine the attitude of the company you keep and match the style of restaurant and ultimately everyone will be happy, whether you are hosting a discerning aunt or your friend who always seems to have a mustard stain on his lapel. 



The food photos from Fishman Lobster Clubhouse are so voluminous, so mountainous, that it seems that this restaurant might scoff at a party of one. All parties are welcome, but the platters of seafood at Fishman Lobster Clubhouse seem more aptly...  Read More



Sometimes your group just wants a good burger, a good cocktail and good conversation. In other words, a place where a tie can be loosened. Home of the Brave delivers on these fronts and more. Classic American dishes get a creative twist or...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Lee Facebook page


Since Hong Kong-born chef Susur Lee arrived in Canada in 1978, he's built a reputation on inventive cuisine that fuses the dishes of his homeland with other global influences. Lee is his flagship Toronto restaurant, with a menu that is built...  Read More



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



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

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



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

Little Italy


Bar Isabel has received a lot of buzz since it opened, but so far it has not gone to their heads. 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