Where to Order Take Out Christmas Dinner in Toronto
Christmas traditions vary dramatically from family to family, but one consistent element is that the holidays are a lot of work, especially for parents in Toronto. One reason for all that work? That near universal tradition of a big and (hopefully) delicious meal. But what if this year you outsourced that momentous task to someone else? That’s right, instead of spending hours prepping dinner, all you need to do is pick up a pre-made take out Christmas dinner in Toronto (or in some cases have it delivered) and then toss it in the oven to warm it up.
While not quite as many restaurants are offering Christmas dinners to-go as in years past (heads-up westenders, the Lakeview’s famed deep-fried turkey is eat-in only this year), there’s still a nice selection of spots where you order your meal.
Below, we round up eleven Toronto-based caterers and restaurants that are serving up multi-course Christmas dinners to-go. While turkey is the star of most of these meals, we’ve made sure to feature a few other main course options, including vegetarian choices. We’ve also tried to include spots that cater to a range of price points and crowd sizes. While we’ve included the ordering deadline when known, we do encourage you to place your order ASAP to guarantee your meal.
Where to Order Take Out Christmas Dinner in Toronto
299 Roncesvalles Ave., Toronto
Want a turkey dinner with a meaty twist this year? Then check out the Winter BBQ Meats box offered by beloved BBQ spot Barque. For $134, you’ll get enough smoked turkey breast with salsa verde, beef brisket and chopped pork for four people (all that meat just needs to be re-heated). For your sides, add on the Winter Sides Package for 4, which costs $42 and includes Caesar salad, southern collard greens and BBQ fries. Several other add-ons are also available, including mac and cheese and baby back ribs. All orders must be placed at least 48 hours before you want to pick your meal up.
1670 Kingston Rd., Toronto
Customers return year after year to snap up Corbin Catering & Foods’ delicious takeout turkey dinner. For $55 a person (minimum two-person order), you get slow roasted turkey breast and thigh, mixed herb roasted potatoes, maple glazed baby carrots, and wild mushroom bisque with puffed wild rice and more, including a flourless chocolate cake for dessert. Want something other than turkey? Corbin cooks up a couple of other options, including a spiced lamb chop dinner that runs $75 per person. Dinners can be delivered or picked up from December 20 until noon on Christmas Eve.
1870 Danforth Ave.
Known for its focus on local, fresh ingredients, The Ellery Market has assembled three different holiday takeout menus, all in the $50-$54 per person range. The Classic menu is built around roast turkey breast and starts off with assorted “nibbles” such as local cheeses. For sides, it features leek brown butter Yukon mash, roasted squash medley, gravy avec au jus and more. For dessert, there’s cherry-thyme panna cotta with Montmorency cherries. The duck option features all of that but with the turkey swapped out for a King Cole duck confit leg. Have a vegetarian or vegan on your guest list? The Ellery can easily accommodate them, with a menu that includes delicata squash stuffed with quinoa and cranberries.. All orders must be submitted by December 18 and must be picked up on December 24 between 10am and 2pm.
While most of the big grocery store brands now offer some version of a pre-made Christmas turkey dinner, the consensus from local Facebook parenting groups is that Farm Boy offers the superior grocery store meal. For $179.99, enjoy either a roast turkey or glazed ham and an assortment of sides including cranberry apple sausage stuffing, chive mashed potatoes and roasted shredded Brussel sprouts. Either protein option will feed six to eight people. Farm Boy doesn’t have a hard order deadline, but it does encourage people to secure their dinners ASAP. All meals must be picked up sometime between December 22 and December 24.
St. Regis Hotel, 325 Bay St., Toronto
Looking to splash out on Christmas dinner? Then you have to check out Louix Louis’ Holiday Festival Feast. The turkey option, serves six and runs $495, stars a whole roasted free-range turkey, roasted chestnuts soup, bread, two salads, and six sides including roasted Brussels sprouts and brioche bread stuffing with apricots and cranberry. And to top all that deliciousness off is an almond praline mousse Yule Log. If you prefer, you can swap the turkey for a AAA Canadian roast of prime rib (this package costs $475) or for $36, add on Louix Louis’ truly over-the-top King’s Cake, a 13 (!) layer chocolate cake. No delivery is available, the feast must be picked at the hotel, but you can pick it up on December 24 or the 25.
38 Karl Fraser Rd., Toronto
Looking for selection? Then you need to check out what well-known McEwan Catering has on offer. Go for the classic Cooked Turkey dinner, which starts at $345 for eight to 10 people and comes with roasted root vegetables, freshly baked bread, homemade stuffing and more. Or change things up and opt for one of the many other choices, such as salmon, surf and turf and even a seafood fest.
You can also easily add on supplementary products from McEwan’s extensive pantry. Whatever you select, make sure to place your order at least 72 hours prior to when you want to either pick up your order or have it delivered.
1963 Queen St. E & 1372 Queen St. E, Toronto
Beloved east-end restaurant Mira Mira offers both a two-person ($120) and a six-person ($360) turkey dinner package that contains carved thigh and breast maple Dijon turkey, arugula salad, smoked cheddar whipped potatoes, fresh baked dinner rolls and more, including apple pie for dessert. Need to order more portions? That’s easily done, as is adding on a nice bottle of wine. All meals must be picked up on either December 23 from either of Mira Mira’s two locations or on December 24 from its Beaches restaurant.
Feed your family while also nourishing others with an order from Mr. Good Meats. This online caterer is well-known for its support of The Red Door Family Shelter. Mr. Good Meats offers two main holiday dinners. The Classic Christmas Dinner features slow roasted turkey with traditional sage stuffing and all the usual trimmings including cranberry compote, homemade gravy, whipped potatoes, and honey glazed carrots. This meal starts at $154.99 for four people, with the option to double it to feed eight people. Want to take things up a notch? There’s also a deluxe Christmas dinner available that runs $369.99, feeds 10, and includes slow cooked AAA roast beef with traditional au jus. Plenty of add-ons are also available, including an appetizer pack that features six kinds of appetizers that will take your party to the next level. No pickup option is available; instead, Mr. Good Meats will deliver your meal to your door on December 23 or 24.
Fairmont Royal York, 100 Front St. W
Here’s another decadent option from one of Toronto’s leading hotels. Choose from either a cider and thyme-brined Ontario free-range turkey or a royal honey and grainy mustard glazed leg of ham. Each protein is accompanied by a cornucopia of sides including butternut squash and sweet potato bisque, brioche popover rolls, maple glazed vegetables, and even a choice of pumpkin or apple pie. Each meal is designed to serve either four or eight people, with pricing starting at $300. You can also easily add on additional menu items. Orders must be placed before noon on December 22 for pick-up on December 24 or 25.
707 Dundas W St., Toronto
Expecting a big crowd? Then Smokin Bones’ assorted holiday dinners might be perfect for your family. Four different packages are available, each serving a minimum of eight people. The $21.95 per person ‘Tis the Season option included sliced white and dark roasted Ontario turkey meat and all the traditional sides, such as apple and sage stuffing, buttered green beans, and Yukon gold mashed potatoes, are included. The $25.95 per person Season of Giving package features all of that tastiness, plus a baked holiday ham with glazed pineapple. Not a fan of turkey? Then consider the Feast of the Season option, which is built around a lemon and herb scented roast chicken and costs $18.95 per person. Place your order, which can be delivered or picked up from now up until and including Christmas Day, by December 20.
446 Summerhil Ave., Toronto
Summerhill Market’s take out Christmas dinner is so beloved that it’s actually available year-round. Known for its generous portions, each meal comes with a mix of dark and light turkey, French green beans, maple roasted butternut squash, buttermilk smashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, and cranberry sauce. Everything is packaged for a quick and easy warmup in your oven. Dinners are priced $38 per person. Orders must be placed at least 72 hours ahead of your preferred pick-up date, which can include the morning of December 25 (delivery up until December 24 is also available). Summerhill Market also offers a $45 per portion beef tenderloin version of the above dinner, for those looking for something a little meatier, as well as large trays of most of the aforementioned food items, in case you have a big crowd to feed.