Best Restaurants in Toronto to Celebrate New Year’s Eve 2024
Published: December 18, 2023
It’s time to ring in the New Year! Toronto’s dining scene attracts travellers and locals alike to experience a wide range of cuisines and cocktails from masterful chefs and mixologists. Bid farewell to 2023 and get ready to welcome in 2024 with a meal at one of these local restaurants offering New Year’s Eve dining specials, experiences, and set menus to enjoy, whether dinner is your main event or a great start to your evening plans in downtown Toronto.
On December 31, UP Express can get you to all your New Year’s Eve festivities safely and quickly – and for free! This year, UP Express offers free rides beginning at 7pm until the end of service on December 31, courtesy of Forty Creek Whisky. Don’t forget to tap on and off with your physical PRESTO card, PRESTO in Google Wallet, debit/credit card or mobile wallet at the start and end of your trip. Don’t worry, no cost will be incurred, and you will see $0 on the display screen. UP Express service ends prior to midnight on December 31, so be sure to check GO Transit schedules to see how you can continue your journey for free after midnight until 8 a.m. GO Transit has also arranged special train service throughout the night to get you home safely.
Check out our picks for the best restaurants in Toronto to celebrate New Year’s Eve 2024. Reservations are recommended for all restaurants – be sure to book early to avoid disappointment.
Say “au revoir” to 2023 with a Parisian style multi-course dinner at Biff’s Bistro. Located steps from UP Express Union Station in downtown Toronto, soak in the ambiance at this French bistro with decadent favourites like Duck à l’Orange and unique cocktails. Offering both multi-course set menus and a la carte options, there’s something for everyone here.
Le Select Bistro
A long-time staple of Toronto’s dining scene, Le Select Bistro has been offering classic French cuisine and wines for 50 years. Their world wine list features over 1200 bottles with a focused selection of wines by the glass that pair perfectly with plates like coquilles St-Jacques, mussels, steak tartare, and more.
Combine an overnight stay with dinner for the ultimate New Year’s Eve celebration at TOCA, located in the Ritz-Carlton. Two blocks from UP Express Union Station, TOCA’s annual New Year’s Eve dinner features an Italian-inspired four-course menu. Be sure to check out their wine and cheese selections while dining here.
Vegans, we’ve got your back this New Year’s. Gia on Dundas Street West is a fully plant-based restaurant serving up vegan and vegetarian Italian-inspired cuisine. Enjoy a multi-course dinner on New Year’s Eve with timed seating that’ll have you on the way to your next stop before midnight. There’s even a weekday holiday lunch on Thursdays and Fridays in December if you’re visiting the city over this holiday season.
Don Alfonso 1890
If you’re looking for the best Italian restaurant outside of Italy, look no further than Don Alfonso 1890. Located steps from UP Express Union Station on the shore of Lake Ontario at the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel, Don Alfonso 1890 has received many accolades, including a Michelin Star. Indulge in a signature tasting menu and sommelier-guided wine pairings as the clock strikes twelve.
The Carbon Bar
Who says ever New Year’s Eve dinner has to involve fine dining? Enjoy a more relaxed atmosphere at The Carbon Bar, one of Toronto’s best Texas-style BBQ restaurants. Enjoy a BBQ platter for two in this downtown Toronto space featuring menu items for every budget.
Whether you’re celebrating in downtown Toronto, exploring new neighbourhoods, or getting out of town, UP Express is the best way to welcome in 2024. With four convenient stations and comfortable trains featuring free Wi-Fi, roomy seating, and friendly staff, rest assured that you’ll arrive at your destination in time to see the clock strike twelve.
360 The Restaurant at the CN Tower
Ring in 2024 at a Toronto icon. With an ever-changing panoramic view of the city, 360 The Restaurant is the rotating dining room at the top of the CN Tower. New Year’s Eve celebrations include a glass of sparkling wine, and an exclusive 3-course plus amuse-bouche Canadian-inspired menu by Executive Chef Angel Sevilla. And of course, the spectacular view.
If the weather on New Year’s Eve is less than desirable, it’s just a short indoor walk through the Skywalk connecting UP Express Union Station to the base of the CN Tower. Plus, with this view, you’ll have a great view of fireworks at midnight.
Ring in 2024 in the colourfully painted tropical space while sipping on tropical cocktails on tap and enjoying a special multi-course Thai-inspired NYE menu. There’s also a separate vegan menu here. Just blocks from UP Express Union Station, the centrally-located Selva makes it a great dinner pit stop on the way to City Hall for the big fireworks show at midnight.
Get your Instagram ready to snap your picture-perfect meal at Akira Back. Blending modern Japanese cuisine with authentic Korean flavours, the atmosphere as well as the meal is a memorable way to say goodbye to 2023. On the second floor of the Bisha Hotel, this moody black-and-gold space with an incredible wave ceiling is easily accessible from UP Express Union Station.
Casa Madera’s New Year’s Eve features an a la carte menu with a live DJ spinning tunes as you dine. With vegan and gluten-free options on their extensive menu, Casa Madera also features a cocktail program with extensive non-alcoholic and low-proof options. Nestled inside 1 Hotel Toronto, it’s a great place for a stay and play overnight NYE getaway.
Indulgent luxury is an understatement at Louix Louis, located on the 31st floor of the St. Regis Hotel. Go big or go home with the seafood tower and caviar as you dine under the high-ceilings of this restaurant inspired by the grand, gilded New York hotel bars of the 20th century. It’ll cost you a pretty penny to dine here, but it the calendar only turns to 2024 once.
Dance and dine at the annual Black and White Ball at Valerie. Featuring a live DJ spinning tunes all night, celebrations include a seafood station, sushi bar, and appetizers along with one of the best views of the city from the 27th and 28th floors of Hotel X Toronto.
While Hotel X makes for the perfect staycation, if your New Year’s Eve journey takes you elsewhere, GO Transit’s Exhibition Station is just minutes away, connecting you to UP Express and the GO Transit network.
Savour your final meal of the year with fantastic views of Toronto at Canoe. A high-end dinging experience located 54 floors above the city in the TD Bank Tower, Canoe shines the spotlight on unique Canadian ingredients across their multi-course tasting menu that covers both land and sea.
Bar St. Lo
Enjoy a special five-course dinner at Bar St. Lo. Located within walking distance of UP Express Union Station, the menu here features duck breast, lobster gnocchi, and burrata among the multi-course dining experience. Stick around for the big countdown at midnight and keep the celebrations going at the after party until 4 a.m.
Happy New Year from UP Express
No matter how you choose to celebrate the end of 2023, we’re ready to get you moving in 2024. As we look forward to the new year, make UP Express part of your holiday plans. We’re ready to welcome you onboard our comfortable trains with frequent, safe and convenient service. UP Express can get you from Pearson Airport to Union Station in just 25-minutes with convenient stops at Weston Station and Bloor Station.
UP Express service ends before midnight on New Year’s Eve, but connections can be made via GO Transit for free until 8 a.m. on January 1. GO Transit is also offering special train service throughout the night, so be sure to check schedules on December 31 before heading out to the station.