Get Excited: Winterlicious Just Announced its 2016 Restaurants List

Have a New Year’s Resolution to eat better and save money?

If you’re already beginning to see through the holidays and hoping you’re not going to dread January, we have something that might cheer you up.

Winterlicious just announced its 2016 restaurant list. And with over 200 to select from, even the pickiest of diners will find somewhere fabulous to eat.


Many of Toronto’s top restaurants will offer three-course prix fixe menus at either $18, $23, or $28 for lunch while dinner will be on the plate for $25, $35, or $45.

The event runs from January 29-February 11 (but you cannot make reservations until January 14.)

Until then, however, you can feast your eyes on the selection of eateries and plan your dinner(s). Check out the full list here, and find a few of our favourite restaurants and events below:


It may be known for its John’s Burger, but it became known as a Toronto staple for a lot of reasons. Splitting a charcuterie board is always a great idea, and there are a ton of seasonal and local options to choose from.

Momofuku Daisho
Enjoy dinner from a glass cube in this Ontario-inspired restaurant. With floor to ceiling windows, quirky appetizers, and impressive food design, this is Momofuku Noodle Bar’s classier older brother.

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Bar Buca
A fantastic cocktail list with Italian classics, a full wine list, and a reputation for sourcing fresh authentic ingredients make this King Street restaurant a hit. Chef Rob Gentile’s eclectic small dish menu changes seasonally so catch some great winter warmers.


If you want more out of your evening than a food coma, this fusion food restaurant is the place for you. SIGNS encourages diners to use American Sign Language to order their stunning fusion food from the deaf staff.

Speak Easy 21
This Adelaide Street spot is a great place for socialising with friends tapas style. Enjoy resto-bar contemporary style bistro food and custom crafted drinks to match.

Thoroughbred Food and Drink
Whether you feel like Kung Pao Cauliflower, Chicken Liver Mousse, or just a good old fashioned burger, this spot celebrates contemporary Canadian food in a chilled out setting. (Pro tip: perfect spot for dinner and movie as it’s right across the street from Scotiabank Theatre.)

Café Boulud
She’s back and she’s better than ever. The newly renovated French Brasserie in the Four Seasons Hotel serves bistro classics and contemporary dishes in a chic setting designed by Martin Brudnizki (Drake One Fifty).


Worth the drive north of Bloor, this spot is full of adventurous options for its diners. It has a great selection of snacks to share with friends and Indian themed cocktails like the Mumbai Sour and the Varanasi Sling.

Hapa Izakaya
Voted ‘Top Five Izakayas in North America’ by Bon Appétit Magazine and ‘Best Casual chain’ by Vancouver magazine from 2011-2014, this Japanese pick continues to wow with its amazing food and fun atmosphere.


A Demonstration of Charcuterie and Curing
Learn the techniques of seasoning, flavouring, and preserving smoked duck, salmon graviax, and lamb sausage among others at top restaurant Rosewater. And after all your hard work try the fruits of your labour with a glass of wine.

Canadian Palais Railway
Proving that Canadian cuisine isn’t all poutine and maple syrup, Chef Steffan Howard takes you on a culinary journey onboard the ‘Palais Railway’ cross Canada. Enjoy food from regions across the country all from the comfort of the Palais Royale Ballroom.

High Tea at Casa Loma
You can’t get much swankier than High Tea in a castle. Give yourself a sore neck choosing from all the signature handmade miniatures on the ‘world’s tallest cake stand’, then work them all off by exploring the castle and grounds.

Pasta Making with Chef Saverio Macri
If you bought yourself a pasta-maker but things still didn’t really turn out as you planned, let a top chef teach you the delicate art of making filled pasta. Learn how to make tortellini and agnolotti and enjoy a selection of dishes and a wine pairing.

Uptown Abbey
This “interactive evening of dinner and mystery” is a spoof of the popular British TV drama, in which a detective leads the investigations and you might find yourself dining next to a murderer. Dress up in 1920s costume and enjoy bangers and mash or sticky toffee pudding, all while figuring out ‘whodunit’.