BY MARK KEAST

The holidays are time for family, home-cooked turkey and trimmings, and egg nog. For many of us, though, we need to get out of the house, away from the tree, away from the commotion, at least for a night.

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The quality and variety of restaurants Toronto has evolved to a point where it has become a draw not only to the people who live in the city’s core, or around the Greater Toronto Area, but also for tourists who travel here from around the world. It truly is something Toronto can hang its hat on as a world-class city.

TripAdvisor is a great source for restaurant rankings in the city, since their write-ups include customer reviews. Here is what is trending currently, based on those reviews:

HENDRIKS RESTAURANT AND BAR, 218 Yonge St., American/Canadian cuisine, wide selection of burgers, sandwiches, BBQ ribs, chicken, steak, chops and salmon.

DON ALFONSO 1890, 19 Toronto St., Italian/European cuisine, “Don Alfonso 1890 Toronto is the first North American location of world renowned Michelin Star Chefs Alfonso and Ernesto Iaccarino’s Don Alfonso 1890; located in the historic Consumer’s Gas Building of 1852 on Toronto Street, in the heart of the Financial District in downtown Toronto.”

CHOTTO MATTE, 161 Bay St., Japanese/Peruvian/Sushi cuisine, vibrant and fun, the latest addition to Chotto Matte family of restaurants, also in London and Miami.

MICHAEL’S ON SIMCOE, 100 Simcoe St., steakhouse, “Michael’s On Simcoe is a family-run, modern Toronto steakhouse with an Italian twist located in the heart of the Financial/Entertainment district … Michael’s features the best of premier steaks including A5 Kobe, American Wagyu, in house dry-aged USDA Prime and PEI naturally raised grass fed beef along with an assortment of home-made pastas and fresh fish.”

GEORGE RESTAURANT, 111 Queen St. E., French/Canadian cuisine, “devoted to seasonal, natural, local, and sustainable food from the city’s markets.”