Best 100 restaurants in Canada named
October 03 2016
The first ever list of the best 100 restaurants in Canada has been unveiled by online restaurant reservation service OpenTable.
Putting together an authoritative list was no small task for the organisation, which had to comb through more than 300,000 restaurant reviews for over 1,800 eating establishments in order to whittle it down to a final shortlist.
The fact that the results are based on genuine reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners is significant, as it's a reminder of just how online comments by customers can affect your public perception.
After all, every comment they make could potentially be seen by a massive audience capable of having their opinion swayed.
With that in mind, it pays to assume that every individual customer could be a person capable of rating you on the internet and influencing others.
It's all the motivation you need to keep them happy and make them feel special during their visit to your premises.
Another interesting feature of the final list is the fact that established restaurants from all over Canada are rubbing shoulders with relatively new establishments.
It just goes to show that hitting the ground running and forging a great reputation in your field is possible, even in the face of strong competition.
Furthermore, anyone looking at the list won't fail to notice how diverse it is, with all sorts of culinary tastes being catered for.
Italian food seems to be the most popular option among restaurant-goers in Canada, while Canadian and French dishes aren't far behind.
But alternatives such as French, tapas and Asian foods are also strongly represented, so it just goes to show that Canadian diners have particularly broad tastes - and plenty of places where they can indulge in their favourites.
Perhaps most pleasingly of all, the list is made up from establishments based all over Canada. Ontario leads the way, with 45 restaurants being represented. Meanwhile, Alberta scored an impressive 22, and British Columbia and Quebec each have 14 eateries on the list.
Restaurants in Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan also made it into the top 100.
Ziv Schierau, head of national accounts for OpenTable Canada, commented: "From locally sourced ingredients, artisanal cocktails, unconventional cooking methods, to an eclectic fusion of international cuisines, restaurants across the country are setting themselves apart by offering up new and unique dining experiences that are hitting the mark with self-proclaimed foodies."
"This list serves as a guide for locals looking to venture beyond their usual fare and travellers wanting to indulge in one of the many eateries defining Canada as a global dining destination.”
So without any further ado, what are the 100 best restaurants in Canada?
AG at The Sterling - Niagara Falls, Ontario
Alo Restaurant - Toronto, Ontario
anew Table - Calgary, Alberta
Araxi Restaurant & Oyster Bar - Whistler, British Columbia
Atelier - Ottawa, Ontario
AVEC Bistro - Calgary, Alberta
Backhouse - Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
Bauhaus Restaurant - Vancouver, British Columbia
Bent - Toronto, Ontario
Bishop’s - Vancouver, British Columbia
Bistro Nolah - Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Québec
Blue Water Cafe - Vancouver, British Columbia
The Bruce Hotel and Restaurant - Stratford, Ontario
Bruce Wine Bar - Thornbury, Ontario
Brux House Craft Beer & Kitchen - Hamilton, Ontario
Buca - Toronto, Ontario
Byblos - Toronto - Toronto, Ontario
Cafe Carlo - Winnipeg, Manitoba
Campagnolo - Toronto - Toronto, Ontario
Canteen - Edmonton - Edmonton, Alberta
Carben Restaurant - Ottawa, Ontario
The Carbon Bar - Toronto, Ontario
Carino Riserva - Calgary, Alberta
Carisma - Toronto, Ontario
Cava - Toronto, Ontario
The Chase - Toronto, Ontario
Cinara - Vancouver, British Columbia
Cucci Ristorante - Oakville, Ontario
da Maurizio - Halifax, Nova Scotia
DaiLo - Toronto , Ontario
Damas - Montréal, Québec
DiVino Wine Studio - Ottawa, Ontario
Eden - Rimrock Resort Hotel - Banff, Alberta
Ernest’s at NAIT - Edmonton, Alberta
Europea - Montréal, Québec
Flor de Sal - Toronto, Ontario
George Restaurant - Toronto, Ontario
Graziella Restaurant - Montréal, Québec
H4C Place St-Henri - Montréal, Québec
The Harbord Room - Toronto, Ontario
Hardware Grill - Edmonton, Alberta
Hopgood’s Foodliner - Toronto, Ontario
Juniper Bistro - The Juniper Hotel - Banff, Alberta
King Street Trio - Waterloo, Ontario
L’Abattoir Restaurant - Vancouver, British Columbia
La Chronique - Montréal, Québec
Laloux - Montréal, Québec
Langdon Hall Country House Hotel & Spa - Cambridge, Ontario
Le Baccara - Casino du Lac Leamy - Gatineau, Québec
Le Club Chasse et Peche - Montréal, Québec
Le Filet - Montréal, Québec
Le Serpent - Montréal, Québec
Lee - Toronto, Ontario
Les Deux Singes de Montarvie - Montréal, Québec
Liquidity Bistro - Okanagan Falls, British Columbia
Little Grouse on the Prairie - Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Local Kitchen & Wine Bar - Toronto, Ontario
Louisiana Purchase - Edmonton, Alberta
Lupo Restaurant & Vinoteca - Vancouver, British Columbia
The Marc - Edmonton, Alberta
Miijidaa Cafe + Bistro - Guelph, Ontario
Mistura - Toronto, Ontario
Niko’s Bistro - Calgary, Alberta
The Only on King - London, Ontario
Osteria Savio Volpe - Vancouver, British Columbia
Ox and Angela Restaurant - Calgary, Alberta
Patria - Toronto, Ontario
Pizzeria Gusto - Winnipeg, Manitoba
The Prune - Stratford, Ontario
Q Haute Cuisine (formerly La Caille) - Calgary, Alberta
Quatrefoil - Dundas, Ontario
Ravine Vineyard Winery Restaurant - Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
Raymonds - St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador
Red Ox Inn - Edmonton, Alberta
Restaurant at Peninsula Ridge - Beamsville, Ontario
Restaurant Toque! - Montréal, Québec
Sabor Restaurant - Edmonton, Alberta
Salt Wine Bar - Toronto, Ontario
Solstice Seasonal Cuisine - Edmonton, Alberta
Tango Bistro - Calgary, Alberta
Tango Nuevo - Kingston, Ontario
Tap Restaurant - Surrey, British Columbia
Tapas Restaurant - Canmore, Alberta
Tapeo - Montréal, Québec
Tavola - Vancouver, British Columbia
Three Ravens Restaurant & Wine Bar - Banff, Alberta
Trattotoria Timone - Oakville, Ontario
Treadwell Farm-to-Table Cuisine - Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
Trius Winery Restaurant - Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
Tzin Wine & Tapas - Edmonton, Alberta
Vero Bistro Moderne - Calgary, Alberta
Vineland Estates Winery Restaurant - Vineland, Ontario
Waterfront Wines - Kelowna, British Columbia
West Restaurant - Vancouver, British Columbia
Wildcraft - Waterloo, Ontario
Woodlot - Toronto, Ontario
Woods Restaurant & Bar - Toronto, Ontario
WORKSHOP kitchen + culture - Calgary, Alberta
Zee Grill - Toronto, Ontario
Zest Restaurant - Vancouver, British Columbia