Canada’s 75 best brunch spots, according to OpenTable

Afternoon Tea at The Urban Tea Merchant in Vancouver.
Afternoon Tea at The Urban Tea Merchant in Vancouver. OpenTable

Mother’s Day is fast approaching (it falls on May 8 this year). If you’re like most Canadians, you’ll soon be looking for a place to take your mom out for Sunday brunch.

The second Sunday of May is traditionally the busiest day of the year for brunch reservations which, according to OpenTable, the majority (64 per cent) of us procrastinate to make.

So to help you pick a spot, the restaurant booking and review service has come out with a list of its 75 best-ranked brunch spots.

“Our research revealed nearly 50 per cent of Canadians dine out on this special day, but the majority of us find at least one aspect of Mother’s Day stressful,” said OpenTable spokesperson Ziv Schierau in a statement.

“With this list… we hope to relieve some of that stress.”

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Ontario has the most top brunch spots on the list, which is based on more than 275,000 restaurant reviews submitted for about 1,700 restaurants. Canada’s most populous province takes up 29 of the 75 spots on the list.

Alberta comes in second. It’s home to 18 of the best brunch places — 11 of which are in Calgary.

B.C. follows with 14 of the most-loved restaurants for the early morning meal.

Quebec has 10 of them, and Manitoba has four.

READ MORE: Toronto leads the pack, Montreal earns top spot on Canada’s best restaurants list

Here are the top 10 eateries in the five provinces that made the list:

Best Brunch Spots in B.C.

Best Brunch Spots in Alberta

Best Brunch Spots in Ontario

Best Brunch Spots in Québec

Best Brunch Spots in Manitoba


Here are a few more findings from OpenTable’s Mother’s Day survey:

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  • 47 per cent of Canadians will dine out to celebrate Mother’s Day, which is the second busiest dining day of the year across the country (Valentine’s Day is the first).
  • 13 per cent of Canadians try different cuisines and restaurants in their own neighbourhood on Mother’s Day.
  • Millennials (those aged 18 to 34) are most likely to read reviews before picking a restaurant.
  • They’re also most likely to find at least one part of the day stressful (70 per cent). The most common Mother’s Day stress: finding the perfect gift or an activity that will make mom happy (25 per cent), followed by coordinating schedules so everyone can celebrate together (10 per cent).