Canada’s 100 best restaurants of 2016, according to OpenTable reviewers

Italian cuisine is a favourite among Canadian diners, according to OpenTable.
Italian cuisine is a favourite among Canadian diners, according to OpenTable. Pasta at Terroni in Toronto, OpenTable

Get ready to feast your eyes on the latest batch of 100 Canadian restaurants given top honours by OpenTable — right in time for the holidays.

This group is considered to have the “best overall food and hospitality across the country,” based on more than 480,000 reviews on the online reservation site.

Those who dine out will have the most options in Ontario, according to the roundup. The province leads the pack with 45 restaurants, followed by British Columbia with 24, Alberta with 18 and Québec with 11. Manitoba has two eateries that made the cut.

READ MORE: Toronto dominates Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants guide, Montreal earns top spot

Noticeably absent, though, are the Maritimes and Saskatchewan.

OpenTable recognized the latter last September, when it named Saskatoon’s Little Grouse on the Prairie one of the 100 Best Restaurants for Foodies in Canada. Chop in Regina, meanwhile, recently made the cut for one of the 50 best steakhouses in Canada.

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The eastern provinces got some love for their own hot spots last month. Fireworks in Prince Edward Island came in third on enRoute magazine’s top 10 and Halifax’s Highwayman pulled into ninth spot.

Just under half (49) of the restaurants being recognized on OpenTable’s latest list are new additions. They include “indulgent sushi spots to tantalizing trattorias, luxurious vineyards and everything in between.”

“From established restaurants offering traditional dishes to innovative eateries serving up the best ingredients from across the globe,” said Ziv Schierau of OpenTable Canada. “It’s clear that an elevated atmosphere, exceptional service, and most of all — delicious food — define the best restaurants in Canada.”

This year Italian was the most popular cuisine among diners, followed by Canadian and French cooking. Japanese, contemporary American, Spanish and Mediterranean cuisines were also highly sought after.

The complete list is broken down by regions below:



  1. Bacchus Restaurant & Lounge – Wedgewood Hotel
  2. Bauhaus Restaurant
  3. Blue Water Café
  4. CinCin Ristorante + Bar
  5. Five Sails Restaurant
  6. Forage
  7. Gotham Steakhouse and Bar
  8. Gyu-Kaku – Vancouver
  9. Hawksworth Restaurant
  10. Homer Street Cafe & Bar
  11. Hy’s Steakhouse Encore
  12. Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House
  13. L’Abattoir Restaurant
  14. Lupo Restaurant & Vinoteca
  15. Miku Restaurant
  16. Minami Restaurant
  17. Oru
  18. Osteria Savio Volpe
  19. Pidgin
  20. The Teahouse Restaurant
  21. West Restaurant
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Vancouver Island

  1. The Butchart Gardens – The Dining Room


  1. Araxi Restaurant & Oyster Bar


  1. Quails’ Gate Estate Winery – Old Vines Restaurant



  1. Canteen – Edmonton
  2. Hardware Grill
  3. The Marc
  4. Sabor Restaurant
  5. Woodwork


  1. ANJU
  2. Blink Restaurant
  3. Bolero
  4. Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant
  5. Hy’s Steakhouse – Calgary
  6. The Lake House
  7. The Nash
  8. Ox and Angela Restaurant
  9. River Café
  10. Ten Foot Henry
  11. Vero Bistro Moderne
  12. WORKSHOP kitchen + culture


  1. Tapas Restaurant


  1. 529 Wellington – Winnipeg, Manitoba
  2. Pineridge Hollow – RM of Springfield, Manitoba



  1. Alo Restaurant
  2. Auberge du Pommier
  3. Bent
  4. Blu Ristorante
  5. BOSK at Shangri-La Hotel Toronto
  6. Buca
  7. Buca Yorkville
  8. Byblos – Toronto
  9. Bymark
  10. Campagnolo – Toronto
  11. Canoe Restaurant and Bar
  12. The Carbon Bar
  13. Carisma
  14. Chabrol
  15. The Chase
  16. Colette Grand Cafe and Bakery
  17. DaiLo
  18. Estiatorio VOLOS
  19. George Restaurant
  20. Harbour Sixty
  21. Hy’s Steakhouse – Toronto
  22. Jacobs & Co. Steakhouse
  23. The Keg Steakhouse + Bar – Mansion
  24. The Keg Steakhouse + Bar – York Street
  25. Lee
  26. Miku Restaurant – Toronto
  27. Morton’s The Steakhouse – Toronto
  28. Nota Bene
  29. ONE Restaurant
  30. Patria
  31. Scaramouche Restaurant
  32. The Shore Club – Toronto
  33. Terroni YONGE
  34. TOCA – Ritz Carlton Toronto
  35. Woodlot
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  1. Backhouse
  2. Kitchen76 at Two Sisters Vineyards
  3. Peller Estates Winery Restaurant
  4. Ravine Vineyard Winery Restaurant
  5. Treadwell Farm to Table Cuisine
  6. Trius Winery Restaurant


  1. Trattoria Timone
  2. Cucci Ristorante


  1. Ancaster Mill


  1. Cambridge Mill


  1. Bonaparte
  2. Damas
  3. Europea
  4. Le Club Chasse et Pêche
  5. Le Filet
  6. Le Serpent
  7. Maison Boulud
  8. O.Noir
  9. Restaurant Leméac
  10. Restaurant Toqué!
  11. Tapeo

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