Memories is pegged at No. 8 on the list, joining restaurants from Whistler, B.C., Toronto, and Vancouver.
The list is part of TripAdvisor’s ‘Best of the Best’ and drawn from the experiences of travelers who have visited the establishments.
Memories owner and manager Thomas Siarkos said travellers from all over the globe have dined at Memories, including tourists from England, France and Australia.
The restaurant and Siarkos himself have also served esteemed guests from the Royal Family and other celebrities.
“Even though we have served Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip, you’re our queen as well. Our customers are our dignitaries as well. We don’t know of any different way to treat customers. Personalized service has always been our number one priority,” Siarkos said.
Siarkos added Memories staff have created a lot of friendships with customers who dine there.
Memories was opened in 1989 and recently celebrated its 32nd anniversary.
Siarkos said they believe that customers should stay as long as they like.
“You can come in and spend three, four, five hours whatever you like. No one is going to give you the bill unless you ask for it,” Siarkos said.
Memories has received other awards and recognitions in the past, but Siarkos said this most recent accolade was beyond their expectations as it came from global travelers.
“For a small city like Regina and a small dining room like ourselves to be included in that category, I mean, I feel numb right now,” Siarkos said.
“I had no idea. I got a call from a the CEO of a huge corporation in Toronto to congratulate me yesterday without knowing why he was doing that and he said ‘you haven’t seen it?’
“We’re so excited to be in a little city, in a small province, a wonderful province of Saskatchewan, and to be awarded with such a prestigious award. We couldn’t be anymore happier,” Siarkos thanked Regina.