Oh, Canada! Our beloved neighbours to the north, you don’t look a day over 149! In honor of the 150th anniversary of the Great White North and to help Canadians celebrate, we’re thrilled to announce the 150 Best Neighbourhood Gems in Canada 2017. These awards reflect the combined opinions of more than 480,000 restaurant reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for more than 2,000 restaurants in Canada.
From quaint European-style cafés to sizzling Asian kitchens and everything in between, this list honours Canada’s 150th anniversary by recognizing the unique local restaurants that define neighbourhoods across the country. The 150 Best Neighbourhood Gems list extends beyond the traditional dining hotspots of Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montréal, with neighbourhood eateries in places like Bragg Creek, Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, and Penetanguishene all recognized. Including restaurants with multiple locations, Ontario has the greatest number of restaurants featured with 68 establishments, followed by Alberta with 37, British Columbia with 22, Québec with 15, and Manitoba with seven. Restaurants from Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia are also featured on this list.
In addition to announcing the 150 Best Neighbourhood Gems in Canada, OpenTable today released survey data revealing diverse perspectives on Canadian cuisine and dining patterns. When it comes to where they eat, the survey found 55 per cent of Canadians prefer to dine close to their own neighbourhood instead of exploring other areas. Other survey results include:
- Eighty-nine per cent of respondents said they have a positive view of Canadian cuisine and 87 per cent indicated they were more likely to eat at a restaurant if it used local Canadian ingredients.
- When it comes to Canada’s national food, maple syrup came out on top with 26 per cent of the vote narrowly beating poutine with 23 per cent. Alberta beef came in third with 11 per cent.
- Regional delicacies proved to be popular among Canadians with 21 per cent claiming Alberta beef as their favourite Canadian food followed by Pacific salmon (19 per cent) and poutine (15 per cent). Peameal bacon, butter tarts and Montréal smoked meat were also top responses.
- Canadians are adventurous – 37 per cent of survey respondents said they dine at a new restaurant in their neighbourhood at least once a month. When asked what kind of restaurant they’d like to see open in their neighbourhood, 28 per cent chose casual dining while 21 per cent said they’d prefer a bistro.
These findings are based on an online survey of more than 300 OpenTable diners conducted between January 2, 2017, and March 8, 2017.
The list of the 150 Best Neighbourhood Gems in Canada 2017 is generated solely from more than 480,000 restaurant reviews collected from verified OpenTable diners between January 1, 2016, and December 31, 2016. All restaurants with a minimum “overall” score and number of qualifying reviews were included for consideration. Qualifying restaurants were then scored and sorted according to the percentage of reviews for which “neighbourhood gem” was selected as a special feature.
Based on this methodology, the 150 Best Neighbourhood Gems in Canada 2017 according to OpenTable diners are as follows (in alphabetical order):Continue Reading