Enter the OpenTable Canada #savourthelove 2016 Valentine’s Day Giveaway

Dinner is on us this Valentine’s Day – if you win our OpenTable #savourthelove 2016 Valentine’s Day giveaway!

To enter, follow @OpenTableCanada on Twitter and share a photo, video, or tweet of your most loved food, foodie, or restaurant using the hashtag #savourthelove for a chance to win one of five $100 MasterCard Gift cards we’ll be giving away, starting Monday, February 1, 2016, through Friday, February 12, 2016. One entry per person each day allowed. Be sure to follow us on Twitter so we can contact you via direct message if you’ve won a prize.

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Entry examples: “My dream date is to #savourthelove while dining with my beau at @CafeBelong.” “.@OpenTableCanada I want to #savourthelove with my fiancee.” “.@OpenTableCanada I’d like to #savourthelove of amazing food with my bff @tavolavancouver.”

Be sure to check your direct messages on Twitter on February 19 so we can award your prize quickly. The full terms and conditions are after the jump.

And, don’t forget to reserve a table for you and your favourite foodie on Valentine’s DayContinue Reading

Introducing the 100 Best Restaurants in Canada 2015

100 Best Restaurants in Canada 2015

We are pleased to announce the 100 Best Restaurants in Canada 2015. These awards reflect the combined opinions of more than 275,000 restaurant reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for approximately 1,600 restaurants across Canada.

The 100 Best list includes award winners from seven provinces, with 41 Ontario restaurants, including Auberge du Pommier,  represented, 20 from British Columbia, such as Hawksworth Restaurant, 19 from Alberta, including Rouge, and 17 from Québec, such as Le Serpent.

For the second year in a row, French fare was the most popular choice among Canadian diners, with Canadian and Italian cuisines placing second and third. Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish, and Syrian cuisines ranked in the Top 100 as well.

The 100 Best Restaurants in Canada are amassed from more than 275,000 restaurant reviews collected from verified OpenTable diners who dined at Canadian restaurants between December 1, 2014, and November 30, 2015. All restaurants with a minimum number of qualifying reviews were included for consideration. Qualifying restaurants were then sorted according to a score calculated from each restaurant’s average rating in the “overall” category along with that restaurant’s rating relative to others in the same metropolitan area and the average number of restaurants reviewed by diners who reviewed that restaurant.Continue Reading

Where to Tuck into Carbs + Comfort Foods in the Pacific Northwest

This month, we’re celebrating clean eats and comfort foods – because January. Whatever route you choose, you can be sure deliciousness abounds in both.

Baby, it’s cold outside. And since it’s going to stay that way for a few more months, these picks will get you through deep winter by warming you up from the inside out. Discover where to feast on carbs + comfort foods in the Pacific Northwest this winter.

Local 360 Café & Bar, Seattle, Washington
Local 360’s mandate is clear: to source the majority of its ingredients from within 360 miles of Seattle and to get back to a simpler, better way of cooking. “Our take on comfort food isn’t too modern,” chef Stew explains. “We’re more about what’s best rather than what’s new or innovative.” To that end, they offer comfort classics like fried chicken and waffles, where the meat (a skin-on chicken thigh, “God’s gift to fried chicken!” exclaims Chef Stew) is double-dredged and fried, and also apple fritters, which are basically fried, fruit-filled dumplings served with vanilla ice cream and bacon brittle. (Behind-the-scenes info alert: when Local 360 replaced the fritters with another apple dish chef Stew wanted to try out, the restaurant was inundated with phone calls and emails begging for the classic dish to be returned to the menu.) Vegetarians craving comfort food should opt for the Mushroom Bolognese, which features ground up portobello and shiitake mushrooms cooked with tomato paste and milk, which is the traditional method of achieving a thick, creamy sauce. Make a reservation at Local 360 Café & Bar.

Comfort Foods in the Pacific Northwest

Stonesedge Kitchen, Whistler, British Columbia
For chef Erin Stone, comfort food is about memories. Her versions, however, don’t quite resemble grandma’s take. Sure, there’s mac ‘n’ cheese on the menu, but Stone’s version includes roast duck — as does the filling shepherd’s pie. Craving something starchy? Then you need the Chicken Meatball Bowl with rice and coconut curry broth or the Woodsman Bowl (on the breakfast menu) which features arugula, squash, shredded venison, and poached eggs. “People are often too busy to cook these days,” Stone says. “But everyone needs something homey and comforting in winter.” Make a reservation at Stonesedge Kitchen.

Comfort Foods in the Pacific Northwest

Bell + Whete, Seattle, Washington
The thing not to miss at this Seattle gastro pub: the eggs benedict served on house-made English muffins. “Most people believe the baguette is the best example of ‘perfect’ bread,” explains chef Jenny. “But it’s actually the English muffin.” And hers are made with dough that has plenty of air bubbles, which result in cavernous nooks and crannies. Also a treat: her cinnamon-and-sugar-dipped sour cream donuts, which are fried to order and have a crispy exterior but a soft center. At dinner, don’t pass up the Belgian fries, which are fried in wagyu beef fat to give them a buttery taste without adding butter. PS: You’re welcome. Make a reservation at Bell + Whete.

Comfort Foods in the Pacific Northwest

Golden Beetle, Seattle, Washington
Chef Maria Hines is famous among adults for competing on the Food Network’s Iron Chef America and Top Chef Masters, but she’s loved by kids for having a Mac ‘n’ Cheese Mondays, where they — and actually anyone — can design their own version. Start by picking a pasta (gluten-free or regular), add in a béchamel sauce (roasted garlic or spicy harissa are options), and complete with cheese (white cheddar? Smoked gouda? Check and check!). Include some bacon or lamb sausage and have it baked in the kitchen until the panko crust is crispy. Pro tip: This is the staff’s favorite night to work — so you know it’s extra good. Bonus: Chef Hines’ sister restaurant Tilth, serves up a waffle made from 100% sourdough (the sourdough “mother” was actually started a few years ago and is used in all their breads) accompanied by maple whipped cream and candied pecans. Make a reservation at Golden Beetle.

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Let’s Celebrate: OpenTable Surpasses 30 Million Seated Diners in Canada

We are thrilled to announce that OpenTable has seated more than 30 million diners in Canada. In celebration of the milestone, we’ve created a fun infographic illustrating Canadian OpenTable diner trends and behaviours since the company entered Canada in 2002.


Some of the unique trends seen during OpenTable’s climb to 30 million diners across Canada include:Continue Reading