The Reviews Are In: Announcing the #OpenTable100 Best Restaurants in Canada 2016

Just in time to ring in a new year of dining, we’re excited to reveal the 100 Best Restaurants in Canada 2016. These awards reflect the combined opinions of more than 480,000 restaurant reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for more than 1,900 restaurants in Canada.

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From indulgent sushi spots to tantalizing trattorias, luxurious vineyards and everything in between, the 100 Best Restaurants in Canada list features exceptional restaurants from provinces across the country. Fifty-one restaurants from last year have again been selected, making room for a number of establishments to be recognized by OpenTable diners on this year’s 100 Best Restaurants list. Ontario leads all provinces with 45 restaurants in the top 100, followed by British Columbia with 24, Alberta with 18, and Québec with 11. Manitoba is also represented on this third-annual list.

For the first time since OpenTable began compiling this list in 2014, Italian proved the most popular cuisine among diners, followed by Canadian and French cuisines placing second and third respectively. Restaurants serving Japanese, Contemporary American, Spanish, and Mediterranean cuisines also ranked in the Top 100.

The list of the 100 Best Restaurants in Canada 2016 is generated solely from more than 480,000 verified OpenTable diner reviews collected between November 1, 2015, and October 31, 2016. All restaurants with a minimum “overall” score and 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.

Based on this methodology, the following restaurants, listed in alphabetical order comprise the 100 Best Restaurants in Canada 2016:Continue Reading

Dig In! The 50 Best Steakhouses in Canada 2016

As we look forward to a delicious season of holiday dining, we are pleased to unveil the 50 Best Steakhouses in Canada 2016. The list reflects the combined opinions of more than 300,000 restaurant reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for more than 1,800 restaurants in Canada.

50 Best Steakhouses in Canada 2016

Highlighting both traditional steakhouses and novel takes on the concept, the complete list features restaurants across the country and includes 19 Okanagan Grill + Bar in West Kelowna, Jacob’s & Co. Steakhouse in Toronto, Cut Steakhouse in Halifax, and multiple locations of Hy’s Steak House (pictured). Ontario leads all provinces with 27 winning restaurants, followed by Alberta with 13, Québec with nine, and British Columbia with six. Also included on this list are Manitoba, Nova Scotia, and Saskatchewan.

The list of the 50 Best Steakhouses in Canada for 2016 is generated from more than 300,000 restaurant reviews collected from verified OpenTable diners between October 1, 2015, and September 30, 2016. All restaurants in the “steak” cuisine category with a minimum “overall” score and number of qualifying reviews were included for consideration. Qualifying restaurants were then scored and sorted according to their overall food rating.

Based on this methodology, the following restaurants, listed in alphabetical order, comprise the 50 Best Steakhouses in Canada 2016, according to OpenTable diners:Continue Reading

Dine Like a Local in Victoria, British Columbia: 10 Top Restaurants You Won’t Want to Miss

Considered Canada’s most romantic city, Victoria is also popular with families — just ask Prince William and Kate, who recently visited with the royal kids in tow. It’s got everything you could possibly want for a getaway — a casual West coast vibe, mild weather, stunning access to nature, and a compact, pedestrian-friendly downtown. It’s also the birthplace of the 100-mile diet and is a place with an overabundance of fantastic local seafood, produce, cheese, and locally brewed beer. Find out where to dine like a local in Victoria, British Columbia, on your next visit.

Aura is the waterfront restaurant at the luxurious Inn at Laurel Point. It offers incredible views looking back on both the harbor and the city from a unique vantage point. The sleek and modern restaurant is a favorite among locals for a romantic meal. It’s known for creativity, showcasing local products with Japanese and French influences with great technical finesse. Signature dishes under award-winning chef Takashi Ito include playful Deep Fried Sushi, a deconstructed delight that combines torched albacore tuna with a dashi-poached side stripe shrimp, soy onion salad, togarashi mayo and seaweed salad with fried nori and rice crisps, and his luscious risotto made from local British Columbia brown rice, house smoked almond milk, chanterelles, shaved cauliflower, fennel pollen, orange crisp, truffle oil, and preserved egg yolk. Make a reservation at Aura.

Dine Like a Local in Victoria, British Columbia

Veneto Tapa Lounge
Veneto Tapa Lounge is a chic cocktail bar and small plate restaurant divided into two main parts — the front section by the bar is lively and the restaurant tables in back a bit more intimate. The whole place has a cool midcentury modern look. The menu includes a myriad of options from small shareable snacks to large plates with an appealing range of comfort food classics, from mac and cheese and fried chicken and waffles to more exotic options, such as crispy pork belly and pan-seared chili basil scallop or warm Indian chickpea salsa served with naan bread and cucumber raita. But the top draw here may just be the cocktails. The menu offers classics but also wildly inventive options that change up every six weeks or so. Undecided? Spin the wheel. Choose a spirit of choice and a flavor such as sweet, bitter, savory, or tart or a combination thereof and then let the bartenders take it from there. Make a reservation at Veneto Tapa Lounge.

Dine Like a Local in Victoria, British Columbia

Tea at the Empress Hotel
Taking tea in the bright and cheery tea lobby set against the picturesque backdrop of the Inner Harbor is a must for visitors to Victoria. Tea includes signature raisin scones with preserves and cream and savory and sweet treats prepared in-house daily to be enjoyed with a tea blend created specifically for The Fairmont Empress, served in dainty William Edwards china and a sterling silver service. Small tables and couches give the experience a cozy and intimate feel but with no lack of sophistication. From now until November 30 in conjunction with the royal visit, the Fairmont Empress will be serving their Royal Afternoon Tea, designed by former executive chef to the royals Darren McGrady. Each item on the menu was hand-selected as a favorite of a member of the Royal Family. Make a reservation for Tea at the Empress Hotel.

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Q at The Empress
The newly renovated dining room and lounge Q at The Empress is another prime spot for relaxed service in a traditional and elegant — yet hip and modern — environment with splashy colorful contemporary murals of Queen Victoria. From the lounge, you can soak up stunning vistas of the Inner Harbor, and from the dining room reflections of the hotel through stained glass windows. In addition to the typical breakfast fare of oatmeal, eggs Benedict, and Belgian waffles, diners can choose from a luscious shrimp omelet with spinach and local brie or banana bread French toast with clotted cream and fresh blueberry and orange compote. Dinners offer an abundance of roast meats and local seafood including salmon, halibut, and Dungeness crab. Make a reservation for Q at the Empress Hotel.

Dine Like a Local in Victoria, British Columbia

Little Jumbo
Set back from the street in what was once a livery for horses, Little Jumbo has a cozy speakeasy vibe and is ideal for meeting locals at the bar. Named for the Little Jumbo Saloon in NYC, it serves some of the finests cocktails in town. The cocktail list changes every six weeks, but the most popular drink is the Spurs and Saddles made with Bulleit bourbon, Cointreau, housemade sarsaparilla, and sassafras syrup, lime juice, and Angostura bitters served in a glass with a flamed hickory-smoked bourbon rinse. The food is equally creative with selections such as Chili Garlic Prawns with avocado puree, watercress and papaya salad or seasonal favorite Seared Ling Cod, served with baby potato chips, mustard greens, brown butter, and cider vinaigrette. Make a reservation at Little Jumbo.

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Introducing the OpenTable Restaurant Guide for Top Summer 2016 Events in Canada

In recognizing summer as Canada’s unofficial “restaurant season,” we are pleased to unveil the OpenTable restaurant guide for top summer 2016 events in Canada. To help local and travelling diners find the perfect table, OpenTable insiders have curated five lists for those attending popular events in Calgary, Montréal, Toronto, and Vancouver.

Restaurant Guide for Top Summer 2016 Events in Canada

Every summer, thousands of travellers from Canada and the U.S. gear up to attend music festivals, sporting events and celebrations of arts and culture across the country. For those making their way to the Osheaga Music and Arts Festival (Montréal), Calgary Pride, Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), World Cup of Hockey 2016 (Toronto), or the Vancouver Fringe Festival, OpenTable  has handpicked a selection of restaurants that highlight the thriving and diverse culinary landscape of each city. These lists make it easy for attendees to reserve tables at nearby restaurants, whether they want a quick bite to eat or are looking for a more relaxed dining experience.

OpenTable’s recommendations for Canada Summer Restaurant Season 2016 are as follows:

Osheaga Music and Arts Festival – Montréal, Québec
July 29th – July 31st
Baton Rouge – de la Montagne
BEVO Bar + Pizzeria
L’Atelier d’Argentine Vieux-Port
Mayfair Cocktail Bar
Mimi la Nuit
Restaurant Épik
Restaurant Espadon
Restaurant Mesón

Calgary Pride – Calgary, Alberta
August 26th – September 5th
Briggs Kitchen + Bar
Last Best Brewing & Distilling
MARKET Restaurant
Ox And Angela Restaurant
Parc Café and Brasserie
Ten Foot Henry
Thomsons Restaurant
WORKSHOP kitchen + culture

Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) – Toronto, Ontario
September 8th – September 18th
BOSK at Shangri-La Hotel
Buca Yorkville
Earls Kitchen + Bar – King Street
Los Colibris
Montecito Restaurant
Tutti Matti
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