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
Damas
L’Atelier d’Argentine Vieux-Port
Mangiafoco
Mayfair Cocktail Bar
Mimi la Nuit
Restaurant Épik
Restaurant Espadon
Restaurant Mesón

Calgary Pride – Calgary, Alberta
August 26th – September 5th
Briggs Kitchen + Bar
charbar
Earls.67
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
Byblos
Earls Kitchen + Bar – King Street
Los Colibris
Luma
Montecito Restaurant
Patria
Tutti Matti
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Look Out! The 100 Most Scenic Restaurants in America 2016 #OpenTable100

As hungry sightseers travel around the nation this summer, we are excited to unveil the 100 Most Scenic Restaurants in America 2016. These awards reflect the combined opinions of more than 5 million restaurant reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for more than 20,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Most Scenic Restaurants in America 2016

Highlighting restaurants set against dramatic urban backdrops to those located along breathtaking waterfronts, the complete list features winning restaurants in 34 states and includes Duke’s in Malibu, The Rainbow Room in New York, and Seven Glaciers in Girdwood, Alaska. The coastal state of California earned nearly one quarter of winning restaurants with 24, followed by Washington with 10, and Florida with seven. Michigan, Nevada, and New York boast four honorees apiece. Arizona, Georgia, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, and Virginia have three each. Maryland, Missouri, Ohio, South Carolina, and Utah all claim two honorees. Alaska, Alabama, Colorado, Hawaii, Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Utah, and Wisconsin are also represented.

American fare restaurants were most common on the list, but seafood also proved popular. International menus, such as Asian, global, Latin American, and Peruvian are present as well as diner favorites French, Italian, and steakhouse cuisines.

Check out a slideshow of select winners of our awards for the 100 Most Scenic Restaurants in America 2016 below.

The 100 Most Scenic Restaurants in America list is generated from more than 5 million restaurant reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners between July 1, 2015, and May 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 qualifying reviews for which “great for outdoor dining” was selected as a special feature.

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Dine Like a Local in New Orleans: Top Picks for the Best Eats in the Big Easy

A visit to New Orleans should be on everyone’s culinary bucket list. There are regional specialties galore and more storied restaurants that you possibly fit in one trip. But once you’ve had beignets, bananas Foster, red beans and rice, jambalaya and crawfish étouffée at iconic restaurants like Arnaud’s, Galatoire’s and Brennan’s, it’s time to branch out. Here are some more of the places that are ideal for when you want to dine like a local in New Orleans.

Shaya
Shaya is one of the current darlings of the New Orleans food scene. An anomaly in the area, the focus is modern Israeli cuisine with influences from North Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Turkey, and Greece. But many of the products are locally sourced and add a unique spin to classics. The dinner menu is designed for sharing; try a selection of the “for the table” dishes, such as paddlefish caviar spread with shallots or wood-roasted okra with tahini, tomatoes, and duqqa. Dishes like the roasted cabbage served with muhammara, tahini, and hazelnuts are a riot of flavors and textures but combined in such a way that the result is much more than the sum of its parts. Make a reservation at Shaya.

Dine Like a Local in New Orleans

Compère Lapin
This newish restaurant from Top Chef contestant Nina Compton is located in the hip warehouse arts district in a space adjoining a cool boutique hotel. Her food sometimes shows hints of her Caribbean background, but mostly it’s her excitingly fresh approach to New Orleans ingredients and vegetable-forward cuisine that tantalizes. Because Compton previously worked at Scarpetta in Miami, her pastas are noteworthy. But even simple dishes like the beet salad is a revelation. It’s composed or both cooked and raw beets, pesto, tender baby beet greens, candied pistachios and ciabatta croutons. Make a reservation at Compère Lapin.

Dine Like a Local in New Orleans

La Petite Grocery
La Petite Grocery is set in a historic building which was once the Central Tea, Coffee and Butter Depot, across the street from the bustling Jefferson Market. Over a hundred years later, it positively oozes with charm. Award-winning chef Justin Devillier has been in New Orleans for more than 10 years and has worked at some of the best restaurants in town, at which he absorbed the local techniques and approaches to food. His creative dishes include fried green tomatoes with burrata, arugula, country ham, and herb oil, and blue crab beignets. The restaurant is located on Magazine Street in a part of Uptown on the edge of the Garden District that is well worth exploring. Make a reservation at La Petite Grocery.

Dine Like a Local in New Orleans

Willa Jean
It’s no surprise that this new spot is a combination of a Southern bakery and a café; the flaky biscuits here are already being hailed as some of the city’s best. While technically a John Besh restaurant, it’s really all about pastry chefs-bakers Kelly Fields and Lisa White. Super popular at lunch, locals rave about the meatloaf sandwich and the avocado toast with poached egg, olive oil, tomato and sea salt. A pure nostalgia dessert is the “cookies and milk” — chocolate chip cookies are served with a glass of Tahitian vanilla milk alongside a beater full of fresh cookie dough. Make a reservation at Willa Jean.

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GW Fins
The French Quarter may be filled with tourists, but locals head there, too, for live music and cool drinks. They also make a beeline to what’s often regarded the best fine dining seafood restaurant in town. In business for more than a decade, it has a fresh and modern dining room. Signature dishes from chef and co-owner Tenney Flynn include the Lobster Dumplings with fennel, tomato concassé, and lobster butter and Scalibut, a combination of halibut encrusted with sea scallops, served with lobster risotto, snow peas, and pea shoot butter. If you’re lucky, you could find lionfish as a special. Make a reservation at GW Fins.

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July 2016 Restaurant Weeks: Celebrate Your City’s Culinary Scene for Less

July 2016 Restaurant WeeksWhether you’re traveling or staying local this summer, discounted dining is coming to a metropolitan area near you, thanks to July 2016 restaurant weeks.

* NYC French Restaurant Week offers sumptuous meals for the revolutionary prices of $17.89, $35.78 + $178.90 in celebration of Bastille Week, through July 17. Make a reservation.

* Toronto Summerlicious features $18 ,$23 + $28 lunches and $28, $38 + $48 dinners, July 8-24. Make a reservation.

* Providence Restaurant Weeks brings you $14.95 lunches and $29.95 and $34.94 dinners, July 10-23. Make a reservation.

* Restaurant Week Baton Rouge serves up $15, $20, $25, $30 + $35 prix-fixe menus, July 11-16. Make a reservation.

* Clayton Restaurant Week is your chance to enjoy three-course $25 + $35 dinners, July 11-17. Make a reservation.

* University City Dining Days in Philadelphia showcases $15, $25 + $35 dinners, July 14-24. Make a reservation.

* Charlottesville Restaurant Week in Virginia beckons with $19, $29 + $39 dinners, July 15-23. Make a reservation.

* Gwinnett Restaurant Week has three-course prix-fixe lunches and dinners for just $25, July 17-21. Make a reservation.

* Mpls-St. Paul Magazine Restaurant Week lets you choose from $10, $15 + $20 lunches and $25, $30 + $35 dinners, July 17-22. Make a reservation.

* Restaurant Week Columbus starts soon. Book now for $15, $20, $25, $30 + $35 meals, July 18-23. Make a reservation.Continue Reading