Canadian cities like Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver are known as internationally-renowned dining destinations, home to acclaimed restaurants from award-winning chefs serving up global cuisine selections from cultures around the world. Diners can eat their way through the nation's annually-selection Top 100 restaurants list, which is voted on by leading restaurateurs, chefs, and food critics. French-style fare takes center stage in Montreal, while international offerings ranging from Spanish-style tapas to fast-casual Mediterranean fare dot the Toronto culinary landscape. Victoria is also home to some of the nation's top restaurants, including the Courtney Room, which is acclaimed for its international award-winning wine list.
1.The Courtney Room
The Courtney Room is an elegant dining destination at Victoria's Magnolia Hotel and Spa, helmed by chefs de cuisine Brian Tesolin and Chris Klassen. The restaurant, which is located just two blocks from the city's inner harbor, was recognized as one of the top 100 restaurants in Canada by enRoute Magazine in 2019. It showcases an award-winning wine list, which received the Silver Wine Program Excellence Award from the Vancouver Wine Festival and showcases British Columbian and international wines. Diners can relax in casual ambiance meant to evoke the old grand dame hotels of Paris and enjoy classic French brasserie fare like line-caught halibut with summer squash and aromatic coconut broth, beef tenderloin Oscar with Dungeness crab and bearnaise sauce, and fermented almond garganelli.
619 Courtney St, Victoria, BC V8W 1B8, Canada, Phone: 250-940-4090
© Shokunin Izakaya
Shokunin Izakaya has been named as one of Canada's top 50 restaurants since its opening in 2016 by executive chef Darren MacLean. The restaurant is anchored around a unique open-concept kitchen, which crafts vibrant Japanese fare with traditional cooking techniques and local seasonal ingredients. Contemporary Japanese fare on the menu is prepared with unique ingredients like imported Canadian West Coast wasabi and cooks its entrees on binchotan-style Japanese charcoal, which is created from white ubame oak and does not produce flames. Diners can enjoy delicious selections like yakitori prepared with chicken livers, thighs, necks, or hearts or choose from entree favorites like chicken karaage with sake and ginger marinade or Humboldt squid tempura with spicy mayo and nori powder.
2016 4 St SW, Calgary, AB T2S 1W3, Canada, Phone: 403-229-3444
3.SOIF Bar a Vin
© SOIF Bar à Vin
SOIF Bar à Vin is the latest restaurant offering from sommelier and restaurateur Véronique Rivest, the first woman to medal at the World's Best Sommelier Competition in 2013. The restaurant, which opened in 2014, is known for its award-winning menu of small and shareable plates, which focus on selections prepared with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. All dishes are designed to pair with wines, including corn beignets, bison tartare, lamb and marjoram sausages, and housemade cheese and charcuterie boards. An extensive, ever-rotating list of international wines focuses on natural, organic, and biodynamic selections, with a focus on small and boutique producers. Indoor and outdoor seating is offered, including seating on a flower-lined patio filled with violas and marigolds.
88 Rue Montcalm, Gatineau, QC J8X 2L7, Canada, Phone: 819-600-7643
Biera is an upscale family-friendly neighborhood restaurant and brewery in Edmonton, opened in 2017 by executive chef Christine Sandford. Delicious European bistro-style fare is crafted with local Albertan ingredients, paired with delicious brews sourced from local brewery Blind Enthusiasm Brewing Company. Diners can choose from a variety of excellent charcoal grilled entrees, including grass-fed Korean-style short ribs with wort glaze, ash-roasted banana peppers with roasted cheese curds, and wild British Columbia Humboldt squid with fermented chili and black garlic glaze. Shareable plates range from sourdough tarte flambees with Hercule de Charlevoix cheese to ricotta dumplings, lobster mushrooms, and spot prawn ceviche. A light afternoon menu highlights selections like kohlrabi rolls, blooming mushrooms, and chickpea pancakes served with spicy padron pepper salsa verde.
9570 76 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6C 0K2, Canada, Phone: 587-525-8589
5.10 Acres Kitchen
10 Acres Kitchen is a charming farm-to-table restaurant named for its sister facility 10-acre farm, which cultivates organically-grown produce and ethically-raised livestock throughout the year. Victoria diners can enjoy elegant dining experiences throughout the week at the modern-style restaurant, which showcases sleek, richly-colored decor and comfortable seating. Housemade pastas take center stage on dinner menus, including selections like salmon and halibut tagliatelle, guanciale and morel mushroom spaghetti, and Dungeness crab-stuffed tortellini with asparagus veloute. Land and sea entrees highlight farm meats like trout, salmon, and Angus steak, paired with fine wine selections from around the world. Inventive twists on classic cocktails such as martinis and old-fashioneds are paired with signature drinks crafted with unique ingredients like elderflower, jalapenos, and ginger kombucha.
614 Humboldt St, Victoria, BC V8W 1A4, Canada, Phone: 250-385-4512
Highwayman is the newest restaurant venture from the owners of Halifax favorite Field Guide, opened in 2016 on the city's Barrington Street. The Spanish-inspired tapas joint offers 40 intimate seats in its charming dining space, which features sophisticated decor meant to evoke the atmosphere of Barcelona cafes and bars. Galician-style tapas are served up at lunch and dinner, including selections like beef tartare, tuna belly, patatas bravas, and seafood towers stuffed with a dozen oysters and a variety of side dishes. High-quality spirits are prepared in house cocktails like the Cake Walk, which pairs American whiskey with strawberry-infused amaretto and egg whites, or the Minted Palona, which infuses tequila and Negroni with lime, mint, and grapefruit.
1673 Barrington St, Halifax, NS B3J 1Z9, Canada, Phone: 902-407-5260
Alobar Yorkville is a delicious international cuisine offering in Toronto's lovely Yorkville neighborhood, helmed by executive chef Patrick Kriss since 2018. The restaurant serves as a full-scale outpost of Kriss' Bar at Alo, a walk-in-only cocktail bar that has been named as Canada's best restaurant. Diners can enjoy high-quality raw menu selections paired with charcoal grilled land and sea entrees, including Provimi veal chops with morel mushrooms, grilled Cornish hen service for two, and Mediterranean-style grilled octopus with shishito peppers and garlic. Shareables range from East Coast oysters with apple mignonette and scallop ceviche with creme fraiche and lemon verbena to wagyu carpaccio prepared with artichokes, idiazabal cheese, and arugula. Stunning cocktail selections are paired against a world-class wine menu featuring international selections.
162 Cumberland St, Toronto, ON M5R 1A8, Canada, Phone: 416-961-1222
© Labora Restaurant
Labora Restaurant is a delightful Spanish restaurant in Toronto's King West neighborhood, opened in 2017 by executive chef Rob Bragagnolo. The restaurant, which is inspired by Bragagnolo's travels to Mallorca, has been named as one of Toronto's top 10 restaurants by NOW Toronto and has been listed as one of the nation's 100 best restaurants in 2018. What was once a small outpost located within the charming Campo Food Hall has become a full-service dining destination, taking over its entire former market space to serve up excellent tapas, paellas, and land and sea entrees throughout the week. Diners can enjoy favorite selections like patatas bravas, croqueta de jamon, or pan tumaca alongside authentic Spanish cured cheese and charcuterie boards. Entrees range from wood-grilled quarter octopuses with chorizo to classics like rubia gallega and pincho de pollo skewers.
433 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 3M4, Canada, Phone: 416-260-9993
© Souk Tabule
Souk Tabule is a delicious fast-casual Middle Eastern joint in Toronto's burgeoning Canary District, opened in 2016 by chefs and restaurateurs Diana Sideris and Rony Goraichy. The chef duo, best known for their work at Tabule Middle Eastern Cuisine, boasts delicious shareable plates with a focus on health-conscious fare, available on all-day brunch and entree menus. Diners can enjoy selections over rice like beef shawarma, shish tawuk, kefta meatballs, and Beirut-style turmeric pulled chicken, served with authentic sides like mujaddara, batata harra, and za'atar-tossed Phoenician fries. Casual wraps and sandwiches include hallum brioche buns, falafel pitas, and pulled chicken wraps with Arabic slaw.
494 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5A 1H7, Canada, Phone: 416-583-5914
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© Joe Beef
Joe Beef serves up Old Montreal-style classic dishes in the heart of the city's Little Burgundy district, owned and operated by Allison Cunningham, David McMillan, and Frédéric Morin since 2005. The restaurant is named as an homage to Montreal icon Charles "Joe Beef" McKiernan, who became a working class hero in the city throughout the 19th century. Blackboard menus rotate regularly, showcasing delicious French-style dishes listed in French, including saucisse de lapin en salami, steak de gigot d'agneau, foie de veau au girolles, and tournedos de cheval aux escargot. Delicious pasta entrees are also served up, including classics like spaghetti Homard with lobster or pappardelle maison girolles.
2491 Notre-Dame St W, Montreal, QC H3J 1N6, Canada, Phone: 514-935-6504
11.Buca Osteria and Bar
© Buca Osteria and Bar
Buca Osteria and Bar is an Italian restaurant offering from critically-acclaimed executive chef Rob Gentile, opened in 2014 in the heart of Toronto's Yorkville neighborhood. The location is the second outpost for the restaurant and bar, which first opened its doors on the city's King Street. Artisanal Italian fare is served up throughout the week at lunch and dinner, adding to the first location's menu with more homemade pasta and pizza selections. Diners can enjoy favorites like maccheroncini di campofilone with Nova Scotia lobster, tonnarelli al polpo with squid ink pasta, or lombata di manzo prepared with Canadian bone-on prime rib and seasonal mushrooms. Pizza selections range from traditional favorites like pepperoni or funghi to unique varieties topped with lamb and pork sausage and green tomatoes.
53 Scollard Street front entrance located via Yorkville Avenue through the Four Seasons Courtyard, Toronto, ON M5R 0A1, Canada, Phone: 416-962-2822
11 Must-Try Canadian Restaurants
- The Courtney Room, Photo: stock.adobe.com
- Shokunin Izakaya, Photo: Shokunin Izakaya
- SOIF Bar a Vin, Photo: SOIF Bar à Vin
- Biera, Photo: Biera
- 10 Acres Kitchen, Photo: rosewind/stock.adobe.com
- Highwayman, Photo: Highwayman
- Alobar Yorkville, Photo: photosaint/stock.adobe.com
- Labora Restaurant, Photo: Labora Restaurant
- Souk Tabule, Photo: Souk Tabule
- Joe Beef, Photo: Joe Beef
- Buca Osteria and Bar, Photo: Buca Osteria and Bar
- Cover Photo: Curioso Photography/stock.adobe.com