OpenTable announces the 150 Best Neighbourhood Gems in Canada

OpenTable celebrates Canada’s 150th anniversary by recognizing local favourite eateries across the country

Eighty-seven per cent of Canadians say they are more likely to eat at a restaurant if it uses local, Canadian ingredients

Press release

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Great White North and to help Canadians celebrate, OpenTable has announced the 150 Best Neighbourhood Gems in Canada for 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.

“The restaurants highlighted on this list illustrate the variety of local tastes across the country as neighbourhoods in Canada become more diverse,” said Ziv Schierau, Head of National Accounts for OpenTable Canada. “From the best-kept-secret eateries to more established restaurants, this list encourages Canadians to explore their own neighbourhood, as well as others, for their next dining out experience.”

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 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 according to OpenTable diners are as follows (in alphabetical order):

Aberfoyle Mill – Guelph, Ontario

anew Table – Calgary, Alberta

Arms Reach Bistro – North Vancouver, British Columbia

Ascari Enoteca – Toronto, Ontario

Baldini – Toronto, Ontario

Barnstormer Brewing Company – Barrie, Ontario

The Bavarian Inn Restaurant – Bragg Creek, Alberta

Biagio Ristorante – Toronto, Ontario

Bishop’s – Vancouver, British Columbia

Bistro 67 – Whitby, Ontario

Bistro Nolah – Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Québec

Block Kitchen + Bar – BANFF – Banff, Alberta

bloom. – Waterloo, Ontario

Borealis Grille & Bar – Kitchener – Kitchener, Ontario

Brooklyn Tavern – Toronto, Ontario

Cafe Carlo – Winnipeg, Manitoba

Campagnolo – Toronto – Toronto, Ontario

Canteen – Edmonton – Edmonton, Alberta

Carben Restaurant – Ottawa, Ontario

Carino Riserva – Calgary, Alberta

Carpaccio Restaurant & Wine Bar – Niagara Falls, Ontario

Casalinga Ristorante – Mississauga, Ontario

Cava – Toronto, Ontario

Chabrol – Toronto, Ontario

Chaise Café – Winnipeg, Manitoba

Chiado – Toronto, Ontario

Cibo Bistro – Edmonton, Alberta

Cilantro – Calgary, Alberta

Cinara – Vancouver, British Columbia

Corrientes Argentine Pizzeria – Winnipeg, Manitoba

Cucci Ristorante – Oakville, Ontario

DaiLo – Toronto, Ontario

De Dutch – Edmonton – Edmonton, Alberta

DiVino Wine Studio – Ottawa, Ontario

Earth to Table: Bread Bar – Guelph – Guelph, Ontario

Elisabeth’s Chalet – Surrey, British Columbia

The Elm Tree – Toronto, Ontario

F’Amelia Ristorante – Toronto, Ontario

Fable Kitchen – Vancouver, British Columbia

Fauna – Ottawa, Ontario

Federico’s Supper Club – Vancouver, British Columbia

Flor de Sal – Toronto, Ontario

Forage – Vancouver, British Columbia

The Glass Monkey – Edmonton, Alberta

Globe Bistro – Toronto, Ontario

Hobart’s Steakhouse – Peterborough – Peterborough, Ontario

Homer Street Cafe & Bar – Vancouver, British Columbia

Hoogan & Beaufort – Montréal, Québec

Il Buco – Barrie, Ontario

Il Postino – Unionville, Ontario

Indian Street Food Co – Toronto, Ontario

Involtini Ristorante – Calgary, Alberta

Italian Farmhouse Restaurant & Bar – Bragg Creek, Alberta

Jake’s Grill & Oyster House – Burlington, Ontario

Jan’s On The Beach – White Rock, British Columbia

The Keg Steakhouse + Bar – Multiple Locations (Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario)

King Street Trio – Waterloo, Ontario

Kitchenette – Montréal, Québec

KOKO! Share Bar – Toronto, Ontario

Koutouki Taverna – Edmonton, Alberta

L’Unità Enoteca – Toronto, Ontario

La Brezza Ristorante – Calgary, Alberta

La Fabrique – Montréal, Québec

La Vecchia Ristorante – Toronto, Ontario

La Verità – Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Québec

La Vita E Bella – Calgary, Alberta

The Lake House – Calgary, Alberta

Laloux – Montréal, Québec

LaVinia – Toronto, Ontario

Lawrence Restaurant – Montréal, Québec

Le Chien Fumant – Montréal, Québec

Le Maitre D – Penetanguishene, Ontario

Le Surcouf – Montréal, Québec

Les Deux Singes de Montarvie – Montréal, Québec

Leyda’s Restaurant – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Local Kitchen & Wine Bar – West Toronto – Toronto, Ontario

Lola Rosa Parc – Montréal, Québec

Louisiana Purchase – Edmonton, Alberta

Lula Lounge – Toronto, Ontario

Mangia E Bevi – West Vancouver, British Columbia

Marben – Toronto, Ontario

Mettawas Station Mediterranean Restaurant – Kingsville, Ontario

Miijidaa Cafe + Bistro – Guelph, Ontario

Mildred’s Temple Kitchen – Toronto, Ontario

Moti Mahal Restaurant – 17th Ave – Calgary, Alberta

Neverland Tea Salon – Vancouver, British Columbia

Next Door Wine Bar – Calgary, Alberta

Niko’s Bistro – Calgary, Alberta

Nineteen XIX – Multiple Locations (Alberta)

North and Navy – Ottawa, Ontario

Nuit Social – Toronto, Ontario

The Old Bavaria Haus – New Westminster, British Columbia

Old Surrey Restaurant – Surrey, British Columbia

Open Range – Calgary, Alberta

Original Hobart’s Steakhouse – Lindsay – Lindsay, Ontario

Osteria Savio Volpe – Vancouver, British Columbia

Peasant Cookery – Winnipeg, Manitoba

Pigeonhole – Calgary, Alberta

Pineridge Hollow – RM of Springfield, Manitoba

Pizzeria Gusto – Winnipeg, Manitoba

PJ’s Restaurant in the Atrium – Guelph, Ontario

Posto Pizzeria and Bar – Calgary, Alberta

Promenade Cafe and Wine – Winnipeg, Manitoba

Queen Margherita Pizza – Toronto, Ontario (Multiple Locations)

Rasoï – Montréal, Québec

Red Ox Inn – Edmonton, Alberta

Restaurant EVOO – Montréal, Québec

Rustica Steakhouse at Silvertip Golf Resort – Canmore, Alberta

Salt Wine Bar – Toronto, Ontario

Santorini Greek Taverna – Calgary, Alberta

Sarpa Restaurant – Richmond Hill, Ontario

Scopa Neighbourhood Italian – Calgary, Alberta

Smith Bros. Steakhouse Tavern – Toronto, Ontario

The Soca Kitchen – Ottawa, Ontario

Sole Restaurant – Waterloo, Ontario

Solstice Seasonal Cuisine – Edmonton, Alberta

Sorrel Rosedale – Toronto, Ontario

The Stone Cellar – Perth, Ontario

The Stubborn Goat Gastropub – Halifax, Nova Scotia

Tamarind East Indian Restaurant – Calgary, Alberta

Tap Restaurant – Surrey, British Columbia

Tavern on the Square – Westmount, Québec

Taverna Italian Kitchen – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Tavola – Vancouver, British Columbia

Terra Mare Restaurant – Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Québec

Terroni – Queen – Toronto, Ontario

Tony Capone’s Italian Grill – Ottawa, Ontario

Tour de Feast – Vancouver, British Columbia

Trafalgars Bistro – Vancouver, British Columbia

Trattoria Taverniti – Toronto, Ontario

Trattoria Timone – Oakville, Ontario

Trio Ristorante & Pizzeria – Toronto, Ontario

Tutti Matti – Toronto, Ontario

Two-One Bistro – Calgary, Alberta

Tzin Wine & Tapas – Edmonton, Alberta

Uli’s Restaurant – White Rock, British Columbia

Uncle Tony’s – Toronto, Ontario

Vero Bistro Moderne – Calgary, Alberta

Vibo Restaurant – Toronto, Ontario

Villa Firenze – Calgary, Alberta

Vin Room – West – Calgary, Alberta

Violino Gastronomia Italiana – Edmonton, Alberta

Vivo Ristorante – Edmonton, Alberta

Wellington Court Restaurant + Catering – St. Catharines, Ontario

West Restaurant – Vancouver, British Columbia

The Westerly – Toronto, Ontario

Woodlot – Toronto, Ontario

Zee Grill – Toronto, Ontario

Zest Restaurant – Vancouver, British Columbia

Zizi trattoria – Woodbridge, Ontario

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