OpenTable reveals 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in Canada based on diner reviews

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Restaurants from nine provinces across Canada recognized as most romantic by passionate OpenTable diners

OpenTable shares new data about Canadians’ Valentine’s Day preferences

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, OpenTable, the world’s leading provider of online restaurant reservations and part of The Priceline Group (NASDAQ: PCLN), has announced the 100 Most Romantic Restaurants 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 1,900 restaurants in Canada.

This year’s list highlights the most romantic restaurants spanning nine provinces across the country from the intimate and artful Bishop’s in Vancouver to historic gem The Press Gang in Halifax. Including restaurants with multiple locations, Ontario boasts the greatest number of restaurants featured on the list with 46 establishments, followed by Alberta with 27, Québec with 12, British Columbia with 12, Nova Scotia with four and Manitoba with three. The list also includes restaurant destinations from New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as Saskatchewan.

“Whether looking to book the perfect Valentine’s Day meal or a casual dinner date, this list based on reviews from our verified diners highlights some of Canada’s most romantic restaurants from coast to coast,” said Ziv Schierau, Head of National Accounts for OpenTable Canada. “With intimate atmospheres, specially curated menus and exceptional hospitality, the restaurants on this list are excellent choices for places to dine on one of the most romantic and busiest days of the year.”

In addition to announcing the 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in Canada, OpenTable today released data that reveals how Canadians make reservations and dine on Valentine’s Day. These findings are based on reservations made for February 14, 2016, in Canada through OpenTable.

OpenTable Canada Valentine’s Day findings

  • Last year, 45 per cent of Canadian diners waited until the week before Valentine’s Day to make their reservations.
  • Mobile bookings continue to rise, as 42 per cent of Valentine’s Day reservations made last year in Canada were booked using mobile devices — an eight per cent increase from the previous year.
  • Italian cuisine proved to be the most popular when choosing a restaurant to dine at for Valentine’s Day last year, followed by Steakhouses, Canadian cuisine, Seafood and French cuisine.

The list of the 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in Canada is generated solely from more than 480,000 restaurant reviews collected from verified OpenTable diners between December 1, 2015 and November 30, 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 “romantic” was selected as a special feature.

Based on this methodology, the 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in Canada according to OpenTable diners are as follows (in alphabetical order):

1888 Chop House – Fairmont Banff Springs – Banff, Alberta

529 Wellington – Winnipeg, Manitoba

Aberfoyle Mill – Guelph, Ontario

AG at The Sterling – Niagara Falls, Ontario

Alo Restaurant – Toronto, Ontario

Ancaster Mill – Ancaster, Ontario

Anew Table – Calgary, Alberta

Araxi Restaurant & Oyster Bar – Whistler, British Columbia

Atelier – Ottawa, Ontario

Auberge du Pommier – Toronto, Ontario

Bacchus Restaurant & Lounge – Wedgewood Hotel – Vancouver, British Columbia

Bishop’s – Vancouver, British Columbia

Bistro Nolah – Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Québec

Blink Restaurant – Calgary, Alberta

Bonaparte – Montréal, Québec

Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant – Calgary, Alberta

The Bruce Hotel and Restaurant – Stratford, Ontario

The Butchart Gardens – The Dining Room – Brentwood Bay, British Columbia

Cafe Chianti – Halifax, Nova Scotia

Cambridge Mill – Cambridge, Ontario

Canoe Restaurant and Bar – Toronto, Ontario

Carisma – Toronto, Ontario

Chiado – Toronto, Ontario

CinCin Ristorante + Bar – Vancouver, British Columbia

Cucci Ristorante – Oakville, Ontario

Cut Steakhouse – Halifax, Nova Scotia

da Maurizio – Halifax, Nova Scotia

Da Vinci Ristorante – Montréal, Québec

DiVino Wine Studio – Ottawa, Ontario

Eden – Rimrock Resort Hotel – Banff, Alberta

Europea – Montréal, Québec

Fairouz – Ottawa, Ontario

Federico’s Supper Club – Vancouver, British Columbia

The Fifth Grill & Terrace – Toronto, Ontario

Five Sails Restaurant – Vancouver, British Columbia

Flor de Sal – Toronto, Ontario

George Restaurant – Toronto, Ontario

Hardware Grill – Edmonton, Alberta

Hy’s Steakhouse – Winnipeg – Winnipeg, Manitoba

Il Buco – Barrie, Ontario

Inn on the Twenty – Jordan, Ontario

Italian Farmhouse Restaurant & Bar – Bragg Creek, Alberta

Juniper Bistro – The Juniper Hotel – Banff, Alberta

The Keg Steakhouse + Bar – Multiple Locations (New Brunswick, Ontario)

King Street Trio – Waterloo, Ontario

Kitchen76 at Two Sisters Vineyards – Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

La Chaumiere – Calgary, Alberta

The Lake House – Calgary, Alberta

La Verità – Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Québec

Langdon Hall Country House Hotel & Spa – Cambridge, Ontario

LaVinia – Toronto, Ontario

Le Baccara – Casino du Lac Leamy – Gatineau, Québec

Le Club Chasse et Pêche – Montréal, Québec

Les Deux Singes de Montarvie – Montréal, Québec

Little Grouse on the Prairie – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Liv Restaurant – White Oaks Resort & Spa – Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

Lupo Restaurant & Vinoteca – Vancouver, British Columbia

Mangia E Bevi – West Vancouver, British Columbia

Mettawas Station Mediterranean Restaurant – Kingsville, Ontario

Mistura – Toronto, Ontario

Nineteen XIX – St. Albert – Saint Albert, Alberta

North and Navy – Ottawa, Ontario

Old Surrey Restaurant – Surrey, British Columbia

O.Noir – Montréal, Québec

Opus Restaurant – Toronto, Ontario

Peller Estates Winery Restaurant – Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

Pineridge Hollow – RM of Springfield, Manitoba

The Press Gang – Halifax, Nova Scotia

Q Haute Cuisine – Calgary, Alberta

Quails’ Gate Estate Winery – Old Vines Restaurant – Kelowna, British Columbia

Quatrefoil – Dundas, Ontario

Ravine Vineyard Winery Restaurant – Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

Raymonds – St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador

Red Ox Inn – Edmonton, Alberta

Restaurant at Peninsula Ridge – Beamsville, Ontario

Restaurant Le Continental – Québec City, Québec

Ristorante Beatrice – Montréal, Québec

Rouge – Calgary, Alberta

Rundle Lounge – Afternoon Tea – Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel – Banff, Alberta

Rustica Steakhouse at Silvertip Golf Resort – Canmore, Alberta

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse – Calgary – Calgary, Alberta

Sabor Restaurant – Edmonton, Alberta

Scaramouche Restaurant – Toronto, Ontario

Solstice Seasonal Cuisine – Edmonton, Alberta

Sorrentino’s Downtown – Edmonton, Alberta

Sterling Restaurant – Gatineau, Québec

Take Five Bistro – Windsor, Ontario

Tango Nuevo – Kingston, Ontario

Tap Restaurant – Surrey, British Columbia

Tapas Restaurant – Canmore, Alberta

Three Ravens Restaurant & Wine Bar – Banff, Alberta

Trius Winery Restaurant – Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

Twisted Lemon – Cayuga, Ontario

Tzin Wine & Tapas – Edmonton, Alberta

Villa Firenze – Calgary, Alberta

Vineland Estates Winery Restaurant – Vineland, Ontario

Violino Gastronomia Italiana – Edmonton, Alberta

Von’s Steakhouse & Oyster Bar – Edmonton, Alberta

Waldhaus Restaurant – Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel – Banff, Alberta

Woodlot – Toronto, Ontario

Diners can also read more about the 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in Canada by visiting the OpenTable blog.

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About OpenTable Restaurant Reviews

Originally launched in November 2008, the OpenTable Reviews program helps diners find restaurants that best fit their dining occasions. Only diners who recently honoured an OpenTable reservation are invited to submit restaurant reviews. Visitors to OpenTable can access reviews for thousands of OpenTable restaurant partners across the United States, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Japan and the UK.  The OpenTable Reviews program has generated more than 40 million restaurant reviews by verified diners, establishing OpenTable as one of the largest and most trusted sources for restaurant reviews.

About OpenTable

OpenTable, part of The Priceline Group (NASDAQ: PCLN), is the world’s leading provider of online restaurant reservations, seating more than 21 million diners per month via online bookings across more than 40,000 restaurants. The OpenTable network connects restaurants and diners, helping diners discover and book the perfect table and helping restaurants deliver personalized hospitality to keep guests coming back. The OpenTable service enables diners to see which restaurants have available tables, select a restaurant based on verified diner reviews, menus, and other helpful information, and easily book a reservation. In addition to the company’s website and mobile apps, OpenTable powers online reservations for nearly 600 partners, including many of the Internet’s most popular global and local brands. For restaurants, the OpenTable hospitality solutions enable them to manage their reservation book, streamline their operations, and enhance their service levels. Since its inception in 1998, OpenTable has seated over 1 billion diners around the world and more than 45 million in Canada.  OpenTable is headquartered in San Francisco and has bookable restaurants in more than 20 countries, including Australia, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, United Kingdom and the United States.