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Canada's 100 Best Restaurants for a Big Night Out, According to OpenTable Diners

April 11, 2019

Toronto Claims Greatest Number of Restaurants Rated by Diners for Having Lively Bar Scenes and Ambience

TORONTO, April 11, 2019 /CNW/ -- Canadians have officially made it through the winter. It's time to pack away the parkas and get ready for some big nights out on the town. OpenTable, the world's leading provider of online restaurant reservations and part of Booking Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: BKNG), has announced the 100 Best Restaurants in Canada for a Big Night Out to help diners navigate the latest hot spots for great dining and a fun night. These awards reflect the combined opinions of more than 550,000 restaurant reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for more than 2,500 restaurants in Canada.

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The Big Night Out list includes the latest places to see and be seen in more than 25 cities across Canada. Ontario leads the late-night dining scene with 52 restaurants. Of those establishments, 38 are located in Toronto, which is the most-featured city on the list. Three other major Canadian cities are closely ranked for the next greatest number of restaurants, including Vancouver, Montreal and Calgary. Provincially, Alberta has the second-highest number of restaurants with 14 establishments, followed by British Columbia with 12 and Quebec with 12. The east coast is also represented with 5 bustling establishments.

"As temperatures heat up, so does the nightlife" said Caroline Potter, Chief Dining Officer, OpenTable. "This year's list of restaurants for a Big Night Out highlights hot spots where great dining experiences and fun are always on the menu."

Featured on the list are popular vibrant dining spots such as Akira Back in Toronto; upscale gems like Foxy in Montreal and food-first hotspots like Model Milk in Calgary. Mexican, Japanese, Portuguese and vegetarian were among the 39 different cuisines included, with Italian and French being the most popular cuisines on the list. 

OpenTable's list of the 100 Best Restaurants for a Big Night Out in Canada for 2019 is generated solely from diner reviews collected between March 1, 2018 and February 28, 2019. All restaurants with a minimum "overall" score and number of qualifying reviews were included for consideration. The overall score is made up of unique data points, such as overall diner rating, user klout, total number of reviews and regional overall rating. Qualifying restaurants were then scored and sorted according to the sum of tags for which "hot spot" was selected as a special feature.

Based on this methodology, the 100 Best Restaurants in Canada for a Big Night Out according to OpenTable diners are as follows (in alphabetical order):

360 The Restaurant at the CN TowerToronto, ON

Akira BackToronto, ON

Amsterdam Brewhouse & RestaurantToronto, ON

ANEJO RestaurantCalgary, AB

ANJUCalgary, AB

Antojo Tacos + TequilaHalifax, NS

AvenueRegina, SK

Ayden Kitchen & Bar, Saskatoon, SK

Bar IsabelToronto, ON

Bar LupulusOttawa, ON

BaroToronto, ON

Berkeley NorthHamilton, ON

BIERA – Ritchie MarketEdmonton, AB

Black & Blue SteakhouseVancouver, BC

Boefish – Chicoutimi, QC; Sherbrooke, QC

Born & RaisedHamilton, ON

BotanistVancouver, BC

Brasa Brazilian SteakhouseNiagara Falls, ON

Brasserie 701Montreal, QC

Brasserie T! Quartier des SpectaclesMontreal, QC

Bridgette BarCalgary, AB

Buca YorkvilleToronto, ON

ByblosToronto, ON

Canoe Restaurant and BarToronto, ON

The Carbon BarToronto, ON

The Canteen on PortlandDartmouth, NS

CharbarCalgary, AB

Cibo Wine BarToronto, ON (Yorkville Ave.); Toronto, ON (King St.)


ClunyToronto, ON

Copacabana Brazilian Steak HouseNiagara Falls, ON; Toronto, ON (Adelaide St.); Vaughan, ON

DaiLoToronto, ON

DamasMontreal, QC

Drake Devonshire InnWellington, ON

Drake One FiftyToronto, ON

Earls Kitchen + BarToronto, ON

El CatrinToronto, ON

El SantoNew Westminster, BC

Elbow RoomCalgary, AB

EuropeaMontreal, QC

The Exchange on HollisHalifax, NS

FairouzOttawa, ON

FigoToronto, ON

Flame and SmithBloomfield, ON

FoxyMontreal, QC

GiuliettaToronto, ON

GlowbalVancouver, BC

Grey GardensToronto, ON


Gyu-KakuMontreal, AB

Italian by NightSaint John, NB

Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop HouseVancouver, BC

The Keg Steakhouse + BarWindsor, ON

Kellys LandingToronto, ON

Kitchen76 at Two Sisters VineyardsNiagara-on-the-Lake, ON

Kobe Japanese Steak HouseVancouver, BC

KŌSTToronto, ON

Kyo Bar JaponaisMontreal, QC

La BananeToronto, ON

La CarnitaToronto, ON

Lake House RestaurantVineland, ON

Lena RestauranteToronto, ON

LocaleAurora, ON

Mamakas TavernaToronto, ON

The Melting PotEdmonton, AB

The Merchant KitchenWinnipeg, MB

The Merchant TavernSt. John's, NF

Miku RestaurantVancouver, BC; Toronto, ON

Minami RestaurantVancouver, BC

MiraToronto, ON

ModavieMontreal, QC

Model MilkCalgary, AB

Momofuku KojinToronto, ON

The NashCalgary, AB


Osteria Savio VolpeVancouver, BC

Pampa Brazilian SteakhouseEdmonton, AB

PatriaToronto, ON

Pepino's Spaghetti HouseVancouver, BC

Piano PianoToronto, ON

Pineridge Hollow – RM of Springfield, MB

Pizzeria GustoWinnipeg, MB

PlantaToronto, ON

Portus 360Montreal, QC

Restaurant Toque!Montreal, QC

Richmond StationToronto, ON

RivieraOttawa, ON

Rooftop Bar at the Broadview HotelToronto, ON

RosalindaToronto, ON

Sabor RestaurantEdmonton, AB

Scaddabush Italian Kitchen & BarToronto, ON

SofiaToronto, ON

Sticks and StonesSaskatoon, SK

STKToronto, ON

Storm Crow ManorToronto, ON

Ten Foot HenryCalgary, AB

Terroni – Toronto, ON (Queen St.); Toronto, ON (Adelaide St.); Toronto, ON (Summerhill)

Treadwell Farm-to-Table CuisineNiagara-on-the-Lake, ON

The Victor –Vancouver, BC

WildebeestVancouver, BC

The complete list may also be viewed at

About OpenTable

OpenTable, part of Booking Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: BKNG), is the world's leading provider of online restaurant reservations, with more than 50,000 restaurants globally using its software to seat over 120 million diners monthly. OpenTable helps diners discover and book the perfect table and helps restaurants deliver personalized hospitality to keep guests coming back.

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