13 of the 100 Best Restaurants in Canada are in Vancouver

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As 2018 draws to a close, it’s a given that industries will reflect upon the year that was. And so we have the just-revealed list of the 100 Best Restaurants in Canada, courtesy the reservation service OpenTable.

Photo courtesy Ancora

The alphabetical list–and not ranking–is culled from more than 500,000 verified diner reviews of over 2,500 restaurants across Canada, notes OpenTable.

For 2018, 13 of the 100 are in Vancouver, and those 13 are the sole restaurants in B.C. included. Vancouver isn’t a huge OpenTable city–users here tend to be visitors or businesspeople rather than every day diners. Of course, to be included, restaurants must offer customers the option to reserve via OpenTable, which does leave several major players out of consideration for this list.

Cities like Toronto, and to a lesser extent Calgary, dominate the list, and not surprisingly; those cities are more active OpenTable users.

Photo courtesy Hawksworth

The baker’s dozen Vancouver spots listed for 2018 are some heavy hitters that offer a high level of dining experience from food to hospitality, including Ancora, Hawksworth, Miku, and Blue Water Cafe. Smaller operations, like Cinara–which itself is morphing into an outpost of its own more understated sibling venture, Autostrada, come the new year–also make for a nice showing on the Vancouver list.

If you are heading east anytime soon, you may want to take note of the 87 other spots OpenTable’s users have endorsed of late. Here’s the list in full:

100 Best Restaurants in Canada for 2018

  • Akira Back – Toronto, ON
  • Ancora Waterfront Dining + Patio – Vancouver, BC
  • ANJU – Calgary, AB
  • Ascari Enoteca – Toronto, ON
  • Atelier – Ottawa, ON
  • Bar Isabel – Toronto, ON
  • Bar Sybanne – Toronto, ON
  • Baro – Toronto, ON
  • Berkeley North – Hamilton, ON
  • Bishop’s – Vancouver, BC
  • Blue Water Café – Vancouver, BC
  • BOSK at Shangri-La Hotel – Toronto, ON
  • Bridgette Bar – Calgary, AB
  • Buca Yorkville – Toronto, ON
  • Byblos – Toronto, ON
  • Canis Restaurant – Toronto, ON
  • Carisma – Toronto, ON
  • Chabrol Café – Toronto, ON
  • Chez Sophie – Montréal, QC
  • Chiado – Toronto, ON
  • Cibo Bistro – Edmonton, AB
  • Cinara – Vancouver, BC
  • Cioppino’s Mediterranean Grill – Vancouver, BC
  • Cucina Market Bistro – Calgary, AB
  • DaiLo – Toronto, ON
  • Damas – Montréal, QC
  • Don Alfonso – Toronto, ON
  • Eden – Rimrock Resort Hotel – Banff, AB
  • Escoba Bistro and Wine Bar – Calgary, AB
  • Estia – Toronto, ON
  • EVOO – Toronto, ON
  • Fishbone Bistro – Stouffville, ON
  • Five Sails Restaurant – Vancouver, BC
  • George Restaurant – Toronto, ON
  • Giulietta – Toronto, ON
  • Grey Gardens – Toronto, ON
  • Hawksworth Restaurant – Vancouver, BC
  • Hearth Restaurant – Saskatoon, SK
  • Hy’s Steakhouse – Calgary, AB
  • Ile Flottante (former Les Deux Singes) – Montréal, QC
  • Jacobs & Co. Steakhouse – Toronto, ON
  • John & Sons Oyster House – Downtown – Toronto, ON
  • Joso’s – Toronto, ON
  • Jules Bistro – Queen West – Toronto, ON
  • Ki Modern Japanese + Bar – Toronto, ON
  • King Street Trio – Waterloo, ON
  • Klein / Harris – Calgary, AB
  • KOKO! Share Bar – Toronto, ON
  • La Banane – Toronto, ON
  • La Chaumiere – Calgary, AB
  • Langdon Hall Country House Hotel & Spa – Cambridge, ON
  • L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon – Montréal, QC
  • LaurieRaphael – Quebec – Québec QC
  • Le Baccara – Casino du Lac Leamy – Gatineau, QC
  • Le Notre Bistro – Toronto, ON
  • L’Unità Enoteca – Toronto, ON
  • Mamakas Taverna –Toronto, ON
  • Masaki – Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
  • Michael’s on Simcoe – Toronto, ON
  • Miku Restaurant – Multiple locations*
  • Mira – Toronto, ON
  • Morton’s The Steakhouse – Toronto, ON
  • The Nash – Calgary, AB
  • Oddfish Restaurant – Vancouver, BC
  • ONE Restaurant – Toronto, ON
  • Opus Restaurant – Toronto, ON
  • Osgoode Hall Restaurant – Toronto, ON
  • Osteria Savio Volpe – Vancouver, BC
  • Pigeonhole – Calgary, AB
  • Posto Pizzeria and Bar – Calgary, AB
  • Q Haute Cuisine (formerly La Caille) – Calgary, AB
  • Raymonds Restaurant – St. John’s, NF
  • The Restaurant at Pearl Morissette – Jordan Station, ON
  • Rickshaw Bar – Toronto, ON
  • Ristorante Beatrice – Montréal, QC
  • Royale – Calgary, AB
  • Sabor Restaurant – Edmonton, AB
  • Salt Wine Bar – Toronto, ON
  • Scaramouche Restaurant & Pasta Bar – Toronto, ON
  • Shoushin – Toronto, ON
  • Sofia – Toronto, ON
  • Sorrel Rosedale – Toronto, ON
  • Sukiyaki House – Calgary, AB
  • Tanto – Toronto, ON
  • Tavola – Vancouver, BC
  • Ten Foot Henry – Calgary, AB
  • Tennessee Tavern – Toronto, ON
  • Terra Restaurant – Thornhill, ON
  • Trattoria Giancarlo – Toronto, ON
  • Trius Winery Restaurant – Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
  • Tzin Wine & Tapas – Edmonton, AB
  • Vero Bistro Moderne – Calgary, AB
  • VIVO Ristorante – Westend – Edmonton, AB
  • The Walrus Pub & Beer Hall –Toronto, ON
  • West Restaurant – Vancouver, BC
  • WORKSHOP kitchen + culture – Calgary, AB
  • Yasu – Sushi Bar – Toronto, ON
  • Yuwa Japanese Cuisine (fka Zest Restaurant) – Vancouver, BC
  • The Yellow Pear Kitchen – St. Catharines, ON
  • Zucca Trattoria –Toronto, ON
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Lindsay is the Managing Editor of Vancouver Is Awesome. A fifth generation Vancouverite, she was previously the Food Editor of Daily Hive, Senior Editor of Vancity Buzz, and Editor-in-Chief of LAist.com. Lindsay grew up in Vancouver and Toronto, then spent over 20 years in Los Angeles, where ahe earned her Masters in English, attended culinary school, and was an English professor. Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: lindsay@vancouverisawesome.com