Eating & Drinking

100 best restaurants in Canada: But only one in Ottawa made the list

OpenTable has announced its list of the top 100 restaurants in Canada — but only one Ottawa restaurant made the cut.

The web-based restaurant review and reservation service bills itself as “the world’s leading provider of online restaurant reservations, seating more than 17 million diners per month via online bookings across more than 33,000 restaurants” and says the Canadian top 100 “is based on an analysis of more than 275,000 reviews of approximately 1,600 restaurants across the country.”

Only Ottawa’s Atelier made the list. (Last year, Restaurant E18hteen was also listed but its absence this year leaves Atelier alone to fly the flag for the capital.)

“Atelier’s chef Marc Lepine obviously believes that eating in his restaurant has to be a memorable experience for the senses, and it is,” raved one reviewer on the site. “The taste combinations and wine pairings were remarkable and brilliantly explained.”

Chef Marc Lepine at the judges' table for the 2015 Gold Medal Plates competition. Photo by Anne DesBrisay, Ottawa Magazine.
Chef Marc Lepine at the judges’ table for the 2015 Gold Medal Plates competition. Photo by Anne DesBrisay, Ottawa Magazine.

Lepine won Ottawa’s Gold Medal Plates competition in November and will be representing the city at the Canadian Culinary Championships in Kelowna in February.

“From coast to coast, Canadians love to experience great food in exceptional restaurants,” said Ziv Schierau, Head of National Accounts for OpenTable Canada, in a release. “Sixty-three winners from last year have again been selected by OpenTable diners as part of the 100 Best Restaurants in Canada, but all the restaurants on this list exemplify the best of what Canadian dining has to offer: incredible food and hospitality, an unforgettable culture and a dining experience that has guests returning again and again.”

According to the release, restaurants listed represented seven provinces with 41 in Ontario, 20 from British Columbia, 19 from Alberta, and 17 from Québec. Here’s how some Canadian cities fared:

Calgary: nine restaurants

Edmonton: five restaurants

Vancouver: 11 restaurants

Toronto: 28 restaurants

Montreal: 16 restaurants

London: one restaurant

Halifax: one restaurant

Hamilton: one restaurant

Do you think other Ottawa restaurants should have been on the list? Tweet us @ottawamag and let us know your favourites!