In 2018 plenty of exciting new restaurants have opened up across Canada. Instead of returning to your old favourite restaurant, tonight for dinner venture out and explore somewhere new!
Based upon online reviews of all the restaurants that have opened so far in 2018, we have compiled a list of best of the best. To create our list, we based it upon which restaurants had the best reviews for extraordinary food, fantastic ambiance and yet were still affordable.
Curious which new restaurants are worth the hype? From Vancouver to Quebec City here is where to eat right now across Canada.
Location: Montreal, Quebec - 4007 St Denis Street
A charming high-quality seafood restaurant that focuses on using local Quebec produce. At Josephine, you can find a diverse wine list, and they strive to pair their wine to their seafood. The lovely interior is bright and airy with light woods and plants.
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba - 1 Forks Market Road
The open concept, Passero makes a great spot in Winnipeg. Located in The Forks Market, Chef Scott Bagshaw menu is a mixture of French and Italian flavors. On the menu, you can find beautifully plated dishes like scallop crudo, ricotta gnocchi, charred octopus along with citrus and fennel rigatoni.
Location: Ottawa, Ontario - 10 Daly Ave
The sophisticated restaurant within the Ottawa Art Gallery is a must-visit in the national capital. The refined decorated interior with marble and gold accents is the perfect spot to enjoy an excellent meal. The menu has global influences with a continually changing menu using locally sourced ingredients.
Location: Montreal, Quebec - 124 McGill
After the success of their Griffintown restaurant, Le Fantome Kabir Kapoor and chef Jason Morris recently opened their new Montreal restaurant Pastel. Pastel has a warm interior has a rustic exposed brick wall with soft pastel accents throughout the space. The menu focuses on creative dishes that highlight Quebec and Canadian produce.
The Courtney Room
Location: Victoria British Columbia - 619 Courtney Street
Located in the lobby of the Magnolia Hotel and Spa, The Courtney Room offers an exquisite dining experience. Chef Harris menu provides tasty classic French dishes, such as duck leg confit, gruyere macaroni and cheese, along with a delicious rabbit and pork terrine. At The Courtney Room, the focus is on featuring seasonal produce sourced from local farms.
Location: Toronto, Ontario - 5051 Yonge Street
Konjiki Ramen first North American location is worth the hype. The world-famous Michelin-endorsed Japanese ramen shop is known for being one of the best ramen shops in Japan. At his Toronto location, the ramen is prepared using traditional methods to provide flavor packed broths and delicious noodles.
Location: Regina, Saskatchewan - 100-2201 11th Ave
At Avenue, you can expect to find old school dishes creatively re-invented such as Beef Wellington, perogies and chicken wings. The beautiful restaurant features art deco and industrial designed space that looks as good as the food does.
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia - 2610 Main St
Tocador is a Cuban inspired bar and eatery in Vancouver. In addition to their delicious cocktails, the menu has seasonally rotating sharing plates and classics like Cubano sandwiches and delicious Cuba libre cake (a rum cake with lime syrup and dulce de leche) and Pastel de pina y Ron (a rum-soaked pineapple, lime cake, with torched meringue).
Location: Montreal, Quebec - 150 Rue Saint-Zotique E
The all-star time behind opening Joe Beef has opened a new wine bar in Montreal - Mon Lapin. At Mon Lapin the menu changes daily to showcase seasonal ingredients and focuses on small plates and natural wine. The tiny 35 seat restaurant fills up quickly, and reservations aren't accepted so expect to wait to get inside.
Location: Bloomfield, Ontario - 433 Bloomfield Main St.
Located in cottage country, Seedlings is a charming 35 seat restaurant inside Angeline’s Inn in Bloomfield. Husband and wife team Chef Michael Portigal and Ashley O’Neill aim goal for Seedlings is to provide classic dishes like rabbit terrine, cured trout and duck breast that use vegetables grown from the county.
Location: Toronto, Ontario - 2 Trinity Street
Madrina in Toronto's Distillery District is a fantastic Spanish tapas restaurant. Chef Ramon Simarro has worked in several Michelin-starred kitchens in Spain before opening his Canadian restaurant. At Madrina the focus is modern Spanish tapas with half of the menu focuses on cold plates.
Kanto 98 St. Eatery
Location: Edmonton, Alberta 10636 98 Street NW
Located in Edmonton's Chinatown Kanto 89 St. Eatery serves up outstanding Filipino food. The restaurant has a hip vibe with comics adoring the walls, here you can expect a casual dining experience where food is brought to your table when it is ready. On the menu, you can find bao, BBQ and bowl dishes.
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia - 1257 Hamilton St
The much-anticipated White Lounge in Vancouver's Yaletown recently is sleek and stylish. The monochromatic 160-seat restaurant focus on shareable plates, classic dishes like beef tenderloin, apple and brie stuffed chicken, and lemon and wine garlic shrimp. From the food to the decor, everything inside the White Lounge is stunning.
Location: Montreal, Quebec 5090 Notre-Dame St W
A visit to Elena promises one of the best pizzas in town and a glass of excellent wine. The spacious and airy restaurant blends modern and retro with marble counters and a long orange velvet banquette it is a beautiful neighborhood pizza shop offering gourmet pizzas.
Location: Montreal, Quebec - 1 Forks Market Road
You need to visit Montreal's newest wine bar Signorvino. Offering perfectly cooked classic Italian dishes and an outstanding wine menu, this is a must-visit spot in Montreal. Head to this new Montreal gem to indulge in a delicious meal.
La Gaspesienne 51
Location: Quebec City, Quebec - 1626 Chemin Saint-Louis
La Gaspesienne 51 offers fresh top-quality seafood that is caught by its sister fish shop which is located next door. Inside the inviting restaurant, everything is decorated with a fishing ship theme, with most of the decor found in the owner's family barn. The rustic restaurant, promises delicious food, that will have you wanting to come back for more.
Coquille Fine Seafood
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia - 181 Carrall St
Opened in 2018 in Vancouver's Gaston, Coquille Fine Seafood is a modern fish house. Inside the massive 4,100 square food restaurant, you'll be able to enjoy seafood and shellfish dishes accompanied by wines from British Columbia and craft beer. The interior has a nautical decor but still manages to feel elegant, by blending pink banquettes, wood tables, and modern white chairs. Coquille Fine Seafood is the perfect spot to enjoy outstanding seafood and worth a trip to Vancouver to try it.
Location: Montreal, Quebec - 4255 Ontario E
The highly praised Boullion Bilk has recently opened Helicopter, a new sharing plates restaurant in Montreal. The tiny restaurant's menu consists entirely of sharing dishes including both sweet and savory. The interior is absolutely beautiful with exposed brick walls and wood accents, it feels warm and inviting.
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba - 557 Osborne Street
The warm and inviting Oxbow in Manitoba focus is on local. The menu reflects locally grown ingredients along with natural wine, but the flavor inspirations are from around the world. Focusing on sharing plates here you can enjoy dishes such as Manitoba pickerel with swiss chard, smoked beet with yogurt, or Manitoba arctic char.
Location: Toronto, Ontario - 190 University Ave
Founded by all-star chef David Chang, Kojin is Momofuku's latest restaurant. Located on the top floor of the Momofuku building in downtown Toronto it has a globally inspired menu. On the menu, you'll find prepare expertly prepared seafood like oysters or ceviche, corn flatbreads, sausage boards or grilled beef.
Location: Toronto, Ontario - 585 College St
Il Covo, which translates to the hideout is worth finding in Toronto. Brought to you by the people who created Toronto's popular Italian restaurant Buca, Ill Covo is an Italian restaurant that features dishes from all over Italy. On the menu, you'll find seasonal small plates including fresh pasta. The intimate setting of the restaurant makes the perfect spot for a date.