Local Restaurants Shine as OpenTable Announces 150 Best Neighbourhood Gems in Canada

OpenTable celebrates Canada's 150th anniversary by recognizing local favourite eateries across the country

Eighty-seven per cent of Canadians say they are more likely to eat at a restaurant if it uses local, Canadian ingredients

TORONTO, April 4, 2017 /CNW/ -- This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Great White North and to help Canadians celebrate, OpenTable, the world's leading provider of online restaurant reservations and part of The Priceline Group (NASDAQ: PCLN), today announced the 150 Best Neighbourhood Gems 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 2,000 restaurants in Canada.

From quaint European-style cafés to sizzling Asian kitchens and everything in between, this list honours Canada's 150th anniversary by recognizing the unique local restaurants that define neighbourhoods across the country. The 150 Best Neighbourhood Gems list extends beyond the traditional dining hotspots of Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montréal, with neighbourhood eateries in places like Bragg Creek, Dollard-Des-Ormeaux and Penetanguishene all recognized. Including restaurants with multiple locations, Ontario has the greatest number of restaurants featured with 68 establishments, followed by Alberta with 37, British Columbia with 22, Québec with 15 and Manitoba with seven. Restaurants from Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia are also featured on this list.

"The restaurants highlighted on this list illustrate the variety of local tastes across the country as neighbourhoods in Canada become more diverse," said Ziv Schierau, Head of National Accounts for OpenTable Canada. "From the best-kept-secret eateries to more established restaurants, this list encourages Canadians to explore their own neighbourhood, as well as others, for their next dining out experience."

In addition to announcing the 150 Best Neighbourhood Gems in Canada, OpenTable today released survey data revealing diverse perspectives on Canadian cuisine and dining patterns. When it comes to where they eat, the survey found 55 per cent of Canadians prefer to dine close to their own neighbourhood instead of exploring other areas. Other survey results include:

  • Eighty-nine percent of respondents said they have a positive view of Canadian cuisine and 87 per cent indicated they were more likely to eat at a restaurant if it used local, Canadian ingredients.
  • When it comes to Canada's national food, maple syrup came out on top with 26 per cent of the vote narrowly beating poutine with 23 per cent. Alberta beef came in third with 11 per cent.
  • Regional delicacies proved to be popular among Canadians with 21 per cent claiming Alberta beef as their favourite Canadian food followed by Pacific salmon (19 per cent) and poutine (15 per cent). Peameal bacon, butter tarts and Montréal smoked meat were also top responses.
  • Canadians are adventurous – 37 per cent of survey respondents said they dine at a new restaurant in their neighbourhood at least once a month. When asked what kind of restaurant they'd like to see open in their neighbourhood, 28 per cent chose casual dining while 21 per cent said they'd prefer a bistro.

These findings are based on an online survey of more than 300 OpenTable diners conducted between January 2, 2017 and March 8, 2017.

The list of the 150 Best Neighbourhood Gems in Canada is generated solely from more than 480,000 restaurant reviews collected from verified OpenTable diners between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 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 "neighbourhood gem" was selected as a special feature. 

Based on this methodology, the 150 Best Neighbourhood Gems in Canada according to OpenTable diners are as follows (in alphabetical order):

Aberfoyle MillGuelph, Ontario
anew TableCalgary, Alberta
Arms Reach BistroNorth Vancouver, British Columbia
Ascari EnotecaToronto, Ontario
BaldiniToronto, Ontario
Barnstormer Brewing CompanyBarrie, Ontario
The Bavarian Inn RestaurantBragg Creek, Alberta
Biagio RistoranteToronto, Ontario
Bishop'sVancouver, British Columbia
Bistro 67Whitby, Ontario
Bistro NolahDollard-Des-Ormeaux, Québec
Block Kitchen + Bar – BANFFBanff, Alberta
bloom.Waterloo, Ontario
Borealis Grille & Bar – KitchenerKitchener, Ontario
Brooklyn TavernToronto, Ontario
Cafe CarloWinnipeg, Manitoba
Campagnolo – TorontoToronto, Ontario
Canteen – EdmontonEdmonton, Alberta
Carben RestaurantOttawa, Ontario
Carino RiservaCalgary, Alberta
Carpaccio Restaurant & Wine BarNiagara Falls, Ontario
Casalinga RistoranteMississauga, Ontario
CavaToronto, Ontario
ChabrolToronto, Ontario
Chaise CaféWinnipeg, Manitoba
ChiadoToronto, Ontario
Cibo BistroEdmonton, Alberta
CilantroCalgary, Alberta
CinaraVancouver, British Columbia
Corrientes Argentine PizzeriaWinnipeg, Manitoba
Cucci RistoranteOakville, Ontario
DaiLoToronto, Ontario
De Dutch – EdmontonEdmonton, Alberta
DiVino Wine StudioOttawa, Ontario
Earth to Table: Bread Bar – GuelphGuelph, Ontario
Elisabeth's ChaletSurrey, British Columbia
The Elm TreeToronto, Ontario
F'Amelia RistoranteToronto, Ontario
Fable KitchenVancouver, British Columbia
FaunaOttawa, Ontario
Federico's Supper ClubVancouver, British Columbia
Flor de SalToronto, Ontario
ForageVancouver, British Columbia
The Glass MonkeyEdmonton, Alberta
Globe BistroToronto, Ontario
Hobart's Steakhouse – PeterboroughPeterborough, Ontario
Homer Street Cafe & BarVancouver, British Columbia
Hoogan & Beaufort – Montréal, Québec
Il BucoBarrie, Ontario
Il PostinoUnionville, Ontario
Indian Street Food CoToronto, Ontario
Involtini RistoranteCalgary, Alberta
Italian Farmhouse Restaurant & BarBragg Creek, Alberta
Jake's Grill & Oyster HouseBurlington, Ontario
Jan's On The BeachWhite Rock, British Columbia
The Keg Steakhouse + Bar – Multiple Locations (Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario)
King Street TrioWaterloo, Ontario
Kitchenette – Montréal, Québec
KOKO! Share BarToronto, Ontario
Koutouki TavernaEdmonton, Alberta
L'Unità EnotecaToronto, Ontario
La Brezza RistoranteCalgary, Alberta
La Fabrique – Montréal, Québec
La Vecchia RistoranteToronto, Ontario
La VeritàDollard-Des-Ormeaux, Québec
La Vita E BellaCalgary, Alberta
The Lake HouseCalgary, Alberta
Laloux – Montréal, Québec
LaViniaToronto, Ontario
Lawrence Restaurant – Montréal, Québec
Le Chien Fumant – Montréal, Québec
Le Maitre DPenetanguishene, Ontario
Le Surcouf – Montréal, Québec
Les Deux Singes de Montarvie – Montréal, Québec
Leyda's RestaurantSaskatoon, Saskatchewan
Local Kitchen & Wine Bar – West TorontoToronto, Ontario
Lola Rosa Parc – Montréal, Québec
Louisiana PurchaseEdmonton, Alberta
Lula LoungeToronto, Ontario
Mangia E BeviWest Vancouver, British Columbia
MarbenToronto, Ontario
Mettawas Station Mediterranean RestaurantKingsville, Ontario
Miijidaa Cafe + BistroGuelph, Ontario
Mildred's Temple KitchenToronto, Ontario
Moti Mahal Restaurant - 17th AveCalgary, Alberta
Neverland Tea SalonVancouver, British Columbia
Next Door Wine BarCalgary, Alberta
Niko's BistroCalgary, Alberta
Nineteen XIX – Multiple Locations (Alberta)
North and NavyOttawa, Ontario
Nuit SocialToronto, Ontario
The Old Bavaria HausNew Westminster, British Columbia
Old Surrey RestaurantSurrey, British Columbia
Open RangeCalgary, Alberta
Original Hobart's Steakhouse – LindsayLindsay, Ontario
Osteria Savio VolpeVancouver, British Columbia
Peasant CookeryWinnipeg, Manitoba
PigeonholeCalgary, Alberta
Pineridge Hollow – RM of Springfield, Manitoba
Pizzeria GustoWinnipeg, Manitoba
PJ's Restaurant in the AtriumGuelph, Ontario
Posto Pizzeria and BarCalgary, Alberta
Promenade Cafe and WineWinnipeg, Manitoba
Queen Margherita PizzaToronto, Ontario (Multiple Locations)
Rasoï – Montréal, Québec
Red Ox InnEdmonton, Alberta
Restaurant EVOO – Montréal, Québec
Rustica Steakhouse at Silvertip Golf ResortCanmore, Alberta
Salt Wine BarToronto, Ontario
Santorini Greek TavernaCalgary, Alberta
Sarpa RestaurantRichmond Hill, Ontario
Scopa Neighbourhood ItalianCalgary, Alberta
Smith Bros. Steakhouse TavernToronto, Ontario
The Soca KitchenOttawa, Ontario
Sole RestaurantWaterloo, Ontario
Solstice Seasonal CuisineEdmonton, Alberta
Sorrel RosedaleToronto, Ontario
The Stone CellarPerth, Ontario
The Stubborn Goat GastropubHalifax, Nova Scotia
Tamarind East Indian RestaurantCalgary, Alberta
Tap RestaurantSurrey, British Columbia
Tavern on the SquareWestmount, Québec
Taverna Italian KitchenSaskatoon, Saskatchewan
TavolaVancouver, British Columbia
Terra Mare RestaurantDollard-Des-Ormeaux, Québec
Terroni – QueenToronto, Ontario
Tony Capone's Italian GrillOttawa, Ontario
Tour de FeastVancouver, British Columbia
Trafalgars BistroVancouver, British Columbia
Trattoria TavernitiToronto, Ontario
Trattoria TimoneOakville, Ontario
Trio Ristorante & PizzeriaToronto, Ontario
Tutti MattiToronto, Ontario
Two-One BistroCalgary, Alberta
Tzin Wine & TapasEdmonton, Alberta
Uli's RestaurantWhite Rock, British Columbia
Uncle Tony'sToronto, Ontario
Vero Bistro ModerneCalgary, Alberta
Vibo RestaurantToronto, Ontario
Villa FirenzeCalgary, Alberta
Vin Room – WestCalgary, Alberta
Violino Gastronomia ItalianaEdmonton, Alberta
Vivo RistoranteEdmonton, Alberta
Wellington Court Restaurant + CateringSt. Catharines, Ontario
West RestaurantVancouver, British Columbia
The WesterlyToronto, Ontario
WoodlotToronto, Ontario
Zee GrillToronto, Ontario
Zest RestaurantVancouver, British Columbia
Zizi trattoriaWoodbridge, Ontario

The complete list may also be viewed at http://www.opentable.com/m/150-best-neighbourhood-gem-restaurants-in-canada-2017. Diners can also read more about the 150 Best Neighbourhood Gems in Canada by visiting the OpenTable blog.

Follow OpenTable Canada on Twitter: @OpenTableCanada

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 48 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.

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