The Top 10 Best Restaurants In Ontario To Try This Year
In case you missed it, Canada’s 100 Best recently presented its fifth annual list of the best restaurants of the year. Chosen by a prestigious panel of judges, which include a few of the country’s leading critics, chefs, and legendary restaurateurs. This definitive list features top restaurants throughout the regions ordered by rank.
But if you ask us, the best way to explore the list is by region — it’s the best way of understanding what each province has to offer!
To see what Ontario has to offer, scroll through the list of the top 10 restaurants of 2019!
163 Spadina Avenue, Toronto
For the second year in a row, Toronto’s modern French restaurant Alo wins the title of the best restaurant in the country. Alo’s barroom offers an a la carte menu of raw seafood, meat-based entrees, and delectable bites. Don’t miss out on the great cocktails or the course-by-course wine pairings!
1 Langdon Drive, Cambridge, Ontario
Focused and inspired by the region, Langdon Hall in Cambridge relies heavily on locally-sourced ingredients to create an award-winning dining experience. The menu changes every season, but Chef Jason Bangerter’s truffle soup is almost always available. Langdon Hall is ranked the country’s fourth best!
53 Scollard Street, Toronto
With three locations in Toronto, the coastal cousin to its location on King, Buca Osteria & Bar specializes in their offerings of freshly prepared fish and seafood. Both of which are proudly prepared in part traditional and part iconoclastic coastal Italian culinary style. As a part of Canada’s top 10 restaurants, Buca Osteria is ranked as Canada’s seventh best.
972 College Street West, Toronto
As number nine on the list of Canada’s top 10 restaurants, Giulietta is best known for spinning classic Italian cuisine. Top Chef Canada runner up Rob Rossi has curated an easy-to-navigate menu which highlights top notch ingredients and chef’s best skills. After enjoying pizza and spuntini, make sure to indulge in the customer-favourite Torta della Nonna, a twist on the classic butter tart.
169 Niagara Street, Toronto
Pulling inspiration from from western Europe, the chef-owners of Edulis, Michael Caballo and Tobey, are devoted to making everything from scratch. Their changing menus are solely based on seasonal ingredients while keeping a strong focus on seafood, vegetables, and mushrooms. Not sure what to order? They offer two choices of five or seven course menus. When it’s truffle season, you’d best believe they offer a special truffle menu, too!
3953 Jordan Road, Jordan Station, Ontario
Upping the ante on Niagara wine country, The Restaurant at Pearl Morissette has an adopted the Japanese Omakase (it means to entrust yourself to the chef) style of dining. Yup, blind tasting without the menu. Expect seasonal ingredients transformed with French sensibility. Price for the tasting menu is $88 (including tip per guest).
1198 Queen Street West, Toronto
As co-owner Chef Jason Carter describes his food, Dandylion’s menu simply features simple and refined offerings of the season’s best. Never serving frozen fish, like all the proteins in his kitchen, it is always prepared and cooked to perfection. As you wait for your entrée, enjoy warm and crisp bread with fromage blanc as you admire the quaint and welcoming dining space.
797 College Street, Toronto
Earning a rep for Toronto’s best bars is Bar Isabel with their cocktail program. As a tribute to the old-school tavernas of Barcelona, the restaurant serves dinner until midnight during the week and 2 A.M. on weekends. Late night eats aren’t complete without shishito peppers or grilled octopus, either.
419 College Street, Toronto
For food inspired by the diverse and distinct flavours of Mexico, head over to Quetzal for a wide range of Mexican dishes. If you enjoy smokiness, enjoy the fire-roasted sweetbreads finished with powdered chilli or the grilled cornish hen. Make sure you take a look at the solid wine list and try the ceviche, too!
227 Ossington Avenue, Toronto
As a former chef at restaurants like Black Hoof (RIP) and Bar Isabel, Brandon Olsen has created a playful rendition of dishes from those restaurants at his own La Banane as the French-inspired bistro’s head chef. Olsen’s signature dish of sweetbreads and tuna with brown butter caper sauce (created at Bar Isabel) is refined here as raw tuna bathed with brown butter, capers and dill. La Banane is also best known for its impeccable signature cocktails and wine list.
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