No. 1: Toqué!

No. 1: Toqué!

900 PLACE JEAN-PAUL-RIOPELLE, MONTREAL, QUEBEC RESTAURANT-TOQUE.COM 514-499-2084 Many a great restaurant has been defeated by the challenge of staying fresh and relevant for a decade— never mind two and counting. But Toqué! somehow marches on, more nimbly today than ever,…

No. 2: Buca Yorkville

No. 2: Buca Yorkville

53 SCOLLARD STREET, TORONTO, ONTARIO BUCA.CA/YORKVILLE 416-962-2822 This sleek, spare Yorkville space was our 2015 Best New Restaurant. All subsequent visits—and its fast rise up the ranking—remind us why. Chef Rob Gentile’s idea for this—his third iteration of Buca—was to…

No. 3: Hawksworth Restaurant

No. 3: Hawksworth Restaurant

801 WEST GEORGIA STREET, VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA (LOCATED AT THE ROSEWOOD HOTEL GEORGIA) HAWKSWORTHRESTAURANT.COM 604-673-7000 By definition and mandate, a restaurant in a hotel—however posh—must accommodate an intimidating range of needs and tastes, and Hawksworth at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia…

No. 7: Alo

No. 7: Alo

163 SPADINA AVENUE, 3RD FLOOR, TORONTO, ONTARIO ALORESTAURANT.COM 416-260-2222 The Alo experience begins with a discreet doorway on a gritty stretch of downtown Toronto. Then, a slow and suspenseful elevator ride. The doors then open on the upper-floor oasis of…

No. 12: Nota Bene

No. 12: Nota Bene

180 QUEEN STREET WEST, TORONTO, ONTARIO NOTABENERESTAURANT.COM 416-977-6400 The year of 2015—on which this ranking is based—was one of transition for nota bene. For early that year chef-patron David Lee bought out his longtime business partners to run his own…

No. 14: Café Boulud

No. 14: Café Boulud

60 YORKVILLE AVENUE, TORONTO, ONTARIO CAFEBOULUD.COM 416-963-6000 Few restaurants anywhere in the country have ever undergone a relaunch quite so successfully as did this one last year. The new look from London-based design superstar restaurant designer Martin Brudnizki (The Ivy,…

No. 16: Pigeonhole

No. 16: Pigeonhole

306 17TH AVENUE SW, CALGARY, ALBERTA PIGEONHOLEYYC.CA 403-452-4694 Justin Leboe’s latest—Pigeonhole—is announced with red fluorescent block lettering mounted directly on top of still legible, vintage sign beneath. That charming coexistence of old and new is a theme that carries on…

No. 17: Buca

No. 17: Buca

604 KING STREET WEST, TORONTO, ONTARIO BUCA.CA/KING 416-865-1600 No Italian restaurant of recent memory has come close to matching the culinary impact of this original Buca, named for the former boiler room it now occupies. When it opened in 2009…

No. 18: Model Milk

No. 18: Model Milk

308-17 AVENUE SOUTHWEST, CALGARY, ALBERTA MODELMILK.CA 403-265-7343 Chef Justin Leboe’s first solo restaurant occupies a 1930s dairy in what is now the centre of Calgary’s trendiest restaurant row. Along wth the original name, it retains the old exposed brick walls,…

No. 19: Park

No. 19: Park

378 AVENUE VICTORIA, WESTMOUNT, QUEBEC PARKRESTO.COM 403-265-7343 Park is and remains one of the top restaurants in the former culinary desert of otherwise posh Westmount. No one will say that the popularity of this address is due to the décor,…

No. 23: Canoe

No. 23: Canoe

66 WELLINGTON STREET WEST, 54TH FLOOR TD BANK TOWER, TORONTO, ONTARIO OLIVERBONACINI.COM/CANOE.ASPX 416-364-0054

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