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No. 23: Nota Bene

180 QUEEN STREET WEST, TORONTO, ONTARIO NOTABENERESTAURANT.COM 416-977-6400 THIS RESTAURANT MARKED ITS EIGHTH YEAR (2016) UNDER A NEW REGIME OF ONE: CHEF DAVID LEE, WHO BOUGHT OUT HIS PARTNERS AND GAVE THE PLACE A RETHINK. First, there was a major…

Milos

No. 47: Milos

5357 AVENUE DU PARC, MONTREAL,QUEBEC MILOS.CA 514-272-3522 With outposts in Manhattan, Athens, Las Vegas, Miami and London, Milos is easily Canada’s most successful high-end restaurant concept. Over the decades the décor has grown far more posh (out with the corny…

Annalena

No. 43: AnnaLena

1809 W 1ST AVENUE, VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA ANNALENA.CA 778-379-4052 After tasting all the labourintensive technique that goes into every extravagantly composed small plate at AnnaLena, some might wonder if Michael Robbins had something to prove after being the first contender…

Momofuku Shōtō

No. 36: Momofuku Shōtō

190 UNIVERSITY AVENUE, THIRD FLOOR, TORONTO, ONTARIO SHOTO.MOMOFUKU.COM 647-253-8000 In 2012, Momofuku Toronto opened with three restaurants, (Noodle Bar, Daishō, Shōtō), one bar, (Nikai), and Milk Bar. They are collectively housed in a grand glass complex tucked behind a massive…

Charbar

No. 39: Charbar

SIMMONS BUILDING, 618 CONFLUENCE WAY SE, CALGARY, ALBERTA CHARBAR.CA 403-452-3115 As Calgarians approach the hostess desk here they will hopefully notice something that inexplicably—and inexcusably—they have not laid eyes on thereabouts in living memory: hefty cuts of porterhouse and the…

Canoe

No. 23: Canoe

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

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…

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,…

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…

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,…

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,…

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