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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…

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. 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…

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…

Canada's Best 100 Restaurants: Hawksworth By Lynol Lui

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…

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