Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants Announces 2018 Rankings

by Kimberly Samnang
photography by Nick Chan

Toronto, ON – Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants today released its comprehensive 2018 rankings for exemplary restaurants and bars nationwide. Recognizing culinary talent coast to coast to coast, the 2018 rankings welcome 29 restaurants new to this year’s list.

Canada’s most commendable chefs, restaurateurs, bartenders and critics all joined tonight to celebrate the launch of Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants 2018 at an awards ceremony held at Mildred’s Temple Kitchen (85 Hanna Ave, Toronto). The evening named Toronto’s Alo the best restaurant in Canada and awarded Toronto’s Bar Raval the inaugural no.1 spot on the 50 Best Bars list.

“We’re excited to launch our 2018 issue,” said Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants Editor-in-Chief Jacob Richler. “Every year we’re able to promote exceptional Canadian cuisine and talent, and with the addition of the 50 best bars list, we’re proud to recognize the finest in both food and drink. Every last one represents a great choice for a stellar dining experience.”

In addition to the rankings, Canada’s 100 Best also recognizes excellence in the industry:

  • Lifetime Achievement Award*: Chef Lynn Crawford
  • Most Innovative Chef*: Chef Marc Lepine (Atelier)
  • Outstanding Chef*: Chef Patrick Kriss (Alo)
  • Best Farm to Table*: Chef Michael Smith (FireWorks Feast at the Inn at Bay Fortune)
  • Best New Restaurant*: La Banane (Chef Brandon Olsen)
  • Best Pastry Chef*: Chef Daniel Mongraw (Toqué!)
  • Best New Restaurant Design*: Maya Gohill (Calcutta Cricket Club)
  • Best Sommelier*: Vanya Filipovic (Joe Beef)
  • Most Eco-Friendly Restaurant*: Actinolite (Chef Justin Cournoyer)

Canada’s 100 Best named the following Top 10 restaurants for 2018:

  1. Alo – Toronto
  2. Toqué! – Montreal
  3. Joe Beef – Montreal
  4. Buca Osteria & Bar (Yorkville) – Toronto
  5. Langdon Hall – Cambridge
  6. Montréal Plaza – Montreal
  7. Raymonds – St. John’s
  8. Le Vin Papillon – Montreal
  9. Edulis – Toronto
  10. Kissa Tanto – Vancouver

Canada’s 50 Best Bars named the following Top 10 bars for 2018:

  1. Bar Raval – Toronto
  2. The Keefer Bar – Vancouver
  3. Coldroom – Montreal
  4. Proof – Calgary
  5. The Bar at Alo – Toronto
  6. Lot Six Bar & Restaurant – Halifax
  7. Bar Von Der Fels – Calgary
  8. Pretty Ugly – Toronto
  9. Clementine – Edmonton
  10. The Woodcutter’s Blanket-Whitehorse

Available on newsstands across Canada on Monday, April 16, the magazine celebrates excellence in the restaurant industry in all its forms. For more information visit:

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About Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants

Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants magazine is an annual list of Canada’s top restaurants and a temperature check of the thriving restaurant industry as judged by Canada’s top chefs, restaurateurs, culinary experts and food writers. Under the guidance of Editor-in-Chief Jacob Richler the rankings are generated from the ballots of a 97-member national judging panel; the results are adjudicated by KPMG. Canada’s 100 Best magazine is published and owned by GDC Media, who also publish the Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants Cooking Issue, Canada’s Best Bars, and See the rankings list at

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