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Toronto boasts six of top 10 best Canadian restaurants

In image posted from Buca Yorkville of Farinata, duck eggs, pepperonata and strachino. INSTRAGAM/Buca Yorkville

Looking for a new spot to go out to dinner?

Well, six of Canada’s top 10 best restaurants for 2016 are in Toronto, but snagging a reservation at these hot spots could be a challenge.

Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants magazine released the winners on Monday. The magazine looks to shape and drive conversation around what makes a good restaurant.

Over 72 judges, including Canada’s top chefs, restaurateurs, journalists and members of the food industry made the decisions on the final ten restaurants.

“We launched the magazine a year ago with the idea of satisfying the need for a genuinely authoritative national listing and ranking of our best restaurants,” said Editor-in-Chief Jacob Richler.

No. 1
The top spot went to a Montreal-based restaurant called Toqué!

Their cuisine is based on market-fresh with an emphasis on local products. Their current menu offers lobster with soya, yuzu, scallions, kohlrabi, peanuts, cilantro, rice chips, also venison loin with king eryngii mushrooms, bok choï, beet, miso, bordelaise sauce and a sea buckthorn mousse.

“Our ultimate pleasure is to make the last bite just as memorable as the first,” reads the menu.


No. 2
Buca, an Italian restaurant with three locations in Toronto and is known for its “rustic food” with house made pastas. The one recognized for the second best Canadian restaurant is located in Yorkville at 53 Scollard Street.

Buca Yorkville currently offers dishes from house-cured pork jowl, pickled green tomato, provolone auricchino, chili and rosemary, to a 36 oz George McGee farms AAAA Canadian bone-on prime rib, dry-aged 45 days and seasonal mushrooms.

Click here for the current dinner menu.

Polpo e vongole, braised #octopus, #clams, bone marrow, cavolo nero, crisp artichoke, fregola sarda. #Yorkville #Toronto

A photo posted by Buca Yorkville (@bucayorkville) on

No. 3
Hawksworth in Vancouver grabbed spot number three and claims to have been voted best restaurant in Vancouver. On their website they say the food is a celebration of Vancouver’s cultural diversity and natural environment.

The dinner menu boasted seared Japanese squid, pan roasted sablefish and baked sawmill bay oysters (just to mention a few).


And the rest:

No. 4
Joe Beef

No. 5
Vin Papillon

No. 6

No. 7

No. 8

No. 9
Bar Raval

No. 10
Bar Isabel


*Writer note: Unfortunately, we here at CityNews did not get to taste any of these dishes… yet.