Air Canada’s 2023 Best New Restaurants Longlist


Air Canada is welcoming a new group of restaurants to the longest-running Canadian restaurant awards.

The 30 nominees for Canada’s Best New Restaurants 2023 longlist span 15 cities across seven provinces, featuring restaurants that are worthy of note by both domestic and international travellers.

Canada’s Best New Restaurants is a celebratory guide for discovering the best of dining as you explore Canada, which is incredibility meaningful for us at Air Canada. The regionally diverse list spans 15 cities across seven provinces, proving there’s plenty of Canada to explore when planning your next reservation,” said Andy Shibata, vice president, brand, Air Canada. “Whether it’s a restaurant overlooking a marina on B.C.’s Sunshine Coast, dining on the shores of Lake Erie, or upscale casual cuisine in St. John’s Harbour, there are 30 new reasons to explore Canada.”

Canada’s Best New Restaurants is the only cross-country restaurant ranking to use a single, anonymous reviewer who sets out to visit the year’s best new restaurants. Based on the recommendations of a coast-to-coast panel of food experts, Air Canada sends one undercover writer on a month-long culinary marathon to sample the offerings of the top 30 most notable openings across the country, all of which are now contenders for the coveted Top 10 list.

Canada’s Best New Restaurants 2023 highlights the top restaurants that have opened across the country between late spring 2022 and May 31, 2023, and deliver exceptional experiences through the quality of their food, level of service and commitment to culinary creativity.

This year’s Top 10 ranking will be unveiled at a celebration in Toronto on November 1, 2023.

The 2023 nominees for Canada’s Best New Restaurants are:

9 Tail Fox, Montreal;
Acre Through the Seasons, Richmond;
Anemone, Montreal;
Bar Accanto, Winnipeg;
Bar Chouette, Calgary;
Bonheur d’Occasion, Montreal;
Brassica, Gibsons;
Cabaret l’Enfer, Montreal;
Casa Paco, Toronto;
Darlings, Bloomfield; Dotty’s, Toronto;
Espace Old Mill, Stanbridge East;
Fawn, Halifax;
Folke, Vancouver;
Fortuna’s Row, Calgary;
Kappo Sato, Toronto; Lao Lao Bar, Toronto;
Le Molière, Montreal; Les Mômes, Montreal;
Marilena Café, Victoria;
Melba, Quebec City;
Milpa, Calgary;
Petit Socco, Winnipeg;
Portage, St. John’s;
Rizzo’s House of Parm, Fort Erie;
Salt + Ash, Halifax;
Simpl Things, Toronto;
Suyo Modern Peruvian, Vancouver;
Ugly Duckling, Victoria;
Wild Blue, Whistler.


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