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Canada’s most romantic restaurants revealed

February 06 2018

The most romantic day of the year is fast approaching and if your restaurant isn’t already fully booked on February 14th and for much of the following weekend, then hopefully you’ve only got a small number of tables available.

Has your restaurant gone the extra mile to be super romantico this Valentine’s Day? If it has, then you’ll stand a bigger chance of appearing in the rundown of this year's rundown of the country’s most romantic restaurants.

Compiled by online reservations provider OpenTable, the ‘Canada’s 100 Most Romantic Restaurants for 2018’ list reflect the combined opinions of more than 500,000 restaurant reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for more than 2,000 restaurants across Canada.

Restaurants included in the list hail from 46 cities based in nine provinces, with Ontario being the most represented region with 40 establishments in there, followed by Alberta with 20, British Columbia (14) and Quebec (13), while Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick and Newfoundland complete the list.

Some of the establishments that feature include celebrated romantic spots, such as Vancouver’s Seasons in the Park with its stunning panoramic view of the city skyline, Montreal's French classic Restaurant Le Continental and the charming Inn on the Twenty.

The list provides some insight into Canadians’ prefered cuisine during their romantic dinners. Steakhouses and Italian restaurants were the top choices but Canadian, Continental and French cuisines were also popular.

'Endless options'

Caroline Potter, OpenTable’s chief dining officer, commented: “From coast to coast, Canada has endless romantic dining options.

“This year's list is the ideal guide for those looking to spark connection on Valentine's Day and beyond, featuring an array of restaurants that offer memorable experiences, from casual to fine dining.”

The list was generated using restaurant reviews submitted by OpenTable diners between December 1, 2016 and November 30, 2017.

All restaurants with a minimum overall score and certain number of reviews were included for consideration, scored and sorted into alphabetical order in line with the percentage of reviews for which ‘romantic’ was selected as a special feature.

So based on this methodology, these are Canada’s 100 most romantic restaurants in 2018:

  • 1888 Chop House - Fairmont Banff Springs – Banff, Alberta
  • 360 The Restaurant at the CN Tower – Toronto, Ontario
  • 529 Wellington - Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Aberfoyle Mill – Guelph, Ontario
  • Adega Restaurante – Toronto, Ontario
  • AG at The Sterling – Niagara Falls, Ontario
  • Ancaster Mill – Ancaster, Ontario
  • AquaTerra – Kingston, Ontario
  • Arôme - Casino du Lac Leamy – Gatineau, Quebec
  • Atelier – Ottawa, Ontario
  • Auberge du Pommier – Toronto, Ontario
  • The Bavarian Inn Restaurant – Calgary, Alberta
  • Bishop's – Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Blu Ristorante – Toronto, Ontario
  • Bonaparte – Montréal, Québec
  • Bow Valley Ranche Restaurant – Calgary, Alberta
  • The Butchart Gardens - The Dining Room – Victoria, British Columbia
  • Cafe Carlo – Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Cafe Chianti – Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • Cambridge Mill – Cambridge, Ontario
  • Cannery Restaurant – Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
  • Carne Italian Chophouse – Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Chambre à Part – Montréal, Québec
  • Charcoal Steak House – Kitchener, Ontario
  • Chop Steakhouse & Bar - Regina – Regina, Saskatchewan
  • Cucci Ristorante – Oakville, Ontario
  • da Maurizio – Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • Da Vinci Ristorante – Montréal, Québec
  • Days on Front – Kingston, Ontario
  • The Drawing Room - The Prince of Wales Hotel – Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
  • Eden - Rimrock Resort Hotel – Banff, Alberta
  • Europea – Montréal, Québec
  • Five Sails Restaurant – Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Golf's Steak House & Seafood – Kitchener, Ontario
  • Grapevine Restaurant and Patio at Gray Monk Estate Winery – Kelowna, British Columbia
  • Hardware Grill – Edmonton, Alberta
  • Hart House Restaurant – Burnaby, British Columbia
  • Harvest Room - Fairmont Hotel Macdonald – Edmonton, Alberta
  • HOBNOB Restaurant – Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
  • Hy's Steakhouse - Winnipeg – Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Il Buco – Barrie, Ontario
  • Ile Flottante (former Les Deux Singes) – Montréal, Québec
  • Inn on the Twenty – Niagara, Ontario
  • Italian by Night – Saint John, New Brunswick
  • Italian Farmhouse Restaurant & Bar – Bragg Creek, Alberta
  • The Keg Steakhouse + Bar - Multiple Locations (Toronto, Ontario)
  • King Street Trio – Waterloo, Ontario
  • Kitchen76 at Two Sisters Vineyards – Niagara-on-the-Lake
  • La Ronde - Chateau Lacombe – Edmonton, Alberta
  • The Lake House – Calgary, Alberta
  • Lake House Restaurant – St. Catharines, Ontario
  • Langdon Hall Country House Hotel & Spa – Cambridge, Ontario
  • Laurie Raphael - Quebec – Québec City, Québec
  • Le Baccara - Casino du Lac Leamy – Gatineau, Québec
  • Liquidity Bistro – Okanagan Falls, British Columbia
  • Little Grouse on the Prairie – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • Madison's Grill - Union Bank Inn – Edmonton, Alberta
  • The Melting Pot - Edmonton – Edmonton, Alberta
  • Mettawas Station Mediterranean Restaurant – Windsor, Ontario
  • Neros Steakhouse - Caesars Windsor – Windsor, Ontario
  • Nineteen XIX - Multiple Locations – Edmonton, Alberta
  • North and Navy – Ottawa, Ontario
  • Old Surrey Restaurant – Surrey, British Columbia
  • ONoir – Montréal, Québec
  • Oxley Estate Winery – Windsor, Ontario
  • Peller Estates Winery Restaurant – Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
  • Portus 360 – Montréal, Québec
  • The Press Gang – Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • Q Haute Cuisine (formerly La Caille) – Calgary, Alberta
  • Quails' Gate Estate Winery - Old Vines Restaurant – Kelowna, British Columbia
  • Raymonds – St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Red Ox Inn – Edmonton, Alberta
  • Restaurant at Peninsula Ridge – Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
  • Restaurant e18hteen – Ottawa, Ontario
  • Restaurant Le Continental – Québec City, Québec
  • Rouge – Calgary, Alberta
  • Ruth's Chris Steak House - Edmonton – Edmonton, Alberta
  • Sabor Restaurant – Edmonton, Alberta
  • The Salmon House – Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Saveur Restaurant – Victoria, British Columbia
  • Scaramouche Restaurant – Toronto, Ontario
  • Seasons in the Park – Vancouver, British Columbia
  • The Soca Kitchen – Ottawa, Ontario
  • Sorrentino's Stony Plain – Edmonton, Alberta
  • Sterling Restaurant – Gatineau, Québec
  • Steveston Seafood House – Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Stone House Restaurant – Burlington, Ontario
  • Take Five Bistro – Windsor, Ontario
  • Tap Restaurant – Surrey, British Columbia
  • Tapas Restaurant – Canmore, Alberta
  • The Teahouse Restaurant – Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Tiara Restaurant - Queen's Landing Hotel – Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
  • Trius Winery Restaurant – Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
  • Twisted Lemon – Cayuga, Ontario
  • Tzin Wine & Tapas – Edmonton, Alberta
  • Verses Restaurant – Montréal, Québec
  • Villa Firenze – Calgary, Alberta
  • Vineland Estates Winery Restaurant – Niagara Falls, Ontario
  • Windows by Jamie Kennedy Fresh Grill & Wine Bar – Niagara Falls, Ontario
  • Woodlot – Toronto, Ontario

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