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Have you eaten at one of Canada's Best New Restaurants? Vote for your favourite and you could win!

Vote for your favourite and enter for a chance to win a trip for two to the nominated restaurant of your choice, plus $500 spending money. Our food writer will narrow down this list to his Top 10 in the November issue of Air Canada enRoute magazine.

2016 Restaurant Nominees

Agrikol

Montreal

Thumping kompa beats form the ideal base layer for a mix-your-own ti’ ponch service: Barbancourt agricole rum with fresh-pressed cane juice, cane syrup and plentiful...

Agrius

Victoria

The first restaurant by Fol Epi artisan bakery founder Clif Leir filters French cuisine through a Vancouver Island Slow Food ethic. Chef Sam Harris and...

Alo

Toronto

On the third floor of a Victorian building at Queen and Spadina, chef Patrick Kriss fashions precise French-inspired tasting menus in a dark, dramatic room....

Ancora

Vancouver

This light, mirror-lined destination on a pedestrian boardwalk near the Granville Street Bridge buzzes with locals and tourists who gather over Japanese-Peruvian fare. Lima-born chef...

Antler

Toronto

Foraged ingredients and game meats are the specialty of aptly named chef Michael Hunter, whose first buck hangs as a trophy above the pass. After...

Backhouse

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON

Beverley Hotchkiss and Ryan Crawford play the long game in Ontario’s wine country: They began curing their 48-month prosciutto well before opening and serve it...

Bar Oso

Whistler, BC

A tunnel-shaped spot on the village square fills up with après-ski (and, in summertime, après-mountain biking) crowds hungry for bowls of gazpacho, plates of garlic-fried...

Candide

Montreal

In a serene reconditioned church rectory in Little Burgundy, chef John Winter Russell crafts thoughtful seasonal dishes: grilled radishes with smoked buttermilk cream and grated...

Chabrol

Toronto

In a marbled and chandeliered Yorkville boîte that holds 19 diners and a few induction burners, chef Doug Penfold channels the relaxed luxury of southern...

Charbar

Calgary

In the restored Simmons Building, Connie DeSousa and John Jackson of Charcut, along with chef Jessica Pelland, fire up a South American-, Spanish- and Italian-inflected...

Commodore

Toronto

This Parkdale snack bar is inspired by the sea, from the nautical decor by designer Marx Kruis to the cooking of chef Jon Vettraino. Diced...

Datsun

Ottawa

Next door to his Mexican tavern, El Camino, Matt Carmichael and co-chef Jordan Holley switch gears to explore Asian street food. Papaya salad, laced with...

Fairouz

Ottawa

The name references a Lebanese restaurant that operated at this address a decade ago, but everything else is new, especially the Middle Eastern fusion cooking...

Fireworks

Bay Fortune, PEI

Chef Michael Smith returns to the kitchen where he filmed the 1990s TV series The Inn Chef to lead a youthful brigade executing elaborate country...

Foxy

Montreal

Dyan Solomon and Éric Girard of Old Montreal lunchtime institution Olive + Gourmando tackle dinner in this Griffintown hot spot that looks like a fashion...

Highwayman

Halifax

A wooden sign depicting the roguish hero of Alfred Noyes’ poem The Highwayman hangs outside this handsome Barrington Street tavern serving seafood-focused Spanish dishes. Sip...

Hoogan & Beaufort

Montreal

Once a factory for building tanks and train cars, this striking room in the Angus Yards is filled with hexagonal pendant lights and the scent...

Hvor

Montreal

The Scandinavian minimalism that informs the clean-lined decor of this Griffintown address also inspires the cooking of chef S’Arto-Chartier Otis. He offers an ever-evolving surprise...

Kissa Tanto

Vancouver

Tannis Ling, Joël Watanabe and Alain Chow of Bao Bei tighten their hold on Chinatown with this tucked-away second-floor spot that evokes a 1960s Tokyo...

Kraken Cru

Quebec City

From the culinary madmen behind L’Affaire est Ketchup and Patente et Machin comes a tiny but boisterous oyster and raw bar. Slurp East Coast bivalves,...

Le Fantôme

Montreal

This candlelit Griffintown hideaway, run by chef Jason Morris and GM Kabir Kapoor, is decorated with paintings by Morris’ great-grandfather. The market cooking, featuring such...

Le Mousso

Montreal

Tasting menus exploit chef Antonin Mousseau-Rivard’s creative side at this 50-seater in the Gay Village, housed in a 150-year-old former printing shop. A single hay-smoked...

Little Grouse On The Prairie

Saskatoon

Just down the street from Ayden, this second Dale MacKay joint, with its focus on mod Italian cooking, is driven by the celeb chef’s long-time...

Máquè

Winnipeg

In a former nail salon on the edge of River Heights, Scott Bagshaw crafts inventive small plates with a focus on Asian ingredients. Crispy fried...

Mission

Vancouver

Chef Curtis Luk helms this long and narrow 50-seater in Kitsilano that serves two tasting menus each night: one with animal proteins (spot prawn sashimi...

Montréal Plaza

Montreal

Toqué! protégés Charles-Antoine Crête and Cheryl Johnson helm this time-hopping room on Plaza Saint-Hubert that mixes classic elegance with new culinary gestures. Dine on white...

Nightingale

Vancouver

The newest downtown eatery by Air Canada culinary partner David Hawksworth is decorated with birdcages and folded paper songbirds. Join the business crowd at the...

Honorary Nominee

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Noorden

Toronto

Jennifer Gittins and Michael van den Winkel closed their Midtown Mediterranean bistro Quince and reopened as a Dutch snack bar whose DIY design features judicious...

Osteria Savio Volpe

Vancouver

This bright and clean-lined Mount Pleasant osteria, designed by Craig Stanghetta, proposes luxurious family-style Italian fare, like on-the-bone bistecca alla fiorentina cooked over fire. Chef...

Piano Piano

Toronto

Chef Victor Barry shuttered his fine-dining restaurant Splendido to relaunch as a family-friendly haven of Italian comfort food. Plunge a fork into overstuffed ravioli in...

Royal Dinette

Vancouver

Market-inspired chef David Gunawan partners with the pub-slinging Donnelly Group at this elevated downtown diner. Grab a stool at the counter and watch executive chef...

Seto Kitchen + Bar

St. John's

Chef Ken Pittman named this Duckworth Street restaurant after his grandfather, Seto, who ran the city’s last Chinese laundry. Begin with hot biscuits and whipped...

The Berlin

Kitchener, ON

This Southern Ontario city was called Berlin before 1916, and chef Jonathan Gushue cooks modern European dishes like hardwood-grilled beef rump with spaetzle and tomato...

Torafuku

Vancouver

Clement Chan and Steve Kuan bring the bombastic Asian-inflected cooking of their Le Tigre food truck into a brick-and-mortar location on the edge of Chinatown....

Uccellino

Edmonton

This mod two-floor space – the name is Italian for “little bird” – completes chef Daniel Costa’s Jasper Avenue trilogy. A stylish crowd in designer...

Whitehall

Calgary

British-born chef Neil McCue puts a modern spin on Euro cuisine in this century-old Bridgeland building to the sounds of Brit rock from Arctic Monkeys...

*Restaurants that opened between June 2015 and June 2016 were considered for this year’s list, with intelligence gathered from our panel of Canada’s leading food professionals. To read more about them click here.