Explore the Best Women-Led Restaurants in Canada for 2019

The OpenTable Team

If you follow Canada's culinary scene, you're probably familiar with Chef Alida Solomon, Toronto restaurateur Jen Agg, and television star Ivana Raca. There are many more women in Canada's restaurant scene who are true culinary stars, and their fierce spirit and dedication to hospitality deserve recognition. In honor of International Women’s Day, OpenTable is celebrating the talented women on the front lines of the food scene. From Montreal to Toronto to Calgary, Canada's women deserve to take center stage. Diners are welcome to book a seat and experience for themselves why these female chefs, owners, and operators are rocking Canadian kitchens.

Restaurants:Tutti Matti, Grey Gardens, Graziella Restaurant
Price Range:$$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Italian, Contemporary American
Neighborhoods:Downtown / Entertainment District, Chinatown / Kensington Market, Old Montreal

Tutti Matti

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown / Entertainment District
899 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Notable Wine List
Traditional Tuscan cuisine is at the heart of Adelaide Street's Tutti Matti, where Chef Alida Solomon has been at the helm for over 17 years. Early in her career, Chef Solomon studRead more
96% recommended
Notable Wine List in Toronto / Ontario
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Grey Gardens

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Chinatown / Kensington Market
551 reviews
  • Notable Wine List
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic
Eclectic and funky Kensington Market is home to a variety of specialty grocery stores and vintage clothing shops all with an urban edge. Toronto restaurateur Jen Agg, whose other vRead more
98% recommended
Notable Wine List in Toronto / Ontario
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Graziella Restaurant

$$$$·Italian·
Old Montreal
750 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Notable Wine List
Chef Graziella Battista of eponymous restaurant Graziella credits her mother as the inspiration behind her restaurant. She recalls seeing her mother feed large groups of people, anRead more
93% recommended
Best Ambiance in Montreal / Quebec
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Helena

$$$$·Portuguese·
Old Montreal
1,037 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Tasting Menu
  • Fit for Foodies
Montreal's Old Neighborhood houses Helena, a love letter to the cuisine of Portugal. Chef and owner Helena Loureiro pays homage to her Portuguese upbringing with the restaurant thaRead more
95% recommended
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Ile Flottante (former Les Deux Singes)

$$$$·International·
Mile End
1,204 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Tasting Menu
  • Special Occasion
The remodeled Ille Flottante, formerly Les Deux Singes de Montarvie, is one of the most prestigious and highly regarded restaurants in Montreal. This is thanks to chef and owner NaRead more
96% recommended
Best Overall in Montreal / Quebec
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Chez Sophie - Montreal

$$$$·French·
Griffintown/St-Henri
537 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Notable Wine List
  • Romantic
Executive Chef Sophie Tabet is Montreal born and bred, and she brings her classical French training and European experience to Chez Sophie. While working in Italy, she met her husbRead more
95% recommended
Best Overall in Montreal / Quebec
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CHARCUT

$$$$·Contemporary Canadian·
Downtown
4,097 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Chef and owner of Charcut, Connie DeSousa, was a contestant on Season One of Top Chef Canada, as well as Top Chef All-Stars. Her dedication to the precision and artistry of dance aRead more
88% recommended
Contemporary Canadian in Calgary / Southern Alberta

Donna Mac

$$$$·Contemporary Canadian·
Downtown
532 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
Donna Mac's co-owner Amy Turner has been churning out grandma-style classic dishes with modern touches at the Beltline restaurant in Calgary. The name of the restaurant comes from Read more
89% recommended
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Blink Restaurant

$$$$·Northwest·
Calgary
1,843 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Business Meals
  • Romantic
Since opening over 10 years ago, Calgary's Blink restaurant has received loads of praise and awards from across the country for its fresh and ever-evolving menu. The woman responsiRead more
89% recommended
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Ten Foot Henry

$$$$·Contemporary Canadian·
Calgary
2,877 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Good Vegetarian Options
One of Calgary's most popular casual eateries, Ten Foot Henry was launched by co-owners Aja Lapointe and Stephen Smee. A true neighborhood restaurant that is open all day, LapointeRead more
96% recommended
Best Overall in Calgary / Southern Alberta
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Yuwa Japanese Cuisine (fka Zest Restaurant)

$$$$·Japanese·
Kitsilano
822 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
Amazing food and service. Best Japanese food in the city.
97% recommended
Japanese in Vancouver / British Columbia
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Deane House

$$$$·Canadian·
Inglewood
1,071 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
Best location for town brunch, right at the confluence of the bow and the elbow.
90% recommended
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River Café

$$$$·Canadian·
Downtown
4,072 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Scenic View
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
Lovely ambiance, food is overpriced compared to overall experience
93% recommended
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