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Diners' Choice: Contemporary American restaurants in Southern Ontario

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall Contemporary American cuisine in Southern Ontario? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyzes more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favorites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Puddicombe House restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1450)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Contemporary American
New Hamburg
About the restaurant
Welcome to the Puddicombe House, award winning casual fine dining in an elegantly restored 1868 mansion in downtown New Hamburg. Executive Chef Jammie Monk leads the culinary team. The restaurant has been named to the Open Table Top 100 Restaurants to Dine Outdoors in Canada and the top 100 Romantic Restaurant in Canada. It has also been featured in a upcoming Hallmark movie as well as making an appearance on the Netflix show Anne with a "E" The menu consist of handcrafted cocktails, wood fire pizzas, skillfully plated entrees
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
We have been to Puddicombe House many times. Our meals are always excellent. If I could give 10 stars I would! The service is excellent and the ambiance is wonderful. Tonight we felt as though we were on vacation. They even offered a surprise birthday dessert for my husband. I hope everyone gets to enjoy the fine dinning here.
A photo of Wildcraft restaurant
4.8
4.8 (3474)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Contemporary American
Waterloo
About the restaurant
Wildcraft is a premium casual dining & socializing venue featuring an upbeat urban environment, with a comfortable suburban feel. Come enjoy a hand crafted cocktail in the W Bar & stay for dinner in our dining room.

Our popular outdoor courtyard makes Wildcraft a desired destination year-round. We feature a small heated outdoor space that will allow you to dine in the elements if you wish to flex your Canadian muscle!

If your desired reservation time is unavailable, call us directly at 519-885-0117. Please understand that we leave room for walk-in Guests. If you're in the area, please stop in.

Our team looks forward to serving you!

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
We drive an hour & a half just to have our date nights here. Im gluten free and dairy free & i love that i have so many options at wildcraft & feel like i dont hafta settle for something like salad with chicken every time lol. Always our favorite place to eat & we tell everyone to go there!!
A photo of Bardo Guelph restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2022)
CAN$30 and under
Contemporary American
Guelph
About the restaurant
Building on the foundation that “Good Ingredients Matter” and our original name “Earth to Table: Bread Bar”, we are committed to the ingredients that make up the perfect meal – seasonal and locally sourced ingredients, exceptional food, and outstanding service.


Please call the restaurant at 519 767-2999 with any inquiries.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
This restaurant has the best service I have ever experienced and all of the menu items are impeccable
A photo of Moxies - London restaurant
4.8
4.8 (316)
CAN$30 and under
Contemporary American
London
About the restaurant
Moxies restaurant is a contemporary casual restaurant offering a globally inspired menu and hand crafted cocktails in a vibrant and interactive atmosphere. Moxies has over 50 locations across Canada and 6 US locations in Dallas, Houston and Miami. We are excited for you to experience everything Moxies has to offer!

Moxies is located in downtown London, at the corners of Richmond St and Queens Ave. Within walking distance to the Grande Theatre & Budweiser Gardens, Moxies is the ideal spot for dinner or late night drinks! Our Executive Chef Brandon Thordarson has created a menu offering a wide-array of steaks, burgers, pastas and seafood! No matter the occasion, whether it's a business luncheon, a dinner date, or late night drinks with friends, Moxies offers something for everyone. And during the warmer weather, enjoy outdoor dining on our large covered patio!

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 18, 2024
Great experience at Moxies like always. Food/Drinks were very fast and delicious. I can’t remember our waiters name but he was very nice and honest. I believe the manager came up to our table at one point and asked how everything was which was very nice, makes you feel like a valued customer. Always a great experience at Moxies, will continue to return!
A photo of The Bauer Kitchen restaurant
4.7
4.7 (3613)
CAN$30 and under
Contemporary American
Waterloo
About the restaurant
The Bauer Kitchen is an energetic up-market 'bistro' set in a SoHo inspired, restored felt factory.

Chef Katherine Therriault & Chef Riley Smith have assembled a spectacular menu of classic items prepared with the freshest local ingredients. An extensive ‘wine by the glass’ menu has been created by our sommelier to pair perfectly with each menu item.

If your desired reservation time is unavailable, call us directly at 519-772-0790.

Always walk-in friendly. Please pay us a visit when in the Kitchener & Waterloo area.

We look forward to showing you a memorable experience!

Top review
MichaelL
Dined 4 days ago
Great reception and were seated quickly; servers introduced themselves and sought out questions. The manager dropped by on several occasions and was very helpful to the gluten sensitive guest, non meat eaters and general carnivores. The wine was very good and the server checked in frequently for top ups on request. The menu offered great choice and we four all ordered very different entrees. The ambience was a bit noisy but tolerable. We travelled in from Cambridge and overall were very impressed. We greatly admire the Charcoal Wideman empire of great eateries!
A photo of Bardo Locke restaurant
4.5
4.5 (153)
CAN$30 and under
Contemporary American
Hamilton
About the restaurant
Building on the foundation that “Good Ingredients Matter” and our original name “Earth to Table: Bread Bar”, we are committed to the ingredients that make up the perfect meal – seasonal and locally sourced ingredients, exceptional food, and outstanding service.

Please call the restaurant at (905) 522-2999 with any inquiries.

Top review
Helen
Dined 5 days ago
Terrific lunch: pulled pork tacos and arugula salad with salmon, both excellent. Our server was great: knew the menu well, unrushed but attentive, delightful. The noise level at lunch is high …
A photo of Moxies - Hamilton restaurant
4.7
4.7 (233)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Contemporary American
Hamilton
About the restaurant
Moxies restaurant is a contemporary casual restaurant offering a globally inspired menu and hand crafted cocktails in a vibrant and interactive atmosphere. Moxies has over 50 locations across Canada and 6 US locations in Dallas, Houston and Miami. We are excited for you to experience everything Moxies has to offer!

Please note that we will do our best to seat reservations in desired area, however we cannot guarantee. Reservations will be sat in either Dining Room, or Lounge, depending on availability at time of reservation.

Moxies is located at 560 Centennial Parkway N, just off the QEW at the Sandman Hotel. Our Executive Chef Brandon Thordarson has created a menu offering a wide-array of steaks, burgers, pastas and seafood!

Top review
LorisS
Dined on May 13, 2024
We called to move up our reservation . No issues . Seated where I asked . Server was courteous. Introduced herself. Let us know the specials . Asked if we wanted any drinks . Returned promptly. Took our order . Food arrived in good time . There were 3 of us . All our orders were very good. We had No issues. We've eaten here many times & we will come back
A photo of Kelseys Original Roadhouse - Stoney Creek restaurant
4.6
4.6 (119)
CAN$30 and under
Contemporary American
Hamilton
About the restaurant
Kelseys has been Canada's Original Roadhouse since 1978. Inspired by the uninhibited spirit of road tripping and the classic Roadhouse, the rules are different at Kelseys. It is where you go to eat what you want to eat, drink what you want to drink, and be who you want to be. Enjoy classics like our legendary spinach dip, fresh double stacked burgers, two-handed sandwiches, and unforgettable chicken wings. Fuel your adventurous spirit that craves something a little different - a little more Original!

In the mood for great food, drinks, and a lot of fun? Take a trip down the block to Kelseys.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
My friend and I had a wonderful experience. Our server was pleasant. We both ordered a cheeseburger & fries which we very much enjoyed.
A photo of Walker House restaurant
4.7
4.7 (808)
CAN$30 and under
Contemporary American
Cambridge
About the restaurant
Bruce County’s casual dining and special events destination. Perfect for any occasion!

Our mission is to bring our community together and deliver memorable experiences, as we have done for over 100 years! We serve delicious food in a warm atmosphere with a team that treats you like family.

Top review
FranS
Dined 6 days ago
Always love the atmosphere at the Walkerhouse. The food is always exceptional!
A photo of Kelseys Original Roadhouse - Red Hill restaurant
4.4
4.4 (242)
CAN$30 and under
Contemporary American
Hamilton
About the restaurant
Kelseys has been Canada's Original Roadhouse since 1978. Inspired by the uninhibited spirit of road tripping and the classic Roadhouse, the rules are different at Kelseys. It is where you go to eat what you want to eat, drink what you want to drink, and be who you want to be. Enjoy classics like our legendary spinach dip, fresh double stacked burgers, two-handed sandwiches, and unforgettable chicken wings. Fuel your adventurous spirit that craves something a little different - a little more Original!

In the mood for great food, drinks, and a lot of fun? Take a trip down the block to Kelseys.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 16, 2024
We love the staff at this location and go back almost weekly because we like them so much.
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