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Diners' Choice: Innovative restaurants in Southern Ontario

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are fit for foodies in Southern Ontario? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


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5.0
5 (135)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Cocktail Bar
Guelph
About the restaurant
Come and enjoy a drink in Canada's Smallest Bar - Standing Room Only! Located in Guelph's unique and historic Ward neighbourhood. We craft delicious and innovative cocktails in an intimate and creative space. Come and enjoy a throwback to another time - when speakeasies were all the rage! Perfect for after work drinks - or before or after dinner drink - or even a night cap! The room is also available to book for your intimate private event. Please call or message us on Instagram to make arrangements.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
Disappointed I can only rate this place with 5 stars. Standingroom deserves at least 6 stars. You will always have a great time with Doug , PK and Renee .
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5.0
5 (24)
CAN$30 and under
Asian
London
About the restaurant
Located in the in downtown London, enjoy an elevated Asian fusion menu created by International award winning chef Chef Joseph Tran.
Top review
JanineG
Dined 4 days ago
This is, without a doubt, the BEST restaurant in London. Ambiance is warm, service is attentive and engaged, drinks are incredible and the food will absolutely blow your mind! One of the members of our party is dairy and gluten free, and it is priceless to be able to go somewhere where she wasn’t limited to a small number of items. I’m already rebooking to go again and will tell every single person I know to do the same.
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4.9
4.9 (1438)
CAN$51 and over
International
Waterloo
About the restaurant
Formerly know as King Street Trio, TRIO Restaurant is a part of our evolution.

Visit our rejuvenated dining room & experience the best Waterloo Region has to offer. Chef Kyle and his team have been dreaming of ways to excite your palate! From Wagyu beef to the freshest fish & local produce, to our multi-course Tasting Menu, we are thrilled to have you back. Benoit, our restaurant manager, continues to build a wonderful selection of wines from around the world, with particular love for France. Wine pairing is offered with our Tasting Menu or just chose from our consignment focused wine list. Most of our wines are unique to our venue.

Theme nights are offered every two weeks on Wednesday's. These fun & flavour filled nights create an experience that will take you away from France to Mexico to Italy. Our theme nights are available for you every other week on Wednesday's.

We look forward to your visit!


Staff & Man

Top review
KWdinervip
Dined on May 10, 2024
Excellent service, food was delicious. Not very many options on menu and quite pricey. Great place for a special date night.
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4.9
4.9 (154)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Nordic
Prince Edward County
About the restaurant
GATHER at WANDER
Inspired by the nostalgia of fireside gatherings that foster shared experiences, Gather celebrates good food, community and connection in a lakeside setting that blurs the boundaries between inside and out. Our balanced menu created by Executive Chef Justin Daniel Tse takes its cues from the seasons, marrying Nordic influences with intentional, locally-sourced ingredients that highlight the flavours of the County.

Wander In, Wander Often.

Top review
Loveroffinefood
Dined 6 days ago
Lovely atmosphere and excellent quality of food. A limited menu but everything was delicious so not an issue.
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4.8
4.8 (1536)
CAN$51 and over
Contemporary Canadian
Hamilton
About the restaurant
Rapscallion & Co. is a mischievous and vibrant part
of Hamilton’s restaurant scene, dedicated to offering the city’s culinary
connoisseurs a full nose-to-tail experience. We offer a regularly changing,
meaty and creative menu in a laid-back setting. Our skilled and
passionate chefs do it all, whether it’s curing, salting, boning, stuffing,
wrapping, charring, braising, or just leaving the meat raw.
Above all, we love to prepare food that pushes boundaries and pulls you outside of your comfort zone — just a little bit. We get tremendous joy out of food and offer items that you are unlikely to find another local restaurants. While we love meat more than some people love their firstborn, we are always happy to accommodate those who don’t. Vegetarians and vegans are always welcome, options available by request.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Went for dinner and the service was excellent. Our server Evan was very friendly and attentive to the table. The food was delicious and despite being tapas style we both left very full. The whipped feta was the standout of the night, absolutely fantastic.
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4.8
4.8 (216)
CAN$30 and under
Cocktail Bar
Waterloo
About the restaurant
The White Rabbit Public House is named after the first spirit house opened by Mr. Jack Daniels of Tennessee in 1892. The saloon was a favorite Lynchburg gathering place where his friends and family could spend time together and enjoy a glass of the finest Tennessee sipping whiskey. We felt the name fitting. We Love Spirits, Our Friends & Good Times!

Our Vision is Simple... to provide Great Food, Create Exciting Hand Crafted Cocktails, as well as offer an Amazing Selection of Spirits, Beer & Wine. We offer a comfortable environment that creates a fun atmosphere while you spend your time with us.

Top review
spantxvip
Dined on Mar 16, 2024
This place is my go-to place for drinks and apps on the weekend. The vibe is cozy and fun, drinks are great and servers are just the right amount of sociable. Will be returning regularly!
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4.7
4.7 (412)
CAN$30 and under
International
Waterloo
About the restaurant
Named to OpenTable’s 'Canada’s Top 150 Best Neighbourhood Gems' for 2017, Bloom restaurant is located at Conestoga College’s newly expanded Waterloo campus. Bloom offers diners exquisite 2 and 3-course meals that are prepared and served by aspiring chefs and restaurant managers studying in Conestoga’s Hospitality programs. Bloom’s formal, yet comfortable dining experience is sure to leave a lasting impression.

For restaurant location & parking information, to make reservations, or to view semester seating-times & current menu offerings, please visit our website: www.bloomatconestoga.ca

**Please see the seating times below.**

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Apr 9, 2024
This was the second time my husband and I had dinner here, the service and food was outstanding both times, we highly recommend going to bloom.
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4.7
4.7 (584)
CAN$30 and under
Vegan
London
About the restaurant
We are a from-scratch kitchen serving delicious plant-based comfort food that's locally sourced, organic & fresh. We provide our guests with brunch, lunch, dinner, and drink menus representing an array of flavour profiles from around the world, all on a plant-based platform, courtesy of the culinary creativity of our executive chef, Elyse Keegan.
Our unique lunch menu offers a variety of hearty salads, bowls, sandwiches and paninis. Our dinner menu focuses on world comfort foods with our signature plant-based approach to flavour profiling and creativity.
On Sunday mornings, we offer a full brunch menu that's decadent and is sure to impress even the most discerning palate.

We also offer an impressive assortment of local craft beers, world wines, and signature cocktails. Located in the heart of Wortley Village, our atmosphere is casual, trendy, and warm.
This area has a selection of great bars and restaurants for you to discover if you are looking to continue your night out in London.


Top review
CathyHvip
Dined 1 day ago
For vegans, non vegans, people with gluten allergies and those who love great tasting food, this is the place for you! The menu selection is large, varied and appealing. The only downside is the tables are quite small for 4 people and the plates are very large. Trying to find space for the plates and glasses of 4 people is a bit tricky. Some of the tables are quite close to one another as well. Fortunately it was not a full house when we were there so we had more room to move our chairs around than we would have if it was full. That being said, the food and staff make it worth the minor inconveniences.
A photo of Undefined restaurant
4.7
4.7 (720)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Bistro
Hamilton
About the restaurant
UnDefined has been changing the way people think about dining out in Hamilton. Voted one of Hamilton's best all-around restaurants for 2021, 2022, 2023, we are making a big impact on King William Street. With an evolving, seasonal and whimsical approach, our passion is what drives us every day. We strive to push the limits, and for our team, it is just what we love to do. We cook from scratch because that is just the way it should be. We love to challenge the way we all think about dining out.

We believe that there is no reason to put yourself in a box when going out with friends, so we do not do that here. Whether it is a night out with friends, an intimate dinner for two, or just something extraordinary, We are not afraid to take the familiar and turn it into something memorable. If it tastes good, we will put it on a plate, in a glass, or whatever. Our mantra is as simple as eat, drink, and enjoy!

Top review
BobMcD
Dined 7 days ago
The food was amazing. The service staff (Katie) was outstanding. Our reservation was for 12 noon and we were seated at 12:20. The hostess brought us (party of 6) some warm biscuits with a topping. She apologized for the delay. There’s nothing better than excellent customer service. We came from Brantford and this was our second visit. Can’t wait for our third visit. Bob
A photo of Graffiti Market restaurant
4.4
4.4 (1166)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Pizza Bar
Kitchener
About the restaurant
Rustic-industrial market for Detroit-style pizza, house-made pastas, rotisserie chicken & beers.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
indoor music is too loud, could not make a conversation.
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