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Diners' Choice: Hot spot restaurants in Southern Ontario

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that are the best hot spots 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!

A photo of Manhattans restaurant
4.9 (1127)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
About the restaurant
Over several decades, manhattans pizza bistro ● music club has matured into one of Guelph’s foremost culinary and live music establishments. Manhattans has changed with the times. Our history is rich with a tapestry of great guest experiences, and as our story continues to evolve we look forward to making new memories with you.
Owner/Host: Maria Rewi
Executive Chef: Alex Quintieri

Top review
Dined 7 days ago
Great thin crust pizza and the entertainer Stan Chan was great.
A photo of Kelseys Original Roadhouse - Tillsonburg restaurant
4.9 (76)
CAN$30 and under
New Hamburg
About the restaurant
Kelseys has been Canada's Original Roadhouse Restaurant & Sports Bar since 1978. Inspired by the uninhibited spirit of road tripping and the classic Roadhouse, the rules are different at Kelseys Tillsonburg. 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 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!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 4, 2024
This Kelsey’s location is fantastic! Food and service were very good and friendly. The patio is beautiful. The prices were a bit steep though. I had a cranberry soda, fish with salad and it was $34!! For that price I would have at the very least expected halibut, not cod. But other than that I would definitely return.
A photo of White Rabbit restaurant
4.8 (216)
CAN$30 and under
Cocktail Bar
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
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!
A photo of The Fixed Gear Brewing Canteen restaurant
4.8 (170)
CAN$30 and under
Beer Garden
About the restaurant
The Fixed Gear Canteen is the premier dining venue for one of Ontario's fastest growing microbreweries, Fixed Gear Brewing Co.

Situated in the heart of Guelph's Junction neighbourhood, The Canteen offers live entertainment five-plus nights a week, creative wood-fired pizzas, fresh wings tossed in our house-made sauces, live oysters, friendly, top-notch service, and of course a diverse range of craft beer made right here in Guelph!

During the cooler months we offer a large and comfortable beer-hall style dining room as well as outdoor ice domes. During the summer, we have a beautiful enclosed and dog-friendly patio that cannot be missed.

Whether you're looking for relaxed dinner and drinks, a family get-together, a business meeting, to get loud with our live music, or just to have a pint at the bar, we will make you feel welcome!

We look forward to showing you some of the best beer and hospitality Guelph has to offer!

Top review
Dined on May 5, 2024
The evening was excellent. We enjoyed ourselves. :)
A photo of Undefined restaurant
4.7 (720)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
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
Dined on May 11, 2024
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 Lucy's Pizza & Cocktails restaurant
4.7 (233)
CAN$30 and under
About the restaurant
Pizza & Cocktails
Located in Downtown London, Ontario
Please NOTE: We have a 2 hr dining limit (from the time guests are seated), after which you can continue to enjoy Lucy’s in the bar area.

Welcome to Lucy’s, your favourite restaurant + lounge for crafted cocktails, unique tapas, and Neapolitan-style pizza in downtown London, ON.

After 10pm our atmosphere turns into a lounge style space where the DJ transforms Lucys into your favourite place to dance and enjoy cocktails with your friends.

Top review
Dined 6 days ago
Great spot to celebrate my friend's bday - had the martini tower and shareables. Perfect evening!
A photo of The Mule - Hamilton restaurant
4.6 (966)
CAN$30 and under
About the restaurant
We’re not your traditional Mexican place. We just happen to think that tacos are a dish best served fun, with a side of liquor. Welcome to The Mule, where tacos, tequila and bourbon come to party.
Located in one of Hamilton’s most beautiful spaces, we think we’ll be your new favourite lunch spot, your regular late-night haunt and your go-to destination for a good drink. Our bartenders have crafted a bourbon- and tequila-focused cocktail menu that will surprise and fascinate, and we also have a variety of beers on tap.
And don’t forget the food. From baja wings to brisket tacos, our menu offers an approachable and fresh twist on your favourite flavours from way down south. Our tacos range from classic Mexican to weird-and-wild-you’ve-gotta-try-this. All of our food is 100% gluten-free and we offer a variety of fare that is sure to delight your vegetarian and vegan side.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 14, 2024
Always love eating the mule… Great food and they have a little tucked away, outdoor space in the back, which is really nice.
A photo of B-Side Social restaurant
4.5 (51)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
About the restaurant
Welcome to B-Side Social, the vibrant social eatery and bar that's bringing the heat to Corktown! Our stunning late Victorian brick house built in 1895 sets the scene for an unforgettable dining experience, where historic architecture meets modern cool.

Our menu is a playground for any food lover! Indulge in our mouth- watering Southern BBQ and comfort food, like our smoked-to-perfection BBQ, our Creole Jambalaya bursting with flavour, and our signature Southern Fried Chicken paired with decadent house-made sides and sauces. It's the kind of food that warms your soul and makes you want to come back for more.

Of course, no meal is complete without something to wet your whistle, and we've got you covered there too! Our rotating selection of Bourbons, Beers, and Cocktails are the perfect complement to your meal, and are sure to please any palate.

So whether you're catching up with friends or going on a cozy date, B-Side Social is your go-to spot for a memorable and fun-filled evening.

Top review
Dined 5 days ago
The food was amazing! Everything on the menu looked delicious and what we ordered did not disappoint. The staff was really attentive and the live band was solid.
A photo of ABE ERB - Uptown Waterloo restaurant
4.4 (52)
CAN$30 and under
Comfort Food
About the restaurant
Enjoy a cold pint, cocktail or glass of wine while you peruse our delicious menu. Abe Erb is perfect for your special occasion like birthday and holiday celebrations! We can section off front or back area of restaurant for groups of 20-40, have large 12 seat communal tables, or full restaurant buyout (full or half day) for up to 120 guests. Contact info@abeerb.com to secure your preferred date.
Top review
Dined on May 7, 2024
The food was good although a couple of items were not as expected. Cold noodles with the pork special when hot would be the expected default. We did not enjoy this version of bruschetta- with halved cherry tomatoes, a few herbs and not much oil plus spreadable cheese (goat?) on the thin toast. Expected and prefer the traditional preparation. The calamari and cauliflower “steak” (which were actually chunks) were delicious.
A photo of Lobby - Hamilton restaurant
4.1 (67)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
About the restaurant
At Lobby, we curate a journey of global flavors, paired with handcrafted cocktails and an inviting atmosphere that transforms dining into an experience. Embrace the night in style, surrounded by contemporary design and an atmosphere that’s as lively as your spirits. Elevate your late-night experience at Lobby.
Top review
Dined on May 9, 2024
Excellent, friendly service. Delicious meals and chic atmosphere. Good wine selection, too. The price point is reasonable for the quality of ingredients, taste and presentation of the meals, and the wonderful service.
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