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Diners' Choice: Neighborhood gem restaurants in Southern Ontario

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are the best neighborhood gems 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 Standing Room Only restaurant
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 on May 11, 2024
Outstanding as usual. Starting to notice regulars .
A photo of Bon Temps restaurant
4.9
4.9 (332)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
French
Hamilton
About the restaurant
Contemporary French, and Canadian Fare, with elevated casual service, and a cozy but vibrant atmosphere. Sit at the chefs rail in front of the open kitchen, at the bar to watch oysters get shucked, or at a table in the dining room. Great classic, and original craft cocktails, local and international beer, and a wine list boasting Canadian, French, and Italian wines.

GOOD FOOD.
GOOD DRINKS.
GOOD TIMES.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Two of us ate last evening at Bon Temps. It was fabulous! We each had a 9 oz glass of a great french red wine to start. Both of us chose the fresh oysters as an appetizer. Presentation was beautiful, the PEI oysters were deliciously fresh and cold, two different kinds and the choices of condiments included freshly grated horseradish, two house made sauces, and several selections of hot sauce. For entrees, I had the duck breast and it was perfect. My friend said his braised beef was fall off the bone tender and delicious. And to top it off, they have a special on Thursday nights for pricing. All of this was $120! We did share a small delicious chocolate dessert and decaf coffee. We will certainly be back!
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4.9
4.9 (225)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Bistro
Hamilton
About the restaurant
Chefs and brothers Matt and Will Gaynor have both led busy kitchens for Stratford’s theatre crowd, and have both cooked alongside world-renowned chefs. At Seasoned, they come together to bring downtown Hamilton their fresh take on French-Italian inspired cuisine.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 12, 2024
Amazing burger, amazing chicken sandwiche, would recommend to anyone!
A photo of Meesai's Thai Kitchen restaurant
4.8
4.8 (88)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Thai
London
About the restaurant
Welcome to Meesai Thai Kitchen, where vibrant flavors and mixology meet. As a family-owned establishment, we take pride in offering a remarkable dining experience. What sets us apart is our ability to cater to formal dine-in and fast take-out, making great food accessible in any setting. Discover authentic Thai cuisine and Asian fusion secrets, crafted with passion for an unforgettable culinary journey. Join us and indulge in tantalizing flavors, a gastronomic adventure awaits.
vist us @ Meesathai.com


Top review
HenryTvip
Dined on May 3, 2024
Good mix of Thai dishes with excellent selection of unique cocktails.
A photo of The Watermark Taphouse and Grille restaurant
4.7
4.7 (507)
CAN$30 and under
Contemporary Canadian
Hamilton
About the restaurant
The Watermark Taphouse and Grille has a uniquely Canadian take on California Fusion cuisine.
Located just eight minutes west of Burlington, in the charming village of Waterdown. The Watermark offers an interesting variety of dishes prepared daily with the freshest of ingredients. New York Steak, Pasta, Seafood, Wings, Burgers and Salads.
Traditional offerings of Pulled pork and Brisket smoked daily in the Watermarks very own wood smoker located on premises.
The interior is an amazing blend of textures and colour. Cozy booths, designed to offer you the privacy you need for an intimate dinner for two.

The Watermarks Patio, is an ideal outdoor setting to get together for great food, a cold beer or a bottle of wine.

Top review
marcusp
Dined on May 11, 2024
service and food was great, reasonable prices, nice atmosphere and decor, will definitely go back......highly recommend the ribs and wings
A photo of Plant Matter Kitchen restaurant
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 4 days 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 Atmosphere cafe + etc. restaurant
4.7
4.7 (307)
CAN$30 and under
Contemporary European
Guelph
About the restaurant
Come join us for cocktails, lunch or dinner! Secure your reservation online by visiting our website (www.atmospherecafe.ca) or call us at 519-824-0430. Hours of operation are Wednesday from 12 pm - 10 pm, Thursday from 12 pm- 12 am, Friday & Saturday from 11 am- 12 am and Sunday from 11 am - 8:00 pm. Check our website for our latest menu offerings!

Takeout is available for pickup by calling 519-824-0430, and DoorDash delivery of a limited menu can be secured via the DoorDash app. from 12 noon until 8:00pm.

Top review
ElnA
Dined 5 days ago
The food and service were amazing. Will definitely be back.
A photo of The Squire on Locke restaurant
4.7
4.7 (228)
CAN$30 and under
Gastro Pub
Hamilton
About the restaurant
The Squire on Locke is a hip gastropub locally owned & operated in the heart of Locke Street. We offer a familiar yet refreshing experience, putting you at easy while piquing your curiosity to stay explore. We have created an elevated pub menu and pairing it with a selection of beers, wines and specialty cocktails.


Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 12, 2024
Nice place, great food for a good price. It’s our go to place on date night
A photo of Bardo Locke restaurant
4.6
4.6 (150)
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
MirandaB
Dined 4 days ago
Amazing food and ambience! The staff were so friendly and welcoming! The new restaurant makeover is beautiful! Highly recommend this place to anyone looking for a great, fresh, quality restaurant! Will definitely be back!!
A photo of Electric Diner George Street restaurant
4.0
4 (693)
CAN$30 and under
American
Hamilton
About the restaurant
Classic Diner food Electrified!
We look forward to serving you.

Top review
JohnB
Dined on May 12, 2024
Accommodated my kids and I well. Had a good selection of food for the kids too.
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