Announcing the nominees for Air Canada’s Best New Restaurants awards for 2023

Credit: Rizzo's House of Parm

Air Canada has set the standard over the past two decades by naming the hottest restaurants at its annual New Best Restaurants awards. This year is no exception, and these 30 shortlisted restaurants represent Canada’s finest new spots at the forefront of culinary innovation

In Montreal, a new hotspot focuses on pan-Asian cuisine with wild and foraged goods, while Toronto is home to a vibrant family-run Italian spot bringing stellar parms to Crystal Beach. In Vancouver, a fine dining restaurant uses locally-sourced ingredients from their own lavender farm.

Thirty will then become 10 when Air Canada names the winners on November 1st, 2023.

Until then, check out the nominees, each one showing off how exciting Canada’s dining scene is right now.


Announcing Air Canada’s Best New Restaurants longlist.

A salmon dish topped with herbs and spices is served on ice at Acre Through the Seasons, a Vancouver restaurant nominated fro Air Canada's Best New Restaurants

Steelhead gravlax infused with herbs and spices, served on ice. Credit: Acre Through the Seasons

  1. 9 Tail Fox (Montreal)
  2. Acre Through the Seasons (Vancouver)
  3. Anemone (Montreal)
  4. Bar Accanto (Winnipeg)
  5. Bar Chouette (Calgary)
  6. Bonheur d’occasion (Montreal)
  7. Brassica (Gibsons)
  8. Cabaret l’Enfer (Montreal)
  9. Casa Paco (Toronto)
  10. Darlings (Toronto)
  11. Dotty’s (Toronto)
  12. Espace Old Mill (Stanbridge East)
  13. Fawn (Halifax)

    The vibrant interiors at Anemone, a restaurant in Montreal nominated for Air Canada's Best New Restaurants

    Anemone is a new vibrant Asian hotspot in Mile End, Montreal. Credit: Anemone

  14. Folke (Vancouver)
  15. Fortuna’s Row (Calgary)
  16. Lao Lao Bar (Toronto) 
  17. Kappo Sato (Toronto)
  18. Les Mômes (Montreal) 
  19. Melba (Quebec City)
  20. Le Molière par Mousso (Montreal)
  21. Petit Socco (Winnipeg)
  22. Marilena Café & Raw Bar (Vancouver)
  23. Milpa (Calgary)
  24. Rizzo’s House of Parm (Toronto) 
  25. Simpl Things (Toronto)
  26. Portage (St.John’s) 
  27. Salt & Ash Beach House (Halifax)
  28. Ugly Duckling (Vancouver)
  29. SUYO (Vancouver)
  30. Wild Blue (Vancouver)


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