Explore the Best Women-Led Restaurants in Canada for 2019

The OpenTable Team

If you follow Canada's culinary scene, you're probably familiar with Chef Alida Solomon, Toronto restaurateur Jen Agg, and television star Ivana Raca. There are many more women in Canada's restaurant scene who are true culinary stars, and their fierce spirit and dedication to hospitality deserve recognition. In honor of International Women’s Day, OpenTable is celebrating the talented women on the front lines of the food scene. From Montreal to Toronto to Calgary, Canada's women deserve to take center stage. Diners are welcome to book a seat and experience for themselves why these female chefs, owners, and operators are rocking Canadian kitchens.

Restaurants:Tutti Matti, Grey Gardens, Graziella Restaurant
Price Range:$$$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Italian, Contemporary American
Neighborhoods:Downtown / Entertainment District, Chinatown / Kensington Market, Old Montreal

Tutti Matti

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown / Entertainment District
881 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
Traditional Tuscan cuisine is at the heart of Adelaide Street's Tutti Matti, where Chef Alida Solomon has been at the helm for over 17 years. Early in her career, Chef Solomon studRead more
94% recommended
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Grey Gardens

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Chinatown / Kensington Market
521 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
Eclectic and funky Kensington Market is home to a variety of specialty grocery stores and vintage clothing shops all with an urban edge. Toronto restaurateur Jen Agg, whose other vRead more
95% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Toronto / Ontario
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Graziella Restaurant

$$$$·Italian·
Old Montreal
711 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Notable Wine List
Chef Graziella Battista of eponymous restaurant Graziella credits her mother as the inspiration behind her restaurant. She recalls seeing her mother feed large groups of people, anRead more
94% recommended
Italian in Montreal / Quebec
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Helena

$$$$·Portuguese·
Old Montreal
995 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Tasting Menu
Montreal's Old Neighborhood houses Helena, a love letter to the cuisine of Portugal. Chef and owner Helena Loureiro pays homage to her Portuguese upbringing with the restaurant thaRead more
90% recommended
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Ile Flottante (former Les Deux Singes)

$$$$·International·
Mile End
1,160 reviews
  • Tasting Menu
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
The remodeled Ille Flottante, formerly Les Deux Singes de Montarvie, is one of the most prestigious and highly regarded restaurants in Montreal. This is thanks to chef and owner NaRead more
98% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Montreal / Quebec
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Chez Sophie - Montreal

$$$$·French·
Griffintown/St-Henri
501 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
Executive Chef Sophie Tabet is Montreal born and bred, and she brings her classical French training and European experience to Chez Sophie. While working in Italy, she met her husbRead more
99% recommended
Best Service in Montreal / Quebec
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CHARCUT

$$$$·Contemporary Canadian·
Downtown
4,027 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Business Meals
  • Fit for Foodies
Chef and owner of Charcut, Connie DeSousa, was a contestant on Season One of Top Chef Canada, as well as Top Chef All-Stars. Her dedication to the precision and artistry of dance aRead more
89% recommended
Contemporary Canadian in Calgary / Southern Alberta
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Donna Mac

$$$$·Contemporary Canadian·
Downtown
532 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
Donna Mac's co-owner Amy Turner has been churning out grandma-style classic dishes with modern touches at the Beltline restaurant in Calgary. The name of the restaurant comes from Read more
91% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Calgary / Southern Alberta
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Blink Restaurant

$$$$·Regional American (Northwest)·
Calgary
1,843 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Romance
Since opening over 10 years ago, Calgary's Blink restaurant has received loads of praise and awards from across the country for its fresh and ever-evolving menu. The woman responsiRead more
86% recommended
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Ten Foot Henry

$$$$·Contemporary Canadian·
Calgary
2,618 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good Vegetarian Options
  • Good for a Date
One of Calgary's most popular casual eateries, Ten Foot Henry was launched by co-owners Aja Lapointe and Stephen Smee. A true neighborhood restaurant that is open all day, LapointeRead more
97% recommended
Best Overall in Calgary / Southern Alberta
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Yuwa Japanese Cuisine (fka Zest Restaurant)

$$$$·Japanese·
Kitsilano
785 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
Yuwa never disappoint me. Especially the desert!
96% recommended
Best Food in Vancouver / British Columbia
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Deane House

$$$$·Canadian·
Inglewood
964 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romance
Lovely meal out with a friend. Price Fixe was of great value. Snowy evening and great view.
93% recommended
Scenic View in Calgary
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River Café

$$$$·Canadian·
Downtown
3,805 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Scenic View
Charming in every way! From the stroll through the park to the festive green decor and the delishous food, River Cafe is a gem in the heart of the city.
90% recommended
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