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Explore the Best Women-Led Restaurants in Canada for 2019

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by The OpenTable Team
Updated February 03, 2023

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.

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4.7
4.7 (1253)
CAN$51 and over
Italian
Entertainment District
About the restaurant
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 studied in Italy as a young apprentice who intended to only stay for six months, but instead remained for six and a half years. The Tuscan approach to food — local, seasonal, and screamingly fresh — was the inspiration for Tutti Matti's menu. House-made pastas and breads, and proteins like wild boar and rabbit are utilized when in season. Chef Solomon's approach to food at Tutti Matti is the same as what she witnessed in Tuscany: eat fresh, eat seasonally, and eat local not because it's trendy, but because that's what tastes best.
Top review
DavidK
Dined 7 days ago
This was a first time at the restaurant and we had a group of 10. The service was outstanding as they really took care of us. The food was good, the antipasto they brought for the table was really great. The overall feeling on the mains were not as great, but was good. The deserts were really nice and they accompanied our two birthdays perfectly. Overall 9/10 Thank you
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4.9
4.9 (1109)
CAN$51 and over
Contemporary American
Chinatown / Kensington Market
About the restaurant
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 ventures notably include the Black Hoof, Cocktail Bar, and Rhum Corner, opened Grey Gardens in Kensington in 2017 after noticing a void in the city's dining scene: a wine bar with outstanding food. Agg carefully chose the interior decor to have stark contrasts between vintage and modern, and comfort and elegance, much like the dichotomy of the neighborhood itself. She has also entered the literary world with her novel, I Hear She's a Real Bitch, which tackles misogyny and sexism in the restaurant world.
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NicoleP
Dined 3 days ago
Always excellent. Great spot, great food, great service.
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4.7
4.7 (1182)
CAN$51 and over
Italian
Old Montreal
About the restaurant
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, and the sense of gratitude and satisfaction of the people on the receiving end of her meals. The open kitchen at Graziella allows Chef Battista to experience the same view of her patrons as they enjoy what she's created. Dishes such as grilled octopus and squid ink brioche, lemon-basil ricotta gnocchi, and braised milk-fed veal shank highlight the chef's love of classic Italian cuisine while also showing a deft hand in the kitchen.
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6Billsvip
Dined 3 days ago
Portions generally smaller, except pasta, thoughtfully prepared with nice service. A bit pricey for what you receive.
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4.8
4.8 (1762)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Portuguese
Old Montreal
About the restaurant
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 that bears her name. A bright celebration of wines, small plates, meats, soups, and salads, Helena invites guests to share plates, conversation, and laughs. This aligns with Chef Helena's philosophy of food bringing people together in a warm environment. Priding herself on fresh ingredients, Chef Helena features daily catches from Portugal, as well as local meats such as a grilled Quebec rack of lamb.
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Larky074
Dined 4 days ago
As always, Helena did not disappoint. Outstanding meal options and impeccable service make this one of the best dining options in Old Montreal.
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4.6
4.6 (1911)
CAN$51 and over
International
Mile End
About the restaurant
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 Nada Abou Younes' desire to put her own finishing touches on both the decor and the menu of the restaurant that she took over. The result? Ille Flottante, a restaurant with a three-, five-, or seven-course tasting menu complete with an expert wine pairing. The restaurant represents a dream come true for Chef Younes, whose strict father discouraged her foray into a professional kitchen. Young Younes began cooking at Les Deux, and when the opportunity arose, she was able to purchase the restaurant and change its name — with the help of her father, now her biggest supporter.
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Gene
Dined 3 days ago
Outstanding service!! Alice is very passionate about food and she made our experience extremely special
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4.4
4.4 (4239)
CAN$30 and under
Contemporary Canadian
Downtown
About the restaurant
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 at a young age follows her in the kitchen, where her butchery skills are at the core of Charcut's meat-centric menu. Dubbed "the primal ballerina," Chef DeSousa was able to work under Alice Waters at Berkeley's Chez Panisse, which also influenced her style of cuisine. On the menu at Charcut, diners will find house-made sausages, poultry, and beef roasted in the restaurant's custom-built rotisserie, and a handcrafted charcuterie eating bar.
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ScottH
Dined 3 days ago
Great food, great service. We were seated in the back which didn’t offer the best view and the chairs weren’t the most comfy. I’m being picky, overall it was a great experience.
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4.8
4.8 (5793)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Contemporary Canadian
Calgary
About the restaurant
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, Lapointe wanted to create a space that was vegetable-heavy in a city that's surrounded by cattle country. The balance that was created by Lapoint and her chef-husband Smee is a menu that has dishes that are not only healthy, but also leave diners coming back for more. Chargrilled carrots with salsa verde and jerk spice cauliflower are a few of the options that Lapointe serves to Calgary guests to balance out the meat-centered offerings found across the city.
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BrittneyB
Dined 6 days ago
The staff and manager go above and beyond with every interaction. I was absolutely floored by the service and kindness of management during my most recent visit. Ten Foot Henry never has an off day, the entire team consistently deliver an exceptional experience every visit. The fabulous food speaks for itself. Most importantly always start with the tomato’s!
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4.8
4.8 (1225)
CAN$51 and over
Japanese
Kitsilano
About the restaurant
~ STORY OF YUWA JAPANESE CUISINE ~

Chef Masahiro Omori is the Executive Chef / Co-owner of Yuwa Japanese Cuisine who was born and raised in Chiba, Japan. His grandmother "YUWA" passionately owned a fish market in Chiba, Japan for over 50 years. Yuwa's dedication to her craft deeply touched Chef Omori and he lovingly brings her spirit forward with his professional experience at a well-known long-established Kaiseki restaurant in Tokyo, Japan.

Chef Masahiro Omori brings specialized regional dishes from across Japan taking advantage of the highest quality, freshest local BC ingredients. These can all be paired with our specialized selection of wines and sake.

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FrancoO
Dined 4 days ago
Repeated visits… this place is awesome. We will return again, and again.
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4.8
4.8 (1779)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Canadian
Inglewood
About the restaurant
A collection of beautifully curated rooms, each with its own unique character, set the stage for a Canadian culinary journey at Deane House. In the dining room, library, bar and gardens, we guide guests on a seasonal, regional exploration. Enjoy dinner and weekend brunch in Inglewood, 5 minutes from Calgary's city centre.
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DawneC
Dined 2 days ago
This was a lovely Sunday morning brunch with family in a charming old house. Our waitstaff were attentive, helpful but not overbearing. The food was great and everyone was pleased with their meal. We were a party of 6 in the front room with many windows. I loved the houseplants in the restaurant. The trickiest part was finding parking. It would have been nice to have a few more spots in their lot.
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4.7
4.7 (4564)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Canadian
Calgary
About the restaurant
An extraordinary dining experience is to embark on a journey. We have created a beautiful place in an extraordinary setting and have tended to the details that make you feel at home: staff who care, chefs who are passionate about quality and the regional seasonal ingredients that bring to your palate a taste of place.

Getting to River Cafe is just a walk in the park.

Access River Café on Prince's Island Park from:
1. North side crossing the Bow River and Memorial Drive at the Calgary Curling Club.
2. South East end of the island at the 2nd street SW bridge, directly East of Eau Claire Market.
3. South West end of the island at 6th Street SW and Eau Claire Way near the Peace Bridge.

Eau Claire Plaza is currently closed for construction.
Parking is available on the street in the Eau Claire area, underground at Eau Claire Market or North of Memorial Drive.

Thank you for choosing to dine with us.

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Danno
Dined 3 days ago
Great food and the service was fantastic. Will definitely go back for brunch again.
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