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
899 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Notable Wine List
  • Outdoor Eating
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
93% recommended
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Grey Gardens

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Chinatown / Kensington Market
551 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Notable Wine List
  • Special Occasion
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
96% recommended
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Graziella Restaurant

$$$$·Italian·
Old Montreal
750 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Romance
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
96% recommended
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Helena

$$$$·Portuguese·
Old Montreal
1,038 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romance
  • Fit for Foodies
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
98% recommended
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Ile Flottante (former Les Deux Singes)

$$$$·International·
Mile End
1,204 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Romance
  • Special Occasion
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
95% recommended
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Chez Sophie - Montreal

$$$$·French·
Griffintown/St-Henri
537 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romance
  • Notable Wine List
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
95% recommended
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CHARCUT

$$$$·Contemporary Canadian·
Downtown
4,124 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
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
88% recommended
Business Meals in Calgary / Southern Alberta
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Donna Mac

$$$$·Contemporary Canadian·
Downtown
532 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • 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
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Blink Restaurant

$$$$·Regional American (Northwest)·
Calgary
1,842 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • 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
90% recommended
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Ten Foot Henry

$$$$·Contemporary Canadian·
Calgary
2,990 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • 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
98% recommended
Healthy in Calgary / Southern Alberta
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Yuwa Japanese Cuisine (fka Zest Restaurant)

$$$$·Japanese·
Kitsilano
871 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
Outdoor dining on a quiet, scenic patio. The best, most creative Japanese food in Vancouver. Delightful servers. It doesn’t get any better !
97% recommended
Japanese in Vancouver / British Columbia
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Deane House

$$$$·Canadian·
Inglewood
1,071 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Outdoor Eating
Best location for town brunch, right at the confluence of the bow and the elbow.
90% recommended
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River Café

$$$$·Canadian·
Downtown
4,075 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Scenic View
Our recent experience for a birthday dinner at the River Cafe was top notch! From starters to entrees, the food did not disappoint. Fresh food with quality ingredients. Our waiter Read more
93% recommended
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