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
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
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
97% recommended

Grey Gardens

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Chinatown / Kensington Market
530 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Notable Wine List
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
Best Overall in Toronto / Ontario
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Graziella Restaurant

$$$$·Italian·
Old Montreal
732 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Romance
  • Creative Cuisine
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
Best Overall in Montreal / Quebec

Helena

$$$$·Portuguese·
Old Montreal
1,013 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • 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
Business Meals in Montreal / Quebec

Ile Flottante (former Les Deux Singes)

$$$$·International·
Mile End
1,186 reviews
  • Tasting Menu
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasions
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
Best Overall in Montreal / Quebec
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Chez Sophie - Montreal

$$$$·French·
Griffintown/St-Henri
517 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Creative Cuisine
  • 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
98% recommended
Best Food in Montreal / Quebec
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CHARCUT

$$$$·Contemporary Canadian·
Downtown
4,046 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
  • Business Meals
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
87% recommended
Special Occasions in Calgary / Southern Alberta

Donna Mac

$$$$·Contemporary Canadian·
Downtown
532 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good Vegetarian Options
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
1,843 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Business Meals
  • 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
88% recommended
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Ten Foot Henry

$$$$·Contemporary Canadian·
Calgary
2,722 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Good Vegetarian Options
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
96% recommended
Best Overall in Calgary / Southern Alberta
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Yuwa Japanese Cuisine (fka Zest Restaurant)

$$$$·Japanese·
Kitsilano
798 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
Impeccable service, great food, reasonable prices. Undiscovered jewel of Japanese cuisine.
96% recommended
Gluten Free Options in Vancouver / British Columbia
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Deane House

$$$$·Canadian·
Inglewood
996 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Good for a Date
  • Romance
Fine Canadian cuisine. Nice service. Great patio
93% recommended
Brunch in Calgary / Southern Alberta

River Café

$$$$·Canadian·
Downtown
3,945 reviews
  • Special Occasions
  • Scenic View
  • Good for a Date
Higher end dining experience that does not disappoint. Top notch service and cuisine. Outdoor seating is recommended with warmer weather and outdoor heat lamps are accessible.
94% recommended
Best Ambience in Calgary / Southern Alberta
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