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The 10 Top Restaurants in Winnipeg’s Exchange District

By BRITTANY HENDRY

Best Restaurants in Winnipeg's Exchange District

The Cajun seared salmon at Blüfish, one of our picks for best restaurants in Winnipeg’s Exchange District (Photo: Blüfish/Facebook)

The Exchange District has one of the densest concentrations of restaurants in all of Winnipeg. To to help you find the perfect spot to have a meal in the area, our local experts offer their picks for the top eateries. Whether you’re looking for authentic Brazilian cuisine, art-infused culinary masterpieces or just a relaxed environment to grab a bite, you’ll find something to your liking in the list below.

BEST EXCHANGE DISTRICT RESTAURANT FOR MEAT LOVERS
Carnaval Brazilian BBQ
Located on beautiful Waterfront Drive, Carnaval Brazilian BBQ is the only churrascaria restaurant in Winnipeg. Specializing in South American-style rotisserie, the restaurant offers picanha (sirloin cap), bacon-wrapped tenderloin and coxa de frango (chicken drum sticks). The experienced gaucho carvers cut and serve your meat at your table. Carnaval’s authentic menu is stacked with other  traditional favourites, too, such as feijoada (black bean stew with pork and beef). Be sure to leave room for dessert—they come paired with a tasty after-dinner drink.
• Carnaval Brazilian BBQ, 270 Waterfront Dr., 204-505-0945, carnavalrestaurant.com

BEST EXCHANGE DISTRICT RESTAURANT FOR PIZZA LOVERS
Corrientes Argentine Pizzeria
Corrientes Argentine Pizzeria is named after a tranist route that has played a major role in the history and urban design of Buenos Aires. Like that street, this restaurant speaks to the country’s heritage. Corrientes embraces its past by mixing Italian influences with South American ingredients, creating a delectable menu of over 10 de lujo (thin crust) and a handful of tradicionales (thick crust) pizzas. We recommend the banchero, a rich deep-dish pizza topped with fugazetta rellena mozzarella and onion.
• Corrientes Argentine Pizzeria, 137 Bannatyne Ave., 204-219-5398, corrientes.ca

BEST EXCHANGE DISTRICT RESTAURANT FOR SUSHI LOVERS
Blüfish

Blüfish (pictured) is a sushi restaurant located in the centre of the Exchange District that offers extensive varieties of the traditional dish, including many vegetarian, chicken and beef options. With unique ingredient combinations, gorgeous presentation, clever names and very reasonable prices, this dining destination is the perfect spot for sushi connoisseurs and newbies alike.
• Blüfish, 179 Bannatyne Ave., 204-779-9888, blufish.ca
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BEST EXCHANGE DISTRICT RESTAURANT FOR LATE-NIGHT EATS
Hermanos Restaurant and Wine Bar

Hermanos, translated in English as “brothers,” prides itself on a high quality South American dinning experience influenced by steakhouses in Argentina and Uruguay. With three different types of seating, a vast menu and late-night hours on Friday and Saturdays, Hermanos is the perfect hideaway from the hustle and bustle of the outside world. If you’re in the Exchange District during the weekend, be sure to stop by this spot to experience some live samba or Chilean jazz.
• Hermanos Restaurant and Wine Bar, 179 Bannatyne Ave., 204-947-5434, hermanos.ca
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BEST EXCHANGE DISTRICT RESTAURANT FOR VEGANS
Boon Burger Café

Boon Burger Café is not your average burger joint, not least of all because it is the first all-vegan burger café in Canada. The menu lists many varieties of burger, all made from creative meat substitutions, and the owners add new items regularly. Don’t be deterred if you’re not a vegetarian or vegan—these delectable burgers will have you wondering why you didn’t try them sooner. Boon Burger Café prides itself on using all organic, local and fair trade ingredients.
• Boon Burger Café, 141 Bannatyne Ave., 204-504-5394, boonburger.ca
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BEST EXCHANGE DISTRICT RESTAURANT FOR FINE DINING
Hy’s Steakhouse

Hy’s is dining at its finest, seating patrons in its elegant and lavish dining room, and serving them refined classics such as escargot, beef tartare and steaks cooked to order. With a wine selection spanning over 100 vintages, this steakhouse is sure to please your inner aficionado. If you prefer privacy while you dine, Hy’s offers a secluded dining room that that is perfect for romance or business meetings.
• Hy’s Steakhouse, 1 Lombard Pl., 204-942-1000, hyssteakhouse.com
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BEST EXCHANGE DISTRICT RESTAURANT FOR ADVENTUROUS DINING
Deer + Almond

Since Deer + Almond opened in 2012, it has gained a strong following of diners that swear by their eclectic lunch and dinner menus. The restaurant is a loud and bustling hotspot and has appeared on many best-of lists thanks to creative dishes like Korean fried chicken and smoked lamb ragout. The cocktails, too, are well above average. We recommend tippling on the tree planters punch or the refreshing basil smash.
• Deer + Almond, 85 Princess St., 204-504-8562, Facebook page 
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BEST EXCHANGE DISTRICT RESTAURANT FOR MEXICAN FOOD
Don Pedro’s Authentic Mexican Grill

With the fun colourful decor, eccentric lighting and live music, Don Pedro’s is like a Mexican getaway in the heart of Winnipeg. The menu is stacked with authentic Mexican fare, including traditional favourites like steak fajitas and chicken chimichangas, as well as house specials like chicken al carbon (orange-marinated grilled chicken breast served with rice and beans).
• Don Pedro’s Authentic Mexican Grill, 114 Market Ave., 204-956-7465, donpedros.ca
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BEST EXCHANGE DISTRICT RESTAURANT FOR HEALTH NUTS
Peasant Cookery

The Peasant Cookery exudes food fanaticism. Focused on healthy options, fresh ingredients and delicious recipe combinations, the menu rotates with the seasons while always providing healthy options at a reasonable price. Stop in and try some of the delectable local favourites, like the homemade dry-cured sausage charcuterie or the baked orzo with artichokes, zucchini and  goat cheese cream.
• Peasant Cookery, 283 Bannatyne Ave., 204-989‑7700, peasantcookery.com
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BEST EXCHANGE DISTRICT RESTAURANT FOR ITALIAN DELIGHTS
Brooklynn’s Bistro

Located in one of the Exchange District’s historical buildings, Brooklynn’s embodies the Italian spirit. The bistro uses the best ingredients to create simple dishes that are excellently prepared and beautifully plated. The restaurant also has a refined wine list, specifically curated to complement the menu. Brooklynn’s delightfully blends Old World charm—through its traditional recipes and heritage building—and sleek modernity through its interior design.
• Brooklynn’s Bistro, 177 Lombard Ave., 204-415-4112 , brooklynnbistro.ca
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BEST EXCHANGE DISTRICT RESTAURANT FOR OENOPHILES
Bailey’s

Bailey’s has found the perfect balance between fine dining and relaxed atmosphere. Separated into two sections, the higher-end restaurant is located on second floor, and is decorated with white-top tables where you can enjoy specialties like rack of lamb and filet mignon, and peruse the extensive list of bubbly, sherry, whites, reds and other wines. Downstairs, the atmosphere is more relaxed—it’s a lounge where you can be served from a vintage bar, play billiards, watch the game or enjoy a drink on the patio.
• Bailey’s, 185 Lombard Ave., 204-944-1180, baileyspringmedining
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BEST EXCHANGE DISTRICT RESTAURANT FOR NEWS JUNKIES
Winnipeg Free Press News Café

Combining a delightful menu with live news casting and a bustling atmosphere, the Winnipeg Free Press News Café offers a dining experience you won’t soon forget. Free Press journalists conduct live interviews with musicians, athletes, politicians and other prominent figures here, and there are periodic book launches and lectures as well. The menu features excellent breakfast items and wide array of salads and sandwiches for lunch.
• Winnipeg Free Press News Café, 237 McDermot Ave., 204-943-0682, winnipegfreepress.com
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