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Winnipeg restaurants

Where Canada’s 10 Best New Restaurants

Canada’s best new restaurants of 2014, chosen by the editors of Where


Where Canada’s Best New Restaurants is an annual award program that recognizes the top new dining destinations across the country. Where magazine’s editors deliberate at the end of each year to nominate an outstanding restaurant from their region.

This year’s selection celebrates cozy cuisine—like Prairie 360, Where Winnipeg’s pick, offering a curated mix of wild game and locally-sourced ingredients; or Tavern 1883, nominated by Where Canadian Rockies, that serves up “proper Canadian comfort food” in a charming mountain cabin atmosphere. Creative Italian fare is also in the spotlight—Bufala, selected by Where Vancouver, serves up down-to-earth rustic fare while Bar Buca, Where Toronto’s pick, showcases around 30 perfect-for-grazing small plates. Together, these restaurants and 6 more, represent the top 10 new restaurants in Canada in 2014.

Click on the slideshow to see all of Where’s Best New Restaurants of 2014.

Where’s Best New Restaurants 2013

Canada’s best new restaurants of 2013, chosen by the editors of Where

Where’s Best New Restaurants 2013

Where Canada’s Best New Restaurants is an annual award program recognizing the nation’s top chefs and outstanding restaurants. Editors from each of the following Where magazine regions select an exceptional restaurant to be honoured: Calgary, Canadian Rockies, Edmonton, Halifax, Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria, Whistler and Winnipeg.

In this year’s selection, a tie is declared in Calgary with two bistros claiming the prize, while an eclectic mix of cuisine is highlighted including Spanish fare in Toronto, Mediterranean dishes in Victoria, market menus in Winnipeg and much more.

Click on the slideshow to see all of Where’s Best New Restaurants of 2013.

The 10 Top Restaurants in Winnipeg’s Exchange District


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.


Top 10 Cocktail Bars and Lounges in Winnipeg


Top 10 Cocktail Bars and Lounges in Winnipeg

The top 10 cocktail bars and lounges in Winnipeg (Photo: Dinner Series)

A night out doesn’t have to be a full-on affair of dinner, drinks and dancing. In Winnipeg, there is a large selection of excellent cocktail bars and lounges that are perfect for a low-key evening with friends or co-workers in a swanky setting. Here, in no particular order, are our picks for the top cocktail bars and lounges in Winnipeg.


Top 10 Restaurants in Winnipeg for Manitoba Regional Cuisine

Beet Stained Arctic Char - Fusion Grill

Top restaurants for Manitoba regional cuisine: beet-stained Arctic Char from chef Lorna Murdoch of Fusion Grill

Of all the restaurants in Winnipeg, those that use the bounty of Manitoba as their ingredients and inspiration have a special place in locals’ hearts. Whether they use grass-fed bison or Lake Winnipeg-caught pickerel, these 10 restaurants in Winnipeg serve great food that you can feel good about.

See the list of top 10 restaurants in Winnipeg for regional cuisine »


Shel Zolkewich, Manitoba’s Travel Writer and Adventurer Extraordinaire

Shel Zolkewich

Shel Zolkewich in her favourite setting

Shel Zolkewich squealed with delight when she opened an envelope from the Manitoba government a few weeks ago. Inside was confirmation that she was one of the people to win the draw for elk hunting licenses this season. It meant that she and her dad could take the hunting trip they had been planning.

For Shel Zolkewich, a Manitoba travel writer who splits her time between Winnipeg and Gimli, there is no separation between her work and her personal life. She lives what she writes, and all her trips yield content for her next travel story. Her specialty is the outdoors, and for one week every month she is on the road, fishing, hunting and taking photos. Her preferred place is the north, she says, “where there are small airplanes, muddy roads and feisty northern pike.”

We caught up with Shel Zolkewich between a stint of caribou stalking and a trip to Alaska. (more…)

Hot Dining: Editor’s Picks: Top 5 Spots for Manitoba Regional Cuisine

Saskatoon berry pie from Tall Grass Prairie Bread Company

Manitoba regional cuisine marries nature’s bounty with local cultural flair. Here are our top five choices for tasty locally sourced eats in Winnipeg and nearby. (more…)

Where’s Best New Restaurants 2011

Canada’s best new restaurants of 2011, chosen by the editors of Where

Where Canada‘s Best New Restaurants is an annual award program dedicated to recognizing the country’s top chefs and innovative restaurateurs. (more…)

Hot Dining: Restaurant Review: Yougot Chinese Restaurant

Chinese ex-pats flock to Yougot Chinese Restaurant for comforting, familiar flavours. The restaurant works directly with suppliers in China to bring in impossible-to-find spices to make sure food tastes just like home. Talented chef Yang Song’s mastery of sauces makes it well worth the visit to this unassuming, suburban eatery on Pembina Highway. (more…)

Hot Dining: Restaurant Review: Santa Ana

Darek Wozny is doing something very right.

Without a days-in-advance reservation or last-minute dumb luck, getting a table inside the chef/owner’s Santa Ana Pizzeria & Bistro is a tall order.

Since opening September 2010, the 40-seat restaurant south of St Vital Centre has earned a fierce following. (more…)

Hot Dining: Restaurant Review: Charisma of India

A big bouquet of exotic spices perfumes the air inside Charisma of India, teasing diners with the dishes  soon to come.

With few exceptions, Indian cuisine is a dance of spices. A dash of cumin, cardamom and cinnamon are expertly combined into remarkably delectable yet undissectible concoctions that confound and delight diners. (more…)

Hot Dining: Restaurant Review: Bailey’s

After 40 years in business, Bailey’s restaurant, with its traditional, continental cuisine may not exactly have the buzz currently being cooked up by a cadre of competitive chefs in Winnipeg. However, its well-executed plates and polished service keep regulars coming back year after year to the 120-seat restaurant. (more…)