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Canada’sBest New Restaurants- 2013 -

Above: You can work backwards from dessert, if you want – try the stawberry-vanilla twist from Maison Publique’s soft-serve machine – just don’t skip a course at any of Canada’s Top 10 new restaurants.

We’ve proven we’re more than willing to stand in line.”

Dining Guide 2013

More than a decade of award-winning restaurants, along with many of our favourite spots across the country.

enRoute Eats

Our guide to restaurants across Canada. Download the app for free in the iTunes and Google Play stores.

By Andrew Braithwaite    Photos by John Cullen

From Vancouver Island to Fogo Island, and many points of dry land in between, this year’s bumper crop of new restaurants continued to redefine what it means to dine out in Canada. But our appetite in 2013 wasn’t merely limited to what chefs plated atop grandma’s so-old-it’s-cool-again wedding china.

For this year’s Top 10, we went looking for good people who’ve dedicated themselves to delivering that memorable experience: the host who commands a small room with charm and humility; the sommelier who helps make navigating a wine list a game instead of a chore; the server who thinks hard about how to pace the parade of small plates that increasingly rule our nights out; and the chef-as-auteur who takes a collection of dishes and transforms it into a menu. People we can root for. And we’ve proven we’re more than willing to stand in line – or to navigate Kafkaesque reservation websites – in order to spend time with them.

We celebrated the Top 10 along with the People’s Choice Award winner at the Canada’s Best New Restaurants gala in Toronto on November 12, 2013. See below for pictures and video from the event.

Photos by Kevin Gonsalves

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