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The Best Restaurants in Regina

From locally roasted coffee to celebrated Canadian cuisine, here’s where to eat and drink in Regina.

Regina is packed with great eats and drinks for vacationers and business travellers alike. Between old-school eateries and acclaimed new openings, here are nine must-try restaurants in the capital of Saskatchewan.

Malty National Brewing

Malty National Brewing

For the beer

This microbrewery specializing in small-batch IPAs, stouts and unusual ales is a family-friendly neighbourhood hub where furry friends are also welcome. Playfully named beers are released regularly, so ask the staff for a sample of seasonal creations, such as the fruity Cactus Joose New England IPA. Or opt for a pint of smooth, citrusy ale called Sports – the ideal companion to a heated game of cribbage.

1130 15th Ave., 306-525-5001, maltynational.com

Bodega Tapas Bar

Bodega Tapas Bar

For day-to-night eats

Located inside a historic home with a wraparound patio and twinkling lights, Regina’s original tapas bar is the perfect place for a nightcap. Grab a stool and wind down with a spicy Dirty Diana cocktail – a mix of Hornitos Reposado tequila, Cointreau, sriracha, brine, simple syrup and lime. Come back for Huevos & Hip-Hop – a twist on Saturday brunch where a DJ spins old-school hip hop jams while guests enjoy dishes like the a$apbenny, a plate of eggs Benedict named after the rap group A$AP Mob.

2228 Albert St., 306-525-3660, bodegatapasbar.com

Naked Bean Espresso Bar and Café

Photo: Victoria Bohay

Naked Bean Espresso Bar and Café

For the caffeine kick

Get your daily java fix with locally roasted beans from Caliber Coffee Roasters. Order a creamy cold brew prepared with dark-roast coffee and coconut milk poured over ice. Then treat yourself to homemade cookies and gooey cinnamon buns. Watch the chalkboard menu for specials like the fall favourite Pumpkin Chai Tea Fog.

2505 Broad St., 306-352-4404, nakedbean.ca

The Copper Kettle

For the prairie-style pizza

A fixture in downtown Regina for over 50 years, the Copper Kettle is located in a heritage building that’s famous for its mural depicting the restaurant’s former owners, husband-and-wife team Robert and Ann Gardikiotis. The Fire and Ice pizza, topped with spicy chorizo, pepperoni, jalapeños and avocado, finds a friend in a white IPA from Regina’s Pile O’Bones Brewing Company.

1953 Scarth St., 306-525-3545, thecopperkettle.online

Breakfast Bistro

Breakfast Bistro

For breakfast anytime

This family-owned spot features inventive eggs Benedict dishes, such as cured salmon lox with avocado, crispy cucumber, dill, shallots and arugula on a bed of lemon-thyme cream cheese spread. The savoury waffle with fried corn-battered chicken and rich rosemary-Parmesan sauce will have you asking for seconds.

3215 Quance St., 306-206-1811, breakfastbistro.ca

The Creek in Cathedral Bistro

The Creek in Cathedral Bistro

For the comfort food

Surrounded by Regina’s character homes, the Creek in Cathedral Bistro tackles comfort food with a smoked pulled-pork grilled cheese, a honey-jerked braised beef poutine and tomatillo salsa, prepared using local ingredients. For the ultimate experience, order the Creek’s tried-and-tested savoury crepes. We’re partial to the sweet-and-salty aged cheddar crepe balanced with a dollop of cherry-rhubarb compote and candied almonds.

3414 13th Ave., 306-352-4448

Hunter Gatherer Vegetarian Diner

For the fries

This mom-and-pop diner with eccentric decor – it’s packed with fake deer heads, birdcages and a wall made of suitcases – serves up vegetarian fare. Order a side of thick-cut fries – the locals swear by them – seasoned with a secret spice mix, and make it a poutine if you think you can handle it. The Kentucky fried wrap, in which breaded soy nuggets sub for chicken, will make even your most carnivorous friends want to consider going meat-free.

1221 15th Ave., facebook.com/huntergathererYQR

Avenue

Photo: Bob Deutscher

Avenue

For the creative Canadian cuisine

After invigorating the restaurant scene in Saskatoon with Ayden Kitchen and Bar, Top Chef Canada winner Dale Mackay and chef Nathan Guggenheimer, teamed up again to bring their culinary and craft cocktail skills to the Queen City. With high ceilings and arched windows, the interior of this heritage building was gutted to create a modern feel with pops of plum and chartreuse green. Ease into dinner with the Mint Condition – a refreshing concoction of gin and muddled mint poured over a watermelon ice cube. A selection of house-cured meats and pickles sets the tone for what’s next: a tender beef Wellington with a flaky pastry crust, horseradish cream and a side of local fried asparagus. Finish off the evening with a fluffy raspberry soufflé.

2201 11th Ave., #100, 306-525-1919, avenuerestaurantandbar.com

Caraway Grill

For authentic Indian cuisine

In a city filled with many Indian food options, Caraway Grill rises above the rest. After opening as a 30-seat hole in the wall, this hidden gem has completely transformed its floor plan to meet the growing demand with more seating. Start off your meal with aloo tikki patties and deep-fried vegetable pakoras drizzled with a sweet-and-spicy chutney of tamarind and fresh mint. Then soak up slow-cooked lamb korma, prepared in a rich masala and cashew sauce with a warm piece of garlic naan.

306-522-4243, 1625 Broad St., carawaygrill.com

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