Would You Eat Alone at a Restaurant?

Published November 7, 2017 at 6:46 pm


Table for one, please … reservations for parties of one have grown nationally by 85 per cent since 2015, according to new figures from OpenTable as it unveiled the Top 25 Restaurants for Solo Dining in Canada.

Findings released on Nov. 7 indicate the stigma surrounding dining solo may be starting to lift and that consumers are eager to savour special culinary experiences alone.

Data shows the majority of solo dining reservations are booked for dinner (43 per cent) followed by lunch (30 per cent).

Canadian solo diners also book the majority of their tables Monday to Friday (78 per cent), saving the weekends for dining with others.

“This increase in the number of reservations made for one illustrates shifting attitudes in Canadian dining culture,” said OpenTable Canada’s head of national accounts Ziv Schierau.

“Instead of opting for takeout or room service, Canadians are embracing solo dining and the opportunity to unwind and enjoy a unique meal at their own pace.”

In celebration of solo diners and the restaurants that welcome them, OpenTable is revealing the Top 25 Restaurants for Solo Dining in Canada in alphabetical order:

2017 Top 25 Restaurants for Solo Dining in Canada

529 Wellington – Winnipeg, Manitoba

The Bison Restaurant – Banff, Alberta

Bonaparte – Montréal, Québec

BOSK at Shangri-La Hotel – Toronto, Ontario

Bow Valley Grill – Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel – Banff, Alberta

Bruce Wine Bar – Thornbury, Ontario

Byblos – Toronto, Ontario

Damas – Montréal, Québec

Earth to Table: Bread Bar – Guelph, Ontario

Gyoza Bar – Vancouver, British Columbia

Jacobs & Co. Steakhouse – Toronto, Ontario

LaVinia – Toronto, Ontario

Le Filet – Montréal, Québec

Library Bar – Fairmont Royal York – Toronto, Ontario

The Marc – Edmonton, Alberta

The Merchant Tavern – St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador

Mettawas Station Mediterranean – Kingsville, Ontario

Miijidaa Cafe + Bistro – Guelph, Ontario

Miku Restaurant – Toronto – Toronto, Ontario

Miku Restaurant – Vancouver – Vancouver, British Columbia

ONE Restaurant – Toronto, Ontario

Restaurant Le Continental – Québec City, Québec

Richmond Station – Toronto, Ontario

Scaramouche Pasta Bar – Toronto, Ontario

Trattoria Gusto – Port Hope, Ontario

The list was generated based on the restaurants most booked for tables of one and the “overall” star-ratings associated with reviews submitted by verified diners.

What’s your favourite local spot to dine solo?

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