Montreal restaurant Bouillon Bilk ranked sixth on Tripadvisor’s list of Canada’s Best Fine Dining Restaurants. Three other Quebec restaurants, Le Taniere de Québec (fifth) and Laurie Raphael (seventh), and Resto Tandem de La Malbaie (eighth) also made the national top 10 in the site’s so-called Travelers’ Choice Awards.
First place went to Pluvio on Vancouver Island in British Columbia. AG Inspired Cuisine (Niagara Falls, Ontario), Tiara Restaurant (Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario) and Five Sails (Vancouver, British Columbia) followed. Regina’s Memories Dining & Bar and Whistler’s Rimrock Cafe (with its unforgivable lack of an acute accent) round out the list at numbers nine and 10, respectively.
Canada was completely excluded from Tripadvisor’s global top 25, where the only “North America” entry was Lahaina Grill in the decidedly non-North American state of Hawai’i.
The company says it compiled its Travelers’ Choice rankings by calculating the “quality and quantity of reviews and ratings” of restaurants on its website over a 12-month period. An “additional editorial process” then refined the list.
Restaurants in 51 countries featured somewhere in the Travelers’ Choice Awards, which also include rankings of the best restaurants for “everyday meals”, “quick bites” and date nights, as well as the most “perfect” and the best “hidden gems.” Only the gastronomy category had a regional breakdown that included Canada.
In a press release, Tripadvisor’s vice president of hotel solutions, Lauren Murphy, hailed the awards as offering “authentic recommendations for the best places to eat, whatever the occasion.”