Grab your special ladies in your life and celebrate International Women’s Day at one of the best restaurants all across Canada led by women. In honour of International Women’s Day, OpenTable, the world’s leading provider of online restaurant reservations, is celebrating some of the talented women impacting Canada’s food scene. Women hold key roles in some of Canada’s leading restaurants and their fierce spirit and dedication to hospitality deserve recognition. From Montreal to Toronto to Calgary, Canada’s women deserve to take center stage so diners can book a seat and experience for themselves why these female chefs, owners, and operators are rocking Canadian kitchens.

Here are three great restaurants you should try this Friday in celebration of International Women’s Day.

Looking for a Women-led restaurant near you? OpenTable has pulled together a great resource to help you find female chefs near you all March long.

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Grey Gardens – Toronto

” Eclectic and funky Kensington Market is home to a variety of specialty grocery stores and vintage clothing shops all with an urban edge. Toronto restaurateur Jen Agg, whose other ventures notably include the Black Hoof, Cocktail Bar, and Rhum Corner, opened Grey Gardens in Kensington in 2017 after noticing a void in the city’s dining scene: a wine bar with outstanding food. Agg carefully chose the interior decor to have stark contrasts between vintage and modern, and comfort and elegance, much like the dichotomy of the neighborhood itself. She has also entered the literary world with her novel, I Hear She’s a Real Bitch, which tackles misogyny and sexism in the restaurant world. ”

Chez Sophie – Montreal

“Executive Chef Sophie Tabet is Montreal born and bred, and she brings her classical French training and European experience to Chez Sophie. While working in Italy, she met her husband, an expert sommelier, and the two returned to Montreal to open Chef Sophie. With a menu divided into starters, mer (sea), and terre (land), Chez Sophie’s selections reflect the chef’s skill and some of her favorite dishes, such as the “perfect egg” and foie gras on toast.

CHARCUT – Calgary

Chef and owner of Charcut, Connie DeSousa, was a contestant on Season One of Top Chef Canada, as well as Top Chef All-Stars. Her dedication to the precision and artistry of dance at a young age follows her in the kitchen, where her butchery skills are at the core of Charcut’s meat-centric menu. Dubbed “the primal ballerina,” Chef DeSousa was able to work under Alice Waters at Berkeley’s Chez Panisse, which also influenced her style of cuisine. On the menu at Charcut, diners will find house-made sausages, poultry, and beef roasted in the restaurant’s custom-built rotisserie, and a handcrafted charcuterie eating bar.


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