Byblos, in Toronto, is a top-25 pick for solo diners

We know Canadians love eating good food, and fine dining, in particular. Well, that's no surprise, but what might come as newsflash is that, according to OpenTable, one of the most popular tools that provides online restaurant reservations, bookings for parties of one have grown in Canada by 85 per cent since 2015.

"This increase in the number of reservations made for one illustrates shifting attitudes in Canadian dining culture," said Ziv Schierau, Head of National Accounts for OpenTable Canada. "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."

OpenTable data also shows:

  • The majority of solo dining reservations are booked for dinner (43 per cent) followed by lunch (30 per cent)
  • Canadian solo diners book the majority of their tables Monday to Friday (78 per cent)

Of course, we couldn't let these experts get away with just giving us the stats. We want to know where our fellow foodies are making those reservations. Where are the hottest tables – for one – to be had? Luckily, OpenTable has revealed its list of the Top 25 Restaurants for Solo Dining in Canada. The method is as follows: the list was generated based on restaurants most booked for tables of one and the "overall" star-ratings associated with reviews submitted by verified diners, says the company.

So, going solo while dining out is losing its stigma. A good thing, especially when travelling on business or as a solo globetrotter – why miss out on some of the country's best culinary offerings just because you're on your own? We've got your back.

www.opentable.ca/start/home

Click through for 2017's Top 25 Restaurants for Solo Dining in Canada, from west to east.

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