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Best restaurants in Winnipeg

The 12 best restaurants and places to eat in Winnipeg

Winnipeg, the “Gateway to the West”, a transportation and railway hub, the city of big festivals, outdoor sports, surrounded and named by the world’s 11th largest freshwater lake, Lake Winnipeg. Canada’s foodie spot is home of many local and Indie eateries, a hub location when it comes to a great diversity of restaurants. We are providing a guide to the best restaurants and unique dining experiences in Winnipeg, in the capital of Manitoba, Canada.

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Tip #1: Le Petit Chef

Le Petit Chef Winnipeg
Le Petit Chef in Winnipeg

Don’t miss out on this very unique dining experience the little chef provides. Le Petit Chef is a culinary adventure in the heart of Winnipeg. The world’s smallest chef invites you to the Velvet Glove restaurant inside the Fairmont Winnipeg hotel, where you experience an unforgettable 3D Mapping technology dining experience.

Le Petit Chef in Winnipeg
Le Petit Chef Winnipeg

Visit our extraordinary 3D dinner-show Le Petit Chef in Fairmont Winnipeg in downtown Winnipeg.

For two hours you will follow the little chef along his journey right on your dinner plate. The little hologram character will be brought to life, delivering and making your food. Projected fun and surprises are guaranteed, it’s an evening for everyone, it doesn’t matter if vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free. Kids are invited as well, to enjoy a special Le Petit Chef Junior Meal.

At a glance:

Dietary options:

Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-free and Junior menu options available.

Speciality:

3D theater on the table top surrounds a fun and exceptional dining experience    

Price:

Five-course menu.

Classic: CAD $129 per person,

Vegetarian: CAD $109 per person.

Le Petit Chef Junior (until 12 years): CAD $65 per person 

Hours:

Reservation is necessary, you can book online 

Location:

Fairmont Winnipeg

Velvet Glove restaurant 

2 Lombard Place, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 0Y3

Canada 

Contact:

Phone: +1 204 985 6255

E-mail: [email protected]

Webpage: https://lepetitchef.com/Winnipeg

Tip #2: Resto Gare

Resto Gare Winnipeg
Image credit: Resto Gare Winnipeg

The, since 1983 family owned restaurant, Resto Gare has been serving French cuisine in the St. Boniface French Quarter of Winnipeg. Located in the St. Boniface train station, you can dine in a 19th century refurbished rail station and attached rail car, with historic elements of dark wood framing and elegant upholstery. The restaurant is providing an authentic French experience with bilingual staff and Montreal francophone music.

The fine dining restaurant and patio holds 50 guests and features live jazz music every Wednesday. The traditional French dishes use fresh and local ingredients for their French Classics, but also updated versions of classic bistro menu dishes. The large wine menu, selected by a certified sommelier, features wine from new wineries, as well as classic and traditional wines. Resto Gare is certainly one of the best places to eat in Winnipeg.

At a glance:

Dietary options:

Vegetarian and Gluten-free options available. 

Speciality :

Authentic French cuisine in a 19th century refurbished rail station and attached rail car with historic elements 

Price:

Mains starting CAD $16 up to CAD $55

Hours:

Sun-Mo: Closed

Tues + Wed: 11.30 am – 9.30 pm 

Thur + Fri: 11.30 am  – 9 pm 

Sat: 4 pm – 10.30 pm

Location:

630 Des Meurons St

Winnipeg MB R2H

2P9, Canada

Contact:

Phone: +1 204 237 7072

Webpage: https://restogare.com/ 

Call for reservations 

Tip #3: King + Bannatyne

King + Bannatyne Winnipeg
Image credit: King + Bannatyne Winnipeg

King + Bannatyne is the sandwich shop on the corner. Located in the Exchange District, Winnipeg’s premium sandwich shop is serving house-made, hand crafted sandwiches. Mike del Buono opened the sandwich shop in 2014 and since then, they are very well known for their slow roasted meat and vegetarian sandwiches

Inside a Romanesque revival-style heritage building, the very industrial and modern space shows off the current menu on a chalkboard, featuring classic sandwiches alongside weekly specials. The River City brisket and Reuben, the smoked buffalo chicken and Carolina BBQ braised beef, satisfy meat lovers. The jalapeno pineapple BBQ JackFruit and roast sweet potato and hummus, pleases vegetarian and vegan guests.

At a glance:

Dietary options:

Vegetarian and vegan options available. 

Speciality:

House-made, hand crafted sandwiches in the Exchange District. 

Price:

Sandwiches starting CAD $13.50 (Veg) up to CAD $18. Rotating daily sides and soup CAD $4.50

Hours:

Mon – Fri: 11am – 6pm 

Sat: 11am – 4pm

Location:

100 King St. Unit D 

Winnipeg, MB, Canada

R3B 0P6

Contact:

Phone: +1 204 691 9757

E-Mail: [email protected]

Webpage: https://www.kingandbannatyne.com

Tip #4: Chosabi (King)

Chosabi (King) Winnipeg
Image credit: Chosabi (King) Winnipeg

Home of the sushi burrito – is how Chosabi advertises it’s famous Asian style meal. Owner Cho Venevongsa serves not only a huge variety of rice burritos, but also ramen, rice and poké bowls. Chosabi strives to source sustainable ingredients like certified Ocean Wise fish. 

Owner Cho is not only a chef, but also a general contractor and built his own restaurant. He even found the spot in the Exchange District, after having lunch there with his three daughters. The restaurant menu offers build your own burrito or poké bowl options, with regular or brown sushi rice, a variety of proteins, vegetables, toppings, crunches and sauces. It also has classic bowls and burritos on the menu.

At a glance:

Dietary options:

The restaurant caters to Vegans and Vegetarians.  

Speciality :

Home of the famous sushi burrito

Price:

Build your own burrito or bowl starting from CAD $15.50 up to CAD $19.50.

Classic burritos starting from CAD $13 up to CAD $17.50.

Classic bowls starting from CAD $15 up to CAD $19.50

Hours:

King location:

Mon – Fri: 11am – 6pm 

Sat – Sun: Closed

 

Portage location:

Mo: Closed

Tue – Fri: 11am – 7pm 

Sat – Sun: 12pm – 7pm

 

Taylor location: 

Mo – Fri: 11am – 8pm

Sat – Sun: 12pm – 8pm 

Locations:

King location:

100 King St

Winnipeg, MB

Portage location:

104 – 520 Portage Ave 

Winnipeg, MB

Taylor location:

1194 Taylor Ave, Unit 5

Winnipeg, MB

Contact:

Phone

King: +1 204 615 8338

Portage: +1 204 615 9386

Taylor: +1 204 287 8881

 

E-Mail

King: [email protected]

Portage: [email protected]

Taylor: [email protected]

 

 

Webpage: https://www.chosabi.com

Tip #5: Falafel place

Image credit: Falafel place Winnipeg

Since 1986 Ami Hassan has catered to Winnipeg with marvelous Mediterranean food. Falafel for breakfast, Falafel for lunch, Falafel all the time. Falafel place in Winnipeg makes this possible. The traditional falafel breakfast contains two eggs, eight falafel, tahini, hummus and hash browns. Everything is made from scratch in the eatery, which seats 65 people. 

Baba Ganoush, shawarma, blintzes, nine different styles of falafel and a good variety of dishes for Vegetarians and Vegans, are on the Falafel place menu. Kids will get excited over the Mickey Mouse pancakes, a young people’s breakfast or soup and French Toast. Canola oil is used for deep frying and grilling and can be replaced with olive oil.

At a glance:

Dietary options:

Big Vegetarian and Vegan menu. Gluten-free and Kids friendly. 

Speciality:

Falafel breakfast and Mediterranean food since 1986

Price:

Traditional Falafel breakfast, Vegan and Vegetarian Falafel Breakfast is CAD $13.50.

Omelettes CAD $13.50/14.50.

Sweet breakfast starting from CAD $5 up to CAD $10.

Hours:

Mo – Fri: 7 am – 2 pm 

Sat – Sun: 7 am – 2.30 pm

Location:

1101 Corydon Avenue

Winnipeg, MB R3M 0X3

Contact:

Phone: +1 204 489 5811

E-Mail: [email protected]

Webpage: https://falafelplacewinnipeg.ca

Tip #6: Baked Expectations

Image credit: Baked Expectations Winnipeg

The Winnipeg icon is located in the heart of Osborne and has been serving beautiful treats for over 40 years. Over thirty desserts, from cakes to torte and cheesecake, fancy, fun and delicious. Traditional Pavlova, Key Lime Pie, Dark Chocolate cheesecake with chocolate covered strawberries, Hazelnut Meringue – there is almost nothing you can’t expect at Baked Expectations. Even gluten-free cakes and treats are a topic.

Owner Beth Grubert is responsible for many birthday, wedding and milestone cakes in Winnipeg. In a retro chic ambience, with wall-to-wall chalkboard menus, you can start out with sandwiches, burgers, fries and pasta, but the most important part of the meal is definitely the dessert. That’s what Baked Expectations is known for.

At a glance:

Dietary options:

Vegetarian options available. Gluten-free cakes are part of the menu.

Speciality:

Over 40 years of baked goods, the Winnipeg icon is known for tall cakes and fancy treats.

Price:

Slices CAD $10,

medium cakes starting from CAD $50 up to CAD $70,

large cakes starting from CAD $70 up to CAD $75

Hours:

Daily: 12 pm – 10 pm 

Location:

161 Osborne St

Winnipeg, MB R3L

1Y7 Canada

Contact:

Phone: +1 204 452 5176

Webpage: https://bakedexpectations.ca/

Tip #7: VJ’s Drive Inn

VJ’s Drive Inn Winnipeg
Image credit: Sean Neild, Google My business – VJ’s Drive Inn

VJ’s Drive Inn is definitely not your fancy foodie spot, but it has it’s fans, actually far over the borders of Winnipeg. Folks are lining up for burger&fries at the old fashioned burger stand. Their legendary fat boys are loved by young and old. The restaurant opened as Juniors in 1958, the name changed to VJ’s in 1980. 

VJ’s is famous for their homemade patties and in fact, their special is a burger featuring a juicy patty, topped with chili, pickles, mustard and onion. The foot long hotdogs and crispy fries are a perfect meal and go very well with the old fashioned milkshakes. VJ’s is Winnipeg’s classic burger and fries experience. It’s a great location to eat and one of the best restaurants in Winnipeg.

At a glance:

Dietary options:

No Vegetarian or Vegan options. 

Speciality:

A very classic burger&fries experience. Housemade patties, footlong hot dogs.

Price:

Burgers are CAD $5.50.

Fries are CAD $3.50.

Only cash is accepted.

Hours:

Daily: 10 am – 9.30 pm 

Location:

170 Main Street

Winnipeg, MB R3C 3P1

Canada

Contact:

Phone: +1 204 943 2655

Tip #8: Sous Sol

Sous Sol Winnipeg
Image credit: Sous Sol Winnipeg

This is your upscale French-Canadian eatery. Very well hidden in a basement in Osborne District. It’s worth looking for and finding it. Because you enter an experience, not only a restaurant. Antique chairs, persian rugs, candlelight interior, drinking from golden rimmed glasses, all of this paired with a fantastic foodie experience. 

Famous for their cocktails and a beautiful to read menu with beef tenderloin with red wine braised mushrooms, truffle butter and potatoes dauphinoise. Oysters and Fromache, Duck and Beef Tartare, oh, and don’t miss out on the vegetarian and vegan dishes, like gnocchi in bell pepper sauce with marinated mushrooms and herbs or grilled cabbage with sunflower coconut spread and fried capers. 

The drinks short&boozy, citrusy&refreshing, but also low alcohol&zero proof, are an experience, so is the rum hut, you can add fire for fun.

At a glance:

Dietary options:

Vegetarian and Vegan options available. 

Speciality:

French Canadian eatery hidden in a basement with unique interior and fancy/fun cocktails.

Price:

Oysters Six CAD $18, Twelve CAD $33.

Mains starting from CAD $ 32 up to CAD $ 38.

Legumes and sides starting from CAD $14 up to CAD $20

Hours:

Wed – Thur: 5pm – 12am

Fri – Sat: 5pm – 1am 

Sun – Tue: Closed

Location:

Treaty One Territory

Unit 22 – 222 Osborne Street

Winnipeg MB R3L

1Z3 Canada 

Entrance in the rear of the building, leading to the basement, Front door marked Unit 22/Vandelay Industries, look for red door, no sign.

Contact:

E-Mail: [email protected]

Webpage: http://www.soussolosborne.com/

No phone at the restaurant, Reservations online or via E-Mail

Tip #9: East India Company

Image credit: East India Company Winnipeg

It’s a Bollywood dream, right in Downtown Winnipeg. East India Company is a Winnipeg institution, feeding Winnipeg bellies for over 30 years and a culinary journey to the country of spices and flavors. Every day over 20 hot entrees get featured on the buffet, from mild to very hot, something for every taste. The Mehra family, who owns the restaurant, serves a wide range of curries and beautifully spiced biryani.

The vegetarian menu is long and exciting and ranges from different paneer options, over the traditional Dhal Makhani, to some Ghobi options, with a good assortment of naan variations. Handcrafted samosas and pakoras, but also different combo meals, complement the menu. As a vegan, you find many options to savor.

At a glance:

Dietary options:

Vegetarian and Vegan options are available. 

Speciality:

For over 30 years a Winnipeg institution, with an every day buffet with over 20 hot entrees.

Price:

Appetizers starting from CAD $6 up to CAD $14.

Mains are ranging from CAD $19 up to CAD $21.

Combo meals from CAD $20.95 up to CAD $89.95

Hours:

Mo – Fri: 

Lunch: 11am – 3pm

Dinner: 4.30pm – 10pm

Sat:

Lunch: Closed

Dinner: 4.30pm – 10pm

Sun:

Lunch: 12pm – 3pm

Dinner: 4.30pm – 9pm

Location:

349 York Avenue

Winnipeg Manitoba

R3C 3S9

Canada

Contact:

Phone: +1 204 947 3097

E-Mail: [email protected]

Webpage: https://www.eastindiaco.com

Tip #10: Bernstein’s Deli

Image credit: Bernstein’s Deli Winnipeg

The traditional deli in the South End of Winnipeg makes old fashioned, homemade comfort food. The Bernstein family opened the deli 1985 and still cooks up old family recipes in their kitchen. These days often with a modern twist, to cater to Vegetarians and Vegans as well, gluten-free options not to forget. Head chef Michael Fardoe offers a big variety of deli sandwiches on his menu, but also salads, soups and bowls.

Founder Marla’s chicken matzo ball soup is famous, so are the signature creations, the Latke Stackers, the warm corned beef sandwich, or the grilled chicken cesar sandwich. Classic cold deli sandwiches feature salmon salad, roast beef, pastrami, corned beef and egg salad. Another special is their “The Illegal Curve Sandwich”, named after the hockey show on youtube. Chicken schnitzel, with grilled salami, fried onions and cheddar, on buttered thick rye toast is, what you get, when you order it.

At a glance:

Dietary options:

Vegetarian, Vegan and gluten-free options are available.

Speciality:

A Winnipeg institution, since 1985, with old fashioned, homemade comfort food. Famous for chicken matzo ball soup and “The Illegal Curve Sandwich”

Price:

Marla’s Chicken Matzo Ball Soup, CAD $6.75, The Illegal Curve Sandwich, CAD $15

Hours:

Mon – Thu: 7.30am – 7.30pm 

Fri: 7.30am – 5.30pm

Sat: 8am  – 4pm

Location:

Corydon Village Mall

1-1700 Corydon Avenue 

Winnipeg, MB, 

Canada R3N 0K1

Contact:

Phone: +1 204 488 4552

E-Mail: [email protected]

Webpage: https://bernsteinsdeli.com

Tip #11: BDI

BDI Winnipeg
Image credit: Bridge Drive-In Facebook – BDI Winnipeg

The Bridge Drive Inn, also known as BDI, is located at the foot of the historic Elm Park Bridge and serves soft serve for over 60 years. Lots of Winnipeg residents visited the institution when they were kids and still do. Not a lot has changed, BDI still works with the old recipes for soft-serve mix, milkshakes, handmade toppings and syrups. They added some vegan options, other than that, it still tastes like childhood. 

Eleven flavors of soft serve ice creams are available. Their special is the “Goog”, which is a blueberry upside down shake, topped with sliced bananas and layered with a signature hot fudge sundae, topped with whipped cream and garnished with a cherry and optional peanuts.

Speciality cones are an option as well and include the “The Saltzberg”, a nutella lined waffle cone with vanilla soft serve, dipped in chocolate, drizzled with sea salted caramel and topped with whipped cream. The “So much S’more”, a marshmallow lined waffle cone with vanilla soft serve, dipped in chocolate, rolled in a s’mores mix is the other special. Yes, it’s as crazy as it sounds!

At a glance:

Dietary options:

Vegan options available. 

Speciality:

60 years of serving soft serve and crazy combinations. 

Price:

Straight up soft serve small CAD $5.25, large CAD $6.75.

Special soft serve variations starting at CAD $7.80 up to CAD $11.

Speciality cones go for CAD $7.35

Hours:

Daily from 12pm – 10 pm

Location:

766 Jubilee Avenue

Winnipeg, Manitoba 

R3L 1P8

Canada

Contact:

Phone: +1 204 475 6850

Webpage: https://bridgedrivein.com

Tip #12: Amsterdam Tea Room and Bar

Amsterdam Tea Room and Bar Winnipeg
Image credit: Amsterdam Tea Room and Bar Winnipeg

It’s not just a tea room, it’s way more! Amsterdam Tea Room is a unique cocktail bar in the heart of Exchange District. It’s very well known for the tea infused cocktails, but also for the small plate style food, perfect for sharing.

Their food menu is small but upscale and features soup, Beef Tartare, Mussels&Bread or Brussels&Potatoes. With a steak sandwich, or roasted pepper sandwich, they cater to meat lovers and vegans as well. The desserts are tea infused and so are the cocktails. The menu is Dutch cuisine with a local twist. 

Their house favorite teas go into the cocktails via infusions, or mixing with over steeped strong teas. Tea cocktail flights are available as well. Tea shooters and Whiskey flights are on the menu for fun nights at the Tea Bar. You can choose from 74 different teas, coffee, beers and other drinks. All their teas are available for purchase in store.

At a glance:

Dietary options:

Vegetarian and vegan options available. 

Speciality:

A tea room with a unique cocktail bar, tea infused cocktails and small plate eats.

Price:

Small plates starting at CAD $5 up to CAD $22.

Sandwiches are CAD $17/19.

Sweets are CAD $11/12

Hours:

Mo – Sat: 12pm – 12am

Sun: 12pm – 10pm

Location:

103 – 211 Bannatyne Ave

Winnipeg, MB R3B 3P2

Canada

Contact:

Phone: +1 204 946 1777

Webpage: http://amsterdamtearoom.com/

Our selection of restaurants is based, among other things, on the editorial team’s individual preferences and on reviews on the internet. Please contact the respective provider directly for information on reservations and prices. The pictures come from the restaurants listed. All Information is provided without guarantee!

Annabelle Schweineberg
Annabelle Schweineberg

As Assist. Marketing & Communications Manager Annabelle knows the concept of Le Petit Chef like no other. If you have any questions, she is the right person to contact.

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