Best Restaurants

Out of all the restaurants in a city, 10Best narrows the options to those places with the most appeal and the best reputations. We offer carefully vetted selections to let you explore Winnipeg dining on your own. If time is really tight, though, and you don't have the leisure to look through all our offerings, we present our Winnipeg Best Restaurants list. Here, we distill the best businesses down to a special selection of ten. These places promise a stellar experience and a taste of the city that you just can't miss.

9 Terrace Fifty-Five
Nestled amongst the trees of Winnipeg's Assiniboine Park, Terrace specializes in Canadian Contemporary Cuisine. Ample windows and a glass ceiling allow diners to enjoy the seasonal menu offerings along with the well defined seasons that Manitoba is known for. Assiniboine Park is also internationally renowned for its Zoo, The Leo Mol Gardens, conservatory and art collections featuring the works of Ivan Eyre, Clarence Tillenius, and Walter J. Phillips. Terrace is a short 10 minute drive from the airport and 15 minutes from major downtown hotels. Seasonal local, regional and national ingredients are highlighted with an emphasis on freshwater fish and seafood. The wine list is made up of many international vintages with an emphasis on some fine Canadian wines. Terrace represents the very best Winnipeg has to offer. Great food and wine coupled with an iconic location make it the only choice when entertaining friends, family or business associates (2049387275)

8 Hermanos
Looking for some ethnic flavor to spice up your dining experience? Hermanos Restaurant & Wine Bar radiates the vibrancy and excitement of what is South American culture through fiery red walls donned with orange light fixtures. The menu offers plenty of South American-inspired specialties, including mouthwatering Brazilian-style steaks, tapas and family portion plates of paella. Wine lovers can choose from a selection of reds and whites picked straight from the vines in Chile and Argentina. While a bit pricey, this is the best joint in town to get an authentic experience of dining in 'the other America.' (204-947-5434)

7 Mise
Despite its French-sounding moniker, Mise specializes in Canadian regional cuisine. Chef Terry Gereta, formerly of the highly regarded Fusion Grill, capitalizes on fresh local ingredients, using them in globally inspired dishes like duck confit, cornmeal-crusted pickerel and elk-stuffed quail. Other good things to try: baby back ribs (pork) with a super spicy harissa-infused dipping sauce, and wild boar tenderloin with sour cherry demi-glace. Wild rice makes numerous appearances in various guises (in latkes, popped and covering a chocolate truffle, in hash, and puffed as a side dish), as well. Enjoy it all in a cozy subterranean dining room with exposed brick walls and linen napkins. (204-284-7916)

6 Fude
For a departure from the ordinary, make your way up to this second floor restaurant, where you'll find a contemporary take on North American cuisine. There's nothing too bizarre, but this is decidedly creative cooking. Everything is made in house from scratch, including salad dressings and breads. Try bison back ribs with espresso BBQ sauce, Boomerang Goreng (the Indonesian recipe done Manitoba-style), or chili-chocolate chicken. The menu includes wine suggestions for each dish. For dessert, Die By Chai is the way to go: chai tea blended with cinnamon, ginger and cloves, whipped up with cream cheese and served in a gingersnap crust. (204-284-3833)

5 529 Wellington
Among 529's distinctions is Wine Spectator's Best of Award of Excellence, bestowed for the restaurant's inventory of over 18,000 bottles. Housed in an elegant 1912 mansion, it's also one of the finest for patio dining. The carpaccio is top notch, as you'd expect, but for something a little different, start with grilled beef sausage with coriander chutney or maple-smoked steelhead trout. Then, in traditional steakhouse style, your waiter presents a tray from which you select your preferred cut of Canada Prime grade beef. Rack of lamb, veal and fresh fish are also available, and just as good. Sides are sized to share -- try the sweet potato mash with maple-pecan butter. (204-487-8325)

4 Velvet Glove
The Fairmont's signature dining room is elegant with a touch of the rustic in its wood paneling. Canadian cuisine is the forte, and the menu is simply amazing. Start with an indulgence such as pan seared Quebec foie gras with Thai chili-vanilla poached pear and maple-dusted fry bread. Then, for a fun and dramatic presentation, select the roasted bison filet (for two) with Crown Royal-saskatoon berry jus, prepared tableside. Alternatively, opt for the pistachio-flax crusted rack of lamb, or a mixed grill of bison filet, lamb chop and Tiroler bacon with minted apricot-pear relish. The Velvet Glove is Winnipeg's only Four Diamond CAA/AAA restaurant. (204-985-6255, 204-957-1350)

3 Oui Bistro & Wine Bar
Simultaneously old world and contemporary, Oui Bistro has the elegance and sophistication of a classic French dining room but with updated food and friendly, energetic service. In a historic Exchange District storefront, Oui Bistro is a jewel box of Belle Epoque mirrors, golden drapes and deep-blue walls, but this is no food museum. Chef Tristan Foucault dusts off classic French cooking to rediscover the fresh tastes and textures behind the great standards of Gallic cooking. Salt cod fritters are drizzled with chive oil, and seared foie gras appears on cinnamon pound cake, topped with apple compote and garnished with a fig and port reduction. Main courses include all your French favorites -- mussels prepared three ways, beef bourguignon, cassoulet with house-made duck confit and garlic sausages -- but enlivened with lighter preparations and the best of local ingredients. (2049897700)

2 Amici
Known as a celebrity magnet, Amici is also the proud recipient of several awards, including Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence. Décor is stylish and comfortable, much as you'd expect from a top-rated restaurant in any city around the world. The house soups are particularly fine -- try the Tuscan mushroom -- and the seasonal menu often includes Canadian game meats such as wild boar. There are always at least a dozen pastas on offer as well. The wine bar downstairs, Bombolini's, is perfect for pre- or post-dinner drinks. (204-943-4997)

1 Fusion Grill
The word "creative" somehow just doesn't do justice to Fusion Grill's stellar cuisine. This is regional food at its finest, and although the menu changes frequently you can count on being impressed with whatever you order. Standout starters have included white truffle pierogis with duck sausage and walnut cream, and grilled asparagus and warm panko-crusted chèvre with beets and greens. Main courses frequently feature game meats, such as herb-crusted wild boar roast, elk loin with caramelized shallots, roast potato and chestnut crème frâiche, and bison ribs with a spicy Seagram's Five Star glaze. (204-489-6963)

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Terrace Fifty-Five 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Chef's Table, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms, Smoking (outdoor area), Take Out
Cuisine: Seafood
Neighborhood: DOWNTOWN
COST: $$$
Hermanos 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Argentinean, Brazilian, Latin
Dining Options: Non-Smoking
COST: $$
Mise 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Canadian, Ethnic
COST: $$
Fude 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Canadian, International
Neighborhood: Osborne Village
COST: $$
529 Wellington 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Canadian, Steakhouse
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Sommelier
COST: $$$
Velvet Glove 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Canadian
COST: $$
Oui Bistro & Wine Bar 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Non-Smoking
Cuisine: Canadian, European
COST: $$$
Amici 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: European, Italian
Neighborhood: Exchange District
COST: $$$
Fusion Grill 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Canadian, Regional
Neighborhood: Downtown
COST: $$$
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