1. Resto Gare, Winnipeg
How can you go wrong with lipstick red booths and gorgeous wood decor? This established French bistro, which was built into an old railway station, recently underwent a facelift, making it top of the it-list for diners in the know. The escargots and crêpe St. Jacques are must-tries.
2. Canoe, Toronto
This swanky restaurant, perched atop the TD Bank Tower in T.O. (on the 54th floor, to be exact), gives you stunning city views, making it top of our list. Pair that with delectable dishes such as sizzling steaks, mouth-watering mussels and creative wine and cheese pairings, and this resto is as indispensable as our little black book.
3. West Restaurant, Vancouver
Serving up the best of local, in-season cuisine, West is located in the posh South Granville 'hood of Vancouver. Leather-panelled walls and plush leather booths are perfect for whispering sweet nothings, while the gorgeous Werner Forster sculpture suspended from the ceiling makes a great conversation piece. Dine on to-die-for dishes like sturgeon and house-made pastas.
4. Thaifoon Restaurant, London, Ont.
Hot booths, devilishly good lighting and spicy curry dishes make this London dining spot the perfect background to staring into each other's eyes and playing all sorts of footsie games.
5. Century Restaurant & Bar, Vancouver
Enjoy some molten lava cake and a cocktail at this laid-back yet luxuriously chic foodery, complete with Victorian chandeliers and a marble staircase that would make Scarlett O'Hara swoon.
6. Centro, Toronto
Share a heavenly plate of homemade pappardelle or polenta while soaking up the characteristically NYC vibe of this place. You'll feel like Carrie and Mr. Big!
7. TwelveFortyOne, Halifax
This modern-day speakeasy features a chic bar and lounge with an impressive premiere private wine collection, including Australian, Canadian, French and Spanish vintages. Here, you can also enjoy a bevy of cocktails, as you mull over a tempting menu of sushi and lobster.
8. Flatiron Restaurant and Bar, Calgary
Don't be fooled by this laid-back steakhouse: Comfort food faves like quesadillas, sandwiches and burgers are taken up a notch by the chi-chi feel of the joint, complete with animal-print chairs and sleek black furniture.
9. The Blue Pear, Edmonton
This swanky joint offers you an easy-going yet lush, upscale ambience. Enjoy scrumptious perogies and crispy calamari while having creative conservations inspired by the fabulous art hanging on the walls.
10. Le Club Chasse et Pêche, Montréal
The menu reads like poetry (ris de veau, agneau fumé...) and this coveted spot does not disappoint. The ritzy decor, including drop chandeliers, post-mod artwork and dark walls, just oozes sex appeal.
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