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Top 10 Restaurants in Winnipeg for Manitoba Regional Cuisine

Beet Stained Arctic Char - Fusion Grill

Top restaurants for Manitoba regional cuisine: beet-stained Arctic Char from chef Lorna Murdoch of Fusion Grill

Of all the restaurants in Winnipeg, those that use the bounty of Manitoba as their ingredients and inspiration have a special place in locals’ hearts. Whether they use grass-fed bison or Lake Winnipeg-caught pickerel, these 10 restaurants in Winnipeg serve great food that you can feel good about.

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The Blue Marble
This airport restaurant boasts fresh microgreens and pea shoots grown on site as well as plenty of Manitoba staples. A small plates menu of diverse tastes touts local flavours ranging from risotto made with locally produced cavena nuda (‘naked oat’) grains to venison carpaccio with wild rice popcorn. Chic décor and impressive presentation made The Blue Marble a destination spot.
The Blue Marble, Winnipeg Grand Hotel, 1979 Wellington Ave, 204-594-1967, website
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Era Bistro
Located in the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Era takes up the museum’s mandate with a focus on sustainability, equality, and locality. This beautiful, intimate space with open kitchen, communal tables, and swank design blends local and global flavours with items like wonton tourtière. Manitoba lamb, beets, and venison all make appearances on the thoughtful menu, ready to be paired with a glass of fair trade wine.
Era Bistro, 85 Israel Asper Way, 204-289-2190, website
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Food Evolution
Set inside the lush greenery of Kildonan Park, this North End eatery serves local, seasonal fare inspired by the surrounding neighbourhood. Locally sourced products and prairie staples like beets, pickerel, and buckwheat honey are lovingly prepared by chef Michael Dacquisto in tributes to local kitchens. Pork schnitzel and microwave sponge cake take a cue from grandma (or Oma, Babi, or Baba), but make no mistake, baba never layered her cakes with sponge toffee, cappuccino foam, caramel crème and chocolate ganache.
• Food Evolution, 2015 Main St, Kildonan Park, 204-284-7275, website
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Fusion Grill
Fresh, local, organic and wild are the hallmarks of Fusion Grill, one of the city’s first champions of regional cuisine. White truffle perogies, crispy grass-fed beef dumplings and tender greens are some of the signatures found on the menu created by chef Lorna Murdoch. The cozy, contemporary restaurant is committed to its eat-local ethos; everything is made from scratch in Fusion’s kitchen. After nearly 20 years, Fusion Grill remains one of the premier restaurants in Winnipeg.
Fusion Grill, 550 Academy Rd., 204-489-6363, website
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Restaurants in Winnipeg

Best restaurants in Winnipeg for regional cuisine: the pepper steak at The Gates on Roblin (Photo: The Gates on Roblin)

The Gates on Roblin
Located on the banks of the Assiniboine River, this elegant country estate just west of Winnipeg has several rooms that provide a charming dining atmosphere, whether it’s at a table for two or 20. The rural beauty of The Gates’ spectacular location is perfectly complemented by the pan-Canadian menu, which leans heavily on local fish and meat.
Gates on Roblin, 6945 Roblin Blvd., 204-224-2837, website
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Mise Bistro and Lounge
This romantic space on trendy Corydon Avenue offers an “haute prairie” menu that wows. Enjoy the cornmeal-crusted Manitoba pickerel, the grilled Atlantic salmon or the vegetarian-friendly angel hair pasta with pickled eggplant, wilted greens and artichoke hearts while relaxing in Mise’s effortlessly elegant surroundings.
Mise Bistro and Lounge, 842 Corydon Ave., 204-284-7916, website
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Pineridge Hollow
Located north of Winnipeg, on the outskirts of beautiful Birds Hill Park, this secluded country cottage restaurant embodies prairie warmth and hospitality. Wholesome, scratch-made comfort dishes—lemon ricotta pancakes, wild mushroom perogies, bison burgers, sweet potato fries—are made from with vegetables and herbs grown in the on-site garden. It doesn’t get much more local than that!
• Pineridge Hollow, 67086 Heatherdale Rd., 204-777-3880, website
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Prairie 360
This (literally) lofty and elegant dining room serves prairie-centric cuisine matching the extraordinary view. Gazing out the table-to-ceiling glass windows of this revolving restaurant yield’s a birds-eye view on Winnipeg’s landmarks, unending horizon, and expansive prairie sky. Soak it in before the food arrives, because luxurious dry aged steaks and globally influenced interpretations of local ingredients are show stealers. Bison and prosciutto perogies slathered in garlic cream sauce are a favourite.
• Prairie 360, 83 Garry St, 204-505-2681, website
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Smith
Blending regional ingredients with culinary artistry and nods to nostalgia, this restaurant is a well-executed mix of Canadian comforts. Housed inside Inn at the Forks, the expansive restaurant welcomes hotel guests and curious travellers alike to a world of hunter plaid, Hudson’s Bay blanket striped banquettes, and deer antler adornments. Bison flat iron steak, finished with a subtly sweet whiskey glaze, and Manitoba-brewed beers on tap will aid diners in connecting with their inner lumberjack.
Smith, 75 Forks Market Rd, 204-944-2445, website
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The VG Restaurant
Chef Eraj Jayawickreme wows with stellar presentation and creative application of ingredients at this high-standard hotel restaurant housed within The Fairmont Winnipeg. Items like bison carpaccio paired with hay-infused mayonnaise  point to a penchant for prairie ingredients and a focus on local eating.
•  The VG Restaurant, The Fairmont, 2 Lombard Pl., 204-957-1350, website
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