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Top 10 Restaurants in Winnipeg for Regional Cuisine

Restaurants in Winnipeg

Top restaurants in Winnipeg for regional cuisine: duck breast from chef Alexander Svenne at Bistro 7 1/4

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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Blaze Bistro
With a Manitoba Tyndall-stone fireplace at its heart, Blaze Bistro sets the perfect scene for contemporary urban prairie cuisine. Tuck into a rack of Blaze bison ribs, gleaming in a root beer and hoisin maple glaze, or enjoy pan-fried Manitoba pickerel cheeks in an orange butter sauce paired with a fresh, crisp Canadian pinot grigio.
Blaze Bistro, Delta Winnipeg Hotel, 350 St. Mary Ave., 204-944-7259, website
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The Current
The Current offers a true Winnipeg dining experience at The Forks, a scenic spot where the Red and Assiniboine Rivers meet. Created by chef Barry Saunders, the menu sources many ingredients from the nearby Forks Market. Try the belly-filling prairie mixed grill that consists of bison sausage, filet of beef tenderloin, Canadian lamb sirloin and mashed golden potatoes.
The Current, Inn at the Forks, 75 Forks Market Rd., 204-944-2445, website
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Bistro 7 1/4
Chef-owner Alex Svenne’s perpetually packed restaurant has a cool, urban vibe and huge selection of small plates, starters, charcuterie, cheeses and salads. Though French bistro favourites anchor the menu, local and seasonal ingredients—such as sought-after Manitoba Berkshire pork—are what bring them to life.
Bistro 7 1/4, 725 Osborne St., 204-777-2525, alexanderskitchen.com
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This Osborne Village hotspot sets the bar high when it comes to serving regionally inspired dishes like Manitoba pork tenderloin, house-made rhubarb chutney and locally caught pickerel. Fude’s signature is its chili-chocolate chicken: free-range poultry breasts slathered in rich chocolate from premier prairie chocolatier Bernard Callebaut, spiked with cayenne cream.
• Fude, 303-99 Osborne St., 204-284-3833, fude.ca
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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 just some of the delights to be found on the menu by chef Lorna Murdoch. The cozy, contemporary restaurant is committed to its eat-local ethos; everything served is made from scratch in Fusion’s kitchen. It is one of the premier restaurants in Winnipeg.
Fusion Grill, 550 Academy Rd., 204-489-6363, fusiongrill.mb.ca
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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 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, thegatesonroblin.com
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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, miserestaurant.com
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Pineridge Hollow
Located just outside 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, pineridgehollow.com
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Terrace Fifty-Five
Executive chef Simon Resch mirrors the natural surroundings of Terrace Fifty-Five with a menu that includes regional ingredients like Manitoba Berkshire pork and pickerel caught in the province’s lakes. Even the bottled water is locally sourced from a certified carbon-neutral company based in nearby Marchand. The beautiful Assiniboine Park building has recently received an interior facelift and offers stunning tableside views of the surrounding greenery and duck pond.
• Terrace Fifty-Five, 55 Pavilion Cres., 204-938-7275, website
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The Velvet Glove
Impeccably high standards garnered this hotel a CAA Four Diamond Award—the only one between Toronto and Calgary—and the menu at its fine-dining restaurant features innovative, expertly plated Canadian cuisine. Appetizers incorporate foods from across the country while second plates focus more tightly on prairie fish like Lake Winnipeg pickerel, meats such as the grilled Stone Wood elk and seasonal vegetables.
The Velvet Glove, Fairmont Hotel, 2 Lombard Pl., 204-985-6255, velvetglovewinnipeg.com
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