This is the year of the sliced and diced list — because the world of restaurants has changed profoundly. No longer is the best — or the most revered — food in town served at temples to haute gastronomy where the gracious welcome rules. Fine dining has lost its cachet and mostly been replaced by roadhouses with pork, fat, smoke and barbecue, benches for seats, no reservations, loud music and cold drafts, bourbon cocktails and servers whose idea of hospitality is a 20 per cent tip. I’ve still ranked the city’s 100 best restaurants — so you know where to eat — but the 2014 ranking acknowledges that fine dining is out of style.

2014 Last year Restaurant Name
1 4 Buca
2 1 Scaramouche Restaurant
3 - Buca Osteria & Bar
4 7 Bar Isabel
5 3 Edulis
6 5 Hopgood’s Foodliner
7 6 Splendido
8 8 Cava
9 9 Zucca Trattoria
10 - Bar Buca
11 42 Tutti Matti
12 24 La Cascina Ristorante
13 - Yunaghi
14 12 Frank’s Kitchen
15 11 Campagnolo
16 14 Solo Sushi Ya
17 15 Zen Japanese Restaurant
18 17 Kaiseki Yu-zen Hashimoto
19 10 Grand Electric
20 18 Sushi Kaji
21 19 Scaramouche Pasta Bar
22 26 Lee
23 - Byblos
24 45 Auberge du Pommier
25 28 Joso’s
26 20 Lai Wah Heen
27 13 The Black Hoof
28 22 Mistura
29 23 JaBistro
30 25 Foxley
31 35 7 Numbers
32 36 Patria
33 27 Richmond Station
34 30 Momofuku Noodle Bar
35 33 Local Kitchen & Wine Bar
36 34 Ursa
37 32 F’Amelia
38 37 Enoteca Sociale
39 58 L’Unità
40 29 Vita Sociale
41 39 Nota Bene
42 57 Union
43 38 Khao San Road
44 - One
45 55 The Saint Tavern
46 43 The Harbord Room
47 56 Catch
48 - The Carbon Bar
49 44 Chiado
50 46 North 44
51 47 Bymark
52 49 Barque Smokehouse
53 53 Aria
54 78 Hiro Sushi
55 48 The Emerson
56 - Big Crow
57 51 Banh Mi Boys
58 50 Black Camel
59 52 Porchetta & Co.
60 54 Estiatorio Volos
61 - Asian Legend
62 60 Taste of China
63 63 Guu Izakaya
64 64 Guu SakaBar
65 65 Rose and Sons
66 66 The Stockyards
67 76 Pizzeria Libretto Ossington
67 77 Pizzeria Libretto Danforth
68 - Pho Tien Thanh
69 68 Golden Turtle
70 - Pho Hung
71 62 Carmen
72 67 Kingyo
73 59 The County General
74 69 Playa Cabana Cantina
75 70 Kinton Ramen
76 61 Torito Tapas Bar
77 72 Grand Chinese Cuisine
78 73 Chiu Chow Boy
79 74 New Sky
80 75 Electric Mud BBQ
81 79 Amaya Indian Room
82 82 Dayali
83 80 Origin North
83 80 Origin South
84 88 Queen Margherita Pizza
85 71 Mengrai Gourmet Thai
86 81 Starfish
87 85 Holy Chuck
88 86 The Burger’s Priest
89 87 Big Mouth Kee
90 89 Pizzeria Via Mercanti
91 84 Frida
92 91 The Drake Hotel
93 - Luckee
94 - Soos
95 - Casa Imperial
96 93 Woodlot
97 - Smoked & Cracked
98 94 Ba Shu Ren Jia
99 90 Morton’s The Steakhouse
100 - Centre Street Deli
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