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 Fine dining has lost its cachet and mostly been replaced by roadhouses with pork, fat, smoke and barbecue, benches for seats, no reservations, loud music and cold drafts, bourbon cocktails and servers whose idea of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 7 Bar Isabel
4 3 Edulis
5 2 Yours Truly
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 12 Frank’s Kitchen
14 11 Campagnolo
15 14 Solo Sushi Ya
16 15 Zen Japanese Restaurant
17 17 Kaiseki Yu-zen Hashimoto
18 10 Grand Electric
19 18 Sushi Kaji
20 19 Scaramouche Pasta Bar
21 26 Lee
22 - Byblos
23 45 Auberge du Pommier
24 28 Joso’s
25 20 Lai Wah Heen
26 13 The Black Hoof
27 21 The Grove
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 - Red Sauce
38 32 F’Amelia
39 37 Enoteca Sociale
40 58 L’Unità
41 29 Vita Sociale
42 39 Nota Bene
43 57 Union
44 38 Khao San Road
45 - One
46 55 The Saint Tavern
47 43 The Harbord Room
48 56 Catch
49 - The Carbon Bar
50 44 Chiado
51 46 North 44
52 47 Bymark
53 49 Barque Smokehouse
54 53 Aria
55 78 Hiro Sushi
56 48 The Emerson
57 - Big Crow
58 51 Banh Mi Boys
59 50 Black Camel
60 52 Porchetta & Co.
61 54 Estiatorio Volos
62 60 Taste of China
63 63 Guu Izakaya
64 64 Guu SakaBar
65 65 Rose and Sons
66 66 The Stockyards
67 77 Pizzeria Libretto Danforth
67 76 Pizzeria Libretto Ossington
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
101 - Buster’s Sea Cove