Solo Dining on the Rise in Canada


TORONTO — OpenTable reports that dining alone is on the rise in Canada, growing by 85 per cent since 2015.

According to data put together by OpenTable, the majority of solo-dining reservations are booked for dinner (43 per cent) followed by lunch (30 per cent). Canadian solo diners also book the majority of their tables Monday to Friday (78 per cent), saving the weekends for dining with others.

“This increase in the number of reservations made for one illustrates shifting attitudes in Canadian dining culture,” says Ziv Schierau, head of National Accounts for OpenTable Canada. “Instead of opting for takeout or roomservice, Canadians are embracing solo dining and the opportunity to unwind and enjoy a unique meal at their own pace.”

OpenTable also put together a lists of Canadian restaurants that have been attracting Canadians who decide to dine alone, which includes:

529 Wellington – Winnipeg, Man.
The Bison Restaurant – Banff, Alta.
Bonaparte – Montreal
BOSK at Shangri-La Hotel – Toronto
Bow Valley Grill – Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel – Banff, Alta,
Bruce Wine Bar – Thornbury, Ont.
Byblos – Toronto
Damas – Montreal
Earth to Table: Bread Bar – Guelph, Ont.
Gyoza Bar – Vancouver
Jacobs & Co. Steakhouse – Toronto
LaVinia – Toronto
Le Filet – Montreal
Library Bar – Fairmont Royal York – Toronto
The Marc – Edmonton, Alta.
The Merchant Tavern – St. John’s, N.L.
Mettawas Station Mediterranean – Kingsville, Ont.
Miijidaa Cafe + Bistro – Guelph, Ont.
Miku Restaurant – Toronto
Miku Restaurant – Vancouver
ONE Restaurant – Toronto
Restaurant Le Continental – Québec City, Que.
Richmond Station – Toronto
Scaramouche Pasta Bar – Toronto
Trattoria Gusto – Port Hope, Ont.

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