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Top Restaurants in Canada says Raymonds is sophisticated but comfortable. Guests can enjoy exceptional cuisine at the bar or in the elegant dining room in downtown St. John’s. — Photo by Julia Pelish/Vacay.ca
Raymonds in downtown St. John's was named one of the Top 100 restaurants in Canada by Open Table. — Photo by Julia Pelish/Vacay.ca

Raymonds makes Open Table's Top 100 list for fourth time

Raymonds, the downtown St. John’s restaurant owned and operated by head chef Jeremy Charles and sommelier/restaurant manager Jeremy Bonia, was once again featured on OpenTable’s list of the Top 100 restaurants in Canada.

It’s not the first such honour for the fine-dining restaurant that opened in 2010, earning En Route magazine’s best new Canadian restaurant that year. 

Raymonds also made Open Table’s Top 100 list in 2014, 2015 and 2017, was named one of the world’s Top 50 restaurants by Diner’s Club International, and earned back-to-back top restaurant honours from Vacay.ca in 2014 and 2015.

Open Table’s website also provides a list of its St. John’s Diner’s Choice Winners based on diner reviews. Following Raymonds at No. 1, the rest of the Top 10 consists of:

2. Piatto Pizzeria & Enoteca (Duckworth St.)
3. The Keg Steakhouse + Bar
4. Boca Tapas Bar
5. Piatto Pizzeria (Elizabeth Ave.)
6. The Merchant Tavern
7. Exile (Jag Hotel)
8. EVOO in the Courtyard
9. Gypsy Tea Room
10. Fionn MacCool’s

But that’s just one website. How many of the same restaurants are showing up on other sites like YELP, Trip Advisor, and Four Square? Here’s their Top 10 lists, all based on user rankings. The results might surprise you.

YELP
1. Rocket Bakery 
2. Mallard Cottage
3. Raymonds
4. Adelaide Oyster House
5. Piatto (Duckworth Street)
6. Bernard Stanley Gastropub
7. Yellowbelly Brewery
8. Fixed Coffee and Baking
9. Chinched
10. The Merchant Tavern

TRIP ADVISOR
1. Peaceful Loft
2. Saltwater Restaurant
3. Oliver’s Restaurant
4. Mallard Cottage
5. Hungry Heart Café
6. Raymonds
7. Seto Kitchen + Bar
8. Piatto (Duckworth Street)
9. Get Stuffed
10. RJ Pinoy Yum

FOURSQUARE
1. Rocket Bakery
2. Adelaide Oyster House
3. Raymonds
4. Piatto (Duckworth)
5. Manna European Bakery and Deli
6. Olivers Restaurant
7. Kimchi & Sushi
8. Piatto (Elizabeth)
9. Jack Astor’s
10. Wing’n It (Kenmount Road)

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