Dining

Bistro

Dessert Sinsations
505 St. Mary Avenue, 204-284-4661
This charming bistro is known for its creative dishes and heavenly desserts. Try one of numerous gourmet burgers like bacon white cheddar, mushroom poutine made with sweet potato fries or a sky-high lemon torte.

Cafes, Cafeterias and Delis

Cafe Asante
Concourse – 2 Lombard Place, 204-956-5996
This little lunch spot does both take out and sit down service perfect for fuelling you through the afternoon. Try the outstanding tandoori chicken sandwich for a hearty, creamy and slightly spicy treat.

Casa Burrito
520 Portage Avenue, 204-774-2272
Delicious, filling and even healthy, this colourful spot offers stuffed burritos sure to satisfy your Mexican cravings. A world of choice awaits as you select your own fillings.

Fools and Horses
379 Broadway
Enjoy a full espresso menu featuring Pilot Coffee, which is made on Manitoba’s first and only Modbar. If coffee’s not your thing, swing by in the afternoon for a tap beer, featuring Half Pints, Lake of the Woods, and Paddock Wood. To go along with your beverages, you can also enjoy treats, pastries, and a select number of sandwiches.

The Fyxx
101 – 310 Broadway, 204-989-2470
One of the top spots to get your java fix for locals in the know. Features a wide variety of whimsically named sandwiches like Basil’s Fowlty Tower and iTuna. Also a good selection of fresh baked goods and specialty coffees.

Human Bean
251 Donald Street (Millennium Library), 204-943-6687; The Forks Market, 204-947-3777
An enormous selection of specialty teas and coffees, perfect for afternoon sipping while flipping through the latest bestseller or people watching at The Forks. Delicious baked treats satisfy any sweet tooth.

The Matador
256 – 393 Portage Avenue, 204-947-3080
This popular lunch spot is named after its star dish, the Matador salad. A combination of leafy greens, ground beef, taco chips and cheese doused in a to-die-for dressing, so coveted they sell it by the tub to take home.

Marcello’s Market and Deli
360 Portage Avenue, 204-415-6783
Located inside the Manitoba Hydro building, Marcello’s serves up a variety of home style dishes including salads, soups and pizza in a European market-like setting. Also a coffee bar, desserts and a small selection of groceries perfect for a stop on your way home.

Nathan Detroit’s
1 Lombard Place, 204-943-1034
If you’re looking for homemade soup, sandwiches, and muffins, look no further. Located under the Fairmont Hotel and Richardson Building Concourse, you won’t have to walk too far to get a delicious lunch!

Oscar’s Deli
175 Hargrave Street, 204-947-0314
This lunchtime hot spot is packed on weekdays and after trying a sandwich, you’ll know why. The bread is always dangerously fresh, the meats sliced daily and the salads are so big they might last two lunches. The Greek is loaded with more kalamatas and feta than you can shake an olive branch at.

Second Cup
254 Edmonton Street, 204-956-7535
One of the most popular spots in the heart of downtown for your morning pick-me-up. Features cozy seating by the fireplace alongside all your favourite mochas and ‘cinos. Delicious baked goods as well.

Soups, Sandwiches and More
428 Graham Avenue, 204-947-2026
A spacious and bustling lunch spot with something for everyone. Try the delicious cranberry turkey wrap or French onion soup. Also many sandwiches and baked goods to pick from.

Thom Bargen Coffee & Tea
250 Kennedy Street
Specialty coffee and tea made one cup at a time. Features lots of seating and natural light and welcoming, friendly staff.

Twist Cafe
392 Graham Avenue, 204-66TWIST
Boasts an outdoor patio and free wifi, plus tons of healthful options including delicious fresh sandwiches, hearty soups and vegetarian options that even meat eaters reach for. Their sandwich platters are always a hit at meetings.

Casual

Bodegoes
63 – 333 St. Mary Avenue, 204-415-7045, 2nd location in cityplace
A top lunch spot with counter service and the option to eat-in. Try flavourful an filling falafel wraps or fish and chips served in newspaper just like they do in Britain. Watch as they prepare your vegetable stir-fry right before your eyes. Finish it off with the best deep fried ice cream in town.

Carbone Coal Fired Pizza
260 St. Mary Avenue, 204-691-2213
Craving pizzas created with inspired combinations of traditional and unexpected ingredients cooked in a coal-fired pizza oven? Carbone is the restaurant for you! Pizza sauce and dough are made in house daily, and the pizzas are topped with fresh and natural ingredients.

Cherry Creek Café
219 – 393 Portage Avenue, 204-947-2233
A great place to stop for a quick bite to take back to the office on the way through Portage Place or to stop for a sit down meal and drink. Be sure to try the garlic bread, it’s greasy, huge and delicious!

Clay Oven
300-1 Portage Avenue East (Shaw Park), 204-982-7426
Get your fill of authentic East Indian food at Clay Oven Shaw Park. With daily food specials matched with a daily drink special and a variety of desserts and sweets, you will enjoy a mouthful of flavours!

Danny’s All Day Breakfast and Brunch
152 – 1 Forks Market Road, 204-956-0056
Perfect for those who want their eggs on the other side of noon too. All the traditional favourites on offer such as eggs Benny, as well as cute and yummy silver dollar pancakes.

The Don Restaurant
120 Donald Street, 204-947-6644
Known for great breakfasts and brunch, fill up on pancakes, eggs and pork.  Also a selection of Mennonite dishes such as gloms kuak.

Elephant and Castle
350 St. Mary Avenue, 204-942-5555
If you’re looking for made-from-scratch food, stop by Elephant and Castle in the Delta Hotel. They offer a relaxed atmosphere with a wide variety of menu options for brunch, lunch, and dinner complemented by a varied beverage selection.

The Ground Floor Urban Diner
Main Floor – 190 Smith Street, 204-949-0376
Located on the main floor of the Place Louis Riel featuring all day breakfast and hearty lunches like chicken soup with potsticker dumplings, fresh cut fries, or a homemade veggie burger with crispy onions, sautéed crimini mushrooms and sun-dried tomato pesto.

Ivory Restaurant
200 Main Street, 204-944-1600
If you like buffets for lunch and dinner, why not check out Ivory Restaurant? Even if you don’t like buffets, you can order traditional Indian dishes and chef-prepared naan bread off the menu. You can’t go wrong at Ivory, which is nationally recognized as one of Canada’s finest East Indian restaurants.

Jackpot Cafe
125 Garry Street, 204-947-0017
Try your luck at this cozy spot located inside the Western Canadian Lottery Corporation Building.  A great place for lunch, pop in for a sandwich, a coffee break or a chance to go for the big one.

Joanna’s Cafe
331 Smith Street, 204-942-6411
Considered one of Winnipeg’s hidden gems because of its unique architectural features, Joanna’s is a beautiful place to eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

The Keg Steakhouse+Bar
115 Garry Street, 204-942-7619
Always consistent with cooking their meals, The Keg is a great option whether you’re going on a date, having a girl’s night, or wanting a casual meal with the family. There are lots of meal options, and you can get whatever you’re in the mood for.

Mitzi’s Chicken Finger Restaurant
250 St. Mary Avenue, 204-943-9770
Get there early for a table at lunch because everyone clamours for their lightly battered crispy, crunchy house-made chicken fingers. Chinese menu items are also available.

Nick’s On Broadway
287 Broadway, 204-891-3636
Features sandwiches of all kinds changing monthly according to season and the Chefs’ creativity. All sandwiches are made with quality, local, and fresh ingredients. If you’re looking for lunch and a show, head on over and enjoy the open kitchen environment.

Old Spaghetti Factory
Johnston Terminal at The Forks, 204-957-1391
Serving up great food at reasonable prices that are made fresh in-restaurant daily. All of the entrees come complete with a crisp green salad, sourdough bread, coffee or tea, and spumoni ice cream at no additional charge. What a deal!

The Original Pancake House
1 Forks Market Road, 204-947-5077
One of the most popular breakfast spots in the city, you can’t leave without trying the signature apple pancake. Also try a selection of crepes and waffles as well as traditional breakfast plates. Serves lunch as well.

Pony Corral
444 St. Mary Avenue, 204-942-4414
A Winnipeg classic: this family-owned and operated restaurant dishes up fantastic food, plentiful portions, and exciting events all year round.

The Rib Room Restaurant
330 York Avenue, 204-942-0101
Located in the Best Western Charterhouse Hotel, this traditional steakhouse is a must-go for all you meat lovers out there. Cooked with rich flavour, you’ll have a delicious and satisfying meal.

Rudy’s Eat & Drink
375 Graham Avenue, 204-421-9094
“Comfort Food, Comfortable Chairs, Comfortably Priced” – How could you go wrong? If you’re looking for a relaxing after work dining experience, try out Rudy’s for a variety of fresh menu options and fun daily features.

Table Restaurant
300 Memorial Boulevard, 204-948-0085
For a penthouse dining experience, check out Table located in the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Serving up classic lunch options from Tuesday to Saturday, you’ll enjoy the food and the accompanying sculpture garden view.

VJ’s Drive Inn
170 Main Street, 204-943-2655
Home of the best fat boy in the city, VJ’s has been drawing in crowds for decades. Line up for their crispy fries or burgers smothered in chili and mayo and topped with heaps of lettuce and tomato.

Contemporary

The Allen Restaurant
281 Donald Street, 204-594-9494
Select your meal from a contemporary, casual menu at The Allen Restaurant in The MET. The upscale setting with the relaxed atmosphere makes this the perfect destination for a casual lunch or dinner with friends.

Bailey’s Restaurant
185 Lombard Avenue, 204-944-1180
A lush wooden interior is the backdrop for classic dishes like perfectly-cooked steaks, rack of lamb and creamy basil salmon.

The Beachcomber
162 – 1 Forks Market Road, 204-948-0020
Perfect for family get-togethers this spacious dining room offers nautical décor and dishes for everyone. Breaded shrimp, salmon with mango sauce and bright, colourful cocktails leave everyone smiling. In the summer, head out to the patio to watch the river go lazily by.

Blaze Restaurant and Lounge
350 St. Mary Avenue, 204-944-7259
Located in the Delta Hotel, Blaze offers you an upscale yet casual dining experience. The menu represents the diversity of Manitoba’s style and spirit complemented by an extensive wine selection.

Bombolini Wine Bar
326 Broadway, 204-943-5066
Sister restaurant to the award-winning Amici, this casual bistro serves up simple Italian classics.

ERA Bistro
85 Isreal Asper Way, 204-289-2190
Featuring a contemporary and fresh menu with an emphasis on locally source, Certified Fair Trade, and sustainable products. Located in the Canadian Museum for Human Rights is a fantastic place to stop for a snack, for lunch, or for supper and to reflect and admire the amazing architecture of the building.

The Merchant Kitchen
314 Donald Street, 204-615-2278
A mix of a variety of food, including, Cuban, Chinese, Vietnamese, Mexican, Korean, and Thai. Each plate is loaded with little bites of food full of flavour, which makes the menu great for sharing with friends.

Muddy Waters Smokehouse
15 Forks Market Road, 204-947-6653
A great spot for gathering with friends for a post-work drink. Situated at The Forks, the menu features dozens of chicken wing flavours like curry chicken, mole and cherry cola. Also a wide variety of barbeque favourites such as burgers, ribs and steak.

Palm Lounge
222 Broadway, 204-942-8251
Located inside the Hotel Fort Garry, this elegant space replete with crystal chandeliers will take you back to another time. Sip on premium martinis while snacking on the antipasto platter and enjoying the tinkling of a live pianist.

Resto 12 Restaurant and Lounge
288 Portage Avenue, 204-975-6240
Located on the 12th floor of the Radisson Hotel, you can treat yourself to a meal and a view. Stop in to enjoy signature cocktails, a wide variety of steaks grilled to your preference, seafood, and a set lunch and breakfast menu.

Chinese

Affinity Vegetarian Garden
100 – 208 Edmonton Street, 204-943-0251
Offering up all-vegan Chinese fare, the buffet is a big hit with lunchers. Fill your plate with delectable curried eggplant, sweet potato tempura and sweet and sour “pork” and pay by weight. Menu options also available with the crispy black mushrooms a must-try.

Kum-Koon Garden
257 King Street, 204-943-4655
Not only is it Winnipeg’s largest restaurant, it also serves up the best dim sum lunch in town and delectable Cantonese specialties each night. It’s no wonder why this place is always packed.

Ming Court
236 Edmonton Street, 204-949-1087
Northern Chinese food served in a elegant setting. Known for their outstanding soups, don’t miss the shredded pork made with Chinese mushroom version. Also try the deep-friend bean curd with sweet and sour sauce for a satisfying combination of salty and sweet.

Fine Dining

DT Urban Kitchen+Oyster Bar
295 York Avenue, 204-896-7275
Sit in one of the 26 seats available at the raw bar and feel the luxury of exclusivity while eating some delicious shellfish and seafood. If you’re not really in to raw food, no worries! They also offer a selection of cooked seafood and food from the land.

Amici Restaurant
326 Broadway, 204-943-4997
One of most elegant spots for classic Italian cuisine in the city, Amici has garnered numerous awards and rave reviews. Don’t miss the lobster wrapped in pancetta, roasted lamb rack or creamy tiramisu for dessert.

Hy’s Steakhouse & Cocktail Bar
Main Floor – 1 Lombard Place, 204-942-1000
Steaks cooked to perfection are the specialty in this opulent restaurant that has been a Winnipeg staple for more than 40 years. Try strip steak with Hy’s own steak sauce or filet mignon with gorgonzola. The bar is a favourite with the power suit crowd.

Prairie 360
83 Garry Street, 204-505-2680
For a memorable dining experience with an unbelievable view, check out this revolving restaurant high above the city. You can choose from a huge variety of lunch and dinner options throughout the whole week and enjoy brunch on the weekend.

Smith Restaurant
75 Forks Market Road, 204-944-2445
An eclectic menu featuring numerous made-in-Manitoba ingredients is back dropped against a beautiful view of The Forks and nearby rivers. Sample port infused French onion soup, cabernet chicken and pan-seared pickerel in the elegant water-inspired dining room.

Sydney’s at The Forks
215 – 1 Forks Market Road, 204-942-6075
Famous for their ever-changing five-course, prix fixe menu and spectacular views, this is the perfect spot for a special evening out. Watch out for sweet potato gnocchi, cream of crimini soup or butter lacquered chicken supreme with mole sauce.

The Velvet Glove
2 Lombard Place, 204-985-6255
Located inside the Fairmont Winnipeg, this restaurant pairs seasonal flavours with Manitoba flair. Specialties include Stonewood elk with garlic rosemary spaetzle, spring lamb with Bothwell cheddar croquette and pickerel with coconut rice.

Food Courts

cityplace
333 St. Mary Avenue
Located on the second floor of cityplace, this popular food court offers Indian, Chinese and Thai food as well as burgers, baked goods and pizza.

The Forks Market
1 Forks Market Road
A celebration of diversity, the Forks Market vendors serve up treats from all over the globe including Caribbean, Sri Lankan, Ukrainian, Greek, and British. Also mini-donuts, ice cream and juice bars.

Portage Place Food Court
309-393 Portage Avenue
Located on the main floor of Portage Place Shopping Centre, this bustling food court offers up fresh sushi, pitas, burgers, pizza and Mexican fare.

Winnipeg Square
360 Main Street
Located beneath Portage and Main with entrances Portage, Main, Fort and Graham. Offers Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese vendors as well as subs, pizza and burgers.

Indian

East India Company Pub & Eatery
349 York Avenue, 204-947-3097
The city’s first Indian food can be credited to East India Company and more than 20 years later, it’s still the go-to spot for upscale butter chicken and tandoori. The lunch and dinner buffets are both spectacular; watch out for outstanding malai kofta and biryani.

Ivory Restaurant
200 Main Street, 204-944-1600
All your Indian favourites are served in this elegant and contemporary dining room. Lunch and dinner buffets offer delicious creations such as vegetable korma, lamb vindaloo and petite, crispy samosas.

Japanese

Ichiban Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar
189 Carlton Street, 204-925-7400
Entertainment and cuisine come together in downtown’s only teppanyaki dining room. Dine on delicious offerings of fried rice, meat and vegetables as you marvel at the tricks of your personal chef. Traditional Japanese offerings as well as a sushi menu.

Samurai Japanese
110 – 330 Portage Avenue, 204-944-0333
An elegant black and red dining room is the perfect backdrop for creative Japanese dishes. Sample the scallops wrapped in bacon or crispy fish and chips roll. The chef will even prepare a surprise dinner if you ask for it.

Yuki Sushi
554 Main Street, 204-956-2849
Located inside the McLaren Hotel, this quaint sushi spot offers delicious fare at amazing prizes. Pick up a lunch special for a quick bite or even take home a heaping tray for dinner on a Friday night.

Other Ethnic

Famena’s (Jamaican)
295 Garry Street, 204-947-6502
Stuffed rotis, light and flaky Jamaican beef patties and aromatic curries are the specialities of the new Famena’s. Located inside the retro-cool diner space of the Garry Street parkade, it’s big on charm and low on prices, making it a great option for lunch.

Kokeb Restaurant (Ethiopian)
266 Edmonton Street, 204-784-9267
Hearty spiced dishes, as well as a great vegetarian buffet make this a must-try. At dinner, sample one of the enormous platters heaped with lentils, meats and vegetables on top of fluffy injera bread. The dark, rich Ethiopian coffee is an experience replete with its own ritual.

22 thoughts on “Dining

  1. Dear Peggy,

    Thanks for the restaurant listing. For those of us who are new downtown dwellers/workers/curious…it might be swell/awesome/useful to have these mapped out on a downtown grid. That way we’d have something to refer to when we’re out exploring…

    Keep on rockin’ the Downtown!
    Olivebits

    1. That would be aweesome! And, places that are open on sundays! I just called three restos trying to get their hours on voice mail, and all three *FAILED* =-(

  2. Thanks for the listing, but you forgot a great little hide-away…

    The Underground Cafe at the corner of Arthur and McDermott! (70 Arthur)

    Search for them on Facebook, daily specials posted!

  3. I didn’t see Chios on there? It’s a great little place in the Promenade behind Portage Place. The food is great and the staff is so friendly and awesome!

  4. This list is missing The Underground Cafe and Mondragon, both yummy restaurants in the Exchange! Underground Cafe offers vegetarian options and Mondragon is all vegan. YUMM! 🙂

  5. How about a listing of those delicious food truck vendors around the downtown area ie Broadway. Does anyone know where the Spring Roll truck relocated to?

  6. Hi Peggy,

    I am starting to look for some Valentine’s Day deals or packages within Winnipeg… I haven’t really found anything online. Can you please help me out with this?

    1. Dan Your update and a sailmir one by GFKS NWS River fcstr on CBC 990 AM At Noon today leave us with many questions.Last year we rec\’d a lot of mid march rain I assume causing?? a quick melt. This year some of the surveys indicate the water content of the northern valley snow is 2 to 3 times as much as last year. (2\” to 4\” more). By inference, would a quick melt result in the same flow increment as two more inches of rain did last spring or 2 more inches of rain last November or both Also last year, two of the major south flowing Red River tributaries the Sheyenne and Thief (Red Lake) rivers crested (second time) much later (in April) than the peaks in Grand Forks and Fargo. Was that due to the rain induced melt?Can you suggest a source or other blog that might have this info.

    2. Jen & Phil – Hey guys, we LOVE the photos, and can’t wait to see the rest thank you so much for an awmosee day! Hoping everything went well last week. Take care! Jen & Phil.

    1. Also – The Current restaurant & Lounge changed owners – now The Smith
      Casa Burrito no longer – closed down & changed name
      Mondragon(which was really good) closed down and is now some other restaurant

      1. Miso Bistro on Corydon recently ( Sept/oct 2015) changed names – by former RRC Culinary Chef Tom Pitt and rebranded it to Ripe Bistro & Lounge

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