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Two NOTL restaurants among OpenTable’s Top 100
OpenTable’s Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants for a Big Night Out 2019 list is out and has two of Niagara-on-the-Lake restaurants included. (Supplied)

Kitchen76 at Two Sisters Vineyards and Treadwell Farm-to-Table Cuisine in Niagara-on-the-Lake have made it onto OpenTable Canada’s list of 100 Best Restaurants for a Big Night Out 2019.

The list, part of a promotion to encourage people to dine out at high-calibre Canadian restaurants, was generated from 550,000 diner reviews on OpenTable’s website in the 12 months prior to Feb. 28.

Jannine Lavoie, food and beverage director at Kitchen76, said she was excited to be among the top 100.

“We are making a lot of innovative changes. We have gone through a bit of growth here at the restaurant. Each year continuously gets busier, but we’re still staying true to our rustic Italian culture and roots,” she said.

The restaurant is usually on the list of top 100 patios as well, she said. “We’re known for our spectacular patios.”

James Treadwell, sommelier and co-owner of Treadwell Farm-to-Table Cuisine, also is delighted.

The restaurant had a challenging year, but its inclusion on the list of best restaurants is a testament to  the team’s passion, dedication and professionalism, said Treadwell. “It’s a wonderful accomplishment for our team.”

Three other Niagara Region restaurants made the list: Brasa Brazilian Restaurant and Copacabana Brazilian Steak House in Niagara Falls, and Lake House Restaurant in Vineland.

Sade Bezjak, a freelance artist and NOTL resident, said she and her husband have been to Kitchen76 and Treadwell a few times.

“The ambience and food in both the places is marvellous. I’m not shocked to hear they are among the top 100,” she said in an interview in Old Town.

Bezjak said she hasn’t dined at the other three Niagara restaurants on the list, but hopes to try them out.