Riviera on Sparks Street makes enRoute magazine’s Top-10 list of best new Canadian restaurants

On Thursday night, the popular downtown restaurant received one of the most coveted accolades of the Canadian restaurant scene.

Chefs Matt Carmichael (L) and Jordan Holley in their Sparks Street restaurant Riviera. WAYNE CUDDINGTON / POSTMEDIA

Riviera, the posh Sparks Street restaurant popular with Parliament Hill politicos and Ottawa’s foodies, is one of Canada’s Top 10 new restaurants of 2017, according to enRoute magazine.

The restaurant, opened in the summer of 2016 by chefs Matthew Carmichael and Jordan Holley, ranked seventh on the popular list, announced Thursday night by Air Canada’s inflight magazine. The November issue of enRoute will feature the 10 eateries, which were chosen by critic Andrew Braithwaite after he had eaten at 30 contenders across the country. Riviera was the only Ottawa restaurant that had made the long list.

Carmichael and Holley also own Ottawa’s two El Camino restaurants, which specialize in tacos, as well as Datsun, which serves Asian small plates, on  Elgin Street.

This year’s enRoute list:

  1. Battuto, Quebec City
  2. Canis, Toronto
  3. Bar Von Der Fels, Calgary
  4. Mak N Ming, Vancouver
  5. Clementine, Edmonton
  6. Cafe Linnea, Edmonton
  7. Riviera, Ottawa
  8. Brothers Food & Wine, Toronto
  9. Marconi, Montreal
  10. Alder Room, Edmonton

The last Ottawa restaurant that cracked the annual enRoute list was Supply and Demand, which ranked fourth in 2013. In 2009, Atelier on Rochester Street and the now shuttered Murray Street in the ByWard Market were ranked fourth and fifth respectively on the enRoute list.