5 Hottest Restaurants in Oakville, Burlington, and Milton – Jan. 12 – Jan. 18

 

Here are the 5 hottest restaurants in Halton for the week of Jan. 12 - Jan. 18 based on the amount of organic page views and searches these restaurants received on inhalton.com.


5. Oliver’s Steakhouse

Oakville

Easily one of the best restaurants in Ontario - and even Canada, Oliver’s offers a phenomenal fine dining experience. The menu features the best of the best: USDA Prime steaks, fresh seafood, and an extensive wine list. This is some next-level fine dining, minus the white tablecloths … even the ice cream is made in-house! You’ll find amazing service without the pretentious aura. The menu features high-quality ingredients, while the staff’s attention to detail and presentation is simply on point. The resto seats 120, complete with a private area that can be separated into two rooms for parties. With dim lighting, the beautifully designed restaurant is accented with gorgeous chandeliers, art, a mix of wood and rich tones, plus the wine cellar (if you didn’t know, Oliver’s wine list earned the prestigious New York’s Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for five years running). The experience is downright unforgettable.


4. The Martini House

Burlington

It's classy and cool, yet cozy. The Martini House offers "distinctly different dining." Complete with gourmet, chef-made menu items, the abundant supply of libations begs one to quiet the mind and focus on tasting the sweet and sour sensations on your SO's lips. Or you can just swipe their cotton candy. The relaxing atmosphere on Elizabeth St. is the perfect place to unwind after a long week ... even if your relaxing begins at 11 p.m. (it's open until 1 a.m. during the week, which is way past my bedtime but that's neither here nor there). With drinks like the Blue Cactus (SKYY Vodka, Blue Curacao, Malibu Rum, sour lime, pineapple juice) and the Golden Rod (SKYY Vodka, Tequila, Grand Marnier, lime cordial), a few martinis in and I'll be saying "whatever floats your boat, boo."

Price for mains: $18-$40.

 

Photo is courtesy of the Martini House.


3. Ritorno

Oakville

This north-end Italian joint is owned by Julia Hanna, who also ran Ristorante Julia downtown. With a warm interior, the Oak Walk Dr. resto houses an adorable Nonna Wall, honouring women who fed and nurtured their families, the server explains. She recommends the veal and the gnocchi, made in-house by Julia’s mother. I started with the Calamari Fritti -- the large portion of salty & crispy squid was coated with cornmeal then dusted with flour, served with a tasty cherry pepper basil aioli. The gnocchi, topped with Alla Vodka sauce and fresh greens, was soft and delicious, while the handbreaded veal parmigiana was thin, crispy, filling, and flavourful, served alongside spaghetti pomodoro. For dessert? Cannoli, of course! Ritorno means ‘to return’ and with comfort food like this, how could you not be back for more? 


2. Ivy Arms

Milton

This bar isn’t pretty but it’s pretty popular. Often dubbed the best patio in town, the raised outdoor surface allows for prime people-watching along Main St., while a seat at the bar will never do you wrong inside. Regulars, including bonafide foodies, recommend this place to just about everyone. So off we went … The breaded wings (with light flour) were crispy and hot, as per the server’s promise. Sauces aren’t made in-house. We tried the hot and honey, medium, and honey garlic. (The order comes with celery, carrots and ranch). The medium sauce had a hint of spice to it and went down real nice … so nice, I’d drink that sauce right out of the jug. 


1. Thistle Fish & Chips

Burlington

If you’re not hungry when you enter Thistle, you will be in a matter of seconds. Friendly service awaits at this cute strip mall resto on Fairview where tartan dominates the decor. Battered fish - your choice of halibut or haddock - is crispy and the smell is intoxicating. Our halibut was ready in a matter of minutes. We came in close to closing and our young waitress was cheerful and happy to serve. The fries are downright delicious. Tartar sauce, though, is packaged.

Price for halibut: $15.25


The 5 hottest restaurants in Halton for the week of Jan. 12 - Jan. 18 were based on the amount of organic page views and searches these restaurants received on inhalton.com.

5 Hottest Restaurants in Oakville, Burlington, and Milton - Jan. 12 - Jan. 18

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