2016 Where Magazine’s ‘Where to Dine’ Awards Honour Toptable Group


2016 Where Magazine’s ‘Where to Dine’ Awards Honour Toptable Group
– Araxi Restaurant, CinCin Ristorante, Blue Water Cafe, and Newcomer, Bar Oso, Recognized – 

Vancouver, B.C. (April 27th, 2016) – Today hospitality leaders convened for Where Magazine’s 2016 ‘Where to Dine’ Awards’ which again honoured Araxi Restaurant and Oyster Bar, CinCin Ristorante, and Blue Water Cafe, as well as Whistler newcomer Bar Oso, for their industry excellence. The awards celebrate the best of British Columbia’s local flavours and genuine hospitality, and are selected by Where Magazine’s well-travelled readers.

“These awards acknowledge the hard work, diligence, and creativity of our industry, and continue to highlight Vancouver and Whistler as true culinary destinations,” said Toptable Group president Michael Doyle. “We would like to thank the readers and voters of Where Magazine’s ‘Where to Dine’ Awards for recognizing our teams’ efforts in their pursuit of excellence.”

CinCin_Andrew_RichardExecutive Chef Andrew Richardson and Restaurant Director Richard Luxton led CinCin Ristorante to win the increasingly competitive category of “Best Italian”. Recognized for it’s sophisticated décor and warm welcome, Where Magazine also stated, “Specialties roam from daily handmade pasta, such as braised duck pappardelle, to roast halibut with salt-baked beets to chicken with black truffle arancini, cooked on the giant wood-fired grill. The extensive wine cellar is equally impressive.”

For the sixth consecutive year, Araxi Restaurant and Oyster Bar was awarded “Best Fine Dining – Whistler”. The accolade is a reflection of Chef James’ farm-to-table fare with the magazine also noting, “An impressive array of fresh oysters, a winning wine list and seasonally inspired cocktails round out an elegant experience.”

Bar Oso, the latest addition to Toptable Group’s portfolio, took home “Best New Restaurant – Whistler”. “Decked out in striking black-and-white tile, chic Bar Oso brings tapas-style small plates and inventive cocktails to the heart of the Village,” stated Where Magazine, also highlighting the Spanish-inspired cuisine, use of local ingredients, and signature Oso Sour cocktail.

Blue Water Cafe took home the final award of the afternoon, proudly accepting the highly coveted Les Clefs D’or Canada Silver Service Award. Where Magazine affirmed, “Renowned for excellence at every level, Blue Water Cafe offers the ultimate in West Coast seafood, creatively presented and served with panache in a sumptuous Yaletown heritage setting.”

One of Canada’s leading hospitality groups, Toptable Group has six elegant, yet approachable, restaurants in Vancouver and Whistler: Araxi Restaurant and Oyster Bar, The Cellar by Araxi, Bar Oso, CinCin Ristorante, Blue Water Cafe, West Restaurant, and Thierry Cafe.  More information can be found online at www.toptable.ca.


Judy Ahola
Director of Communications
Toptable Group
604 836 8005